Double Haul IPA
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)

Double Haul IPADouble Haul IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,254
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,979
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 13.82%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
134
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KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
84
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Double Haul IPADouble Haul IPA
Notes: Double Haul IPA scores big with our hop-headed friends. Of course, the folks at NABA agreed, awarding it a gold medal at the 2008 brewfest. Brewed with lots of hops and a solid body, Double Haul IPA is a beer lover’s dream. After a couple of Double Haul®s you’ll feel like you’re out with your buddies and it’s FISH ON! for both of you. Cascade hops for flavoring and finish provide a mouthy cascade of hoppiness! Brewed with love and packaged to go, so…”Take me with you”.

65 IBU
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is old school for sure, but the good kind of old school when hoppy beer was balanced with some crystal malt, and hopped in a way that shows some bitterness. too much juicy dry hopping these days, not enough of this, its what i find myself craving in my hoppy beer more and more, and i was pleased with it fresh from the tap at their northside location there in missoula. a nice amber color to this one and a high shine, holding over an inch of off white head, and drinking quite autumnal and sturdy, lots of body, some sweetness, and a punch of spicy northwestern hops that really linger on the tongue after each sip. its balanced nicely, but there is a lot of beer in this glass. some nuttiness to the malt, a baked character, even a little european to me, a vienna type malt taste for a flash before the hops, which are peppery and piney and pretty intense, a nice expression of high alpha cascade. this is ipa for beer drinkers, not a beer trying to bring new folks into the style by taking all the grain and bittering hops out, which is where the style seems to be going. i liked this a lot for what it is, but also for what it isnt. kettlehouse doesnt make a bad beer...

Oct 11, 2019
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Impetuous from Montana

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with huge fluffy white head; lacing is solid.

Flavors are balanced; sweet malts followed by bitter hops. The flavors are muddled, the hops and malts do come in waves but the individual flavors aren’t really distinguishable. It’s malt and hops. The smell is strong and dank.

Pretty good.

Nov 02, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is more of UK ipa with a heavy malt bill and more subtle hops.

Pours copper with good head and excellent lacing.

Smell is dank and herbally, with lots of malt.

Malt carries over to the taste and the dank is well.balance.

A.bit caramelly finish for an IPA

Aug 20, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can with a Feb. 2017 canning date into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: pours with a copper color body topped by a large, billowy white head. The head has very good retention and leaves foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy but too dank. Earthy and grapefruit aromas as well as some pine.

Flavor: The taste is way better and less dank that the aroma suggests. It also has a clear input from the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively but soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a tasty IPA; ignore the aroma.

Jul 06, 2017
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ginobili34 from Montana

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have a bit of hometown bias, but this is one of my favorite IPAs. For those who are crazy about hops, this might not satisfy, but it is a great beer and has a very distinct flavor. I have had it multiple times from cans and taps, at both KH locations and in other settings.

Look: pretty standard golden amber. Typical IPA fare. Fairly foamy head.
Smell: nutty, musty, probably the least appealing feature of the beer.
Taste: Part of what makes this a great beer is the uniqueness of taste. As opposed to the overwhelming hoppy beers that are common to the American IPA style, this beer reminds me more of English IPAs in its balance hopwise. So it is more subtle, and that allows the quality malts to really shine through. As opposed to being an "experience" beer like many hop-forward IPAs, this is a balanced beer that doesn't overwhelm in any way. It reminds me of a session IPA, except it is much higher ABV.
Feel: Not as carbonated as many similar beers. Very, very smooth.

Overall, one of the top 3 beers in the Missoula brewery circuit.

Jun 21, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is mainly a blend of a citrus grapefruit hop aroma and a bready and slightly doughy smell. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a tropical fruit natures as well as some nice pine hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong bitter grapefruit flavor mixed with a drier cracker like malt bill. As the taste advances the grapefruit remains relatively constant but is joined by other hop flavors of a more pine and earthy nature. The little bit of a fruit and caramel that are present upfront, quickly fade with the hops really taking command of the taste as the flavors move onto the end. All in all, due to the loss of the sweet and the increase in the hop, as well as the drier malt and a little bit of booziness that sneaks it way into the later portions of the taste, one is left with a dry and bitter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 6.5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body is actually quite appropriate for the very dry flavors of the brew adding a dimension of crispness to the overall feel.

