Triple Nelson | Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of ichorNet
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Hog has done some really cool stuff in the past, so I couldn't pass up a Nelson Sauvin single-hopped triple IPA (it's only 9%, so it's really only a DIPA... this kinda thing is getting ridiculous... double digit ABV should be the minimum for TIPA). No canned on date which is an automatic penalty for the beer, but I think it's fairly fresh considering I haven't seen any reviews for it over four or so weeks old anywhere online.

The pour is a deep amber color with a coppery sheen and moderate translucence. It's not totally hazy and opaque like a NEIPA or anything, but it's not filtered either. I can see the silhouettes of my fingers through the beer if I hold it up to light, in other words. Great head formation of two-fingers of bone-white foam, nice retention with awesome legs and surprisingly good lace. It's tiered and drippy, forming excellent patterns as it sinks back down to the liquid which bore it. It's a little darker than I assumed it'd be, I think, but otherwise this is really hitting the mark! Nice stuff.

The nose is hop candy, with a big hit of candied orange peel and grapefruit with a hint of toffee, herbalness and light grassy notes. Smells like a big ol' American barleywine from back in 2011-2012 or so... maybe reminds me a bit of Maharaja by Avery in a sense. A slight whiff of ethanol and some of the tangy, white-wine like notes of Nelson in there with apricot and tangerine-like fruity elements popping out here and there. Kind of an interesting melange of things happening. I'm coming off an 8% DIPA double dry-hopped with Nelson and it's night-and-day in terms of hop expression, but the malt bill is definitely changing my perception of the hops here.

Chewy, malt-focused and slightly citrusy upon first sip... slick but not without balance in the finish. I get a lot of herbal hoppiness, light red berry and tropical fruit salad with a distinct woody spiciness in the transition from the mid-palate to the end of each sip. This is a little all-over-the-place, honestly, but it's weirdly satisfying and there's nothing actually wrong about its construction, so I find it endearing at the end of the day. Medium carbonation and heavy-set body that nevertheless drinks fairly easily for whatever reason. Fun stuff! Not a chore to drink whatsoever, which is a big fear with maltier IPAs at this strength.

Overall, Black Hog Triple Nelson doesn't seem to scream "Nelson Sauvin hops" to me, but it's not exactly a failure at featuring them either. I think, like most hops, this probably functions more apparently in certain (read: lighter, less crystal malt-focused) recipes, but this is a fun utilization of a new-school hop in a rather weirdly old-school stylistic adaptation. I probably wouldn't revisit this one, but it was enjoyable to try and consider, so I think it is a successful brew. I just wouldn't go into it expecting the crisp, tart elements of Nelson to jump out. It is definitely a maltier beer than some 9-10% "triple IPAs" so I would definitely consider that when looking to grab one (or four, if you're so inclined), but I don't think you'll be disappointed if your aim is to grab a stronger, new hoppy ale with a semi-unique approach.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz undated can.

Pours hazy copper with a minimal head or retention. Sweet malt with a hint of pineapple and grapefruit. Malty and boozy on the palate with a fairly big bitterness with some faint citrus. Finishes sweet and warming.

Not a bad Barleywines but not a IIIPA.

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Photo of brewnme
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a hazy orange brown color with nice off white head and nice lacing. I couldn't put my finger on the aroma but it has the aroma and taste of drankness like the onion background from Summit hops. I don't know if Summit is in here but I am willing to bet. Sounds strange with onion but don't knock it 'til you try it. A good triple from Black Hog.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This thing pours out looking really dank, bra. Deep Amber color with golden hues. it's pretty hazy with a sea-foamy , bubbly but dense foam top. The retention is excellent, and super Lacy all the way down.

Whoa. That is a seriously complex hop forward taste. Medium to heavy bodied feel, especially on the sweet malty side. The hops are layered with pineapple, dense greens and peppery earthy tones. Crisp feel, that lays down and lingers a bit heavy in the finish. A bit later on, the hops get tropical and sweet, like red berries and maybe even some blueberries in both the aroma and after taste.

Overall, it's big. Haha. Layered, Comlrx and crazy weird. Dig?!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 Nordic pint glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very attractive slightly hazy orange with a big 2 plus finger stick off white head that leaves beautiful thick rings of lace as is slowly settles. 4.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, papaya, pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit, maybe a hint of toffee. 3.75

Taste follows apricot, guava, tangerine hit the palate first followed by pine, toffee, and grapefruit that hits the palate hard and lingers a bit. 4

Mouthfeel is big, enough life, a tad sticky and dry, and at 9% you know you are attacking a beat sip after lingering sip. 4.25

Overall I am enjoying it, if you are looking for a NE Style well this isn’t your thing, but you still appreciate a bitter West Coast style then this something you should appreciate. 4

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Triple Nelson from Black Hog Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 9 ratings