Molten Lava | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by squaremile on 05-17-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Photo of Spikester
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Todd
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Lofreqwave
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 KensWorld
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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 tarheels4life23
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bwag
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Eighty
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Molten Lava from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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