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Beer Review: Barrier Brewing Co. – Stuntin’ Triple IPA

At 10.5% ABV, Barrier Brewing Company created a powerhouse Triple IPA with strong flavor and a punch of alcohol.

Barrier Brewing Stuntin' Triple IPA

They always say, “never rest on your laurels“. New York-based brewery Barrier Brewing Company took the old adage to heart.

Using their most popular beer (Money IPA) as inspiration, Barrier released the Stuntin’ Triple IPA. At 10.5% ABV, this monster of an IPA certainly cashed in on its predecessor’s strengths and took them to new heights.

Branding

Stuntin' - Barrier Brewing Company - Untappd
Photo: Barrier Brewing Company/Untappd

Just like with the beer itself, Barrier used aspects of the Money IPA logo to create this one. A bearded beanie-wearing dude with tattoos and a Flavor Flav-esque chain flaunts his hydraulic lowrider. The Barrier Brewing “B” is inlaid into a setting sun.

It’s the epitome of “stuntin'” and captures the theme of this brew perfectly.

Appearance and Aroma

When poured into a glass, Stuntin’ has a dark golden, almost copper color. It’s very hazy and basically opaque. The color has more of a matte finish than the bright and shiny color some IPA’s have.

There was a decent amount of head on the pour, but it dissolved very quickly.

I absolutely loved the aroma of this beer. Barrier used a combination of Citra and Comet hops to brew as well as dry-hop, and both come through strong on the nose. Powerful citrus notes are present up front, with aromas of oranges and grapefruit.

Flavor/Mouthfeel

When you first take a sip of Stuntin’, you’re hit with a blast of citrus. The Comet hops add really nice secondary grapefruit notes that result in a dry and tart aspect to the beer. The taste is great, and it’s pretty familiar to anyone who has consumed a fair share of citra-IPAs.

However, that’s where the similarity ends.

On the finish, it becomes extremely clear this is a 10.5% ABV beer. Simply put, it’s boozy. There’s a sharp mouthfeel that leaves a surprisingly refreshing tingle in the mouth for a few seconds. The alcohol and Comet hops result in a pretty dry finish.

I suppose some people could consider this a turnoff, but I personally loved it. Many master brewers will do everything they can to mask high alcohol content. There’s something I really enjoyed about feeling the booze in this one.

It was nice being reminded that what I was drinking was powerful.

Summary

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. With a powerful aroma and flavor in addition to a punch of alcohol at the end, Barrier Brewing Company went big with this Triple IPA.

Just like its animated mascot, nothing about this beer is under-stated, and for a beer with a bold name like “Stuntin'”, that’s how it should be.


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