The Vaporizer | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009

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216
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
25.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 216
Photo of EspressoGuy
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle -- 55 IBU
A; ginger ale; honey-yellow
S: an absolutely intense yeasty, papaya, tropical-fruit... but that fades quickly and soon turns stale and carboard.
T: very bright, clean, and bitter. Well balanced. With so little malt character it tastes to me more like a golden ale/blonde ale than a pale ale.
M: clean, fresh, medium-light bodied
O: not a bad beer but because it has so little character I certainly wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of ralree
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light gold, nice lacing, no retention.

S: Honey, good malt, but pretty bland overall.

T: Quite a bit of hops and some so-so apricot flavor. Nothing special. Pretty strong barley malt.

M: Dry, good carbonation, non-astringent.

D: OK, but taste makes it hard to drink fast.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

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Photo of jellikit
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy gold with a huge three fingers of white head. Billows of lacing.
Smell is some floral hops and mostly biscuit malts.
Taste is malt all the way. There is a nice bitter hop hit following the malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Medium bitter finish. Overall not what I was expecting. I am a Pale Ale fan and this was much more an uber Pils. Tasty beer nonetheless. Might try again when the weather warms up some.

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Photo of leaddog
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap @ Red Star Tavern & Roast House in downtown Portland. Cheers to Zach and James for a successful video shoot.

Pours a hypnotically bright, straw yellow color with a frothy finger of white head. Aromas of grain, grass and floral hops.

Crisp, light bodied and mildly carbonated. Dry opening with moderate bitterness. Suggestions of lemon citrus rind mix with honey tones and notes of tangerine. Finishes grainy with a lingering hop bitterness and scratch of spice.

Balanced, refreshing, drinkable, yet somewhat wimpy for my take on what makes an APA formidable.

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Photo of hreb
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Heavy duty" half liter bottle. Poured into pint glass. Beer pours a shockingly pale yellow color. Seriously, it looks like it could be macro light lager or bad American hefeweiss. There's a nice big white head, at least. Aroma is floral and reminiscent of pilsener. It smells fresh, but there's just not as much hop aroma as I'd hoped for in a beer that so prominently claims to be dry-hopped on it's "Vaporizer" label.

Flavor does bring out the 55 IBUs. Very crisp and even a little tart, with piney flavors of hops, and the very bitter rind of grapefruit. Still, this is not quite the profile of an IPA. And the grain part of that profile is very much in the background, with a light mouthfeel, and a hint of unmalted barley.

Drinkable but underwhelming.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a hazy straw color, that glows warmly, with a creamy white head and leaves nice thing lacing down the glass as it is drank. The aroma has grapefruit and citrus hops actually it is almost flowery. The flavor has citrus bitterness upfront with some very light malt flavors and ends with a fluffy citrus bitterness. Its a light creamy bodied beer. I thought this beer was a little too sweet for my taste. The appearance and the body were my favorite parts of this beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Trader Joes in Salem. $3.79 Clear bright yellow beer with a nice sized bubbly white head. Perfumy sweet malts little grassy hop aroma detected. Get the dry hop in the flavour but its very well balanced by a slightly toasty,sweet malt. OK mouthfeel goes down without any problem. OK beer..though i get the feeling that TJs treat their beers horribly. This for me is a Blonde Ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes from my trip to Oregon in June. On tap at Baileys Taproom.

A - Golden in color with hints of copper. One finger cap of foam, off white in color. Excellent lacing left behind.

S - Big citrus aroma with lots of grapefruit and just a little tangerine. As the beer warms more bready notes came through but the hops still dominated the nose.

T - A bit of a letdown here. A muddle of flavors none of which seem to play off each other well. The hoppiness is a weird mix of floral and citrus tastes that just kind of meld together is a weird bittenress. Somewhat earthy maltiness.

M/D - A little on the dry side, medium in body. Good carbonation. The tastes just didnt do it for me which knocks the drinkability down a touch.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of loren01
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color, nice head with great lacing
S; Grassy herbal hop scent and honey
T: Slight honey sweetness up front with a dry hop aftertaste
M: Light bodied beer, finishes dry
O: Nice balanced pale ale, very sessionable beer. Would get this one again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz : SN IPA Glass

Clear, golden yellow with a thick, foamy white head.

Herbal, grassy hops with a crisp, malty biscuit backing in both the nose and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

An interesting APA. Not the typical American hop-bomb I was expecting but still a solid brewed, well done beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold in the glass, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This keeps some foamy edging and leaves back some thick swathes of lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with notes of bitter fruit and lemon zest that mingle with the sweetness of the malts and gives the nose an underlying tart twang.

The taste starts with a fresh blast of leafy bitter fruit (and like the nose, some tarter lemon character as well), which is nicely balanced by a splash of sweet graininess from the malts. The finish is moderately dry, with lingering notes of lemon zest and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy crispness to the carbonation, which glides along nicely in the mouth. There is just a touch of warmth on the tail-end of each sip.

This was certainly a drinkable APA but the hop profile just lacked a certain amount of definition to it that would have left a much fuller flavored impression on me. This was OK but I was expecting a bit more here.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, 3rd attempt at reviewing this beer. Pours out 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.

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Burgundian.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a clear golden color with a small white head on top. Minimal retention leaving an extremely thin layer of white on top. Bits of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Kind of a weak aroma, some light lemon and lemon rind, with some grass as well. Slightly sweet.

T: A good bit of lemon rind on the flavor profile, rather zesty, with more grassy hops mixed in. The malt is a bit grainy.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A decent APA, but seemed to be lacking a little bit, was hoping for a bit more with a name like vaporizer.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of whatsajewtodo
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear yellow, mild head, quickly dissipating
S - lemony citrus, fresh spring air
T - sweet upfront, light barnyard, citrus, with some weak floral undertones. Clean aftertaste.
M - moist, smooth, refreshing

Overall, I was underwhelmed. It was enjoyable, and definitely a solid session beer, and the whole is surely greater than the sum of the parts. That being said, I can't point to any individual stellar aspects of this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. There is also a bit of a chalky aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, floral, and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 that is tasty and has an interesting, almost saison-like aroma as it warms up.

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