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The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 194
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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Photo of Ghrymm
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting ale, easy drinking but really missing the hop hit. Poured from a 1 pint bottle.
A very light amber. moderate carbonation, I would call it a session Ale great on a hot day. (184 characters)

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (174 characters)

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 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 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 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)

Photo of Roby923
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (183 characters)

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 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. (259 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle of The Vaporizer in a bottle shop. 1 pint .09 ounces, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow color, clear with a slight chill haze. The head is stark white, thick, creamy and resiliant. Many bubbles are rising in the glass.

The smell in a acerbic hoppy scent. Smells like juniper and dandelions.

Taste is a bitter pilsner type flavor. The taste reminds me of the way macro lagers used to taste when I was very young. A dry bitter biting grain flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but with a bitter dry character.

Overall I would probably pass on this one if it came around again. It's a pale ale but it tastes a lot like a pilsner, which is not one of my favorite styes. It's interesting, but I would probably not have it again. (763 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,022 characters)

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)

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. (756 characters)

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. (328 characters)

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. (629 characters)

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. (608 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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. (430 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)

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. (429 characters)

Photo of whatsajewtodo
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear yellow, mild head, quickly dissipating
S - lemony citrus, fresh spring air
T - sweet upfront, light barnyard, citrus, with some weak floral undertones. Clean aftertaste.
M - moist, smooth, refreshing

Overall, I was underwhelmed. It was enjoyable, and definitely a solid session beer, and the whole is surely greater than the sum of the parts. That being said, I can't point to any individual stellar aspects of this beer. (440 characters)

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. (307 characters)

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. (643 characters)

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. (450 characters)

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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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