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 1Adam12
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this plenty, but first time reviewing it. Pours a hazy medium amber color with off white head. Sticky lacing. Smell is POTENT! Loads of citrus. Very grassy/wheaty. Just smells heavy. Taste is grapefruit forward with other citrus notes mixed in. Nice bitterness to it. Possibly a bit sour, but in a good way. Very heavy, full mouthfeel. The bitterness lingers and the grapefruit taste lingers. Overall, this is the best local (3 floyds not included) IPA around. So glad they started bottling. Very well done Triton.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of our new breweries bottling for the first time. I've enjoyed this beer on tap many times without doing a review.

Pours a bright orange/red with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

Dank aroma. Weed with some grapefruit and tropical fruits. A decent amount of caramel malt to balance it out, but the hops shine through.

Flavor follows the nose. Citrus especially grapefruit hit up front. A touch of caramel peaks in, but the hops are still the prominent flavor. Finishes slightly piney with a big grapefruit pith kick. Bitter grapefruit lingers on the back of the tongue.

Just a touch sticky with good carbonation levels.

This is rapidly becoming my go to beer at bars if it's all stuff I've had before. I could (and have) drink this all day. Good bitterness, but still pretty smooth and tasty. Looking forward to more out of this upstart and definitely psyched they now bottle.

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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 Shagtastic
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery

After having this a bunch of times I figured I'd finally get around to reviewing it.

A: Pours a light amber color with a small heard, great lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus explodes into the nose. Tons of grapefruit just wafts out of the glass. Could smell it from 3 feet away.

T: Bits of pine up front follows by a smooth transition into the citrus on the backend. Hop bitterness is present but totally balanced throughout the whole beer.

M: Good carbonation. For a 7% abv IPA this is hidden beautifully. I could see myself getting in trouble if I didn't know how strong it is.

O: This is the best IPA in town hands down. I love what Triton is doing and really think they are firing on all cylinders. Grab this one if you're in Indy!

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Photo of paultierney1
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently visited Indy. Went to Flat 12 Bierwerks, Sun King and Triton. All fabulous. Really liked Triton, but very tough to find. Had to finally ask a cop for directions.
Railsplitter IPA very nice. Numbers may be too high because I really liked the PLACE. Check out the taco truck for sure.

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Photo of stanolszyk24
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest IPA's I have tried with just the right amount of Hops and bitterness. Nice beer to relax with and is a great example of Tritons attention to detail in this category. The beer is great either from the bottle or on tap and is now becoming much easier to find around the Indianapolis area.

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Photo of SmartyPints
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bleacher's.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Nice sheets of lace form as I drink this one down.

S- Citrus overtone in aroma right off the bat. This lingers pretty much throughout the whole nose. Light undertones of bready malts show up toward the middle. Hints of floral hops in the ending with a light alcohol crispness.

T- Huge citrus hop bite right off the get go. This leads to a light bready malt toward the middle of the beer. Light malts die down in the ending and there becomes another burst of citrus hops. Hints of floral hops come through toward the end with a nice alcohol cleansing to the overall ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively and good for the style. Lots of citrus overtones left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, lingering citrus hops, hint of bready malt and a slight floral hop. Flavors were hop forward which show off the style well. No off flavors were present while drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a great bright west coast inspired IPA. Bursting with citrusy hops this beer doesn't overdue it. Not a hop bomb but very flavorful. Nice homemade IPA made in Indiana!!!

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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 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 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 gratefuld
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Dark orange yellow pour with a solid inch thick head. Head faded raher quickly. Nice lacing.

S: great citrusy and floral hop scent. Much stronger than I was expecting. Wow that is a great smelling beer!

T: nice well balanced flavor. Kind of sweet up front with a solid hop bitter finish.

M: nothing spectacular. Soft up front then a dry finish.

O: I bought this beer as a last minute decision because I had never see it before and it is brewed in my state. Definitely glad I did. This is a pretty well balanced IPA with an awesome scent and great taste. I think I like the scent a little better than the taste itsself, but overall I, very glad I picked this up. Wish I had bought more than a single to taste.

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

Birthday beer #3. On tap at Binkleys and my first beer from Triton.

It arrived a clear dark copper in color with a one finger creamy white head. The nose is moderately piny, dry, resinous, and bitter. The flavors are piny, fresh, resinous, and have an interesting crystal malt esque thing going on in the aftertaste. Nice addition! It adds a little something unique. It drinks light and dry with good carbonation. The alcohol isn't present at all. It drinks nicely. This is a nice IPA. I'm glad my first impression of Triton is a good one. Keep up the good work!

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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 Chaney
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this over at my brother's place on a recent visit to Indiana.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, dark orange color, with a Creamsicle" consistency, a mild white haze, and a 1/2 finger creamy head on top.

S: Strong scent of orange (juice), grapefruit, and a moderate malt component. This was more floral in nature as opposed to being a hop bomb.

T: Same citrus makeup as the nose. This was quite delicious and I really dug the fresh floral character in general.

M: Just the right amount of bitterness, not too sweet, and the fruitiness was organic as opposed to being artificial. Creamy and well carbonated for the style.

O: This was a great first outing with Triton Brewing Company, a new brewery in Indianapolis. Wahoo!

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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 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 scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for this one, Mark!

A: Pours a burnt amber with a couple fingers of light tan head that faded into a fuzzy film leaving streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Fresh citrus hops and tangerines fill my nose. I’m not getting much else. This is a perfumey and fragrant ipa.
T: Sweet and citrusy notes of tangerines and grapefruit with notes of tropical fruit nectars and even a hint of bubblegum. Pine shows up in the finish along with a hint of volatile alcohol, and the aftertaste is resinous and lightly bitter. Malt is present throughout with a low caramely sweetness, but hops really take the show in this one.
M: Medium body with a viscous mouthfeel that is rather refreshing. Carbonation is low but tingly.
O: A solid ipa that is very flavorful and easy to drink. Not my favorite but I would never turn this down or object to having a few of these now and again. Thanks again, HosP!

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from CWBlues, thanks Cy! 12oz into a tulip.

Reddish orange, with a creamy cap of off-white head. Dense retention and lacing. Nose is fruity, sugary, toffee, some citrus and mild floral. Taste has more toffee and caramel malt flavours, some herbal, grapefruit and lightly bitter citrus. A bit oily, malt backbone is pronounced. Medium bitterness, lower carbonation. A nice IPA, but I like 'em with a little less malt character.

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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 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 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 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 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 mynie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a medium-sized white head. Smells nicely balanced but a little dull: citrus hops, biscuit malt.

Taste much more variegated while maintaining the aroma's balance. Medium strength hop profile of citrus and grapefruit starts things off, moving into a finish of dry, bitter barely.

A pretty boilerplate IPA, but it does a good job of staying drinkable in spite of its fairly high ABV.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in appearance, with a huge off-white head. Sturdy and thick, but un-detailed lace.

Nose is delightfully hoppy -- citrus, grapefruit, and even a little hint of apricot.

Taste doesn't hold up as well. The grapefruit tones battle a substantial malt profile. The result is a dry, almost sour finish that didn't impress me. A decent, but unremarkable IPA.

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