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Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive!"

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich Malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 7.0% ABV, 75 BU

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-26-2007)
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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sky2625:
Photo of Sky2625
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Odd Fella's Pub in Auburn, WA. Poured to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 7/22/11).

A - Poured a light amber gold, with several dozen carbonation streams rising in the glass. 1/2-finger of off-white head nearly fizzled away, but the carbonation streams maintained a raft of small bubbles. Light lacing present.

S - Mild nose. A bit of resiny and floral hoppiness, with a stronger malt note to finish.

T - Balanced floral & citrusy hop profile, almost like orange blossom with resin. A moderate buttery honey sweetness follows, giving way to strong bitterness at the back of the tongue. Finishes with a grainy flavor, and leaves a sweet aftertaste of honey and mild heat.

M - Crisp, with a medium body. Sharp carbonations lingers on the lips and tongue, and finishes slightly dry.

D - The honey sweet and floral hoppiness is great, but the intensity and duration of the subsequent bitterness was a little more than I was looking for on this particular day. A solid beer, but I probably wouldn't order more than just one per sitting.

Sky2625, Jul 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First tasted at the Concordia XX IPA fest. Followed up with a pint at the brewery. This IPA incorporates a Belgian yeast strain giving it a rich fruity character and mildly sour mouthfeel.

Appearance: Pale corn color with attractive lacing.

Aroma: Massive gin like juniper berries and branches, grape seed oil, rum, touches of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Acrid, mildly sour in a Berliner Weise meets IPA sort of way. Burning Alcohol and hop presence. Very bitter. Loads of juniper/pine flavor highlighted nicely by a generic, Belgian Pale sort of light fruitiness. Grapes and citrus. Medium bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is quite hoppy and a touch strong but it remains nearly sessionable for me.

Simply exceptional.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 31, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

SuperbikeShaun, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

chossboss, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

bpfrush, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

NickyT, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

switzer, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mdaschaf, May 06, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear shimmering gold with a touch of haze and a sturdy white foam floating on top.
Aromas of cut hay, drought grasses, pine, and honey. This, though is far drier than one might expect.
Again, quite dry through the mouth. Hay and saltine crackers lay the malt base and are quickly tossed aside. Hops blast in with dried flowers, wilted prairie grasses, and a touch of evergreen. It's all sorts of bitter, but lacks a stand-up counterpart to balance it and take it to the next level.
Medium bodied with a steady, rushing CO2. It's build as a drinker, despite its elevated ABV. Its strength is not noticed at all.
While the bitterness it rotund, the overall impression is unlike most PacNW hop bombs I've had. I've give it some credit for that, but it lacks depth and balance over the long haul. Still, a good quaff.

cokes, Sep 05, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, the Dray

appearance: served in a shaker pint, glowing copper body, standard light beige foam head

smell: fresh nw hops - not "lava" levels though...munich malts definitely noticeable on the nose

taste: you come to expect a certain level of over-the-topness from NW IPA's especially those called "Hop Lava" - instead this beer provides a very balanced bill....biscuity munich and pilsner malts, bread, citrus, light pine.

mouthfeel: medium, crisp

overall: a good IPA, but not at the top of the NW pack

dirtylou, Sep 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper initially (which does clear out a bit after a while), topped with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with about roughly a ¼ finger of thin foaminess, throwing up a robust cascade of frothy lacing that clings to the sides in rich swathes. The aroma smells leafy and a little herbal, with notes of bitter fruit underneath. The malts have a sweet grainy feel to them along the edges of the nose. I’m honestly not getting a whole lot of complexity at all out of this. Just some flat and green feeling bitterness, along with some residual sweetness. This is bit disappointing.

Bitter fruit and pine spread a resinous and pithy bitterness out into the mouth. There is a general feeling sweet balancing effect here from the malts but the hoppy finish on this is strong, with pith, pine, and spice all sticking a bit too harshly on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that quickly gives way to a creamy and much smoother feel. I will say that the alcohol is nicely hid here, which helps out the overall feel here a lot.

Wow, I was expecting so much more from this. There just really wasn’t much complexity, definition, or most of all robustness to the hop profile and even the malts didn’t bring much to this beyond a neutral feeling sweetness. This was just a flat feeling IPA. The look and feel are the only factors keeping this in the game at all. So underwhelming….