Overall – A decent IPA overall that is a bit on the crisper side. While decent, it really is nothing all that out of the ordinary. One to give a go to, in order to see what you think. But for me, its just sorta standard.

Nov 18, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with a thick, creamy, white head. Grain and cereal aroma; bready. Taste follows the aroma with the addition of a mild hop bitterness; bread crust. Medium bodied; dry finish.

For a DIPA, the lack of a bold hop aroma is rather inexplicable. The hop bitterness doesn't really rise up to any great deal either. It's there, it's noticeable, but hardly "double" big. On the bright side, this is a very malty ale. The flavors favor warm baked bread and honey. An interesting beer, tasty overall, just not quite what one would expect for a DIPA.

Aug 07, 2014
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Murrhey from Washington

3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half fluffy off-white head with long retention. Amber colored IPA with very high clarity. Looks alright.

S- Maltier than I had expected. Candi sugars? Another surprise. Aroma is less like an IPA and more like a Belgian strong ale in my opinion. Not bad, but unexpected.

T- Tastes alcoholic and with caramel malts it seems like... not an IPA. Marshmallow, butter, caramel and some earthy north west hops. Odd balance of flavors.

M- Watery, very watery.

O- Relatively disappointing beer. Not what I expected.

Oct 02, 2013
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chugalug06 from Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Canned 5/29/13 - poured into glass.

Head rises slowly into tan foam, brew sits deep, clear, ruby red.

Mild, dry, airy, earthy, grassy aroma. Not a stand out IPA aroma...

Very light in flavor, but holds a heavy burn. Not very complex or smooth, kinda harsh with dry pine flavor. Thin, watery, not impressive. Nicely smooth and complementing carbonation, distracting dry burn in the back of my throat. Pinesol and Mr. Clean come to mind.

I imagine Kettle House can do better, providing more vivid flavors and deeper complexity. Can't quite recommend, but drinks (kinda) easy for a hot day.

Jul 15, 2013
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Sark from Montana

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- orange amber with thin lacing on the glass

Smell- mild light malt sweetness, some of the floral hop character comes to play as well but is on the lighter end

Taste- hop bitterness is on the lighter side and sweetness is a bit subtle without much assertion

Mouthfeel- light and easily drinkable

Overall- mild IPA, a very slightly upped grain and hop bill would distinct this beer a bit more. I've tasted this in a can and I remember it being more impressive.

Jan 22, 2013
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IronDjinn from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 4 pack of this in the parking lot of the Laughing Dog Brewery from Vern, the rep who brings Idaho and Montana beers into Alberta these days. Thanks! From a 473 ml blue can. Pours out a clear burnished copper hue, tall foamy off-white head that retains well.

Clean floral and citrus hops on the nose, toffee and clean grains as well.

Clean biscuit and caramel malt up front in the flavour, spicy, herbal hops in the middle, with more spicy hops on the finish, and a clean yet herbally astringent aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth silky texture with medium carbonation.

If not for the abv% this would make an ideal session ale, and that aside, it still makes a great offering to spend an evening with. Very clean on all fronts, yet strikes me more as an English IPA than an American based on the flavour profile of the hops, but that's merely from the lack of whollaping grapefruit in the mix. Definitely an IPA worth checking out, I hope to see more of this available locally sometime soon.

Jun 05, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kiddwhiz hooked this beer up, thanks man! Poured from can, awesome name btw, to a pint glass the beer pours a translucent copper color with orange edges in the light. A small half finger off-white head with some retention and nice lacing. Malty and floral hoppy in the nose. More balanced and malt than I anticipated. Somewhat subdued. The flavor follows suit with a foundation of caramel malts. The hops then begin to blend and provide a balanced flavor. Sweet. Medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and sweetness on the tongue. The beer seems a bit under carbonated though medium bodied. Overall, not a bad offering and nice to have sampled!

