Originally posted on August 11th, 2014.
In the last year or so I’ve grown more of a liking to IPA’s (India Pale Ale), but I am not one hundred percent into them, but more than I was in the past. When it comes to IPA’s I can be a bit particular about them. But I was brought a local double IPA from Triple C Brewing here in Charlotte, NC called Baby Maker, 8.5% ABV with 80 IBU (international Bittering Unit). A double IPA is a stronger version of an IPA, with higher an ABV and IBU. The flavor tends to be bigger and bolder. Triple C uses a unique blend of malts to masks the high ABV while copious of four different hop varieties are used in the late kettle additions and dry-hopping is also used. Baby Maker pours a deeper amber/copper color with a big three finger off white whipped head that leaves great lacing behind that fades kind of fast. There were tiny amounts of light coming through with a normal carbonation amount. The aroma on Baby Maker is a little sweeter than you’d expect for a DIPA, and there is a normal piney scent that is around a malted aroma. The taste isn’t huge like you when normally get from DIPA’s, but more of malt sweetness with a little bit of piney hop bitterness behind it. I didn’t get much alcohol taste with Baby Maker; it was masked by the sweetness with made this beer a little easier to drink. As this DIPA warms up the sweetness becomes more present as well as the hop bitterness, but the bitterness never gets overly intense, just a bit more present behind the sweet flavor and the alcohol comes through just a little. The mouthfeel is a high medium with a nice bittersweet finish. The aftertaste is good with a little faint grapefruit that lingers for a second or two before quickly disappearing. I am not much into double IPA’s but this is not bad, it’s a B-. I felt that the sweetness and the hop bitterness were not balanced enough, it’s as if they are just there together in the same place not working together. But Baby Maker is a not bad beer though. It’s would be a beer that I would recommend if you like hoppy beers (DIPAs & IPAs). So go out and try Triple C Brewing Baby Maker Double India Pale Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!