Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber AleAtwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale
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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber AleAtwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NJpadreFan on 01-22-2010

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Photo of Beejay
1.85/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Deep reddish brown, crystal clear with a nice tan head. Big chunks of yeast sediment in this, as well as foaming out the top when I popped the cap.

S: Malty and sweet smelling. The sweetness is very odd, I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: This is a strange mix of flavors. Sweet and sour at the same time. Something is definitely off about this. There is some hop flavor that really lingers, there is some cardboard flavors as well as a bit of funky/dirty flavor. Not enjoyable.

M: Extremely high carbonation, almost solvent like.

D: It's been a few years since I have given an Atwater brew a try, and right now they are 0 for 2. Skip this beer, unless you want to give your sink something to drink. So far everything I have had from the brewery has been a drain pour.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
1.89/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Double Down Imperial Amber Ale has a ruby colored body that mixes hues of both red and brown together and a large, off-white head that clings to the side of the glass well enough to leave some solid lacing.

The aroma has a bit of hops, sweet malts, and a nasty sour aroma to it.

My friends from Michigan keep making sure a few stragglers from Atwater end up in my fridge, so I always end up popping one open from time to time. Most of them, including this one, have been very bad. I have held off reviewing them for various reasons, but this one I decided to go for. A bite of bitterness and some grapefruit comes through, as well as some stale-tasting, sweet malt. After that is sheer chaos. Butter, sourness, dirty pennies, just a complete mess. Horrid.

The mouthfeel seems good enough, but something that tastes this bad is really hard to accurately describe.

Many of the Atwater beers that I have tried have been really bad, and I regret not reviewing them. One thing I can say for Double Down Imperial Amber is that it fits in.

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Photo of kbrown
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of TheGarvenator
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - pours a dark, murky amber reddish color with a relentless head that takes forever to dissipate.

S - smells delicious with scents of hops and malt

T - tastes incredibly bitter and metallic

M - the hops overwhelm and sting the mouth, and the metal taste ruins all hope of enjoying it....also extremely carbonated

Wow, I wasnt suspecting this ale to be this horrendous....the smell and appearance are misleading since it looks great and smells pretty good too but the taste ruins it completely. Its as if they brewed this with pennies or some monetary coin and sold it....too much yeast I say, the head takes like an hour to calm down and I believe that adds to the metallic taste which ruins the experience...I do not recommend this to anyone with taste buds....

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Photo of Seanibus
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the enduring features of Atwater's beer is wild overcarbonation - sometimes to dangerous levels. I have seen this attributed to various causes, including poor handling by beer stores. But I have tried several varieties over several years from multiple beer vendors and different cities and the result is always the same - vast overcarbonation.

And this beer was no exception. The cap leaped off into my hand. Normally, I would would write this off as a one-off bad beer and not review it (as I have done with other Atwater beers I have tried). But this has gotten stupid. This brewery should know better by now, so I think this beer is fair game to review.

The aroma is malty and slightly sweet. The flavor is malty and brown sugary, with some grapefruity hops.

Normally, I might give this beer, say, a C+. It's not bad flavorwise. But the carbonation makes the mouthfeel unbearable - it is like putting an alka-seltzer tablet in your mouth and taking a big swig of beer. It is painful and unpleasant.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.59/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- The liquid is a clear and ruby orange/red color. The bone white head is somewhat creamy and has decent retention.

S- Caramel, earth, oats, and a touch of smoke. A little mild.

T- Bitter and earthy with a touch of fruitiness. Pretty bland. Just a malty beer with some bitterness.

M- There is a numbing aspect to it with a slight lasting dryness.

D- Has some meat to it which keeps it from being really drinkable. The blandness is hard to get over.

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Photo of wedgie9
2.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle at Lush West Town. Pours clear amber with a fairly thin lace white head. Nose is strange, and reminiscent of Fritos with a hint of sweetness and an alcohol burn. Flavor is no better with a corny malt flavor and decent alcohol. The body is medium but sticky with average carbonation and a medium bitter finish.

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Photo of brewkrew
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep reddish brown color like the redhead on the bottle. Sweet, floral and hoppy aroma is pleasant. Enters with a bitter lemon taste with cereal notes and malt sugarslingering into a bitter finish. More balanced than their Pale Ale of course, but similar characteristics on the finish

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of 98green
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IlPostino
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jacobseyb
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a deep dark amber color. Off-white head was thick and laced well. Dissipated rather quickly. Smell was definitely dark fruits, little to no hop aroma. Taste is very similar, with dark fruits leading the way. Some dryness, very crisp in feel. Overall not my favorite in the style, a little to sweet, and the flavors weren't as expected.

