Tank Slapper DIPA | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-08-2009

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Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kitty66
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of aaronesq
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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....

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4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jdense
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of unhyped
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of South2NW
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XRAIG
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Yeti1979
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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