Leave it to the ever-innovative crew at Fieldwork to take two contrasting beer styles and merge them into one harmonious, flavor-packed offering. Their Triumph and Tragedy beer brilliantly combines an Irish red lager base with a West Coast IPA hop profile, resulting in a unique and immensely drinkable hybrid.

The pour yields a deep copper-red color with radiant ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head. The aroma is an intriguing blend of caramel malt, toasted bread, and bright citrus and pine hops. It smells like an Irish red lager amped up with a hefty dose of classic West Coast lupulin.

The first sip delivers a wonderful interplay between the red lager and IPA components. There’s a firm toasted bread and toffee malt backbone providing the archetypal Irish red flavor. However, this is cut through by vibrant citrus zest, pine resin, and a punchy bitterness from the IPA side. Orange peel, grapefruit, and dank herbs mingle with the rich, slightly nutty malt flavors.

While certainly hoppy, the bitterness is reined in compared to a traditional West Coast IPA, instead taking more of a supporting role to accentuate the caramelized malt notes. The medium body and moderate carbonation provide a lively yet imminently drinkable texture.

This shape-shifting hybrid is what Fieldwork does best – take divergent styles and blend them into an incredibly tasty and cohesive new creation. Triumph and Tragedy is the perfect combo of an easy-drinking red lager merged with bright, punchy West Coast hoppiness. It’s yet another unique winner from this world-class brewery.

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Caramel malt, toasted bread, citrus, pine, dank herbs
  • Appearance: Deep copper-red with radiant ruby hues and a creamy off-white head
  • Flavor: Firm toasted bread and toffee malt, vibrant citrus zest, pine resin, herbs, moderate bitterness
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, lively yet drinkable
  • Overall: A harmonious Irish red lager and West Coast IPA mashup
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Review: Triumph and Tragedy Irish Red Lager Westcoast IPA by Fieldwork Brewing Company

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