Hop Baron Double Down IPA - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.05/5 rDev -12.6%
No bottle date, poured this into a snifter.
Pours a nice opper color with a creamy, white, one finger head. Head settles out very quickly. The beer is clear with little carbonation.
Picking up some grainy cereal type aromas along with a little bit of citrusy hops and alcohol.
For a DIPA it certainly doesn't smack me in the mouth with hop bitterness or flavor. I'm mostly getting som bready notes and a little sweetness with a small touch of hops.
At 8.5% I was expecting it to be a little heavier, it's not though. There's little carbonation and it leaves a grainy aftertaste. For a DIPA I am feeling a little unfullfilled.
I was hoping for more. It has a great color but that's about where the praise ends. After that it's pretty average. Unfortunate as this is a local brewery that I would like to support more.
12-17-2011 03:01:24 | More by JCaweinstein
3.08/5 rDev -11.7%
12oz bottle, secret santa
appearance: served in a tyranena nonic, cloudy orange body, light beige froth with minimal retention
smell: doughy malts, caramel, touch of pine
taste: a doughy caramel body, some light pine, citrus rind, peppery, moderate boozyness, somewhat herbal. A bit unrefined with a subdued hop profile.
mouthfeel: medium-full body, light bitterness
overall: probably a pass on this one
02-19-2012 22:40:13 | More by dirtylou
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
Picked up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton when swinging through there a few days back. The label drew me in to this one; sweet biplane battle artwork is a winner every time. I do find it interesting that this particular brewery produces this DIPA but does not brew an actual American IPA. Curious.
Color is a mellow golden. Head dies extremely quickly despite copious visible carbonation. Nose is heavy on the herbal and citrus notes with some pine resin and needles there for appearances.
Strange. The hops are there but they seem to take a few lapses. Earthy, metallic malts spend a surprising amount of time in the spotlight. The body could be stiffer, though its not for a lack of bubbles. The whole project needs adjusting and tightening. I'm not even sure I'd recognize this as an IPA, let alone a DIPA. Keep the label, but fix the beer.
04-24-2011 03:02:03 | More by daliandragon
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.
Appearance: The body of the beer is clear orange with a quick to resolve white head.
Smell: Biscuit caramel malt support a bit of citrus and pine hops. Smells alright but not a hop bomb by any stretch.
Taste: The flavors of the beer are sweet biscuits smeared with caramel. This supports a thin pine hop. I would like a bit less malt and a hell of a lot more hops. This is more of a hop tinged malty beverage.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation is on the low side but not really problematic. The beer drinks well enough. I think this is a very good stab at a DIPA. I think this beer needs another reworking.
10-07-2010 13:22:51 | More by nlmartin
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-08-2011 04:03:51 | More by DavoleBomb
Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.