Dunedin Brewery's Nelson Sauvin Trippel IPA

Posted by Carol Dekkers on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM

If you are ever looking for a unique experience on a Tuesday night, hop on over to Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin for the weekly Indoor Drum Circle where you can drum (bring your own drum), drink or do both. It runs from 8-11 p.m. at the brewery on Douglas Street.

Last Tuesday evening, I had the good fortune of finding Dunedin Brewery's Nelson Sauvin Trippel IPA on tap at the brewery (yes, I was at the Drum Circle - not drumming though!) - a golden work of art topping out at a heady 10.5% ABV.

I have tasted the regular Nelson Sauvin IPA in the past (around 7% ABV), but this Trippel IPA packed a punch. Heady, meaty (if a beer can be called that) with hints of clover and honey and floral tastes that lingered refreshingly long afterwards. The aroma was distinctively floral and perfumish, like all of my favorite Imperial IPAs. In fact, I could have spent the evening just taking in the smell (but that would defeat the purpose of tasting the art)!

Compared to Southern Tier's Unearthly or Gemini (I reviewed these on my blog), the Nelson Sauvin Trippel IPA is a major contender as one of my favorite Imperial or Trippel IPAs.

Served up in a half-size glass, the cost was $6. (I was glad not to be served a pint - at 10.5%; it is not a "drivable" beer.)

This may sound strange, but I could imagine this beer pairing well with nasturtiums (yes, the flower - it has a peppery, spicey taste and is often added to salads). Since this thought, I've been craving them, but even in Florida, Nasturtiums are not easy to find any time of the year! On its own, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to my next visit to Dunedin Brewery.

** Note, from BrewWiki: Nelson Sauvin , named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit. The distinctive character of these hops limit its aroma/flavor usage to American ales and specialty beers. As a bittering hop, its low cohumulone content imparts a very smooth bitterness.

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