Hop Baron Double Down IPA - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ltjska04 on 08-06-2010)
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Photo of phiberoptik
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to put it out there... why is this a screw cap?! Not only is it the bottle type of horrible macro breweries but I also cannot reuse it for my home brews!

Hop Baron pours a clear copper with a small white head into a standard pint glass. I was surprised to read people saying their was cloudy... I can see right through this.

I get caramel malts up front, sweet fruits, yeast, and a bit of sour cherry. I expected more citrus or pine in the nose from the hops but it smells like the hops came in early and not dry hopped.

Bitter up front. I am guessing the majority of the 120 minute boil included hops. I still dont get a lot of flavor from them. I get caramel malts and a bit boozy (in a good way). The more it warms up the more I get a faint hint of some piney resin. This is flavorful but I expected more hops.

Medium bodied, nice mouth coating, and good carbonation.

Overall this is one of the better brews I have had from our hometown Rivertown guys. It was a single so I dont have another right now to compare it to but I like their attempt at a big beer.

Photo of bleedblue9150
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/27/10

Burnt amber in color with golden edged highlights. At first I didn't think much head would manifest, though over one finger rose toward the end of the pour. Very bubbly retention holds. Decent lace at the onset, though it gets spotty.

Seemingly undergoing a transformation, the aroma initially struck me as floral, herbal & solvent-like. Additional considerations find suggestions of citrus hops (lemon & grapefruit). The solvency remains, albeit to a lesser degree. A touch of pine. Malts are maybe a bit too prominent with notes of bread, caramel & a hint of sugar cookie. Kind of an all-around weird aroma.

A multi-faceted wave of hops strikes the tongue up front. Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hints & herbal wisps, all with a solvent twinge. I find the taste much more impressive than the aroma, especially in the hops category. There's a good amount of bitterness to offset the malts which, though quite apparent, aren't really out of place for the style. There's some of the aforementioned sugar cookie sweetness that tugs at the bitterness.

Medium, maybe full bodied; somewhere in that spectrum. Carbonation is average for the style & seems appropriate for this beer. The solvency fades some as the beer warms. Though it isn't hot, there is some inherit warming. The finish is kind of odd; bitterness quickly concedes to the sweetness, which lingers.

I'll admit to being skeptical based on the nose. Regardless, I've found Hop Baron to be enjoyable; I'm glad I picked up a bottle (maybe two would have been better?). Cheers to Rivertown for some reasonably solid work on this one.

My cause for concern - this was $2.99 for a 12oz. bottle (I only saw them sold as singles). That price point pits the Baron against some heavy hitters...

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Jamison85
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jkball01
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Clear dark amber, thick head

SMELL: Fresh grapefruit, citrus pulp, spearmint, dragon fruit, Asian pear, white tea, peppery alcohol

TASTE: Intense bitterness, orange rind, minty, melon rind, very herbal, staunch hop bitterness, pineapple, fresh hay, vaguely spicy, very warming, semi-pungent resin, hint of tobacco, long hoppy finish

103 IBUs … yeah, our palates can take it. Somewhat of a palate destroyer, though it does have some high alcohol and strong malt character to show that this is not just a one-note brew. It is not just the bitterness that blankets our palates, more of a thick hop flavor that does not want to stop.

Photo of shanblur
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date on bottle. Apparently they only use it on the case packaging. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - The lightest of orange in hue, with a moderately large white head which fades to some light lacing.

S - A good combination of citrus and piney hops but not much else.

T - Hops show through with both citrus and piney hops flavors present. Well integrated and not too overpowering.

M - Medium body with little carbonation.

This is my first from this brewery. It was a good example of an imperial IPA, though I have had better. I am glad I was able to try it and would be happy to sample others from this brewery.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No indication of date.

A - a very pretty deep copper body with a nice white head atop and good bubbles coming up. Well done, on this part.

S - Pungent, skunkish bitterness, some vanilla, lemon, and sweet, earthy something or other...weird nose.

T - Sweet grapefruit kinda thing goin on here.. Bitter for sure on the finish, but up fron theres an odd sweetness to it. Not quite a typical DIPA, but it's not too bad.

M - thick and a bit drying. Pretty smooth.

