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Double Trouble IPA - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 5.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 08-26-2007

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 83
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium level of bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but nothing too amazing going on here. (476 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit last night,poured into a small snifter style glass a full rich copper color with a slight chill haze a small but well formed head atop.A mix of juicy sweet malt and intense piney hop the sweetness is dark fruit and caramel there is a bit of a alcohol zing in the nose a s well,the flavors are alot like the aromas rich and sweet up front with that dark fruit and caramel sweet base about midway an intense resiny pine hop character comes thru and lingers for quite awhile.Its a bit heavy even after just a few swallows but the flavors a full and take no prisoners,a nice new DIPA to enjoy out there. (640 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tustin

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Not terribly hoppy and quite sweet on the nose. Some bread and a fairly strong caramel malt smell to it with a bit of pine and grapefruit, some grass, too.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with lots of floral hops and a bit of grapefruit and orange. Sweet caramel malts and a touch of sugar. Just a touch of pineapple and pine bitterness. As it sits, the pineapple comes through more.

M: The body is sort of light with a medium carbonation.

O: I wasn't terribly impressed by the nose, but the flavor was pretty nice. (606 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lost Coast Double Trouble IPA on tap at The Poe House (NC).

Clear amber, with excellent clarity. Average off-white head and sticky lacing
Earthy hop aroma is less appealing than the more complex and fruitier taste.

Feel: medium-light body seems a tad light but is not watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O: needs a better aroma to excel. (336 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at JP McGrady's in Bethlehem

This one is on the thick side. The hops are big and brash, yet balanced enough to be drinkable. They come off with a candied (from the malt) citrus zest with hints of pine and earthy spice that hit you strong in the aroma, through the flavor and long into the aftertaste. There's also a strong light-caramel malt flavor. It's nice, but more than I'd want in a DIPA. The same goes for the body. It's smooth enough, but just thicker than I'd want, especially for an 8.5% beer. (511 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the best beer I've had by them. Had this on tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Poured a hazy light orange with a good creamy head that fades to a cap. Great lacing. It almost spells like it is spiced with cinnamon up-front. Its atarts with a big, spicy, orange peel aromas to start and changes to grapefruit pith by the end. Taste has big grapefruit, orange, and cinnamon spice flavors. A tad thinner in body than I'd like but big and smooth. Very nice. (460 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was, as expected, hop forward, mostly pine and floral, with some malt sweetness in the background. The flavors were very similar, floral, pine sweet grains, but also had a slightly off-putting metallic taste.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a bit thinner than average. Drinkability was OK, but with the lack of flavor, why bother?

Overall, pretty much a slightly below average example of the style. YMMV, so give it try and see what you think. (607 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo, great reward shared with my homeboy Chris after a long day of beer pilfering.

Pours a clear orange/amber, brilliant, huge white head, very thick, massive lace on the glass, good retention. Smell is solid, nice caramel malt, big floral hops, citrus, some pineapple, well balanced. Taste is similar, very solid malty base, caramel, bready, then big pine and floral, touch of citrus, hint of alcohol, well balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, super smooth and alcohol is very well hidden. Not a crazy DIPA but super drinkable, well done! (625 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another birthday beer. On tap at Brass Tap. Copper clear pour with nearly no head, lots of light coming through. Aroma of caramel malts and some grapefruit. Slick mouthfeel and some nice dry pine hop flavor, bit of earthy malt to go along with it, making it a little heavy. A little heavy on the style, medium low carbonation. Not particularly easy drinking but not bad. Sipper for an IPA. (389 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's. Not sure if this is the same as he had it as the 'Double Trouble Pilsner', but I'll use this as a place holder just in case. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some grassiness, floral, and toasty. Tastes of the same floral and toastiness with some caramel and citrus in the end. (344 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alehouse Pub.

Pours a nice bright orange color, with a good white head.

Aromas are nice. Lots of citrus, some grapefruits, pine, and slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Hoppy up front, with some resin, pine, and grapefruit bitterness. Maltiness is there in the background, slightly sweet, with some caramel malt flavors. Finish is crisp with more hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good, full, with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. It kind of drinks more like an IPA instead of a double. (542 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Coast- Double Trouble IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Hazy deep brown with a moderate size foamy head and lacing.
S- Caramel malt and citrus peel, orange and grapefruit.
T- Vanilla caramel malt with an equal balance of grapefruit/ orange rind hops.
M- Big chewy malt wit an evolving dry bitter hopiness. No alc. detected for an 8.5% alc beer.

Overall- Tasty session IPA. Too easy to drink for the high Alc. (428 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow in appearance with at least a finger of head. There is some good retention here. There is a piney nose that is quite pleasant. There is a solid malt flavor upfront and a satisfying hop bitterness in the finish. This is quite a good offering from a brewery that does not often impress me. (301 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This growler got filled a long way from Eureka, California in Mentor, Ohio. I got the end of one keg and the beginning of another.

My impression in the store was that it was a much tamer double than it really is. I was surprised about the alcohol content. It is well hidden by wonderfully balanced hops (not over the top) and nice malty flavors. It has a creamy texture and goes don nicely without any bite. It's a bit light on carbonation and that's fine. The color is pretty and it is not clear.

