Triple IPA is the ultimate India Pale Ale, which has been one of the most popular craft beer styles for some time. Not only is it strong at around 10% alcohol, it's also unusually hop-forward. The high bitterness contrasts great with the relative malt sweetness. In the New England Triple IPA version, the bitterness is somewhat reduced, often with plenty of oats or lactose added for a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel and, above all, a haziness.
Beer style facts: Triple IPA
- Appearance: Clear or cloudy, depending on interpretation, amber to yellow-orange.
- Aroma: Very strong, not only due to the large amounts of each ingredient, but also due to the high alcohol content, which enhances the flavor. Very full-bodied. Often rather sweet, sometimes strongly bitter.
- Alcohol: 9.5-13%
What does a Triple IPA taste like?
In the craft beer business, it is often true that the stronger, the better. Basically, this statement refers to the fact that alcohol is a flavor carrier. And Triple IPA contains a lot of alcohol, at 9.5% or more. This allows the aromatics of the malt and especially the hops used in quantities to explode.
Brewers like to use aroma hop varieties that are particularly intense and fruity for this style. In particular, American hop varieties from the Northwest such as Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Idaho 7 or similar are especially well suited for this beer style. Their aromatics of mango, pineapple, citrus or stone fruit make one think of an alcoholic fruit smoothie. It's not uncommon for nerds to refer to it as "juice." Even the very hazy appearance is more reminiscent of juice than beer - hazy is the key word here. But the "Haze Craze" doesn't just exist in the realm of Triple IPAs. All hoppy beer styles, such as IPA or Pale Ale, have a New England version in different variations.
Who makes good TIPA?
Meanwhile, almost every brewery in Europe and America also offers a Triple IPA - at least temporarily. You can always find great ones from Cloudwater, Garage Beer, Basqueland, Northern Monk, Omnipollo or Sudden Death Brewing from Timmendorfer Strand.
Beyond Beer always offers some Triple IPAs. Be quick, because they are usually very fast!