Notorious Triple IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Notorious Triple IPANotorious Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 06-14-2011

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Photo of rjd722
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy orange with a frothy white foam head, solid lacing.

Aroma: Peppery, floral, citrus (orange and grapefruit).

Taste: Orange peel, slight lemon, and juicy hops. Nice malt backbone.

Feel: Incredibly smooth and hides the 12% well. Bitter finish, but doesn't linger.

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Photo of holysin
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is seriously the best beer I have ever had. Had a growler fill and then a second growler for later from Bert's growler garage in Ontario Oregon. Truely an amazing beer if you like IPAs that are a bit potent. Easily enjoyed (almost too easily) and lacks the extra sweetness that strong IPAs are known for. If you see this anywhere buy it.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing. Loaded with tropical fruit on the nose, nice malt backbone and great fruit and hops taste. This is really easy drinking (dangerous!) for the ABV. Fantastic!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally was able to track this down from a solid trader! Glad they started filling Crowlers! Most impressive TIPA I have ever tasted!!! Tons of citrus fruit nose and then lots of citrus taste on the palate!! Drinks waaaaay smoother than 11%!!!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 ounce crowler poured into a tulip.

Look - Amber hue. Really nice.

Smell - Tropical fruit bomb! Awesome nose!

Taste - Mango, honey, citrus with a bit of dankness sprinkled in for good measure. No alcohol perceived!!! World class Triple IPA!!!

Mouthfeel - Thick and sticky. Medium attenuation. Low carbonation.

Overall - Seek this out. Phenomenal Brew!!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of Braz
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber color. Not much head but no matter. I smell hints of pineapple. Surprisingly smooth taste. Again faint pineapple tones. Hops are heavy but masked to my surprise. I didn't read a description of the beer but I wouldn't be taken aback if there was fruit of some kind in this. Delicious.

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Photo of Moose90
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served On-Tap a number of times, updating from notes

A — Pours a coppery orange hue into the small glass. Great clarity. A thin white head sits atop the beer as a small layer of foam. Lacing is mostly consistent and sticky.

S — Smell is incredible, just flowing from the tap there are huge notes of orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, pine needles, and light tropical tones. All these aromas come across with a minimal level of sweetness, just incredible overall.

T — A great balance is struck here between some lightly sweet honey notes set against a bitter and resinous piney chew. Notes of pineapple, orange juice, lemon, and melon round things out here. Fantastic.

M — Medium-Bodied, ample balancing carbonation, this does not have the off-putting cloying sweetness that most in this style have. This is impeccably balanced.

O — Just amazing beer here, I love most things from Boneyard and this is no exception, may be their best beer. Just don't tell anybody, because PNW beer is inferior, right? Love you Boneyard!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a crowler back from Bend, and it was about 3 weeks old but it help up beautifully. It was just tropical, slightly piney, delicious. If you can, get it. It's dangerously easy to drink as well.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11-21-15 - On tap at 8 oz Burger Bar on Capital Hill in Seattle. Served in a standard pint glass. Went extremely well with my Cajun alligator burger. Tasty and smooth. Great hop flavor with high IBUs. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly hazy copper. Marks come from the lacing and head. Poured with a multiple finger frothy head. Great lacing. Very impressive for a triple ipa. Great smell. Booze does not come through which I prefer in this case. Nice balance of fruit and a bit of pine. First taste is juicy fruit. Unfortunately booziness then comes in and throws it a little out of whack. Considering abv is well within reason. Feel is very juicy. Best one I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of Bigplayz
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was a non-beer drinking until the age of 38. I brought some Boneyard Hop Venom home from a trip to Bend, OR and chilled a couple mugs in the freezer. Started drinking it with a buddy while working on a home project and it was amazing. My first beer love. It's been my favorite the past 4 years, but now we have a new King. Notorious Triple IPA trumps my first love. Amazing beer...hoppy, citrusy, and a little pine action. Other-worldy. It's like having two beers for the price of one with the over 10%ABV. Love it!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: thick frothy white head, light haziness, darker golden

