Molten Lava
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,726
Ranked #20,315
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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Reviews by ayarbs:
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ayarbs from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Mar 27, 2013
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Spikester from Oregon

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.

Feb 17, 2018
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Todd from California

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.

Dec 02, 2016
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HumuloneRed from Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 03, 2015
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arizcards from Arizona

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.

Aug 23, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

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!!!!

Jul 21, 2010
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ericj551 from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

May 07, 2013
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Derek from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Aug 06, 2013
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

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.


May 03, 2014
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 22, 2015
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davegray from California

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 07, 2015
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bespin15 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

May 02, 2013
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markgugs from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 04, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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.

Apr 14, 2013
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iguanodon from Utah

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.

Oct 24, 2018
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squaremile from Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Double Mountain: We're celebrating our recent facility expansion by brewing a couple batches of "MOLTEN LAVA" Imperial IPA, which has been on hiatus since '08. Molten is the bigger, meaner older brother of Hop Lava, brewed with mainly the same ingredients (pilsner malt / crystal malt / Cascade and Centennial hops, with Simcoe too) -- but lots more of them. Big and yet somehow balanced, in the Double Mountain style. Substantially dry-hopped for superior aroma. 8% ABV, 90+ BU.

Molten Lava pours a magnificent hazy orange/gold that my eyes can not move away from. Nice puffy 1/4" head that creates some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of the aforementioned hop varieties in a substantial way but not necessarily the most pleasant. The flavor has a substantial hop bitterness, then after some neutral space has a touch of biscuity malts and then dried quickly, although there is a touch of alcohol burn and bitterness in the back of the mouth. Overall its an OK beer.

May 17, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

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

Jun 16, 2010
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beertunes from Mayotte

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.

May 20, 2010
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twelveinches from Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dec 05, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada

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.

Oct 24, 2016
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barleywinefiend from Washington

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

May 29, 2010
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Jun 20, 2013
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PretzelCity from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jul 14, 2014
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mtbeer3649 from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Apr 28, 2014
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

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.

Mar 10, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 117 ratings