Beer Review: Trillium Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street IPA

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The final of the 4 beers I was able to grab when I visited Trillium is the one I was probably most excited about, Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street. Like the rest of the “Street” beers this one showcases a single hop variety, Sleeper Street showcases El Dorado. They also had this on draft when I was at the brewery so I already knew what I was getting into grabbing one of these. DDH Sleeper Street comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Turbid juice, yellowish orange color with a 1/2 finger head and some good lacing. Super hazy orange juice NE style IPA, you know the drill.

Nose: Holy pineapple. Fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, pineapple candy, pineapple everything. Orange juice, tangerine, mango, tropical fruits, peaches. It is also floral and earthy with some hints of freshly squeezed limes. Juice bomb for sure. I love pineapples so this beers nose is awesome.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely. Orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lime and tropical fruit bomb. Has a pine and woody feel with a small bite of bitterness but mostly just a juice bomb. Delicious and crushable IPA with so much depth of flavor. Finishes slightly bitter and sticky.

Price/Availability: I got a mixed 4 pack of cans at the brewery, a 4 pack of this is around $12 I believe.

Overall: The double dry hopped versions of the Trillium IPAs are their crown jewels. I haven’t had a chance to have all of their beers, or even close to all of them, but the DDH beers are some of their best offerings I have had a chance to try. DDH Sleeper Street possibly being my favorite Trillium beer to date (Galaxy Cutting Tiles was unreal as well). This is an incredible showcase of El Dorado, a hop that has been pushed aside lately by some newer varieties but has always been a favorite of mine and gets some well deserved time in the limelight again. Trillium seems to have perfected the NE style IPA and feels like the one brewery who will be able to maintain the best after this fad passes. DDH Sleeper Street earns a well deserved perfect score.

Grade: A+

Beer Review: Cigar City’s Hopped on the High Seas Calypso

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Hopped on the High Seas from Cigar City is a year round release they call their Carribean Style IPA. Each batch is dry hopped with a different hop variety, for this review I have the batch dry hopped with Calypso. In the past I have enjoyed the batches with Simcoe and Kohatu, sorry no reviews on those. They brew the IPA at the Cervezas del Sur Brewery in Ponce, Puerto Rico and they dry hop it before it gets shipped back to Tampa for canning, hence the name. Hopped on the High Seas is 7% ABV and comes in at 70 IBUs. 

Appearance: Dark copper, similar color to Jai Alai but a little lighter and translucent. Once again it has a nice head turning into some sticky lacing down the entire glass. Love the can as well.

Nose: Not super hop forward at all, definitely not what I remember from the other batches of this I have had. Some citrus but more of a really sweet sugary smell with some maltiness as well. Not what I was expecting from the nose at all.

Taste/Mouth: Get some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple before a real sharp bitterness crushes your palate. Lot of sweet maltiness in the taste as well. It finishes really dry, piney and resinous. From the nose I was not expecting such a hop bomb of bitterness from the taste.

Availability/Price: New batch, new hop so I think this is the last we will be seeing of this particular variety of this beer. The Hopped on the High Seas series is pretty readily available in states that get Cigar City distribution and at a similar price to Jai Alai it isn’t bad.

Overall: This beer was a huge letdown, especially after I have enjoyed the Simcoe and Kohatu batches of it. It was pretty hard for me to drink the two cans of it I had. Freshness wasn’t an issue as the can was less than a month old when I drank it. I think it must have just been this hop variety wasn’t working with it. I will continue to try this series when I see it but will definitely avoid anymore of this particular batch.

Grade: C-