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Perfect Storm Double IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Perfect Storm Double IPAPerfect Storm Double IPA

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Cascadia on 06-24-2007

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 105
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nicely done, this big ipa was enjoyed on tap at backcountry pizza in boulder. it looks the part, darker than honey color, with a tall white head, i mean, it looks just right in the glass. i like the nose a lot, and i like the taste too, but this isnt very unique as they go. it has a definite C hop profile, pine and oils, but not as dank and textured as some of the more famous west coast style versions, but its in that family. very very fresh though, which helps any beer in this type, and the clean finish is surprising. neither boozy or bitter to the level anticipated for the style. maybe some centennial in this, i get that fresh milled lumber thing, especially in the aroma. light citrus zest, and sticky resinous textures that seem almost watered down, like minimized from what the style usually delivers, but still present. it makes it a bit more drinkable than other big india pales, although i expected it to be a little more unique in its own right. very good by most standards, average for oakshire, who always delivers something delicious and distinct in my experience.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill-hazed orange amber with nice swirls of foam in the Fuller's nonic. Lemony nose. Some flowery flavors. Spritzy on the tongue and hot with alcohol.

Bitter orange with a sweet candy edge. Seriously spicy. Sudsy mouthfeel adds to the intensity of flavors. Pleasant enough, but overly bitter in the aftertaste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Safeway in Anacortes, Wash.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep copper. Clear ripply body. Big white head. Lots of surface foam and lace.

Smell - Musty pine and grapefruit hop. Slightly nutty malt. Deep caramel.

Taste - Juicy grapefruit. It's the most prominent hop flavor. Strong malt character. Deep caramel. Some sweetness. Not a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy malt character. Slick and medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I felt this was too heavy at first, but this gets much better as I drink it. Super malty but it's got a great flavor.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Bailey's Taproom. The beer appears dark orange with a beige head and decent retention.

The aroma is that of a well balanced IPA. The malt is evident in the form of caramel with some breadiness. The hop profile is sugary grapefruit with some earthy notes. A little orange is also apparent, but I don't get any pine. I get more malt than hops in the nose.

The taste has a medium level of bitterness with a substantial malt foundation and a lot of residual sweetness. Some citrus is present in the form of grapefruit. The finish is dry and bitter with a lingering sugary sweetness.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

This one didn't do it for me. There weren't any standout qualities and in the world of DIPAs mediocrity doesn't really cut it. There are too many exceptional examples of the style. It's also possible I was having a horrible night. I'll revisit this if I see it again.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the new Oakshire pub the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is very impressive in this beer, as I pick up noticeable tangerine, light tropical fruit, and hint of dank earth, dry citrus and pine by the lumber yard. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, West Coast style DIPA. It's impressive, but there's some noticeable heat from alcohol in the dry, hoppy/bitter finish. Mouthfeel is meidum bodied to fairly full otherwise, and the finish is long, dry and bitter, with a bit of an alcoholic bite. This beer has plenty sweet malt flavor, but the hoppy bitterness is more than sufficient to counter and balance it.

An impressive DIPA, no doubt, and I think having it fresh at the brewpub undoubtedly helped. My guess is that this DIPA probably doens't age well, which might explain some of the low scores for this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2nd bottle (March 26th, 2014) ... Purchased this tonight at the COOP for a pretty reasonable $6.50... Enjoyed from my small Stone goblet.... slightly hazy dark golden... good lacing... very short lived white head.

Big tropical fruity hoppiness with some pithy citrus.

Huge bitterness.. the bitter bite actually blows out the hop flavors a bit.. the hops mid-palate show as a light melon spiked with grapefruit zest.... Just enough pale maltiness to really carry the abundant hops and bitterness.

Body and carbonation are spot-on.

Much better than I remember.... I would be a bit surprised if Brewforia had an old bottle.

all 3.75's

22 picked up tonight on the way home from work at Brewforia in Meridian.. Paid a pricey $9.. shared with reinheitsgematt (COOP Matt).

Short lasting white head... only okay lacing.. the brew is hazed light orange...

Nose is the new thing in PNW DIPA's.... "Tropical Fruit Bowl", but unfortunately, the residual maltiness almost makes this one smell like an overripe fruit salad... almost sickly sweet.

Flavor thankfully is much better... nice bitter punch... the fruity hops lay down a great groundwork and linger but allow things to air out a bit .. too much malt presence... This needs drying out quite a bite to make a drinker than a sipper.

Body seems a touch too much... carbonation is about right...

I would grudgingly buy this one again... It just seems too damn expensive for what it is.


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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly hazy honey-gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma was powerful wow of piney hops, with a bit of floral in the background. There wasn't a noticeable malt presence. On the tongue, the hops were a bit more citrusy, rather than piney or floral, and there was a lingering bitter finish. And the malts were barely noticeable, balance is not a word for this brew.

