Didn’t get your vacation in this summer? We have the solution. Meet our newest beer: 5th TRIPle IPA. As the name suggests, it’s a triple IPA that will take your taste buds on a journey — without leaving your seat (so feel free to get nice and comfortable!) But hold on just a second. Before you take your first sip, let’s see what Brian and Justin have to say about 5th TRIPle.
Where does the name 5th TRIPle come from?
Justin: Originally this beer was made last year as 5th Wheel, our first Brew Like A Girl brew ever. However, Katie wanted to spin it out of her series, and the name was already taken. We came up with 5th TRIPle as a reference to its origin and in reference to the dank, resin-y quality of this beer; i.e. it’s a TRIP.
Brian: The beer was originally from our Brew Like A Girl series of beers and it was called 5th wheel. Of course Justin probably said that with more words and what the legal reason was why we couldn’t use the name 5th Wheel.
Describe this style of beer:
Justin: Triple IPA, (much like a double IPA), is an even more intense hoppy and higher alcohol version of an IPA. Some compare Triple IPA to a hoppy version of a Belgian Trippel, but I would suggest that’s a mistake. Triple IPA is going to show some notes of higher alcohol levels but it’s not meant to be a malty blend or care too much about what malts, other than having enough to support an extremely intense hop character.
Brian: This is a MASSIVE beer. 10%-ish Triple IPA with all of the old-school goodness.
Describe its unique flavor:
Justin: Pineapple. Not necessarily unique but it’s likely what’s going to pop out. There’s a great blend of the pineapple character with resin-y notes that make this beer extremely satisfying. Underlying all of that is an obvious alcohol note. Not burning by any means, but you can’t make a 10% plus beer without sensing the level of alcohol — which compliments the flavors even more.
Brian: You ever shove a pineapple in your mouth and then shotgun a triple IPA? Me either, but that’s probably what it tastes like. In all seriousness for 10%-ish this beer does NOT drink hot- meaning there’s low to no solvent-y alcohol notes. Dangerously drinkable.
Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?
Justin: Other than the fact that everyone in the brewery is literally giddy with excitement over this beer’s release! It’s already been a team favorite for us and we just can’t wait for everyone else to get a drink.
If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?
Justin: Spicy rice bowls (Lolo’s!) make an interesting choice. Anything with heat is a good choice for IPA in general, but this beer is so hop forward as well as resin-y the rice would help blend a bit more for variety and wider complementary flavors.
Brian: Some fatty fatty meats from Winzerstube. This beer would cut right through them fatty meats and snauseges.