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Hop Baron Double Down IPA - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 90
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 rangerred
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
Photo of KnightRider
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

KnightRider, May 11, 2012
Photo of mondegreen
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Founders Tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge three finger white head. The head falls fast, leaving moderate lacing. Pretty standard.

Nose is subdued at best. Maybe a touch of sweet citrus, but I'm reaching to find anything at all.

Taste is very very bland. There just isn't much of anything here. Not bitter, not hoppy, just extremely bland. Almost like lemon-lime soda, but without as much flavor. Without a doubt the most boring DIPA I've ever had.

Mouth is spritzy. Very thin and over carbonated. As boring as the nose and taste are, the mouthfeel is the weakest part of this brew.

Picked this up without knowing anything about it at the recommendation of an employee at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Recommendations like this are why I typically don't ask for input from store employees. Avoid this beer.

mondegreen, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of ryancorn
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

ryancorn, Apr 07, 2012
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.

ColdPoncho, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

dirtylou, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of HopHeadInOhio
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

HopHeadInOhio, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -14.5%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of headyhopzhead
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

headyhopzhead, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +14%

rxthree, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of forummember
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

forummember, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Rhettroactive, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JCaweinstein
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JCaweinstein, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was down in Cincinnati this past weekend as my brother graduated college from University of Cincinnati. So Saturday afternoon after the graduation ceremony we headed over The Party Source right across the river in Kentucky. I purchased a 4 pack of this, among other things that I can't get here in Cleveland, and some beers I can't get in Ohio at all. Poured into my tulip glass, this beer pours a nice medium golden/amber color with a bit of an orange hue and lots of bubbles constantly streaming up from the bottom to the top of the glass. The nice foamy white head is about half an inch thick when poured and settles to a good 1/4 inch thick, eventually finally settling to a nice very thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Good retention. Pretty good lace started to form after taking a sip or two. Has a nice caramel malt and pine citrus hop aromas. Has a good fairly bitter citrus and piney hop flavor upfront that gives way to a nice bready, chewy caramel malt sweetness. The flavors do balance out a bit more as the beer warms up a bit, but the citrus and piney hops do tend to dominate, which is as it should be with a Double IPA! has a crisp, smooth, sort of oily medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth quite a bit! Easy to drink in the way good beer like this should be. A very good effort here!

Eric

neenerzig, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +14%

mcorwin, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +14%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of stabzmcgee
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bells two hearted glass. Thanks to gcurlow for both! Aroma is sweet and malty with a small hint of floral citrus hops. Taste is sweet malts and then followed by a hoppy bitterness. mouthful is resinous and sweet. Overall I this is another beer I would love to try on tap, with some pizza while wat king some ufc.

stabzmcgee, Nov 10, 2011
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rangel2
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew, whatsoever. Served into a Saison Dupont ~12 oz. glass. Amber in color, with a little less than a fingers head. Nice tight carbonation around ring of glass.

Aroma was of orange rind, pine, and somewhat raisin.

Taste is piney, more of the orange bitter, wet and oily, yet super drinkable.

As beer warms up, malt becomes more noticeable. The 103+ IBUs are up front, which slightly slope away, with oily citrus there in the middle, followed by a faint woody, bready malt presence, and satisfactory bitter finish.

Drank this one pretty damn fast. Bitter was never biting, and beer was rather enjoyable. Not sure when I'll pick this up again, because at 8.5% abv, I surely wouldn't session this one.

Not bad, though. Try it. It's a rather approachable DIPA I could see my less hop-inclined friends enjoying.

*I don't like to try and get into detail about the color of the beer or head because I am color blind (not fully, but to the point where I can't differentiate purple from blue and brown, red and green from one another). But, if I had a guess, this was a medium tan head, with the beer itself appearing a pretty clear amber.

rangel2, Oct 10, 2011
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
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a deep honey-gold with a finger of manila foam. Decent stick and fairly good resilience, holding at a thin but full cover.

Aroma - very light layer of caramel malt aroma, covered by piny zesty hops. The hoppiness backs off a bit on setup, showing more malt than I'd expect in DIPA.

Taste - good presence of sweet crackery malts. Big hops, grapefruit rind, light pine oils. The abv comes across a bit hot, downplaying the hops a bit. This is a well-balanced double IPA! Not over the top bitterness, I dig the balance. Ends with some decent drying bitterness and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - lightly smooth, not a big body for the style.

Drinkability - very tasty brew, though the hopheads might consider this a DIPA-light due its lack of tongue-scraping bitterness. I like it though.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
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
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.

ngeunit1, Aug 04, 2011
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.

shanblur, Jul 21, 2011
Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.