Molten Lava - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: squaremile on 05-17-2010

"This is Hop Lava's bigger, meaner cousin -- a radiant orange-hued beer featuring more than six pounds of hops per barrel. The out-of-control hopping is barely balanced by a tight malt backbone and noticable alcohol notes. We used our Kolsch yeast on this one, which gives it a different type of fruitiness than the Belgian ale yeast used in Hop Lava."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, imported crystal malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 9.0%ABV, 95+ BU
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by Elimination:
Photo of Elimination
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker straw with a strong thick white head

Smell of some great americAn high alpha hops, grapefruit, citrus but then comes a bit of Belgian farty yeast, bits of coriander, spicy, peppery

Flavor comes in strong bitterness, sweet coitrus, and the Belgian character comes in as a peppery more saison sour

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, great lacing on the tongue.

Overall this doesn't present itself as a dips but rather a balanced stronger Belgian ipa. This is a keg from 2010 but still presents quite a bit of hops

More User Reviews:
Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange. Thin head. Thin, short- lived lacing.
S: orange and pine
T: malt and alcohol balanced well with hop flavor. Piney-Hop bitterness is the strong finish
O: great NW imperial IPA. Good representation. Big IPA with strong hop bitterness balanced well with base malt and alcohol.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Pricey bottle picked up at Brewforia Meridian last night for about $8... Expensive. Pours a hazy dark golden... nice lacing and retention. Nose is light citrus/piney hoppiness... flavor has nothing better to offer... I want to like it more, but it is sooo pedestrian. Nothing good to brag about.


Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head that continues building for a while after the pour and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, tropical and light citrus fruit, mild sweet malt. Flavor is dedicated to the hops, resinous and citrus with the same light tropical and orange family fruit as in the aroma. Malt supports the hops, but has little character of its own. Finishes with pleasant, sweet resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Although the hops are presented well here, this is not a tongue numbing hop bomb. I usually like solid malt support in my IIPAs, and the malt here is really quiet and subdued, but seems to balance the hops nicely. Nice fruit, interesting hop bill; a very satisfying IIPA from a brewery that rarely disappoints.

Photo of Ghrymm
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Double IPA,nice finish with a good hit of citrus.
From a 500ml bottle.

Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : SN IPA Glass

Golden-orange with a thick, foamy white head. Nice lacing.

An intriguing blend of floral and fruity citric hops in the nose, which carries into the flavor as well. Also some light crackery, sweet malt backing.

Medium+ body with medium, carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but a good DIPA. Lots of citrus, with just enough floral/malt balance to differentiate it from the rest of the pack.

Photo of erickc
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this one. Nice double ipa.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station yesterday.

ML pours a peachy orange color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness and is just lovely. There was considerable pine, orange citrus, dank earth, white pepper and a touch of skunkiness. However, the orange/grapefruit citrus really dominates the nose in a big way, which is exactly how I like my DIPA's. On the palate, this is West Coast all the way, with the light sweet malt no more then a foil for the considerable hoppy bitterness. Yet for a DIPA, I thought this beer exceptionally well balanced, with the alcohol perfectly integrated into the flavor profile. The finish is quite dry and bitter, and I (thankfully) pick-up virtually no heat from the alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and creamy (if someone had told me I was drinking this beer from cask, it would not have surprised me), though the beer didn't seem to be under carbonated. Drinkability is exceptional for a DIPA (the Belmont Station menu lists the abv. at 9%), and I can see where one could get into considerable trouble drinking pint after pint of this bad boy.

Wow! It's been a while since I've been this impressed by a "new to me" DIPA. Granted, after drinking killer green and fa la la la la, it's apparent the brewer knows a thing or two about making hoppy beers, but nevertheless, I was surprised by the quality of this beer. Impressive. Yummy!!!!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle opened on 3.10.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a two inch foamy cream-colored head.

S - Hoppy grass and stinky feet.

T - Bitter grass, earthy, pungent cheese and lots of alcohol.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - This one hides nothing. Hoppy, pungent and harsh.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like the reviews for this beer are all over the map. I guess if the brewers put half as much energy into labeling bottles as they did in using reusable bottles, this beer would fare better. According to the case from which this bottle was pulled, this beer was bottled 26th Feb 2013.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a very nice looking DIPA. The nose is great. Fruit salad (yummy yummy)with orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and a little papaya, this is very pleasant. There is a bit of mineral character as well (chloride?). Alcohol is well-hidden.