Feb 29, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this can with us, my first Montana beer!

A - Pours deep amber orange with a dense one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, dulled citric fruit, and some light spice. This one may be a tiny bit old but it still has lots to offer.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of earthy hops, dulled citric fruits, and some pine resin. This one really is malt forward. Finish is a mix of bitterness and sweetness, clinging to the pallet.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Bitter-Sweet feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - Nothing mind blowing but still a solid IPA. Glad I got to try it, thanks again Deuane.

Jan 10, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three finger off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops with some apricot and a sweet malty background.

Taste: More mild than the smell. Some citrus peel hops along with a strong bready malt backbone. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked a stronger flavor. The hop profile is good, but this just isn't an amazing beer.

Nov 10, 2011
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18alpha from Montana

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. It is fairly malty so the hops don't stand out as much as they may in other IPAs. Not a terribly complex IPA but a nice beer. If you are looking for an IPA to take to the river or golf course (i.e. in a can) this is your best option--currently your only option. I think it is a lot better on draft at the source. This is my favorite Kettlehouse beer.

Nov 05, 2011
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jamescain from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to whoever brought this one to share a the tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange with a fluffy white head that clings to the side of the glass, not the best head retention though.

Aroma: It comes off as slightly musty, could have to do with the age since I don't know what it is, there is also a subtle spicy and earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Very clean with a malty flavor of toffee and caramel, not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not that impressive, I probably wouldn't buy another one.

Oct 12, 2011
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Klym from California

3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a family member for bringing this home and to my brother for sending this along to me. Poured into a surly nonic.

This has a generically 'nice' and dark IPA look to it. Looks dark and thick for a single. A nice frothy head that leaves splashes of lacing. The smell is underwhelming, very laggerish with a hint of extra hops. Taste comes through with a laggerish start but ends up in a surprisingly well developed bitterness that never quite gets offensive and stays at a good hop-balanced level. It's thoroughly decent, with some questionable aspects and some hard-to-capture good ones.

Oct 07, 2011
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Cavery from California

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired from a grocer in proximity to the brewpub. A family member got me a growler fill and sent me some fresh cans to supplement.

Dated 8/2x/11 (bit of smear on the bottom labeling).

A: Light orange brown body character with some soft filmy head. Not much in terms of head retention or lacing, I thought that maybe it was a bit cold, but even a semi-violent pour yielded nothing. The core of the body looks very much like a diluted homemade jam, with a lot of dark iced tea qualities. Definitely missing the head on this thing.

S: Light hard toffee candy with some dusty malt sweetness. The malt nose comes through too gently, and is really missing any aromatic hop quality. Semi-oily plant smells that is suggestive of a mild plant seed note. A little bit of hot dried caramel on kettlecorn.

T: A very tame malt sweetness that immediately made me think "irish red". This is very mild in flavor. Rustic breads seem to define the flavor profile due to an absence of bolder flavors I associate with the style. Thin cracker breads add to the civil war hard tack flavor. Quite underwhelmed here.

M: Lighter body than I'd expect in style, and it features that sort of day old open soda pop carbonation feel. Some spaced out weak carbonation causes the bubbles to rapidly leave like heat out of an open oven. This is very mediocre in the mouth, aspirin dryness in the finish.

O: This was just confusing to drink. I couldn't even really get a feel for the style of this beer, the only thing that told me this was an IPA was the can. There was no clear hop note in the aroma, nor was there a dominant malt presence in the flavor. Way too much of a medicinal flavor and mouth feel. As I had it in this can, I wouldn't even find a reason to finish a taster.

Sep 18, 2011
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arizcards from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pak of 16oz cans from Wolds Valley Market yesterday for $8.39. Canned on 8/31/11.

Beer poured a light copper with a white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose is mainly caramel malts with some hints of citrus.

Taste is bready malts finishing with a large amount of citrus zest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, somewhat smooth.

Overall this is a good brew, a bit of a cross between a pale and ipa, though the hop blast in the end does officially make it an ipa. Had it on tap at the Iron Horse in Missoula and thought it was better there. Give it a try if you like ipa's!

