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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,151 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 54
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.43% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004)
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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stamp says "Bottled 7/13/05". I'll save my 2nd bottle (if I have the willpower) for a year or so to compare the two.

Pours a somewhat hazy bronze color. Head is pillowy & the retention is amazing. Leaves a nice coating of lacing with every swig.
Aroma of citrus hops, strong toffee malts, and alcohol create a candy-like aroma that is very unique. The taste is unique as well...I thought all DIPAs stood for were "hops, hops, hops", but this one is remarkably balanced. There is a huge malt backbone which gives this brew a lot of added character and more of a "bready" taste, not just the hop bite that is associated with double IPAs. The hops don't sting the tastebuds right off the bat, like some..but linger forever..and I mean, a long time...creates an almost numbing feeling on the tongue even minutes after each drink.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth..the alcohol is hardly noted at all, but is evident. Very drinkable for a beer this high in alcohol and this complex. Add in just a touch more Cascade hops, and I'd be in heaven.

Those living in Adamstown, PA don't realize how lucky they are...I really enjoyed this brew, and wish it were more available in the midwest. Huge thanks to ski271 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 22:53:42 | More by hero27
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Boilermaker88

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this brew while re-visiting some north Orange County stores last weekend. Didn't notice any freshness dates but read that Stoudt's DIPA is bottle-conditioned. I used one of my tasting goblets for this one.

Appearance: nice faintly clouded amber coloring, tons of vigorous carbonation streaming to the surface, and a dense white head that lingered for quite a while and left some ghostly rings of lace.

Smell: quite varied and enticing. Robust malt component stands up well to a variety of tropical fruit aromas; mango, pineapple, and grapefruit rinds. Pretty sweet aroma overall. Softly spicey and floral. Oh yeah, you can't miss the wafting alcohol fumes. Ten percent ABV; no shit!

Taste: complex, multi-layered, and intricate. Yeasty malt base, somewhat toasty and drizzled with caramel and toffee. Bountiful fruitiness with ripened pineapples, mango, papaya, and melon flavors all wrestling around looking for attention. Hops bitterness is also present with a solid citrus flavor and vague herbal spice kick. Strong alcohol presence; certainly lets the drinker know it weighs in at 10% ABV.

Feel: medium-bodied heading toward full, lively thanks to the abundant carbonation, with a dry finish.

Overall: Stoudt's double IPA is a quite nice example of the style though I think it could get by with a less forceful alcohol component. I believe it could be even better at 9.0% or even 8.5%ABV. Nonetheless, this is a well crafted American double IPA and should be sampled, given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 18:54:47 | More by Boilermaker88
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Cloudy amber/mahogany color with a monster head that fades in minutes leaving a delicate ring of lace behind.

Smell - Caramel malt and piney hops. A nice odor.

Taste - Very sweet caramel malt, a strong vanilla character that stays through to the aftertaste, strong initial hop character that rounds off to a bitterness with the vanilla for the aftertaste. I really like the vanilla, but this beer is far, far, far too sweet for my tastes. The abv is masked, but under an oppressive sweetness. I don't even usually mind sweet beers like a lot of people, but this is undrinkable to me - the taste makes me cringe.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick and frothy. Quite drying.

Drinkability - After the first sip, I didn't want to finish this one. At 10% abv too many of these would put you out of commission. Would clash with anything I can think of eating. I don't understand how everyone seems to love this beer.

I am sorely dissappointed with this beer. I heard so many good things and am finding the reality not to my liking at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 00:16:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but vibrant amber-orange with a small, off-white, tight head that slowly diminishes to a fairly thick, tenacious film. Lacing is thicker than average and sticky, somewhat sporadic but still marking each taste most of the way down the glass.

Smell: Hey this is a nice change from the other DIPAs I’ve had lately. You can actually smell the malts without really searching. Still, citrus hops take center stage, supported by a caramel sweetness, pine, alcohol, herbs and pineapple.

Taste: Big hops of course, but far from being a one-dimensional hop-attack. Rather sweet and tea-like. The initial bitterness backs off a bit to let the solid, sweet, bready malt backbone make its presence known, but the mix of fruit flavors (orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apricot, among others) stick around. The strength of the fresh orange flavor is almost surprising at first but quite delicious. As the beer warms, the bready malts really start coming out. Lots of orange on the finish, along with some alcohol spice and warmth, pine, resin, and a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily/slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Can’t believe I’m rating this so high when it seems almost TOO sweet, but there’s something almost addictive about this beer. The freshness of the hops and the citrus sweetness make this a real warm-weather refresher. If you’re looking for a big hops slap-in-the-face, you’re not going to get much of that here once you get past the initial sip. If you’re looking for a well-rounded, intricate, refreshing IPA, then this is definitely for you. The strangest thing about this beer is that I’ve had about 5 or 6 of these beers this past week, and I pick up different nuances each time. But I think the IPA fanatic should really try to get their hands on a bottle of this.

