Double Battle Axe IPA - Kelsen Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +7.4%
From the 650 ml. bottle released in June 2014. Sampled on July 5, 2014 less than a week after this won Bronze at the US Open Beer Championship in the DIPA category.
A slightly cloudy olive-amber pour with a tremendous cream colored head that sticks around.
The aroma is a lovely mantra of earth, floral, pear, apple, citrus, and toasted caramel malts that blend together and invite me in. For 9%, no booze.
The body is medium to full but it also has a honey-like slick texture.
Taste: A quick hello from the toasted caramel malts suddenly make way for the earthy, grassy, floral, and citrus hops. Moderately dry at the end. The judges weren't wrong about this one.
07-05-2014 18:03:10 | More by puboflyons
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a five-finger+ cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Serious pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with caramel balancing the 80 IBUs. The higher ABV, 9.0%, is hidden. Decent DIPA. Not cheap at $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.
08-10-2014 22:42:05 | More by jdhilt
3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
Just released Double Battle Axe IPA from mis amigos at Kelsen. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a glass.
A- Amber, not much of a head (but then again, I pour very differently).
S- So good I had my teetotaler wife take a whiff and even she loved it. Hops, citrusy ones galore. Hints of floral linger in the nasal passages.
T- Not as good as the aroma hints at, but still delicious. Sweet and hoppy to start with a deep lasting finish of dark chocolate, pine, and spice. Sampled some at the brewery itself and could taste that rich chocolate all the way home. Definitely a challenging yet satisfying and deep brew that hides its 9.0 ABV well.
M- Nice in the mouth, but it has a syrupy feel afterwards from a lack of carbonation. A little more crispness would make this a better brew.
O- Love IPA's and DIPA's and this one is a nice entry into my repertoire. Nice and hoppy with good citrus and spice notes and a dark chocolate finish that really surprised me. Nice job Kelsen!!!
06-20-2014 01:26:40 | More by risendragon
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at Cask and Vine
Slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head. Aromas of resin and pine in spades! Dank resinous hop aroma with plenty of caramel and sugary maltiness to back it up. The flavor as the aroma suggests is rather sugary sweet, but there is plenty of citrus pine and resinous hop flavor to counter that. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one, but I felt the mouthfeel was a bit too syrupy sweet for my tastes. If I were the brewer I would add a bit of sugar to this to help dry it out a little as its pretty damn tasty otherwise.
06-18-2014 00:01:02 | More by johnnnniee
3.29/5 rDev -13%
A: A deep copper/rust color, hazy with fine suspended particles. A quarter-finger of head after a fairly aggressive pour. Minimal lacing.
S: Pine, resin with hints of citrus. Also, some very sweet caramel maltiness with notes of brown sugar rounding out a solid aroma.
T: A bit subdued compared to the aroma. Sweet up front with a resinous finish, maybe a bit of the citrus popping through mid-palate. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.
M: Syrupy and sticky with low carbonation.
O: I think I was expecting much more from this given its Bronze Medal in the US Open Beer Championship. Aroma was on point, but I found the appearance, taste and especially the mouthfeel to be lacking.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 22:30:16 | More by Kinger86
Double Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.