Railsplitter IPA | Triton Brewing Company

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Railsplitter IPARailsplitter IPA

Brewed by:
Triton Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SmartyPints on 12-13-2011

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this fresh on tap at the brewery in Indy. Was a nice light copper color in the glass I was served with medium carbonation. Taste was a nice balance of mostly hops and a bit of malt blended in. I really enjoyed this and got some to take home to enjoy in the future. I would get this again when I can find it where we live up here 100 miles north from Indy.

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very easy drinking IPA. Mild nose is followed by a modest entry and even mid-palate. Much more going on with the finish, which holds way more flavor. Hops and bitter significantly more prominent, then they linger nicely.

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Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - Easy pour produces a massive 3 fine head that is creamy in appearance and dissipates very slowly. The head is an amber khaki in color. The beer itself is a dark amber in color and hazy in appearance with high carbonation visible in the form of small bubbles rising very quickly toward the surface and bouncing off the bottom of the head. 4.25/5

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin, and floral hop notes make up the brunt of the aroma. The focus is definitely on the hops here, as they should be. There are undertones of butter, rich caramel, and cereal grains. Very appealing aroma with a good balance of malt and citrus. 4/5

T - Light caramel and cereal grains up front lead into a light stone fruit note before transitioning full bore into the hops. Citrus peel takes center stage here with notes of grapefruit juice, orange, and lemon playing a supporting role. Prior to the citrus coming in there is a bit of a floral note that is very brief. Pine resin, orange peel and lemon peel bitterness closes out the flavor profile with a bitterness that is quite significant and lingers for quite some time. 3.75/5

M - Light carbonation burn on the front of the sip but this quickly goes away. The remainder of the mouthfeel is very drying with a dryness that lingers every bit as long as the bitterness. Light to medium bodied in stature. 4/5

O - Textbook example of an IPA with the focus being entirely on the hops with the malt playing a back up and slightly balancing role. Citrus and citrus peel plays the major part here with just a bit of pine resin backing it up. Fairly light for a 7% abv IPA. 4/5

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully woven of the current trends of IPA and also harking back to the balance that gave original American IPA their complete autonomy, Triton pays tribute to both with their flagship Rail Splitter IPA.

The beer's deep amber pour carries a firm and uncompromised haze and churns with a creamy ecru froth. Balanced scents of citrus and pine carry the nose while the initial taste is luxurious with caramel, bread crust and toasted cashew.

With the sweetness trailing and the hops projecting, the dynamics of taste begin to shift decidedly toward the hops. Pink grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon and lime carry a taste across a resinous field of pine, fresh-cut grass and herbal tea leaf.

Dry, but with a mild caramel and granola rebuttal, the hops certainly steer the taste toward a crisp, clean and refreshingly bitter finish, its sweetness offers a short balance that the hops find contentious. Its British-style balance trails with dry caramel and sappy pines with an aftertaste of dried citrus peel.

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Photo of jeffcampbell317
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber hue. I seemed to pick up a slight citrus taste. It's an all around winner. I believe they just started canning this. I used to pick it up every now and then in growler fills. Now, I take the cans home ( I like to have a variety of different local crafts on hand. )

Just the right amount of hops and the ABV in just inside the range of what I prefer too. They make some other simply amazing beers that you can't even get in growler fills. Generally they are the higher ABV, barrel aged, etc..options. Now I would like to see that change. I sampled some far out things at their 4 yr. anniversary party.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at District tap. Color was a rich orange copper. Favor was slight lemon, not bad. Similar citrus aroma. Taste wasnt too strong considering the amount of booze, which was nice. Above average ipa.

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Photo of Hauge261
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice Amber look. Subtle aromatics; not too powerful, but the smell was pleasant. The taste was not to hoppy, but you know that it is an IPA. Fairly smooth finish that isn't too dry.

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Photo of codydixon
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a solid IPA. Very smooth and drinkable. No traces of alcohol. Pretty light for an IPA but not bad at all. It's worth a try but don't expect mind blowing.

