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Double Bubble - Rush River Brewing Company

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 05-31-2009)
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Photo of dakotaben

North Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

A- Slightly hazy and lasting head. Light tracing as I drank this.

S- Nice hoppy smell mixed with a fuittiness.


M - Full and fairly thick mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Will drink again!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:18:54 | More by dakotaben
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly recedes above a clear well carbonated straw golden colored beer.

Pretty noticeable citrus hops aroma with a bit off fresh pine included.

Citrus, pine and some grassy notes in the taste of this hops tasting imperial.

Pretty dry aftertaste that almost puckers a person. There is a bit of the citrus tastes remaining with this medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting but I would actually like a bit more from a imperial.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:37:26 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Jparker37


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Bottled week 2 or June.

A - Beautiful pillowy white head. Great clarity on the light copper beer. Small amount of lacing from a small whole cap that was present throughout.

S - Citrus (tangerine peel), pine tree. Sweet biscuit, toasty malt is easy to spot. Gets a little boozy as it warms.

T - Bitterness hits right on the front of my tongue instantly. Very piney hop flavor. Sweet malts midway and some moderate bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium to medium-full body, light to medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Aroma didn't jump from the glass but has complexity. Hop flavor is a one dimensional piney prickliness. Solid full palate of bitterness without going overboard. Perception of sweet malt but finishes nice and dry. Good looking brew with a decent head. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 21:45:39 | More by Jparker37
Photo of Santanax


3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a great balance for how potent it is...The alcohol is overwhelmed by rich piney hoppy notes along with a nice malt and honey background while not being too sweet or viscous...goes down extremely smooth..give a nice warming sensation to the belly. overall great beer great boozy IPA with tons of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:44:27 | More by Santanax
Photo of xmorgan


4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decent IPA
APPERANCE: pale straw colored nice lacing

SMELL: piny citrus nose with hints of floral hops

TASTE: grapefruity with an alcohol finish

MOUTHFEEL: power full citrus finish and alcohol

OVERALL: good IPA with a little strong alcohol taste would drink again

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:39:25 | More by xmorgan
Photo of jimmah120


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottled about a month before consumption, as far as I know. poured into tulip glass. review from notes

golden amber look, lots of fluffy white foam on top. smell is hoppy and piney with a hint of bubblegum(?). taste is similar, pine, bitter plastic(?), floral and citrus hops as well. overly hopped but no slick feel.

"Bubble with funk quick"

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:57:42 | More by jimmah120
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tangerine color with a finger of a white head, light haze/very small sediment.

Smell is pine, honey maltyness, grapefruit

taste is very piney, grapefruity and a wee bit floral as far as the hops go, you get a decent shot of honey like sweetness in the front. Finishes with a very bitter pine that lingers for a while.

Well this is way better then the last time I had it, I guess this is one you have to know is fresh! The last batch I had then months and week notch things on the side but they were not notched... But I took a chance and thought it was ok, but this time it is much better then ok!

If you see it and it is somewhat fresh give this a chance!, at under $10 a sixer this DIPA is in line with Lagunitas DIPA prices... Good Beer, Good price what else could you want.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:07:07 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Rizalini


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, dated June WK3, into my Stone goblet...

A - Poursa slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a finger of white head. A nice ring is left behind when it falls.

S - Aromas of apricot are there, but not bold. Some slight bready/yeasty aromas are present as well.

T/M - There is some hop bitterness, and some piney resin in the aftertaste, but I can tell that some of the flavors have diminished with time. Nice caramel malt base, and the 9% is hidden very well. Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O - This had the potential to be a great IIPA, but time has tamed this one down a bit. That being said, it's still a really good IIPA. Better than I was expecting actually. I would probably purchase another one, if it were available in Las Vegas.Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 05:04:36 | More by Rizalini
Photo of htomsirveaux


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized white-yellow head. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Aroma is perfumey and sweet, citric hops and basil dominate. Starts sweet and herbaly. Slight resin throughout. Medium to light body, alcohol is warming. Dry honeyish finish. Just the right amount of lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Well balanced for an IIPA, probably not quite to style but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:01:56 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of yamar68


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather tame looking honey gold with a finger of staunch white head and decent lacing. Smells of slightly muted citra and green apple? The character has obviously faded a bit. Some sweet grass and soft grains. The taste is also a bit muddy but has its strong points. The citrus has been pulled back to a near abstract bitter but is still easy drinking. This beer represents a decent execution of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:51:51 | More by yamar68
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double bubble is Rush River's version of a DIPA, brewed with honey. The beer pours a hazy dark dirty yellow-golden color with a big cap of foam. The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus hops, but there are notes of honey wafting around as well. This trend continues on the palate along with notes of green apple. The heavy, oily hop character flows across the palate. The honey mitigates the hops and vise versa; the whole is less than the sum of the parts---but still a good brew. It finishes a little warm. By accidental discovery, the double bubble nicely complemented the heap of roasted beets that I had for dinner. The earthiness of the beets played the sweetness of the honey off the bitterness of the hops. Weird.