Sep 06, 2011
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Bockrules from New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the can (pint) into a pint glass. Canned on may 26th (3 months old).

A - Pours a perfectly clear copper with a hint of orange. Minimal carbonation runs to the dense, two-finger, tanish head. Head is a ring of bubbles about 3/4ths down the glass. Eaves behind a large wall of lacing.

S - Light floral hop notes on a bready malt background. Not especially potent.

T - Caramal malt upfront. The body of the beer strikes an excellent balance between the floral hops and caramel malt to create a nice sugar cane sensation. This sensation increases as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and then slowly fades into a slightly bitter cane-sugar finish.

M - Seems a tad flat. Could use a strong CO2 injection to make it peppier. Medium bodied and retains moderate chewyness.

From this beer, I learned that a Double Haul was - seems fitting given all the great rivers up in Montana. This beer certainly "hit the spot" for me (as the can claims) thanks to that elusive sugar-cane flavor that certain beers seem to have, but overall was meerly a better-than-average IPA. A more exciting mouthfeel would have put this beer in the next tier and lured me back for more.

Aug 30, 2011
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dirtylou from New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, purchased and consumed within yellowstone

appearance: lively copper body, healthy white foam

smell: dry malt, bitter hop resin, a bit spicy

taste: fairly malt forward - rustic and grainy, the present hops provide a fairly bitter turn without a significant amount of citrus flavor, a bit spicy, toasted grain

mouthfeel: sharp bitterness, light carbonation

overall: pretty good, but the other 2 kettlehouse beers i consumed were better

Jul 11, 2011
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pintOast from Montana

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I'm not drinking my own home brew, the Kettlehouse's Double Haul IPA is my staple brew. I try to support my local breweries and this beer makes it pretty damn easy. They were one of the first craft breweries in Missoula to introduce cans. Cans are welcome in Zoo town because they no longer recycle glass here. Not to mention, cans are much more suitable for the active, Montana, outdoor lifestyle (especially for floating the rivers).

A - Decent head retention, clarity is phenomenal, copper gold in color
S - Initial aroma is hop pungent, guessing centinnels and cascades, then settles down
T - Little bit of malty sweetness, citrus and nut, hop flavor dominates
M - Somewhat dry & crisp, palate retains hop flavor, not overly carbonated, not much body
D - This is a solid IPA, very drinkable, one of the best canned IPAs any small micro brewery has to offer

Jul 03, 2011
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zhanson88 from California

3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Double Haul pours a brilliant, clear, vibrant copper color with a couple fingers of white head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is decent.

Smell: Very malty. A lot of caramel malts form the base of this beer, and some citrus and lesser piney hops come out as well. Seems to lean way too much toward the malty side.

Taste: Starts out very malty, with a good deal of caramel. Some pretty decent hops do kick in on the latter half. Probably a bit hoppier than the smell indicates, but not enough to bump it up an extra half point for taste.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The feel is very nice. It comes close to medium bodied with some good, fine carbonation. Very pleasant on the palate. Overall I'd call it pretty common and not too impressive. It's way too malty for an IPA in my opinion, but still probably a touch above average overall due to other factors.

Apr 17, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to woodychandler for his spoiling me with different beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is the same, lots of hops, a considerable bitterness, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Mar 12, 2011
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - bright golden with some orange and reddish hues. Nice fluffy head atop this very nice looking brew. Plenty of lacing inside the glass and near perfect carbonation levels.

Aroma - plenty of green goodness from the cascade hops. Some dark sugar aromas as well as pineapple and lemons.

Taste - Citrus and pine meet with plenty of malty sweetness backing them up. Some grass and hay notes as well. Not an overly complex IPA, but then again many of them aren't. Plenty of hop flavor and very easy drinking. A solid IPA that is for sure.

Overall - a nicely put together West Coast style IPA. Its not over the top hoppy and is nicely balanced.

Would I buy more of it? - certainly. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out to give it a try and as with the others Kettlehouse cans, its some quality stuff.

Jan 07, 2011
Double Haul IPA from KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 134 ratings