S: bright burst of a complex hop blend, light dankness, very clean

T: quick sweet note from the alcohol, bit of pine and citrus, not overpowering or boozy

F: good bitter bite, which fades to crisp finish, slight sweetness

O: killer triple IPA, 100% more sessionable (and enjoyable) than PtY, similar to Knee Deep Simtra. Cannot believe this is 12%

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Photo of danbronson
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Brouwers toward the end of a beer-tourism trip to Seattle. Over the last 5 days I've sampled dozens of IPAs, often asking brewers or bar owners for the one they considered the most explosively hoppy. This beer put every other one I've had to shame. By far the biggest, hoppiest, and most delicious IPA I've ever had.

Look: Crystal clear, pale golden colour. Fluffy head that stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Thick lacing as the beer disappeared.

Aroma: I had just finished a rather strong, hoppy double IPA and my palate was already accustomed to hops when this was placed in front of me. I could smell it clearly from a foot and a half away as the bartender served it. Gigantic, fresh, hoppy goodness. Lots of peach and other sweet fruits. Powerful pine/resin. Not heavy on the citrus but it was there. It is complex, but not muddled.

Taste: More of the same (lots of sweet fruit and resin), with some maltiness. Very balanced malts, not too sweet, they stay in the background where they should be. Every sip was explosive and surprisingly hoppy. There is a strong sweetness that is obviously from the hops and not the malts. Somehow deliciously 'planty,' not in the vegetal or grassy way that so many IPAs are. Alcohol was nearly hidden at 12% (how did they do this?)! Extremely well balanced and yet powerful.

Mouthfeel: Not even close to being astringent. Instead it's slick/sticky. Very sticky, like it was coating my mouth in oil. The bitterness (which is high but extremely smooth) was just a pleasant, smooth tingle. The beer was insanely drinkable and far from heavy or cloying.

Overall: As close to a perfect beer as I have ever had. It has raised the bar on IPAs for me considerably. An absolutely delicious, huge IPA. Now if only they distributed to Canada...

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Photo of sergeantstogie
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I rate more beers I am more likely to call BS on all 5's. Especially some of my own. This beer was perfect. On tap at The Hoppy Brewer. Beautiful bright copper/orange with a nice sticky head. The head lasted. I could have smelled it all night. An intoxicating melange of tropical, fruity and dank hops. They really married together to just create a wonderful aroma all it's own. The taste was an intense and bitter version of the aroma. No cloying sweetness. No burn of alcohol which is impressive in a 12% ABV beer. My buddy who is not as much of a beer but, immediately commented on how incredibly smooth it was. And he was right. For a huge beer it was insanely drinkable. These big bad Imperial IPAs can go off the rails really easy but a gentle hand was at work with this beer. Well done Boneyard! Really worth all 5s.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazed golden bronze. Slight floaties in the glass.

Hop resiny and sticky. Dank and weedy. A little more juicy and fruity than the dipa.

Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied.

Good, but not tropical.

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Photo of mabermud
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler at Elizabeth Station for 2015, Bellingham, WA, Beer Week.

Look: The body of this beer appears hazy, golden, and orange. It looks thick coming out of the growler. The head is white and creamy. Sticky on the sides of the glass and persistent.
Smell: BOOM! BAM! BOOM! POW! A salvo of sweet and pungent hops attacking my senses. Sharp dankness, not regular dankness. A dank hop bomb in my nose. If I remember correctly, this smells similar to Pliny the Younger, only different.
Taste: Wow...Damn. This reminds me of PtY, just different. Super rich flavors of sweet and sharp hops combined with thick notes of pine. Easy and likable bitterness.
Feel: This feels so right in my chomper. Lower level of carbonation for a TIPA. Heavier body. Nice sudsy feeling. This goes down smooth.

Overall - The closest thing to PtY in my book. There are not many IPA style beers that would surpass Notorious IPA.

