Thursday, December 26, 2013

Iron Fist Uprising (redux)

type: Belgian Tripel IPA
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $10/750ml
ABV: 12%
NSP: 9

Chris already gave us his take on this, but after drinking the latest crop of Uprising, I'm wondering if the recipe has changed.

Firstly, just compare the colors and note how Chris originally thought it resembled a quad.  I don't get the same impression and the beer clearly has a nice golden/light-amber appearance.

Secondly, I don't think it's overly boozy.  It does pack quite an ABV wallop, but I find it to be nicely tempered by the classic Belgian style flavors and, yada yada yada, I'm drunk.  POW.  It goes down a little too smoothly, actually.

The aromas are not hop-forward, so the fact that it's somewhat bitter and reminiscent of an IPA is a surprise, initially.  Although this is a fantastic beer, it could be absolutely world class if they dry hopped it a la Pale 31 (or some equivalent wonderfulness): I want a hop-forward aroma!

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