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Talking Backwards Triple IPA | Ocelot Brewing Company

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Talking Backwards Triple IPATalking Backwards Triple IPA
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4.48/5
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79 Ratings
Talking Backwards Triple IPATalking Backwards Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ocelot Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
ocelotbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
CTZ, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra hops. Almost 4 pounds per barrel.

Collaboration with Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint, and Smoke & Barrel

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#398
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
79
pDev:
5.58%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt23
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Doolin54
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Need to make it more often!

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Photo of bb-magic
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into willybecher glass canned on 1/30.

A: crystal clear light amber burnished gold body. Not much of a Head but what was there was Soapy and white.

S: cantaloupe,honeydew, a little peach, and pineapple. Mostly over ripened stone fruit.

T: lots of soft honeydew cantaloupe pineapple a little mango and slight peach with some underlying alcohol. Lots of melon though.

M: fairly dry lower carbonation isn’t super syrupy for such a high ABV.

O: This is a masterful boozy beer. Inviting you back sip after sip without overwhelming the senses anywhere.

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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrOH
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the prettier big deal IPAs I've seen in a bit: golden with a slight chill haze, white head with decent retention for the ABV, nice lace.
Aroma is all about the hops. Black currant, mango, berries, grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of pine and dank
Flavor reflects aroma strongly. Just a hint of toasted bread malt flavor. Wish the booze was better intergrated
Relatively light given the strength. Booziness limits drinkability.
A nice high ABV IPA, but boozy

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another big thank you out to Craig for this.

Well, Talking Backwards starts off quite impressive with a brilliantly clear polished brass color. Tiny bubbles stream endlessly from the bottom to support a perfect two finger bone white foamy head on top. It stays forever and it makes its presence known with a maze of spotty lacing throughout.

This thing bursts of everything you could want in all the right amounts, with out any overly sugary notes a lot of these higher and IPA's tend to have. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon...check! Melon, mango, and papaya...check! Resin, pine, and a little burnt rubber...check, check, check!

I'm glad to see the pleasantries don't end there. Talking Backwards is seeping with flavors. The citrus notes dominate initially, with the tropical fruits weaving in and out. Blueberry decides to check in along with some toasted sesame before all of them fall victim to the intense sappy pine.

Sappy is a perfect word as this is oozing with texture. It's rich and its sticky body coats everything it touches. Yet, it manages to be fluid enough to crave sip after tiny and rewarding sip. The sweetness clearly submits to the bitterness, and a surprisingly low level of alcohol warmth gives a tingling sensation all over.

I've had a couple of the highly sought after TIPA's in my life, and this one is unarguably on their level. For some perhaps, but not me. This is it. This is a fantastic beer, period. Thanks Craig! Cheers.

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4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the brewery for around $5. A well executed west coast tasting triple IPA

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4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisB
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill on 2/25/17. Smooth, syrupy honey pine with looong citrus melon finish. One of my absolute favorite double IPA's. So glad Ocelot is near me.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2/1/17. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 1F+ head with moderate retention. Some lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear light amber with visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Supertropical fruitbomb. Lots of pineapple, mango, passionfruit, melon along with some earthy, dank tones (Simcoe). The Mosaic and Citra dominate, though.

T: Follows nose and delivers bigly. Pineapple, mango, guava, melon, followed by light malts and earthy dankness and a very unexpected but unmistakable strawberry note on the finish. Have never quite had anything like it before. No hint of ABV.

F: Light to medium bodied (rather light for ABV) and medium carbonation, which leads to some pretty crisp results and good drying. Drinks much lighter than ABV would indicate, so be careful. Great construction and superb balance.

O: Only Ocelot's relative obscurity prevented this release from having 4 hour lines and an instant sellout, though I think they still sold every bottle in two days. This is the real deal, folks. Hopefully they make it again.

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Talking Backwards Triple IPA from Ocelot Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 79 ratings