Original review 8-8-05, update 2-15-07:
True, this beer is far from being a good example of the style, but style aside THIS STUFF IS LIQUID CRACK TO ME! I find this beer so overwhelmingly satisfying that it doesn't matter how it compares to other beers of that style.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 16:07:13 | More by ski271
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into a pint glass with a big off white head and a slightly hazy deep copper color. There is a slight citrus smell, mild hops, and I was getting a whiff of the alcohol. Tastes great, started with a malty sweetness and then the hops kick in, didn't get the citrus that I smelt. There is a bit of an alcohol burn on the end, I guess that is what you get with the high ABV. Low carbonation medium body, great in the mouth. This is highly drinkable

7/22/2006
I have this beast in the keg fridge again. Looking at my review from last year it doesn't change much, just my experience with DIPA's. This beer matches up with Dreadnaught quite nicely, like a 7/8 version.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2005 14:54:54 | More by orsulacp
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Zorro

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew with a persistent tan colored head.

Smell is strong you can smell the hops way before you get near it. Sweet malt and strong grapefruit and pine scent hit your nose hard. Alcohol in this tingles your nose just to let you know that this is a serious beer. Smell is quite spicy from the hops; black pepper, bitter oranges and lemon are the strongest of them.

Taste is quite sweet and woody at the start then the grapefruit starts to come out. The flavor finally settles in to starting sweet and fruity then the grapefruit hits and it finishes as dry oak woodiness. Highly hopped but not harsh at well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy; there is lots of malt in this.

Drinkability is very good for as big a beer as it is. Not too sweet or harshly hopped this is as drinkable as Double IPA gets.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 03:33:30 | More by Zorro
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter from a room temperature bottle, it pours an amber color w/ pale ruby highlights, along with a white-cream colored 1" spongy head, with decent retention.

Aroma is mostly of hops (grassy and piney hops), with a hint of sugary grapefruit. Overall, it seems pretty bitter. Also some alcohol tickles my sinuses, but doesn't seem as big for a 10%-er.

Sipping, it is mildly bitter, with a slight hops flavor, until you swallow, where it hits you hard with a sugary, hops flavor, and a hefty shot of alcohol to you palete. A nice dryingness takes over at that point as well...very nice!

Very little carbonation up front and nice body until the swallow where the alcohol creates a rather heavy dryness to it...nicely balance overall IMO.

Another nice brew from Stoudt's that is pretty drinkable. I think another one would put anyone over the top and keep motor vehicles out of their future, but a nice session brew that'll make you very happy! ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 02:44:59 | More by Fish113d
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I obtained this bottle thanks to the generosity of UncleFlip, who carried it all the way from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. For the lack of proper snifter, I poured this into an oversized wine glass, where it looked murky pale orange, with a persistent, inch-thick, foamy head.

The aroma was strangely devoid of a lot of hoppyness. More rather like an Old Ale, leathery, musty, cellar like, with a peppery hop zing if you inhaled too deeply. The flavor was also atypical of Double IPA mold. Malts presented themselves in a big bready way up front, with an earthy yeastiness to accompany them. Only in the mid palette and later did the hops start poking above in a citric, spicy way.

As the beer warmed to near room temperature, the hops did start make their presence known more clearly. The alcohol fumes however were there from the beginning and did not relent throughout.

This one reminded me vaguely of the 120 Minute DIPA. It was not as cloyingly sweet, or as blindingly strong as the DFH behemoth, but it was basically a few steps in that direction from the average DIPA like Hercules or Rogue I2PA.

