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Blue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPA - Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPABlue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPA

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BA SCORE
80
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Flounder57 on 04-10-2013)
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Photo of agilejelly
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

"Wow." The word that came to mind when I took my first sip. IPA seekers looking for the ultra hoppy experience most double IPAs deliver like me will have a similar reaction.

Not too bitter, though, but smooth. Sipping down a full 22oz Imperial at 8% you think would be overwhelming without a salty steak, but this Double I was able to enjoy standing on its own, probably a consequence of its unfiltered nature. Deep orange hue and citric notes.

I've gone out of my way to taste the many locally brewed double IPAs Boston offers, and this one fits into my top 5. If you're looking for super fresh beer, strong, hoppy, and drinkable, the Blue Hills Double IPA remains highly recommended. A standalone Double.

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 11, 2014.

Medium amber pour with decent off-white head and a slight fogginess to it all.

Hops are what my nose picks up first along with an undercurrent of toasted malts, slight fruitiness, and sweetness. But nothing jumps out as dominating.

The body is medium to heavy.

This is meant to be a Double IPA so I expected bitter, pungent hops but I did not get that. Oh yes there are hops in the taste but I think their regular IPA has more hop bitterness than this one does. At least the 8% ABV is muted.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is murky amber orange in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that hardly down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass
S: The nose has flavors of biscuity and toffee malts along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: Initial flavors of biscuity malts are present in the nose, with hints of toffee and citrusy hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not appeal all hopheads, but it has a great balance between the malts and hops. It also hides its alcohol very well.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of illpass78
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a glowing orange-amber with a big white head. Fair amount of lacing, and pretty good carbonation.

Aroma: This beer has an earthy, hoppy, grapefruity aroma that is buoyed by some nice biscuit malt. There's also some buttered toast, lots of floral aroma, and herbaceous quality. Lots of grass and pine, too.

Taste: That grapefruit note is up front, as is pine and citrus. Nice malt balance, too.

Mouthfeel: Good balance. Dangerously drinkable for a somewhat high ABV beer.

Overall: Very solid 2XIPA. Love that it's presented in cans, too. Good stuff - nice flavors, good booze burn, easy on the palate for an 80 ABV beer. Find it, drink it.

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this bottle into a pint glass. Served cool.

This beer looks ruddy for a body almost rust colored and cloudy. The head is off-white.

The beer smells first like grass then tropical fruit some citrus and some pine. There's a faint grain smell as well.

There is a very nice complex back-and-forth action between sweet grain flavor and Fruit. The beer finishes with a very nice pine alcohol and fruit stone burn.

Medium to low carbonation

Overall this is a very nice double IPAA certainly something that is different from what is already out there on the market certainly worth a try and actually very drinkable

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit weak for the style but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer overall but the lack of hops makes it just mediocre for a 2IPA.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium copper in color with some light orange + golden yellow highlights and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized medium thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malts with toffee sweetness and some moderate citrus/lemon/tangerine and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit malts that impart a light amount of sweetness to the beer. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon/tangerine and floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy upfront with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall the alcohol in this beer is very well hidden and it is easy to drink because there is a really nice balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. Enjoyable and definitely one worth having again.

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I keep buying their beers hoping they will get better, now in a can, at least that's cool, no date, but picked up a week ago.

Pours a smaller fizzy head that flashes over quickly but leaves some lacing, hazy dark orange slight chestnut brown color.

Nose isn't too bad, some hops bringing a little earth and pine, mild candied orange peel citrus, a bit of a mossy forest floor earth, a big sweet malty base with little caramel and toasy reddish malts, little candy like too, and hints of booze waft out.

Taste starts with the sweet malt kick, candy like sweet malts, toasty reddish malts, little caramel almost syrup, and some mild warming tingly booze with that. Then hops, again that earthy hop character at first, mossy forest floor but not a ton of that or pine, a mild candied orange peel again, and citrus zest. The hops turn a bit spicy and chewy as it goes, towards the finish the hops turn a little bit of a stale oil character, but mostly bitter spicy chewy hops, as the finish dries it gets quite spicy and chewy and almost astringent bitter, and a bit of a sticky feel lingering.

Mouth is med to a big bigger bod, mild warming tingly booze, decent carb a little on the lighter side though.

Overall not bad, pretty average when it comes to a DIPA as far as hops and malts go, but a decent balance and nice characters, hops are def not my fav, but this beer isn't too bad. Maybe the problem with the beers I've been having is freshness instead of quality, but maybe not. Maybe they turned a new leaf and trying to improve, not quite sure, but I'll try another one next time I'm in the area and see what I think then.

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3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Good lasting head. Starts with a blanket of lace and ends with spotty lace. The color is amber and clear.

More malty than almost every IPA/DIPA offering I've had. Lots of caramel to the nose. Oddly, I smell milk (lactose?). Blindfolded I think I'd guess a British Mild.

Creamy texture with the aforementioned milky aspect to the taste. I'm not sure where the hop is. It shows up, but only for balance. Lots of caramel with a touch of sweet syrup and earth. Full bodied and lowly carbonated.

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Blue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPA from Blue Hills Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.