Gopher it
Baxter Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
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4.18 | pDev: 5.74%
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even with a violent pour from the 16 ounce can, the head is never larger than a single finger thick. It does recede very slowly leaving a thin layer of wide streaks. The color is cloudy orange-amber.

Strong, sweet caramel aroma with a definitive whiff of alcohol. This smells very much like a barley wine. The hop is hardly present, but it comes across behind the pineapple, banana and mango nose.

The flavor is phenomenal with a not-too-sweet, not-too-dry start. There's plenty of the aforementioned tropical fruit throughout the tasting. The alcohol, while present, doesn't overwhelm. The beer is rich as one would expect, but the carbonation provides adequate counterbalance. The finish has an unexpected bitter spiciness which creates a moderate length aftertaste. The full-flavored malt and alcohol air are the last things to fade.

Overall, this beer delivers an extraordinary complexity while never getting extreme nor bizarre--one of the best Triple IPAs I've ever had. This is categorized as a New England IPA, but it doesn't fit in that category perfectly. It really is more true to the "Triple IPA" monicker with strong IPA and Barley Wine elements.

Feb 23, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16 fl. oz. can dated 06/04/19. Sampled on June 26, 2019.

Opaque, milky looking pale yellow pour with a silky, milk-shaky foamy white head that lingers with little lacing surprisingly.

Outgoing aroma of tropical fruit, herbal notes, and a finely tuned sourdough breadiness. This is brewed with Vermont yeast although I don't pick up anything unique in that category.

Smooth, soft, and better than medium mouthfeel.

Wow! The hops penetrate the taste buds like a fire of pepper and tropical fruit. Some herbal qualities. Hardly sweet. Mostly bitter. Hopheads will love it.

Jun 26, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: A good mix of citrus, floral, and dank hops up front along with a light malt presence

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and floral hop notes and then picks up some dank notes. Lightly bitter. Malt balances nicely. Finishes with lingering "juice"

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid "triple" IPA that is quite easy to drink. Very nicely balanced. Worth a shot

Jun 18, 2019
Gopher it from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 7 ratings