El Segundo Power Plant Triple IPA (TIPA)
Brewed by: El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American, Triple
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 11.1%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
This behemoth of a “Triple” India Pale Ale gets a heavy dose of hops both in the kettle and on the dry hop resulting in a nose that is straight up fruit cocktail. Truly impossible to distinguish just one note. Monstrous, yet deceptive in the same breath. Don’t let this one sneak up on you, lest ye be #PowerPlanted.
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic
More El Segundo Power Plant TIPA Images
Artwork: The real El Segundo power plant stacks appear in the background, while some hop cones get electrified on a transformer.
Color: Dark orange to coppery hue.
Aroma: Tropical fruit and booze.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Specialty IPA Glass
Last year we pondered what guidelines might be used to designate an India Pale Ale as a Triple IPA, but now we pretty much view this unofficial style as a marketing beer, or a novelty if you will. With more breweries releasing them, TIPAs have devolved into a chili pepper eating contest, of who can brew the most egregiously hopped-up palate destructor. And we are more than fine with that!
We have become big fans of El Segundo Brewing Company, not only for the deliciousness of their hop forward West Coast style IPAs, but for how much they embrace freshness with their “don’t let the hops die” philosophy. Their last Grand Hill IPA release was bottled in the wee hours of the morning, then loaded into vehicles for same-day distribution throughout Southern California. That is dedication to freshness.
The bottling date for Power Plant TIPA was 9/18/15, making it several days old, and this hop monster was ripe for consumption. When the label mentioned how aromatic this IPA was going to be, it was time for the Speigelau glasses. Not like they shouldn’t be used for top-shelf India Pale Ales anyway…
But we had to hold off on the aroma assessment for the time being, since the retention of this ale was off the charts. Several minutes, and sips later, enough of the towering white puffy foam finally dropped off to get a whiff. If you’re into lacing, Power Plant made a crusty curtain down the whole glass.
With just a thin sheet of froth left, notes of ripe melon and pineapple were more evident, as well as the boozy, nostril singeing kick at the end of each inhale. Imagine a fruity tropical “umbrella” cocktail made with rum.
Lazy streams of pin-head sized bubbles didn’t really keep the Power Plant effervescently charged up, but its hot booziness sharpened the mouthfeel a bit. For a triple IPA we expected a maltier body, but it was surprisingly lighter, with the malt bill taking a backseat to its massive hop presence.
El Segundo Power Plant TIPA slowly powered up with juicy fruit, but quickly became all pine. Big resiny pine that had been lit on fire, because this IPA packed some heat! It was if Power Plant had two finishes — pine, followed by more intense dank pine that lingered on the palate until the next sip.
Power Plant lived up to its billing with almost too much power, but still managed to stay drinkable while it electrified our tastebuds with hop tanginess. At 11%, this is the only power plant in America that will put your lights out.
Final Score: 4.5/5
El Segundo Brewing Company delivered on their promise to “harness lupulicity” with this supercharged India Pale Ale. Power Plant TIPA was an over-the-top powerhouse, but as hop heads, we wouldn’t expect anything less from a well-crafted Triple IPA. We got firmly #PowerPlanted, and loved every minute of it.