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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 brewkrew
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep reddish brown color like the redhead on the bottle. Sweet, floral and hoppy aroma is pleasant. Enters with a bitter lemon taste with cereal notes and malt sugarslingering into a bitter finish. More balanced than their Pale Ale of course, but similar characteristics on the finish

brewkrew, Jun 26, 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 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 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 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 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
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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale from Atwater Brewery
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