Double Haul IPA - Kettle House Brewing Co.
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Received a 4 pack of this in the parking lot of the Laughing Dog Brewery from Vern, the rep who brings Idaho and Montana beers into Alberta these days. Thanks! From a 473 ml blue can. Pours out a clear burnished copper hue, tall foamy off-white head that retains well.
Clean floral and citrus hops on the nose, toffee and clean grains as well.
Clean biscuit and caramel malt up front in the flavour, spicy, herbal hops in the middle, with more spicy hops on the finish, and a clean yet herbally astringent aftertaste.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth silky texture with medium carbonation.
If not for the abv% this would make an ideal session ale, and that aside, it still makes a great offering to spend an evening with. Very clean on all fronts, yet strikes me more as an English IPA than an American based on the flavour profile of the hops, but that's merely from the lack of whollaping grapefruit in the mix. Definitely an IPA worth checking out, I hope to see more of this available locally sometime soon.
06-05-2012 01:35:06 | More by IronDjinn
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4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a plastic cup requisitioned from the Old Faithful Lodge cafeteria.
So, sue me - That's the best I can do given I'm not about to buy a pint glass at the souvenir store.
Pours dark amber and clear. The taste and mouth feel are smooth and not at all overpowering. Mild hops and citric flavor make this a very drinkable beer.
Update: On my return home I poured another into a pint glass.
Better than before with abundant head after aggressive pour.
I am very pleased that I picked up an eight pack in Missoula to bring home. I will very much enjoy each one.
Update a year later: Just as good as I remembered. I highly recommend this beer from the Big Sky Country.
09-01-2010 11:44:46 | More by NWer
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky light beige head, which maintains stellar retention, eventually leaving some thick Swiss cheese lace around the glass. One attractive beer, this one. It smells of citrus and pine hops, with a milder biscuit/toffee malt underneath. The taste is lightly toasted bready malt, very tame citrus and pine hops, and a soft, sweet alcohol edge. The carbonation is on the sedate side, the body medium weight, smooth, with a smidge of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt not quite matched by the herbal, leafy hops.
A decent IPA, kind of a blend of West Coast and English styles, much like many of the Canadian IPAs out there. The hops are definitely restrained, if not neutered outright.
09-11-2010 05:56:20 | More by biboergosum
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured from the 16oz can into a Stella stem glass. Body is a deep golden color, topped by a fluffy, off-white head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, grapefruity hops, and a touch of astringency.
Palate is rich, sweet biscuit malt up front that is quickly met with a good dose of hops that are heavy on the grapefruit. A touch of pine and mild fruit from the malt come through on the swallow. A nice, lingering bitterness hangs around on the finish, but is not overwhelming.
The body is right where it should be for an IPA, full but not thick, lively but not bubbly. An enjoyable brew, and a treat to have in a tall can. Hell, I smuggled some in to a soccer game the other day, so the packaging has served me well. Hopefully this will get distribution in Oregon soon.
10-08-2009 05:48:35 | More by ElGordo
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
16oz can, purchased and consumed within yellowstone
appearance: lively copper body, healthy white foam
smell: dry malt, bitter hop resin, a bit spicy
taste: fairly malt forward - rustic and grainy, the present hops provide a fairly bitter turn without a significant amount of citrus flavor, a bit spicy, toasted grain
mouthfeel: sharp bitterness, light carbonation
overall: pretty good, but the other 2 kettlehouse beers i consumed were better
07-11-2011 17:26:17 | More by dirtylou
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Many thanks to woodychandler for his spoiling me with different beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is the same, lots of hops, a considerable bitterness, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.
03-12-2011 15:19:57 | More by tone77
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
My first Montana beer, and from a can no less. Poured with vigor to produce a 3 finger light tan foamy head. Body is a rich shade of ancient amber. Leaves nice lacing. Nose is nicely hoppy but also sweet with hints of vanilla and ripe citrus. Enters the mouth and quickly lets you know that it is drinkable and refreshing. Has a soft up front hop character that is quickly balanced by a rich but dry malt presence. Super easy on the buds with hints of sweetness laced between lightly bitter bites. Mouthfeel holds some upfront malt sweetness and ends with a bitter feel that stays on the tongue. A solid beer I would buy more of if it were locally available.
12-28-2007 18:02:05 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
16oz can from the On-Deck basement cooler. Originally purchased at the Bozeman Community Coop... don't remember the price, but I know it was pricey. Shared with a work buddy while listening to Sasha's Fundacion mix. Mine shared out of a Delirium tulip.
Big chunky head atop a hop hazed amber brew (maybe a little dark for an IPA)... lacing lasts forever.
Smell is big malts and bigger pine and grapefruit hops... fantastic.. mmmm! Reminds me of a DIPA w/o the caramel malts.
