Grassroots Pikkulintu Triple IPA | Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by digita7693 on 03-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by cpetrone84:
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3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Pikkulintu in July of 2011. Review from notes. Pour is a hazy dark amber orange with some large bubbles, big lace, and a tan head. Nose is very sweet, loads of caramel and brown sugar, light pineapple hops, a bit resinous. Taste is maltier and sweeter, caramel and cooked brown sugar, resignous pine and pineapple, moderate citric bitterness. A bit heavy on the palate with a syrupy oily feel and strong carbonation. A bit messy.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of herbal hops with some citrus notes and some bitter notes. Taste is a mix between some herbal notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a solid malt backbone without too much residual sugar to cut through the hops profile. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid full-body IIPA.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pikkulintu on 5 June 2011

A - Clear golden orange with a beautiful frothy white head.

S - Tons of pine blasting the nostrils along with some dank/funky hops. Am I in Amsterdam? Really impressive aroma after 9 months in the bottle.

T - There's a little malt backbone, but only there for minimal balance. Just hints of caramel and vanilla which quickly step aside to let the hops have their moment. Not much hops flavor, but a huge 100+IBU of bitterness to finish the palate.

M - Pretty full-bodied and fantastic carbonation.

O - If you can imagine a triple IPA after 9 months, this is it. It is NOT a west coast barley wine, which I initially guessed it would taste like after a year. However, this has a huge hop presence still, without any malt coming through. Definitely a well-made brew.

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Photo of digita7693
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pub Pikkulintu in Helsinki, Finland.
Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Citra.

Had on tap at Alvinne Craft Beer Fest 2011

A Beautiful cloudy orange/amber color. decent amount of head and good lacing

S very very hoppy, shot in the face of pine and citrus (grapefruit and exotic fruits? mango perhaps)

T this is delicious. very smooth. Taste follows the nose, lots of hops, bitter citrus, some pine and a touch of malty sweetness on the back end.

M/D nice creamy Dipa, very drinkable, cant believe the abv on this!

For me, move over Pliny the Elder! Reminded me a bit of a slightly less sweet Hopslam with more citrus and pine. Perfect!

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Photo of Zimbo
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours effortless big frothhy head leading to a yellow muddly haze of colour. Nose gives a deep damp fern sweetness which is reflected in the palate which is helped by some reasonable use of caramel malt. Unbelievable beautifully balanced for its roidish ABV and goes down with a restrained sense of glossiness and sap.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Body is a hazy amber gold. Poured with a thick head (due to warm equipment issues), eventually settled to a cap and ring with substantial lacing.

Smells of hay, brown sugar, and strong citrus hop aroma.

Tastes strongly of caramel malts, intense citrus and pine hops with some tropical fruit flavors. The sweet malt backbone balances the intense hop character. Has a nice long dry hoppy finish.

Body is medium and foamy carbonation gives this a really nice creamy mouthfeel.

This was an outstanding triple IPA (as it was described), with an ABV at wine level. This tasted very smooth and the alcohol was pretty well hidden.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kristina, provided by Henrik. Served in a taster pint glass. Bottled November 6th, 2010 for Pikkulintu's 10th Anniversary.

A - Nice looking brew, particularly for the high ABV. Big foam that settles to a thick white cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Hazy orange body.

S - Still fairly hoppy for a 9-month old Triple IPA. Hefty doses of pine and grapefruit still present, but balanced by an equally hefty brown sugar and caramel malt backbone. There's a bit of stale, aged hop aroma going on as well, but it's not too distracting.

T - Taste is more malt-forward, with plenty of browned sugars, caramel, and vanilla. There's some tropical fruit hop character still present, but surprisingly moderate bitterness considering the advertised 100+ IBUs.

M - Full-bodied, with lower carbonation, a slightly gritty texture, and a big sticky finish. Alcohol is present, but doesn't suggest anything near 12.2% ABV.

D - True "Triple IPAs" are a rare breed, so I don't have many points of references. It's also hard to give this beer a fair shake as I never had it fresh. That being said, the Citra and Chinook hops are still present in the aroma, and the Simcoe comes through in the flavor. It also thankfully avoids smelling like cat pee, which many Chinook/Simcoe beers tend to do. I like this quite a bit more than Devil Dancer, but far less than something like Ephraim or Nickel Bag.

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Grassroots Pikkulintu Triple IPA from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 8 ratings