Double Eye PA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
IPA meets Barleywine for Mikkeller's latest attempt to hop the hell out of an ale for some for the most obnoxious tastes possible.
A hazy swirl of amber, peach and orange settles into the snifter with a short-statured but highly dense mousse rising to the top. This long-lasting head is ivory in color and laces lightly in the beer's wake.
A ton of malt aromas are just as prevalent in the nose as is any hop character- albeit, both are immense. Honey and shortbread waft about the nose and captures a plethora of fruity scents: nectarines, tangerines, mangoes, apricots, passion fruit and pomegranate is just part of the citrus and tropical fruit medley. And then there's the alcohol- straight-up vodka about says it all.
Its hearty and dense taste is teeth-churning and lush with honey, light caramel and biscuit. Highly bready throughout, the hop flavor edges out the malts on the middle palate with all that citrus, tropical and orchard fruit character. Even apples and lemons make their way into the mix from time to time. Its sheer enormity of taste invites a metaillic and salty taste and aids in pulling the hops and malt together even though it further complicates the taste and causes further intimidation. ...oh, and vodka.
Full bodied, the beer has no problem opposing the dry notion of standard IPAs. Instead it celebrates a viscous and chewy citrus sweetness and breadiness. An ill-faded attempt at hop and alcohol dryness is met with a wall of malt thickness. Still finishing hot and mildly fusal, this ale is a sipper for sure.
Double Eye is an ale that drinks like a meal. Its quite messy and complex for IPA standards at any strength. But as a showcase for hop flavor, alcohol and malt support- its tough to find bigger.
10-19-2013 17:19:56 | More by BEERchitect
2.88/5 rDev -25.8%
Pours a hazed almost milky looking burnt orange infused gold with no head to speak of,it's unfiltered I know but the lack of head was off to me.Whoo alot of sweet alcohol over top of citric hops,the alcohol is your face here.Alcohol is so predomianat that it makes it kinda hard to get anything else on the palate,some resiny hops come thru as it warms but not enough to overcome the alcohol.This may be a case of a bad bottle,high reviews and the reputation of the brewery makes me think something went awry here.The bottle I have is not quite a drain pour but just isn't right I don't think and/or hope.
02-12-2013 22:21:12 | More by oberon
3.51/5 rDev -9.5%
Draft at Northdown, served in a small snifter.
Bright orange with sharp clarity. a thin but lasting layer of white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing, not a shock considering the high abv.
Aroma of caramel malt, orange zest, booze fumes.
Taste is similar, syrupy sweet, bready caramel malt, some light citrus, and a steamroller bitter finish. Very syrupy with low carbonation, a very slow sipper as a result. Took about an hour to finish it. Not bad, just not my thing. Hop flavor seemed second fiddle to the sticky sweet caramel malt and boozy bitterness.
09-07-2013 05:21:30 | More by emerge077
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
14% ABV confirmed - jesus! 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool green and black label and branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and incredible (4+ minute) retention for the ridiculously high ABV. Body colour is a murky hazy tangerine orange. Abundant yeast particles float throughout. Translucent but nontransparent. Appealing and impressive for the style considering the high ABV. Definitely bottle conditioned. I'm excited to try it. No bubble show.
Sm: Biscuity hops, floral hop character, muted orange/tangerine citrus, biscuity yeast, milky notes, and heavy grassy grainy notes. No alcohol is detected - quite a feat at 14%. Wow. Quite appealing. Sweet caramel. Resiny as hell. Earthy natural hops. It's a rounded, sensical hop aroma - not a ridiculous overbearing American style IPA aroma. Moderate in strength. Generally appealing for the style, if a bit timid.
