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Double Bubble - Rush River Brewing Company

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 05-31-2009

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of SteveLeitch
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great Imperial IPA. I've only had it on tap, and when served, there was little head, but that didn't stand in my way of falling in love with this one. Appearance is golden with a little haziness.

A nice hoppy but sweet aroma and bold flavor with a great finish with a little alcoholic bite. The finish is really what hooks you. Sip, reflect, and you are longing for another sip.

Currently limited distribution in kegs only - hoping that a limited bottle run might follow!

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Starts with a grassy herbal resiny hop nose over caramel, malt and honey.
Pours brilliant gold under a 3" rocky off-white head that dissipates by about 2/3s. Produces thick lace.
A creamy palate presents light fruit and malt flavors that do suggest double bubble gum and it finishes with a rich hop accent. There is some light hop astringency on the finish.
The beer's body is just a hair above medium and its carbonation is just a hair below.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with lots of fluffy white head. Good lacing. As stated on the bottle this is definitely an unfiltered beer. Lots of sediment floating in this one.

Smell is slightly hoppy and heavy citrus aroma.

Taste is a little funky. Not bad though. A little malt upfront and lots of hops in the middle and finish.

Mouthfeel is light and this one went down very smooth.

Overall a pretty decent DIPA. I'd go for this one again. I liked it a lot better than their regular IPA.

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, malt house on friday night

appearance: served in the smaller version of the nonic pint, straw golden body, frothy white cap with good retention

smell: raw citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit, grain

taste: rush river's offerings arent very refined, but they've managed to use the hop pretty well across their offerings - grapefruit zest, orange peel, grainy aftertaste. good, but could use some polishing

mouthfeel: medium-light body

drinkability: fine

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile. Served in a pint glass, it was a clear, light amber with a short white head. I appreciated that for the strength, the body wasn't too thick or the malt too sweet. I'd just want more hops to this DIPA. There was a great mix of fruity, almost sweet-tasting citrus hops with piney spice. It fills the aroma and coats the tongue. Delicious. It's not the biggest DIPA, but it's a fine example of the style.

Photo of morimech
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with several fingers of head that had great retention. The head settles to a thick, rocky cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is not what I would describe as DIPA hoppy. The hops are not really "in your face". The hops do give off perfumy, floral, as well lemon aromas. Also a bready malt profile. A touch of sulfer as well. Alcohol is not detected.

I just a little disappointed in the flavor. Has all the hop bitterness of a DIPA without that much hop flavor. What hop flavor I do taste is lemon. Malt gives a solid bready foundation. More than slightly bitter and quite warm in the finish. All the ABV is detectable.

Moderate body and nicely carbonated. The bottle conditioning was well done.

Not my kind of DIPA. Some parts were done very well but the aroma and flavor did not hit the mark.

Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slowly made my way through a six pack recently, and just uncovered some notes.

No freshness date, new retro script label, guessing it's a 2011 release. Decanted slowly into a pint to leave the yeast behind. Believe me, you don't want to pour the yeast unless you want a yeast slurry instead of a DIPA. The sediment in the bottle formed a good quarter-inch layer. If decanted it pours a slightly hazed yellow orange, with visible ascending carbonation, and sudsy off-white foam.

Grassy herbal pine aroma, hoppy and earthy, the impending bitterness is almost tangible.

Very firm bitterness, pine resin and aspirin, a bit jarring and harsh at first, but the palate eventually acclimates/numbs to it. Slick with a moderate caramel malt presence to balance things out, hints of honey, florals, and citrus that seems somewhat muted. Without a freshness date, it's hard to determine how much the original hops might have faded here. They certainly lend a brash bitterness, and a dry resiny aftertaste that lingers.

Overall i'd try it again and revise this review if I came across a fresh sample.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of yamar68
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rush-ian River? Hell no, it's Rush River. Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow color. One finger of creamy nearly white head with just below average retention, but lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Floral, in a dank eathy sort of way. The honey is easily detectable and stands out in prominence and leaves a sugary aroma. Orange and tangerine citrus. Surprisingly not very yeasty for being bottle conditioned. Rather, the yeastiness is solely complementary in role and works very well with the direction that this brew is going.

4.0 T: Again, the honey makes a big contribution. This tastes more like a DIPA mixed with a braggot, rather than just a DIPA with an inconsequential amount of honey. Bitterness is barely noticeable, which works really well with this. Orange citrus with light notes of grapefruit and pine. Pretty good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Not a bad beer and definitely a good beer to drink when you want that honey flavor. Not particularly hoppy for a DIPA, but it certainly doesn't need it.

