The hand-bottled glass package we received leaves no room for error, and Reuben’s has nailed haze stability (sans yeast) in this big, big IPA. On the nose, it’s more peach and apricot than typical citrus, with a minty-herbal hops freshness providing a spicy edge. Balance arrives quickly in the form of a gentle but assertive bitterness that slashes through the sweet citrus body.
Loc: Seattle, Washington
The margarita-mixer nose offers lime with highlights of orange liqueur and subtle fruit acidity, and the sip forwards that sweet but layered approach with passion fruit and a hint of lime-orange bitterness that quickly scrubs the big body and prepares for the next sip.
Loc: Lafayette, Colorado
Playa del Dauv
A rich kiwi, guava, and gooseberry nose echoes notes of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in a big, bold way. The sip is sweet green fruit with a softly significant bitterness that rolls in quickly, allowing this alluring triple IPA to both have its satisfying sweetness and avoid cloying. Finishes with a sippable soft bitterness.
Loc: Monterey and Salinas, California
Triple Orange Starfish
It’s no small feat to brew a hops-forward beer this big with such smooth body, (relatively) restrained sweetness, and such a clean fermentation, but Aslin pulls it all together in this mash up of Citra and Galaxy. If you’re like us, you’ll expect to hate it (based on the 12% spec), then you’ll find yourself savoring every sip.
Loc: Herndon and Alexandria, Virginia