Intangible Tides
Burlington Beer Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #200
Ranked #1,213
4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Acquired 9/21/19i at the Waterbury Vermont Craft Beer Cellar. Canned 9/3/19.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque orange gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus leaning to orange rind, from a foot away.

t; Citrus and tropical fruit combo with moderate bitterness over a toothy smooth malt base. Dry finish with only very slight lingering bitterness. Very high ABV (10%) is amazingly well covered.

m; Hefty medium, great body and much carbonation tingle.

o; An excellent NEDIPA, fruity and substantial, beautifully balanced.

Oct 02, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 17 days ago.

L -- Pale and intensely turbid orange body with two fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Orange creamsicle, clementine, vanilla, lemon sorbet, dank weedy resins, guava, pineapple candy, kiwi
T -- Largely follows the nose. Straightforward creamy citrus -- the citra and mosaic take the center stage here for sure. Bit of astringent black tea bitterness in the back but nothing much. The pale malt bill works well here; it's not as syrupy sweet as many triple IPAs are
F -- Soft and fluffy. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Very drinkable, especially for the ABV
O -- One of the best, if not the best, TIPA I've had to date. Bravo, BBC


Aug 06, 2019
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unbelievable how little alcohol I taste for a 10%beer. Pretty thick and juicy looking beer with not a ton of fruit flavor. More oats. Taste and mouth feel are best part of this beer. Definitely worth a shot if you get the opportunity.

May 11, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a four pack of this a few weeks ago when up in VT for my 30th birthday, so figured it's time to review a can! I had Intangible Tides as part of a flight when at BBCo, and liked it so much I wanted to pick up a four-pack. As usual with the brewery, this was an incredible deal for the high ABV... I think this was something like $16 for four tallboys. Talk about value. Let's see how it's been holding up considering this was canned 2/26/19, making it somewhat old at this point. Will it hold up? One way to find out...

Pours an incredibly hazy orange color. This is a dense, opaque, almost milkshake-like IPA with a slight sudsy head and great tiered lacing. Though the head builds up pretty poorly even with a harder pour, it does retain pretty well. Overall, if you're into the category of (almost-)disgustingly-turbid NEIPAs, this will be up your alley. I would personally prefer a slight bit of effort into the look of this one. It just smacks of trend-hopping for whatever reason. Perhaps it's because I haven't had a lot of super-hazy triple IPAs, but... yeah. Not really super into this one appearance-wise.

The nose is leafy and slightly dank with overripe tropical fruit and light earthiness. This unfortunately smells a little old at this point, as I remember it being amazing both on tap and from the other can I had a week or so ago. Strange that it could fall of so quickly... perhaps it has somewhat of a short half-life after it gets to a month old? I feel like that shouldn't happen, but maybe it's more volatile due to the unfiltered nature and high strength when taking into account what must be intense hopping rates. I definitely remember this being better just a week or two ago, though... strange but not out-of-the-question, I suppose. I feel, however, that I should rate it kind of between what it is now and what it was then, as that makes the most sense from a review perspective.

Flavor profile is chalky and oat-laden with some sweet, boozy flavors melding with mango, overripe guava and tangerine flesh. Some light dankness and oily grapefruit peeking out as well. Very creamy with an orange-like flavor and a disposition that screams "milkshake" to me, just as I noted it could be based on its appearance. No lactose present here, though... just a really smooth drinking triple IPA with moderate carbonation and a slick, semi-sweet finish. If I had a suggestion for this beer, though, it'd be that you consume it within a month of when it's canned (or, better yet, have it on draft at the source!)... it's a really good beer when fresh but falls off fairly quickly as is evident from my current experience with it.

Apr 08, 2019
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CommonSense from Maine

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uh yeah BBCO is killing it. Might be the best triple IPA I've ever had. So many layers of flavor without a hint of alcohol. I'm really surprised their beers aren't as hyped as some other Vermont beers.

Mar 16, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold juice in the glass. Kind of reminded me of Tree House's Julius, perhaps a shade less complex. A New England juicebomb all the way. Absolutely delicious, if not nuanced.

Feb 23, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a taster glass via draft @ BBCO

color is like OJ

smell is semi-sweet citrus and faint onion

taste was pineapple, mango and orange peel

mouthfeel was full and creamy (almost creamsicle like)

probably the best BBCO beer I've had to date

Jan 23, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - pour is straight hop mud. Brown haze... braze? I don't think I've ever seen an IPA look this thick. The head is creamy as can be and sticks to the glass like tree sap to.. pretty much everything.

S - the dank. Onion peel and sweaty, gritty pineapple zest. Puckering grapefruit rind and whiffs of lemon vanilla candles.

T - aw man, taste isn't nearly as saturated as I was hoping for. Aggressively herbal and acidic. Fortunately, as it warms, that saturation starts to come through. Yeasty and tangy, this is loaded with pure hop essence. Honey, oats, and grape-infused papaya. Lemon peel and lime soda. Lots going on here in a potent package. Fair amount of burn on the finish. This is going to be less than fun by the time I get to the last few sips. Better drink these fresh.

F - thick and chewy. Milkshake feel that is oh so satisfying. Soft and velvety, really coats the mouth and works its way into every crevasse. Feels like it has become one with my body.

O - big, bold, and unrelenting. Love the flavors and feel, but remember that throat-burning grey area? Yeah, well it's right on that line, if not sightly over. For best results, drink this quickly, but at the same time don't because you'll be sorry. Good luck.

