Tasting: February 5, 2017
Style: Triple IPA
Beer #: 1,035
For centuries, beer has utilized unique systems to indicate ranges of alcoholic strength. Belgian monasteries would mark barrels of ale with crosses and each additional cross would signify an increased alcoholic strength. Scottish ales still are referred to in terms of schillings. It’s a reference to a tax on beer. For example, a 70 schilling ale would be lower in ABV than a 90 schilling ale. In either case, it isn’t linear or an exact science as a double isn’t twice the alcohol. Today, you’ll see beer (usually IPA) labeled as double or triple or just imperial. In short, it usually indicates an elevated variation.
This beer is labeled as a triple IPA and it checks in at a robust 10% ABV. Wow, that’s a really big beer. It comes from polarizing local brewery, Magnify Brewing in Fairfield, NJ. Polarizing might be too strong a term as there are just a few vocal social media haters out there. The lines at the brewery speak to the contrary.
Brewery notes that this beer is aged on guava and passionfruit. Mostly acrid citrus and not much else. I have to say that this is a very unique beer. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer so far back palate that the bitterness strikes the throat. Seems like a bad place for bitterness and booziness. Not their best effort. In conclusion, Hype Train gets 86 points. Mostly for originality.