Double Haul IPA - Kettle House Brewing Co.
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1.6/5 rDev -56.2%
Reviewed from notes on 07/14/10
Poured from can to pint glass.
A: Deep amber color, good amount bubbles rise to surface a thin, light tan head. Dull clarity.
S: Bready, small amount spice, but also a plastic scent to the beer. Not very typical of IPA's. Not very good.
T: Not impressed here either. No florals, fruitiness. Just bitter amber ale is what this reminds me of. Slight nutty tone.
M: Low carb, the beer finishes dry, but is cut a bit by the malt profile to allow a touch more salivation in mid palate.
D: I can't jump on board with this IPA. Not very good.
12-23-2010 07:13:09 | More by harrymel
2.45/5 rDev -32.9%
Acquired from a grocer in proximity to the brewpub. A family member got me a growler fill and sent me some fresh cans to supplement.
Dated 8/2x/11 (bit of smear on the bottom labeling).
A: Light orange brown body character with some soft filmy head. Not much in terms of head retention or lacing, I thought that maybe it was a bit cold, but even a semi-violent pour yielded nothing. The core of the body looks very much like a diluted homemade jam, with a lot of dark iced tea qualities. Definitely missing the head on this thing.
S: Light hard toffee candy with some dusty malt sweetness. The malt nose comes through too gently, and is really missing any aromatic hop quality. Semi-oily plant smells that is suggestive of a mild plant seed note. A little bit of hot dried caramel on kettlecorn.
T: A very tame malt sweetness that immediately made me think "irish red". This is very mild in flavor. Rustic breads seem to define the flavor profile due to an absence of bolder flavors I associate with the style. Thin cracker breads add to the civil war hard tack flavor. Quite underwhelmed here.
M: Lighter body than I'd expect in style, and it features that sort of day old open soda pop carbonation feel. Some spaced out weak carbonation causes the bubbles to rapidly leave like heat out of an open oven. This is very mediocre in the mouth, aspirin dryness in the finish.
O: This was just confusing to drink. I couldn't even really get a feel for the style of this beer, the only thing that told me this was an IPA was the can. There was no clear hop note in the aroma, nor was there a dominant malt presence in the flavor. Way too much of a medicinal flavor and mouth feel. As I had it in this can, I wouldn't even find a reason to finish a taster.
09-18-2011 03:46:07 | More by Cavery
2.71/5 rDev -25.8%
Canned 5/29/13 - poured into glass.
Head rises slowly into tan foam, brew sits deep, clear, ruby red.
Mild, dry, airy, earthy, grassy aroma. Not a stand out IPA aroma...
Very light in flavor, but holds a heavy burn. Not very complex or smooth, kinda harsh with dry pine flavor. Thin, watery, not impressive. Nicely smooth and complementing carbonation, distracting dry burn in the back of my throat. Pinesol and Mr. Clean come to mind.
I imagine Kettle House can do better, providing more vivid flavors and deeper complexity. Can't quite recommend, but drinks (kinda) easy for a hot day.
07-15-2013 01:39:51 | More by chugalug06
3/5 rDev -17.8%
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured the typical light golden amber of the style. Just a trace of slightly off-white head that had no retention or lacing.
Everything else about this beer is an average IPA. The aroma, taste, body and drinkability are what is expected from this type of beer. Try it if you see it, but if you have other favorites, go with them.
09-18-2009 09:48:40 | More by beertunes
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured into a snifter on 6/10/10
Best by Aug 23rd, 2010
Double Haul is an even-hued amber color. Nice clarity. Half of the two finger head remains after a brief spell. A thin layer is kept alive by the occasional swirl. Sporadic blobs of lacing.
Piney hop aromas are immediately apparent. Floral notes around the edges. Muddled citrus hints of orange & lemon zest are seated further back & cause for a slightly solvent-like twinge. Toasted caramel & faint doughy yeast provide a foundation. Kind of musty, overall. Could be better.
