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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber AleAtwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 01-22-2010)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

1.83/5  rDev -42.6%

Double Down Imperial Amber Ale has a ruby colored body that mixes hues of both red and brown together and a large, off-white head that clings to the side of the glass well enough to leave some solid lacing.

The aroma has a bit of hops, sweet malts, and a nasty sour aroma to it.

My friends from Michigan keep making sure a few stragglers from Atwater end up in my fridge, so I always end up popping one open from time to time. Most of them, including this one, have been very bad. I have held off reviewing them for various reasons, but this one I decided to go for. A bite of bitterness and some grapefruit comes through, as well as some stale-tasting, sweet malt. After that is sheer chaos. Butter, sourness, dirty pennies, just a complete mess. Horrid.

The mouthfeel seems good enough, but something that tastes this bad is really hard to accurately describe.

Many of the Atwater beers that I have tried have been really bad, and I regret not reviewing them. One thing I can say for Double Down Imperial Amber is that it fits in.

02-15-2012 01:28:28 | More by Hojaminbag
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

09-02-2013 16:48:03 | More by beerhunter13
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Atwater Block- Double Down Imperial Amber

A- Lightclear amber brown with good carbonation and a chunky foamy head. Small ringed lacing.
S- Buttery caramel malt with sweet pungent floral hops.
T- Sweet buttery doughy malt, caramel malt, and slight oily pine and floral hops.
M- Slick and buttery with a good malty base. Slight dry floral hops transform into a thick slight bitter sweet finish.

Overall- Slowly fades off. Alc. well hidden. Easy drinking.

01-22-2010 23:16:04 | More by NJpadreFan
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BrewMaven

New York

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

Purchased at Shoreline beverage (That's another story).

Poured a reddish amber with a dense temporary foam hat. Lace was plentiful. Slight fruity aroma hit the nose. Taste was lightly fruity with a slightly grainy malt flavor...Pretty boring really. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than thin and carbonation was average.

Not something I would travel any distace to buy again.

06-06-2010 15:18:20 | More by BrewMaven
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freewill35

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-25-2013 00:54:00 | More by freewill35
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Shumista

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours clear reddish brown with a small head.
S- Not the strongest aroma. Little bit of earthy hops and some caramel malt.
T- Earthy hops from the aroma, caramel malt. Finish is a lingering bitterness.
M- Medium-bodied. Coats the mouth in an almost oily way.
D- I could have a few of these and not get bored. Also it drinks pretty easy considering it is getting up there in alcohol content.

Short review for a beer there isn't a whole lot to say about. Pretty decent, nothing great.

02-03-2010 07:27:06 | More by Shumista
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-18-2013 14:04:12 | More by Danielr26
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jacobseyb

Alabama

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a deep dark amber color. Off-white head was thick and laced well. Dissipated rather quickly. Smell was definitely dark fruits, little to no hop aroma. Taste is very similar, with dark fruits leading the way. Some dryness, very crisp in feel. Overall not my favorite in the style, a little to sweet, and the flavors weren't as expected.

06-02-2011 04:13:58 | More by jacobseyb
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Beejay

Virginia

1.8/5  rDev -43.6%

A: Deep reddish brown, crystal clear with a nice tan head. Big chunks of yeast sediment in this, as well as foaming out the top when I popped the cap.

S: Malty and sweet smelling. The sweetness is very odd, I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: This is a strange mix of flavors. Sweet and sour at the same time. Something is definitely off about this. There is some hop flavor that really lingers, there is some cardboard flavors as well as a bit of funky/dirty flavor. Not enjoyable.

M: Extremely high carbonation, almost solvent like.

D: It's been a few years since I have given an Atwater brew a try, and right now they are 0 for 2. Skip this beer, unless you want to give your sink something to drink. So far everything I have had from the brewery has been a drain pour.

10-20-2010 02:22:43 | More by Beejay
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Pours a clear darker amber. Beige rocky head. Nice retention and lace.

Caramel, a bit of toffee and earthy hops. A few fruity notes. Maybe some soft citrus in the back. Malt character seems dark, almost roasty and chocolatey.

Malt seems to be the centerpiece here. A nice caramel malt, with some toasty notes. Not much sweetness. Earthy hops come in, but pretty balanced. Finishes dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. Not bad, but not that memorable.

