Empire Strikes Back
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
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3.39 | pDev: 10.32%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
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3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, on tap at the brewery.

Cloudy copper, modest white head leaves thick lacing. Not especially active.

Mellow malty/grainy with earthy and grassy hops. Balanced.

Balanced and to style, so that will turn off some American IPA fans (typically me). But I enjoyed the sweet grainy and modestly hoppy flavor. Bitterness was mellow, but it all blended delightfully.

Low carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

Very tasty and easy drinking. I'm not usually a big fan of English style IPA's, but this one is really nice and exceptionally easy drinking.

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2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice orange color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is very similar to a traditional pils. Lots of grains, less hops. Taste is a english malt presence up front, subtle hip bitterness on the end. Not to much else going on here. Mouthfeel is a tad sweet, little booze and little hops. Not a beer to get amped up about for sure.

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3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Double Mountain pub in Hood River.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazed golden/orange color with a snow white 1/2" head. The head settled to a skim and left just a few streaks of lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of malty sweetness, nuttiness, goldings hops, and a hint of toasted grain.

T= Sort of disappointing really. Started off with the promise of rich malt but the sweetness was overwhelmed by the toasted nutty flavors and not in a good way. The hops were what they should be, spicy, earthy, and only lightly bitter. Full of classic Goldings and Fuggles flavor. Finished sort of blah with a bit of dryness.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft carbonation feel that worked well for the style.

D= Not a bad beer by any stretch but also not the best example of an English IPA. As an "experimental beer" I think they need to tweak the recipe some and tone down that toasted nutty flavor a bit. Still, it would be easy enough to session a few of these.

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Empire Strikes Back from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4 ratings