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Hop Lava IPA - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Hop Lava IPAHop Lava IPA

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 241
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 25.13%
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 PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ The Heathman Hotel in Portland and quaffed in the comforts of the Tea Court.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a modest ecru head and respectable lacing. Strong aromas of citrus hops and pine.

Opens with a blast of resinous hop oil bitterness. Moves into citrus notes of grapefruit and orange pith, followed by suggestions of pine. Very fresh and clean with evidence of dry hopping. Biscuity malts attempt to balance out the hopcentric taste profile. Um...ain't gonna happen. Finishes crisp, dry and, yes, bitter. Hang on to your palate, it's about to get numbed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
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….

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Photo of loren01
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a growler into traditional pint glass a nice clear orange color, good sized head with nice lace down the sides of the pint glass
S: Slight yeast scent along with tangerine/orange
T: Definate grain maltiness followed by a bitter but not overly so citrus flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer carbonation seems good for an IPA
O: Very good IPA...would get this again for sure.

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Photo of dgilks
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes.) Poured a rich golden copper with a finger of quick-fading white head. Nice aroma of floral hops, grapefruit, pine, and just a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Well-balanced flavors with some biscuity malt sweetness and lots of grapefruit, pine, and a pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Really enjoyed this one on tap and am looking forward to trying it again.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, on tap at the brewery.

Golden bronze, clear, low activity. White head fades to ring and film and leaves some lacing.

Prodigious quantities of cascade and centennial in the nose, add a bit of booze and some malty sweetness, and that about covers it.

Hop forward with Pacific Northwest bitterness, dominated by centennial and cascade. Imagine that. Some malty sweetness noticeable in the background. Almost but not quite balanced.

Low carbonation, medium body and viscosity, drying bitter finish.

Good but unexceptional pacific northwest IPA. A bit out of balance on the bitter end.

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Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass at Henry's in Portland.

appearance - rich amber, quarter inch head with solid retention, thin sticky lacing

smell - earthy and resinous hops, floral, citrus

taste - big nw hop profile, resinous and citrus, floral and earthy, slight malt character in the body but mostly a hop showcase

mouthfeel - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth with a bit of bitterness and bite to it

drinkability - a consistent, accessible nw style ipa with a big hop showcase, easy to drink

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Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-01-31 at the brewery.

A - Partly cloudy golden w short white head

S - Mild grain and pine

T - Bread, mild fruit, moderate grapefruit hop bitterness

M - Creamy with medium body and medium carbonation.

D - A tasty brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of wombaman
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is my first review. I would rather be a giver then just a leech for all your reviews so thank you all.

God bless this beer! Wonderful thing God did ain't it?
Awesome, fresh and revitalizing to my mouth! The aftertaste reminds me and makes me think of running along the ocean and being refreshed and awakened during the summer, except in my mouth. Lots of hoppiness to it. One word to describe would be "awakening." I had just purchased an 8-beer sampler from Dublin Pub in Portland, OR and this was my favorite by far. Not terribly bitter but still good. This was one of the most distinct IPA's I have had due to the wonderful floral aftertaste. I'm still trying to figure out the different tastes in beer so I'm not so sure but here goes: I think there was a hint of citrus and pine in it.
IPA's are the bomb and work those bitter taste buds into maturation and live for GOOD BEER! This is one of my favorite beers I have ever had!!! God bless and God loves you. =)

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Photo of timhoth
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of madtappers
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Double Mountian tasting room.

Poured a hazed copper color with a perfect white foamy head.

The aroma of nw hops pour out of beer and into your noise. Hops upfront and all the way down. Got to say this has to be one of the best Oregon IPAs in years.

Very smooth for the amount of hops used in this beers, just dangerously smooth for the high ABV.

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Photo of Derek
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
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"

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a clear medium orange and has a strong glowing quality with a slight off-white head that dissolves quickly into a wispy layer atop the glass. The aroma is citrus hop, grapefruit rind, and just overall resinous, sticky hops. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus forward with some toasted bread crust with a sweet bitter, slightly dry finish. Its light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Highly sessionable overall and to me has become the quintessential PNW IPA.

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