Gravitational Nectar
Trimtab Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #3,696
Ranked #19,785
3.85 | pDev: 10.91%
Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our namesake beer, TrimTab IPA is a balanced, sessionable IPA that explores intense hop aroma and flavor without excessive bitterness. A huge amount of Pacifica hops are added in a dry hop, which adds to this beer's distinctive orange marmalade, rose petal and peppercorn character. Ripe citrus fruit aromas and flavors dominate, creating a beer that is an iconic example of TrimTab's commitment to making expressive and complex, yet balanced craft beer. It's an effort to answer the question, "what it means to be a Southern IPA?"
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Photo of argock
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BEST BY 06/16/19.
Nice balanced American IPA with solid pale malt backbone and plethora or hop aromas and flavors including red grapefruit, honeysuckle, floral, orange, and some pineapple. Low-medium bitterness despite 61 IBUs. Some light tea like notes that increase complexity. I see where they describe orange marmalade - definitely there in the flavor. Very light and drinkable - excellent IPA at 6.3% - would not get tired of drinking several of these over and evening.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. On bottom of can best by date is stamped as '02/02/19'.
Slightly cloudy, pale amber colored body. One finger white head settles back to interrupted cap and ring. Leaves behind some spot patterns of lacing.
Aroma of citrus and floral hops, along with a hop back bone.
Taste is expressive with the hops - dank, floral, and citrus, along with the sweet malts. Has a slight bittering at the end.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Somewhat dry finish. Good carbonation.
Has an expressive malt aspect but the more typical IPA profile of citrus shines through. No off flavors but middle of road as far as an IPA. Has a bit of bitterness that does not fit the current trend towards a sweeter, softer IPA. Not real bitter, and has lots of malt, so fitting this beer into a genre is difficult.

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: slightly hazy amber color in a snifter. Medium off white head. Decent retention.
Aroma: pine, sharp citrus, bready malt.
Taste: as expected. Classic pine/bitter grapefruit combo. A bit more earthy than most along with a noticeable malt presence.
Feel: medium bodied, appropriate carb for style.
Overall: solid IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased off the single beer shelf at Legacy.
Pours a light amber in color with a touch of haze and with a foamy white head that shows average retention along with some side glass lace.
AROMA: Subtle. A little musky. Malts along with some orange peel hops.
TASTE: Pretty malty for an IPA. Very balanced with the citrus peel hops.
Drying, mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from ATL with a BB date stamp of 28 August 2018.
Served in a pint glass which filled to the top with a generous, thick, off-white head despite a gentle pour.
Clear deep amber body.
Relatively complex aroma with grassy, dank, herbal and citrus notes.
Flavor: more tropical fruits and less dank.
Feel: very good carbonation level and feel in a medium+ body.

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

Can from Jeremy, at bottle share. Pinkish body with small airy head. Fruity aroma, mildly tart. Pretty refreshing, nice taste, more fruit flavors. Tartness lingers.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can at Fish Camp Birmingham

Truly an unremarkable old school ipa, lacking any depth of flavors. Slightly piney and resinous for a fleeting second. An ipa for beer drinkers that don’t like ipas.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep yellow, nice head
S: some pine, some citrus
T: malty, citrus and some tropical fruits, slightly piney
F: really nice mouthfeel
O: very solid IPA , my first beer from the state of Alabama

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Photo of upsbeernut
4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OGoes on the tongue slight creamy then turns to a light bitter and finishes balanced. I taste no pepper only a combination of tropical flavors caused by citrus peel. Hints of honey with moderate carbonation which makes this beer easy can drinking. My first experience was at the Suwannee beerfest . Now its canned in Alabama under special agreement Abita Springs , la. Can't wait for they're double which has zero ibus.

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4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 month old can poured to YETI.
L: Pretty amber, creamy head.
S: Great floral hoppy fruity aroma throughout.
T: Nice balance of fruit, hop, bitter and malt but none of the flavors really stand out to me.
F: Good bite.
O: Can says balanced and smooth, I agree.

