Quadruple IPA??

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Junior, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Junior

    Junior Champion (813) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I saw a social media post today that a Michigan brewery was releasing a quadruple IPA, presumably a 'double' version of one of their IIPAs. It's 10% ABV. I was templed to reply to the post to ask what the other three I's stood for but I figured it would be pointless. Am I the only one that finds the term quadruple IPA ridiculous? Clearly it's a marketing ploy but I guess I expect more from a brewery.
  2. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (13,369) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I'd expect a quadruple to be 4x the ABV of the base beer. So they have a 2.5% ABV IPA?
  3. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (3,911) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    A friend gave me this because he didn’t want to drink it. I don’t either:
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,118) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    The Belgian beer style of Quadruple is about 10% ABV. Likely the rationale this brewery used to refer to this 'extra strength" Pale Ale as being a Quadruple IPA.

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  5. BigIronH

    BigIronH Crusader (706) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    It is silly but I’m not surprised by it. I’m not sure what I would expect from it. Extra, super, good, bitter, floral, hop bouquet? What brewery if you don’t mind saying?
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  6. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,121) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

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  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,853) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    I'd expect a sugary sweet concoction but then, take a beer like Moylans Hopsickle, that's only a Triple IPA and my expectation could fly out the window.
  8. dental

    dental Devotee (426) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts

    I consider 10% to be triple IPA territory.
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  9. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (456) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    A Quad IPA is like in Spinal Tap when Nigel explained that his amp “goes to 11”.
  10. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,936) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    In my mind the style was set by Russian River.
    8%+ is double ipa
    10%+ is triple ipa.
    Quadruple should at least be 12%+ in my mind. If not more. Claiming quadruple status is kind of ballsy. Would really expect 14%+ to get any respect.
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  11. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,188) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    The upper ABV for IIPAs on this site is 12%. BJCP is 10%.

    A quad IPA at 10%? Marketing absurdity.
  12. Junior

    Junior Champion (813) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Wild Wings. In my mind a big IPA is an IIPA or Double IPA. The only time one should use the T word is if you are referring to a Belgian Tripel.
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  13. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,632) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    They did one other, Hop Chraic, which they label XXXXIPA. Which I like, but prefer fresh Hopsickle... which I honestly can't remember when I last crossed paths with it.
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  14. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,936) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    I randomly ran into this ad on IG...
    that should be par for the course
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  15. Rug

    Rug Meyvn (1,251) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Ehh, I don't concern myself with what a brewery wants to market a beer as (so long as it's not blatantly offensive). If it makes them money then more power to them right?
  16. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,157) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

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  17. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Defender (673) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey

    I hate the term "Quadruple" IPA.

    What's next a "quintuple" IPA ?

    In general I hate defining so many beer style in terms of IPA.

    Session IPA, IPA, Double IPA, Imperial IPA, Triple IPA, Quadruple IPA, Milkshake IPA, Oat Cream IPA, Northeast IPA, New England IPA, Sour IPA, West Coast IPA, Brut IPA, Hazy IPA, ect.....

    I mean DAMN aren't we do for some simplification here....
  18. disco_al

    disco_al Initiate (6) Dec 31, 2019 New York

    Equilibrium taproom just added this quad IPA:
    8X Magnification
    Barreled Souls Brewing Company
    I missed it by a day. I would try it!
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  19. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    For me quadruple means four beers.
  20. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,867) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    If it's over 8%, it's an Imperial IPA.

    That's it. None of this Double, Triple, Quadruple bullshit.

    Now remove thyselves from my grassy expanse!
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  21. DogbiteWilliams

    DogbiteWilliams Initiate (55) Mar 28, 2015 California

    Four people could share it.
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  22. eagles22

    eagles22 Devotee (434) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I'm going to guess it's going to taste like a hoppy barleywine aka American barleywine
  23. Brally

    Brally Initiate (38) Aug 28, 2016 Belgium

    It's funny that the terms single, double, triple, quadruple are originally just a way to describe the strength of the beer. A cask with one cross was less strong than one with two crosses and so forth.
    It's due to the westmalle dubbel and tripel that dubbel and tripel have become synonymous with medium strong brown and strong blond beers.
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  24. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (5,190) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

  25. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Aspirant (222) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    That makes sense, I mean, Bell’s has done both:
    Stupid Quadrupid
    This One Goes to 11
    At least they correctly used Stupid and made it 15% ABV.
  26. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,121) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

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  27. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,157) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    This all makes me want to find a Meantime IPA, which is the real deal. I mean, I know marketing and sales as well as anyone but this horse is past beaten and close to rotting completely away. My eyes glaze over and over again.
  28. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Zealot (505) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Typically DIPAs and TIPAs morph into barley wines as they age, so I’m with you here
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  29. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (5,122) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    The Double, Triple, Quad, IPA designations always reminds me of kids that are comic book fans and playing. Making up their own super hero with relative strength and powers, mine has double your power, no mine has QUADURPALE your power, well mine has infinity yours, no infinity+1 :slight_smile:

    Its either just an IPA or Imperial IPA in my book. Everything else is a gimmick or marketing, and doesn't really have that much meaning (seriously if you see an IPA with 10% ABV or 12% do you really have to say thats a triple or whatever IPA, it just really high ABV ha). But, thats not surprising, just using the letters IPA have been marketing in craft beer/breweries for decades now.
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  30. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (21) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

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  31. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,209) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Let’s not forget Dogfish Head 120 Minute. 18-20% abv.
  32. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,982) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    DFH 120 clocks in at 15 -18% abv and is listed by the brewer as an imperial IPA…if any beer could be called a quadruple IPA, it’s this beer, imo. Cheers!
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  33. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,982) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Beat me to it - Cheers!
  34. pbrian

    pbrian Crusader (713) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    "Why don't they just make their Triple IPA stronger and have that their strongest"
    "Because this is a Quad."
  35. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (174) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Unless it’s a hazy.
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  36. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Champion (802) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

    120 Minute IPA is the only one I would call a Quadruple IPA
  37. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (684) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I would try that, split a can with someone just because electric and pure do make tasty ipas.
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  38. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (684) Mar 28, 2009 California

    you are expecting way too much.
  39. oldmankoch

    oldmankoch Devotee (465) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    I was gonna say the few beers I've had from Pure Project have all been very good. I'd too give it a try.
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  40. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,867) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    No. No they do not. As they age, they merely become old IPAs. They do not magically morph into a whole other, completely different, style just because of time in a bottle.
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