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Photo of GoNoles
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't a fan of this one. Granted, I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this one did not appeal to me at all. Tasted a bit more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste lingered for a while.

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Photo of HoggDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

If you like you IPA with a lot of hop, probably not for you. I don't, so I liked it very much. Little citrus and caramel. Good finish. Does not stay on breath all night! lol

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Photo of are_doubleyou
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

L: The beer appears very good. A nice foamy head that turns into a good lace after a vigorous pour and a rich orange in color.

S: The aroma is very weak for an IPA. I got some citrus notes when I first poured, but now I don't smell much of anything. Not very appealing for an IPA.

T: I get some floral notes when it hits my tongue, some light citrus notes as it sits there, but mostly I taste the very strong floral and resiny finish. This is an IPA that lingers on your palate. Nothing outstanding for an IPA in my opinion and with a harsh enough aftertaste that I wouldn't recommend it to someone who didn't really like hops.

F: The mouthfeel is actually where I think this beer is best. There is a rich malt backbone to balance out the hops and it leaves the beer feeling rich and full on the tongue. There is also some light carbonation. Very pleasant.

O: Overall I feel like this is a pretty average IPA. It's biggest offense to me is the lack of an enticing hop aroma and anything special in the taste department. It tastes pretty mellow until the finish and then it is perhaps too strong. But it looks proper and the mouthfeel is very well balanced. I can't say that I recommend it, but you could do far worse if you are in Indiana looking for something local to drink.

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug at apx. 50F.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A: A medium clear brown, with about a finger of brown head and decent retention. Good, but nothing unusual.

S: Toasted malts, honey, and a sugary sweetness. Not much hops. Is this an IPA?

T: The malts predominate the taste, with an astringency on the back. This isn't like any IPA I've had, more like a brown.

M: Fresh and well-balanced. Good mouthfeel.

Not an IPA, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Just had this on tap at Nick's in Bloomington. Here goes:

A: A perfect orange-amber. Great head and lacing as well. The beer is perfectly clear. 4.5/5.0

S: Very robust floral notes. Citrus, grapefruit, lemongrass and a lot of orange-peel. 4.5/5

T: Delicious. Taste follows the nose except the malt is slightly more prevalent. Hops give way to a nice malt finish. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, grass from the hops and lightly-kilned grains 4.5/5

M: Nice and crisp. Really good malt backbone to balance out the hops. 4.5/5.0

O: A very good IPA. Will have again

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A. It pours a nice amber color with two fingers of off white head.
S. It is a pine forest in a glass with very little else coming through.
T It tastes like it smells with a strong hop bitterness to start followed by some more hop bitterness and finishing with some hop bitterness, yep its a really hoppy beer and reminds me of some unbalanced west coast IPA's.
M. It has a medium body.

O. This is an interesting beer I had never heard of when I picked it up. The label references some citrus and a strong malt back bone and I'm missing that in the bottle I have so I wonder if its old bottle. I would try it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a muted golden copper-brown into the glass. A dense, very tight two-finger head of egg-cream white slowly collapses, leaving a dense, thick ring of foamy lace around the glass. After a good 10 minutes, there's a nice blanket of very fine bubbles left across the surface that refuses to fade. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a muted apricot orange-red and rather cloudy, with lots of bubbles rising up through the glass feeding the surface.

S - A bit muted, but decently complex mix of grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops sit on moderately toasted malts. A little biscuit in the background. Spending some time with it brings out some tropical notes, but the resin pretty easily overrides them. At the very end of a very slow tasting, the underlying malts made an appearance offering some light caramel.

T - Bitter citrus rind and dry, crushed floral hops dominate the taste profile. A hint of dry toasted bread cowers in the background. Notes of soft bitter orange fade in at the finish. When it really warms up, there's a tad more malt, but not much.

M - Foamy. Plenty of carbonation. Body is rather thin and pretty much disappears into the finish. Structure is loose, with components milling around each other. Bitterness washes over the tongue. Finish is dry and lingers across the palate from the hops.

