Hop Lava IPA | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of acurtis
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
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 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 Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small foamy white head. Not much in the nose: grains, piney hops, light malt sweetness. Taste displayed a decent mixture of sweet, hoppy, and bitter, with notes of pine and citrus; crisp and dry in the finish, but a little bland overall. Light-medium mouthfeel, and about average on the scale of IPAs.

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops with an unusual orange citrus component, interesting. Flavor is sweet malt, juicy citrus, citrus hops with a light citrus hop finish. Well integrated and not very hop forward. Nicely integrated hops and malt, but could use a bit more forceful hops. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant and fun to drink take on a IPA.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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 LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Hop Lava IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
3.78 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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