Have you ever gotten too much head because of a dank meme? I have. Let me tell you, it is quite the burden to bear.
So much waiting. So much agony. So much yellow pungent liquid at the end of it. Granted, that comes after the head is over with, but all the same as much as you might be expecting it, you still end up surprised.
Now, much like the dankness of a meme, the dankness of a beer is something that is both of vital importance, yet at the same time relying upon whether or not said dankness was stolen. One should not and must not outright steal dankness, but should, in the course of things, attempt to harness preexisting dankness or the patterns of dankness as they can be observed in the course of borrowing. This, to a certain extent is precisely what Triptych has attempted to do here with its Dank Meme.
Coming to us from Savoy, Illinois – a place I’m sure no one (unless they live in or around the town) even knows about – this brew is an attempt to mimic what our friends in the Midwest presume and imagine we east coasters do with our danker pale ales. Discarding cares about clarity, this beer has been brewed in much the same way that a Pepe who feels good but doesn’t tell you why is crafted in the bowels of the internet. It is in this sense, its own form of rare Pepe, but at the same time more than merely that.
From Harambe to the autistic screeching of the Polandball series, memetic dankness is something that cannot be crafted with care as much as something that must simply be allowed to form up organically. So, how then does this beer stack up in such a manner? Well to begin with, the hazy body and hopped-to-hell-and-back overall flavor profile says quite a bit about how the brewers approached this. Hopped first with El Dorado and then finished off with a solid blast of Citra, the directness and almost overt qualities to this beer are straight forward enough that it is obvious that to some, the flavor might almost be offensive, while to others it is likely all they ask for from a pale ale.
I myself fall into the latter category there. The pummeling punches of citrus and juicy hop managing to hit most every note I hope for from a hoppy pale ale. Hazy, citrusy, punchy and mysteriously missing the ABV, leaving me to simply assume it is likely up around the 6.5%-7% range, it is a beer I can merely enjoy in the course of my sipping and scrolling. As I would never dream to infer that I drink the majority of my beer anywhere other than my desk, no fewer than three feels guys and one forever alone has passed by my eyes in the course of writing this. And goddamn that dankness…
So to Triptych Brewing, to a long and happy future of sincerely dank memes and of course to you, I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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