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

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

BEER STATS
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56
Ratings:
219
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
25%
 
 
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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

well made and curious take on a pale ale. very blonde and hazy in color, almost like a wit rather than a pale, with a white head of several inches and gentle carbonation visible. the smell hints at pilsener malt, an odd base for a usually very hop forward style. its fresh and light and like a bowl of dry cereal. the hops are subtle, almost in the background of this beer, a touch of pine is all on the nose. the taste too is strangely grain driven, and strangely pilsener malty, more like a czech lager than an american pale in some ways. hops are again way back, and only really evident in the finish, faint citrus, white pepper, and new growth pine. its reserved, but maybe a little too much, i want to taste the hops a little more in my american pale, and expected to with this northwest offering. my first beer from double mountain is an interesting and perplexing one. not my favorite, but its quality has me keen to try more from them. easy drinking and light, a good session pale if big hop bombs are not for you.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a nice white head in the big wine tumbler. Quite spritzy with lots of lacing along the glass. Flowery hop aroma with a whiff of artichoke. Light body with the classic Pale Ale flavor-- modest maltiness with a crisp edge. This one has the more pale malt with a lemony flavor instead of the common biscuity flavor.

This has an interesting spicy flavor. Plenty of hops with the bitterness coming along just at the very end. The thin and sharp sensation is somewhat moderated by the slightly sweet and crackery malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear golden color with a decent layer of white head. Aroma of sweet light malts and a good balance of crisp, citrusy hops. Taste of light fruits, toasted bread with honey on top, solid pils malt backbone. Light-medium body, and a nicely balanced and nicely drinkable APA all over.

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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 jwc215
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 plaid75
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sticky earthy hops and a round pale malt.

The taste was instantly spicy with herbal, earthy hops and a full bready pale malt.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward APA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a light haze and a fair number of floaties. Effervescence is pretty strong and the head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with decent retention. Not bad!

Smell: grainy malt with a piney, earthy and lightly dank hop aroma. Definitely an earthier feel, but it's pretty well put-together.

Taste: quite malty, starting off sweet but proceeding to a grainier character. Hops are much the same as in the aroma; strong but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a decent enough creaminess.

Overally: a very drinkable dry-hopped pale. As was noted by another reviewer, it definitely doesn't drink like a 6% brew -- it's quite sessionable indeed.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the rotating tap at www.kebaba.com (Great lebanese food, beautiful garden-patio, very family friendly).

I'm impressed with Double Mountain, and this SMaSH is no exception (Gambrinus Pils and Yakima Challenger).

A: Clear yellow, white head, good retention & lace.

S: Fresh leafy, grassy hops with hints of resiny pine and marmalade.

T: Plenty of fresh flavour (leafy, grassy, slightly resiny pine), pleasant bitterness (wouldn't have guessed it was 50 IBU) with a light biscuit from the malt. The alcohol is completely hidden, I'd never guess it was 6% either. Really well-crafted for a seemingly simple brew.

M: Light to moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Like hops? I really didn't think I was a fan of Challenger, but this has inspired me to try a homebrew of my own. Really great stuff. I could easily session this one (so it'd be great to have 5 gallons of my own!).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a gold color with nice bubbles and a nice white head

S: Citrus, light grapefruit and light booze

T: Sordove tame honestly. Expecting more from the dry hop. Some citrus and light booze

M: Lighter bodied, crisp, nice hops

D: While this is good I think it has still competition. However, while sitting at the Parkway Tavern this beer was selling like wildfire!

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy yellow with just under an inch of fluffy, white, pilsner-type head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a floral and fruity hop scent over a nice grain background. On the tongue, the grain flavors support that flowering hoppiness, but they all work together nicely.

The body is light, crisp and refreshing, while still being solid. Drinkability is very good, you'll want more than one, I did. Overall, an interesting take on the style. A lot lighter than most and not just an "IPA Light", this beer is truly a Pale Ale. Worth seeking out.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy two inch off-white head with good retention.

S -Corn, wheat, grass

T - Bitter grass and some pilsner-like malts.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very light and some hops, but more like a heavier pilsner.

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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 dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear traw colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Mild apple and grapefruit aroma. A bit too weak.

Big, grapefruity hops with a slightly tropical edge. Interesting flavour from the Challenger which I normally think of as a bit earthy.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent. Good.

A nice hoppy ale. Very light and perfect for summer. Great stuff.

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Double Mountain's 3rd Anniversary party (I think they said this was from last fall, so ~6 months old). Served in an imperial pint, The Vaporizer is a cloudy straw yellow with a white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is floral and fruity, sweet.

Taste is also very fruity, huge citrus lemon like hops and very floral esters, in addition to yeast flavor. Sweet, with light bitterness. I love it, but it's tastes (as well as looks ,smells and feels) a lot like a Belgian Wit beer with lots cascade (or perhaps amarillo's or pacific gems) hops, which I'm sure is not what most people except from an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. I'd guess there might be oatmeal in here, which again has me suspecting a wit as the base beer.

Drinkability is great. I love the lazer like focus of the lemony hops, and I love wit beers, so this really works for me. However, I can understand how IPAs lovers may not be thrilled with this take on the style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very pale clear straw color with a huge, dense, oily, white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film. Chunky lace was left down the glass.
S: Light pilsner malts mixed with light notes of herbal and pine hops. Crisp smelling and light.
T: Light flavors of pine, leafy herbal hops and crackery pilsner malt. Lightly bitter finish, clean aftertaste, faint lemon peel sourness. Light and easy overall. Good balance between pilsner malt and light hopiness.
M: Smooth mouth, crisp and refreshing, scrubbing soft carb. Drinks light and easy.
O: A very sessionable pale ale. Light and easy to drink. Would drink all day. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of Marius
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 LampertLand
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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
S-dry-hopped
T-clean & crisp , with a bitter dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , feels like a medium body
Ov-ok pale ale
prost LampertLand

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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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The Vaporizer from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
3.6 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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