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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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BA SCORE
80
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

jenray, May 03, 2013
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with different shades at various points of light. Small light crimson head holds long retention as a topper. No lace.

Nice nose of citrus, floral notes, toffee, biscuit, grapefruit, orange, lime, some fussel alcohol aromas, and hints of peach, and apricot.

Quite a nice beer, this is the new hopped version and it shows. Good balance of caramel, toffee, biscuit malts and grapefruity, stone fruit, floral earthy hops. Lots going on. Nice bitterness on the finish with snappy carbonation and a brisk acidity.

Rich creamy mouthfeel in the mid palate that turns more rounded on the finish. Very nice.

mcallister, May 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

vermilcj, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Brew33, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

zonker17, May 19, 2013
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

sholland119, Sep 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Lukass, Apr 14, 2013
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...

Ryan011235, Sep 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

buzzy, Mar 10, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pithy grapefruit with some earthiness and a really big malt bill come through on the nose. The flavor starts pretty sweet with caramel malts, then fleshy orange skin, white grapefruit, and the beer stays sweet all the way through...
Where's the bitterness?
As this warms it reminds me of grapefruit with sugar sprinkled across the top.

After having the Pale ale earlier that had no hop flavor and all bitterness, this is the complete opposite-- it's all flavor and no bitterness. The flavor is decent, but not really blowing me away.

This one is undercarbed and has a slight syrupy vibe to it.

There was little head on this one, no lace, and very poor retention.

Overall, this is a slightly subpar DIPA-- it isn't offensive, and if I were offered one I could drink it without having to feel like "I'm choking it down." I'd take this over lots of beers, but with DIPA being one of my favorite styles, I just cannot see this as anywhere above average.

AleWatcher, Aug 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

nlmartin, Oct 07, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

daliandragon, Apr 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has quite a bit of caramel and a decent amount of grapefruit and pineapple from the hops. Not much else but it is decent.

The flavor is where everything goes wrong. First of all there is way too much carbonation for a IIPA. This thing is carbonated like a hefe. Also all the flavors are extremely muddled. There is a lot of caramel and an unpleasant butterscotch/bourbon flavor. Tons of bitterness but very little in the way of hop flavor.

Overall, I really can't recommend this beer. Some bad off flavors and a severe lack of hop flavor for a IIPA. Another fairly bad brew from Rivertown.

rangerred, Jun 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

captainbearcat, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Jamison85, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

Beejay, Aug 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

jkball01, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of PDXHops
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. The dull amber body goes well beyond hazy into murky territory. A finger's worth of head disappears quite quickly, leaving a bubbly island and a thin collar of foam behind. A few specks of lacing.

Fighting thru the plentiful aromas of brown sugar and caramel (uh oh) is a lemony pine combo that's more reminiscent of a household cleaning product that actual lemon and pine.

On the positive side, there's a fairly potent undercurrent of bitterness and the plentiful overripe orange taste natural enough that I no longer want to scrub my floors. This stuff is tooth achingly sweet, though. I'd swear there was a spoonful of straight brown sugar dissolved in the bottle. I don't know what you paid for this bottle, Ryan, but you paid too much.

PDXHops, Jan 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Nolen12, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, honey amber with a smallish, creamy tan head. Caramel malt and orange with a touch of pine in the nose. A good tasting beer with plenty of balance between citrusy hops and carmel. Candied orange peel and toffee some to mind. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy in the finish. A fine beer but not really what I expected witha name like "Hop Baron", a maltier than most take on the style.

biggred1, Aug 25, 2011
Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.