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Idle Hands Double IPA - Helltown Brewing

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Idle Hands Double IPA
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Helltown Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OneDropSoup on 01-27-2012)
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
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3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA.

A: A hazy honey-like hue with a 1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head. Head retention is a bit weak and not much lacing is left behind.

S: Lots of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and mango, namely. Lots of grapefruit aroma melded in as well, with a little bit of grassiness and earthiness underneath.

T: Some bready malts upfront with a bit of mango seeping through before being overrun by the grapefruit characteristics of the hops. Lots of floral and grassy notes underneath it all as well. Finishes a bit citrusy and piney. Lots of standard flavors, but the mesh in a rather unique way, if I can be honest...

M: This brew was a bit on the full side, which made it kind of a chore to drink at the bar... Lots of creaminess to be found with a subdued carbonation. Normally this is a texture that I'm quite fond of, but I prefer my IPAs and DIPAs to have a little bit of a bite and crispness to them, and I didn't find it here.

O: I'd feel like I was lying if I called this world-class, but I'd also feel like I was doing an injustice if I didn't give it the praise it deserved. It's a complex brew with some great flavors that drinks decently, even though it has a bit of a clunky body. It might be better to sit at home and have a bottle of it whilst relaxing, but I didn't find myself enjoying it too much at the bar. Perhaps a re-visit will result in a better impression.

ThePaintedGrey, Mar 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

aszatk01, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange-gold color, with a frothy off-white head that laces nicely down the stemmed glass.

S- Citrus, mainly grapefruit, honey, pine, hops, etc..

T- Sweet honey, citrus hops, a little bit of pine, finishes between bitter and sweet. it's hard to tell. Regardless, nicely balanced.

M- Medium bodied and relatively smooth. The ABV (whatever it is) is pretty well-hidden, but you notice later (especially after 2, which I had).

O- This was a very good DIPA. Idle Hands has a nice sweet taste that is well balanced between the hops and the malt. ANOTHER GREAT IPA from Helltown. For a small operation, Helltown continues to put out high quality beers.

DWolf, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

megamass, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

reitzbrewing, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of PSU_Mike
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap - I stumbled into this gem at Ten Penny's in the Strip

A - A touch lighter for an IPA with low carbonation and a decent head

S - Smell was wonderful. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a touch of onion, and dank hops. It really had a wide spectrum of earthy and citrusy hops.

T - Very similar to the nose. Almost no malt presence. Huge hops up front, very prevalent, no malt presence to speak of...just how I like it. Citrus is the most forward flavor.

M - 8% is very well hidden. Pretty light on the tongue due to such low malt.

O - Overall this is the best local IPA I've had. I find it very similar to Sculpin and Jai Alai which are 2 of my favorites. I really recommend this one.

PSU_Mike, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Piper's Pub, Wednesday 2/1/12 at day that put Helltown on the map for me. I also got to try their Brown Ale, Insidious IPA, and this beer Idle Hands DIPA. This one pours almost a clear golden/brilliant copper hue, a bright white head that dwindles slow leaving bands of lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has deep citric notes of alcohol with a slew of tropical fruit including papaya, mango, and a touch of juicy pineapple, extreme tropical fruit from the hops. Flavor is sweet upfront with honey malts but the tropical fruit combinations hit with ample bitterness balancing out this beastly beer into somethin extraordinarily enjoyable. Candy coated hops with a bit of booze in the back end, only 8% not nearly as kicking as some of the DIPAs out there. Mouthfeel is not cloying, carbonation is even medium to fuller bodied DIPA a solid solid big hoppy beer possibly the best brewed in the greater Pittsburgh region. Overall, I'm a fan of Helltown needless to say the cream of the crop of the newcomers flooding the scene.

WVbeergeek, Feb 05, 2012
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Idle Hands Double IPA from Helltown Brewing
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