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Triton Sin Bin Ale

Triton Sin Bin

Triton Sin Bin

This is a beer I judged by its cover, which is awesome. From Indianapolis, theĀ official beer of the Indiana Ice, this is Triton Brewing Sin Bin Ale.

Color is dark orange, but not quite to copper. Yeast and orange dominate the aroma. Sweet malt with a toasted background. That pleasant funk from Belgian yeast. It’s almost like orange butterscotch. Hops only show up in the dry, slightly bitter finish.

This doesn’t have great reviews elsewhere, but I’m baffled. I think it’s delicious.

Grade: A

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New Albanian Hoptimus

New Albanian Hoptimus

New Albanian Hoptimus

This is the first I’ve ever heard of New Albanian Brewing Company, which is in New Albany, Indiana.

Hoptimus is their Imperial IPA. With a kickass robotĀ  brandishing a red star and boasting 100 IBUs, Hoptimus seems to be saying “I will break your taste buds.”

Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it’s an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I’m wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

Even if this is a little old, it’s really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I’ll definitely do this again!

Grade: A

 

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3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

The Arctic Panzer Wolf displayed on the label is equally terrifying and awesome. But if I saw one of those in the wild, I might soil myself.

And here’s the thing with beers with names and images like this; they’ve gotta back it up. Pours a hazy gold and the aroma is powerfully packed with piney hops. It is, indeed, powerful. I think I have some goosebumps. I even let out an audible “whoa”. That’s what 100IBUs will do to you. Loads of oily pine hops with more citrus late. Extremely bitter and dry. No attempt to hide the 9% ABV, either.Spicy hops become more noticeable as it warms.

This is one of those brews with no middle ground. You’ll either hate it or love it. Those who love bashing, punishing, over-the-top-hopped-brews won’t be able to get enough.

Grade: B

 

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3 Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

3 Floyds Behemoth

3 Floyds is back in Ohio for the first time since I’ve known anything about beer, so this is pretty exciting news. Great read about the re-release in Ohio here at the stellar Bobby Likes Beer.

My first try from them is the wax-sealed, impossible to open, Behemoth Barleywine. The nose is full of caramel malt and a mix of citrus and spicy hops. This brew is definitely big. Caramel malt, big kick from the hops, and pretty hot from the alcohol. As it warms, more malt complexity is coming through along with a few different hops varieties: grapefruit, pine, and spice.

As a barleywine, I’m sure it’d mellow out and balance from a few years of aging, but that’s just not my thing.

The 10.5% ABV is evident, but it all adds to making this beer live up to its name.

And the lacing! This isn’t rings of foam, it’s coating the entire glass.

Grade: A

 

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