The taste is a step in the right direction, though it still seems lacking to me. A decent amount of dry, bitter pine is at the fore; it's sharp but not overly so. Citrus seems less assertive in than in the nose; I can tell it's there as a second-tier component (maybe a good thing since the citric aroma was muddled). Toasted bread notes & caramel account for the malt backdrop. If nothing else, it's well-balanced & integrated as far as taste goes.
Medium bodied with a little resin & grittiness - not bad. Carbonation is fairly low, too - also not bad. Some sharp, dry bitterness lingers (I found the bitterness to build on itself over time).
While I could go for a few changes (cleaned up aroma & a bolder hop presence), I've grown fond of Double Haul - much more so after the first several sips. It's alright, but by no means a standout IPA. I get the impression it's marketed in part as an alternative brew for fishing-folk (fisherman casting a line on the can & a reference in the text). On that level I can see how it works.
06-25-2010 17:39:37 | More by Ryan011235
3.14/5 rDev -14%
Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.
A- Finger and a half fluffy off-white head with long retention. Amber colored IPA with very high clarity. Looks alright.
S- Maltier than I had expected. Candi sugars? Another surprise. Aroma is less like an IPA and more like a Belgian strong ale in my opinion. Not bad, but unexpected.
T- Tastes alcoholic and with caramel malts it seems like... not an IPA. Marshmallow, butter, caramel and some earthy north west hops. Odd balance of flavors.
M- Watery, very watery.
O- Relatively disappointing beer. Not what I expected.
10-02-2013 02:39:15 | More by Murrhey
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
Appearance: Double Haul pours a brilliant, clear, vibrant copper color with a couple fingers of white head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is decent.
Smell: Very malty. A lot of caramel malts form the base of this beer, and some citrus and lesser piney hops come out as well. Seems to lean way too much toward the malty side.
Taste: Starts out very malty, with a good deal of caramel. Some pretty decent hops do kick in on the latter half. Probably a bit hoppier than the smell indicates, but not enough to bump it up an extra half point for taste.
Mouthfeel/Overall: The feel is very nice. It comes close to medium bodied with some good, fine carbonation. Very pleasant on the palate. Overall I'd call it pretty common and not too impressive. It's way too malty for an IPA in my opinion, but still probably a touch above average overall due to other factors.
04-17-2011 04:01:25 | More by zhanson88
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured from a 16 oz. can on 12/27/09.
A - pours a clear copper color with a soapy foam that quickly disappeared and left some good lacing
S - slightly citrus hop aroma and some light malts
T - citrus and earthy hops dominate with a malty backbone with a slightly bitter finish
M - clean and crisp, good carbonation, slightly bitter finish
D - good flavor, nice and hoppy ipa from a can
07-07-2010 16:36:05 | More by mikereaser
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured into a sniffer, thanks to whoever brought this one to share a the tasting.
Appearance: Pours a clear light orange with a fluffy white head that clings to the side of the glass, not the best head retention though.
Aroma: It comes off as slightly musty, could have to do with the age since I don't know what it is, there is also a subtle spicy and earthy hop aroma.
Taste: Very clean with a malty flavor of toffee and caramel, not much hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Not that impressive, I probably wouldn't buy another one.
10-12-2011 16:58:37 | More by jamescain
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
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
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
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Thanks to a family member for bringing this home and to my brother for sending this along to me. Poured into a surly nonic.
This has a generically 'nice' and dark IPA look to it. Looks dark and thick for a single. A nice frothy head that leaves splashes of lacing. The smell is underwhelming, very laggerish with a hint of extra hops. Taste comes through with a laggerish start but ends up in a surprisingly well developed bitterness that never quite gets offensive and stays at a good hop-balanced level. It's thoroughly decent, with some questionable aspects and some hard-to-capture good ones.
10-07-2011 02:55:32 | More by Klym
Double Haul IPA from Kettle House Brewing Co.
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