TRI-PA | Full Pint Brewing Company

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Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 04-06-2011

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA. Poured into a 13oz tulip.

Pours a ruby brown with orange highlights. A eggshell white head is present right after the pour but dissipates very quickly.

The nose has tons of citrus hops with and obvious strong, malt backbone. Reminds me of a typical East Coast IPA. Just what I was looking for.

The taste is fairly one-noted. Citrus hops with the maltiness to back it up. 9% is fairly well hidden. Pretty good.

Overall, just what I was expecting in an east coast ipa. Enjoyable and I'd order it again.

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Photo of nhindian
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with about a finger and a half of sand-colored head. Retention is okay, but the nice thing here is the lacing, which is generous and covers a vast majority of the glass.

S - The nose brings aromas of fresh hops and actually a good amount of malt as well. Incredibly juicy with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pine resin. Malty as well with a bit of caramel and toffee.

T - The flavors are bursting with fruit and caramel. It's fairly balanced in this regard, but it is still hoppy without being overly bitter. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine, and everything is actually rather refreshing for a DIPA. Only a slight amount of alcohol and for the most part it's hid pretty well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky and a little syrupy at times .

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Another winner from Full Pint in my opinion. It's bold and high in alcohol, but feels easy to drink and hides that heat well. Also, not very expensive either! Definitely worth a try at least and I'll be seeking this out again in the future.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tuliped glass

Appearance: Beer pours a one finger head that is reducing and leaving some lacing on the glass. A nice burnt orange and red color and very foggy/hazy. Saw some particles floating around in the beer from the botton of the bottle to the glass. Really hope those floaties were part of the package and not a dissapointment of things to come. Finally can see carbonation in the glass after things have settled. I still see floaties in the beer, but still drinking it.

Smell: Very clean orange/tangerine/grapefruit right up front. Some breadiness and pine are right behind

Taste: Same as above. Bready yeast and pine are more prevalent. Bitterness is really high. Oh,oh there are the booze. Will have to say that the booze is hidden nicely and not upfront right at ya.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, slightly chewy, boozy, medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a nice little treat from our trip to an from Pittsburgh. Happy that I picked up a bottle and hopefully someday will have more from this Tri State brewery. Hopefully they will start to distribute to the eastern side of the state. Don't see myself going to the Pittsburgh area too often in the future.

I will have to say that I don't mind the floaties, but others might. They ahould let people know that it is bottle coniditioned or slightly unfiltered. Still a good beer and it didn't ruin my review. Thanks boys.

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Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Stockertown Bev. upon recommendation by a few friends. A relatively new brewery out of Pittsburgh that needed to be tried. This beer in particular caught my interest. 180 IBU's is ridiculous, and being backed by crystal malt, this was going to be different than your average imperial. The pour was your average imperial color, mild reddish brown with minimal head. The nose was everything you would expect, floral hops with citrus notes. It was the taste that caught me, up front it was spectacular. All three hops are very present...warrior, amarillo, and columbus. The mouth was where this beer went odd. It had all the power and punch with the hops, but crystal malt is too weak to back up this mammoth hop bomb. I still appreciated this beer very much and would definitely have another one, but after reading other's reviews, I can understand where they lost this beer. It just doesn't sit in the pallet. I really enjoyed it, but I guess the public is not ready for a 180 IBU bitter punch without the malt to match.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. What a awful bitter mess!

I really hoped this would be a good brew.

A - Hazy dark orange-amber color. Head quickly dissipates. Slight lacing.

S - Carmelly-Toffee citrus, Alcohol is very prominent, Very little hop presence. Could be described as a boozy fermented marmalade like smell.

T - Sweet, alcohol, and bitterness. No real hop or malt character to describe.

M - Dries the palate. Warm. Syrupy. Alcohol!!!

O - Not at all balanced. No real hop character to speak of. A badly formulated brew. I may have to pour our the rest. Unless you can sample this one fresh, don't waste your money. Yuck!

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair amount of a white head on it that leaves a good amount of lacing. It has a nice nose. Pine and grapefruit hops are dominant. Fair amount of malts behind the hops. Good taste. Not overly bitter. Nice balance of grapefruit andt o a lesser extent pine hops. Some caramel malts in the background. Fairly smooth. A nice beer.

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Photo of vande
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very lively beer. lots of rising bubbles, reaching the thin lacing of foam that floats upon the top of this coppery golden brew..

s: light sent of bitter hops... slight citrus effect

t: strong. alcohol is present with a decent blend of malt backbone and hop goodness...bitter back end..

m: lighter and somewhat creamy. interesting.

o: pretty good beer. not sure how long its been in my fridge...maybe interesting to sample a fresher one to taste/smell the differences that i'm sure would be present...

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Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rust-orange color. Two finger white head following a medium pour has now settled to a pretty thin lace after about 5 minutes or so. Decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass though.

Smell is rather clean and malty for an Imperial Ipa, but I'm picking up some sticky hops in the nose.

Not nearly as hoppy as I expected for a beer that claims 180 IBU's! The hops are there, but there's a big malt character as well as some alcohol heat that are both competing for your palates attention.

