Molten Lava
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,627
Ranked #19,445
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Molten LavaMolten Lava
Notes: "This is Hop Lava's bigger, meaner cousin -- a radiant orange-hued beer featuring more than six pounds of hops per barrel. The out-of-control hopping is barely balanced by a tight malt backbone and noticable alcohol notes. We used our Kolsch yeast on this one, which gives it a different type of fruitiness than the Belgian ale yeast used in Hop Lava."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, imported crystal malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 9.0%ABV, 95+ BU
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Photo of iguanodon
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2013-06-14] Draft at Bailey’s Tap Room in Portland. Pours hazy gold with no head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, faint apple. Taste is citrusy hops backed by sweet malt. Finish is sweet... a great DIPA.

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Photo of Spikester
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear red gold with two fingers of off white head. Rings and splotches of lace form as the head drops.
Smell is dank and floral hops.
Taste is dank and tasty bitter hops with a good amount of malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. The finish is balanced with a drying effect.
Overall a big DIPA very enjoyable. Bottled on 10/16/2017. About five months old.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this into a snifter. The appearance is a hazy orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that drastically falls and leaves a decent spider web coating of lace. The smell is pure sweet citrus, well amplified with powerful grapefruit and other tropical fruits. The taste is mainly sweet through the citrus. There is a slight grapefruit aftertaste leading to a dry citrusy finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with the right amount of carbonation invading my mouth and tongue. There seems to be a slight sessionable aspect to it as well. Overall, I say this is a well worthy DIPA of having again as I’m quite impressed with this.

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Photo of Todd
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange-y in color with a thick, creamy head. Herbal, tropical and boozy in the nose. Creamy and soft mouthfeel. Bready, doughy, dry malt base followed by a semi-astringent bitterness. Thin fruitiness with faint tropical notes, pine, orange and rind. Vodka-like alcohol and heat. Thinner and dryer than other Imperial IPAs, and the everything seems a bit muted, which makes the booziness of this beer more dominant.

Overall OK. Interesting use of Kölsch yeast, which definitely cleans things up; perhaps a bit too much.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Aroma is all hop, leading in to a big hop smack in the chops, lots of bitterness, lots of warmth. Clear medium gold body, small wispy head, this all about the hops from taste to finish. Decent DIPA

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution Edmonton's tap takeover leftovers for this American brewing concern.

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of wispy and generally just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some tight hedgerow lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of big caramel/toffee/treacle malt, the Yuk-a-Flux from my university dorm days (vodka-soaked fruit, essentially), and a commensurate dose of edgy piney, leafy, and herbal hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, sort of biscuity toffee, navel orange and red Texas grapefruit citrus flesh, a minor wet stone path thing, more understated tropical fruitiness, and a healthy dose of leafy, piney, and wet grassy West Coast verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job in question, via its so-so frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as both the hops and booze trod a little too heavily here. It finishes off-dry, the big malt, big hops, and big booze all playing well enough together.

Overall, I cannot call this the best DIPA that I've ever encountered, but it ain't the worst by any stretch of the imagination, either. Perhaps a tad disjointed, but when I put my big boy pants on, things work out just fine.

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Photo of arizcards
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from the Belmont Station this past Saturday for $5.50. Bottled on 7/14/16.

Beer poured golden with a solid white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is pretty non descript, some hints of citrus and a bit of the large malt back bone.

Taste is citrus rind forward and vegetal that stays on top of the malts. Definitely uneven.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall an OK IIPA but definitely nothing to seek out. Too much rind and vegy flavor left behind for my palette.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 500ml bottle dated 2/23/2015. Looks good, not much smell, tastes real good for age. Not much hop flavor left but still very solid. I can only imagine what this tastes like fresh. Thanks to Bring-on-the-Beer for getting this to me here in Tampa. 4.25

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A--Slightly cloudy but a wonderful golden...dark straw to light amber SRM 5/6
S--Malty and caramel but not annoyingly so as with a lot of IIPAs. Very pleasant.
T--Surprisingly balanced and subdued with a delayed set of balanced sweet flavors...light caramel is most apparent
M--luxurious for an IPA. Rich mahogany and leatherbound books.
O--Very surprised the Molten version is so much more balanced than the Hot. Both great beers but this one is a sneaky SOB...way too drinkable and not overly malty or sickeningly sweet like other IIPAs.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Double Mtn Brewpub 'Molten Lava' @ 9.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $7.20
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a smallish fluffy off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-pine & molten lava
T-big tasting DIPA , some smoothness with a dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , big full body , dryness lingers on the palate
Ov-ok DIPA & beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Pricey bottle picked up at Brewforia Meridian last night for about $8... Expensive. Pours a hazy dark golden... nice lacing and retention. Nose is light citrus/piney hoppiness... flavor has nothing better to offer... I want to like it more, but it is sooo pedestrian. Nothing good to brag about.


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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and strong, and a little strange as well. Pours a clear amber in the tulip with a decent head. Very aromatic. I think of broiled grapefruit, complete with the burnt sugar.

This starts out with a hoppy floral taste but turns toasty. More herbal bitterness than hops to start, but the bitter fruit taste keeps coming. Scorched mango with oiled grilled bananas. This is an odd duck but very likeable for being less bitter and more flavorful.

On tap at The Noble Fir in Ballard (Seattle). I saw this in bottles at QFC Market as well.