Overall this is a fine AIPA that I would love to buy again. (560 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Clear orange pour with a minimal head. Resiny hops with grapefruit and wood. Bittersweet bite up front that moves into the resiny goodness. Malty transition that gets a bit syrupy, but not too overpowering. Hops and malt in the long finish. Nice. (274 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect for the style. A hazy to clear reddish amber color with a solid 1-2 inches of head when poured into a snifter. Just the way I like it.

S: I could smell cascade hops, but that was about it. I would really have like to have been able to make out some malts or other hops in there too. Kinda disappointing.

T: Well balanced with floral and some hints of piney hops. There are definitely caramel malts in this brew, but WHY couldn't I smell them?

M/D: Pretty much right on for the style. Medium carbonation with a little kick as you sip, with a nice smooth finish. (574 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper/dark orange with a thin but sticky layer of lace.

Citrus rinds lead the way in the aroma

Sweet, light citrus taste reminds me more of a beefed up Two Hearted than Indica. Creamy and smooth at the outset, finishes with a mild bitterness and a slight alcoholic warming. There are definitely ample hops here, but I think they're slightly muted by the fairly high level of sweetness. Almost has a citrus wedge holiday jelled candy flavor.

Pretty good, but I think standard Indica has more to offer for hops cravings. (528 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- dark auburn and straw with a 1 finger, frothy white head, great retent, thin bubbly lace, very pretty brew

S- citrus, bit soapy, strong citrus rind, fresh, malty butterscotch

T- spicy with some alcoholic present at finish, some butterscotch throughout, nice mellow balance in middle with the hops intensifying toward the finish, citrus, some tartness and heat

M- medium body, sticky finish, slight heat in after, starts smooth and gets coarse toward end

D- warms well, awesome 2IPA, another great example of the west coast and their hop magic (585 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this for the first time at Hops in Humboldt 2007 in Fortuna today. Being a great fan of Indica IPA I had high hopes for this one. It looks a lot like Indica with a rich copper hue and off-white head and wonderful lacng. Look fabulous in the glass. .Nose was hoppy but fairly mild but really nice to savor. Malts with fruit overtones, and citrus hops wash across the nose. Good rich mouthfeel. Flavors of tropical fruits set off fhe hoppy bitterness well. Nice long bitter finish. Every bit as good as Indica. I am going to take my growler down so I can blind taste test it against Indica. (594 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks

Poured a semi hazy light orange/amber with a decent off white head that left noticeable lace. The nose is citrus hops and traces of malt. Taste follows the nose with citrus hops dominating and a slight malt backbone. Mouthfeel is not quite medium body with a crisp carb bite. Goes down easily and was enjoyable. Overall, a very solid and respectable offering from Lost Coast. (396 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The sign at the brewpub says the ABV is 7.6%

App: Hazy orange because of chill haze it looks like, with a sizable white head.

Smell: The aroma is citrusy and perfumey, but not overbearing. Like many lost coast beers, the smell isn't as intense as I expect.

Taste: All I get from this is grapefruit. It's a pretty simple DIPA, but good. There's noticeable alcohol in the taste, but it's subtle.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but sharply bitter in a good way. There's high carbonation that lends a balance and the body is fairly light.

Drinkability: It's a one dimensional dipa, and not so interesting. It could probably help out during a hop craving, but there are so many better ones out there that I would choose first. (714 characters)

Photo of Centennial
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy grapefruit color to yellow head with 1 finger head that holds for the duration of consumption.

S- Sweet citrus, grapefruit, bready malts, honey and alcohol

T- sweet malt at first with citrus and lemony hop flavor that balances it out.

M- medium body, lingering sticky gritty finish, Alcohol comes through with a bite in the end.

O. Pretty decent, but Founders Double Trouble still holds the title for this name in my book. (438 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obtained at "Sanctuary" pub in Iowa City. On-tap, and requested in a tulip glass; reviewed live.

Translucent gold body with a three-finger, frothy, pure-white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is of boundless citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon but with some orang pulling through as well. Bitter, floral hops are also prominent, and a solid pine aroma exists throughout. Taste is more subdued than the nose, consisting of watered-down citrus, mild earthen hops, pine resin, alcohol, and a dirty grain flavor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly undercarbonated, soft, and watery. Piney syrup clings to the palate. I attribute this to the "new, experiential faucet" that this beer was poured from. I noticed it prior to ordering, asked if it was a nitro-tap (it's similar in appearance, but more steeply curved and lacking the black polymer tip). Alas, the faucet seems to plunder the carbonation from the body. Overall, I think this one has potential, but beware the serving method. Worth trying. (994 characters)

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando, FL.

Pours a nice orangish/amber color with about a finger of head. The head held up pretty well and provided decent lacing.

Smell is hops and citrus, sweet and inviting. You sniff and you want to take a gulp.

Nice hop bite in the front, decent amount of bitterness throughout the swallow, clean finish without any alcohol burn.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable for the style. I could have easily downed a couple more of these. (509 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice caramel orange colour, with medium amounts of head. Nice lacing the entire glass

Smelled citrus, pines nad slight caramel

Tasted great, the Hops and the citrus hits you up front, with the malt and caramel giving it the backbone

Good mouthfeel, not too gassy

Drinks well, but pretty potent (306 characters)

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Double Trouble IPA from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.