Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stormbreaker Brewing Triple Double


Beer Name: Triple Double
Brewery: Stormbreaker Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 8.5%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Belmont Station (Porltand, OR)
Price: $6.02 (charged a little extra for using a card as payment)

Date Purchased: October 31, 2015 Date Opened/Drank: November 22, 2015
When brewed? Limited-time beer to promote the NBA season starting (released Oct/Nov 2015).
IBUs: 90

Where distributed: Stormbreaker Brewing distributes in Oregon and could otherwise be found in the Pacific Northwest.

What's on the Bottle: "Two beer loving guys with pin point no look behind the back passes to set up the perfect beer score. We put out heart, soul, and love of the game into every ounce of every batch. With ten hop additions of three hop varietals, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo, this beer SCORES on your palate, REBOUNDS in your nose, and is ASSISTED by the juicy flavors to balance the slight upfront bitterness to make this a Rip City slam dunk"



What's on the Website: "Achieving a triple double in hoops is impressive, but achieving it in your beer is even better. With ten hop additions of three hop varietals, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo, this beer scores on your palate, rebounds in your nose with big aromas of grapefruit citrus and pineapple, is assisted by the punchy, juicy citrus flavors to balance the slight upfront bitterness and big 8.5% ABV to make this a Rip City slam dunk." Click here for more!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured a clear golden into a pint glass. About 1-2 mm of frothy white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Combination of citrus, malt, floral, and pine. More emphasis on the citrus here. 4/5

Taste (40%): The pine and malt hit first, with notes of citrus and mango balancing everything. Complex overall in flavor but very hoppy. Blast of alcohol, and this beer eventually shows every bit of its 8.5% -- and then some. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body and coats the tongue. Good carbonation and lingering bitterness. 4/5

Overall (20%): A solid Double IPA. Huge fan of the label and how a few Portland breweries, in general, release beers to support the Portland Trail Blazers and celebrate the start of the NBA season. I certainly felt the strength of this one, but Triple Double also brought a wonderful balanced flavor that is not easy to achieve. If you're in the mood for a hoppy beer, this one is for you. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.863/5

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