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Molten Lava - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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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.

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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.


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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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Molten Lava from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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