Sticky sweet mouthfeel was very nice, and went a long way towards redeeming the beer. If they could turn down the strength a few notches, and crank up the bitterness a notch, this would be a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 03:23:08 | More by rajendra82
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz bottle with an orange label with indian elephants, and what looks like an illustration of the stoudt brewery. bottle conditioned printed on the label and no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a red-orangey amber with yellow highlights in a tulip glass. nice fluffy white head that sticks and laces well. champagne-like bubbles from start to finish.

smell: very floral and fruity. i smell more alcohol than i tasted.

taste: i taste more fruit while inhaling more hop floral aroma. huge grapefruit flavor but not too sour. finishes smooth with a slight bready flavor as the beer warms. alcohol is masked well.

mouthfeel: very very smooth with a great swallow. carbonation is near perfect.

drinkability: extremely drinkable! i tried to savor, but just couldn't put it down. the alcohol is masked, but i could feel my belly warming, so be careful!

overall: wow! excellent DIPA! great job by stoudts. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 16:37:49 | More by Px2GrafX
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rkhaze

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright copper color with a big, foamy off white head.

Nice balance of citrus/grassy hops and sweet malt in the aroma.
Tropical fruit, caramel and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste follows the smells pretty well although the balance seems a bit off. The hops have a wet earthy flavor and peppery finish. You can certainly tell it's 10% alcohol.

Medium bodied with a full, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Good beer but it didn't seem to quite come together to my taste. The alcohol really warms the throat and stomach.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 23:12:39 | More by rkhaze
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blurry medium gold. Loosely placed cap of foam dawning semi yellowed whiteness. Stays bubbly and loose as it crumbles down to a haze on top and a broadened collar of bubbles around the edge. Light lacing sticks.

Aroma has a mild tropical fruit balance of peach, manderine orange, red grapefruit, and pineapple. Slight candyish hue and sugary sweetness envelopes the fruityness. Low set parchment of peel-like zest reaches the nose hairs creating a bit of zing to it. Overall, quite mild and low key. Not very active really but does come across as clean and rounded.

Taste is mild. Juicyness is a tad thicker then what the smell favors. Moslty peachy and tropical candied fruits. Tender play of red grapefruit bitterness with a twist of bright nectarine skins has a good portion of character within its peachy melon-like flavors. Has a fresh bread dough smoothness underneath and a dash of sugar donuts. A bit of warmth in the throat and belly begin to emerge as you take it in. Finish has a little crisp and lofty toasty part over the top as it floats off with leftover fruit juices and mild pithy drying sourness. Its a bit like a peach/orange tropical popsicle thats been spiked.

Feel is about medium with a very sweet easyness about it. Smooth and mildly juicy with lightly sugar coated tropical citrus stuff. In some ways, you can hardly tell your drinking anything. Its very hard to describe, but it goes down with so much ease its incredible. I'm not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing, but I like that its only real flaw is just that. It just floats and soothes out with only a trace of everything and then some warmth to let ya know that at 10% this could be dangerously drinkable. But it also isn't very impressionable as a Double IPA; weird. I tend to still like it though, something about its clean, mild, warming disposition keeps me drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 19:57:44 | More by tavernjef
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jamesclark

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pale orange in my glass. A thick, rocky, creamy head rests on top and reduces very slowly. There is little cloudiness, and no noticeable sediment - which I find odd in a bottle-conditioned beer.

It smells of hops and hops alone. It is a flowery aroma, tangy and slightly citrusy. It is an earthy smell - warming, but without alcohol characteristics.

There is a crisp hoppy flavor, with moderate-to-low carbonation. The hops are intricately arranged - the result is a multi-dimensional flavor. There is a balancing sweetness. It includes a significant bitterness, but not as much as I've noticed in other double IPAs (or even some 'standard' IPAs). The finish brings out more of the bitterness, but also adds a creamy feel. The aftertaste of this beer resides more in the nose than in the mouth.

Quite drinkable for a highly hopped beer, this ale is smoother than one might expect, with an interesting character.

Permitting myself to use vague synesthetic terms, I'd say the smell is brown and dark green, the flavor is bright and orange. This is a good IPA, comfortable and hearty. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 01:38:12 | More by jamesclark
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely amber brew with a one finger head that left LOTS of lacing.

Aroma was of mellow grapefruit and oranges, with faint malts underneath. Nowhere near what one would expect from a 10% double IPA... I expected the hops to be like a hammer, rather than just resting there waiting to be sniffed.

Taste was... pretty damn good. Initially quite bitter, with a good amount of warming (but no alcohol taste). That bitterness faded quickly to mellow malts. It was quite good and well-balanced.

Dang... mouthfeel was smooth and mellow. VERY good. Could have been a touch chewier, but not totally necessary. Still outstanding.

Drinkability is very good. Damn, this does NOT feel like a 10% brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 02:33:55 | More by connecticutpoet
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cloudy rich orange color with a fluffy cream colored head that falls to a ring surrounding clumps of foam. Laces nicely very nice looking beer.

