2005 Barley Wine (Triple IPA | Ice Harbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by woemad on 07-04-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After two years the alleged 120 IBUs of bittering power haven’t all survived in Ice Harbor’s barleywine. This is for the best, as I can’t imagine wanting to drink a fresh batch of beer brewed to 120 IBU. But the identity of this brawny orange ale is still intact. It’s a mammoth IPA though it’s not clear what exactly a “triple IPA” is or alleges to be.

This beer reminds me of Double Bastard with its tremendous piney aroma and taste. A few phenols cut in, but not aggressively so. Alcohol flavor is all but absent, carbonation is medium-low. A fair measure of retained sugars contributes to a huge malty body holding a storm of tiny suspended flocs. I noted a slight film of yeast residue at the bottom of the twist-top bottle, but nothing otherwise suggested bottle conditioning. It was also probably refrigerated for most of its lifetime, putting any active yeasts into a state of prolonged dormancy. All of this suggests to me that another two years in a genuine cellar might add further polish. If possible, a few months of cask time might put some real silk on it.

This is a fine ale for the present moment so I wouldn’t hesitate to score some for now or to stockpile as a cellaring candidate in the years ahead. The brewery sells bottles to go for $3.50 apiece.

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz foil wrapped bottle purchased at IH’s brewpub in Kennewick about six or seven months ago for about $3-4.

Poured an orange-amber color, with lots of sediment visible floating around in my glass. Moderate sized off-white head that dropped after about three minutes. A ring of foam endured for some time.

Smell of citrusy hops and booze. The booze is more dominant than the hops.

The taste is a little better balanced than the smell, but it’s still kind of brash. There’s a boozy maltiness at the start. Midway through the taste the hops – grassy, dry and citrusy – take over. The ending is very dry. There’s an odd, earthy flavor in the background throughout.

Not an unpleasant beer, though I think a little more R&D needs to be done. It’s very possible this will be a better beer in a year or two, once things have done a lot more melding, though it’s had 14 months already. Drinkability? As a sipper after an extremely nasty day of working two full-time jobs, it’s doing its thing. Does it make a session beer? Hey, what part of 10.3% don’t you understand?

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2005 Barley Wine (Triple IPA from Ice Harbor Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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