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Photo of Rob121
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lacy, good head, not too hop forward but strangely balanced, fruity character yet spicy with more sweetness on the front end and a bitterness on the back. Great mouthfeel and despite how balanced it is you get the sense it's a weighty beer, very complex, one of the better IPA's I've had. Was very pleased.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L-Pours a clear darker amber with a bubbly one finger head.
S-Sweet, malty, hoppy,–a bit yeasty and grassy also. And to add to that, I get the aroma of sweet corn. Smells almost of a mix between an India pale ale and an amber. Interesting smell.
T-Malts and caramel. A big kick of boozyness also. Sweet fruitful hops and a bitterness follows. But honestly, I find the bitterness extremely overwhelming. And almost too much as it warms.
MF- Sticky, residue-y.
O-Really complex IPA. Very full and heavy. I can see why so many people like this beer. I would give it a try. It doesn't suit my style for IPA's, though.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with slight haze, big white head and tons of lacing. Aromas are peppery hop and soft. Notes of citrus, pine needle, black peppercorn, light caramel, and some corn adjunct. Smooth, medium body, clean and dry.

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Photo of HdawgNdaClub
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass with a finger to finger and 1/2 head. Good pour with a lace on the glass as you drink it. Color is amber and hazy with a more transparent color at the bottom. Great taste with a solid ABV. One of the tastier IPAs I've had. Excellent brew from an underrated region. Birmingham has some surprising beers for the area. This is at the top.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sticky pine needle sweet malt orange peel
Taste: upfront you get a nice big Carmel sweetness middle of the mouth grapefruit peel orange finishes with some pine needle bitterness
Feel: medium to full body chewy pretty dry in the finish.
Overall: pleasantly surprised really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this pretty fresh. (Less than three weeks old) Classic translucent golden color. Biscuity malts and slight fruit on the nose. The palate reveals a little more of the hop character. A nice go to if your looking for an APA that isn't aiming to be an IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clean amber color, finger white head has good retention and leaves plenty sticky lacing. Sweet malt aroma with tropical fruity notes. Caramel malt sweet taste, peach notes present, piney hops wrap it up. Nicely balanced but a touch on the malty side. Medium semi-soft feel. Very solid IPA, first taste of Trimtab did not disappoint.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a clear ruddy amber with a medium head that hangs for a minute. nose; pine, grapefruit pulp, toasted pie crust, & citrus hops. taste; sweet bready malt, lemon & grapefruit, light pine, light citrus hops. surprisingly low bitters for an ipa. artificial sweetener aftertaste, and a bit too overly sweet in general for me. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. great nose, mediocre taste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trimtab IPA has a medium, slightly off-white head, a clear, amber appearance, some bubble streams, and a thin sheen of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of floral hop resin, brown bread crust, and light caramel. Taste is of those elements, with a spiciness and strong, yet, not harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Trimtab IPA finishes drying and easy drinking. RJT

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Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with 1/2 finger head and quickly receded lacing. Smells of tea leaf and very faint sweetness. Tastes earthy at first, finishes a sweet malt. Some very mild bitterness is present. Not bad, but feels a little lacking for an IPA.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good local brew. 12/29/15 bottle date. Piney with some citrus notes to smell. Taste follows and has a west coast ipa type of overall feel. A good beer no question and will buy again if i can find less than month old but not a go to like say a Sculpin. Update: Having a 2 month old can bb 6/15/18. Probably most balanced IPA I’ve ever tried. Sweet and hoppy.

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Photo of BigGold
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had at Mafiaoza's, Mountain Brook, Ala., on draft into pint mason jar. According to the brewery, this 6.50 ABV IPA is a sessionable effort to answer what it means to be a Southern IPA. If that's confusing, just chalk it up as a more traditional IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a light copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a great hop scent with pepper. The taste was hop driven with some malt.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can pour. Orange color and slightly hazy. Big tan head, great lacing all the way down the glass. This is a local beer that they just started canning. Great fruity, hoppy aroma. Taste is well balanced between sweet malt and fruity hops and has a pleasant bitter finish. Great IPA and a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The old saw about people who think that I am tough to shop for clearly don't know where to buy beer certainly applies to me. Buy me CANs of beer & I am a happy/hoppy man! Uncle JedI & Purple Hat Joan sent me several Alabama CANs at my impassioned request, including this gem.

From the CAN: "Smooth[;] Gravitational Nectar[;] Balanced".

A purple Crown CAN with a purple Tab?!? Let's get Crack!in'! I began an inverted Glug, producing two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dank, fresh, wet hop character, earthy with a peppery bite. Be still, my watering mouth! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an interesting, earthy melange of malt that tasted of its terrior and hops that imparted a like flavor. I was reminded of spring in the country, when they would begin tilling the recently-thawed soil. Nothing quite like it. The finish was tending towards malty, so I am going to call it semi-sweet, but don't expect a lot of sweetness from it. It was just that it was not terribly dry.

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Gravitational Nectar from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 134 ratings