Friday, August 11, 2017

Trillium & Monkish Dial Up the Seven Digits

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.35/5
- RateBeer: 4/5
- Untappd: 4.39/5

"1-800-COLLABO! We've teamed up with Monkish to bring you Dial Up the Seven Digits, a juicy Double IPA brewed with muscat grape juice. Combining the recipes for Dialed In (our Double IPA brewed with various wine grape juices) and Monkish's Dial the Seven Digits Double IPA, DUT7D is a harmonious marriage of dank hop flavors and smooth, subtle muscat juice. Papaya, grape, peach, and fresh woody pine tease the nose. The palate conjures powerful flavors of papaya juice and tropical fruit with a creamy mouthfeel and wheat finish."

Pours dark yellow in color to an exceptionally murky body and a finger of white head.

On these Trillium beers with grape juice, I always feel like the grape juice overpowers everything else, and it is no different here. There is still room for lemon and lime as well as a touch of dank bitterness. Herbaceous qualities and some spice add some layers to the aroma.

Again, the grape juice is unrelenting and I feel like I am drinking straight from a carton of grapefruit juice. The good news is that it isn't the only lasting impression. After the initial surge of grape juice, a musty, farmhouse duty quality packs a mean right hook. It's akin to wood from a barrel and I like this unexpected surprise. Back from the aroma is more lemon and lime for a refreshing kick and then it transitions to delicious, bitter hop juice. The back end is dank for days and as infested as the front end was with grape juice, the bitter influence is just as big in the second half. I even get some classic Trillium orange sherbet which makes for a delicious dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and soft (much like me). The alcohol is well hidden and drinkability is high. It has dry moments, but nothing too bad.

Dial Up the Seven Digits was reminiscent of Trillium's Dialed In series with it's abundance of grape juice, but this one left room for other flavors to shine. It has a nice blending of the added grape juice with a delicious bitter bite at the end. I will say I'd prefer that the grape juice be left out, but I can live with it.


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