Category Archives: American Triple IPA

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2018 Edition

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 9.6%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: Distinguished yet devilishly hoppy. 65 IBUs. Malts – Two-row Pale, Wheat and Flaked Oats. Hops – Crystal, Ekuanot, Strata, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Loral

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Every year, we try to top ourselves by making the hoppiest, most intense and most flavorful IPA we can muster. This year, we chose the most flavorful hops and pushed them beyond their limits in this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, packaged on 18th May 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber colour with a just over two finger off white head with great retention that left behind some nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit rind, orange, lime zest and light caramel malt.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, candied orange and a light booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with good aromas. Taste was also nice but it would’ve been even better if the light booziness could be hidden behind the pine or fruit. Having said that, it is a Triple IPA, so you do kind of expect it to be strong.

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Wren House Sad Boy Wally

Brewery: Wren House Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Triple IPA

Brewer Description: (from facebook can release page) Sad Boy Wally is our latest installment in the Wally Triple IPA series. Brewed with American pale malt, malted white wheat, and boiled alongside Arizona wildflower honey. Hopped and dry hopped with the most citrus forward hops we could get our hands on! Featuring Citra, Amarillo, Cascade Lupulin Pellets, and Columbus. We got a little crazy with this one and topped our previous hop usage record with a massive 9lb/bbl hopping rate. In order to highlight these huge citrus flavors we kept the abv in check at 10.5%. We’re picking up huge aromas of candied orange/grapefruit, a total citrus bomb!! Mouthfeel is super thick with almost no perceived bitterness. Absolutely our favorite Triple IPA to date!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.76
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 15th March 2018. Poured into a MBCC 2018 stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: It was a cloudy mango juice orange with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some thin but nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange juice, grapefruit, mango and light candied citrus.
Taste: Tangy, bittersweet, citrus, orange rind, grapefruit peel, pine and pineapple with only a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good, but perhaps too purely citrusy for me to fully appreciate.

Mikkeller San Diego When Hazy Met Sally

Brewery: Mikkeller San Diego
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: Hop Series

Brewer Description: (from can) Triple dry-hopped, New England style, Triple India Pale Ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 1 pint can with a Julian canned on date of 18066, meaning that it was canned on 7th March 2018, ‘I’ll have what she’s having’. Poured into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Over ripe mango, guava, light citrus, dankness, lactose, yoghurt.
Taste: Sweet, mango, apricot, light citrus bitterness, dank, resin, grass with some light alcohol booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was ok with good tropical fruit aroma and flavours, but the combination of sweetness and light booze together, just wasn’t the best for me.