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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale - Atwater Brewery

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
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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4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

TaylorK, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Poorpatz
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade not sure who sent it to me. It is at least six months old at this point been sitting in my cellar. Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass(probably not the right glass but damn I love this glass). It starts off with a strong dirty white foamy head which sticks around and form some nice lacing on the glass. My first smell is all Malty sweetness picking up carmel and maybe some raison, I am loving the smell. The first sip is the tangy sweetness of the malt then comes some of that carmel. The bottle I drank doesn't seem to be overly carbonated which is a good thing for me it drinks very smooth. I am really liking this beer. I never had this style before but it is a nice change.

Poorpatz, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +25.4%

teyuders, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +25.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +25.4%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeff80, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

beerhunter13, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

jaidenjb, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice one finger tan, rocky head with moderate carbonation.

Smells is mostly sweet malt, some cirus-like hope aroma, and small amounts of caramel presence.

For a red ale, the hops slightly out weigh the malt (which is a good thing in my opinion). Has a small amount of malt initially before being overcome with hop bitterness. The caramel malt character stays pretty far back, and finishes dry with some barley graininess.

Mouthfeel is a little dissapointing for an imperial, far thinner than what I would normally expect. One dimensional, not much complexity, and nothing that really stands out in the crowd.

Drinkability is decent, I'm glad I had the chance to try it. I would love to see this beer grow some b*lls in the Smell/Taste category. Too delicate for an imperial.

jzeilinger, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Be careful if you get this in a bottle - my sample fizzed like nobody's business. Aroma is malty with just a hint of fruit, not strong but still inviting. It pours a nice dark coppery amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is fairly strong, malty with hints of caramel and sweet apple. Texture is quite tingly and fizzy - it won't sit still.

Cyberkedi, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of BrewMaven
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

BrewMaven, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Shumista
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Shumista, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BMoney575, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

freewill35, Feb 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bierguy5, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness date, though there is a code of some sort on the bottle.

a - color is a deep reddish amber. forms a thick, foamy, off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

s - has a distinct earthy smell with notes of cherry and dark fruit.

t - toasty and carmely with some fruity overtones and strong hop bitterness. finish is quite dry, and there is a definite alcohol presence.

m - medium body with a nice co2 profile.

d - could probably have another, but this seems more like a once in a while brew.

i had this on tap at foran's grand trunk pub and found it to be pretty damn good, just the right mix of fruity, malty and bitter, so i bought a few bottles. well, the bottled version is nowhere near as good as my notes suggest. maybe i got a bad batch? i might have to get some of this direct from atwater to ensure freshness and try again.

divineaudio, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of jeffwright
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of zoso1967
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

zoso1967, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

chicagoabbot, Jun 16, 2011
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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.