The body was fairly typical of a West Coast ImpIPA, a bit on the thinner side, with a grapefruit bite at the back. Drinkability was decent, about as expected for the style. Overall, a good enough brew, not one that makes me do my happy dance of joy, but worthy of a few minutes of your time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another darker than expected iipa from Hopfest 09.

Again, not the dry hop aroma I want here. Wood and alcohol more prevalent than desired. Too much sweetness, not enough pine or citrus. English style I guess. A little thick and sticky going for it. Recedes downward. Was towards the end of the day, but so was Furious and that was great. Just a so-so beer, not anything to write home about.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Green Dragon. Who'd have thought the Belmont Station would be closed at 11PM?!

A clear amber, with a coppery hue, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is rather disappointing. Moderately stale (not really aged, though) citrus hops are most noticeable along with the malt character which is very prominent. Way too sweet, I do get a moderate honey but this is mostly caramel. The palate opens moderately sweet with a balance of moderate hop bitterness and a rich, caramel sweetness. Not particularly appealing, I find this too sweet for my palate. Some honey is present in the mid-palate. Moderately bitter on the finish, there's plenty of sweetness that lingers. Medium in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this is pretty smooth on the palate, but ultimately, a little disappointing.

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Let's Pour mail order. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white that settles to an island and ring plus a little lace. Color is a clear orange amber with a couple lazy bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, some citrus, malt. Flavor's a very tasty blend of the nose qualities, has carbonic tang with the resin, citrus, hop blended perfectly up front with a little sweet in back. Body & carbonation are perfect too. Finish is like flavor, long, and a little boozy. Great drinking beer!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $7.99. I have probably bought three of these now so I think it is pretty solid. Appearance is hazy orange, lots of lace, head is soapy and filmy. Aroma is a touch of pine and citrus, alcohol is hidden. Flavor is bitter, citrus, pretty nice IPA and the alcohol is hidden here too. MIght even be considered a west coast, blindfolded I would guess California. This reminds me a bit of Bear Republic Racer 5.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange color with a 2 finger creamy head. Aroma was floral and slightly tropical with plenty of citrus. Big bitter punch on the taste, with citrus, tropical fruits and some floral and grassy hops. Full bodied, with a slight crisp carbonation bite. Drinkability is good. I don't think the ABV is 10% still. I could be recalling wrong, but I want to say that I remember the bottle saying 8.3%. Either way, it's a nice DIPA to have around.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2015 version. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruits and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel / crystal malts with some tropical fruit and piney peppery hops with a big harsh bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice DIPA with a bit of a harsh finish.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange/gold hued body; thick, chunky and creamy head. Powerful orange aroma; pungent. Mild malt grain flavors quickly overtaken with an intense hop bitterness. Smooth and very dry feel.

This beer packs a wallop with the hops yet, for the style, does a very admirable job of balancing things out. Hops and booze dominate things although there is enough malt sweetness and touch of breadiness to keep things sane. Intense and engaging...

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, copper orange color with a medium sized, bubbly, foamy, white head. Average retention leaving little lace.

S - Pretty malty DIPA. Lots of sweet caramel malt. Mostly citrus hops (orange for the most part with touches of grapefruit) although not nearly enough. Somewhat muted and stale aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. A little too much malt providing a sweet caramel malt. Some sweet citrus hops and touches of pine. Touches of alcohol on the finish. Too much malt and too sweet but other than that, it's a typical DIPA.

M - Medium body, a bit above average carbonation. Slightly sticky feel.

D - Too sweet, sticky and malty for me. Not all that drinkable although it's not too hard finish.

Notes: Too malty and sweet for my liking. Also had a bit of an old/muted hop flavor (not sure how old the bottle was but I would assume 2-3 months?). Some typical Northwest DIPA flavors. Average beer, not horrible but nothing to seek.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

The Perfect Storm is a hazy golden amber with thick white head. It has both good retention and lacing.

Aroma is very and hoppy as you'd expect with lots of great citrus and PNW pine.

Flavor is bold and obviously very hop forward but not bracingly bitter. It has good hop flavor with more of that citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Almost creamy for a double IPA and very drinkable given the strength.

Overall a very good DIPA and one probably worth getting again even with all of the great ones out there.

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Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good double IPA. Normal orange/copper color, small foamy off white head. Funky, musty hop aroma. Taste is barley, caramel, and hops. It almost comes together though, not quite a perfect storm....bumped this up for a re-rate on 2015 version. Years rated: 2014, 2015

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a large mug. 2015 batch; says it's 8.7% abv this year. Can't find a bottled on date or anything like that.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a perfectly sized large head that fades at a medium pace and appears to be leaving nearly solid sheet of lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is hop cones, juicy and floral, fruit blossoms of some sort. Very powerful aroma.

Taste is heavily bitter. Sweetness that dominates the aroma is definitely detectable, but bitterness dominates the flavor. Resinous, piney. If you pay close attention, the first splash of flavor as it hits your tongue is juicy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry -- really dry. Resinous. Overall, very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear copper w/ a 1-finger head, lazy carb.

