Hop Lion
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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American IPA
Ranked #3,133
Ranked #19,807
3.9 | pDev: 4.1%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
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Photo of Reidrover
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, single bottle..from Roth's Sunnyslope Market in S. Salem.
Nice floral and pine aromas.
Taste similar but with much more bitter resinous hop in the end.
Nice well carbonated mouth feel..semi dry finish.
Nice traditional IPA

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Light golden amber, a bit hazy, dense and solid head with great retention. No dominate aroma profile here...just a down the middle IPA hops. We like their taste profile. Not trying too hard to be one thing or the other, just aiming at being a solid offering. Clean finish, no rough edges.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts about ten minutes. Rings of lace as the head falls.
Smell is fruity hops with some pine.
Taste is fruity piney hops with a good malt base.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a fine West Coast IPA. Yumm!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hop Lion is a good clarity brass color on the edge of light amber. An almost white head is foamy with exceptional retention and lacing.

Very citrus forward aromas of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine are followed by wet pine needles and a little bit of simple syrup sweeter.

Seemless transition from aroma to flavor, and for once the flavor is even more intense. Citrus orchard and an evergreen forest converge and balance dominance over whole grain cereal. There is even a touch of pepper in the end.

Hop Lion is highly carbonated giving it a tingly feel that only seems to increase its dryness and bitterness. It's remarkably easy to drink.

A well done and classic west coast style IPA. Glad to see this in six packs finally. Definitely worth revisiting, and probably a regular (at least for summer) purchase. Cheers.

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Photo of Todd
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine #130 (November 2017):

Dark golden in color, Killer Lion has a frothy head with stick and a damn hoppy nose that screams with Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s fresh, green, dank, floral, and minty. Overall, it has a nice tropical-ish and orangey flavor with a hit of zest and rind and 82 IBU. A bit peppery, it’s oily, sticky, and resiny into the finish, which also offers some crackery malt character. In a word, dankalicious.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – Half finger head atop a hazy amber body. Looks good.

Aroma – Strong citrus, lemony, a little floral some tropical guava

Taste – Quick burst of tropical fruit followed by a blast of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Light and well carbonated.

Overall – Easy drinking and not too heavy.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - no indication as to the hops used herein, but there is a rather attractive-sounding short sensory description on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some wispy cloud pattern lace around the glass as it rather slowly and lazily recedes.

It smells of dank pine resin, bready and doughy caramel malt, generic citrus flesh, wet stone paths after the rain, some muddled tropical fruitiness, and further leafy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some blood orange and red grapefruit citrus peel, a faint earthy minerality, and more mildly dank, leafy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a soft aerosol creaminess evolving as things warm up a wee bit. It finishes off-dry, the hefty malt and fading hop esters falling just so.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with the bitterness kept quite in check, and the forest floor hop flavours abounding, though the dank does, um, go up in smoke quite quickly. Still don't really know what the hell 'pass it upon the left hand side' means, but I'm keeping the rest of this one all to myself.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red, green, and gold-- Jah Lion! Pours a golden amber with piles of white foam in the big Duvel tulip. Tangy and hoppy with aroma of fresh soil and tangerine. Dark notes with resins and orange marmalade. Inviting frothy mouthfeel.

I'd like to say this is too dank for words, Mon, but in any case pass the kouchie on the left hand side. Overall a very drinkable and pleasant IPA. Yes I! From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of hreb
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/26/17. Half liter bottle served in (Chimay) chalice as per instructions on the label. Brassy in color with thin head and imperfect clarity. Aroma is fruity, sweet, a little bit funky, and quite tropical. Flavor is more resinous initially, but the middle of the profile is very smooth and neutral. Malt profile is actually defined, and brings in a bit of crystal malts (Crisp 45) and even a bit of smokiness. This is very much unlike other tropical hop IPAs I've enjoyed recently. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, and approaches syrupy without being sweet or cloying. Much thicker than I'd expect for a beer apparently brewed with Kolsch yeast. This beer is forcing me to reassess my impression of Double Mountain Brewery -- for the better.

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Photo of BorisNorris
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a soft white head and slight chill haze. Aroma is tangerines and light pine. Flavor is mostly the same. Carbonation is medium-high, body is medium-light; alcohol warming in the back. Finish is resiny and dry. Well made beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a nice three finger off-whiet head that slowly dissipates leaving thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with a little biscuit, citrus and dank hops, orange citrus and a light minerally element. Flavor is mild caramel and pale malt, citrus hops, orange and tangerine; develops some piney hops into a lightly resinous piney and citrus finish with a little more of the light mineral and a lingering biscuit flavor. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A Northwest style hop bill that tastes more citrus at first and then moves into pine territory. The light mineral is the most interesting part. I looked at the website to see what they said about the profile and one of the things is "petrichor", which turns out to be that sharp rock smell that occurs in the beginning of a rain after a period of dry weather. And that is exactly what the mineral part of the aroma smells like. There is less of it in the flavor. Light malt flavors, but good support for the hops which are low on herbal flavors, but nice citrus and pine. An interesting variation on an an IPA that has a Northwest start and a more biscuity, almost English finish. Kudos on the petrichor aroma component.

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Hop Lion from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings