The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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The VaporizerThe Vaporizer

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by woemad:
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.

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jellikit
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Crystal clear. Medium, foamy head. A lot of bubbles rising.
S: very mild women's hair permanent chemical. Nothing else.
T: lemony up front. Lightly malted. Light on the bittering hops.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: meh. Taste is okay. Aroma ruins it. There is not much at all there, except for a faint chemical smell.

Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy gold with a huge three fingers of white head. Billows of lacing.
Smell is some floral hops and mostly biscuit malts.
Taste is malt all the way. There is a nice bitter hop hit following the malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Medium bitter finish. Overall not what I was expecting. I am a Pale Ale fan and this was much more an uber Pils. Tasty beer nonetheless. Might try again when the weather warms up some.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a clear, bright yellow colour. Nose is a little funky. Not sure why. Taste is light and filled with bright hop notes of lemon and citrus and crackery malt. Very dry, quaffable and light bodied, yet flavorful. Definitely doesn't drink as big as it is and the bright yellow colour is really nice.

Photo of plaid75
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sticky earthy hops and a round pale malt.

The taste was instantly spicy with herbal, earthy hops and a full bready pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward APA.

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle -- 55 IBU
A; ginger ale; honey-yellow
S: an absolutely intense yeasty, papaya, tropical-fruit... but that fades quickly and soon turns stale and carboard.
T: very bright, clean, and bitter. Well balanced. With so little malt character it tastes to me more like a golden ale/blonde ale than a pale ale.
M: clean, fresh, medium-light bodied
O: not a bad beer but because it has so little character I certainly wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry hopped pale ale? Yes please!

This is a little gem, it has dry hops but not the over the top dry hops of a NW IPA. It tastes a little more like British Pale Ale (which are not all that pale in my opinion) rather than the lighter stuff that Sierra Nevada has popularized (though I like it!). So American Pale Ale fans be warned!

A - Rather deep copper hue with a good head and persistent fizz.

S - Classic pale ale, lots of malts and a nice zip of dry hops, some faint spice and citrus and a touch of earth.

T - Richly flavored with zesty dry hops and medium sweet malts.

M - rich and round with a good balance of body, texture, acid, and tannin

D - Drinks very well and is quite satisfying. A good alternative to overly aggressive NW IPA.

Photo of Reidrover
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Trader Joes in Salem. $3.79 Clear bright yellow beer with a nice sized bubbly white head. Perfumy sweet malts little grassy hop aroma detected. Get the dry hop in the flavour but its very well balanced by a slightly toasty,sweet malt. OK mouthfeel goes down without any problem. OK beer..though i get the feeling that TJs treat their beers horribly. This for me is a Blonde Ale.

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear golden color with a decent layer of white head. Aroma of sweet light malts and a good balance of crisp, citrusy hops. Taste of light fruits, toasted bread with honey on top, solid pils malt backbone. Light-medium body, and a nicely balanced and nicely drinkable APA all over.

Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz : SN IPA Glass

Clear, golden yellow with a thick, foamy white head.

Herbal, grassy hops with a crisp, malty biscuit backing in both the nose and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

An interesting APA. Not the typical American hop-bomb I was expecting but still a solid brewed, well done beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint on tap at the brewery. A unique take on the APA style with Challenger hops and pilsner malt. Dry hopped for good measure. A soft white head tops the glowing, slightly hazy straw body. Good retention, assorted streaks and splotches of lacing.

Crisp and bright nose with ample evidence of the dry hopping. Perhaps I've been marooned on the hop-challenged east coast for too long, but it seems this could easily pass for an IPA. Quite bitter with a load of spicy and herbal hop flavor. Hints of lemon and pine show up in a finish that's at once dryish and refreshing. Medium carbonation works well with the toasted malts. Very nice brew here.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy two inch off-white head with good retention.

S -Corn, wheat, grass

T - Bitter grass and some pilsner-like malts.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very light and some hops, but more like a heavier pilsner.

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the rotating tap at www.kebaba.com (Great lebanese food, beautiful garden-patio, very family friendly).

I'm impressed with Double Mountain, and this SMaSH is no exception (Gambrinus Pils and Yakima Challenger).

A: Clear yellow, white head, good retention & lace.

S: Fresh leafy, grassy hops with hints of resiny pine and marmalade.

T: Plenty of fresh flavour (leafy, grassy, slightly resiny pine), pleasant bitterness (wouldn't have guessed it was 50 IBU) with a light biscuit from the malt. The alcohol is completely hidden, I'd never guess it was 6% either. Really well-crafted for a seemingly simple brew.

M: Light to moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Like hops? I really didn't think I was a fan of Challenger, but this has inspired me to try a homebrew of my own. Really great stuff. I could easily session this one (so it'd be great to have 5 gallons of my own!).

Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear golden yellow w/ a big frothy head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma is grassy, floral, herbal. Mild but pleasant.

Taste is light, crisp, refreshing. Pale crackery Pilsner malt and floral NW hops. A nice fruity lightness pervades this beer.

Mouthfeel is likewise crisp and light; drinkable.

Overall a nice drinkable summery ale. Doesn't exactly live up to the name, but I'm OK w/ that.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very pale clear straw color with a huge, dense, oily, white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film. Chunky lace was left down the glass.
S: Light pilsner malts mixed with light notes of herbal and pine hops. Crisp smelling and light.
T: Light flavors of pine, leafy herbal hops and crackery pilsner malt. Lightly bitter finish, clean aftertaste, faint lemon peel sourness. Light and easy overall. Good balance between pilsner malt and light hopiness.
M: Smooth mouth, crisp and refreshing, scrubbing soft carb. Drinks light and easy.
O: A very sessionable pale ale. Light and easy to drink. Would drink all day. Thanks Ryan.

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a nice white head in the big wine tumbler. Quite spritzy with lots of lacing along the glass. Flowery hop aroma with a whiff of artichoke. Light body with the classic Pale Ale flavor-- modest maltiness with a crisp edge. This one has the more pale malt with a lemony flavor instead of the common biscuity flavor.

This has an interesting spicy flavor. Plenty of hops with the bitterness coming along just at the very end. The thin and sharp sensation is somewhat moderated by the slightly sweet and crackery malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the tap house. Light for a hoppy production from double mountain but tasty and complete despite not being a knock you on your socks affair. I would grab another. The on tap version is definitely a little crisper and fresher than the bottled edition.

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a light haze and a fair number of floaties. Effervescence is pretty strong and the head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with decent retention. Not bad!

Smell: grainy malt with a piney, earthy and lightly dank hop aroma. Definitely an earthier feel, but it's pretty well put-together.

Taste: quite malty, starting off sweet but proceeding to a grainier character. Hops are much the same as in the aroma; strong but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a decent enough creaminess.

Overally: a very drinkable dry-hopped pale. As was noted by another reviewer, it definitely doesn't drink like a 6% brew -- it's quite sessionable indeed.

Photo of Elimination
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strangely bright yellow, when it was set in front of 'me I thought it was bmc haha

Smell is grainy bread like a bit of subtle pine. And cane sugar

Little hops, smooth sweet sugar cookies, lemon twang

Very light mouthfeel crisp very clean, smooth

Very drinkable beer, well rounded something you could give to a light beer friend and show them the light

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. There is also a bit of a chalky aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, floral, and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 that is tasty and has an interesting, almost saison-like aroma as it warms up.

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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.