Double Gooch Imperial International Pale Ale | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Double Gooch Imperial International Pale AleDouble Gooch Imperial International Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Gooch Imperial International Pale Ale uses distinctive Southern Hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand alongside some bright and juicy US hops. Fat Heads Brewery brewed a Gooch Pale Ale using Southern Hemisphere hops this summer and we decided to brew a bigger danker version.

80 IBU

Added by Jason on 01-21-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
5.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by dexterk1:
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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, boned on 2/3/15, poured into DB snifter

A- pours a deep golden-amber color with a small foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- resinous piney hop aroma up front with underlying citrus & herbal notes, slightly grassy & earthy, a hint of onion. Very subtle sweet malt underneath

T- earthy and dank up front with notes of pine & citrus hop, some grassy notes with a hint of floral kicking in. More citrus takes over the mid-palate before finishing with underlying toast malt sweetness

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- pretty well balanced for a DIPA, not overpowering and very drinkable. Nice collab from two of my favorite breweries

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A golden apricot in color with a medium white head.

S: Dank and resiny. Pine, and a lot of it. Take Pine multiply it by dank, then double it. Smells awesome.

T: Citrus with grapefruit dominating, and resinous pine. Pleasantly bitter with a caramel and orange peel finish. Tasty.

M: Medium in body with fairly high carbonation for the style. A long lingering bitterness in the finish.

O: There is some definite bitter in this one. Delicious, but a little mean.

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Photo of robebo44
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coppery in color with a 2 finger off white head. That unfortunately leaves almost no lacing. Neat bubbles, one stream was of maybe the tiniest I've seen. Another was much larger and big enough to see through them, like rings.

One whiff, and it's Oh my god, this is going to be the best beer I've sampled in awhile. A glorious aroma. Peach like with tropical fruit: very ripe citrus and pineapple at the least. A bit of sweet caramel malt and a pleasant damp earthiness as opposed to dank/unpleasant earthiness.

Taste doesn't quite hold up to the aroma, but it's still very good. Early on the taste approaches dank woodsiness, but it's not off putting at all. A hint of sweet malt/tart hops becoming more bitter tart in the end. A bit of fruity grape on occasion with tart grapefruit and rind.

Medium+ in body with light to moderate fizz and moderate syrup. Farily crisp with light warmth.

Overall, this is a well rounded, rather complex brew. Not sessionable by any means. It's a beer to be savored. I would jump at the chance to try this again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and small bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear light copper that has a nice orange appearance. It looks pretty good. The color is vibrant and gives a nice aura for the beer.

The beer has orange and floral smell with a sweet malt backbone. The overall result is a kind of a sweet orange smell to it and slightly smells like good onions.

The beer taste is surprisingly different from the smell. Instead of an orange taste, the taste is more citrusy and pine than orange or floral. Additionally, the hop taste seems to be a little bit spicy in the aftertaste. Aftertaste also has a nice orange note. Specifically, the kind of citrus note that you get from eating the pulp.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light. The body is heavy but the beer goes down quite smoothly with what feels like almost no weight thanks to the biting carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one of the better beers in the collaboration pack.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose pine, resin, grapefruit, dank, faint earthiness. Taste pine, sweet tropical fruit, slight lemon & malt, balanced. Medium body with a mild bitter finish. Best of the Collabs!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick_Pournaras
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nlawrence301
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thick cap of white head, leaning towards creamier. The aroma is wonderful, with nice floral and fruity hops aromas. The taste is good, with a similar flvaor profile as the aroma and the addition of a caramel malt sweetness, but there was an off-putting metallic bite to it right after pouring that went away with a little time. The body is lighter with a little bit of carbonation and a hops bite.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhbarber
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle "boned" 2-13-15 served in a stemmed glass. For a pale ale, it's out of this world, it's a great imperial IPA with this hop flavor profile. The citrus and bitterness from the hops combination is outstanding.

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Photo of Rmbr2
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigD1018
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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