Double Rainbow - Cismontane Brewing Company

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beagle75 on 01-11-2011

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
2.43/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine with some fruitiness, esters, and malt sweetness. Tastes is a mix of overly sweet malt backbone along with plenty of piney fruity hops. Unfortunately, neither element is done well. The finish is mostly twangy syrupy malt, like a poorly executed homebrew. Moderately thick body with appropriate carbonation levels. Drinkable, but not pleasurable, I would not order this again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cismontane Santa Ana and served in a half-pint. On to the beer:

A small head rests on top of this reddish orange colored beer. Several strings of lacing stick to the walls of the glass. The aroma takes me to a magical land. Although the emphasis is on the hops, the malt puts on a great show too. Carmelized malts create the backdrop for passionfruit, mango, and pine to land.

As good as the aroma is, Double Rainbow tastes even better! It tastes similar to what I smell, although there's a tropical fruit note which amplifies the fun. The alcohol content hides itself well, presenting just a wee solvent note of itself, which makes this beer dangerously drinkable despite a medium/full (yet smooth) body.

What a show! I now have a new favorite from Cismontane.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Palms while watching Marquette whip up on West Virginia during the conference tournament.

Delivered looking like a darker beer, brown colored, hmmm, not a brown ale, not a porter. Clumpy lace. Aroma was massively piney. If that's your thing you're going to love the smell, which I did.

Taste, a little syrupy, that pine hop flavor is still there. Big on the caramel, ample sweetness to it. Big on the commonly used phrase, 'malt backbone'. This one nicely still leans towards the hops, and covers up the alcohol nicely. Felt it afterwards, but not during.

With some age, this would probably drink like a lot of barleywines.

Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a half-pint glass at Cismontane.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Initially there is a pungent burst of pine foliage and grapefruit citrus, alongside some butter. Over time those volatile smells give way to aggressive caramel and husky grain. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with a diverse display of aromatic hop flavors--resinous pine, tropical fruit, dark citrus, and flowers. Malt flavors do not stand out early, but their presence is enough to support the hops. The emergence of bitterness occurs early in the middle, waiting a few beats but then coming on strong--astringent and even with a whiff of solvent at times. The finish remains aggressively bitter, with flavors turning more toward grapefruit peel. The flavor of alcohol is well-masked, never standing out but likely contributing to some of the other flavor qualities detected.

M: Medium viscosity, more slick than sticky, with low carbonation. The burn of alcohol is felt on the palate during the challenging middle.

D: Despite some mis-steps, this beer delivers the hops. It should too, having been constructed around a two-part profile of pure bitterness delivered by the millennium cultivar, and flavor/aroma provided by citra. The more questionable qualities seem to diminish as time passes, and by the end of the glass those grievances once held seem not so important any more. I was curious how this one would turn out, since I have learned from my short time spent sampling the beers of Cismontane that these guys are not on-board with the trend toward hoppier, less balanced ales in America. It appears that they took one for the screaming masses this time, though future moves in this direction remain a question mark.

Photo of thesarahbennett
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled from the last keg that exists at Cismontane's tasting room during their one-year anniversary weekend. Thanks Evan and Ross!

a: Pours dark amber--darker than expected for a double IPA--with a thick off-white frothy head similar to a Belgian or a beer poured on nitro. It was more clear than I remembered it being when I had it on draft earlier this year--probably because of the aging.

s: Great, pungent hop aroma of pine and citrus, especially grapefruit from the citra. The strong malt aroma detracts from floral aspect more than I would like, but what's there is all I need.

t: Sweetness kicks in first, but the middle and back is bitter with a sticky, roasted malt. The aftertaste is more balanced than most IPAs, benefiting from the roastier character. mmmm.

m: Heavy body that thickens as it warms. So much heavier and maltier than other DIPAs, you'd think it was a hopped-up imperial red or an American strong ale.

overall: If Lagunitas dry hopped Brown Shugga with citra or Oskar Blues Gordon had more beef, it might be within range of this brew. Not as alcohol-forward as a barleywine yet, but I doubt there's any left for aging to find out. I hope they brew this again!

Also, can you give extra points for an awesome name? (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/double-rainbow)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear amber appearance with nice carbonated streams

s: citrus-forward with some associated sweetness--not too heavy on malts

t: begins with very good balance of mildly sweet malts and citrus-heavy hops. though it is more malt-heavy, it manages to achieve good balance of flavors -- a nice journey of flavor from malts to very manageable hops.

m: very smooth mouthfeel that blends malts and hops very well -- better than most actually, making for a nice balanced dipa. plenty of carbonation.

d: at nearly 9%, seemed more drinkable and smooth, but obviously hits u sooner rather than later

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop profile that leans a bit more towards the herbal side of things.

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber reddish color with a thin head with low retention.
Nice predominant grapefruit aroma, spices and pomegranate.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, red and tropical fruits, big caramel malt, pine and tea leaves. Dry, somewhat acid and bitter aftertaste.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% is felt, but is harmonic with the beer.
Very good DIPA, hoppy, not overly sweet and with nice citrusy notes. They made its 130 IBUs quite balanced and smooth given its caramel malt backbone.

Photo of pkalix
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow. what is that I smell? is it grape juice? Fruit Loops? definitely some kind of fruitiness..... grape bubble gum! nice level of carbonation with tiny little bubbles rising slowly to the top. caramel sweetness on the tongue with a funky kind of hop bitterness and a 'copper' twang on the side of the tongue. very interesting, very unique. beautiful bottle and ultra-colorful label.

Photo of snpub540
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Haven in Orange. It poured a deep amber that was. Pretty clear and had a nice amount of carbonation but wasn't fizzy.

Smell was of piney and citrus hops but it was fairly faint.

Taste was pretty balanced with hops being the most dominate especially in the finish. Flavor was sweet caramel/malt followed by pine and grapefruit flavors with a slight pineapple aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and and sticky from the hops. Over all this was an easy drinking beer and it went down smooth.

Photo of sgameroz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great nose on this one, but it's a little too sweet.

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Double Rainbow from Cismontane Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.