Honestly, the name should have been a giveaway. It wasn’t, mostly because I’m kinda dense.
The name in question, and the beer behind it, is Unholy (Tripel, 9.5% ABV) from Coppertail Brewing in Tampa.
Silly me, I thought all tripels were the same.
Nope. Not at all. This is the most aggressively hopped tripel I’ve ever tasted. It’s actually the most aggressively hopped Belgian-style ale I’ve ever tasted.
There’s a lot of bright, juicy hops in the beer, enough to where it gave me pause to wonder if it didn’t get mixed up with Free Dive by mistake. Nicely bitter, moderately citrusy.
But the Belgian qualities of big, sweet malts with very sweet and funky yeast tend to get lost a bit in the mix. They’re relegated well into the background so the hops can take precedence.
The beer is a beautifully cloudy and milky straw color, like a good, classic tripel. But beware, ye of the hops aversion and research-barren, for this may prove a challenge. For the rest of the increasingly hop-adoring Florida beer crowd, you may have found your beers.
In the meanwhile, I’m going to not be quite so oblivious to the thing I’m blogging about.
Drink Florida Craft,