Hop Lava IPA | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Hop Lava IPAHop Lava IPA

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

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

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of ColdOneKev
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Towski
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Became the beer of the year for me.

Overwhelmingly hoppy, then perfectly caramelly. Leaving you in a flavor bliss.

Captured the perfect essence of balance and pushed the limits of my senses. A fine example of an Oregon IPA, pushing it as far as it could go with hoppiness, but always rewarding you with sweetness for your journey.

On tap, unbeatable.

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Photo of hoesweizen
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of madtappers
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Double Mountian tasting room.

Poured a hazed copper color with a perfect white foamy head.

The aroma of nw hops pour out of beer and into your noise. Hops upfront and all the way down. Got to say this has to be one of the best Oregon IPAs in years.

Very smooth for the amount of hops used in this beers, just dangerously smooth for the high ABV.

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Photo of Derek
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Big River Grill in Stevenson, WA.

I was blown away by this brew (I had never even heard of the brewery).

A: Copper amber with on off-white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Huge leafy hop aroma: Tangerine, citrus rind, nectarine & grass.

T: Awesome hopping, with plenty of citrus, grass & rind. But it's got a nice bready malt to back it up. Pleasantly crisp bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

This is really well crafted, and an inspiration for my own homebrew.

Brewery's info:
"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"

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Photo of wombaman
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is my first review. I would rather be a giver then just a leech for all your reviews so thank you all.

God bless this beer! Wonderful thing God did ain't it?
Awesome, fresh and revitalizing to my mouth! The aftertaste reminds me and makes me think of running along the ocean and being refreshed and awakened during the summer, except in my mouth. Lots of hoppiness to it. One word to describe would be "awakening." I had just purchased an 8-beer sampler from Dublin Pub in Portland, OR and this was my favorite by far. Not terribly bitter but still good. This was one of the most distinct IPA's I have had due to the wonderful floral aftertaste. I'm still trying to figure out the different tastes in beer so I'm not so sure but here goes: I think there was a hint of citrus and pine in it.
IPA's are the bomb and work those bitter taste buds into maturation and live for GOOD BEER! This is one of my favorite beers I have ever had!!! God bless and God loves you. =)

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich warming IPA. Clean but definitely malt forward. Hops are more floral than bitter and alcohol plays its part balancing the malt as much as the hops. Excellent nose and rich amber color. Love the use of vienna? malt. Really an outstanding and original take on the northwest IPA. Not exactly a hop bomb but delicious and complex hop profile keep you interested. Intense and not exactly drinkable. Love this one for IPAs and it's always a solid choice.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an imperial pint.

This beer is a thing of beauty sitting in the sunlight. Brilliant golden orange see-thru body, soft off-white head, nice retention and lacing. With a little condensation on the outside of the glass it looks almost too good to drink. Almost.

Smells tasty. Kind of a medley of hop aromas: floral (light), pine and citrus (stronger). The malt is grainy and toasty, not very sweet. Starts off really nice, only gets better as it warms up. Inviting for sure.

Tastes great. Big dose of citrus (grapefruit and a bit of sweeter orange) and resiny pine bitterness. The malt backbone is significant, but toasty, almost crackerish. Slippery smooth while still in the mouth, but the smoothness is snapped off with a finish that's dry and has plenty of lingering resiny bitterness, leaving you wanting another sip (or pint!).

Overall impression: Great beer. I'd stack this one up against any IPA anywhere.

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Photo of jtosch
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice color and great tasting overall

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Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this most recently on-tap at Firehouse Restaurant in NE Portland.

a. slightly hazy under-ripe orange, near grapefruit, in color. Fairly thin cream-colored head of fine bubbles with subtle but powerful lacing.

s. Fruity grapefruit hop aromas balance well with juniper, anise, pine tar, and pure NW hop bitterness. Floral aromas are minimal which is a nice change from many strong NW aIPAs. As it warms, a bit of maltiness comes forward with some almost rye-bread notes.