07-02-2010 00:02:05 | More by Bierguy5
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teyuders

Ohio

4/5  rDev +25.4%

10-30-2012 00:22:00 | More by teyuders
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biggred1

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Turbid, apple cider brown with a massive airy head that lasts forever and takes a while to pour, this beer is a gusher. The nose is brown sugar and caramel malt. Sweet caramel and green apple skin with some herbal hop notes in the finish. A bit over-carbonated for my liking and on the leaner side of medium bodied. This beer doesn't really work for me, I have yet to find a great offering from Atwater Block.

11-03-2010 23:05:35 | More by biggred1
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to TCgoalie for this bottle

Pours reddish murky deep brown with a light tan head. Speaking of the head, this thing was WAY over carbonated and a gentle pour filled my pint with a towering head. It took a good ten minutes to get this thing under control, and by that point the head looked like it belonged in a modern art gallery. All that being said, it did leave concrete like lace.

The aroma was very malt forward with plenty of doughy malt mingling with some delicate herbal hop notes. Really not a huge nose on this though. Very subdued.

The flavor is quite interesting. Plenty of sweet malt with a nice caramel/cookie dough thing going on. It also had an interesting cherry like taste in it that reminded me of the flavor that many of the high ABV DFH beers have. Intriguing, but not really what I was looking for in a beer like this. Floral and herbal hops are also present, but it seems to be mostly malt forward.

The mouthfeel is medium and after all that crazy foam during the pour, it has nothing left to give in the carbonation department. Perhaps this is the reason I am not getting a huge amount of flavor out of this beer. The finish itself is quite nice though, and leaves a pleasant sweetness on my tongue.

I was really not that impressed with this beer. Part of me wants to track down a bottle or draft that does not have the carbonation issues, but another part of me is pretty sure that even if it was noticeably better, it would still not be worth it.

09-14-2010 23:56:50 | More by zoso1967
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wedgie9

Tennessee

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%

Tasted from 12oz bottle at Lush West Town. Pours clear amber with a fairly thin lace white head. Nose is strange, and reminiscent of Fritos with a hint of sweetness and an alcohol burn. Flavor is no better with a corny malt flavor and decent alcohol. The body is medium but sticky with average carbonation and a medium bitter finish.

09-27-2010 19:37:15 | More by wedgie9
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IlPostino

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6%

12-07-2011 22:52:44 | More by IlPostino
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%

11-28-2011 23:07:59 | More by Bilco
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

01-14-2013 04:19:42 | More by TaylorK
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

12-29-2011 21:29:08 | More by TCgoalie
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color, with a small off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops and somewhat iced tea like. In the taste, mellow grapefruit citrus hops and a sweet malt. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small hop aftertaste. Mellow and smooth, with nice hop presence.

09-13-2010 20:57:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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BMoney575

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Sampled on 7-15-10

Pours a hazy red/brown color with a pleasant off white head and very nice lacing. Not bad for the style.

Smell is malty and very sweet, almost sugary. The malt gets a little deeper as you go, in an old ale kind of way.

Taste is much sharper than the smell would indicate, the hoppy bite is enjoyable, but is followed by a vegetable flavor that is a bit odd. The finish has a redeeming bitter kick, but the oddness comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, suits the malty flavors nicely.

Drinkability is decent, if the flavors were a little more agreeable.

Overall, a nice try, but doesn't quite make it.

07-15-2010 23:18:13 | More by BMoney575
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +25.4%

12-07-2011 16:01:09 | More by ROGUE16
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

06-01-2012 02:33:41 | More by jaidenjb
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

On-tap at Clark St. Alehouse. Had never heard of this beer. They have many fine beers there, but this was not one of their top beers. Not too great. I guess I should have asked about the style, but just wanted to try something I had never had before. Big brown body, decent head. Pretty malty but not a ton of depth. Decent hop balance. Appearance and smell are its strong suits. Not bad, but not great. Probably won't drink it again if I'm there, too many other awesome brews on draft there, and I've never seen it anywhere else.

06-16-2011 18:44:40 | More by chicagoabbot
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

A - Poured out a murky, dark amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thins traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and floral notes. There were even some mild notes of cherry.

T - It tasted malty and of sweet caramel with bitter, grassy hops. This is a good tasting hopped up amber ale.

M - It was a little cloying and sticky. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Not a bad amber ale. Good hop presence and plenty malty/caramel sweetness to balance it out.

07-02-2010 15:39:56 | More by zeff80
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

03-09-2013 13:50:33 | More by ejimhof
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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.