Blue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPA | Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPABlue Hills Quarter Mile Double IPA

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is murky amber orange in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that hardly down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass
S: The nose has flavors of biscuity and toffee malts along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: Initial flavors of biscuity malts are present in the nose, with hints of toffee and citrusy hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not appeal all hopheads, but it has a great balance between the malts and hops. It also hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I keep buying their beers hoping they will get better, now in a can, at least that's cool, no date, but picked up a week ago.

Pours a smaller fizzy head that flashes over quickly but leaves some lacing, hazy dark orange slight chestnut brown color.

Nose isn't too bad, some hops bringing a little earth and pine, mild candied orange peel citrus, a bit of a mossy forest floor earth, a big sweet malty base with little caramel and toasy reddish malts, little candy like too, and hints of booze waft out.

Taste starts with the sweet malt kick, candy like sweet malts, toasty reddish malts, little caramel almost syrup, and some mild warming tingly booze with that. Then hops, again that earthy hop character at first, mossy forest floor but not a ton of that or pine, a mild candied orange peel again, and citrus zest. The hops turn a bit spicy and chewy as it goes, towards the finish the hops turn a little bit of a stale oil character, but mostly bitter spicy chewy hops, as the finish dries it gets quite spicy and chewy and almost astringent bitter, and a bit of a sticky feel lingering.

Mouth is med to a big bigger bod, mild warming tingly booze, decent carb a little on the lighter side though.

Overall not bad, pretty average when it comes to a DIPA as far as hops and malts go, but a decent balance and nice characters, hops are def not my fav, but this beer isn't too bad. Maybe the problem with the beers I've been having is freshness instead of quality, but maybe not. Maybe they turned a new leaf and trying to improve, not quite sure, but I'll try another one next time I'm in the area and see what I think then.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit weak for the style but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer overall but the lack of hops makes it just mediocre for a 2IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium copper in color with some light orange + golden yellow highlights and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized medium thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malts with toffee sweetness and some moderate citrus/lemon/tangerine and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit malts that impart a light amount of sweetness to the beer. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon/tangerine and floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy upfront with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall the alcohol in this beer is very well hidden and it is easy to drink because there is a really nice balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. Enjoyable and definitely one worth having again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Good lasting head. Starts with a blanket of lace and ends with spotty lace. The color is amber and clear.

More malty than almost every IPA/DIPA offering I've had. Lots of caramel to the nose. Oddly, I smell milk (lactose?). Blindfolded I think I'd guess a British Mild.

Creamy texture with the aforementioned milky aspect to the taste. I'm not sure where the hop is. It shows up, but only for balance. Lots of caramel with a touch of sweet syrup and earth. Full bodied and lowly carbonated.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at America on Tap.
Deep golden color, big rich caramel maltiness with some earthy pine and resin to counter. Not a bad beer, but a bit sweeter than I prefer in a DIPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 11, 2014.

Medium amber pour with decent off-white head and a slight fogginess to it all.

Hops are what my nose picks up first along with an undercurrent of toasted malts, slight fruitiness, and sweetness. But nothing jumps out as dominating.

The body is medium to heavy.

This is meant to be a Double IPA so I expected bitter, pungent hops but I did not get that. Oh yes there are hops in the taste but I think their regular IPA has more hop bitterness than this one does. At least the 8% ABV is muted.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper hue with a rather large head for such a small sample size.

S-Very subdued. Malty caramel and dough. More sweetness followed by a dull candied grapefruit aroma and maybe some pine.

T-Much of the same. Lots of sweetness. Doughy, caramel dipped bread. Light, grapefruit and pine. An unattractive herbality as well.

M-Soft carbonation. Lingering bitterness. A bit boozy.

O/D-Not my type of DIPA in the least. If you're looking for a malt forward DIPA here she lies.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. This beer is unfiltered with some clarity and is a hazy pale orange with bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: We got some nice caramel and toasted malts with somw citrus hops in the nose. The hops give off some notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste: A little hop bitterness that is mostly balanced out by the caramel malts. A bit sweeter than most.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, tingling hop bitterness, a little chewy, and very drinkable for an 8% beer.

Overall: Alcohol is hidden very well and this beer is very drinkable. If this beer was a bit more hoppy and less malty, I'd revisit it again.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy and cloudy orange with some golden hues. Nice amber notes are perceived as well. A huge 2 inch head forms from a fairly gentle pour. The head is nice and dense and quite sticky. Retention is amazing.

Aroma of some tropical fruit notes mixed in with some pine. There is a nice fresh grassy aroma to it as well with some woody notes, cedar maybe. Citrusy hop juices are present in the nose with some more prominent sweetness from the malts.

Flavor starts off with some pungent citrusy and piney hops. The balance between citrus and pines is there. Abrasive but also quite herbal. There is an underlain tropical fruit note that adds some sweetness. Taste somewhat like Mosiac hops. Pretty yummy and approachable. Nice caramel notes mixed with the hops, awesome bready as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice dry bitterness.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/orange color with a decent sized head, majority of it fades quickly but there is a lasting thin cap, plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong caramel malt backing, mild piney hop presence shoved behind the sweetness.