Aroma is sweet lots of sweet malt mingling with soft fruits tangerine, apricot hints of pineapple touches of mango smells soothing and pleasant. Aroma is great but little sududed for a I2PA, doesn't really smell bitter at all decieving.

Taste is lots of malt sweet necture of the gods loaded with tropical fruits listed above rich creamy feel very nice. The bitterness seems to be an afterthought here but it creaps out of the sweet fruity malt and nips at you orange peel hints of lemon rind mixed with touches of pine.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully soft full rich loaded with fruit and sweet bisquit like malts.

Drinkability is good a nice I2PA one that wows you with subtle softness instead of just harsh hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 17:48:26 | More by mntlover
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mentor

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by shippos. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a two-finger light cream colored head over a crystal clear light rust liquid. Smells piney grapefruit pith and lemons with tangerine and orange skins. Plus, a creamy character with a little bit of alcohol sting. Tastes apricot malty sweet when pulled in, then crystal sugar sweet with some hop bitter (but not much compared to the amount of sugar-sweet) and flavor followed by a fruity sweet creamy finish and a gentle alcohol after-burn. Fruit esters are apricot, peach syrup, pineapple, and mango. Hop bitter is mild compared to the malt, but hop flavor does stand (faintly) against the storm. Hop flavor comes across as oranges, some tangerine, and (with searching) some grapefruit sour. I can't tell if the sting I get at the end is from carbonation release or alcohol. I swirled to restore a two-finger head and will have another go at the final third of the glass. Really good lacing on the inside of the glass, BTW. Thick smooth mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

The creamy smoothness is more apparent and delightful now. The sting remains and is perhaps stronger as an alcohol hot. Works well with the potent sweet and moderate hop flavor assaulting my mouth. Grapefruit pith is much stronger as a hop flavor and the oranges have subsided.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 08:21:22 | More by mentor
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Buildscharacter

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can we say Holy Head Retention? My god... I've finished my glass of beer and there's STILL a head on it.

The head is a pure white blanket of virgin snow that covers the top of this beautiful perfectly clean looking DIPA.

I don't htink that you could have any prettier glass of beer.

The scent is of floral bits with a strong fruity ester of grapes and pineapple.

The flavor is smooth, only slightly bitter, with a warming almost harsh alcohol bite in the end. Good clean hop aftertaste.

I was more than happy to purchase this brew and have no doubt that I'll have it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 00:27:34 | More by Buildscharacter
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper with a thin ivory head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is fruity, malty and hoppy.

Taste is very malty up front, caramel and sweet molassess, followed by alcohol flavors giving off hints of vanilla. Then the bitterness takes over for the finish. Very bitter hops to balance the sweetness. Hoppy as hell to my East Coast palate. Mouth is sticky with a long bitter aftertaste. The hop flavors stick to the cheeks and teeth, you can lick them off. Very smooth though, for being 10% ABV. I would not have ever guessed it. A sipper but quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:48:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About what I expect from an East Coast DIPA....heavy on the caramel sweetness and smoother sweeter hop flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya)...sticky sweet mouthfeel...nice fresh, sweet hoppy aroma....this is a subtle DIPA....lacks a real strong bitterness which is fine with me depending on my mood.

Very nicely balanced but probably one of the sweeter DIPA's made....some will knock this for it's lack of bittering horsepower but I am finding this to be a very enjoyable brew...I'd never guess it to be 10%.

Special thanks to WarriorSoul for this nice little extra gift!!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 04:39:29 | More by ZAP
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich thickly textured light cream colored head, leaving awesome lacing on the sides of the glass. Almost clear dark golden liquid with slight haziness. Rich malty nose, nice and sweet smelling, then some pungent floral hoppiness. Taste is juicy, fruity maltiness, intense yet somewhat subdued hop bitterness and alcohol powered potency. Finishes up nicely balanced, bittersweet and fruity, a great effort from Stoudt's.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 23:12:31 | More by beerluvr
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a thick and malty orange-brown in color with a sizable head that left tons of lacing.

Smell – The big East Coast hops in the nose are paired with a mighty malt base. The malts are yeasty and full of biscuit. There’s a lot of caramel sugar in here as well, making this a nose full.