Jan 19, 2019
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dns711 from Vermont

4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When friends visit from out of state, this is the beer I tell them they simply must have (not Heady, not a Hill Farmstead variety, not a Lawson's variety...). Extraordinarily well-balanced with an unexpected malt balance that makes this remarkably drinkable despite the 10% ABV. Agree with the description of tropical fruits on the nose and wheat + honey upon tasting. Ultimately this takes the best of other BBCO offerings (Wizard, Beekeeper) and fuses them together perfectly. If left with only one IPA to drink the rest of my life (and not required to function on a daily basis), this would be the one.

Jan 16, 2019
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really an impressive IPA. Very big beer and pretty boozy, but hit with a great hop profile. A very nice malty backbone often lacking in this style with a wheaty oat theme.

Aug 23, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12 oz Foam Brewers thin tulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours like a glass of pineapple OJ, with a massive 2 plus finger head that clings to the sides of the glass leaving big thick waves of lace.

Smell is papaya, guava, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical front to back, really bold but crazy balanced, not overly bitter with just a hint of alcohol in slightly puckering grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is big and soft, not dry but slightly sticky from the crazy amount of hops, and drinks like 8% and that is scary.

Overall I don’t give many 5s but I wouldn’t change a single thing with this one. Outstanding!

Aug 17, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can w/o canning date info.

Typical NEIPA kinda pour, cloudy, thick and frothy

Ripe, jammy fruit on the nose..

Pineapple, ripe, soft, dank and tasty, all over this offering....delicious nectar....more impressive stuff from Burlington Beer Co.....go get some

May 08, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Latest batch.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a murky body with some lacing. Nose is the best attribute with tropical and citrus fruit like you read about. As for flavor? Such a disappointment as the bitterness on the palate after such a remarkable nose is quite offputting. Feel is another downer as the carbonation is lacking as in most murky juicebombs. Overall, yet another example of a beer that should never, ever darken the doors of IPA land. Get yer own style! Cheers!

Apr 29, 2018
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GraniteState101 from New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks exactly like I want an IPA to look - hazy with a zero % chance I can see through the glass. This is honestly the first triple IPA I've ever purchased and did so only because of my love for BBC's wizard. Juicy. Creamy. Exceptional. No idea how you make all that work in a 10% but they do. BBC may not get the hype as a few of their VT neighbors... But they should. Incredible effort here.

Mar 30, 2018
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jimbo for this one!
Hazy yellow/orange body with a white head diminishing during tasting, looks really thick.
Boozy nose cheered by exotic fruits hoppiness what you can typically smell from an Imperial NEIPA
Complex taste of fruits coming from the south, medium sweetness, grapefruit bitterness.
Full bodied "Triple IPA", thick, creamy, nice warmth going down the throat. Really good one!

Mar 13, 2018
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fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow. Lots going on here. Pours a hazy thick color. Looks like a grapefruit float. Nice creaminess in flavor and head. Lots going on with flavor. Bitter. Sweet. Grapefruit. Feel is wonderful. I can tell this is a 10%. Outstanding and happy I got to try this.

Feb 17, 2018
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benjaminsa from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is way above what I was expecting for a triple IPA. Really smooth. Everything that you could ever want in a NEIPA!

Re-rated - still very very good. My pallet has just matured.

Jan 27, 2018
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RT-Kris from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and and solidly hazy. More orange than yellow. Good white, foamy head. It had a good amount of yeast floating in it and settling, not too much though. Great mouthfeel, pretty good smell, damn good mostly hoppy taste

Jan 19, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Wildly opaque tan to murky yellow with a thin but persistent creamy film clinging at the edges with a slight ridged collar.

Smell is toasted cracker, burnt rubber, cannabis and dank onion peppered with mango, papaya and blood orange.

Taste is cannabic resin, burnt rubber, toasty cracker and orange with an almost candy cane and Smarties accent. Kiwi comes out in the aftertaste, with a somewhat boozy heat you don't often find in an IPA, no matter the strength.

Body is moderate with a velvety, firm fizz that thins and dries out on the swallow, giving an acidic burn.

Dec 22, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This caught me completely off guard! Got it as an extra in a trade and it’s sat in my fridge for a month until tonight when I poured it into a tulip and was immediately impressed by its look and smell. Then by its taste and feel. Was literally thinking I was going to drink 2 sips to tally it then drink a Julius. Julius is in the fridge and I’m almost done with this 16 ounce can!

Dec 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.
The appearance was a nice looking murky pale woody orange color with no head or lace.
The aroma had a huge semi-sweet to juicy and bitter orange to pineapple to mango hoppiness pummeling some of the malt base, light wheat/oatiness with a danky onion underneath.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an encouraging bitter to danky hoppiness coming in for a very nice balance. Hoppy forefront in the aftertaste - full bitterness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation was the usual low quality and ended up having a little bit of chewy semi-raw blended hoppiness to maltiness. Nice finish of the orange to pineapple hoppiness.
Overall, very nicely done New England styled imperial IPA that I would love to have again.

Dec 01, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a snifter on the day of release (11/24/17).
Pours a glowing and totally hazy bright deep blonde. Half a finger of head.
Aromas are insane. Dank, citrus, tropical fruit. Hops galore.
Flavors are just as incredible. Complex, vibrant layers of citrus, tropical fruit and dank hops.
Mouthfeel was really solid here,
This beer is even better than the 2nd anniv. IPA which I held as Joe's best IPA to date. This beer is on level with Trillium.

Nov 25, 2017
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