Friday, November 27, 2015

Thomas Creek Trifecta IPA

Beer Name: Trifecta IPA
Brewery: Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville, SC)
ABV: 6.9%
How sold: 12 oz. bottles, 5-gallon kegs, 15.5-gallon kegs
Where bought: Bruisin' Ales (Asheville, NC)****
Price: $2.25 for single 12 oz bottle

****Bought this beer through their online store. Bruisin' Ales ships to Oregon, but no longer ships to Washington.

Date Purchased: September 8, 2015 (did not receive until October 10 due to shipping snafu)
Date Opened/Drank: October 19, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 86

Where distributed: Currently, Thomas Creek ships to seven states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. Here's the current distributor list!

What's on the Website: "Trifecta... A winning ticket? The perfect bet? A Dick Vitale saying? Maybe, but in this case it's about a dark horse collaboration gone golden. A rather full-bodied American IPA brewed with an abundance of Citra hops with a refreshing yet potent nose of citrus and a smooth drinkability with notes of grapefruit and a pleasant sweetness."


Appearance (5%): Poured a clear golden-orange color. Small remnants of white head reduced to barely a hint of sudsy surface. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Lovely tropical blend of passion fruit, grapefruit, and tangerine.aromas. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): A pleasing sweet-citrus blast. Clean citrus finish. To me, drinks less than its stated 86 IBUs. Got traces of alcohol when paired with food. Delicious. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body, extremely smooth, some carbonation. 4/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. A huge fan of the tropical aromas and flavors this one brings. Definitely one that I would share with my friends more if we could get this in the Pacific NW. Alas, I must either head to the East Coast or get it shipped here. At $2.25 for a single, it's right in line with the price I'd pay for a good microbrew. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.288/5

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