t. Incase the aroma didn't give it all away, the taste is overwhelmingly hoppy - in the best way possible. Grapefruit and apple hop notes battle strongly with pine resin right off the bat, and keep fighting throughout the beer. It leaves a strong pine tar resin on the tongue, keeping the bitterness at the forefront, but a strong warming malt keeps the hops from overpowering.

m. Creamy and smooth. Almost dangerously so. Finishing a sip makes my mouth feel empty and craving more. The pine oils are perfectly balanced - I don't feel like I'm drowning in bitterness, but it's delightfully present. It's light and crisp, while also having a pleasant creaminess. I don't know how they pull it off, while staying away from the viscous syrup that some stronger IPAs fall victim to.

d. Every time I've had this, it's hard to think about any other beer. And I have to remind myself that I can't keep drinking it all night - because for some reason, I'm compelled to drink more of this one. It pulls at my palette more than almost any other IPA.

One the whole, it's a beautiful IPA. The malt presence is strong, but the pure hops are much stronger. Definitely tastes like a strong NW IPA with fruit and pine hop flavors. After having it several different times, Hop Lava is definitely one of my top choices when it comes to IPAs. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured to tulip

Pours a hazy gold. One finger of dense off white head, excellent retention and stickiness.

Aroma is a sea-breezy floral note from hops and the malts, somewhat faint

Tastes like a big german bock with ridiculous hops... after seeing the grain bill that makes sense. Primary hop note is herbal

Mouthfeel is full and lush for the abv... drinks bigger than it is.

Overall, was super glad I grabbed this one... if you're passing through PDX airport, they had this in the Made In Oregon shop (after security, so you can carry-on the plane). Interesting juxtaposition between the germanic malts and the NW hops, flavor wise it strikes me more like a big german lager than an IPA. Yeast notes are clamped down, and the pils and munich malts shine big in both flavor and body. While that may not be typical for the style, that was an excellent idea that resulted in an excellent beer.I'm taking a much bigger carry-on to PDX next time, for this gem alone.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at their taproom/brewpub.

Reddish tan body with a small head, no lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild when cold. Hops, pine, tart grapefruit citrus. Once it warmed up, I could taste some bready aromatics as well as an alcohol bite.

Gotta say, middle and end are great. Up front it is kind of sharp, dry, perhaps a bit sour. Once youve had a few sips the drinkability goes way up. Wet and dry hopped, with a good alcohol kick.
I liked XX Mountains IRA offering better than this, but as an IPA, it can hold its own against a lot of the bigger breweries. It definitly gets lots of points for its unique attributes such as their propietary yeast strains.

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Photo of fizzician
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Henry's Taver, oR

A - Poured copper-gold with 2 fingers of white head. Doesn't dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing. Can it look any tastier?

S - Notes of honey, grassy hops, citrus, and light alcohol.

T - Taste of honey, grassy hops, citrus, bittering hops, and light alcohol. Very malty and smooth.

M - Full-bodied, barely hop dominated, and finishes dry.

D - Great overall. This one drinks closer to an imperial IPA due to the dryness and light alcohol. I will enjoy this one a few more times while in Oregon.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland.

This beer has got a hazy, golden color with an orange tint. It has a fruity, hoppy aroma with a well hopped flavor and a slightly bitter finish. I found it very drinkable.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes.) Poured a rich golden copper with a finger of quick-fading white head. Nice aroma of floral hops, grapefruit, pine, and just a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Well-balanced flavors with some biscuity malt sweetness and lots of grapefruit, pine, and a pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Really enjoyed this one on tap and am looking forward to trying it again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down the best looking IPA I've ever had poured for me. The color was flat out amazing. Like a super shiny gold nugget melted into a glass. With the sun pouring into the taproom I was simply blown away, not to mention it was poured in an imperial pint glass.

Smell is strong citrus and pine. Absolutely wonderful smelling beer. Smell and appearance are pretty much perfect.

Taste is nice and citrusy with some sweetness to back it up. Very easy drinking with great hop character.

Super duper IPA if you ask me.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this IPA as it was big bold and had a slightly dry finish that made it way too drinkable. Had it at Henry's in Portland and the beer matched my halibut burger perfectly. I suspect this beer isn't the easiest to find but search it out because it is great.

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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