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Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Hop Lava IPA
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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-26-2007

"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
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Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 67
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
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….

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey yellow. Notes of earth, citrus and generic malt dominate the nose. Taste is similarly hop leaning with the citrus notes dominating the caramel malt notes and a big bitter finish wrapping it all up with a dry finish. Very quaffable IPA that is seriously hoppy.

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured cereal malts and a dull piney hop.

The taste offered an upfront round sweetness with a lazy piney hop. There was a decent residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent DIPA.

Photo of timhoth
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very smooth beer and had a very strong hop/wheat smell. At first the beer tasted very rich and full of flavor. My taste buds were exploding because of all the different flavors involved. The aftertaste was my only complaint as it left a very strong taste of wheat in your mouth, but my buddy who was with me said that he enjoyed that very much. After a couple drinks you dont notice the aftertaste at all anyway as the alcohol content is good.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern Portland:

A rather ordinary IPA. Good appearance, rather average aroma with lots of pine and hops. Tastes of hops and not too much else. Finishes rather short and lackluster. And I did write this before ordering a Pliny the Elder. That did not influence my evaluation (much). =)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at their taproom/brewpub.

Reddish tan body with a small head, no lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild when cold. Hops, pine, tart grapefruit citrus. Once it warmed up, I could taste some bready aromatics as well as an alcohol bite.

Gotta say, middle and end are great. Up front it is kind of sharp, dry, perhaps a bit sour. Once youve had a few sips the drinkability goes way up. Wet and dry hopped, with a good alcohol kick.
I liked XX Mountains IRA offering better than this, but as an IPA, it can hold its own against a lot of the bigger breweries. It definitly gets lots of points for its unique attributes such as their propietary yeast strains.

Photo of Sky2625
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Mtn. Brewing 'Hop Lava IPA' @ 7.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pale yellow/gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold in the glass with a big frothey white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-very little hop presence , no malty backbone

T-citrus more than pine for a 'NW IPA'

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , lacks something (maybe forgeting the 'Pacific' in NW IPA ? ;)

prost LampertLand

Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.99 Pours darker than usual orange with a good sized thick bubbly white head. Not as hop forward in the nose as expected, mainlly grassy, herbal hop buy a goodish caramel hay malt aroma. Taste is pretty balanced actually with the caramel malts but the cascade takes over half way and its a nice hop trip . Nice mouthfeel like the nice lasting aftertaste( bitter). Nice drinkable beer.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a murky yellow with very little head. Some lacing. Aromas of citrus and some tropical fruits. Taste is of bitter citrus peel and some pine as well. Fair amount of bitterness. Some malt flavor but its mostly bitter citrus peel. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Not much of an alcohol presence. Overall, its decent but not great. Probably dont need to have it again.

Photo of Towski
5/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small foamy white head. Not much in the nose: grains, piney hops, light malt sweetness. Taste displayed a decent mixture of sweet, hoppy, and bitter, with notes of pine and citrus; crisp and dry in the finish, but a little bland overall. Light-medium mouthfeel, and about average on the scale of IPAs.

Photo of vkv822
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz : tulip

Clear, golden orange with a thick, foamy white head with nice retention and leaves great lacing.

Really surprised by the rather subdued hop profile. Some floral, grassy hop notes, but that is about it. A grainy, biscuit malt backing.

More grassy, floral, leafy hop notes, with the same grainy, biscuit malt backing. Bitter finish.

Medium body, with light, bubbly carbonation.

Not an unpleasant beer, but I was disappointed with the rather weak hop profile.

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an imperial pint.

This beer is a thing of beauty sitting in the sunlight. Brilliant golden orange see-thru body, soft off-white head, nice retention and lacing. With a little condensation on the outside of the glass it looks almost too good to drink. Almost.

Smells tasty. Kind of a medley of hop aromas: floral (light), pine and citrus (stronger). The malt is grainy and toasty, not very sweet. Starts off really nice, only gets better as it warms up. Inviting for sure.

Tastes great. Big dose of citrus (grapefruit and a bit of sweeter orange) and resiny pine bitterness. The malt backbone is significant, but toasty, almost crackerish. Slippery smooth while still in the mouth, but the smoothness is snapped off with a finish that's dry and has plenty of lingering resiny bitterness, leaving you wanting another sip (or pint!).

Overall impression: Great beer. I'd stack this one up against any IPA anywhere.

Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich warming IPA. Clean but definitely malt forward. Hops are more floral than bitter and alcohol plays its part balancing the malt as much as the hops. Excellent nose and rich amber color. Love the use of vienna? malt. Really an outstanding and original take on the northwest IPA. Not exactly a hop bomb but delicious and complex hop profile keep you interested. Intense and not exactly drinkable. Love this one for IPAs and it's always a solid choice.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer on several occasions, including on cask at the HorseBrass recently. Frankly, I don't think cask conditioning does this beer a lot of good as it tends to mute some of the dry hopping flavor. So this review is from the source, a lovely glass had at Double Moutain the other day.

The beer pours the typical IPA orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer also screams IPA, consisting of citrus and maybe a touch of underlying beef boullion. On the palate this beer is all IPA goodness. It tastes incredibly fresh and pungent, with a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness. While this beer doesn't have anything like the DIPA hop or alcohol profile, the hops are still very pronounced and tend to become more noticeable the more one drinks of it. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink and the abv. is well disguised. I see it listed at 7.5%, but would have guessed anything from 5% up to 8%. There really isn't much of an alcohol kick to this beer.

A very fine IPA from Double Mountain; very much in the NW/West Coast style with a somewhat dry flavor profile and no more then a modest amount of malt. Quite tasty.

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.