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Double Haul IPA - Kettle House Brewing Co.

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Double Haul IPADouble Haul IPA

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kettle House Brewing Co. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

Double Haul IPA scores big with our hop-headed friends. Of course, the folks at NABA agreed, awarding it a gold medal at the 2008 brewfest. Brewed with lots of hops and a solid body, Double Haul IPA is a beer lover’s dream. After a couple of Double Haul®s you’ll feel like you’re out with your buddies and it’s FISH ON! for both of you. Cascade hops for flavoring and finish provide a mouthy cascade of hoppiness! Brewed with love and packaged to go, so…”Take me with you”.

65 IBU
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Photo of harrymel
1.61/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Cavery
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of zhanson88
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of jamescain
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Klym
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is mainly a blend of a citrus grapefruit hop aroma and a bready and slightly doughy smell. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a tropical fruit natures as well as some nice pine hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong bitter grapefruit flavor mixed with a drier cracker like malt bill. As the taste advances the grapefruit remains relatively constant but is joined by other hop flavors of a more pine and earthy nature. The little bit of a fruit and caramel that are present upfront, quickly fade with the hops really taking command of the taste as the flavors move onto the end. All in all, due to the loss of the sweet and the increase in the hop, as well as the drier malt and a little bit of booziness that sneaks it way into the later portions of the taste, one is left with a dry and bitter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 6.5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body is actually quite appropriate for the very dry flavors of the brew adding a dimension of crispness to the overall feel.

Overall – A decent IPA overall that is a bit on the crisper side. While decent, it really is nothing all that out of the ordinary. One to give a go to, in order to see what you think. But for me, its just sorta standard.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - bright golden with some orange and reddish hues. Nice fluffy head atop this very nice looking brew. Plenty of lacing inside the glass and near perfect carbonation levels.

Aroma - plenty of green goodness from the cascade hops. Some dark sugar aromas as well as pineapple and lemons.

Taste - Citrus and pine meet with plenty of malty sweetness backing them up. Some grass and hay notes as well. Not an overly complex IPA, but then again many of them aren't. Plenty of hop flavor and very easy drinking. A solid IPA that is for sure.

Overall - a nicely put together West Coast style IPA. Its not over the top hoppy and is nicely balanced.

Would I buy more of it? - certainly. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out to give it a try and as with the others Kettlehouse cans, its some quality stuff.

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this can with us, my first Montana beer!

A - Pours deep amber orange with a dense one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, dulled citric fruit, and some light spice. This one may be a tiny bit old but it still has lots to offer.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of earthy hops, dulled citric fruits, and some pine resin. This one really is malt forward. Finish is a mix of bitterness and sweetness, clinging to the pallet.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Bitter-Sweet feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - Nothing mind blowing but still a solid IPA. Glad I got to try it, thanks again Deuane.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with a thick, creamy, white head. Grain and cereal aroma; bready. Taste follows the aroma with the addition of a mild hop bitterness; bread crust. Medium bodied; dry finish.

For a DIPA, the lack of a bold hop aroma is rather inexplicable. The hop bitterness doesn't really rise up to any great deal either. It's there, it's noticeable, but hardly "double" big. On the bright side, this is a very malty ale. The flavors favor warm baked bread and honey. An interesting beer, tasty overall, just not quite what one would expect for a DIPA.

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Photo of Sark
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- orange amber with thin lacing on the glass

Smell- mild light malt sweetness, some of the floral hop character comes to play as well but is on the lighter end

Taste- hop bitterness is on the lighter side and sweetness is a bit subtle without much assertion

Mouthfeel- light and easily drinkable

Overall- mild IPA, a very slightly upped grain and hop bill would distinct this beer a bit more. I've tasted this in a can and I remember it being more impressive.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the can (pint) into a pint glass. Canned on may 26th (3 months old).

A - Pours a perfectly clear copper with a hint of orange. Minimal carbonation runs to the dense, two-finger, tanish head. Head is a ring of bubbles about 3/4ths down the glass. Eaves behind a large wall of lacing.

S - Light floral hop notes on a bready malt background. Not especially potent.

T - Caramal malt upfront. The body of the beer strikes an excellent balance between the floral hops and caramel malt to create a nice sugar cane sensation. This sensation increases as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and then slowly fades into a slightly bitter cane-sugar finish.

M - Seems a tad flat. Could use a strong CO2 injection to make it peppier. Medium bodied and retains moderate chewyness.

From this beer, I learned that a Double Haul was - seems fitting given all the great rivers up in Montana. This beer certainly "hit the spot" for me (as the can claims) thanks to that elusive sugar-cane flavor that certain beers seem to have, but overall was meerly a better-than-average IPA. A more exciting mouthfeel would have put this beer in the next tier and lured me back for more.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Talisker
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to friend and BA'er gclarkage for the 16oz can of this one.

A very nicely malty IPA. Avoids the citrus bomb style of California. Still American, and still very much within the style, but has a breadiness I associate more with ambers than with IPAs.

Pours a medium deep orange brown. Short, dense head, lots of lacing. Nose is almost malt led, but has some hops - it's not just pine or hop edge. Taste is very well integrated - you're drinking the same beer you're smelling. Almost leads with that dry malt, then tricks you with heavy hops, especially as the bitterness hits at the end. Finish dies away nicely - dry and bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

Nice work here. Won't be everyone's cup of tea, but very interesting to see what can be done within this style - it's not just about juicy American hops. I would go for another of these, especially a fresh one on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Some pine, lemongrass, and citrus rind with an underlying aroma of toffee.

Taste: Toffee-tasting maltiness with a fair amount of sweetness. Reasonably fruity. Tastes of citrus, pine. Moderate bitterness. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid India Pale Ale and in a can, no less.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, thanks to smellysell.
Nice dark amber color, with a white head that sticks around for a little while
Aroma of piney hops and a tinge of sweet malts
Taste is a well balanced IPA between Hops and Malts, carmel notes seem to dominate.
Good mouthfeel on this one as it is very well carbonated, and a nice smooth texture.
I could see myself drinking a few of these, not quite sessionable at 6.5%, but a very well balanced IPA that may lean a little toward the malty side.
Another good canned brew.

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Photo of loren01
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Kettlehouse Brewing Co.
A: Poured orangish color, good white head, lots of lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of woody hops, slight citrusy. Hop used seems slightly different from the normal hugely citusy hop.
T: Malt up front with woody hoppiness in the aftertaste, again different from the norm. Slighly astringent.
M: Medium bodied, good carbonaton level
D: Good IPA, different from a typical IPA but pretty good.

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Double Haul IPA from Kettle House Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.