Hype Train Triple IPA, Magnify Brewing Company Single, Double, Triple IPA

Hype Train Triple IPA by Magnify Brewing.

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Tasting: February 5, 2017
Style: Triple IPA
Beer #: 1,035
ABV: 10%

Hype Train

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.

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Gluttony by Midnight Sun

Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun

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Gluttony by Midnight Sun

Tasting: November 11, 2015
Style: Triple IPA
Beer # 849
ABV: 10.5%

I’ve amassed a beer cellar of hundreds of bottles of beer and I’m beginning to out grow my shelving. My wife has been after me to get the bottles off the basement floor and re-organize my domain. She also told me that I should be careful of putting bottles too close to the edge of the wire shelving. In a classic “I told you so moment” I clipped a bottle while organizing and it came crashing to the floor making a horrific bursting sound. A wave of panic followed as I dreaded the revealing moment of which bottle had bitten the dust. There it was a bottle of Midnight Sun Berserker ($20). I would have felt better had I had another or had already logged it – but negative on both fronts. I will say it smelled amazing as I wiped up the mess as well as my tears.

I bought this bottle of Gluttony from Midnight Sun partly to strike up a conversation about my fallen Berserker. I had hoped that they might say, “Yes, we have a bottle tucked away in the back” or “we expect a new shipment next week”. All I got was that it stayed in stock too long and I’m not sure when we’ll get it again.

While I patiently wait on the next release of Berserker, I’ll crack open this triple IPA from Midnight Sun. Gluttony gets mixed reviews on Beer Advocate. The community gives it a respectable 90 points while the Bro’s give it a “meh” -83 points.

I love triple IPA. To me, there is a thin line between triple IPA and California-style barley wine. Usually massive in alcohol content, massive in syrupy sweet malt base and sometimes ripe with dank hops. Gluttony doesn’t disappoint with any of these characteristics. I even get some mellow raisin and molasses that I’m certain would develop over time. It might be a bit boozy for some – myself included as it interferes a bit too much. I’ll still put gluttony at 88 points.

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Even More Miscellaneous Craft Beer Tastings

Seeking Alpha by Captain Lawrence

Seeking Alpha by Captain Lawrence

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Seeking Alpha by Captain Lawrence
Tasting: November 6, 2014
Style: Triple IPA
Beer #: 642

I can highly recommend Captain Lawrence’s Captain’s Reserve IPA. It’s a terrific beer and a sixteen ounce bottle only runs $3.99 which is a relative bargain these days. I’m intrigued by this one basically because I’m easily intrigued by triple IPAs. Why? Well, I find that many of these amped up IPAs resemble barley wine more that they resemble IPA. I love a big syrupy sweet and boozy ale and I’m hoping that Seeking Alpha hits the mark like other triple IPAs.

Definitely in my wheelhouse. Sticky, boozy with massive hop resin. I’ll peg Seeking Alpha at 88 points.

Read About the Name Captain Lawrence Here!

Easy Jack by Firestone Walker

Easy Jack by Firestone Walker

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Easy Jack by Firestone Walker
Tasting: November 7, 2014
Style: Session Ale
Beer #: 643

This beer came to me by way of an extra in a trade a couple of weeks ago. First few sips are nice like an Arizona Green Tea with Honey. It spirals downward soon thereafter into a watery bitterness. It might be better on a hot summer day. For now, I’ll give it 86 points.

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout by Duck Rabbit

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Duck Rabbit Milk Stout by Duck Rabbit
Tasting:
Style: Milk Stout
Beer #: 644

Again, another extra in a trade that featured my acquisition of a four pack of NoDa’s outstanding Hop, Drop and Roll. Very fizzy pour leaves a very robust head. Flavors are roasted and woodsy. A little too fizzy for my liking. Milk stout should have some sweetness and creamy smoothness – this one doesn’t deliver any of that. 83 points.

Oktoberfest by Sun King

Oktoberfest by Sun King Brewing

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Oktoberfest by Sun King
Tasting: October 30, 2014
Style: Marzen
Beer #: 645

Off flavors here. No malt sweetness with an odd un-hop like bitterness. A little fizzy and weak. Sorry, I have way too much beer on my waiting list to go any further. 70 points.

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Simtra by Knee Deep Brewing

Tasting: July 29, 2014
Style: IPA (Triple)
Beer #: 565

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Simtra

First thing that strikes me about Simtra is the fantastic hop aroma and the oddly brownish yellow coloring. The second thing about Simtra is the stunning 11.25% ABV and reported 131 IBU – just wow! This is another trophy from a co-worker’s visit to North Carolina. Funny, he had to go to North Carolina to find a California beer. Oh well, maybe someday we’ll see Knee Deep Brewing’s brands on New Jersey shelves.

The name of this beer is derived from the two hop varieties used in its recipe – a combination of Simcoe and Citra. Simcoe was developed in 2000 and is used primarily for bittering. It lends flavors and aromas of citrus, pine and earthiness. Citra was developed just 7 years ago and is primarily an aroma hop known for strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.

Sipping from my reliable oversized cognac snifter, I get an oily and chewy mouthfeel ripe that is ripe with resinous hops just as advertised. Simtra presents itself more like a barley wine than triple IPA (ala Devil Dancer). The flavors are dank and just burst in an avalanche of honey, pepper, toffee, orange rind and tropical fruit – wow. This California beauty is really balanced as one sip leaves me with a sweet aftertaste the next with a strong bitterness. Surprisingly, the alcohol is wonderfully concealed. I love Simtra and will give it a very strong 95 points. Now, I really hope that Simtra and Knee Deep make it to our neighborhood.

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