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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Big Mother Triple IPA by Mother Earth Brew Co.

June, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Big Mother Triple IPA by Mother Earth Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops, and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high alcohol content style, Double IPAs are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy malty body, which are more typical traits of Barleywines. Big Mother Triple IPA measures in at 10.5% ABV and is hopped with Summit, Mosaic, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.

This canned beer pours dark golden in color with a light haze and a medium off-white head. The aroma is very hop forward with resiny, piney and tangerine hop aromas with a light dank character; a light caramel malt plays a background role. The flavor continues to be hop focused with resiny, piney, tangerine and peach hop flavors that are well in front of a light caramel malt base. Alcohol is very apparent in the aroma and flavor (pleasant and never harsh) with warming sensations in the finish. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness (seems much lower than 125 IBU!) with a long lingering resiny and piney hops with an alcohol warmth. This is a very good Double IPA that should be sought out by all "hop heads". Enjoy!