Intangible Tides
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #193
ABV:
10%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,374
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
72
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Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by ichorNet:
Photo of ichorNet
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BoldRulerVT
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of zahara15
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattycasey
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clake
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
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!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
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!

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

Can received in trade. great stuff!

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Photo of user785335
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agreenman19
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.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beer456
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fan-friggin-tactic

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Photo of ScottP
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fermentedbarley
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.

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

Looks like a glass of fresh, thick pineapple juice. Similar aromas and palate of tropical fruit. Sleek and delicious.

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Intangible Tides from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 72 ratings