A Wizard Is Never Late
Triptych Brewing

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #709
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,142
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
43
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Triptych Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: A hazy, double dry hopped India Pale Ale featuring Citra & Apollo hops.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, born on 9/27/21, into stemless glass.

Gorgeous honey-orange with a creamy cap of 2 fingers, leaving lots of lace in perfect swirled lines as it recedes to a fluffy half finger.

Aroma is honey, graham, sharp grapefruit, juicy orange, slight dankness, and pine.

Flavor is huge honey and graham, so much malt here... followed by an oddly welcome note of chocolate orange but with very fresh and juicy oranges. It's candy-like. It's magical. Perhaps that's a little spoilage creeping in but I don't care. Pink and yellow starburst follow up, and then it finishes on some white grapefruit, pine, and pink starburst. A malt assault but absolutely delicious.

Feel is juicy and soft, with medium plus carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat that's maybe a tad excessive for 7.2% but I don't mind really. Resinous, drying finish.

Overall, this just kicked the bleep out of the Bearded Iris Attention Please that I just had (canned 9/20/21 and fading already). BIBCO is slipping, but these guys are starting to take their place for me. Wow, this was just incredible. I've got goosebumps. Illinois ain't THAT far away...

$13.99 / 4 pack / Friar Tuck's in Bloomington

Oct 26, 2021
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can bb 12/4/19 poured into a tulip
A: Very hazy light orange/light brown with a 1.5 finger head
S: Loads of tropical fruit & citrus, hints of earth/pine
T: Matches the nose just not as crisp
M: Medium-bodied, soft
O: A tasty NEIPA, I just got it from a friend yesterday & would love to try it again closer to its birthday

Dec 15, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on April 11, 2019. A combination of pale British, American and German malts with copious amounts of Citra and Apollo hops. Dank notes of fruit and fresh hops.

Apr 16, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look was a hazy orange color with a pretty fluffy head. The smell was very citrusy. Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. The taste was juicy up front but at the end there was a little bit of a nice piney flavor and a touch of bitterness. Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. My first beer from Triptych and I'm impressed.

Mar 19, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into HF stemmed ballon glass. Canned on 03/01/2019.

Appearance: nice hazy / opaque dull golden yellow with tall white head. Good head retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Citra hop notes are bigger than the Apollo hops. Huge oranges and a hint of grapefruit. Melon rind is also prevalent in the aroma.

Taste: Prevalent oranges, mango, and melon notes. Hint of grapefruit with a light pine and light dankness. Also tasting lemon - lime sherbet in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Upfront you get juicy hops; the finish is slightly dry. The beer has rather "clean" character about it, which probably accentuates the slight dryness of the beer. Medium bodied beer. Lightly creamy carbonation. Definitely has drink-ability going for it.

Overall: Citra and Apollo make an interesting/complex aroma & flavor profile for this beer. Cleanness and low bitterness of this beer drives up the drink-ability; though the cleanness tends to slightly detract from that hazy / juicy profile. Really dig what Triptych is doing with hops. Many great "hazies" crafted by this brewery.

Mar 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 3/1/19; drank 3/15/19 @ the Palace.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE white head; strong, frothy lace.

Orange citrus, wheat & table sugar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tangy orange citrus, wheat, baking soda & table sugar flavors.

This smelled OK, but it's an off-putting IPA that holds little resemblance to the New England style it aspires to.

Mar 17, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My old neighbor from Oswego gave me a can of this beer. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had apricots. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit presence. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Aug 02, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque matte orange color. Obviously pretty hazy given the level of opacity. Thick pillowy white head dissipates slowly leaving some spots of lacing along with a roughly one finger hill of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is a nicely pungent array mango, melon, orange, tangerine, with a dank hoppy note on the finish. Super tropical with a juicy like character. That juice character reads somewhat sweet on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a sweet juicy flavor that reveals notes of orange, tangerine, mango, peach, grapefruit and a slight dank grassy note on the back end. Beer is initially very fruity and sweet, but as it finishes, you get punched with a surprisingly bitter pop.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Mild carbonation. Smooth through the finish. Exactly what you'd expect from a NE style IPA.

Overall this is a very well done example of the NE style IPA. The more pronounced bitterness provides some balance and will have a wider appeal for those who dislike the complete juice bombs that some NE style beers can veer into. Well done and one I'd be happy to revisit in the future.

Mar 12, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours straight orange juice with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head.
Smells of big citrus hop with dankness.
Great dank citrus hops with much melon, mangoe, orange.
Great smooth NEIA medium mouthfeel. Slight hop resin.

Feb 18, 2018
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Bones10 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A week old can poured into a spieglau.

When the can cracked, I could smell awesome! Fruity dankness filling my kitchen. I knew then it was another Triptych winner.

I’m starting to appreciate the subtle differences between the meme beers. This one has a bit of old school in it, but it’s hidden in the pure awesomeness that is meme.

I’ll keep drinking all of them (Dank, Really Dank, Neo, Fleeting, Wizard...) because they are great beers.

Cheers!

Dec 31, 2017
A Wizard Is Never Late from Triptych Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 43 ratings