Double IPA | Propeller Brewery

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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

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Added by Derek on 07-16-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 34
Photo of mylespetro
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 souvenirs
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 PorterPro125
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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 biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 +1.6%

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 -8.3%
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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Photo of ludachris
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A gorgeous day in Halifax and a double IPA from one of my favorite East Coast breweries. I'm hard pressed not to write a review.

It's been a while since I last drank a filtered DIPA. It's not something I expected but it still looks quite delicious. Its crystal clear polished amber body boasts an ample level of carbonation that helps keep the finger's worth of off-white head afloat.

Fresh, leafy hops with undertones of mint are the first aromas to come out. Zesty citrus and juicy peach are close behind with a touch of danky pine. A soft toasty, caramel character assures that there is some malt backing this West coast inspired DIPA.

A punch of piney, leafy, minty hop goodness hits the middle of the palate as fresh peach slides underneath. Zesty citrus goodness pinches at the cheeks. Light biscuit and a touch of sweetness comes in the finish with some sweet citrus to chew on.

The body leans to being full with a creamy and sticky texture. Slightly dry in the finish but the stickiness that runs throughout stops the finish from being clean. The bitterness from the hops as well as their fresh leafy character lingers long past the finish.

For the sticky, green leafy hop DIPA lovers, this beer is right down that alley. A great offering from Propeller and one that`s definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biggest props to my BA in crime andrenaline for picking this up on his recent east cost swing and including it in our cross country trade
A - clear red-brown copper, thumb of tan head retained nicely and left some random lacing blobs
S - fruity and floral, light caramel and metallic, mostly gentle aromas
T - an interesting hop flavour mix of floral, orange citrus, and just a touch of pine resin, backed up well by caramel and nutty malt
M - medium to heavy body for an IPA, mild bitter, finishes full
O - one of the most well balanced DIPA's i've come across, it has all the big hop presence you expect without being overwhelming, well put together

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, thumb of he's with decent retention, nice sheeting lacing.

S - Nice sweet citrus hop, heavy pineapple and a touch of caramel and toffee on the finish.

T - The pineapple hop notes dominate, surprisingly sweet with an earthy pine undertone. The caramel comes through on he finish and lingers alongside a bitter citrus flavour.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - A tasty DIPA and probably my favorite offerin to date from this brewery. The floral an pineapple hops are reminiscent of a west coast IPA. The abv is well hidden, making this a dangerously drinkable offering.

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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear bronze with an off-white head, some retention, leaves a bit of lace.

S: A bit dank, grapefruit rind, nectarine, pine, papaya and sponge toffee.

T: Grapefruit rind, papaya, pine, grass, toffee, good bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body, carbonation higher than average, some hop acidity.

O: A decent drinker but the hop flavour and aroma is a bit muted for a DIPA.

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Double IPA from Propeller Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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