The Big D.I.P.A. | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CrellMoset on 09-08-2009

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 56
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: super light yellow color. A finger of a white head that leaves a lacing on the sides. Perfect clarity

Smell: lots of tropical hops, mango pineapple and citrus along with some bitter and resiny hops. Slight sweetness most like honey to me. Strong bready malt background

Taste: opens with hops. Varies from mango, lemon and citrus to bitter and resin. A honey like smoothness takes you to a bready malt background.

Mouthfeel: drinks smooth but lots of bitterness is left behind.

Overall: a tasty and well balanced dipa. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangeish body with good head and lace on top of a textbook aroma of citric and grapey hops and a little caramel malt sweetness. Taste/mouthfeel are the same as the balance is good, beer is medium-bodied and easy to drink, a large citric hop taste profile with some grape and decent caramel malt sweetness all wrapped up in a crisp, dry finish. ABV isn't really noticeable and this is a dangerous sipper b/c it is rather easy to drink and not a tastebud killer.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-14 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Almost clear, golden orange with a short white head and good lacing.

S - Floral, sweet pineaplle, mild orange, pale biscut, grapefruit, mild pine, lots of hop floral.

T - Hop oil bitterness followed quickly by sweet pineapple and orange, light and nutty roasted grain, more zesty bitterness and some alcohol. The sweetness, citrus and bitterness of the clinging hop oils linger nicely and are in good balance. I could still taste it 5 minutes after the last swallow. Impressive.

M - Really good. Medium body and carbonation. Crispy-creamy, resinous and nicely prickly.

D - Very tasty. I'd had this last year and wanted to try it again. It holds up well.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white creamy head and fizzy yellow body. Unassuming.

Nose is grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste is intersting-- tease of sweetness at the front that comes back in the middle. This is of course interleaved with huge helpings of hops. The sweetness is apple and some honey-- the hops are full-bodied, not too harsh.

Mouthfeel is just kinda fizze and boring. Prickly, even.

For the style, good, but I don't love IPAs and this hasn't changed my mind. This would go great with food though-- think chicken pasta with cream sauce.

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Photo of KMcG
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, golden orange in color; lacey head on the glass

S - citrus smelly hops; strong but not overwhelming.

T - hoppy, but balanced; the hoppy herbal favored is noticed, but followed by grainy, bread-like maltiness

M - medium carbonation, slight after taste

D - This is a easy drinking double IPA despite the 9.3% alcohol, it is quite smooth and probably my favorite of what was on tap.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery.

A=a clear orange color, 1 finger head that didn't stick around too much, decent lacing
S=Hops, hops, and more hops. Smells a bit more subdued and less powerful than other DIPAs, with a bit of malt making an appearance
T=Simple, yet good. Biscuity malt hits the toungue first but is quickly overwhelmed by the hops, yet the hops don't overwhelm the palate. 9.3 percent ABV is completely hidden.
M=the weak point, it is full bodied but the lower carbonation level almost made it feel a bit flat
D=This one is dangerous, the good taste, great bitterness level and sneaky ABV make this beer one that can be put down.

Good offering from Blue Mountain

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light orange in color with a 1" head that broke apart quickly. Some lace developed.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and some malt sweetness was very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, soft orange, pine, big biting bitterness, and some alcohol create a big beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the bitterness and alcohol lingered in the mouth.

Drinkability: this was a slow drinking beer. Alcohol levels and biting bitterness keeps this to a one per session beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of esv
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, 2nd day.

A) Not much head and it didn't stick around. Dark gold/copper coloring. No lacing. Slight haze.

S) Big citrus hops, bread and more hops.

T) Sweet, followed by a blunt bitterness. Big bitterness flavor but not at all stringent. Great balance of grainy sweetness and grapefruit bitterness.

M) Medium-full. Plenty of flavor and bitterness linger.

Some double IPAs seem to be close to barley wines. This is not one of them. Not a cloying sweetness or syrupy sweet. The emphasis is on american hops here and I like it.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10.5oz clear glass goblet at Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange with short cap of tightly-bubbled head which leaves a crust of lace at the tope fo the glass.

