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Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
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…. (1,541 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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 (378 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (720 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the typical IPA yellowey/orangeish-amber with a nice, thick, white head that dissipated much quicker than I expected, given the fullness of the head, and left slightly more than average lacing.

Floral and piney notes hit the nose first, with the expected citrus tones following on the finish. The hop aromas are solidly present but do not command attention. The flavors are both as expected and follow the path blazed by the aromas. Perhaps a bit more malt backbone than is usual for a west coast IPA.

The body was surprisingly solid for a PNW hop bomb, not just another hop juice beer. Nicely drinkable, but as usual with these types of tastebud killers boredom sets in after a couple.

Overall an above average version of the style, worth some effort in seeking out, but not worth planning a trip around. (846 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Big River Grill in Stevenson, WA.

I was blown away by this brew (I had never even heard of the brewery).

A: Copper amber with on off-white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Huge leafy hop aroma: Tangerine, citrus rind, nectarine & grass.

T: Awesome hopping, with plenty of citrus, grass & rind. But it's got a nice bready malt to back it up. Pleasantly crisp bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

This is really well crafted, and an inspiration for my own homebrew.

Brewery's info:
"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" (926 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of dgilks
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (514 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a big ol' imperial pint on draft at the Horse Brass. Hop Lava is a hazy pale orange with small, light khaki head that left thick foam rings on the first 1/2 of the glass.

The smell is strong, hops, hops and more hops of the classic NW variety, a battle between citrus fruit and pine. From the first whiff I knew I was in for a treat, even at a smoky bar!

I was taken aback by my first sip - whoa, this is one resiny hop bomb! My initial impression was that it was too extreme. But by about the 3rd sip, my palate adjusted and I really started to enjoy it. The taste was definatly more pine then fruit, with a slight hint of booze. The dry hopping just explodes on the tastebuds (or should I say erupts), so fresh and bright, made me think how lucky I was to live close to the source. I like em extreme, and this one puts the San Diego IPAs to shame. The greatest thing for me was that the hop emphasis was on flavor first, then aroma, then bitterness, courtesy of what was surly a copious amount of dry hopping. Exactly how I like it.

The mouthfeel was extremely creamy, with a medium body, and of course hop oils.

While this was way to hoppy to really throw back to much, I really savored my pint, just damn good. I'd heard good things about Double Mountain, and am very impressed by my first beer of theirs.

75 IBUs (1,340 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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 (672 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this IPA as it was big bold and had a slightly dry finish that made it way too drinkable. Had it at Henry's in Portland and the beer matched my halibut burger perfectly. I suspect this beer isn't the easiest to find but search it out because it is great. (262 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the name. Hood River sits in the heart of a volcanic mountain chain and this local IPA has explosive hop attitude. The aroma is entirely resinous as is the piney, succulent hop flavor. Bittering is high, yet not overplayed, and contributes a slight lemony tang. The body is moderately clear bronze with scrappy lace.

Hop Lava is what any NW craft IPA might aspire to. It has character, substance, and a lot of Centennial and Cascade hops. Hearty yet casual, with a high Dude factor. (490 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (424 characters)

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.