The Vaporizer
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,452
Ranked #43,155
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
The VaporizerThe Vaporizer
Notes: "THE VAPORIZER" is a golden-hued Pale Ale that features a beautifully hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner, our sweet and supple house malt from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. We dry-hop "THE VAPORIZER" to pump up the hoppy goodness. It's an appetizingly dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale."

Brewed with Gambrinus Pilsner malt and Challenger hops. 6% ABV, 50 BU
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours pale yellow with a slight haze. It is topped with three fingers of beautiful eggshell head that rises above the rim of the glass and sits like a slow pour. Thousands of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass continuously replenishing the foam that leaves concentric rings as I consume.

I get a citrus and floral aroma. It has an earthy almost metallic smell and somewhat dank.

Citrus flavor up front. Earthy and minerally through the middle. Bitter in the finish that lingers.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

I can definitely tell that it hails from the PNW with the resiny flavor. It is a decent beer.

Mar 12, 2021
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle. Not nearly as hoppy as I thought this might be, which made me happy. Not a hop head. Clean taste with a mild but distinct hop taste. Well balanced. No aftertaste, just a nice clean beer.

Feb 21, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark gold for a pale ale with a one-finger white foam head. Good bite from the dry-hop stage, with seamless Pilsner malt balance, giving the beer a fuller mouthfeel and a grain backbone. Not much nuance but very easy drinking. I'd go back for another.

Feb 20, 2021
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle picked up at Ballinger Thriftway in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
Bottled on 5/3/19. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Crystal clear, golden yellow color, nice little white head that receds fairl quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing.
Moderate carbonation stream visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Lemon, sweet corn and hoppy/grassy.

Taste- Same as the smell and bitter dry.

Feel- Crisp, dry and fairly refreshing.

O- This definitely more like a pilsner than any pale ale I have had in recent memory. Basic and uninspired.

Aug 09, 2019
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sholbert from California

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Taster pour at the brewery. Very light straw and clear pour, thin head. Lots of lemon on the nose and a bit of grassy hop. Flavor follows. Tart, dry finish.

Nov 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with a nice transparency about it allowing some light carbonation to be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated in a nice rocky sort of way. Thick messy lacing stuck to the glass nicely. The smell had a dry piney to speckled sprucy citrus, fresh and bright thorough and a light grassiness. The taste was sweet and tried to a balance a dry sort of bitterness which actually came out more in the finish. The aftertaste was sticky sweet. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation seemed to be a bit smoother than other APA’s, still good. Overall, I say this was a wonderful APA. The dry hopping did this beer well.

Jul 15, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very light golden color with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Not any lacing to note. Very light aroma of malt, grain, and lemon. The flavor is rather dull, almost like a Pilsner with little character. Watery mouthfeel and a tart aftertaste. Not a beer I'd drink again.

Oct 27, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle - bottled on 07/14/16:

Pours clear light straw yellow with a thin white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass leaving little lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass (smells like a pilsner with some ale yeast esters. Herbal.

The taste is lemongrass/general herbal/floral notes. Herbal dryness mixes with malty sweetness. Dry finish.

Light-bodied. Not too thin. Carbonation level works well here.

Overall it's a pale ale with pilsner characteristics. A unique pale ale.

Paid just under $5 at Fred Meyer's in Bremerton, WA.

Oct 25, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Double Mtn. Brewery 'The Vaporizer' @ 6.0% , originally tasted on tap @ GCBF'10 , plus a 500 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is a light gold from the tap/bottle to a clear light gold in the glass with a medium white head leaving a streaky lace along the sampler/pint
T-clean & crisp , with a bitter dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , feels like a medium body
Ov-ok pale ale
prost LampertLand

Sep 29, 2016
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Tommo from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes of a pure pilsner mash. Very light crisp and clean. However, lack luster in almost every respect including a lack of hopiness. Incredibly pale, with little much to add

Feb 14, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours super carbonated, half liquid half head almost. Aroma was all bitter American hops.

Light malt, lemony and bitter grapefruit hop flavors. It starts to mellow out a little downbottle. The beer is likeable, but if you're gonna do the single bottle format thing, you better be awesome, not just average, slightly above average kinda beer. Cost/oz ratio will never work out for the conscientious beer consumer.

Dec 02, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cask conditioned variety in Bend. Dry and pale, hazy golden with small creamy head, very dry bitterness on top of some malt sweetness. Finishes fast. Was hoping for a little more oomph from the cask.

Nov 24, 2015
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a straw gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Corn adjuncts, herbal hops, bready malts; a very light aroma overall.

Taste - Soapy herbal hops with a touch of sourness, along with bready malts. I expected more bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall - A lackluster dry-hopped pale ale. I was expecting far more hop prominence and less soapy/adjunct flavours. I think this beer might need to go back to the drawing board.

Nov 21, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, 4th attempt at reviewing dis beer. Poured a yellow/dark appearance, massive carbonation leads to a 2.5" head on the beer. So I decided to go and water the Nugget hops in the front yard, wait for the tipoff of game 3 of the Heat/Spurs Finals the first time I tried this.

Aroma yields a decent amount of C hops and BMC 'malt' aromas. What I thought was Cascade, turned out to be Challenger hops. Nonetheless, you get the lemony aroma also associated with Sorachi Ace hops. Interesting aroma, unique, in that it imparts the pilsner malt as well. Wouldn't really say its all that large of a dry hop, and definitely not with something I would describe as an aroma hop.