Photo of Santanax
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from 120z bottle

A- poured a slightly hazed golden color with a fast receding white head to a nice collar and sticky lacing on side of glass..it also had alot of floaties (bad)

S-has a fruity hoppy smell with some honey and lemon

T- bitter first then some grapefruit mixed with some citrus/tropical hops ..a little honey and a strange soapy taste..

M- carbonated and crisp but mostly bitter without a nice hop profile for a dipa

D- this was just average it had a strange soapy taste to me and was mostly bitter..one and done for me

Photo of Hoolie5
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Didn’t expect much. Bought on a hunch. Pretty good hop nose, but not overbearing. Hint of honey, very smooth on the palate. Will purchase again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly clouded golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: A very perfumey nose to this beer. It's got a lot of orange notes to it, particularly orange rind, with a bit of grapefruit and tangerine. There is also a floral character to it and a sweet malt note in the back.

T: Lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flavors. Strangely, I get a bit of banana, but that might just be a fluke. A moderate bitterness to the beer with a bit of tropical fruit sweetness. The malt flavor is noticeable and mainly bready.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

D: Overall a pretty good DIPA. Not the most amazing beer of the style, but good.

Photo of martyl1000
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. Bitterness of the pine-tar variety, with very little sweetness.

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange with bits of yeast suspended. Big billowy head.

Smell: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral and sweet.

Taste: Nicely hopped with grapefruit, pine and floral elements. Stong biscuit-honey sweet presence holds up well to the hop, but the hop prevails and it finishs nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick.

Drinkability: It's good. No glaring flaws, but not outstanding either.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bo's n' Mine in River Falls.

A - Pours a golden, straw colored body that is hazy in appearance. A nice, white, fluffy head that is about a finger thick rises and slowly fades away to a lace across the beer after about five minutes. Plenty of carbonation is present and visible.

S - Plenty of hops as one would guess. Additionally, there is a nice sweet citrus combination of lemon and earthy grass notes. Faint whiffs of malts are also present along with a slight shot of honey that makes for a good smelling IIPA.

T - Smooth, strong in hops as one would expect. Lots of lemony citrus and piney notes but nothing overbearing. Bitterness is at a minimum and that is something to note especially in an high abv IIPA like this one. No taste of alcohol or graininess despite the high abv.

M - Medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth hops take over. Every inch of your mouth is covered in piney/citrusy hops, but again, nothing bitter or tough to take in. Very smooth overall. Carbonation washing the palate clean leaves the mouth ready for a sweet (honey?) and citrus finish. Very smooth drinking for an IIPA.

D - At the bar I had no idea this beer had such a high abv. It's extremely smooth and easy to drink, which can make for a lethal combination, especially when your not at home. Regardless, its dam good, but drink with caution this one could catch up with you quick.

Rush River seems to have the IPA/IIPA scene figured out. The guys at RR seem to lean towards a strong hop profile in all their beers. While I think that makes some of their beers less desirable, it sure does pay off quite well when your looking for a good IPA or IIPA. It would be nice if this was available in local stores and not just in the bars but it's still worth a try.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a lot of unappealing floating sediment. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, oranges, and grapefruit. It is a very pleasing aroma, but not overly complex. The taste is very bitter with citrus, and some pine coming through, but mostly it is just really, really bitter. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way for.

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of a soda pop feel here. Strawberry and lime character, lots of hops with quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. Lighter bodied and more drinkable than many imperial ipa's.

Photo of Rizalini
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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!

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of dakotaben
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

T - AWESOME.

M - Full and fairly thick mouthfeel.

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

Photo of adman08
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a cloudy pale yellow with some small suspended particles floating through the unfiltered body. Head recedes to a thin coverage with some spotty lacing throughout the experience.

Very bready and leafy on the nose with a strong degree of sweetness that I attribute to the honey and underlying pineapple cake.

An odd beer: pineapple cake, bread dough, some bark and leaves, tempered pine, and borderline cloying sweetness that I again attribute to honey. I don't love this, I don't hate this, but I really don't know what to make of this. Strange and uneven, with tweakability this could be something. What exactly that something is, I am not sure.

Honey adds body, carbonation is on the low end, booze is extremely well hidden. My frustration/disappointment/hope/insert emotion here for a really, really solid local DIPA option continues unabated, and after this experience, unfulfilled.

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Double Bubble from Rush River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.