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Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange. Thin head. Thin, short- lived lacing.
S: orange and pine
T: malt and alcohol balanced well with hop flavor. Piney-Hop bitterness is the strong finish
O: great NW imperial IPA. Good representation. Big IPA with strong hop bitterness balanced well with base malt and alcohol.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/27/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and herbal hop 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 good beer with a very nice balance of sweet citrus and herbal hop qualities all around.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head that continues building for a while after the pour and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, tropical and light citrus fruit, mild sweet malt. Flavor is dedicated to the hops, resinous and citrus with the same light tropical and orange family fruit as in the aroma. Malt supports the hops, but has little character of its own. Finishes with pleasant, sweet resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Although the hops are presented well here, this is not a tongue numbing hop bomb. I usually like solid malt support in my IIPAs, and the malt here is really quiet and subdued, but seems to balance the hops nicely. Nice fruit, interesting hop bill; a very satisfying IIPA from a brewery that rarely disappoints.

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Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : SN IPA Glass

Golden-orange with a thick, foamy white head. Nice lacing.

An intriguing blend of floral and fruity citric hops in the nose, which carries into the flavor as well. Also some light crackery, sweet malt backing.

Medium+ body with medium, carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but a good DIPA. Lots of citrus, with just enough floral/malt balance to differentiate it from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like the reviews for this beer are all over the map. I guess if the brewers put half as much energy into labeling bottles as they did in using reusable bottles, this beer would fare better. According to the case from which this bottle was pulled, this beer was bottled 26th Feb 2013.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a very nice looking DIPA. The nose is great. Fruit salad (yummy yummy)with orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and a little papaya, this is very pleasant. There is a bit of mineral character as well (chloride?). Alcohol is well-hidden.

The palate is a blend of fruity hop character, moderate bitterness and mild malt character. Opening with the fruit and mild mineral character, the blend of citrus and tropical fruit is refreshing. The mid-palate brings the bitterness, which does come is moderately gentle waves and finishing with a mild resin character. Malt flavor is minimal, this is quite dry. Creamily carbonated, this beer is medium-light in body and is very enjoyable. The finish is bitter, mildly resiny and has a blend of tropical fruit and alcohol. Recommended if fresh.

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Photo of Dag87
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had it on tap and it is much better than than the bottle I had. Nice fresh hops up front and smooth finish slightly malty. The bitterness is more present in the bottled beer. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If I lived closer to OR I'd be a regular in there.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle opened on 3.10.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a two inch foamy cream-colored head.

S - Hoppy grass and stinky feet.

T - Bitter grass, earthy, pungent cheese and lots of alcohol.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - This one hides nothing. Hoppy, pungent and harsh.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle from Belmont Station

A: Off-color orange with a lazy, declining head. Like bad hair? Some legs.

N: Breaded onions with some marijuana hints. Little bits of tropical fruits, particularly clementine oranges. But this nose is mostly off-putting.

T: Taste is better by a bit so this wasn’t skunked (as far as I can tell.) Very bready with lots of dank elements. Syrupy canned oranges. Lots of residual sugars, I think, though it does retain the bitterness of the hops. This isn’t bad, I guess.

M: Sticky, syrupy, and heavy. Dry at the end.

O: A dense beer that lacks all the refinements of a good DIPA. Like a cudgel wielded by a dunce. Pass on this.

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Photo of Elimination
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker straw with a strong thick white head

Smell of some great americAn high alpha hops, grapefruit, citrus but then comes a bit of Belgian farty yeast, bits of coriander, spicy, peppery

Flavor comes in strong bitterness, sweet coitrus, and the Belgian character comes in as a peppery more saison sour

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, great lacing on the tongue.

Overall this doesn't present itself as a dips but rather a balanced stronger Belgian ipa. This is a keg from 2010 but still presents quite a bit of hops

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station yesterday.

ML pours a peachy orange color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness and is just lovely. There was considerable pine, orange citrus, dank earth, white pepper and a touch of skunkiness. However, the orange/grapefruit citrus really dominates the nose in a big way, which is exactly how I like my DIPA's. On the palate, this is West Coast all the way, with the light sweet malt no more then a foil for the considerable hoppy bitterness. Yet for a DIPA, I thought this beer exceptionally well balanced, with the alcohol perfectly integrated into the flavor profile. The finish is quite dry and bitter, and I (thankfully) pick-up virtually no heat from the alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and creamy (if someone had told me I was drinking this beer from cask, it would not have surprised me), though the beer didn't seem to be under carbonated. Drinkability is exceptional for a DIPA (the Belmont Station menu lists the abv. at 9%), and I can see where one could get into considerable trouble drinking pint after pint of this bad boy.

Wow! It's been a while since I've been this impressed by a "new to me" DIPA. Granted, after drinking killer green and fa la la la la, it's apparent the brewer knows a thing or two about making hoppy beers, but nevertheless, I was surprised by the quality of this beer. Impressive. Yummy!!!!

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Double Mountain taproom Hood River OR, 6.10.2010, $6.50 a pint (Pliny-like pricing).

Orangish amber hazy body, 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation with thin ring of foam around edge of glass. First hit in the nose is tropical fruit, mango, guava, with a bready malt backbone. Taste features tropical fruit up front, a slightly bitter hop middle, piney, pretty sweet finish with some lingering bitterness. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel, not much effervescence. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, inhibiting drinkability, a bit of heat in finish, but fairly drinkable. Worth a try

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Parkway Tavern, Tacoma, WA

A: Poured a dark orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus notes mainly with caramel

T: Nice malt backbone with hops, mainly citrus and some floral

M: Medium bodied, nice chewy finish with good amount of hops

D: Good. More of a NW IPA to me and easy to drink

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice honey-gold yellow color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

Pine and floral hops greet the nose, with just a hint of graininess in the background. The pine dominates the tongue with the floral notes being joined by a jolt of citrus.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a bit fuller than most. Drinkability was well above average for a big hop bomb. Overall, a very solid take on the style, worth seeking out. I hope they add this this beer to their full time line-up.

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