Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of muldersha
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured to tulip

Pours a hazy gold. One finger of dense off white head, excellent retention and stickiness.

Aroma is a sea-breezy floral note from hops and the malts, somewhat faint

Tastes like a big german bock with ridiculous hops... after seeing the grain bill that makes sense. Primary hop note is herbal

Mouthfeel is full and lush for the abv... drinks bigger than it is.

Overall, was super glad I grabbed this one... if you're passing through PDX airport, they had this in the Made In Oregon shop (after security, so you can carry-on the plane). Interesting juxtaposition between the germanic malts and the NW hops, flavor wise it strikes me more like a big german lager than an IPA. Yeast notes are clamped down, and the pils and munich malts shine big in both flavor and body. While that may not be typical for the style, that was an excellent idea that resulted in an excellent beer.I'm taking a much bigger carry-on to PDX next time, for this gem alone.

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Photo of LADaveBN
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Towski
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a grenade into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. My dad picked this one up for me on the way up from Portland. Reviewed live.

A- One finger stark-white head over a golden body. Attractive looking beer.

S- Bitter northwest hops. Earthy and bitter.

T- Bitter, earthy, buttery.

M- Medium bodied feel, dry, buttery finish.

O- If I had longer, I'd write a shorter review. Fine IPA. Love me some Double Mountain.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - Hop Lava IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy golden with a tinge of amber and a huge foamy head, half of which leaves and half of which stays. Good display of lacing.

Smell - Almost a lager aroma here with dank deep citrus hops on top and sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Smooth sweet malt intro followed by juicy citrus and then finishing quite bitter pine.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter and malty sticky. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Good drinkability. Booziness isn't real bad here but it's definitely apparent.

Overall - This is a good brew but it didn't wow me, there are others like it that seem to be tweaked a little better. Worth a shot for hop loving AIPA fans.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color with blonde highlights and a huge, frothy head into my glass. 75 IBUs doesn't seem like much but we shall find out.

Spicy with some pine resin in the nose. Sweet too but I can tell you for sure that this is pretty close to the idea of a northwest IPA.

Again, this is chock full of spicy notes with a great balance of citrus and pine upfront. It's not a hop-hammer like some beers. Crisp too.

The malt shines in the mouthfeel. Buttery crisp with more of that lingering pine note. Carbonation is well-done too.

Very enjoyable IPA! I'll be seeking out their other offerings soon.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into NB snifter. Thanks again, Ryan.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with three fingers of off-white head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting collar leaving streaks of sticky lace along the way.
S: Citrus and pine hops, pineapple, lightly sweet caramel, and bready malts. Smells good.
T: Sweet caramel and pale malts, grapefruit juice, pineapple, and tangerine peel come through up front. The finish is full of pine sap and the aftertaste is sweet, bitter and lingering. Fruity aftertaste too.
M: Fuller body, slick and heavy mouthfeel, smooth and soft carbonation. Drinks smooth and easy.
O: A solid ipa, great flavors, great balance. Not super bitter, soft sweetness, easy to drink.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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 vkv822
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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