Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trinity Brewing Hype Forager IPA

Beer Name: Hype Forager
Brewery: Trinity Brewing Co. (Colorado Springs, CO)
ABV: 6.4%
How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.11 for a 12 oz can

Date Canned: August 9, 2017
Date Purchased: August 20, 2017
Date Opened: September 16, 2017
When brewed? Seasonal; available late summer to fall. Thanks to a major expansion, Trinity Brewing has released Hype Forager in cans.
IBU: 70

What's on the Can: "Brewed with flour, extra juicy Mandarin oranges + unfiltered hype. Hop bursted, double dry hopped, and aged on tangerine zest with all the key phrases. Pair with the Tears of New-Millennial Fanboys."

What's on the Website: "Grist: Pilsen, Golden Naked Oats, Flaked Wheat, Caramel, Brewed with Flour, Rotating Fresh and Juicy Fruits + Unfiltered Hype Hop Bursted, Double Dry Hopped, and aged on Tangerine Zest with all the key phrases, Pair with the Tears of New Millennial Fanboys."

Where distributed: Trinity Brewing ships to five states (CO, OR, WA, PA, and NY) and Sweden. Click here for current distribution!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy orange golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered. White head; some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tons of tropical citrus. The Mandarin oranges and tangerine really come through. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; very tropical Mandarin orange and tangerine throughout. Perhaps a touch of malt or dank in the middle of the experience. Very juicy and refreshing. This brings a bit more citrus bitterness (thanks to the tangerine zest) than some other NE-style IPAs, but I am a fan. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Very juicy on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. It's no secret that I love New England-style IPAs, and, not surprisingly, this one is also a mega hit. Awesome burst of tropical flavors here. The Mandarin oranges and tangerine really come through. I also love the upside-down label (done on purpose) which should get the consumer's attention when it is placed on the shelf. Reasonable price and well worth the buy if you can find it. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.563/5

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