Taste, more of the Sorachi like lemony aspect. Nice mellow mouthfeel, its got bitterness, but the lightness of the Pilsner malt is kind of a cool thing here. Pick your poison, is this a higher hopped Pilsneresque beer with an ale yeast, or is it an extra pale ale made with pilsner malt?

I like this beer overall, its nice and light. Where it might get pushed out of the market is from all the new highly hopped IPL's (India Pale Lagers) which offer more hop flavor than this, but have some of the same hallmarks (pilsner malt, dry, light body).

Dammit, Spurs hit a 3 before the half, 50-44 halftime. I haven't done a live review in a long time.

Sep 24, 2015
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting ale, easy drinking but really missing the hop hit. Poured from a 1 pint bottle.
A very light amber. moderate carbonation, I would call it a session Ale great on a hot day.

Sep 05, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy pilsner with lots of bitterness up front and dry and smooth on the finish. Pine all day on this. Pretty good had on tap. Not much nose only typical pilsner aromas.

Sep 05, 2015
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stronger side for the style.

Musty smell and taste; don't mean that as a perjorative. Definitely taste the dry-hop in this Pale Ale. Not a bad offering for the style.

Aug 22, 2015
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breadwinner from California

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty weak little number here from Double Mountain. Interesting nose, kinda like the smoke that comes from a fog machine but fruitier. Palate reminds me of some cask IPAs I've had that lack enough bitterness to reign in kaleidoscope-fruity hops. It's not gross or anything, but it's definitely one-dimensional. Combined with the incredibly (IMO, overly) soft body, it's just too weak and lifeless. Like the idea of messing around with an all Pils malt base for a hoppy brew, but this one is forgettable.

Aug 19, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange pour, with a nice head, in the style of a Belgian strong ale or a tripel. The smell is surprisingly like a Belgian pale ale, as well (I was expecting a typical American hop-bomb): citrusy Belgian yeast throughout, with some soft cheese present, as well. The taste - bread, white wine, citrusy hops and a bitter backbone. Very dry.

Aug 14, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - as mentioned before, it's pretty cool to see offerings from this brewery just show up on Alberta store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of herbal, piney hop bitters, lemongrass, some biscuity and grainy pale malt, white grape juice, and a mild hard water flintiness. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, vinous white grapes, lemon drops, pine needles, dusty chalk, and further herbal, leafy, and faintly perfumed hops (the only indication of the moderately elevated ABV).

The carbonation is quite fine in its fizzy and frothy contractions, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee herbal and grassy bitterness mucking about. It finishes fairly dry and tight, the hops continuing their fruity, bitter, and acrid strangling out of the malt sweetness.

A different sort of pale ale from the PNW - the big 'C' hops are for the most part forgone, save one grown locally up in Yakima (of all places to be 'local'). Herbal, wine-like, and easy enough to put back, I gotta say. Good to see some mixing up of it around that part of the world, whatever 'it' is. Worth a try if you come across this one.

Jul 20, 2015
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Pilsner malts stand out in this pale ale. Very drinkable and fresh. Bottled from the tap room. More of an experimental concept beer. DM has my heart in some of their other brews.

May 23, 2015
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woemad from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at a supermarket a few blocks from my home for somewhere between $4-5. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on April 30 of this year.

Poured a cloudy, lemony gold color with a big, fluffy bone-white head and a ton of floating sediment. The sediment would be understandable for something bottled a few years ago, perhaps, but it seems a little crazy for a pale ale that was bottled about three months ago.

Grassy, slightly herbal hops are in the nose.

Herbal and slightly lemony flavor. The hops are there, but not in terribly great strength, and the kind of hop flavor encountered here is of the sort I would expect from a German or Czech pilsener, and would benefit from a pilsener’s crisp finish. Instead, the finish of this beer features the previously mentioned hop flavor rising suddenly to a crescendo that leaves a hoppy beer’s aftertaste, but not that way you’d expect from a PNW pale ale It’s not bad tasting, but definitely odd, and not what I was expecting.

Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and a mouthfeel that would seem normal for a “normal” pale ale, but this beer’s flavor makes it seem wrong, like it should be more like that of a pilsener.

Not a bad beer, but a somewhat frustratingly weird one. If I drank this regularly, I might get used to it. Personally, I think I’d rather have a tasty PNW pale ale when I want one and ditto a good pilsener, rather than have a strange hybrid of the two that doesn’t entirely satisfy in either direction.

Aug 04, 2014
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chugamugofsud from Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the tap house. Light for a hoppy production from double mountain but tasty and complete despite not being a knock you on your socks affair. I would grab another. The on tap version is definitely a little crisper and fresher than the bottled edition.

Jun 01, 2014
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jellikit from Washington

3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Crystal clear. Medium, foamy head. A lot of bubbles rising.
S: very mild women's hair permanent chemical. Nothing else.
T: lemony up front. Lightly malted. Light on the bittering hops.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: meh. Taste is okay. Aroma ruins it. There is not much at all there, except for a faint chemical smell.

May 16, 2014
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RJLarse from Washington

2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle of The Vaporizer in a bottle shop. 1 pint .09 ounces, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow color, clear with a slight chill haze. The head is stark white, thick, creamy and resiliant. Many bubbles are rising in the glass.

The smell in a acerbic hoppy scent. Smells like juniper and dandelions.

Taste is a bitter pilsner type flavor. The taste reminds me of the way macro lagers used to taste when I was very young. A dry bitter biting grain flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but with a bitter dry character.

Overall I would probably pass on this one if it came around again. It's a pale ale but it tastes a lot like a pilsner, which is not one of my favorite styes. It's interesting, but I would probably not have it again.

Apr 06, 2014
The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 241 ratings