Hop Soup | Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-10-2009

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by hoptrip619:
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4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dropped by Hamilton's last night to celebrate another Chargers victory and stumbled upon this beer. As a general rule of thumb, I order any beer with the word "soup" in the name. This rule has always served me well and last night was no exception.

A- The beer poured a golden orange color with a sticky two finger "dutch" head. Similar color to SN Torpedo.

S- Sonuvabitch, this beer smelled expensive! The hop nose screamed New Zealand with assertive citrus, tropical, and floral notes. There was a subtle and underlying sweetness that accentuated the guava, plumeria, and passion fruit nose. Still, there was some resinous pine and grapefruit zest in there is as well.

T- As with most IIPA of any merit, the taste mirrored the aromatics with tropical fruits and floral notes taking center stage. The underlying caramel malt character provided a nice balance to the hop bitterness. This beer's flavor is quite similar to Karl's Big Barrel that I tasted at KnB Cellars.

M/D - On the lighter end of medium bodied, this high-octane IIPA is dangerously drinkable. The massive IBU's take a backseat to the easily discernible hop flavors and excellent balance. I would have ordered two but by the time I had finished my first pint, the keg had been extinguished.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap at Hamilton's Small Bar Norcal night on 11/10/2009 in a pint glass. Drinking an Imperial IPA at 3PM on a Tuesday? This was a good idea, there's no way this wasn't a good idea. The beer is dark orange with a one finger white head and decent retention. You can't really expect much from a glass that was just sitting in ice and has water dripping from it.

The nose is a nice blend of pine resin, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. I notice pineapple, passion fruit, and mango. The hops are expressive, aromatic, and slightly floral. There's a subtle sweetness to the caramel malt character. The hop profile is reminiscent of Sculpin on steroids. Caramel malt and a whisper of sugar are noticeable beneath the hop onslaught.

The taste is pungent grapefruit and pine resin. This really does taste like a hop soup. Alcohol is well integrated. The flavor is bursting with tropical notes such as mango, pineapple, papaya, and passion fruit. The beer has a decent malt foundation that I'd describe as Carmel with some sugar. The finish is outstanding, with a touch of sweetness that is eventually overcome by dryness. The hops are fantastic and notes of passion fruit, pine, mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple are left lingering for minutes. Alcohol becomes evident with warming, and you can tell this is a strong beverage. Bitterness is at an upper medium level throughout.

The beer is light medium bodied with moderate draft carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. This is an excellent Double IPA.

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Photo of veinless
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the brewpub today and wasn't disappointed.

Poured a darker brownish orange/amber with deep haze on top that faded to clarity as it warmed. Head was pure white and left spotty lace.

Nose was intensely hoppy: tropical fruit combined with pine and lots of actually nice resin made for a great combo. Malt helps add some structure to the hop bomb with its caramel and stickiness, but the hops overcome all.

Taste is the best I've ever had from a DIPA with this much resin. Clean citrus starts it off, moves to a bit of tropical flavor but quite quickly into the resin freak this brew is. Weedy yet balanced and lighty sweet, this beer gets the west coast resin ipa down perfectly. I'd like a bit more fruit, but this is nitpicking.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet full and heavy. Gets sticky at the start but had a great dry finish that made each sip an absolute pleasure. Drinkability was phenomenal, something I wasn't expecting from this style as I don't usually like resiny stuff in this category as much. I will be trying this again whenever it is on-tap - just a fantastic beer.

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Hop Soup from Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
4.42 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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