Hop Lava IPA | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
doublemountainbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive!"

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich Malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 7.0% ABV, 75 BU

Added by ccrida on 07-26-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
262
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
25.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 262
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Hood River 5/18/09.

Orangish body under one finger quickly dissipating head minimal lacking. Citrusy, more lemon than grapefruit, taste with strong peppery hop presence on the back end. Alcohol well hidden makes it dangerously drinkable. Absolutely divine, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First tasted at the Concordia XX IPA fest. Followed up with a pint at the brewery. This IPA incorporates a Belgian yeast strain giving it a rich fruity character and mildly sour mouthfeel.

Appearance: Pale corn color with attractive lacing.

Aroma: Massive gin like juniper berries and branches, grape seed oil, rum, touches of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Acrid, mildly sour in a Berliner Weise meets IPA sort of way. Burning Alcohol and hop presence. Very bitter. Loads of juniper/pine flavor highlighted nicely by a generic, Belgian Pale sort of light fruitiness. Grapes and citrus. Medium bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is quite hoppy and a touch strong but it remains nearly sessionable for me.

Simply exceptional.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of NickyT
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of LXIXME
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, part of a few new offerings recently made available up here in the Great White North of Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden copper colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some dissipating cloud cover lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of biscuity and grainy caramel malt, pleasantly muddled tropical fruit (strong on the melon side, though), a more domestic citrus and pome rind bitterness, and further leafy, floral, and piney hops. The taste is bready, doughy, and still fairly biscuity caramel malt, a weaker plain pale graininess, faint white pepper spice, blended melon and citrus fruity notes, and more weedy, piney, and leafy green hop bitters, with just a mere suggestion of the elevated ABV.

The carbonation is nicely rounded in its oft-probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the robust hops, while engaging, seem a bit too eager to traipse through the rose bed, as it were. It finishes off-dry, but trending towards the latter, as the malt puts up the good fight, against a still heady continent of West Coast hop gangstas.

Overall, an enjoyable version of an amped-up Yankee IPA, one that skirts and flirts with the DIPA border. Lots of varied hoppy goodness abounding, but not without a commensurate and sanity-maintaining malt backbone. Yup, that yin-yang thing is definitely prevalent, and that's why we hopheads freaking like it so much!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear shimmering gold with a touch of haze and a sturdy white foam floating on top.
Aromas of cut hay, drought grasses, pine, and honey. This, though is far drier than one might expect.
Again, quite dry through the mouth. Hay and saltine crackers lay the malt base and are quickly tossed aside. Hops blast in with dried flowers, wilted prairie grasses, and a touch of evergreen. It's all sorts of bitter, but lacks a stand-up counterpart to balance it and take it to the next level.
Medium bodied with a steady, rushing CO2. It's build as a drinker, despite its elevated ABV. Its strength is not noticed at all.
While the bitterness it rotund, the overall impression is unlike most PacNW hop bombs I've had. I've give it some credit for that, but it lacks depth and balance over the long haul. Still, a good quaff.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, the Dray

appearance: served in a shaker pint, glowing copper body, standard light beige foam head

smell: fresh nw hops - not "lava" levels though...munich malts definitely noticeable on the nose

taste: you come to expect a certain level of over-the-topness from NW IPA's especially those called "Hop Lava" - instead this beer provides a very balanced bill....biscuity munich and pilsner malts, bread, citrus, light pine.

mouthfeel: medium, crisp

overall: a good IPA, but not at the top of the NW pack

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Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kegatron
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper initially (which does clear out a bit after a while), topped with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with about roughly a ¼ finger of thin foaminess, throwing up a robust cascade of frothy lacing that clings to the sides in rich swathes. The aroma smells leafy and a little herbal, with notes of bitter fruit underneath. The malts have a sweet grainy feel to them along the edges of the nose. I’m honestly not getting a whole lot of complexity at all out of this. Just some flat and green feeling bitterness, along with some residual sweetness. This is bit disappointing.

Bitter fruit and pine spread a resinous and pithy bitterness out into the mouth. There is a general feeling sweet balancing effect here from the malts but the hoppy finish on this is strong, with pith, pine, and spice all sticking a bit too harshly on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that quickly gives way to a creamy and much smoother feel. I will say that the alcohol is nicely hid here, which helps out the overall feel here a lot.

Wow, I was expecting so much more from this. There just really wasn’t much complexity, definition, or most of all robustness to the hop profile and even the malts didn’t bring much to this beyond a neutral feeling sweetness. This was just a flat feeling IPA. The look and feel are the only factors keeping this in the game at all. So underwhelming….

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justiceavocado
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange. Hazy. Thin head. Lots o' lace.

Smell: grainy. Not a lot of aroma on the hops.

Taste: malts are predominantly two row. Grainy. Hops are perfume up front and a big pine tar bitter that lingers.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Lots o bitter. Medium body. Think Megan fox.

Overall: pretty good. Not my fave. Malts are basic. Not a lot of aroma. Very bitter.

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Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally able to get in there during nice early summer hours to try this brew. Tried to get at the Gresham Old Chicago... and they were tapped out...

- Nice super clear caramel color... bubbly white head quickly down to some even spots of fizz... small ring of lace.

- Rather light floral hop aroma.. light pine, citrus fruit... thin caramel.... sweetness, and grain.

- Very robust and flavorful IPA... bitter pine, chewy grain, robust floral and citrus hops... super fresh.. a very good IPA. Nice light alcohol and grainy caramel malt melds perfectly with the hug hop variety.

- Chewy... bitter dry bite, and light bodied.... all makes for what an IPA should be really.

- Overall one of the better IPA's I have had... certainly a winner... and one to order again.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served pale amber with a modest head and fair amount of lacings. Aroma is earthy floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy leathery hops. Good amount of malts help balance the bitterness. With so many good American IPAs available it is hard to single out something special in most of them. This one did have a bit more interesting hop richness than many but that may be due to the fresh from the keg experience. I certainly will order some Hop Lava when in the mood for a tasty IPA.

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Photo of jds16
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bret717
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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