Taste – Yes, this is classic Right Coast. The biscuity malts are huge and heavy and the hops pick things up at the taste to draw even. The finish is leafy hop dryness and the mix of bitter hops, sweet caramel, and heavy malts just explodes on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel – This ADIPA is somewhere close to full-bodied and very slick in between the cheeks. The bitter dryness starts off slow in the middle but really comes down hard at the end. It’s the perfect mix of up front hops, heavy caramel/malt middle, and a sugary bitterness to finish. The light boozy tease just makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability – This is a gigantic East Coast Double that is sure to please the true hop lover. It is so hop heavy it takes on that familiar sweetish tone. If I had to drown in something this would probably be it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 02:21:02 | More by RoyalT
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JackStraw22

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, no freshness label that I saw. Pours a light orange body that's slightly cloudy (it's bottle conditioned I think). Good inch or so of bright white head. Not a whole lot of retention, but a little layer stuck around. Some decent lacing too. Thick, oily hop aroma, with just enough sweetness as to not bulge your eyes out. Hops smell fresh, amarillo? Wonderful mouthfeel, smooth and full without being overly sticky. Huge hop taste. The hops are nicely balanced between aroma/taste/bittering, there's a seemless transition between them all. Almost no hint of alcohol either, so if you're not a big fan of that, this beer is for you. Wonderfull DIPA, get some if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 22:49:56 | More by JackStraw22
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va.
Appearance: Pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a one finger, ecru tinted head. Excellent retention and an exceptional patch lacing effect.
Aroma: Profound aromas of fruits, hops, and malts greet the nose. Quite a melange here, with fresh orange pulp, red apple skins, grapefruit, and pine sap, mingling with malty caramel and some saffron. Very nice array of tropical fruits also includes papaya and pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with restrained carbonation, some oily hop resin, and some vanilla creaminess.
Taste: Fruity hops are dominant, with lots of grapefruit and orangepeel bitterness. Excellent balance is provided by a sweetbread maltiness. Accents of saffron, cotton candy, and vanilla add a surprising complexity. Lots of tasty flavors here, but the finish has an ideal grapefruit and pine resin bitterness.
Drinkability: Wow! This one is a beauty. How do they conceal the 10% abv so well? Tasty and well balanced, dangerously drinkable. One of the best Double IPAs around.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 14:37:23 | More by merlin48
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of warriorsoul.
Pours a very nice hazy orangy copper with a small bone white head. Retention is kind of iffy (which is is pretty standard for a beer of this alcohol content), but lacing is pretty impressive.
Smell is faint toasted malts, caramel, crystal malts, and a very nice earthy hop aroma. There is a definite fruitiness to this DIPA that you don't get in the nose of many others. It's almost a peach or a grapefruit aroma that's kind of refreshing.
Taste begins with sweetness, a slight toasted character and that fruitiness that I described in the aroma. The fruitiness lends itself to a pleasing hop flavor and eventual bitterness. Not much alcohol in the taste, but it is definitely there. A very very slight warming sensation coats the throat as this one goes down.
Mouthfeel is a little off, just a hint more oily than I like my beers. Very smooth though considering bot the hop content and alcohol content.
Overall, a very interesting DIPA. It's certainly not like anything I've ever had. Flavors meld well and it's not hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 01:56:57 | More by LuckySevens82
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer is courtesy of santoslhalper, thx!

The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a 1 cm fluffy offwhite/orangish head foaming up easily. The aroma is all hops, starting with citrusy notes of grapefruit and some orange as well, but also a nice pine scent is buried in there.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of oily texture and fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel and hard candy up front and leaves a bit of this sweet flavor stickiness on my lips after each sip. This flavor quickly moves to a grassy and piney hop bitterness that also allows some grapefruit to say "hello".
The beer finishes very clean and crisp and I only get any hint of abv after the beer hits my stomach. Amazingly drinkable and tasty.
A very nice beer that is well crafted and not over the top while still being rather intense.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 03:14:02 | More by sulldaddy
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blitz134

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking DIPA. Cloudy orange caramel color with a thick and clumpy nearly white head. A fair amount of floaties as well. Lacing is thick as well.

Smell is sweet, much like those orange suckers you get at the bank teller. A nice citrus aroma overall with bits of straw. I could sit and smell this for hours, but my beer would get warm.

Immediately you can tell this is a DIPA as it stings a bit from the hops. A good blend of citrus and straw grasses with some resin bitterness at the end. I like the citrus flavor without an overwhelming cascade hop taste. This is pretty balanced as well. A good dose of yeasty, bread laden malt comes through. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and oily as it should be. The drinkability on this could get you in trouble. The high abv is the only thing bringing it down.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 20:56:10 | More by blitz134
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