O - not a bad beer. Some nice things to it, and it seems pretty unique. Rivertown's labels have also gotten significantly cooler. Probably won't have this again, but it's certainly one of the better Rivertown offerings.

Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice extra in the Blind Beers BIF, version2.

A-Clear golden with hints of peach with some frothy white head. No real lacing.

S-Biscuity malt, some citrus hops buried beneath what smells like a grainy rye twang. Not a hop bomb by the smell of it but nice complexity.

T-A bit sweet in the front, maybe overly so, with the hops arriving rather light and rather late. Some citrus notes in the finish. Solid but unspectacular. To be honest, I'd wonder about freshness based on the taste but the earliest review is a month ago so I think this is how the brewer intended it.

M-Medium bodied, crisp, a bit sweet.

D-Tasty, a bit high on the ABV to flavor ratio to seek it out.

HV

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear gold with nice sticky lacing.
Smells of mild spice, wheat, mild vegetal grains, sweet malt backbone.
Taste is very much like the smell but a bit amped up. It has a nice spicy finish that would let it pair well with some strong foods. The lingering finish is nicely bitter with a creamy and mildly carbonated mouthfeel.
This would be a nice summer beer after mowing the lawn.

Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Tifore, poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber with a very small beige head that recedes immediately to a small collar leaving no lacing.

Aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel malts and hints of juicy citrus. The malts take on a slightly toasted character in the nose. The oranges and pineapple come out a bit more as it warms.

The taste is more of the same with oranges and tons of sugary caramel malts. The bitterness is more pronounced in the finish, with some pine resin mixed in with the citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and slick and sticky on the palate.

Not the most impressive of DIPAs as the hops are pretty subdued given the purported hop profile. Lots of sugary sweetness in this one.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark-orange color with a finger of off-white head. The head fades down leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma has a nice balance of piney and citrus hop aromas. They just do not seem strong enough for a DIPA. There is just a hint of sweet malts in the background.

T - Starts off again with a nice balance of citrus and pine hops, but they are a bit too subdued. Through the middle, some bitterness comes through alongside a bit of sweet malts. The beer at least finishes strong with a nice punch of hops and bitterness and a bit of booze that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slick, however, a bit too watery overall.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop balance, it just needed a bit more flavor overall. The finish was a nice surprise at least.

Photo of bevenson
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on bottle. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Orange and clear with a bright, dense white head. Looks just like I'd expect a DIPA to look.

S - Hops are definitely present in the nose. Pine, citrus, and a little pineapple. However, the hops aroma is a little subdued from what I expect in a DIPA. No malt in nose, which would be nice to have.

T - Taste follows aroma. Hops are up front in flavor with a firm, lasting bitterness. Bitterness is a little rough, but not out of line for a DIPA. Light, toasty malt flavor. There's a sweetness present, but from the warming sensation I think the sweet flavor is from the alcohol. Clean yeast character.

M - Warming with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation and very smooth drinking.

D - A very quaffable DIPA. If you took New Glarus' Moon Man and amped it up, you'd have this beer. A beer that would go very well with a strong cheese. The malt isn't too sweet, which is something that I think gets screwed up in a lot of DIPAs. I'd like a stronger hop aroma and flavor in this beer, though.

Photo of Juror
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zimm421
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KnightRider
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Buckeye_Bill
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Interesting. There's nearly no malt presence at all in this (there is a touch of caramel). It's sort of a feat given the moderately high ABV. It's also not a case of the hop aroma masking the malt since the hop aroma isn't all that powerful. Anyway, the hops are flowery, citrusy, and herbal in that order. There's also a dank, resiny quality to them. Specific flavors are orange and grapefruit. Still, this smells good either way.

3.5 T: Like the nose suggests, this is all hops and no malts aside from a minor neutral maltiness. Dank citrus and herb from the hops. Mild grapefruit and a hint of orange. The main flavor can only be described as "generic hops" - a little earthy, a little herbal, a little citrusy. Super clean. No complexity, but still tasty.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy given the body and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a generic, well crafted DIPA. No dominant flavors, very little in terms of maltiness, but still a pleasure to drink. That's about all I can say.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.