Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
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
2.73/5  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….

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
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

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
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 -19.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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). =)

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.