Taste starts out with an earthy piney bitterness, caramel malt balances things out quickly, very rough around the edges, alcoholic strength mostly well hidden, medium-low carbonation with a decent creamy softness to it.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler from the brewery yesterday after a tasting.

Appearance: Poured a deep amber/orange hue into a tulip. Nice two finger head, good lacing on the glass. A solid looking Double IPA.

Smell: Floral aroma, citrusy notes as well. Not as much fresh hop aroma as you get in many west coast DIPA, but still a very nice smell.

Taste: I was very surprised by the taste, this goes down smooth like a DIPA, but retains the hoppiness of a standard American IPA. At 8%, this is very (dangerously) drinkable and enjoyable. Not overly bitter, but leaning more towards IPA than DIPA in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Bready, but very light and drinkable.

Overall: A very very solid DIPA here from Blue Hills Brewery. Worth seeking out and a great value at the price. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this bottle into a pint glass. Served cool.

This beer looks ruddy for a body almost rust colored and cloudy. The head is off-white.

The beer smells first like grass then tropical fruit some citrus and some pine. There's a faint grain smell as well.

There is a very nice complex back-and-forth action between sweet grain flavor and Fruit. The beer finishes with a very nice pine alcohol and fruit stone burn.

Medium to low carbonation

Overall this is a very nice double IPAA certainly something that is different from what is already out there on the market certainly worth a try and actually very drinkable

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a glowing orange-amber with a big white head. Fair amount of lacing, and pretty good carbonation.

Aroma: This beer has an earthy, hoppy, grapefruity aroma that is buoyed by some nice biscuit malt. There's also some buttered toast, lots of floral aroma, and herbaceous quality. Lots of grass and pine, too.

Taste: That grapefruit note is up front, as is pine and citrus. Nice malt balance, too.

Mouthfeel: Good balance. Dangerously drinkable for a somewhat high ABV beer.

Overall: Very solid 2XIPA. Love that it's presented in cans, too. Good stuff - nice flavors, good booze burn, easy on the palate for an 80 ABV beer. Find it, drink it.

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Photo of fureousangel
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really was hesitant to like this beer as I've not had good experiences with this brewery. However I beginning to like this beer. I think these are new hops. At least new to me.

As the beer has warmed up a bit I can better smell and taste the elements. Good beer. But not a great beer.

Also I may be biased by my west coast IPA tastes.

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Photo of Mini4x
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Not really sure what makes this a 'Double IPA' I got zero hops, very caramel and malty flavors. Other folks seem to like it maybe I got an old / bad one, but compared to other 2xIPAs this was not good.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
1.14/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was absolutely undrinkable. I have never found myself dumping a whole 22oz beer down the sink before. This was awful. I wish I could get my $7 back. I also assume everything this place makes is for the "crowd" and equally tastes like trash. What is wrong with this place? Just throw in a shandy for the "crowd" along with one more IPA...there are too many people brewing with no quality. This makes me rethink what I am buying in the store when I try someone new. Absolutely disgusting beer this was

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep orange hue with a very short off white head. Full hop body with rich malts, thick yeast, lemon and orange peel, coriander in the aroma. Full flavored hop blast with a defined IPA back. Light notes of citrus nectar and grapefruit make their way through into the rest of the body. Bold, hoppy and sweet finish.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not really impressed by this one. The smell was exciting and made me look forward to the grapefruit flavor and floral hops only to be hit with a very strong malty bitterness and bite. I do however like how this feels as it rolls over my tongue.

A- Orange and heady with a nice cloud.
S- Fruity sweet grapefruit smell.
T- Bitter bite and with a malty following and small hint of grapefruit.
M- After the initial bite the feel rolls over your tongue and leaves a carbonated feeling.
O- Not too impressed. I feel like the grapefruit isn't hitting in the right place and that it's not as balanced as it should be for being such a strong beverage.


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Photo of demps
2/5  rDev -44.8%

I like the regular blue hills IPA and the Black Hops but this one is barely palatable. Tasted way overly malty and sweet for an IPA. Strong alcohol flavor, big body, nice color... barely any hops... tasted like a home-brew where maybe the fermenter wasn't sealed and the beer got spoiled.

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Photo of JimmyBempsue
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome Beer.

Poured into a pint glass, looks to be unfiltered, with an orange tint.

Smells toasted with a hint citrus, most likely due to the hops. Nice contrast.

Where the beer really shines for me is in terms of it's taste. Perfect amount of hops, not overwhelming bitter. Very smooth and balanced. Doesn't taste like your drinking a beer with 8% alcohol.

Overall this is a delectable beer from a local microbrewery. I can dig it...

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Photo of agilejelly
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

"Wow." The word that came to mind when I took my first sip. IPA seekers looking for the ultra hoppy experience most double IPAs deliver like me will have a similar reaction.

Not too bitter, though, but smooth. Sipping down a full 22oz Imperial at 8% you think would be overwhelming without a salty steak, but this Double I was able to enjoy standing on its own, probably a consequence of its unfiltered nature. Deep orange hue and citric notes.

I've gone out of my way to taste the many locally brewed double IPAs Boston offers, and this one fits into my top 5. If you're looking for super fresh beer, strong, hoppy, and drinkable, the Blue Hills Double IPA remains highly recommended. A standalone Double.

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