I really thought I was going to miss out on this one as I did not make the trip to Vermont on Memorial Day weekend to go to the Farmer’s Market release of Triple Sunshine. Fortunately while trading some beer with a fellow beer drinker he mentioned a friend of his had made the trip and had an extra bottle. After a few messages back and forth I ended up trading a couple of Hill Farmstead bottles for this bottle and a few cans of The Alchemist beers that were also released that weekend.
Double Sunshine stands out as one of the best DIPAs I have tried; crisp clean and easy to drink even at 8% ABV. Triple Sunshine brings everything up a notch including the ABV to a whopping 10.5%. The appearance is a deep orange with a nice white head. Lacing is abundant and makes for a very enjoyable beer. The aroma lived up to my expectations with a big fruity sweetness; pineapple and citrus dominate with a bit of pine.
Taste was big, bold and as balanced as a huge IPA can be. Loads of hops followed by a nice sweet finish with only a slight bitterness. There was some alcohol bite to it but I expected that with such a big beer. If you missed the bottles you may be able to try it at the Vermont Brewers Festival; that is if you were lucky enough to get tickets and are wiling to stand in what will almost certainly be very long lines at the Lawson’s booth. Overall I am very happy I got to try this beer and I hope that Sean decides to brew it again.
Pros: Lots and lots of hops
Alcohol Content: 10.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Triple Sunshine
Brewers Description: This lupullin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas, and exceptional layers of flavor. Store cold, pour carefully, then close your eyes and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass.