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Beer – #1001 – Behemoth – Too Big to fail

I know I said I’d stop but sometimes a beer comes along that makes you stop and think A Triple IPA, essentially a more hopped imperial Pale Ale, which is just an over hopped Pale Ale, but Triple! Well goodness me I couldn’t go past.

I did later find out that I’ve had a previous Triple, from Knee Deep   November 2013, all that excitement again because that was rather lovely when I re-read about it, and in defence, who remembers 2013!

That and it’s a Sunday, a Sunday deserving of beer and good music too, and coms cheese and crackers because Sunday should be about a relaxing time

Oily resinous

A 440ml can of a beer that is 10.6% ABV, which is an outrageous 120 IBU things and 318 calories a serve size, this would be 3.86 standard drink in NZ.

Brewed by Behemoth (Chur) Brewing Company in the style that is basically an Imperial IPA, and that did that in Auckland, New Zealand

This is a collaboration beer with Gigantic Brewing, and you could possibly get this in the USA if you looked in the right places

Too Big.

Triple IPA with Citra, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin and Lemon Drop, This Triple IPA was first brewed in Portland, Oregon and now Ben Love from Gigantic has come to NZ so us beer fiends in NZ get to enjoy this beast of a brew. Oily resinous hops and a full bodied ale malt base are at the forefront of this beer, with a lingering high bitterness finish.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

The aroma leaps out of the can like a racehorse that’s raring to go, it’s one of those big mouth cans so you can go straight at it if you like, or like me pour it into a glass for decorum.

A lovely looking beer in the glass with a small white head that settles back to a slightly more than film covering. That aroma in the glass big grassy hoppy, green.

Wow, that takes no prisoners, there’s a rush of things going on, led with an alcohol note that I expected but in parallel with a large malt rush and a daunting amount of bitterness that’s just being kept in check.

It has the burn!

I’m not shy about taking a sup, because it really is quite nice and sometimes you need to visit the edge to appreciate the middle, this is beer that is nowhere near the middle.

I let it sit for a couple of minutes, you know, science and that, and this if anything got more alcohol tang about it, more of that burn.

Then again it got more of the everything about it, and that’s pleasing to know that this is keeping true to itself.

Not a quaffing beer, not a beer for the frugal of wallet, but it’s about the same thereabouts as pint of the craft beer at the local bar, Deep Creek in Browns Bay, who incidentally brewed this at their facility in Silverdale.  I can’t imagine this going to keg though, that’d cause some kerfuffle I imagine.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It’s a large beer with large tastes, and large things happening. I’m not so keen on that alcohol tang though, and it’s very insistent, and won’t go away, if anything it’ll get more insistent.

The double dip review:

  • Where did I get it?  The Local Liquorland had them.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it’s always interesting to find beer that challenges you, in a good way.
  • Would I have another? I’d probably if it was on tap.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? For audacity this would be impressive to share, but it’s a show stopper and I imagine would be quite polarising, and I’ve no idea how to follow this.

Music for this:  ” The National and Trouble with find me” on Spotify for you, on Vinyl for me

Trouble Will Find Me is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band The National, released on May 17, 2013


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.




2 comments on “Beer – #1001 – Behemoth – Too Big to fail

  1. Michael
    March 18, 2018

    November 2103? They will all be triple IPAs by then.


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