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

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 268
Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the word in the description, that says "glowing", it fits. Beautiful hazy medium golden with high, rocky head; big, chunky bits of lacing. Light but pungent hop aroma, hops and malt represent equally in the taste, some spiciness. Slight astringency burn at the finish. Really, really good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at the Taproom today for $5.50.

Beer was served golden with a very nice white head that had some hang time.

Nose had hints of citrus and malts.

Taste was dominated with a pilsner like malt backbone that was complimented by citrus with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall a serviceable beer that was a pleasure to have. Definitely not a standout but I suspect this is a staple of the DM family and felt the need to give it a spin.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Portland IPA order on tap. Expectations were high! Floral, lightly citrusy aroma. Some orange zest and blossoms. Some sweet malt on the end. Paired well with pizza.

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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/8/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness after the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of muldersha
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL brown glass bottle with a packaging date of 05/13/15. Purchased in Portland, OR.

A PacNW IPA that's delightfully dry and understated.

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a solid white head, mediocre retention, and nice white lacing.

The aromas are surprisingly understated given the forceful package copy. It starts out with clean pine and herbal aromas that quickly give way to a softer, more fruity underbelly of orange citrus, tangerine, honeydew melon, and papaya.

Surprisingly medium bodied on the palate given the region it's from, the ABV, and the overstated copywriting.

It's malty mid-palate is no match for what is a rather abrupt bitter finish. However, overall, this is a balanced, refreshing, and very dry IPA. Would peg it closer to 5.5% ABV rather than the 7% stated on the label. Nice purity!

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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 LADaveBN
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Maybe its age was what the problem was? Bottled in early September 2014. Almost nothing on the nose. Very faint hops on the palette. Flat flavor profile.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Mtn. Brewing 'Hop Lava IPA' @ 7.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pale yellow/gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold in the glass with a big frothey white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-very little hop presence , no malty backbone

T-citrus more than pine for a 'NW IPA'

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , lacks something (maybe forgeting the 'Pacific' in NW IPA ? ;)

prost LampertLand

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a light haze and moderately strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive!

Smell: moderate aroma of earthy, piney and citrusy hops. There's a little sweetness underpinning the hops as well. It's alright, but seems kind of muddled.

Taste: bright and almost tangy citrus hop character, with a strong sweetness and a bit of an alcohol bite. The bitterness at the end is a bit rough-and-ready. Decent, but again, this beer could be more polished.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a strong carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: quite drinkable for its ABV, this beer has some formulation issues for me. I feel like the brightness of the bright hops is muted, and the earthier tones are a little bit forward for the sweetness level.

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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 cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours dirty golden and hazy. My initial sniffs reminded me of Belgian or hefe, some yeasty and even a little banana. I was shocked and sniffed deeper, and got a little more caramel notes with some wet leaf.

The beer makes me think more if an IPL. I do get a light banana bread taste in an otherwise mildly earthy and slightly funky taste. There is no overpowering taste, which makes it very drinkable, but also unremarkable. This would be a nice session beer were it not for the 7% weigh-in.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Sturdy 500 ml bottle picked up at Brewforia Meridian last week... Paid a pricey $5ish for the opportunity... Poured tonight into my Funk Fest goblet... 2 finger white head last quite a while.. decent lacing... the brew is hazy golden.

Nose is big floral hoppiness with a pungent pithy citrus zest element too.... definitely some toasty maltiness to help balance, but not too malty really.

Good bitterness that moves from front to back and is balanced nicely by the above mentioned toastiness and a resinous citrus hoppiness.

light/medium carbonation.. but the body is pretty light given the residual maltiness... honestly pretty darn drinkable...

Good beer... Too expensive though... Way too expensive.

all 3.75

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured cereal malts and a dull piney hop.

The taste offered an upfront round sweetness with a lazy piney hop. There was a decent residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent DIPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive yellow orange color in the St. Bernardus globe. Big creamy head and plenty of spritz in the mouth. It isn't so long lasting, but renews well, even opening the half bottle the next day. The mouthfeel is fairly substantial.

