Forester Double IPA | Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Forester Double IPAForester Double IPA

Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dirtylou on 02-11-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 53
Photo of wingman14
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden orange with a frothy off white head. The smell is nice, hoppy, with some wheat notes. The sweetness and alcohol are both noticeable. The taste is sweet, not much hop coming through for a DIPA, but the high ABV is very apparent. A medium mouthfeel, to me it is smooth for the high ABV, but not something I would want to drink regularly due to the sweetness. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Also very surprised by this low rating.

A: poured into snifter. Cloudy deep yellow copper color. One inch head.

S: you can smell the hops first and foremost.

T: citrusy his flavor. Nice and strong and clean. Not balanced at all. Just hops powering through. Long lingering bitter finish.

M: medium body, good carbonation that shows up half a second after you sip.

O: If you're looking for a balanced IPA this isn't it. This is hop forward DIPA that will satisfy your bitterness cravings.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22 into my English Pint glass. 92IBUs
A-Cloudy rust colored IPA with a slight off white head, yeast cake abounds.
S-Sweet maltiness, grassy hop character, lemon citrus & some pepper
T- Grassy hop character comes first then some lemon citrus and some pepper with a sweeter than normal malt backbone
M- Fairly thick and malty for a DIPA, but not out of style. just on the heavier side for the style
O- Not my favorite for the style, too heavy & a little too grassy on the hop character, maybe some rye would balance out the malt profile?

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber color with a modest, coarse foam in the Affligem chalice. The aroma is pleasantly mangos and cake batter.

Sweet, with a hopped-up Barleywine flavor. Lots of fruity flavors, though there's an overripe taste that is a little disconcerting. Some candied taste like citron and a rummy zucchini bread flavor. A little peppermint schnapps and cookie dough. Then you get the bitter murky finish.

This tastes better on the first couple of sips. There is a bitter insistency along with the sugar that gets a little tiresome. Still, it's a big gulp of flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

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Photo of ccrida
2.34/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is darker, pale iced tea with some white foamy head and lace.

Smell is fainter, a littler herbal and sweet. DIPA?

Taste is sweet, a little citrus and resinous hops. Dry, sweet heat. Drinks quite a bit higher than the ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick, dry and rough.

Drinkability is low for me. Hot, sweet, and not very hoppy. This is a subpar DIPA by any measure of mine.

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Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in imperial pint glass. Beer pours amber and hazey, with a massive off-white head. Pleasant citrus hop aroma. Flavor profile is tall and bitter, with a big dose of grapefruit juice and citrus peel. Finishes off-dry but clean, with no specific malt flavor, and just a hint of ethanol burn. At 92 IBUs and 7.8% ABV there is no question Two Beers Brewing is showing off and showcasing a lot of hops, rather than shooting for some exquisite, fancy-pants product, but the result is surprisingly well balanced. If anything they erred on the side of leaving the beer too sweet, which to my tongue is preferable to the usual hop monster many cheap double IPAs, which are palate-smashingly bitter. Anyway, worth a try. Especially given the excellent value I was able to find on this ($6.99/22oz at my local grocery).

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Photo of yaquina
4.62/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well, first of all the name is way cool. The name brings a good beer to life. Poured me a glass or two from the 22 oz bottles I picked up the other day. The scent is great, the flavor super. The mouth feel is fantastic. I am hit by the great bitterness of this beer. I look for that in any IPA. I love the smooth mouth feel contrasted with a very noticeable bitterness. This is why I think so of positively of this precious liquid.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the IPA on tap at Branzino's in Seattle. The problem rating a beer with food is the food. But this is the second time I have enjoyed this brew at Branzino's so I tried my best to just enjoy the first glass without food and bring home the rating. I checked BA and was surprised at the 82, This is a better than good IPA and I think a 85 is in order. Better than the BA rating for sure.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and very balanced hop/malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish. Good hop balance and complexity; with a moderate malt backbone and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and sticky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid Double IPA. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and quite smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug type glass. Bottle code on the bottom might say 1-1558, whatever that means.

Pours slightly cloudy amber orange with a medium light tan head. Lots of fine carbonation. Smell is malty, musty, sweet, with a mild pine background. Not as sharply and crisply hoppy as I was hoping.

Taste is where the hops come out. A little honey flavor, a slight dirty dishwater hint, some pine, and strong citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange-amber with almost a finger of thick, cream coloured head.

Smell. Caramel, raw sugar and sweet grainy malt, peach and pineapple, and some sweet citrus fruits.

Taste. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, pineapple and oranges, just a little pine.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very sweet beer here. Decent flavours, but that sweetness is over the top.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear medium copper color with about 3/4 inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty sweet, with a bitter hop scent that wasn't totally pleasant. On the tongue there was a very hot alcohol taste across the palate that dominated. Behind that was mostly malty sweetness, and a bit of citrusy hops.

The body was very sticky for the style, and had a bitter citrus finish. Drinkability would have been typical, except for the sticky-sweet aspect. Overall, a fairly typical example, except for the sweetness. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a burnt-orangish color with a nice white whispy cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Not the strongest of noses here; Sweet sugar, orange zest, whiff of pine and light tropical fruits

T: Initial sweetness with some what I felt was pale or crystal malt supporting some grapefruit, citrus and light pine. There is a pungent little booze sting mid-taste to finish.

M: Medium boied, well carbonated, no major issues

O: A balanced, full bodied IIPA with a supporting backbone. I wish the hop bill had been dialed up a notch and additional dry hopping to help the nose.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, noble fir

"You asked for it, so we brewed it! We took our flagship Evo IPA, increased the malt bill, and added even more of the best Yakima Valley Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus hops to give this double IPA a piney, citrus aroma."

I don't really like EVO, and Forester reminded me a lot of EVO - it's just way too heavy bodied for the style in my opinion. There are some really interesting flavors present - huge sugary grapefruit and tropical fruit, but a thick sweet malt base just makes this a task.

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Forester Double IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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