Session Ender
Banded Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,918
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #18,090
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
25
From:
Banded Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Triple IPA
Drinker— beware! A colossal Triple IPA emerges. Hits hard. Leaves fast.

Fall 2019 hops: Pekko, Ekuanot, Pacifica
Spring 2019 hops: Cashmere, Pacifica, Denali, Mosaic
2017 hops: El Dorado, Ella, Enigma
2016 hops: Waimea, Dr Rudi, Rakau
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Extremely hazy light to medium orange color with dense white lacing.

S - Light citrus aroma with apricot, melon, berry, grapefruit, pineapple, and light floral.

T - Very balanced from start to finish and leaving a coating of citrus in the mouth. Pineapple, melon, apricot, lime, orange, and sweet floral.

M - Thick, full bodied and soft with a slight bit of warming on the way down. Very wet finish and makes the mouth water with some significant dryness on the sides of the tongue.

O - Very impressed with this 10.5% monster of an IPA. Alot of ABV but it never gets in the way, gets too warm, or detracts from the beer. Pretty dangerously drinkable, actually! More please!

Mar 04, 2019
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HopSudz from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Given the high ABV (10.5%) this is an impressively tasty Triple IPA.
Pours hazy into a Boulevard pint glass. Nose is new england style..papaya, grass, pine and melon. Taste is tropical, grassy, with a slightly salty aftertaste. For an IPA of this strength it is really very good. High price point but you get a lot of flavor (and alc) for your buck!! Nicely done

Feb 15, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz snifter on draft at The Local Eatery. Pours a slightly have yellow orange with a solid finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of thick rings of lace.

Smell is papaya, apricot, mellon, mandarin oranges, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste is really big, tropical with some dank weedy flavors, mellon, pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit bitterness in the bold finish.

Mouthfeel is on the bigger side, plenty of life for the size, maybe a tad dry from all the sticky hops, and at 11.5% ABV crazy drinkable.

Overall this is an amazing TIPA, that is surprisingly balanced and crazy drinkable.

Apr 19, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 - Where orange meets brown in body with off-white head that's stays. Aroma apple skins, cider, spruce, booze. Tastes of apple skins, grass, booze, maple syrup. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Apple cider.

2018 - bright gold in body with white bubbly head. Aroma pine, citrus rind, grass, tangerines. Tastes of citrus rind, citrus, grass, candied fruit juice, some big bitterness, booze, apples. Heavy body with medium carbonation.

Nov 24, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from the source.

Pours dark, hazy copper with a thin head, minor retention and lacing. Aromatics lead off with pine and grapefruit with light tropical notes following through. On the thicker side of medium bodied and a bit slick. Piney hops with some sweet malt starts the palate. Boozy fusels and a firm bitterness follow. Finishes warming with some toffee-laced malt and piney bitterness.

Nice beer. Treads no where near Barleywine territory, but more hops in the nose and a less malt would be nice.

Oct 27, 2016
Session Ender from Banded Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 25 ratings