Tank Slapper DIPA
Barley Brown's Brewpub

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #214
Ranked #2,076
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a massive triple ipa that is well above this listed abv here this year, must change from batch to batch, but this is a beast. its of impressive quality, as is often the case with these guys, but its a small doses thing for me. like a lot of these, its quite sweet on the grain side, honey and rock candy notes to me, maybe a sugar spike beyond malt in here. the hops in this one are very bitter too, and this stays with me for awhile after i drink it, kind of burns into my tongue. the hops are woody and piney to me, very northwestern, very intense, i can almost feel the alpha acid permeate my palate, and its enough to cut through all the sweetness for sure, there is balance to this in its enormity, but this finishes more bitter than sweet somehow, just intense on all fronts though. there is also plenty of alcohol to this making it even more colossal, even when its still cold from the tap its hot, and it seems to drive the hops deeper. some burn to this, some wet white pine lumber, some herbal spiciness, and some green lawn character too. its well made, but for me its not one i can drink very much of, i feel almost allergic to it its so intense. tasty burps, this one is an experience, brace yourself!

Mar 03, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow! Up front hoppiness , yet very smooth and drinkable . No alcohol burn, but this beer brings on wooziness . Orange copper color, oil skin head, hop dominance for aroma and taste . A real beauty!

Feb 27, 2018
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unhyped from Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good DIPA by Barley Brown's. Its very well balanced between the malt and the hops and you can barely tell its such a high abv beer. It has a very creamy body and the taste is a mix of papaya, mango and a bit of grapefruit. This one is a gem and I get it whenever it's on tap.

Oct 05, 2016
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aaronesq from Nevada

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unknown God of the DIPA grapefruit-pine-bomb .....All-time favorite.... have been drinking this since the first batches back in 2007.....or 2006 I can't remember. Originally was called a Triple IPA and clocked in at 11+%.... new brewers and a loyal founder have led to current batches that are more refined, consistent & pleasant. Most recent growler was had in mid February '16. Smooth, invigorating, big bold resiny hop flavor with pine, grapefruit and a hint of the tropics. Without a doubt THE harbringer of the northwest hop-pocalypse. A classic benchmark....wish more had the chance to try it.

Look: Darker golden color with a minimal to moderate head (growler pour) and good clarity
Smell: strong pine, NW hop with sweet bitterness
Taste: Grapefruit & pine....... carbonation was spot on for the ABV (9+%)
Feel: Smooth & Easy drinking...but stops you mid-guzzle with the flavor bomb....

Mar 12, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station

A clear amber with a dense, long lasting off white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is a .bright and pungent hop slap to the face with crazy intense tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Resiny, pithy, pungent grapefruit, candied orange peel, floral honey, mild sweetness. Awesome.

The palate opens with a blend of pine, grapefruit, candied orange peel, mango, mild papaya, intense, fruity, resiny and mildly spicy. Mild sweetness is apparent on the mid palate with honey and orange. Resiny and oily on the finish, this beer is medium light in body, moderately carbonated and great on the palate. Alcohol is a little noticeable, especially on the finish as the beer warms up. Definitely in the upper echelons of the Barley Brown's IPA portfolio.

Feb 08, 2015
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jakewatt135 from Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Very characteristic brew from BB. Big musty smell up front followed by a small amount of piney dankness. Flavor is also falls into line of the other few IPA brews I've had from them, big pine notes with a slight citrus hit in the finish but mostly pine here. Not quite as good as their handtruck pale ale, but I'm a fan of having more tropical hop flavor/aroma and less malt body. If you love drinkable pine forward DIPA's this is your beer.

Oct 05, 2014
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John_M from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Left over from the Belmont Station anniversary party; so glad to find this still on tap at the BS cafe.

The beer pours an orange amber color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, there's the tell tale dusty hop aroma I've come to associate with BB IPA's, but with noticeable tropical fruit, dry citrus, dank weed and pine as well. The flavor profile is just more of the same, and it's flat out ridiculous how drinkable this stuff is. For a DIPA, the balance in this beer is amazing, and frankly this is a beer I could drink all the time. Alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile, which of course just enhances this beer's drinkability. The finish is long and lingeringly bitter, and I'm just amazed again by how delicious this is. Everything seems to be in the exact right preportion in this beer.

