The Vaporizer - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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: 42 | Hads: 183
Photo of loren01
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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!). (885 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Elimination
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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 (357 characters)

Photo of kevinapel
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
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 cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 (314 characters)

Photo of ralree
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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 (325 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (371 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of madtappers
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (330 characters)

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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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