O - It's all about the hops - their pronounced bitterness and punch right at the beginning of the quaff makes discerning nuances difficult. This one's for hop heads who don't want malts and sugars cluttering up the taste profile and want a lasting bitter finish to coat their tongues. I'd prefer more balance.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange, copper color, with a light tan head. Lacing is significant.

S - Grass and citrus, with a few floral notes.

T - A start of citrus, with malts underlying, but subtle. The close comes in bitter, but fades out fairly quickly.

M - Brisk carbonation; crisp, but with a bit of drying on the end.

O - A decent IPA, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper orange color, high clarity, rising carb visible. Thin halo of lace on the opposite side of the glass, decent head after the initial pour.

Lightly sweet pale malt and citrusy orange peel in the aroma.
Somewhat subdued, but more pungent when swirled.

Taste is similar, sticky sweet pale malt and some citrusy orange hop character, but it's fairly subdued. Light butterscotch and lingering resiny bitterness. Overall it's drinkable, though not knowing how old it is, it's hard to form an objective opinion.

Thanks Howard!

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of underlying caramel malts are a little stronger. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is easy to drink and the taste has a pretty good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was avoiding this one because I thought I had previously tried and not liked it. I must have been mistaking it for some other train themed brew. This one is a nice dry AIPA.

It opens with a nice appearance and aroma. The head is typical as is the color. The aroma is a fresh piney hops smell. The taste sticks in the same vein - crisp and clean, piney hoppy. Easy drinking for the style, but more than a couple would be dangerous and may get old.

The aftertaste is an appropriate hoppy bite. Overall, it is better than I remembered (since I am certain I was mistaking this for something from a brewery in Erie).

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours great with a inch wide frothy head. Dark orange rust/ caramel color is beautiful. Smell has lots of citrus and mango for me. The taste was floral and citrus up front. The bitter flavor left in my mouth was not too great. Not a bad IPA, but it fell flat at the end for me.

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Photo of patpbr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Orange, copper color with a medium head
S - Citrus nose some pine. notable malts
T - Pine flavor up front. Malts, citrus, grapefruit, and flora fill it out. Bitter finish.
M - Medium body and a dry bitter finish.
O - First time hearing of Triton and its a worth a try IPA. Like the all black cap on the bottle

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Photo of dmgeng
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to try a local IPA and this is what I got.

A - Orange color with light orange head. Some lacing. Mostly clear.

S - Full hop smell with notes of citrus and pine hops.

T - Has all the hops from the smell and a mixture of malty sweetness. Good hop flavor and aroma that make it pleasing all the way, almost like perfume. Crisp with some hop bitterness. A good IPA with a slightly hop edge but balanced.

M - Medium mouth-feel with the tones of sweetness. Good carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA. I love the hop flavors and the sweetness doesn't overpower but compliments. Perfect blend for an IPA. If you like supporting Indy's brewing culture this is a good testament to what it has become. I'd recommend it to a friend who likes IPAs.

Glass- Pint

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with a moderate off-white head. Nose is really light for me - I can detect some faint whiffs of floral hoppiness, but the smell certainly isn’t strong. Taste is actually too balanced for me - only a very slight bit of bitterness, and not a lot of substance. Meh.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper/gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Toasted malt, piney hops, underlying bitterness that carries to the finish. A bit of a watered-down mouthfeel, but very drinkable. A nice IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep, clear copper. A light, soft, big-bubbled off-white head forms on top, reaches 3/4 of a finger, lasts a short time, fades to sturdy foam, and leaves spotty lacing.
It's moderately hoppy, though pretty light overall. Citrus flesh and zest sneak out with a light malty sweetness balancing. It's tough to get a whole lot out of, though.
The flavor is a bit stronger, with both hops bitterness and malts sweetness somewhat more assertive. Balance is well-maintained. Grapefruit and orange mingle with a floral sort of note, and it's pretty leafy, but it develops an odd sourness into the finish. Overall, though, it's not bad.
It's a little thin in the body with some spritzy carbonation, which just needs a little time and evens out. It's not too bad, and pretty smooth, though the crispness does eventually fall off.

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