I tried a bottle from this same six pack several months ago and it was sweeter and little more jagged around the edges. A little time has smoothed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:51:59 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Florida9


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The notch on the side of the bottle says "November" but there is no year attached. Considering when the other reviews were written, I'm going to assume this one is out of date. Never-the-less:

A: Slightly hazy dark gold in color. There are some floaties suspended in the beer itself. Forms a nice large white head that slowly reduces to a thick surface coating and lots of lacing.

S: Smell is rather floral and a bit perfumed with a mix of honey and light malts.

T: Starts off fairly sweet and with a somewhat dirty dank quality. Sweetness really hangs on the tongue in a somewhat annoying fashion. Lots of honey (does the bee on the label mean this was brewed with honey?) Hops have faded to a mild floral sweetness with a bit of orange and a slight hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a mild bitterness. Sort of prickly in the mouth. Kind of weak for the style.

O: I'll admit this one is probably out of date, but, if that's the case it shouldn't be sold. If they're willing to sell it then they can get the review. Overall, it's still a decent beer and since I've never had it fresh I have no capacity to comment on what it would have been like at that time. Drinkable, but would have preferred to have had a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:53:52 | More by Florida9
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I know it wasn't fresh, but it was still good.

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of soft foam. It left patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical fruits.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. You could taste the honey sweetness and caramel. There was a mild spicy bitterness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This was good. Really liked the aroma of tropical fruits. The honey addition is interesting and really mellows it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:39:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of 2BDChicago


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Rileys in Madison, WI approx May2011, so drinking this Imp IPA just a tad late or not?

Off-white Foam head was soft, yet big and long lasting.

Initial wiffs of nose were sweet, slightly burnt toffee notes, surrounding by huge honey malt. Very nice and totally original.

The honey malt is not that sweet, and quickly drys out. A low medium mouthfeel feels just right on the tongue. Some low notes of citrus and raw sugar.

What I liked best of this solidly craft brew, was how well it had matured in a half year since it was brewed. Would make an interesting match against Hopslam and a few other DIPAs that seem to use honey to balance out. This beer was very original, well made and drinkable for a 9% abv. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:33:55 | More by 2BDChicago
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Gelly's Pub and Eatery in Stockholm, WI

A: clear, amber, nice head when poured but dissipated to thin veil
S: medium nose, fruity and malty, nice balance
T: good balance for an IPA, nice sweeter malt with strong bitter finish
M: well-balanced, malty up front with strong bitter hops

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:47:17 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color. head disapprears quickly left a light lacing.

Scent: Sweet honey scent. Missing the hoppy IPA scent.

Taste: Sweet start with a slight bittness of the hops coming through at the end. Honey is very subtle citrus hint is more apparent

Mouth Feel: Sweet under tounge sensation at fist followed by the IPA bitterness to finish

Overall: Happy with it overall. Great new taste that is not matched, good change of pace beer

Serving type: bottle to perfect pink glass - 9.99 6pack

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:45:52 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of adman08


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very pale straw color with lots of thick white head that fades very slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-A slightly herbal hop aroma with a very faint hint of citrus.
T-Not a ton of flavor, mostly just an herbal hop flavor, not much malt. Slightly soapy flavor.
M-Not a very heavy beer at all for an IIPA. Decent carbonation but not much bodsy.
Overall, Not a bad IIPA but it needs more malt and more body. For the high alcohol and for an IIPA I expcet more malt body and even a little more hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:26:03 | More by adman08
Photo of TheGordianKnot


2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks UngerTaker for this bottle. Dated the 2nd week of august, poured into a tulip glass...

A- Pours a bright orange, almost straw, liquid with floating particles. Inch of dense, fluffed egg white texture looking head. Head completely coats the glass.

S- A lot of oranges come through and hit the nose first. Pineapple, peaches, and honey also there. Its more of a nice IPA aroma and not so much a DIPA; but I'm impressed, I'll admit...

T/M- Yeah, I knew the beer was too good to be true so far. Taste really falls off and becomes mediocre. The bitterness is initial on the middle and back of tongue, then it gets hot from alcohol and finishes with some pine flavor and astringency on the tongue. Body is medium with good carbonation and ends set dry, but still doesn't help the flavor.

O- Disappointed in how little flavor there is in this. Nose is so fruity and pleasant, then the taste is hot and bitter, but bleh bitter... Wouldn't come to this again I think

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 18:48:59 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Lillie1128


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my PBR pint glass

A - Pours a pretty, clouded amber

S - Big floral nose full of citrus and hops

T - This is really mild for a dipa. Tastes like sweet grapefruit, little bit of chamomile and a some yeasty goodness. Finishes with a gentle hop ending.