Tried side by side with Stone Enjoy by 4/20 and Victory's Dirt Wolf. Tank Slapper was so much better than either one of these beers, there literally was no comparison.

Excellent stuff!

Edit from 2/18/20. Just tried the current version the other day, and the abv. on this bad boy is now up to 11.1% (and the beer is now billed as a TIPA). It's considerably sweeter and boozier than the DIPA version, and is not for the faint of heart. Frankly, I think I prefer the lower abv. version, but regardless, this is still a very impressive DIPA/TIPA from the folks at BB.

Mar 24, 2014
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HappyPappy2X from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap at Belmont Station, Portland Oregon - June 28, 2013

Appearance: Golden amber. Medium sized head. Par for DIPA

Smell: DANK! Floral dankness, pine dankness. Did I mention dank?

Taste: Lots happening. How many different hops are in this one? Sheesh. Fresh helps of course, but hops aroma and flavor abound.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, without being too bitter.

Overall: Killer. Had a pint of Pliny the Elder before this one. While Pliny is a more sessionable DIPA, with flavors fading on the finish, Tank Slapper sustains. It's a sipper. Easy to get lost in. A new favorite!

Jun 30, 2013
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kitty66 from Washington

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got the last pour in Portland this past weekend. Locals came in asking for Tank Slapper only to find out keg had just kicked. Pliny was 2nd request.

To deliver this missile load of hops without syrupy texture is a considerable feat. It's much more of a nectar than a beer, but in a good way. To compress so much floral output into a goblet you would not expect it any other way.

Double IPA is the wrong category - in this case Imperial is more appropriate as this is a royal work of art.

Apr 02, 2011
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squaremile from Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's the thing, Barley Brown's makes the best hoppy beers in the world. Period. Yeah, Russian River makes well known, very good hoppy beers, but Barley Browns is the the king. Tank Slapper pours a foggy light orange, small head, and an aroma that carries pure hope vine and pine a good foot away from the glass. The taste is a punch in the face of bitterness. A small alcohol bite on the side of the tongue. All hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Totally out of balance. That translates to: amazing. A true west coast beast. Drinkability suffers a bit but man, Tank Slapper and Chaos are seriously on par with the ultimate hoppy beers in the world. Get this if you can.

Apr 04, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Barley Brown's, (short)poured into 10 oz. glass, 2.6.10.

Orangish amber body, minimal white head, quick dissipation left a ring of lace around the rim of the glass. Huge hop attack in the nose overwhelms malt presence. The taste is citrusy, grapefruit, mango, minimal sweetness bit a bit tart from cherry like esters, with a pleasant bitter finish. Full mouthfeel. At this ABV not the most drinkable of beers, but a great sipping IPA. To be honest, this beer isn't subtle: this is one of the few times (along with Exponential Hoppiness and Ruination. I've really felt a legitimate 100+ IBU hop attack. While others may trumpet their (theoretical) IBU level, this is the real deal. A big burly DIPA from Barley Brown's, just what you'd expect from this award winning brewery. A sublime drinking experience, extremely highly recommended for all Hopheads.

EDIT- On tap at Brewpublic Division Street pubcrawl @ The Beermongers 3.19.11. Hop monster, I can't imagine a better smelling beer, backed up with a piney resin finish. Upped smell to maximum score. This batch tested at 9.25%. Absolutely superb and crazy good.

EDIT- On tap at Barley Brown's, 8.25.11, GABF batch. This beer is frickin' crazy good, a certain Alpha King contender. Upped overall score to max. Elixir of the Hop Gods.

Mar 08, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent last Saturday evening at the Barley Browns while Brenda photographed a wedding and reception in Baker City... Very glad I finally made it over to this place.

Saw they had a DIPA on tap... Had to be my first choice... poured into a 10oz goblet.

Very clear golden... good 1" head and great lace.

tons of fresh fruity hoppiness.... citrus and pineapple come to mind.. just enough maltiness to drive the hops up and out of the glass.

very bright bitterness out of the gates... with again a definite West Coast feel when it comes to the malts... mid palate is a huge blast of tropical fruit hoppiness (simcoes?)

Great Body and carbonation.

Honestly reminds me of PtE... very very good.

Oct 08, 2009
Tank Slapper DIPA from Barley Brown's Brewpub
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