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Hop Baron Double Down IPA - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Hop Baron Double Down IPAHop Baron Double Down IPA

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33 Reviews

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: ltjska04 on 08-06-2010

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 95
Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

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Photo of bevenson
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.


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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a text book- amber golden with a solid topping of beige/tan head.
Smell is cirtusy with some nice crisp hoppy notes.
Taste is quick with its flowery/citrus flavor- but it checks out quickly- a little malt on a back end.
Finish is a quick jab of hops with some citrus and malt left on the back of my palate.
Drinks great- very crisp and refreshing- completely hides a 8.5 punch.

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Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale to medium amber, white head, but it doesn't stick around for too long.

S: Hops up front. Grassy with citrus, especially grapefruit. Slightly piney. Smells nice.

T: Hops are right up front. Piney and oily, nice flavor. There is a nice sweetness in the finish, perhaps from the malt. There is a little bit of caramel in there.

M: Medium in body, but the heavy side of medium. Carbonation works for the style.

D: Pretty good, though not my favorite of the style. Still, glad to see a local pushing the boundaries and trying new styles. Good, but not amazing.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I came across this beer at the Party Source this week and it caught me totally off guard. I can't find any mention of it anywhere, but alas, here it is in my Perfect Pint glass. I'm not sure what the availability is going to be, but I'm happy to finally see a Cincinnati brewery take on a bigger style like this.

This beer is an extremely clear golden orange and pours with a half-finger of head that quickly falls into a ring around the glass. Carbonation bubbles float lazily from the bottom. The smell on this is very nice; grapefruit and citrus up front and more sweet malt as it breathes a bit.

As I took my first sip I was ready for a bitter smack across the face and all I got was a little tap. Where did all the hops from the smell go? There's a bit of hop flavor at first but further sips find the hops getting covered up by sweet maltiness. Damn, I was really hoping for big hop flavor here. There's a little lingering bitterness in the finish but the hops are pretty weak in the taste for an IIPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. Carbonation is just right and the beer feels smooth going down. Drinkability is pretty good; you don't taste the 8.5% but can start to feel it halfway through. At $3 a bottle this isn't a bad value but I had high hopes for this that it didn't quite reach. I'm still looking for that killer Cincy beer.

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Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.