Double D IPA - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled date of 07/30/2013, so a little over 5 weeks old.
Poured a clear golden yellow with very good carbonation. Head was about a finger, thick and soapy. Went down to a good coating, and retained throughout. Left some of the best lacing I've seen on a beer. (Is that a snowmobile?, come on I bet you see weird stuff in beer lacing too ;)
Couldn't get much on the nose, but it's allergy season. so....Good whiff of hops, and some sweetness.
Taste was...a bit surprising. You'd expect a DIPA at 9.0abv to have some serious punch. But it is much more subtle. Does leave a pleasing carbonated hop taste on the front half of the tongue. Hops are strong, but not overwhelming. A bit of a malt background. It actually went down quite easily, as if it were a regular IPA.
Mouth was around medium, leaving the tongue coated with hops bitterness, which soon dissolved.
Overall, a pretty decent "mild" DIPA offering, makes a change from the smashmouth variety. (But I also enjoy those!) This could be an extremely dangerous beer. Goes down very easy, and at 9.0abv (incidentally, BA lists it at 10.0, the bottle at 9.0), if respect isn't shown, inebriation could quickly follow. I'd have it again.
09-06-2013 03:04:36 | More by MikeWard
2.43/5 rDev -33.2%
Appearance - touch of red but an otherwise golden hue. Started to pour straight down the center, watching for a head to billow up, but that never happened. Hm... Thin head, a few swaths of lace here and there.
Aroma - kind of a light soapy, bready thing going on. No hops in the nose to speak of. Hm...
Taste - there are definitely hops in this beer. There is also a considerable footprint of alcohol. The grains are brief and beat down by a hot malt liquor abv heat. The hops come mostly astringent and pithy, the alcohol tends to overpower any florals. I do get hints of citrus and piney bitterness but the pine is momentary. After that, it's harsh, hot, and not all that flavorful. Ends with astringency and alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel - for a beer that I don't care much for the taste of, I really dig the mouthfeel. Velvety smooth, the way I like the DIPAs, with plenty of crispness and body to fit the style.
Overall - needs a bigger grain bill for balance. Not one I'd revisit.
09-03-2013 04:12:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 06/14/13 stamped on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Clear light copper with ample 2-finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.
S: Aroma is highly floral and grassy with a heavy dose of pine. The malt component is minimal with only a dash of light caramel. Yeast aromas are not present.
T: The flavor is hoppy but harsh with pine being most evident followed by herbal, floral, and slightly grassy. The malt is also sweeter caramel than it should be which seems to enhance the sharpness of the hops rather than counter it. There is no yeast character. This is moderately to severely bitter. THere is a hint of fusel berry alcohols which is increasing the sweetness a little. Simply too harsh and grassy for a good imperial IPA.
M: About average with pretty dry finish and relatively low carbonation. Body is medium.
O: Not too impressive, the hops makeup and schedule needs to be revisted to decrease the harshness of the bitterness. The malt base is also not as well-made with some fusel and slightly solventy notes.
08-23-2013 02:50:07 | More by argock
3.41/5 rDev -6.3%
The trick with this brew is to drink it at room temperature. Yes I know that sounds gross, but try it and you'll see. This beer is all Hops and bitterness with no malt balance to speak of. I have had several and it seems that the colder it is, the more bitter it tastes. Try it at room temperature and you are right up there with the other double IPAs. Having said that, I do enjoy an ice cold brew, so I am subtracting points from my review. Cheers!
08-09-2013 03:26:27 | More by Chrisbaggz
Double D IPA from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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