Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by olfolxholme:
3.36/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle into Ommegang belgian glass
A - Nice golden orange color. Bright white head with really good retention and fair amount of lacing. A touch of haze.
S - First impression - smells like a beer from Germany. Must be the Munich Pilsner malt coming through. Really surprised me. Second impression - VERY strong floral and lemon hop aroma. Some mineral aroma.
T - Much like the aroma. Noticeable but nice graininess in the flavor. A tad "soapy" for me. Complex and lingering aftertaste.
M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation, cleans the palate. Has presence. Minor but noticeable astringency is overshadowed by the good stuff.
O - When I dream about American IPA's, this is not what I'm dreaming about. However, it does remind me of other Northwest IPA's I've had, and they actually label it as a Northwest IPA... So, I think it is pretty true to the brewers intentions. I thought it was fine, but it's not one I would make a point of drinking. If memory serves, I think fans of Deschutes Inversion IPA and maybe Bridgeport IPA would really like this beer. It's not bad, per se, just not my personal cup of tea.
Big thanks to my friends Amy and Matt for this awesome Christmas present. I can't find this beer where I live and was thrilled to try this!
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2013 21:06:33 | More by olfolxholme
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: nice orange hue with a light haze and moderately strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive!
Smell: moderate aroma of earthy, piney and citrusy hops. There's a little sweetness underpinning the hops as well. It's alright, but seems kind of muddled.
Taste: bright and almost tangy citrus hop character, with a strong sweetness and a bit of an alcohol bite. The bitterness at the end is a bit rough-and-ready. Decent, but again, this beer could be more polished.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a strong carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.
Overall: quite drinkable for its ABV, this beer has some formulation issues for me. I feel like the brightness of the bright hops is muted, and the earthier tones are a little bit forward for the sweetness level.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 19:00:55 | More by flagmantho
5/5 rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Became the beer of the year for me.
Overwhelmingly hoppy, then perfectly caramelly. Leaving you in a flavor bliss.
Captured the perfect essence of balance and pushed the limits of my senses. A fine example of an Oregon IPA, pushing it as far as it could go with hoppiness, but always rewarding you with sweetness for your journey.
On tap, unbeatable.
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2014 01:39:12 | More by Towski
Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.