Location: Akron, OH
Style: American Triple IPA
A.B.V. – 10%
Price: $17.50, available in 22 oz. bombers only
I was both excited and a little intimidated to try this beer. I wouldn’t really label myself a hop head, but I do enjoy a good extreme beer every now and then, and having never tried a Triple IPA, when I saw this guy I had to snap him up. I did wonder if the Triple in the name referenced the triple take I did when I saw the price – let me be frank – this is a lot of money to pay for a beer, especially of this size. Once I cracked it open though, I had no regrets. There is a significant amount of sediment in this bottle so be careful when you pour, but there are also a RIDICULOUS amount of hops in there too.
To illustrate, imagine you are this dog, and the tennis balls are hops:
Holy shit, this is nothing but hops! First sip, you are hit with an enormous amount of hops, and you can just feel the different layers of hop flavor rolling and bouncing along in your mouth. Watching the clock, I was able to still taste an ungodly amount of hops a full five minutes after my last sip, and the high alcohol content ensured that I was warm and toasty by the third swallow. Seriously, if you can’t find this beer, you can simulate the flavor by finding a pine tree, ripping a handful of needles out, and chewing on them for a few days while taking shots of the smoothest vodka you can find. This beer will literally have you marveling that the flavor can last and actually taste good this long. I found myself smiling and saying things under my breath like “Holy crap!” “Yes!” “Unbelievable!”
And because of that, this beer deserves a special place in your home. It’s not one that you want for any special occasion, no… this is an emergency beer. Put it in a glass case somewhere safe in your home with a hammer on a chain next to it. This is your lifeline beer. This is the one you drink when you absolutely need to be saved from the mind-numbing boredom of your circumstances. It’s pricey, it’s delicious, and able to transport you away to a place of bliss.