T: Phew. Nectary and biscuity up front with earthy natural floral hop notes throughout and a pleasant citrus zing on the climax. It hits hard on the open, but blossoms throughout the body - sort of an invert structure to that of many poorly executed American IPAs which are great until the finish where the bitterness hits; this one gets the bitterness out of the way - grabbing you - and then rewards you with a pleasant ride. Milky like an aged saison. Nectary. Refined. There's definite bright fruit here, but it comes off fermented. A bit of alcohol, sure, but nowhere near the level you'd expect. It's actually pretty damn drinkable considering the ABV. I wouldn't call it boozy or hot; there's just an alcohol presence. Biscuity yeast yields light earthiness. Heavily grassy and layered; the body is all grass with some fruity and malty sweetness aiding the balance. And it is balanced, by the way - impressively so. Here's a bold aggressive imperial IPA that's trying something new, not copying Russian River. I like it, even if a bit of age is evident. Might be a bit too sweet - almost approaching wheatwine levels of sweetness in terms of the hop balance. Fresh squeezed orange juice/pulp comes through more and more as it warms. This one grows on you. Never too bitter.
Mf: A dash of coarseness right on the open; you don't see that often. After that it's smooth sailing: smooth, wet, and refreshing. This beer's got one hell of a body too; it's heavy on the palate without feeling overbearing. Carbonation is perfect.
Dr: Somewhere between a sipper and a refreshing IPA. Hides its ABV pretty well - impressively well - but you're still aware of it. This'll get you drunk; that's for damned sure. Great to see the best brewer of our time pushing imperial IPAs like no one else is. Worth trying for the innovation and mastery. I'd love to try it on-draught. I wouldn't have another one, because it would put me on the floor, but maybe on a different night. It drinks differently than many IPAs; this isn't one you can gulp.
03-09-2013 05:41:49 | More by kojevergas
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a sexy blonde with a sultry redhead in-between.
Straight-up pine bomb here. Alcohol heat is heavy on the nose. Sweet malt underneath.
Warm and bitter with a heap of biscuity malt. It's like an over-hopped English IPA. Quite the opposite of what I thought.
So warm, it dulls the senses. Finishes clean enough, leaving my mouth with nothing but hop residue.
I would sip this with caution. An old-school DIPA in my opinion.
10-30-2013 18:15:42 | More by Brad007
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.
S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine.
T: Pretty much tasted like it smelled: A lot of hops, light citrus (grapefruit maybe?), pine, and light malt in the finish. A big, powerful flavor. Somewhat boozy - unavoidable when the ABV is 14% - but not overwhelmingly so.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
O: One of the better European versions of a West Coast DIPA. Generally well made (with some minor flaws), and definitely drinkable.
11-11-2012 23:35:46 | More by avalon07
3.84/5 rDev -1%
Poured a cloudy orange with minimal head and lace and the aroma has a strong citric hop and caramel malt base but the alcohol is slightly detectable even with a few whiffs of this beer. The taste follows the nose as this full-bodied and filling, not chewey mind you, beer has a good amount of citric hops that are dry and bitter mixed with a chunk of sweet malt as this beer can be sticky at times. The alcohol, though, being so high is noticeable and for me is more of a detraction and distraction from the beer. To clarify, if this beer came in at the average 9 or 10% I don't think I would notice the ABV during some of my sips (and this was a slow, heavy sipper for me) nor when the beer warmed and gave off a heated, almost medicinal finish at times. Good beer, packs a punch, just not my personal preference when looking for a beer of this style.
08-04-2013 12:39:42 | More by clayrock81
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 310722. From notes. Reviewed 28 November 2012.
A: Virtually no head. Murky brown and opaque, though the edges let through a sickly, yellow glow.
S: Rich, earthy hops. Or old American hops. Dangerously deep, it entices the nose into tumble into what seems like an abyss, but is a short splash away. Some citrus.
T: Mmmm. Uplifting and delicious. Hugely boozy, but this is only apparent after many sips. No element is particularly noticeable (or notable) but the entire production is divine. A perfect blend of neutral-sweet malt and old-bitter hops, both are huge, and neither has the upper hand. Still, the balance is somehow a bit...dull?
M: Thick and rich; pleasant and engaging.
O: A phenomenal DIPA and another great success from Mikkeller. Extreme, but not even obviously so. Drinkable, ensnaring, and recommended.
12-17-2012 04:26:53 | More by AgentMunky
4.16/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some booze.
T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and floral hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with dry, bitter, warming and lightly sweet finish.
D - Nice big hoppy DIPA. Good overall balance.
01-19-2013 07:51:28 | More by ngeunit1
Double Eye PA from Mikkeller ApS
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