Sweet malt and bitter hops. The dank and murk seem to be the profile of this stuff. Pleasant aroma with some fruity and malty notes. Bitter, tangy aftertaste. The flavors slide off into too much hops to balance however, with that orange peel going to grapefruit pith. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brassy with piles of cratered shaving cream foam.
Pissy, catty lemon nose - either it's expired or Citra.
Dough pastry, lots of grain sack, then lean lemon furniture polish hops with some flowers.
Lychee finish and grapefruit rind linger.
Light, crisp, oily.

Not sure where this is headed. Doesn't have the malts to balance 75 IBUs. Sour and a bit of hard work.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey yellow. Notes of earth, citrus and generic malt dominate the nose. Taste is similarly hop leaning with the citrus notes dominating the caramel malt notes and a big bitter finish wrapping it all up with a dry finish. Very quaffable IPA that is seriously hoppy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing really stands out about this one in my opinion.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a grenade into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. My dad picked this one up for me on the way up from Portland. Reviewed live.

A- One finger stark-white head over a golden body. Attractive looking beer.

S- Bitter northwest hops. Earthy and bitter.

T- Bitter, earthy, buttery.

M- Medium bodied feel, dry, buttery finish.

O- If I had longer, I'd write a shorter review. Fine IPA. Love me some Double Mountain.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 300 ml bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Hazy pale amber with three fingers of dense off-white head. Excellent retention, generous lacing.

Smell- Bready, faint pine, very mild.

Taste- Like the aroma, pretty mild. Pine, a little catty, herbal. Finishes with a rounded graham cracker flavor and iced tea.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, smooth, low carbonation. Heavier than expected.

Overall- Decent. Nothing more, nothing less. A fine IPA, but not one I'd seek out. Comparable to SN Torpedo with a smoother, milder feel.

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is an orange gold color and cloudy with a stark white head.

Smell is faint, and fruity aroma maybe.

Taste is a dry malt cereal and grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little chewy.

Average drinkability. It would be better with more clarity and carbonation.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - Hop Lava IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy golden with a tinge of amber and a huge foamy head, half of which leaves and half of which stays. Good display of lacing.

Smell - Almost a lager aroma here with dank deep citrus hops on top and sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Smooth sweet malt intro followed by juicy citrus and then finishing quite bitter pine.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter and malty sticky. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Good drinkability. Booziness isn't real bad here but it's definitely apparent.

Overall - This is a good brew but it didn't wow me, there are others like it that seem to be tweaked a little better. Worth a shot for hop loving AIPA fans.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color with blonde highlights and a huge, frothy head into my glass. 75 IBUs doesn't seem like much but we shall find out.

Spicy with some pine resin in the nose. Sweet too but I can tell you for sure that this is pretty close to the idea of a northwest IPA.

Again, this is chock full of spicy notes with a great balance of citrus and pine upfront. It's not a hop-hammer like some beers. Crisp too.

The malt shines in the mouthfeel. Buttery crisp with more of that lingering pine note. Carbonation is well-done too.

Very enjoyable IPA! I'll be seeking out their other offerings soon.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery today.

Mildly hazy orange, dense white head good ret and lace. Nose has citrus, grapefruit, pith and a moderate malt character. Some chalky aromas are also present. This is sweeter than I like my IPAs. On the palate, this opens with a moderate hop bitterness and a nice hop flavor. This is, however, sweeter than it needs to be. The Munich malt lends some bready sweetness, which is nice, but ultimately, it gets in the way of a very nice hop flavor. There's a pleasant blend of grapefruit, grapefruit zest, orange and some pine. Mildly sweet, this beer is medium-light and moderately carbonated. Decent, but its big brother Molten Lava is a step up

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Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into NB snifter. Thanks again, Ryan.

A: Pours a deep golden amber with three fingers of off-white head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting collar leaving streaks of sticky lace along the way.
S: Citrus and pine hops, pineapple, lightly sweet caramel, and bready malts. Smells good.
T: Sweet caramel and pale malts, grapefruit juice, pineapple, and tangerine peel come through up front. The finish is full of pine sap and the aftertaste is sweet, bitter and lingering. Fruity aftertaste too.
M: Fuller body, slick and heavy mouthfeel, smooth and soft carbonation. Drinks smooth and easy.
O: A solid ipa, great flavors, great balance. Not super bitter, soft sweetness, easy to drink.

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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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