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The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 191
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009

"THE VAPORIZER" is a golden-hued Pale Ale that features a beautifully hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner, our sweet and supple house malt from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. We dry-hop "THE VAPORIZER" to pump up the hoppy goodness. It's an appetizingly dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale."

Brewed with Gambrinus Pilsner malt and Challenger hops. 6% ABV, 50 BU
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Reviews by throwerbri:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at a supermarket a few blocks from my home for somewhere between $4-5. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on April 30 of this year.

Poured a cloudy, lemony gold color with a big, fluffy bone-white head and a ton of floating sediment. The sediment would be understandable for something bottled a few years ago, perhaps, but it seems a little crazy for a pale ale that was bottled about three months ago.

Grassy, slightly herbal hops are in the nose.

Herbal and slightly lemony flavor. The hops are there, but not in terribly great strength, and the kind of hop flavor encountered here is of the sort I would expect from a German or Czech pilsener, and would benefit from a pilsener’s crisp finish. Instead, the finish of this beer features the previously mentioned hop flavor rising suddenly to a crescendo that leaves a hoppy beer’s aftertaste, but not that way you’d expect from a PNW pale ale It’s not bad tasting, but definitely odd, and not what I was expecting.

Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and a mouthfeel that would seem normal for a “normal” pale ale, but this beer’s flavor makes it seem wrong, like it should be more like that of a pilsener.

Not a bad beer, but a somewhat frustratingly weird one. If I drank this regularly, I might get used to it. Personally, I think I’d rather have a tasty PNW pale ale when I want one and ditto a good pilsener, rather than have a strange hybrid of the two that doesn’t entirely satisfy in either direction. (1,532 characters)

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Marius
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange pour, with a nice head, in the style of a Belgian strong ale or a tripel. The smell is surprisingly like a Belgian pale ale, as well (I was expecting a typical American hop-bomb): citrusy Belgian yeast throughout, with some soft cheese present, as well. The taste - bread, white wine, citrusy hops and a bitter backbone. Very dry. (344 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, 3rd attempt at reviewing this beer. Pours out a yellow/dark appearance, massive carbonation leads to a 2.5" head on the beer. So I decided to go and water the Nugget hops in the front yard, wait for the tipoff of game 3 of the Heat/Spurs Finals.

Aroma yields a decent amount of C hops and BMC 'malt' aromas. What I thought was Cascade, turned out to be Challenger hops. Nonetheless, you get the lemony aroma also associated with Sorachi Ace hops. Interesting aroma, unique, in that it imparts the pilsner malt as well. Wouldn't really say its all that large of a dry hop, and definitely not with something I would describe as an aroma hop.

Taste, more of the Sorachi like lemony aspect. Nice mellow mouthfeel, its got bitterness, but the lightness of the Pilsner malt is kind of a cool thing here. Pick your poison, is this a higher hopped Pilsneresque beer with an ale yeast, or is it an extra pale ale made with pilsner malt?

I like this beer overall, its nice and light. Where it might get pushed out of the market is from all the new highly hopped IPL's (India Pale Lagers) which offer more hop flavor than this, but have some of the same hallmarks (pilsner malt, dry, light body).

Dammit, Spurs hit a 3 before the half, 50-44 halftime. I haven't done a live review in a long time. (1,295 characters)

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjvie
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - as mentioned before, it's pretty cool to see offerings from this brewery just show up on Alberta store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of herbal, piney hop bitters, lemongrass, some biscuity and grainy pale malt, white grape juice, and a mild hard water flintiness. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, vinous white grapes, lemon drops, pine needles, dusty chalk, and further herbal, leafy, and faintly perfumed hops (the only indication of the moderately elevated ABV).

The carbonation is quite fine in its fizzy and frothy contractions, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee herbal and grassy bitterness mucking about. It finishes fairly dry and tight, the hops continuing their fruity, bitter, and acrid strangling out of the malt sweetness.

A different sort of pale ale from the PNW - the big 'C' hops are for the most part forgone, save one grown locally up in Yakima (of all places to be 'local'). Herbal, wine-like, and easy enough to put back, I gotta say. Good to see some mixing of it up around that part of the world, whatever 'it' is. Worth a try if you come across this one. (1,349 characters)

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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Burgundian.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a clear golden color with a small white head on top. Minimal retention leaving an extremely thin layer of white on top. Bits of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Kind of a weak aroma, some light lemon and lemon rind, with some grass as well. Slightly sweet.

T: A good bit of lemon rind on the flavor profile, rather zesty, with more grassy hops mixed in. The malt is a bit grainy.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A decent APA, but seemed to be lacking a little bit, was hoping for a bit more with a name like vaporizer. (638 characters)

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hreb
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Heavy duty" half liter bottle. Poured into pint glass. Beer pours a shockingly pale yellow color. Seriously, it looks like it could be macro light lager or bad American hefeweiss. There's a nice big white head, at least. Aroma is floral and reminiscent of pilsener. It smells fresh, but there's just not as much hop aroma as I'd hoped for in a beer that so prominently claims to be dry-hopped on it's "Vaporizer" label.

Flavor does bring out the 55 IBUs. Very crisp and even a little tart, with piney flavors of hops, and the very bitter rind of grapefruit. Still, this is not quite the profile of an IPA. And the grain part of that profile is very much in the background, with a light mouthfeel, and a hint of unmalted barley.

Drinkable but underwhelming. (759 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kevinapel
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We went to this brewery (Double Mountain) only after we wanted to try another brewery after Full Sail. Not only were we impressed their food (try the truffle shuffle pizza) but their beer was excellent. I started with the I.R.A., and ended with, my now favorite I.P.A., Vaporizer. If you are going to visit Mt. Hood, Double Mountain is a must. (343 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold in the glass, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This keeps some foamy edging and leaves back some thick swathes of lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with notes of bitter fruit and lemon zest that mingle with the sweetness of the malts and gives the nose an underlying tart twang.

The taste starts with a fresh blast of leafy bitter fruit (and like the nose, some tarter lemon character as well), which is nicely balanced by a splash of sweet graininess from the malts. The finish is moderately dry, with lingering notes of lemon zest and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy crispness to the carbonation, which glides along nicely in the mouth. There is just a touch of warmth on the tail-end of each sip.

This was certainly a drinkable APA but the hop profile just lacked a certain amount of definition to it that would have left a much fuller flavored impression on me. This was OK but I was expecting a bit more here. (1,134 characters)

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3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breadwinner
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty weak little number here from Double Mountain. Interesting nose, kinda like the smoke that comes from a fog machine but fruitier. Palate reminds me of some cask IPAs I've had that lack enough bitterness to reign in kaleidoscope-fruity hops. It's not gross or anything, but it's definitely one-dimensional. Combined with the incredibly (IMO, overly) soft body, it's just too weak and lifeless. Like the idea of messing around with an all Pils malt base for a hoppy brew, but this one is forgettable. (504 characters)

Photo of beerloverofbham
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of drboston
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stronger side for the style.

Musty smell and taste; don't mean that as a perjorative. Definitely taste the dry-hop in this Pale Ale. Not a bad offering for the style. (169 characters)

Photo of Wrhino
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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