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Batch 5000

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
30 / 40
5 / 10
Overall Impression: 
14 / 20

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a strong orange hue with an off-white head that is long-lasting. It has a light haze that is appropriate for a Triple IPA. The initial aroma is a mixture of tropical fruit and mixed citrus that quickly gives way to an aggressive spicy alcohol that tingles the nose. As it warms, pear, stone fruit and a light, bready malt characters emerge. The flavor is primarily hot alcohol, which is quite burning on the back of the throat, with an assertive hop bitterness that fights through mid-palate, and a resiny, mixed citrus hop flavor and stone fruit characters of peaches and apricots. The light bready, toasty malt appears quickly and fades behind the alcohol. Although a Triple IPA should have substantial alcohol character, it should be smooth and complementary; not dominant or hot. This is a promising Triple IPA that needs less aggressive alcohol.