Double IPA | Propeller Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Piney. Floral. Citrus.

Calling all hopheads. Brewed with Pacific Northwest hops and heavy dry hops, this smooth, great tasting beer has a sweet malt backbone and a full hop finish.

Added by Derek on 07-16-2012

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of ewpass
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with good head. Decent citrus nose. Smooth malt body with strong resinous finish. Even hoppiness, only slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

hoppy and very malty. orange colour. drinkable but not a state of art dipa. on tap at tide & boar. Maybe local love leads to overating this beer, as it has been around before there were many big hoppy beers to choose from.

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Photo of JoshuaCCampbell
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Coppery-amber colour, slight haze. One finger of off-white head with decent lacing.
S - Big hops, melon, malt.
T - Surprisingly mild for the aroma and ABV. Boozy hops, citrus, malts and slight pine.
M - Medium carbonation that really lets the taste settle on your tongue. Leaves a slight tackiness in the mouth afterwards.
O - Super drinkable and easygoing DIPA despite the intimidating ABV content and aroma.

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Photo of MattCampbell
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lildrummerboy17
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of souvenirs
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber.
S: Melon and pine.
T: Supposedly this is an American DIPA rather than English style, but I agree with PorterPro125's characterization of it as soft. It's not the hop bomb one might expect from a beer of this style, but it does have a half decent kick.
F: Not quite as heavy as one might expect of this style.

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Photo of -Rick
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterPro125
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours Deep Gold, slightly coppery liquid topped by a white head that has excellent retention. Ton of lacing on the glass. Beautiful IPA.

S- Pine pitch, grapefruit, and a certain woodsy smell (hard to explain). Definitely some West Coast hop action going on here. Not much in the way of malt presence.

T- One of the softer Double IPA's I've had but there is more than enough goodness in this beer. Resiny pine notes and a lot of citrus likely attributed to the West Coast hops. A sweet malt backbone that perfect balances out the hops without fading their flavours in any way.

M- Medium Body with Medium-High carbonation. Nice lively body.

O- Although I'm a self-proclaimed hophead, I really enjoy a well balanced DIPA that isn't dominated by hops. The thing that this beer really has going for it is that it perfectly exhibits all of the hop notes without being over the top in anyway. Excellent example of the style that I would recommend to someone looking to jump into DIPA's for the first time.

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Photo of Hfx902
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Makes me sleepy... 2 Im out.

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Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Propeller Double IPA looks like sugar maple sap (funny enough it also kind of smells and tastes like it too). This deep amber ale is transparent but lightly hazed and not terribly excited to divulge its highlights. Its head is little more than tattered rags but it'll do the trick.

The first rule of Double IPA club is: smell like hops. The second rule of Double IPA club is: taste like hops. Unlike Fight Club, a Double IPA should want everyone to know about it. And this one certainly exudes enough pine bark and forest herb astringency to reveal Pacific coast hops...

Something, however, seems to have been lost in transit to the Atlantic. While there's no denying the elements listed above, their presence is superficial and lacking in the appealingly leafy and resiny overtones normally attached to these crude, raw, earthy flavours - and crude, raw, earthy this certainly is. It becomes quickly apparent: this is a DIPA with no soft edges.

Indeed, this is far from your sun screen lathered, Hawaiian shirt wearing, juice diet DIPA. Instead, it's unapologetically bitter and grossly astringent, with a Native American cough-remedy kind of harshness and nothing remotely citrusy or sweet to counteract it. In short, it tastes the forest floor. With the 8.2% alcohol seeming even stronger than that, drinking this feels almost like a fraternity initiation.

For my money, Propeller produces some of the most stylistically spot-on beers in Canada; up and down, there may be no better lineup in all the nation. Their Double IPA, however, is a glaring exception. Good for a headache and not much else so far as I'm concerned, this needs a complete overhaul. Harsh though that may be to hear this current recipe is even tougher to swallow.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of canadametal
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Got on trade with Curtis! Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a high head that stays and stays. Very dark gold color. Filtered

S- 3.75- Nice hops here. Not a lot of malt at all. Very mild.

T- 4.0- Very good. Nice bitterness blend between wet and dry hopping

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Slight funky aftertaste

O- 3.96- This is a nice beer. Very mild for the hops and alcohol percentage.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little IPA went well with..... Chicken Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls


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Photo of Nightwing
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from 500ml bottle. Strong spruce and citrus aroma. Slightly cloudy amber, with white head. Has a strong bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. I quite enjoyed this one, but it is not for those who don’t like the strong hop flavour.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a light amount of stickies on the way down. The aroma is quite sweet and heavy with sugary caramel. Citrus and pine provide balance but this this one feels heavy and sweet like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of caramel and brown sugar offset with some earthy pine citrus and ethanol. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sticky almost syrupy mouthfeel. Feels like an IPA from the nineties, crystal malt sweetness light if any dry hopping. I can drink this but compared to some of the ipa's out there now, I would choose something else.

I had to update this after noticing that the bottle I have was packaged in May even though I bought it two weeks ago at the brewery. It is possible that this is much better fresher, but right now the hop aroma is not strong enough to cut through the intense malt sweetness.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Double IPA from Propeller Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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