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Photo of kacytennic
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

triple IPA.A very solid beer, a great introduction, Taste and smell are beautiful and make this beer, back end is very full and perfect hop bitter. with a bit of kick in the finish.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Notorious is certainly an apt name for a beer which is this big but somehow drinks far smaller. Not in terms of its flavor and complexity, mind you, but in its ABV and sweetness. One of the exemplars in the style, now and forever.

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Photo of zildjian1z
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really good IPA, and very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. However, I think I prefer Boneyard's Hop Venom double IPA over this just slightly.

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1/2 pint glass @ Chuck's. Pours a clear copper w/ a sticky head.

Aroma is dank, dank, dank. Resinous pine and citrus.

Taste follows nose. Big sticky resinous pine and citrus hops balanced by a heavy dose of pale malt.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick but well carbed.

Overall a huge imperial IPA, comparable to or even more impressive than Pliny the Younger. Dangerous.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a lighter yellow body, one finger thick white head with good retention; a small bit of lacing though not a ton. Smells of rich grapefruit and pine aromas, very sweet caramel and biscuit. Very rich aroma that coats my nose in a pleasant haze of sweet grapefruit rind. Very nice. Flavour is similarly separated into two extremes that don't clash at all; strong caramel and biscuit sweetness mixes in very nicely with a strong grapefruit and pine hop aromatic flavours, finishing with a moderately piney bitterness. No onions or off-flavours, simply a very clean expression of over-the-top hops and malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not syrupy, dry and just about perfect for any IIIPA I've had thus far. Overall, excellent IIIPA that is one of the best beers I've tried from the PNW.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Orange color, not much head. Great aroma, very fruity, very nice. Flavor is off, very bitter but just doesn't follow the aroma and I don;t like it. Super boozy.

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Photo of beeraholico
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy smokes! Watch out Pliny the Younger... Notorious is in the house! This is the perfect IIPA! It tastes like a lightweight double, but is NOT... This is a great beer!!

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Photo of oceanman907
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Tap @ Apex i PDX

I Have heard a lot of noise about this beer and boy was it deserved! this beer is truly a marvel. Every other IPA that I have had that rise to go well above 10% become very boozy tasting and can't carry the hop flavor past a musty pine, probably because of the amount of sweet wort needed to get the alcohol level that high. but this beer was full of juicy sweet tangerine, lemon, and passionfruit flavors backed with an impossibly dry malt body that gets completely out of the way of the hop bouquet. The look is the only slight problem, not much lacing or head, at least on the glass I had, but with close to 12%, thats not really surprising. Sometimes you head of a whale and its not all its cracked up to be, and while this may be (in the words of one well known brewer from the area) a "stunt beer" this is worth the hype and the best IPA I have ever had. Bad ass tap handle with the biggie pic as well; Bring this too Alaska! maybe for culmination in August?!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunatly the growler I received leaked, so the beer was flat. Therefore take this review with a grain of salt.

That being said the absense of head (from being flat) actually makes this a very pretty beer. Looks just like a glass of Mott's applejuice.

Despite having no head, the smell is fantastic. I can't think of a better way to say this, but the smell is very heart warming.

The upfront taste is crips, clean and smooth. I will pass on rating the back end because its flat.

Likewise, I will pass on rating the feel because its flat.

Overall this is a solid beer, and when I combine it with my memory of RPM and Hop Venom, I think this would be fantastic. Looks like I'm back trying to trade for another growler as this was too good to not do it right.

Note: The entire review will be deleted and replaced if/when I get a new growler.

Updated for a new growler that wasn't flat. Look is not as pretty because of the lingering lacing, but still a good looking beer. The nose is basically the same of what I remember. The taste is very crisp with a perfect balance of bitterness that lingers without ever getting in the way or offensive, making you want more the entire way. The feel is a standard IPA feel, clearly overshadowed by the taste and smell. Overall, still a fantastic west coast IPA.

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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
4.54 out of 5 based on 748 ratings.
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