Kegatron, Sep 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DOCRW, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

justiceavocado, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange. Hazy. Thin head. Lots o' lace.

Smell: grainy. Not a lot of aroma on the hops.

Taste: malts are predominantly two row. Grainy. Hops are perfume up front and a big pine tar bitter that lingers.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Lots o bitter. Medium body. Think Megan fox.

Overall: pretty good. Not my fave. Malts are basic. Not a lot of aroma. Very bitter.

jellikit, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally able to get in there during nice early summer hours to try this brew. Tried to get at the Gresham Old Chicago... and they were tapped out...

- Nice super clear caramel color... bubbly white head quickly down to some even spots of fizz... small ring of lace.

- Rather light floral hop aroma.. light pine, citrus fruit... thin caramel.... sweetness, and grain.

- Very robust and flavorful IPA... bitter pine, chewy grain, robust floral and citrus hops... super fresh.. a very good IPA. Nice light alcohol and grainy caramel malt melds perfectly with the hug hop variety.

- Chewy... bitter dry bite, and light bodied.... all makes for what an IPA should be really.

- Overall one of the better IPA's I have had... certainly a winner... and one to order again.

Docer, Jun 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served pale amber with a modest head and fair amount of lacings. Aroma is earthy floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy leathery hops. Good amount of malts help balance the bitterness. With so many good American IPAs available it is hard to single out something special in most of them. This one did have a bit more interesting hop richness than many but that may be due to the fresh from the keg experience. I certainly will order some Hop Lava when in the mood for a tasty IPA.

Spikester, Mar 31, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

bret717, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jaydoc, Nov 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Hopmodium, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Cheld, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sturdy 500 ml bottle picked up at Brewforia Meridian last week... Paid a pricey $5ish for the opportunity... Poured tonight into my Funk Fest goblet... 2 finger white head last quite a while.. decent lacing... the brew is hazy golden.

Nose is big floral hoppiness with a pungent pithy citrus zest element too.... definitely some toasty maltiness to help balance, but not too malty really.

Good bitterness that moves from front to back and is balanced nicely by the above mentioned toastiness and a resinous citrus hoppiness.

light/medium carbonation.. but the body is pretty light given the residual maltiness... honestly pretty darn drinkable...

Good beer... Too expensive though... Way too expensive.

all 3.75

JohnGalt1, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

foxyaardvark27, Apr 13, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops with an unusual orange citrus component, interesting. Flavor is sweet malt, juicy citrus, citrus hops with a light citrus hop finish. Well integrated and not very hop forward. Nicely integrated hops and malt, but could use a bit more forceful hops. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant and fun to drink take on a IPA.

LiquidAmber, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this most recently on-tap at Firehouse Restaurant in NE Portland.

a. slightly hazy under-ripe orange, near grapefruit, in color. Fairly thin cream-colored head of fine bubbles with subtle but powerful lacing.

s. Fruity grapefruit hop aromas balance well with juniper, anise, pine tar, and pure NW hop bitterness. Floral aromas are minimal which is a nice change from many strong NW aIPAs. As it warms, a bit of maltiness comes forward with some almost rye-bread notes.

t. Incase the aroma didn't give it all away, the taste is overwhelmingly hoppy - in the best way possible. Grapefruit and apple hop notes battle strongly with pine resin right off the bat, and keep fighting throughout the beer. It leaves a strong pine tar resin on the tongue, keeping the bitterness at the forefront, but a strong warming malt keeps the hops from overpowering.

m. Creamy and smooth. Almost dangerously so. Finishing a sip makes my mouth feel empty and craving more. The pine oils are perfectly balanced - I don't feel like I'm drowning in bitterness, but it's delightfully present. It's light and crisp, while also having a pleasant creaminess. I don't know how they pull it off, while staying away from the viscous syrup that some stronger IPAs fall victim to.

d. Every time I've had this, it's hard to think about any other beer. And I have to remind myself that I can't keep drinking it all night - because for some reason, I'm compelled to drink more of this one. It pulls at my palette more than almost any other IPA.

One the whole, it's a beautiful IPA. The malt presence is strong, but the pure hops are much stronger. Definitely tastes like a strong NW IPA with fruit and pine hop flavors. After having it several different times, Hop Lava is definitely one of my top choices when it comes to IPAs. Definitely worth seeking out.

djeucalyptus, Oct 02, 2008
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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.