Fresh Triple IIPA | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Fresh Triple IIPAFresh Triple IIPA

Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 41
Photo of VoodooBear
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning and freshness dates printed on the label. Served in a Willi Becher Glass.

Appearance: The half finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a murky, bright orange gold color.

Smell: It's a fruity smell at first, mostly of cantaloupe, papaya, tangerine and melon. That's followed by some strong floral and herbal scents as well.

Taste: It starts fruity, juicy and sweet with some cantaloupe, orange, papaya, honey and refined sugar. There's a moderate alcohol presence in the background with even more sweetness from the malts and a slightly bitter, dank pine note in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, pillowy and medium bodied with some crispness from the medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It's very good and at times it feels like an orange and vodka cocktail thanks to that hefty 10% ABV. That said, it's mostly just a fruity, hoppy, hard hitting beer.

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Photo of Jeffgosia6
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely rediculous. You guys should be incarcerated for producing a product of this caliber... almost illegal. Virtually perfect beer. If I HAD to criticize it in ANY way I would say it could use a touch more carbonation. Otherwise, thanks for making this beer. It is perfection.

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Photo of EMV
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pounder can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Flat golden brown pour... juice haze... with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Fruity... tropical juice and citrus.

T/F: Sweet fruit up front... strong tropical fruit with mango, guava, papaya, and peach. Citrus as well with grapefruit and tangerine. Not much in the way of hop bitterness... super easy drinking. Creamy and sticky on the tongue. Booze dangerously hidden with a bit of heat at the finish.

O: A dangerously delicious juice bomb that drinks way lighter than its ABV. One of the best 'triple' IPA's out there.

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Photo of grover37
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can with Lisa in atlanta. Really good but a bit boozy - would be better at 8-9%. Orange and pine notes, pretty chewy but not thick. A touch of ethanol burn, esp in the finish.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think the name might be a bit confusing. To some, it seems like they thinks this a "Triple IPA" especially given the 10.5% ABV but it is not. It is a Double IPA born out of a sort of an "IPA infused with a Belgium Triple". If you like both styles it's a wonderful thing, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 12/4/18 on the front label, 3 weeks in the can, with a fresh by 2/5/19 date.

Pours an extremely hazy dirty orange in the glass with almost three fingers of thick fluffy off-white head. Super sweet candied tropical fruit nose with some earthy notes in the background. Notes of mango, pineapple candy, slight bubblegum, fresh hop cones, sweet malt, orange sherbet and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows the sweetness of the nose with an intensely sweet core while still maintaining a bit of bitterness. Body is a smooth medium that goes down very easily. Great, prickly carbonation. You can tell it's a bigger brew but I'm not picking up any alcohol in either smell or taste. If you told me this was an exceptionally smooth 7.5-8% ABV I'd believe it, even though it's clocking in at 10%. Hubbard's Cave is one of my highlights of 2018 and they continue to brew great quality beers. Definitely pick these up if you see it around.

Merry Christmas!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours hazy but not milky or opaque. Light penetrates it quite deeply. I like to hold my cell phone's light up to it to inspect. Aroma is juicy with some dankness. Definite sweetness. Pungent but not exactly fragrant. Flavor is interesting. YOu get a really nice, sweet, cutting maltiness that is very unique. Subtract some points for the really harsh booze kick. Hoppiness doesn't necessarily mirror the pure-juice-smoothie flavor many are going for. It is unique but there are some flaws.

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Photo of 57md
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper with very little head. The nose and flavor are very tropical with a level of sweetness that almost seems a bit off. This offering hangs in there with some of the best triple IPAs (whatever that means) out there but similar to them all, the tasting experience always seems on the edge of being just too much.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 750 ml bottle on September 2, 2017. Bottled 08/03/17. Fresh by 10/03/17. Tasted again on November 28, 2018. Another good IPA from Hubbard's Cave.

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Photo of darktronica
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like apple cider mixed with muddy swamp water. Finger of head leaves some light lacing behind. Strong honey flavor alongside grasses, resin, and dank bitterness. Hints of apple and brown sugar. Kind of a hot mess; tasty in some respects, but not what I expected given experience with other Hubbard's Cave Fresh releases.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of a Chicago New England style IPA. Pours a light muddy orange brown with very little head and lacing. Smell is a tangy/danky/citrusy hop mix. Taste is more zesty tang than anything else, but there's a definite dank and bitter presence. The funny thing is it has a very smooth drinking feel with all these conflicting strong elements. The alcohol is very well disguised as well. A really good beer, especially since the first word I can describe it as is "messy".

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Fresh Triple IIPA from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 41 ratings