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Definitive Brewing Company Lens – Triple IPA at 10.3% ABV

Definitive Brewing Company Lens – Triple IPA at 10.3% ABV (C$9.95 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Jan-2021, acquired 10-Feb-2021, reviewed 3-Mar-2021)

Appearance: nearly opaque deep gold with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus, vanilla, cream, cereal grains, light resiny pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full slightly creamy body, moderate-soft carbonation, lingering and building bitter warming finish. (4/5)

If this is a Lens, it’s one from a pair of beer goggles! I guess I’m going to have to start to accept “TIPA” as a designation – and, more specifically, “TDH TIPA”. This “Triple Dry Hopped Triple IPA” is actually relatively easy drinking given its massive… well… everything. The juice-like appearance and aroma are followed by a nectar-like sweetness and thicker body, appropriately balanced by an emphatic building bitterness that (barely) prevents it from being a boozy creamsicle. It grows on me the more of it I drink (big surprise, given the double-digit ABV!) and is right up there with the best efforts I’ve had from this brewery to date. Heck, it’s almost worth the near-double-digit price tag! (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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