Taste is much more restrained, but still big in every way... oily hops... chewy toasted bread malts... nice bitter backbone... finishes with lip-smacking pine and citrus hops that linger forever. Medium body with good prickley carbonation. This beer is fantastic... I really wish I had a few more.
I've enjoyed dozens of these since last summer, and wish I had more. I will say it again, canned beer will revolutionize the industry... cans are cheaper than bottles... canning lines are a whole bunch cheaper than bottling lines... cans don't break, bottles shatter... bottled beer can get light damaged.. cans are impervious to light... cheers to cans; just make sure you drink it out of a glass. ;)
Edit: finishing this brew, I am realizing I only have 2 more cans in the basement.... I was planning on trading these away; but I may have to hang on to them until I can make it again to Big Sky country.
12-14-2007 11:11:14 | More by JohnGalt1
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
AROMA: Medium citrusy hop nose, Cascade or one of the other "C"s; a touch of grassiness; a hint of toasty, biscuity malt, estery, more subdued than the typical AIPA, but inviting nonetheless.
APPEARANCE: Big rocky head (I could not pour all of the 16 ounce can into an Imperial pint glass at once, had to wait for it to settle a bit to pour the rest of it), nice lace as the head started to fall, even toward the end of the pint it maintained a solid 1/4 inch of creamy head. Brilliantly clear, deep copper colour.
FLAVOUR: Aroma may have been somewhat subdued, but not the flavour. High hop bitterness, medium hop flavour, solid malt backbone, some toasted malt notes, a touch of malt sweetness remains in the finish along with all those hops.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, very slight alcohol warmth,
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Very enjoyably drinkable with an assertive flavour. I got this as part of a "sampler" box from a friend who had been out west (thanks, Ted!), and would have loved to have a couple more of these. Excellent choice!
04-20-2009 02:59:54 | More by nghab
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Gotta love the craft brew from my home state in a can. Why oh why can't more good breweries can their beer?
A boisterous pour into my pint glass yields a huge, creamy, long lasting head that leaves a lot of lacing. Clear, rich amber in color... this is a good looking beer!
Spruce needles on the nose... the hops used are very aromatic in the evergreen and bitter citrus departments. I'm also noting some caramel malt that somehow doesn't get drowned out, especially as it warms.
Surprisingly, less hops in the flavour. Notice I spelled "flavor" the British way. That's because this tastes more like what I think of as a British IPA. The hops are certainly there, but a big caramel malt backbone balances out the hops nicely. In fact, the hop flavors are less on the fruity side and more provide bitter, lemon rind citrus at the end of the gulp.
Nice creamy mouthfeel, plenty of body from the ample malts, finishes slick and bitter. Well balanced and expertly crafted. If it weren't for the limited distribution and high cost of this beer, it would have a higher drinkability score from me, but those two factors pull it down. Try this if you can find it!
01-19-2009 05:05:48 | More by josiahschlender
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three finger off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Citrus hops with some apricot and a sweet malty background.
Taste: More mild than the smell. Some citrus peel hops along with a strong bready malt backbone. The finish is bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I would have liked a stronger flavor. The hop profile is good, but this just isn't an amazing beer.
11-10-2011 00:45:00 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +9.6%
This is a good IPA. It is fairly malty so the hops don't stand out as much as they may in other IPAs. Not a terribly complex IPA but a nice beer. If you are looking for an IPA to take to the river or golf course (i.e. in a can) this is your best option--currently your only option. I think it is a lot better on draft at the source. This is my favorite Kettlehouse beer.
11-05-2011 01:21:40 | More by 18alpha
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Well, I thought I have seen it all, an IPA in a can. But this stuff is good. I could drink a ton of these and not look like an idiot dragging out a garbage bag full of bottles. A win win. Incidently the Cold Smoke also by Kettlehouse is near legendary status in this state. I travelled 180 miles to find Cold Smoke, but the only thing they had was Double Haul. Well, I could travel 180 miles for this also. All in all a great AIPA.
ABV = 6.5
03-05-2009 01:55:32 | More by TheBishop
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
16 oz can into a tulip glass. Best by Jan 27, 2010.
Pours a burnt orange color with medium off-white head. Not much life in the head.
Smell is caramel malt and sugar. Light citrus aroma, but this component is severely subdued. Hop-head or not, this is under-hopped for style.
Taste is mirrors the smell. Quite sugary with toasted malt and light citrus. Seemed very under-hopped initially, but pine and bitterness pick up through the last 8 oz.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, but could really use more carbonation.
This beer should appeal to those who like their IPA a little more malty and subtle (not a WC IPA). Still, I think it's too sweet. Not as good as I remember it from my Missoula days, but credit to Kettlehouse for offering a pretty solid IPA in a can.
01-15-2010 04:08:24 | More by GeezLynn
Double Haul IPA from Kettle House Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.