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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:
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(Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 01-22-2010)
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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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
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 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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +25.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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 Hojaminbag
1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Hojaminbag, Feb 15, 2012
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 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 david131
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- The liquid is a clear and ruby orange/red color. The bone white head is somewhat creamy and has decent retention.

S- Caramel, earth, oats, and a touch of smoke. A little mild.

T- Bitter and earthy with a touch of fruitiness. Pretty bland. Just a malty beer with some bitterness.

M- There is a numbing aspect to it with a slight lasting dryness.

D- Has some meat to it which keeps it from being really drinkable. The blandness is hard to get over.

david131, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

jaidenjb, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Beejay
1.8/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Beejay, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of kbrown
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

kbrown, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the enduring features of Atwater's beer is wild overcarbonation - sometimes to dangerous levels. I have seen this attributed to various causes, including poor handling by beer stores. But I have tried several varieties over several years from multiple beer vendors and different cities and the result is always the same - vast overcarbonation.

And this beer was no exception. The cap leaped off into my hand. Normally, I would would write this off as a one-off bad beer and not review it (as I have done with other Atwater beers I have tried). But this has gotten stupid. This brewery should know better by now, so I think this beer is fair game to review.

The aroma is malty and slightly sweet. The flavor is malty and brown sugary, with some grapefruity hops.

Normally, I might give this beer, say, a C+. It's not bad flavorwise. But the carbonation makes the mouthfeel unbearable - it is like putting an alka-seltzer tablet in your mouth and taking a big swig of beer. It is painful and unpleasant.

Seanibus, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

freewill35, Feb 25, 2013
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 BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of biggred1
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

biggred1, Nov 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 hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +25.4%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

beerhunter13, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

TaylorK, Jan 14, 2013
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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale from Atwater Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.