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4 Pillars Double IPA - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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4 Pillars Double IPA
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hops: Columbus, Apollo, Pacific Jade, Galena

(Beer added by: blackie on 04-19-2014)
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Reviews by MacQ32:
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a deep amber color with 2 fingers of dense caramel colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing, the head on this thing is pretty serious yet enticing.

S - wow, smells rather malty sweet and earthy. a wee bit of citrusy aroma peeks through.

T - Initially kind of a bland yet dry experience with a hint of bitterness and minimal malty sweetness. The flavor transitions to a moment of sweetness that is quickly overcome by hearty earthy like flavors. Finish is mostly earthy astringency, almost reminiscent of boozyness. Aftertaste is mostly astringent bitters. Leaves a feeling of cotton mouth from the dryness.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation but relatively smooth overall. Not a sipper but one I would take a little more time with. Leaves quite a thick feeling on the palate

O - A hoppy amber (and an average one at best) would be more suitable here.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 22:41:30 | More by MacQ32
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s - nose caries a strong caramel malt. Some soft hop.

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4 Pillars Double IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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