ABV: 9.0 IBU: 35
Elevation Beer Co. Third Base
What the brewers say
“With fresh-cut grass, cool nights, sunny days, and the sound of a baseball smacking a glove, spring is the perfect time to hit the sweet lemon, pepper, and orange notes of a tripel.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A quiet nose that doesn’t give away too many secrets. Whiffs of spicy black tea, cider apples, and honeydew melon. Light smokiness (like a mild smoked cheddar). Cloves and oranges with light malt and spice and almost a mead-like aroma.”
Flavor: “First sip was very simple: mild malt sweetness along with a light fruit (orange) and faint phenol. Second taste offered more spicy character, much of it from alcohol, although it’s not hot. Herbal hops notes with subtle bitterness, but very little is required to balance this beer—alcohol and carbonation take care of that. Fairly sweet, a bit like a honey-tinged cider. Lower carbonation than you’d expect.”
Overall: “This is not as complex as the style can get but makes up for that with impeccable balance. This is a great gateway tripel that’s still interesting enough for craft-beer fans. A creative take on a classic style.”
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