4 Pillars Double IPA - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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4 Pillars Double IPA4 Pillars Double IPA

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: blackie on 04-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hops: Columbus, Apollo, Pacific Jade, Galena
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to my man olavzisper for yet another lccb brew, enjoyed from the lccb snifter.

a - brew poured a deep chestnut with orange highlights when held to the light. Decent bubbly cap that leaves a think skin of bubbles.

s - nose caries a strong caramel malt. Some soft hop.

t/m/o - the caramel malt comes rough in a huge way. The hopping is more resinous than anything else. Biscuity. Easy drinking light for the style...but actually not very to style at all. Rather shocked that this is considered a IIPA, more English barleywine. Not a bad beer, but if you are in the mood for a IIPA, look elsewhere since although this bottle is not super fresh...so cannot comment how it was at release time...any hop that May have been there at one time or another has faded. If this is how it was fresh, than this is the maltreat IIPA I have ever had. Like I said though, not a bad beer, but usually I am craving some citric hopping in an IPA, definitely in a IIPA and this one is missing that key flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the soul of amber ale, but with the heart of imperial strength- this hop dominant ale showcases a wide array of classic hop flavors that are shed in a whole new light.

A deep and dark honey-amber hue layers in the glass, blowing off peppery aromas that are laced with leaf, stem, citrus and herb for a culinary artist's dream. Its creamy froth coats the early palate with toasted caramel sweetness, soon followed with pecan, biscuit and honey.

As the sweetness slowly recedes, the hop onslaught ensues. First of citrus pith and rind- lemon, orange and grapefruit lead the way. Trailing sweetness leaves behind the piquant bitterness of peanut skins, brittle and charred toast. But after that, the seeping bitterness of hops deliver the citrus, pine and herbal tandem that capture the essence of truly bitter beer.

Despite its imperial stature and the residual sweetness that the strength would suggest, the medium-bodied beer is picked apart with those deeply resinous hop spurs and relegates the sweetness to a far back seat. Mild warmth tucks nicely behind the gripping bitterness as the drying ale finishes with the evocation of softly toasted pine needle, cone and citrus peel.

Photo of C20Percent
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Man -- for a brewery that can put together pretty solid offerings, like Short Pump Saison and Enlightened Despot, I don't know how this beer made it through Quality Control. Most criticism I've heard about this beer is that it's not a Double IPA. I don't think there's a strict definition of Double IPA. Yes, the 7.5% abv is not consistent with most DIPAs. It's not as hoppy as other DIPAs. I'm used to intense citrus or pine and this beer doesn't have that. But, if a brewery wants to call their beer a Double IPA, then I don't care...as long as it's good.

This beer is not good.

You can tell something might be off when you pour the brew. It's abnormally dark. Like amber. Darker than Deschutes Inversion IPA. But, whatever, it doesn't have to look like other beer. I'm not interested. Head is good. Lacing is good. Smells capable.

And, then you taste it. No. Just no. Too earthy. Never had a Double IPA this earthy. Literally taste like I pulled up a mound of grass and dirt and shoved it in my mouth. Too malty. Like if you took a solid DIPA and let it sit for three years, and then cracked it open. This beer has an identity crisis. Check the first dozen check-ins on Untappd. You'll see things like: "This beer is more of a Brown Ale" and "This beer is more of an Amber Ale". I'm no beer expert, but when you've got folks saying your DIPA is more of a Brown Ale, then you've committed an error. My theory is that the brewery want to craft a DIPA using unique hop varieties. They didn't combine well; they didn't impart much flavor. Failure.

I've heard some people defend this beer -- that it's better on tap. That because it's bottle-conditioned, there may be variation from bottle-to-bottle. Whatever the reason, the result is not good. I cannot recommend this. I cannot purchase this again. I had planned on sending this an an extra in an upcoming trade. Not going to happen now. This is a young brewery. I hope this beer is just a wrinkle that needs to be ironed out. Just a road bump.

Photo of MacQ32
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark copper with thick light tan head.
S: It smelled like faint copper hops with some honey biscuit.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and rusty copper hops, with some earthy caramel and roasted barley. It had a dirty and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a below average 2IPA, with scent and taste that weren't terribly enjoyable. The body was great, but the finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. A disappointing brew, not with trying more than once.

4 Pillars Double IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.