M - Awesome mouthfeel, kinda chewy

D - medium

This is a solid dipa, and really sweet and approachable. Thanks to sweetwillyrolbar for this one!!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:00:30 | More by Lillie1128
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- nice golden color with haziness. Yeast floating around from the unfiltered style of the beer. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that sticks around pretty well. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Ar- floral, citrusy, and piney. Smells like a typical IPA but alcohol is present in this one.

T- Hoppy but not as hoppy as I thought for a DIPA. Pine and alcohol are prevalant especially in the aftertaste. Sweet flavor. Not too bitter for a DIPA either.

M- Good carbonation, medium body, crisp

O- I love IPA's and this beer didn't let me down. Pretty good flavor but the alcohol at the end of the is a little too strong. Don't know If I am a huge fan of the sweetness either. Overall though I give it a thumbs up and would definitely drink another, I think the original "bubble" is better though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:00:20 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in an over-sized wine glass

A: Pours a wonderful honey golden color that is nicely hazy with a solid amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of very fine white head that lingers nicely, leaves a very nice amount of lacing
S: very light hop resin scent with something slightly deeper behind it also has a nice sweetness that is likely from the honey
T: hits like a typical IPA in the beginning with slight citrus notes and hop bitterness and has a very bright and sweet finish from the honey also has a nice herbal note in the middle that is kind of like grass
M: strong carbonation, moves smoothly and leaves the mouth clean
O: a nice imperial IPA clean taste, lacking in the scent, very nice, smooth, and clean, not outstanding but very nice

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:27:31 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of inlimbo77


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Bottle notch date reads April 2011 (I think). 9% ABV.

A: Pours a hazy, light orange color. 1/2 finger white head, that dissipates quickly. Some carbonation rolling off the bottom of the glass. Alcohol legs.

S: This is a strang smell. I don't get any real hop character like other DIPAs. I get tons of sweet malts. Loads of malts with some honey. Also, booze.

T: This doesn't taste like I was assuming or have come to know for DIPAs, except for the booze. Sweet malt bomb. I don't get tons of hops at all. A little towards the back of the mouth, but not a bitter bite like normally. Very sweet from the honey I guess.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouth coating.

O: This one is OK. Nothing blows me away here. I was actually upset by the lack of hops. I like more hoppiness in my DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 14:27:04 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

S. Has some nice hop bitterness in the aroma. Floral piney hops with a bit of citrus. Has a spicy clove yeast smell that smells a bit like bubblegum. Borders on smelling like a Belgian IPA.

T. Has a bit of bubblegum taste too. Has quite a bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, but not a lot of hop flavor. Has a sweet malt taste. Pretty easy drinking.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation Has a bit of lingering bitterness.

O. Overall not too bad of a DIPA. Definitely has some bubble gum qualities for me. Not sure if that is where the name comes from . Not as much hop aroma or flavor as I expects. A little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:46:39 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
Apr Wk2 notched, 9% ABV.

A - Almost fully clear, this golden yellow brew is vibrant! It's topped heartily by thick, dense bone-colored foam with moderate retention but honey-comb-like sticky lace.

S - Sweet honey and sticky caramel with a pils malt nose and low phenolic notes provide a strong base for the mild hops. Juicy mango and pineapple citrus are welcoming and combat the sweet malt while warm alcohol pokes through the back.

T - The battle between hops and malt rages on fiercely! Lots of pale and pils sweetness with honey and caramel in tow, the citrus hops have almost met their match. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit flavor comes secondary.

M - Medium-full in body and thin towards the end as a little solvent alcohol comes through, Double Bubble is lacking a good, strong kick of bitterness to the finish that should be in a double IPA. It ends a little dry and modestly bitter but sweetness leaves a lasting impression overall.

O - A great start to a DIPA, some more dry-hopping to elevate the nose and more alpha acid in the boil for a more assertive hop flavor and bitterness bit would do the trick with this one. Otherwise it's pretty well balanced. Most double IPAs are uncontrollably balanced the OTHER way.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:42:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sample- quite light hazy golden with a ton of chunky floaties despite careful decanting. Nominal head and lacing. Nose - off putting cheese like aromas and over ripe fruit. Taste- big improvement over that off putting nose- , lighter bodied with a hop zip of pine and pineapple, sweetness is subdued which follows to a biscuity pale malt finish. Finishes nicely actually, with the palate wanting another sip. Once you get past the amount of floaties and bizarre nose, its actually quite drinkable for a 9% brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:28:24 | More by oakbluff
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Double Bubble from Rush River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.