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The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

The VaporizerThe Vaporizer

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%


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:
"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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009)
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:46:18 | More by EspressoGuy
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RJLarse

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:48:58 | More by RJLarse
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Spikester

Oregon

2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 05:36:01 | More by Spikester
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ralree

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light gold, nice lacing, no retention.

S: Honey, good malt, but pretty bland overall.

T: Quite a bit of hops and some so-so apricot flavor. Nothing special. Pretty strong barley malt.

M: Dry, good carbonation, non-astringent.

D: OK, but taste makes it hard to drink fast.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 06:52:17 | More by ralree
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap @ Red Star Tavern & Roast House in downtown Portland. Cheers to Zach and James for a successful video shoot.

Pours a hypnotically bright, straw yellow color with a frothy finger of white head. Aromas of grain, grass and floral hops.

Crisp, light bodied and mildly carbonated. Dry opening with moderate bitterness. Suggestions of lemon citrus rind mix with honey tones and notes of tangerine. Finishes grainy with a lingering hop bitterness and scratch of spice.

Balanced, refreshing, drinkable, yet somewhat wimpy for my take on what makes an APA formidable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:33:35 | More by CaptainIPA
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours a hazy straw color, that glows warmly, with a creamy white head and leaves nice thing lacing down the glass as it is drank. The aroma has grapefruit and citrus hops actually it is almost flowery. The flavor has citrus bitterness upfront with some very light malt flavors and ends with a fluffy citrus bitterness. Its a light creamy bodied beer. I thought this beer was a little too sweet for my taste. The appearance and the body were my favorite parts of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 16:11:53 | More by DiabolikDUB
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hreb

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:40:48 | More by hreb
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes from my trip to Oregon in June. On tap at Baileys Taproom.

A - Golden in color with hints of copper. One finger cap of foam, off white in color. Excellent lacing left behind.

S - Big citrus aroma with lots of grapefruit and just a little tangerine. As the beer warms more bready notes came through but the hops still dominated the nose.

T - A bit of a letdown here. A muddle of flavors none of which seem to play off each other well. The hoppiness is a weird mix of floral and citrus tastes that just kind of meld together is a weird bittenress. Somewhat earthy maltiness.

M/D - A little on the dry side, medium in body. Good carbonation. The tastes just didnt do it for me which knocks the drinkability down a touch.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 15:24:57 | More by ckeegan04
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:13:45 | More by Reidrover
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loren01

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color, nice head with great lacing
S; Grassy herbal hop scent and honey
T: Slight honey sweetness up front with a dry hop aftertaste
M: Light bodied beer, finishes dry
O: Nice balanced pale ale, very sessionable beer. Would get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 04:27:30 | More by loren01
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 13:57:55 | More by Kegatron
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vkv822

Oregon

3.39/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 06:46:12 | More by vkv822
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 15:12:22 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:10:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:49:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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whatsajewtodo

Maryland

3.59/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 23:22:59 | More by whatsajewtodo
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.61/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 22:41:39 | More by CookstLiquor
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beertunes

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 20:39:51 | More by beertunes
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 06:02:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:23:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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Elimination

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 19:54:16 | More by Elimination
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dgilks

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear traw colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Mild apple and grapefruit aroma. A bit too weak.

Big, grapefruity hops with a slightly tropical edge. Interesting flavour from the Challenger which I normally think of as a bit earthy.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent. Good.

A nice hoppy ale. Very light and perfect for summer. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 10:35:08 | More by dgilks
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:06:32 | More by flagmantho
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draheim

Washington

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:55:35 | More by draheim
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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 05:23:45 | More by mactrail
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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.