The palate is a blend of fruity hop character, moderate bitterness and mild malt character. Opening with the fruit and mild mineral character, the blend of citrus and tropical fruit is refreshing. The mid-palate brings the bitterness, which does come is moderately gentle waves and finishing with a mild resin character. Malt flavor is minimal, this is quite dry. Creamily carbonated, this beer is medium-light in body and is very enjoyable. The finish is bitter, mildly resiny and has a blend of tropical fruit and alcohol. Recommended if fresh.

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and strong, and a little strange as well. Pours a clear amber in the tulip with a decent head. Very aromatic. I think of broiled grapefruit, complete with the burnt sugar.

This starts out with a hoppy floral taste but turns toasty. More herbal bitterness than hops to start, but the bitter fruit taste keeps coming. Scorched mango with oiled grilled bananas. This is an odd duck but very likeable for being less bitter and more flavorful.

On tap at The Noble Fir in Ballard (Seattle). I saw this in bottles at QFC Market as well.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/27/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and herbal hop 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 good beer with a very nice balance of sweet citrus and herbal hop qualities all around.

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of hop lava but thought I'd give this a chance because I like this brewery. Sorry to say it disappointed me.

Photo of squaremile
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Double Mountain: We're celebrating our recent facility expansion by brewing a couple batches of "MOLTEN LAVA" Imperial IPA, which has been on hiatus since '08. Molten is the bigger, meaner older brother of Hop Lava, brewed with mainly the same ingredients (pilsner malt / crystal malt / Cascade and Centennial hops, with Simcoe too) -- but lots more of them. Big and yet somehow balanced, in the Double Mountain style. Substantially dry-hopped for superior aroma. 8% ABV, 90+ BU.

Molten Lava pours a magnificent hazy orange/gold that my eyes can not move away from. Nice puffy 1/4" head that creates some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of the aforementioned hop varieties in a substantial way but not necessarily the most pleasant. The flavor has a substantial hop bitterness, then after some neutral space has a touch of biscuity malts and then dried quickly, although there is a touch of alcohol burn and bitterness in the back of the mouth. Overall its an OK beer.

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

On tap at Parkway Tavern, Tacoma, WA

A: Poured a dark orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus notes mainly with caramel

T: Nice malt backbone with hops, mainly citrus and some floral

M: Medium bodied, nice chewy finish with good amount of hops

D: Good. More of a NW IPA to me and easy to drink

Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice honey-gold yellow color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

Pine and floral hops greet the nose, with just a hint of graininess in the background. The pine dominates the tongue with the floral notes being joined by a jolt of citrus.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a bit fuller than most. Drinkability was well above average for a big hop bomb. Overall, a very solid take on the style, worth seeking out. I hope they add this this beer to their full time line-up.

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle from Belmont Station

A: Off-color orange with a lazy, declining head. Like bad hair? Some legs.

N: Breaded onions with some marijuana hints. Little bits of tropical fruits, particularly clementine oranges. But this nose is mostly off-putting.

T: Taste is better by a bit so this wasn’t skunked (as far as I can tell.) Very bready with lots of dank elements. Syrupy canned oranges. Lots of residual sugars, I think, though it does retain the bitterness of the hops. This isn’t bad, I guess.

M: Sticky, syrupy, and heavy. Dry at the end.

O: A dense beer that lacks all the refinements of a good DIPA. Like a cudgel wielded by a dunce. Pass on this.

Photo of Dag87
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had it on tap and it is much better than than the bottle I had. Nice fresh hops up front and smooth finish slightly malty. The bitterness is more present in the bottled beer. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If I lived closer to OR I'd be a regular in there.

Photo of djbreezy
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at APEX in Portland, OR. Poured into a 12oz stemmed glass.

appearance - pours a beautiful orange/amber with good retention and beautiful lacing

smell - citrus and resinous hops (cascade, centennial, simcoe)

taste - hops up front while the malt (pilsner and crystal) dominates the body and then a lightly bitter and sweet hop finish, alcohol especially towards the end of the glass

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation, slightly dry finish

drinkability - too malty for a double ipa, not much complexity, the hop varieties are very straightforward

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting group, myself included, could not finish this beer.

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

On tap at Double Mountain taproom Hood River OR, 6.10.2010, $6.50 a pint (Pliny-like pricing).

Orangish amber hazy body, 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation with thin ring of foam around edge of glass. First hit in the nose is tropical fruit, mango, guava, with a bready malt backbone. Taste features tropical fruit up front, a slightly bitter hop middle, piney, pretty sweet finish with some lingering bitterness. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel, not much effervescence. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, inhibiting drinkability, a bit of heat in finish, but fairly drinkable. Worth a try

Molten Lava from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.