Trimtab Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,951
Ranked #22,076
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Very Good
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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Radome from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 12 oz can bought in the panhandle of FL.

L - Golden color with a slight haze. Huge, fluffy, creamy head piles high and lasts.

S - Aroma is mainly from hops; citrus and tropical fruit, but it is not especially pungent for an IPA. Later in the inhale there is a bit of lightly toasted bread from the malt.

T - Bready malt is present, but is offset by crisp, citrus hops flavors. The balance is a bit too far in the direction of malt for the style.

F - Medium to thick body is definitely not crisp enough for an IPA. Moderate carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a good, enjoyable beer, but it falls short in several areas as an IPA. I'd call it an American Pale Ale.

Sep 13, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very very nice IPA out of Alabama. Golden and clear with frothy lacing. Smells delightfully of very ripe pineapple and fresh pine needles. Keeps some of those aroma notes in the palate but drops off slightly but adds some decent bite. Finishes nice and clean.

Feb 26, 2020
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable beer. Has a nice fruity flavor which is definitely the best but the smell is great as well and it backs it up. I would definitely get again.

Jan 30, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, best by 5/20/20, I think it was canned last Monday. Purchased right here in Birmingham from Hop City.
Smokestack snifter.

Pours a transparent (I almost can watch TV through it) golden honey color with a creamy tall west-coast looking off-white head of 3 fingers, receding to 1 finger of bubbly head, destroying the glass as it recedes.

Aroma of honey, cantaloupe, spicy grapefruit, marshmallow, graham, floral hops, and honeydew melon.

Flavor is spicy fruit salad and vanilla/marshmallow. Some lingering honey, orange marmalade, pine, and sage, and finishes on ruby red grapefruit. Very unique profile. Easy drinking. Lots of resins.

Feel is really oily and really smooth, with a medium to mild carbonation (a bit light for the style), with mild heat and lots of scrubbing resins.

Overall, I can't place this IPA in any category. I want to say it's west-coast, but the vanilla and fruit salad throw that one for a loop. It's not east coast either. It just is. You gotta try it once.

Jan 27, 2020
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argock from Virginia

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.

Mar 31, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 17, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Oct 14, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jul 19, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jun 21, 2018
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

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.

Jun 21, 2018
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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

Jun 09, 2018
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upsbeernut from Georgia

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.

Apr 25, 2018
ALHOPLOVER from Alabama

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.

Jun 04, 2017
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Rob121 from Alabama

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.

Apr 05, 2017
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

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.

Mar 09, 2017
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

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.

Dec 01, 2016
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HdawgNdaClub from Alabama

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.

Oct 19, 2016
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Masonz223 from Michigan

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.

Aug 24, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

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.

Aug 19, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

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.

Aug 08, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

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.

Jul 28, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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

Jun 21, 2016
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HiWire from Florida

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.

Jun 02, 2016
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Davidstan from Alabama

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.

Mar 13, 2016
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