Medium body. It's actually thinner than it appears. Moderate carbonation.

A good, but not quite great DIPA. Similar to some of the other heavily hopped yet malty doubles such as Double Simcoe, Lake Erie Monster, and Stoudt's DIPA...but it's not quite as good as any of the fore mentioned.

Morey's Bottom Line: Even though it's brewed close to me, this one comes with a pretty high price tag which I can't imagine paying for anytime soon. Not bad though.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool, didn't know they bottled this one, so I was excited to see it at the new Doggin' It site in Shadyside. Also nice to see Full Pint deviating from their previous flagship label design.

Poured into a tulip pint: Three fingers lumpy, tapioca head over barely transparent rusty golden-orange body. Must be bottle-conditioned, as I see some fine particulate floating around with the heavy nucleation. Head drops to a finger & leaves a sticky ring.

Smell is right where I'd expect it to be, with some cooked, candied orange & grapefruit character & a mild biscuity undertone. Very nicely balanced for the style. A little more zesty bitterness picks up, but not a *hugely* hoppy smell (again, considering the style).

Grapefruit & orange peel in the flavor as well, with a kind of grassy, leafy bitterness taking over, like you get in arugula or something. Warm, candied orange in the near aftertaste that slowly ebbs & leaves that pithy bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel isn't quite there: not a whole lot of life to it, kind of lays there, with just a tiny tingle & the deadened feeling in the aftertaste.

Pretty solid number here, can't say there's anything stand-out in one way or the other. Enjoyable, I'd even have another if presented with the opportunity, but I can't say it was particularly memorable, either. Right in the middle of the road for my appreciation of DIPAs. Hides the alcohol well, also.

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Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson, 06/04/2011

12oz pour served in a (water) glass. Arrived at the table with a single finger of off-white head. Some lacing as the foam dissipated. The body is a light amber base with yellowish hues toward the edges.

The nose is pretty floral with some resin characters mixed in. Pretty much dominated by hops.

The flavor follows the nose, but as you palate adjusts to the bitterness, you can pick up some malts in the background. Crisp and clean throughout.

Light-medium bodied, well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

This is another quality offering from the folks at Full Pint. Great flavor...especially if you enjoy the hops. I wish this was available in bottles<hint>!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Pint Tri-PA has a bronze colored body that is very clear. The off-white head is about a finger tall, with OK retention, but not very much lacing.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, bringing the impression of bitterness, citrus fruits, and some resin.

The hops take the forefront in the flavor also. A good bit of bitterness is backed up by a ton of resin that has a pretty leafy flavor. Some citrus and just a bit of pine. The resin is the biggest hop flavor for sure. The finish has the slightest bit of warmth, with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't oily, but you can defintely feel the bitterness from the hops.

I think this is the best beer that I have tried from Full-pint. The hop profile is aggressive and raw. Quite honestly, I didn't realize this was a IIPA until I read the menu about halfway through my beer. I guessed it sat at somewhere between 6-7% ABV, but in reality it is 9%. Give this beer a try if you run into it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoot! First bottle review! Surprised to find this at my local bottle shop for a 3.00 single. Six pack will hopefully be cheaper.

A - Wow from a nice pour I only got a slight ring of head with a nice bit of lace. Color is of dark amber haze and... Is this unfiltered? Bits of sediment throughout.

S - Doesn't smell too in your face hoppy but I do get some citrus malts along side a nice bready like malt profile. Doesn't smell crazy through just eh.

T - It does have a nice hop taste to it with a lingering bitterness but comes off kind of sweet with more malts than hops. ABV is totally masked so it is enjoyable. Still could use more hops for a name like TriPA.

M - Surprisingly for the ABV I am drinking this rather quickly with a medium body so it is pretty tasty.

Overall I guess it was totally worth it for this DIPA. More hop flavor I guess would make this more bitter thus less drinkable. And of almost equal ABV of Double Trouble I find this less alcoholic tasting. At least it's better than Dogfish Head 90 minute that the truth. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite during a session at the newest Sharp Edge location, poured in their new smaller pour high octane chalices. A slightly hazed golden orange bright bodied, with a light white head forms even lace as it dwindles. Aroma has fruity pineapple/citrus notes actually intense citric hops with mild pine/mint going on. A hint of bready yeast this has to be a Belgian style IPA a mix of a triple/IPA aka TriPA also brewed in a tristate region of OH/WV/PA. Flavor is super aggressive with hop flavor and a decent bitterness. Fruity citric hops some grapefruit with tropical pineapple juicy mango fruit tones and hint of pine harshness. Complex warming alcohol with a spicy yeast note as well. Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils big bold American style BIPA. Carbonation is lively carries the beer all the way through, very enjoyable will hae to revisit this brew to see if it's actually as good as I thought it was or if the other beers I had that day were actually that lackluster.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a hint of pine. In the taste, starts off with some mango and orange citrus and ends with a dry pine like hop presence, with a nice malt backing all the way through. a small hop bite, and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like aftertaste. Wow! Really impressed by this one, bigger body, but big hops and hiding the 9%, quite nice.

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