Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Hop Lava IPAHop Lava IPA

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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: 231 | Reviews: 69
Photo of dgilks
2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the pub in Hood River.

Crystal clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Fair head retention. Good.

Lightly malty with a slightly hoppy edge. Not big enough for an APA let alone an IPA.

Smooth, light malt with a slightly citrusy hop character. I don’t get the big burst of PNW hops promised in this ale. Fine but not great.

Medoium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

For me this is not an IPA. The hop character is too low and not at all enticing.

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 LADaveBN
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Maybe its age was what the problem was? Bottled in early September 2014. Almost nothing on the nose. Very faint hops on the palette. Flat flavor profile.

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 barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nice golden color with a nice white cap

S: Nose is rather weak; some grains, pine and caramel

T: Taste of light hops, grains, caramel malt but lacking on the hop profile. Light citrus and simply done. Light hop bite.

M: Light body. No issues just nothing to impressive. Sordove grainy and plain

O: Compared to the 1000 other IPAs I have had this is unimpressive

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 300 ml bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Hazy pale amber with three fingers of dense off-white head. Excellent retention, generous lacing.

Smell- Bready, faint pine, very mild.

Taste- Like the aroma, pretty mild. Pine, a little catty, herbal. Finishes with a rounded graham cracker flavor and iced tea.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, smooth, low carbonation. Heavier than expected.

Overall- Decent. Nothing more, nothing less. A fine IPA, but not one I'd seek out. Comparable to SN Torpedo with a smoother, milder feel.

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is an orange gold color and cloudy with a stark white head.

Smell is faint, and fruity aroma maybe.

Taste is a dry malt cereal and grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little chewy.

Average drinkability. It would be better with more clarity and carbonation.

Photo of mfavoino
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft on 2/2/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange with a one finger head that remained for a few sips. Above average lacing.

Smell: Grainy and piney hops are really the only thing going on here. Not an impressive aroma.

Taste: A bit of honey sweetness and grainy flavor, then a mild hop flavor that is piney. Hops aren't quite what one would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall: Underwhelming IPA that doesn't pack much of a punch.

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 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 mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive yellow orange color in the St. Bernardus globe. Big creamy head and plenty of spritz in the mouth. It isn't so long lasting, but renews well, even opening the half bottle the next day. The mouthfeel is fairly substantial.

Sweet malt and bitter hops. The dank and murk seem to be the profile of this stuff. Pleasant aroma with some fruity and malty notes. Bitter, tangy aftertaste. The flavors slide off into too much hops to balance however, with that orange peel going to grapefruit pith. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of olfolxholme
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
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!
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Photo of StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brassy with piles of cratered shaving cream foam.
Pissy, catty lemon nose - either it's expired or Citra.
Dough pastry, lots of grain sack, then lean lemon furniture polish hops with some flowers.
Lychee finish and grapefruit rind linger.
Light, crisp, oily.

Not sure where this is headed. Doesn't have the malts to balance 75 IBUs. Sour and a bit of hard work.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery today.

Mildly hazy orange, dense white head good ret and lace. Nose has citrus, grapefruit, pith and a moderate malt character. Some chalky aromas are also present. This is sweeter than I like my IPAs. On the palate, this opens with a moderate hop bitterness and a nice hop flavor. This is, however, sweeter than it needs to be. The Munich malt lends some bready sweetness, which is nice, but ultimately, it gets in the way of a very nice hop flavor. There's a pleasant blend of grapefruit, grapefruit zest, orange and some pine. Mildly sweet, this beer is medium-light and moderately carbonated. Decent, but its big brother Molten Lava is a step up

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 muldersha
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL brown glass bottle with a packaging date of 05/13/15. Purchased in Portland, OR.

A PacNW IPA that's delightfully dry and understated.

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a solid white head, mediocre retention, and nice white lacing.

The aromas are surprisingly understated given the forceful package copy. It starts out with clean pine and herbal aromas that quickly give way to a softer, more fruity underbelly of orange citrus, tangerine, honeydew melon, and papaya.

Surprisingly medium bodied on the palate given the region it's from, the ABV, and the overstated copywriting.

It's malty mid-palate is no match for what is a rather abrupt bitter finish. However, overall, this is a balanced, refreshing, and very dry IPA. Would peg it closer to 5.5% ABV rather than the 7% stated on the label. Nice purity!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing really stands out about this one in my opinion.

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 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 flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours dirty golden and hazy. My initial sniffs reminded me of Belgian or hefe, some yeasty and even a little banana. I was shocked and sniffed deeper, and got a little more caramel notes with some wet leaf.

The beer makes me think more if an IPL. I do get a light banana bread taste in an otherwise mildly earthy and slightly funky taste. There is no overpowering taste, which makes it very drinkable, but also unremarkable. This would be a nice session beer were it not for the 7% weigh-in.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On at Cooper's Ale house.

A - Served a hazy light pe orange with a smaller light tan head. Good retention leaving lots of foamy lacing.

S - Grassy an leafy. Not much citrus.

T - Grassy and some very subtle citrus hidden under the grass.

D - Good carbonation and average body. A bit butter up front but finishes smooth.

O - Not quite the hop bombs being poured next to it, but a very solid brew.

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 Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA comes out of the tap a clear sumptuous amber with a decent cream-white head. Crisp, fruity, hoppy aroma invites a taste. Richly hoppy flavor has an undertone of apple and pear and a fair amount of bitterness. Texture is smooth and subtly tingly.

Photo of gkunkle
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Body of the beer is a golden color with a 1 finger thick white head. Retention is decent and it stays at a nice thick foam on top of my beer. Smell is slightly sweet with notes of grassy hops. The taste is strongly bitter, but the malts also play an important role. The taste starts with some floral and citrus hops then is followed by the malt backbone. The thickness of the mouthfeel is bordering on double IPA thickness, but the mild sweetness makes it seem natural. Overall, this is a decent beer, good with this burger at horsebrass, but I don't know if I'd buy it otherwise.

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.