S: Grassy, haylike hops aromas meet citrus, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit and a sweet, lightly caramelized malt

T: Sweet, caramel malt is the first flavor but is quickly drowned out by the grassy, herbal and fruity hops flavors. The hops bitterness is robust and the fruitiness is varied with pineapple, orange, and lemon all moving in. The pine and resin hops components are also strong. All in all, a very good DIPA but not in the upper crust.

M: Full-bodied with nice slickness and low carbonation with a slightly sweet but super-bitter aftertaste.

D: A really nice DIPA from a fantastic local brewery. Grabbed a growler to take home to savor and share with some of the neighbors. I have a feeling a couple of rounds of refining will result in a knockout brew by Blue Mountain.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, coppery brown in color, capped with an average white head that shows nice lace

s: big, rustic pine resin and bold citrus aroma with an earthy toffee body, okay but a bit underwhelming in terms of complexity

m: light-medium carbonation, body around medium-full

t: earthy caramel and toffee body, moderate sugars, a little leafy or woody and a touch buttery, sticky dark pine and grapefruit hop profile, moderate bitterness

d: easy enough, nice beer but easily out of the top-tier of the style

pleasantly surprised to find this at the Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a small amount of foam that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves some nice lace sticking to the glass. A decent aroma of pine and grapefruit. Could have been a little stronger but not bad. The flavor is pretty complex with a good mix of the usual suspects. Some grapefruit and orange peel flavors with and underlying herbal/pine quality. Maybe a little amarillo hops but I'm not positive. The mouthfeel is as expected, medium body and a little warm from the ABV but it's restrained. A nice refreshing, dry finish helped make this a very drinkable beer. Overall a nice reflection of the style and worth a try if you're in the region.

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Photo of afausser
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville. I tried this as part of a sampler at Blue Mountain Brewery a week or so ago, and was glad to try it again.

Appearance: Very nice, hazy orange and amber hued. A normal amount of head for a 9.3% ABV, and predictably fades quickly. There is a fair amount of sticky, web-like lacing, especially in comparison to the lack of head retention.

Smell: LOTS of hops, which is somewhat predictable for the style, but not in an overwhelming way. There are some very nice, light floral scents, along with hints of sweet bread and honey. Citrus and herbal smells are also present.

Taste: Very complex and interesting. The somewhat dry taste created by the hops is countered (and complimented) by the sweet citrus elements present. The floral smell is not as present in the taste, though there is are hints of bread.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. It has just enough carbonation to be smooth, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Very good. Even as it warms, it is very hard to taste the high abv. Very refreshing.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Big D.I.P.A. Served in either a 10.5 oz. goblet for $4 or a pint for $5.50, with twice the malt and three times the hops as their standard Full Nelson. Hopped w/ Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial. 65 IBUs and 9.3%.

Appearance: Arrives a very hazed, very orange-hued brew with about one finger of unfortunately rapidly fading head. Though the head does leave some nice sticky streaks of white lacing, it also appears slightly alcohol retarded, glittery and shiny.

Aroma: This one presents a solid hop boutique - spicy pine, overtones of thyme and mint, and tons of very "juicy" fruit. This one smells almost like a glass of freshly squeezed juice, with a lot of that pulpy, pithy kinda smell that I think is probably a result of the Simcoe addition.

Taste: More juicy citrus - lots of orange, less grapefruit - along with mild mint, slight pine, and a moderate bitterness - less than I'd expect, really. The sweet, honey, bready backbone is definitely present, providing a solid foundation for the very pulpy, almost pithy hop profile. Very complex, with a definite Simcoe presence, but I don't like Simcoe (note: this is a personal preference), so, take that as you will. A moderate "dry hopping"-esque presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but relatively fluffy. Good, well-integrated carbonation in a not-too-thick body. Nice.

Drinkability: First, the good. The abv% on this one is truly nowhere to be found - it's about average or maybe even a little high for the style, and the fact that there are really no tell tale signs is very nice. This beer is complex, drinkable, and works well as a "refreshing," sweet brew. On the other hand, the hop profile really didn't quite do the trick for me - perhaps it was the Simcoe or perhaps the Amarillo (neither of which I care for too much) - and I actually think I prefer the Full Nelson to this one a little. Regardless, this is a great first-time stab at a DIPA from a great brewery, and I think it bodes well for the future of BMB.

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The Big D.I.P.A. from Blue Mountain Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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