Aroma is the standard citrus/pine combo. Hops, alcohol.

Taste is sharply bitter and hoppy. Pale dry malt and booze. Alcohol not very will hidden.

Mouthfeel is straightforward, maybe a little flat.

Overall a good but not especially remarkable DIPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Beer Stein in Eugene.

A - Light, golden yellow color with a foamy, just barely off-white head. Head had good retention and lacing was excellent.

S - Well balanced aroma of strong citrus hoppiness, light floral aromas, and a sweet aroma of sugar cookies. All the smells played off each other very well.

T - A very hop forward beer with strong citrus tastes up front, primarily grapefruit with a light lemon zest taste mixed in. An almost sugary sweetness provides a nice balance. Bitterness comes through very strong and lingers for quite a while. A very well crafted DIPA here.

M/D - Medium bodied that leaves a reinous coating of the mouth behind. Good carbonation levels and very easy drinking.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom PDX 7.26.11, imperial pint.

Bright orange amber clear body, multiple streams of small carbonation bubbles rising lazily to surface, one finger white head a bit uneven, slow dissipation with decent lacing, spider legs. Nose is big hop bomb, mainly citrus with some pine essence, grapefruit both fruit and pith, dryish malts balanced the sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, fruity up front, got bitter on the back end as it warmed but not in a cloying fashion. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit sticky. This was a really good DIPA, not quite up to the Barley Brown standard, but nonetheless one I'd recommend to my hop head homeboys.

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Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains and a fairly continuous band of bubbles clings to the submerged surface of the glass.

S: Resinous hops are redolent with pine and fruity orange citrus. Dankness as well as ambiguous malt heaviness hangs on every whiff. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with doughy pale malt and hops aromatics that exhibit very focused herbal mint and spice. Acidity is moderate into the middle where the prominent hops qualities from the smell make a half-hearted attempt to break through on the palate. Clean, pure bitterness defines the drying finish, just slightly affected by greenness. Alcohol emerges from the midpoint onward as the beer warms.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and very resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although this DIPA finished under 10% abv, the overwhelming hops profile makes it seem like an even bigger beer than it is. The IBU needle at first seems pegged in a way that overwhelms the ability to taste discrete qualities. The result is a bloated hops signal that makes this beer seem like a bit of a mess at times.

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Photo of Docer
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9.3% abv. 22oz. bottle.

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice clear copper penny color. Fluffy finger and a half of white thick head, fizzled slowly down to a thin and lightly spotty paper-thin layer over the brew. Half-inch of solid lace sticking to the glass. A pretty beer.

Smell: (3.0)

- A grainy, malty aroma. Biscuit, sweet bread, and light brown sugars. Seems like German malts, some that I am not too fond of in an IPA. Slight tart aromas, fruity hop, fruit salad... just a tad off for me.

Taste: (3.0)

- Certainly a fruity mix with the bready and grainy sweet malt. Lots of caramel, bitter grassy and earthy hops, and an interesting nutty waldorf salad-like flavor. Certainly a spicy bitterness. Overall it just isn't quite there for me. Big diacetyl flavors...

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Medium body, slightly syrupy and sticky, and well carbonated. Bit cloying and dry from the good bitterness. Chewy yes.

Overall: (3.0)

- Can't say I am digging this beer. I have had it on tap a few times, and I feel the same about it in the bottle. After having a Fat Tug IPA, this beer falls very short. It's earthy bitterness and mouth feel is decent, but the malt and nutty fruit just doesn't hit the spot.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a really nice bright and hazy orange with white soapy head that left splashy lace. Very nice color on this beer

S- Very aromatic. Huge candied tangerine, pineapple, peach, and some caramel malt sweetness. Definitely get a lot of juicy, pungent, and fruity hop sweetness

T- Big candied tangerine, pineapple, peach, and piney hop notes. Very nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Very juicy and fruity hop flavors, fairly pungent, assertive hop bitterness on the finish

M- Very dry, soft carbonation, medium to full bodied. Substantial mouthfeel but not syrupy at all and no alcohol presence either

O- A top notch DIPA with tons of juicy, fruity, and sweet hop flavors with a nice complimentary malt backbone and enough bitterness on the finish to cut the sweetness. An amazing DIPA

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Photo of sprucetip
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes, on tap at Belmont Station.

Clear, copper, respectable white head with decent retention and lacing. Very attractive.

Strongly boozy with plentiful fruity and floral hops present. A prodigious malty backbone is hard to detect as a result of the overpowering booze. Even the hops take a back seat.

Sweet malty body is more prominent, as are the piny, citrusy and flowery hops. the booze is not bashful, but dominate to the extent that it does in the nose.

Plenty carbonated with strong warming. Rich, thick, full bodied with high viscosity. Finishes surprisingly clean but with some loitering bitterness.

A DIPA or a hopped up Barleywine? Does it matter? It's a big, sweet, malty and hoppy sipper with in your face booze. I'd like to see how it ages.

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Perfect Storm Double IPA from Oakshire Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.