Hop Juice Double IPA - Madison River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
2.7/5 rDev -29.7%
Appearance: A very clear, dark gold with a slight amber tint. Good lacing and a thin soapy head on top.
Smell: Fairly light but very citrus hop forward with a slight earthiness. There is a noticeable vienna and caramel malt presence, and some noticeable booze.
Taste: Bitterness right up front, and a full bodied sweetness to follow as well as a moderate piney/citrus hop presence. The alcohol can be tasted off the back, a little boozy and syrupy.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a little thick for the style, but that is subjective.
Overall: A pretty poor attempt at an American-Style IIPA. Sweet, unbalanced and a big lack of hop character
10-22-2013 01:26:01 | More by Siriusfisherman
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3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
Picked up a 6'er of this this morning at the Bozeman COOP... pretty cool as this was the only thing that looked interesting enough to get an entire 6-pack. Poured into a red wine globe.
Nice looking foamy white head... good retention and lacing... the brew is a deep golden/lite amber.
The nose shows plenty of grapefruit zest... some oily pine... a touch too much caramel for my liking, but not enough to complain about a lot.
Flavor begins with an okay bitterness, but quickly gives way to a sorta muted toasty malt essence that is spiked with the above citrus. Hops really drop off quickly.
Body and carbonation seem about right.
I really.... REALLY wanted to like this one more... but oh well. The guy stocking beer at the COOP says this was just received recently and I saw it no where else in town. I don't believe this is an old bottle, rather a less than impressive take on a style that takes a lot of cajones to pull off.
12-13-2010 05:33:12 | More by JohnGalt1
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
I think I got this as an extra from someone, but can't remember who. Thanks to whichever BA it was!
Pours a deep clear orange with a bit of a red hue and a one finger light tan head. Pretty good lacing down the glass.
Aroma is full of fresh citrus hoppiness with just a touch of malt backbone.
Starts off with a good citrus kick. A bit of sweet caramel malt peaks in and it finishes with some piney bitterness. Notes of pineapple and mango also throughout.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lowish carbonation doesn't help it much. It's a shame because the flavors are awesome.
This drinks way easier than 9% with some interesting and complex flavors. The mouthfeel is the only thing keeping this from a home run. Dangerously tasty and would probably have again if I lived in Montana.
11-23-2011 21:39:17 | More by jmarsh123
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
Bottle to shaker: Pours a pale copper color with a thin beige head. Lots of sticky lacing. Nose is mostly florals, and strong florals at that, light citrus and caramel. Good transition into the flavor, the citrus is bright and the florals are light. The maltiness is sturdy and more than adequate to style; certainly not a detriment. Lingering finish of citrus and light pine. I’ve had this a few times, but continue to pick it up when available fresh. As a DIPA this doesn’t impress, but to me fits the bill as refreshing and it fits the bill more as an IPA. The brewers call it a ‘hoppy American style ESB’ if that makes a difference.
09-15-2013 14:48:46 | More by jake65
4.91/5 rDev +27.9%
This is a perfect double ipa, the lace is nice, the golden amber color is good, but not too dark. Nice citrus taste without being over hoppy, at 9% this is my perfect, smooth, easy drinking IPA, that balances potency with flavor which is exactly what I look for in a quality beer. The fact that these are good people marketing and making this beer only adds to the overall experience of drinking the "Hop Juice" or as its now called "The Juice" goddamn Californians...
09-03-2013 05:12:07 | More by akmt76
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
The scene on the label makes me instantly want to visit Montana and enjoy this beer in its natural settings.
A - pours a nice amberish orange with a froathy head
S - smells like the name implies, big juicy grapefruity hops with a little bit of bubblegum. Very sweet caramel malt rounds it out to make this a very sweet smelling DIPA.
T - starts off with the sweet caramel malt that I picked up in the nose. This quickly fades to some bitter pine and grapefruit hops. It also feels like there is a bit of foamy water taste to it (could be the water used?). Leaves very bitter. For some reason this kind of lacks a pop for a DIPA, I can't but my finger on it, but something seems to be missing.
M - might be the smoothest, fullest beer I have tried. I didn't think that could ever be a bad thing, but it was sort of foamy. Still good though.
D - Big thanks to websherpa for sending this extra my way! This was a really cool opportunity to try something from what appears to be a very local brewery out there. Recommended!
02-13-2011 01:54:52 | More by birchstick
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
Appearance: Pretty standard. Modest off white head. Fairly clear. Golden almost brownish color in the glass.
Smell: This is where like many DIPAs the beer shines. There is the grapefruit a little pineapple scents. The typical west coast citric hops. There is something different and special. I don't think it's for everyone but to me it gives this tons of character. It's got the scent of BO. This isn't some fat dude's asscrack at the gym. This is the smell of your lover after a good lay. It's not the smell of sex, but the familiar and a familiar and sensuous BO.
Taste: More or less the smell but as with most DIPAs it doesn't transfer as big to the taste. Delicious anyways.
Mouthfeel: A pinch thin, an pinch try but overall nothing to really complain about.
Drinkability: If it wasn't 9% this could easily be a session beer for me. At 9% I can still have 2-3 in an evening and enjoy myself.
02-18-2011 04:06:39 | More by websherpa
3.81/5 rDev -0.8%
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a hazy coppery-orange with tons of carbonation streaming to the two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a massive wall of lacing.
S - Lots of sweet caramel malt with just a hint of northwest hops upon opening the bottle. Doesn't seem like too much of a DIPA. Hops thankfully pickup once in the class with moderate citrus notes and a punch of resin.
T - Smooth caramel malt upfront. The body is really more malt driven by what seems like a truckload of caramel malt with supporting orange and passion fruit notes coming from the hops. More passion fruit and orange as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a smooth caramel and hop finish.
M - Full bodied and exceptionally creamy. Almost more of what I would expect from the stout, but does a nice job of working with the heavy malt load.
The double load of malt and high alcohol content are really what makes this a double IPA. Die hard hop heads will want to look elsewhere or maybe use this as a break from more hop heavy brews. Otherwise, it is exceptionally well balanced, creamy and full, without much trace of the high ABV. I would get this again if I were in the area as I prefer to drink local, but I won't loose any sleep about not being able to find it here in NM.
04-23-2013 04:51:49 | More by Bockrules
Hop Juice Double IPA from Madison River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.