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The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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The VaporizerThe Vaporizer

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of kevinapel
4.8/5  rDev +33%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Double Mountain's 3rd Anniversary party (I think they said this was from last fall, so ~6 months old). Served in an imperial pint, The Vaporizer is a cloudy straw yellow with a white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is floral and fruity, sweet.

Taste is also very fruity, huge citrus lemon like hops and very floral esters, in addition to yeast flavor. Sweet, with light bitterness. I love it, but it's tastes (as well as looks ,smells and feels) a lot like a Belgian Wit beer with lots cascade (or perhaps amarillo's or pacific gems) hops, which I'm sure is not what most people except from an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. I'd guess there might be oatmeal in here, which again has me suspecting a wit as the base beer.

Drinkability is great. I love the lazer like focus of the lemony hops, and I love wit beers, so this really works for me. However, I can understand how IPAs lovers may not be thrilled with this take on the style.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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!).

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #300 goes to a great beer from my old hometown!

Poured a bright and somewhat hazy straw yellow into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Somewhat dry aroma with a little bit of grain and lots of spicy, floral hops.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Dry, toasty malts mixed with a little grass and lots of pine and floral hops throughout. Strong, lingering hop bitterness on the finish with some spicier pepper notes.

Packed with hoppy goodness but also balanced, light, and really easy-drinking. I tried this along with an oak-aged double-IPA but this one stole the show.

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Photo of madtappers
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Concordia Ale house, served in a standard pint glass.

Poured a cloudy golden almost copper color with a white head. Very floral citrus aroma to the the nose. As I took a sip, it was a tangy yet refreshing hop taste on the tongue.

Beer is very good for IPA lovers, but may be to hoppy for the average joe beer drinker.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oregon Brewer's Festival in an ideal plastic mug.

appearance - light gold, medium head, some retention

smell - earthy hops, floral notes

taste - citrus hops, floral and sweet hoppiness, some malt backbone

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, slightly dry, smooth finish

drinkability - flavorful and crisp

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a gold color with nice bubbles and a nice white head

S: Citrus, light grapefruit and light booze

T: Sordove tame honestly. Expecting more from the dry hop. Some citrus and light booze

M: Lighter bodied, crisp, nice hops

D: While this is good I think it has still competition. However, while sitting at the Parkway Tavern this beer was selling like wildfire!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy pilsner with lots of bitterness up front and dry and smooth on the finish. Pine all day on this. Pretty good had on tap. Not much nose only typical pilsner aromas.

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Photo of jdense
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at Taproom, consumed 8.21.12, poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass.

Clear light gold body, multiple streams of rising bubbles, one finger pure white head, medium dissipation with average lacing. Significant hop aromas balanced by clean pilsener malt bill. Taste is fairly hoppy for the style but once again balanced by clean and light malts. Mouthfeel is on light side of medium, good effervescence. Might be too light malt-wise, but the hefty hop bill is a nice touch. Worth a try, good summer beer.

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Photo of Roby923
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Pilsner malts stand out in this pale ale. Very drinkable and fresh. Bottled from the tap room. More of an experimental concept beer. DM has my heart in some of their other brews.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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 up of it around that part of the world, whatever 'it' is. Worth a try if you come across this one.

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Photo of Elimination
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

well made and curious take on a pale ale. very blonde and hazy in color, almost like a wit rather than a pale, with a white head of several inches and gentle carbonation visible. the smell hints at pilsener malt, an odd base for a usually very hop forward style. its fresh and light and like a bowl of dry cereal. the hops are subtle, almost in the background of this beer, a touch of pine is all on the nose. the taste too is strangely grain driven, and strangely pilsener malty, more like a czech lager than an american pale in some ways. hops are again way back, and only really evident in the finish, faint citrus, white pepper, and new growth pine. its reserved, but maybe a little too much, i want to taste the hops a little more in my american pale, and expected to with this northwest offering. my first beer from double mountain is an interesting and perplexing one. not my favorite, but its quality has me keen to try more from them. easy drinking and light, a good session pale if big hop bombs are not for you.

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Photo of Marius
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy yellow with just under an inch of fluffy, white, pilsner-type head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a floral and fruity hop scent over a nice grain background. On the tongue, the grain flavors support that flowering hoppiness, but they all work together nicely.

The body is light, crisp and refreshing, while still being solid. Drinkability is very good, you'll want more than one, I did. Overall, an interesting take on the style. A lot lighter than most and not just an "IPA Light", this beer is truly a Pale Ale. Worth seeking out.

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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.