Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Triple IPAs On The Fly

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaYou can’t explain triple IPAs to your grandparents and you can’t explain it to the religiously terrified and you can’t describe it to those who, no matter what you say, refuse to see such a beer style as anything other than some sort of freaky-deaky boozy Sam Calagione-worshipping Pliny-romp thing. Peaks and Pints has brought in a few new triple IPAs for some reason. Maybe it’s the self-quarantine? Maybe we were drinking a triple IPA when we submitted the orders. Whatever the reason, we have the following triple IPAs in the cooler for you to enjoy at home. We’re calling the special to-go beer flight Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Triple IPAs On The Fly.

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Triple IPAs On The Fly

American-Solera-Power-TIPA-TacomaAmerican Solera Power TIPA

10% ABV

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, American Solera is a blend of unique beers created by brewer Chase Healey, who is the guy that started Prairie Ales. When he left Prairie. He could only make a small volume of beer for a few years as part of a non-compete. His Power Triple IPA hits the nose with a sweet and enticing aroma of tropical fruit, hops, malt, and citrus fruit. The tropical fruit continues on the tongue, specifically guava and mango, plus a good shot of hops, and a decent bit of citrus fruit.

Fat-Orange-Cat-Feed-Me-A-Stray-Cat-TacomaFat Orange Cat Feed Me A Stray Cat

10% ABV

A collaboration with Nightmare Brewing and Twelve Percent Beer Project, Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.’s triple IPA Feed Me A Stray Cat is dry hopped with Lotus, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Citra for a orange hazy pour and nice tropical nose. The tropical fruit continues in the flavor with very little alcohol burn. Beware, this Cat will sneak up on you!

Evil-Twin-Molotov-Cocktail-TacomaEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail

13% ABV, 80 IBU

Originally brewed at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut, this triple IPA fits the cookie-cutter description for the typical imperial IPA. Light on its effervescence, the beer pours heavy and thick, almost syrupy, with a dark amber tint. The former qualities resonate with Evil Twin, which is notable for its reliance on all things imperial. However, the beer shows its IPA side in its nose, with citrus and grapefruit, thanks to Ahtanum. The taste begins with sweet citrus and floral notes, coupled with a big honey flavor that kisses the tongue. Just before falling into a sugary mess, a flash of the bright and hoppy bitterness all-to-familiar with IPAs bites down, cutting through the sweetness.

Dogfish-Head-120-Minute-IPA-TacomaDogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

18% ABV, 120 IBU

Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA is pure craft gluttony in a bottle. Layers of syrupy, grassy, dank on dank on dank, resin hops get boiled for two hours, using Amarillo, Simcoe and Warrior hops continuously in the brewing and fermenting process  —  this beast ain’t about fresh, it’s about hop power. Taste starts bittersweet with piney hops and orange peel but then the booze kicks in and burns the throat. Despite this, there’s a nice, smooth finish that follows the initial hoppy burn.