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Killer Green Wet Hopped DIPA | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Killer Green Wet Hopped DIPAKiller Green Wet Hopped DIPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
2007:
Brewed with organic Pilsner Malt, imported crystal malts, and fresh Oregon hops. 7% ABV, 60 BU

2008:
Brewed with organic Pilsner Malt, imported crystal malts, Simcoe and fresh Oregon Perle hops. 7.8% ABV, 70 BU

2010: 7.2% ABV, 83 BU.

2011: 7.5% ABV, 97 BU

Added by John_M on 10-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
125
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
21.91%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Photo of ElGordo
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler this afternoon at the brewery. Pours a pretty orange-amber color topped by a lively white head that has some staying power and leaves a pretty white lacing on the glass. Aroma of dank, wet hops, with some specific citrus (grapefruit) and cannabis notes. I almost feel like I could get a contact high from the aroma.
Palate is very hop-forward, with grapefruit, cannabis, and pine notes throughout. On the swallow a bit of caramel malt emerges, but is quickly overshadowed by the hoppy onslaught. Finish is a lasting, citrusy bitterness. Body is full enough to withstand the intense pressure put on it by the strong flavors, but responds favorably. If you're looking for a punch in the mouth from the humulus lupus plant, this is it. Super strong, super assertive, but still approachable, this is an amazing example of a fresh hop beer that can only be made in the northwest.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Hood River. 2010 batch.

Appearance - clear amber, not much head, no retention, no lacing

Smell - wet hop notes, grassy

Taste - grassy and earthy hops

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

Drinkability - overall a very tasty and solid beer however I remember the 2009 stealing the show at the Fresh Hop Tastival in Portland last year

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This the 2010 version, and I don't have the stats on it. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a rather typical orangey-amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma reminded me of the cheap home-grown weed we used to get in Upstate new York 30 years ago, herby, floral and a touch skunky. The flavor was was fairly benign, with the skunky weed taste dominating, a bit of malt in the background and not much else going.

The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was OK, but I can't see myself having this again, unless it's just for a fairness check. Overall, a bit disappointing, I expect much better from this brewery.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. I don't know the specs, but it seems to be bigger & bolder than previous versions.

A: Copper, off-white head, thin ring of retention, good lacing.

S: Grassy, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, rind, toffee, beer nuts.

T: Liquid reefer! Very grassy, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit & rind, hints of toffee, dark caramel, nut & bread, assertive (but not harsh) bitterness.

M: Moderate body is dry with plenty of hop acidity; a hint of residual sweetness with a slightly drying, alcohol finish.

D: Candied hops?

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Photo of squaremile
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In reflecting on 2008 beers, one that continues to captivate me is Killer Green. I had it on tap at Belmont Station during the fresh hop season, and I was very impressed. Plain and simple, it tasted like drinking a hop plant in a pleasant and entirely unique way. The rest of the beer was strong and typical for a double IPA (color, aroma, mouthfeel, etc).

EDIT: 2009 version was even better. No fresh hop beer that I have tasted has come close to this. Still like drinking a hop plant but has a sweetness to balance the bitterness. There are a few waves of flavors and after tastes. Very complex and amazing. Unmatched.

EDIT: 2010 version was a bit of a disappointment for me. Nose was still solid, but the dankness and freshness wasn't there for me in the nose or the taste. It is still a really nice IPA, but something didn't work this year.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 saw Double Mountain once again release this fresh hop pale ale with a crazed punky/skunky aroma. It doesn't smell bad, just weird in the sense of skunk cannabis. It is clouded pale amber with green, grassy flavor, scattered lace, and low suds. Killer has a touch of children's aspirin flavor sometimes associated with Amarillo hops. I don't know if fresh Amarillo are used here, but the taste is an acquired one that grows soothing over time.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the wet hop festival in Hood River. Initially I was disappointed not to find the Hop Lava available, until I saw (and tried) this puppy.

The beer pours a light orange color with very impressive lacing and persistent head. The nose is nearly off the charts in terms of hop aroma. One gets pine and citrus, but also an incredible aroma of earth, leafy tobacco, and even marijuana. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and this is one brutally bitter, piney, citrusy IPA. The abv. is not really noticeable, but you can tell it's up there. However, my palate was so awash with wet hops that it probably could have been around 20% and I still wouldn't have detected the alcohol. Granted, one would never describe this beer as well balanced, the hop presence pushes everything else aside. However, at least for this occasion, I didn't mind that a bit.

A fabulous, completely over the top DIPA from Double Mountain. It's not for the faint of heart and probably it's a good thing it was made only for this event. However, it was a joy to be able to try it at this event.

Note: Was at Belmont Station on Monday, and it appears this beer will soon be available here as well. So it appears more then a single batch was made of this hop elixer. Not sure when it will be available, but would highly recommend stopping by Belmont Station when they put this on. Great stuff!

Edit: Have had all three vintages of this beer, with the first and most recent the best (IMHO). Vintage two was still very good, but it seemed a bit maltier, with the hops dialed down a bit. It just wasn't the outrageously, overhopped monster I encountered the first year. However, the most recent (2009) vintage seems to be back up to top form, and was every bit as good as I recall the 2007 version was. Good stuff!

Edit: Sampled again at the 2010 event in Portland. This year's version is maybe not quite as outrageously hoppy as some of the previous versions, but was still outstanding. Based on what I heard this year, once again one of the most popular beers at the fresh hop festival. For my money, once again the best.... but I'm an addict, so pay no attention... :-)

Edit: 2014 was the first version that I would consider a disappointment. It wasn't bad, but it was sweeter than previous versions, and not nearly as outrageously hoppy as previous versions. Hopefully the 2015 will return true to form.

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Killer Green Wet Hopped DIPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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