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Photo of biggred1
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turbid, apple cider brown with a massive airy head that lasts forever and takes a while to pour, this beer is a gusher. The nose is brown sugar and caramel malt. Sweet caramel and green apple skin with some herbal hop notes in the finish. A bit over-carbonated for my liking and on the leaner side of medium bodied. This beer doesn't really work for me, I have yet to find a great offering from Atwater Block.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color, with a small off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops and somewhat iced tea like. In the taste, mellow grapefruit citrus hops and a sweet malt. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small hop aftertaste. Mellow and smooth, with nice hop presence.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Clark St. Alehouse. Had never heard of this beer. They have many fine beers there, but this was not one of their top beers. Not too great. I guess I should have asked about the style, but just wanted to try something I had never had before. Big brown body, decent head. Pretty malty but not a ton of depth. Decent hop balance. Appearance and smell are its strong suits. Not bad, but not great. Probably won't drink it again if I'm there, too many other awesome brews on draft there, and I've never seen it anywhere else.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCgoalie for this bottle

Pours reddish murky deep brown with a light tan head. Speaking of the head, this thing was WAY over carbonated and a gentle pour filled my pint with a towering head. It took a good ten minutes to get this thing under control, and by that point the head looked like it belonged in a modern art gallery. All that being said, it did leave concrete like lace.

The aroma was very malt forward with plenty of doughy malt mingling with some delicate herbal hop notes. Really not a huge nose on this though. Very subdued.

The flavor is quite interesting. Plenty of sweet malt with a nice caramel/cookie dough thing going on. It also had an interesting cherry like taste in it that reminded me of the flavor that many of the high ABV DFH beers have. Intriguing, but not really what I was looking for in a beer like this. Floral and herbal hops are also present, but it seems to be mostly malt forward.

The mouthfeel is medium and after all that crazy foam during the pour, it has nothing left to give in the carbonation department. Perhaps this is the reason I am not getting a huge amount of flavor out of this beer. The finish itself is quite nice though, and leaves a pleasant sweetness on my tongue.

I was really not that impressed with this beer. Part of me wants to track down a bottle or draft that does not have the carbonation issues, but another part of me is pretty sure that even if it was noticeably better, it would still not be worth it.

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Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jeffwright
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Pours a clear darker amber. Beige rocky head. Nice retention and lace.

Caramel, a bit of toffee and earthy hops. A few fruity notes. Maybe some soft citrus in the back. Malt character seems dark, almost roasty and chocolatey.

Malt seems to be the centerpiece here. A nice caramel malt, with some toasty notes. Not much sweetness. Earthy hops come in, but pretty balanced. Finishes dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. Not bad, but not that memorable.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness date, though there is a code of some sort on the bottle.

a - color is a deep reddish amber. forms a thick, foamy, off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

s - has a distinct earthy smell with notes of cherry and dark fruit.

t - toasty and carmely with some fruity overtones and strong hop bitterness. finish is quite dry, and there is a definite alcohol presence.

m - medium body with a nice co2 profile.

d - could probably have another, but this seems more like a once in a while brew.

i had this on tap at foran's grand trunk pub and found it to be pretty damn good, just the right mix of fruity, malty and bitter, so i bought a few bottles. well, the bottled version is nowhere near as good as my notes suggest. maybe i got a bad batch? i might have to get some of this direct from atwater to ensure freshness and try again.

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Photo of Shumista
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours clear reddish brown with a small head.
S- Not the strongest aroma. Little bit of earthy hops and some caramel malt.
T- Earthy hops from the aroma, caramel malt. Finish is a lingering bitterness.
M- Medium-bodied. Coats the mouth in an almost oily way.
D- I could have a few of these and not get bored. Also it drinks pretty easy considering it is getting up there in alcohol content.

Short review for a beer there isn't a whole lot to say about. Pretty decent, nothing great.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Shoreline beverage (That's another story).

Poured a reddish amber with a dense temporary foam hat. Lace was plentiful. Slight fruity aroma hit the nose. Taste was lightly fruity with a slightly grainy malt flavor...Pretty boring really. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than thin and carbonation was average.

Not something I would travel any distace to buy again.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-15-10

Pours a hazy red/brown color with a pleasant off white head and very nice lacing. Not bad for the style.

Smell is malty and very sweet, almost sugary. The malt gets a little deeper as you go, in an old ale kind of way.

Taste is much sharper than the smell would indicate, the hoppy bite is enjoyable, but is followed by a vegetable flavor that is a bit odd. The finish has a redeeming bitter kick, but the oddness comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, suits the malty flavors nicely.

Drinkability is decent, if the flavors were a little more agreeable.

Overall, a nice try, but doesn't quite make it.

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Atwater Double Down Imperial Amber Ale from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 39 ratings