Double D Blonde | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
hopvalleybrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 07-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First, crack open the can and enjoy a few gulps straight from the can. It's such a familiar feeling with its own pleasure, but it reminds me how drinking the stuff from a lovely glass is the way I enjoy it these days.

Rather crisp and carbonated, which gives this Blonde a little more drinkability. Also gives it some of the club soda taste. More bitterness than I usually expect with this style. Even reminds me of a watery Pilsener with a very light body. Rather grainy but not flabby.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-yellow hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of creamy white foam. Decent head retention with a little chunky lace left on the glass. Not bad!

Smell: sweetish malty aroma with a hint of grain and a little bit of fruitiness, probably due to the hops. There's almost a spiciness to it, like grains of paradise or something, which doesn't particularly work for me. Overall, though, pretty decent.

Taste: the flavor is similar to the aroma, but a bit drier and grainier. The overall effect is of harshness, unfortunately. It's not bad, per se, but it's a bit rougher than I'm looking for in the style.

Mouthfeel: moderate body and a big carbonation give this brew quite a creamy texture; this is the beer's best feature.

Overall: not bad, but a bit on the harsh side for my taste. A blonde ale should be smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from Brewer's Haven... Clear light straw golden with a surprisingly good white head. Grainy wheat... Citrus/floral/lesser grassy hops... The finish is a touch heavily leaning toward the malty side of things... Decent balance, but I want more hops from my blondes especially from the PNW.

3.75/3.25/2.75/3.25/3.25

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Fred Meyer in S.Salem. $3.99 Pours a nice clear sunny golden colour with a largish frothy white head. Aroma is nice and fresh bready,caramel malts with a touch of citric hops. Taste very balanced bready,caramel touch of nuts,lemony hops very nice really Really great mouth feel fizzy yet complex ( for style ) semi-dry finish. Very nice drinkable blond would be great in six-pack!
( oh i see here it is in 12 oz cans! Great)

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale is named for a hefty bra cup size. Putting aside the ethics of naming a beer for the size of a woman's undergarments, Double D is pale daisy yellow with a smiling cap of white head and a sweet, distant aroma. The beer serves its purpose well enough. It features gentle contours with a light blush of sweetness, minimal bittering, and a clean, refreshing persona. Despite its name, this blonde deliberately lacks excitement in favor of succinct, entry-level functionality.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Blonde colored body, slight haze, 60% opaque. Hilly lace on the sides of the glass after the 1 finger head recedes.

Smell : Pale malts, barley, wheat, some light spice and floral. Mostly clean aromas. Spot on for a Blonde - nothing more, nothing less.

Taste : Had to expect this being a NW beer. A bit too hoppy for my tastes, but the pine note subsides into a more traditional golden blonde ale with bread and yeast following. It ends on a slight marshmallow note and the finish is better than the beginning in my opinion.

Feel : Medium bodied, light creaminess, dry finish.

Overall : If it weren't for the pine at the beginning this beer would be a home run. I don't like the overhopping of the NW style beers, it's just too much. This is another example of the overhopping going on in this region.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdense
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle picked up at Belmont Station upon recommendation of awesome staff.

One finger billowing white head, medium-slow dissipation, with significant lacing. Light gold clear body, multiple streams of carbonation bursting on top of body, thin broken layer of head retained long after pour. Fruity hops, grapefruit in the nose, balanced with sweetish and bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, this is a pretty hoppy blonde ale. Good effervescent medium mouthfeel. IMO quite sessionable and drinkable. Another fine offering from the new kid on the Eugene brewing block.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at The Bridge

A- Poured a clear golden color with a frothy head that left spotty lace

S- Very pungent grapefruit aroma, nothing else

T- Big pungent grapefruit flavor with a mellow cracker malt and lemony finish

M- Fizzy carbonation, lighter to medium body, semi-dry finish

O- Not very complex, but great punch of pungent (cascade?) hops and very easy to drink. Drinks like a session IPA.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a below average amount of head which has poor retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull straw to pale amber which looks golden straw in the light. No lacing has been left behind yet.

Nose- Rather thin and boring. At first, I got a bit of bubblegum (very light and not bothersome) with some grain and cereal. After a minute, there is nothing but a light hint of grain. Almost indistinguishable from your basic AAL. In fact, some AALs have more of nose or, at least, more presence.

Taste- Starts off with mild citrus that has both orange and lemon with a touch of lemon peel. Caramel is very pronounced on the middle while a little bit of pine and resin bring up the finish. Slight spicy tingle on the linger. Caramel seems to be dominant component with notes of lemon, orange, and matchstick hanging around the edges. Pretty much nothing more complex than the notes that I've mentioned before. Maybe a slight chalkiness with the somewhat dry finish. No flaws but not a terribly interesting beer. I think it was better in the can- I felt like I got more of the hop profile. Just above average to average. Muted notes of grain in the background.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a good amount of syrup. Carbonation is a bit light but still works well with the overall beer.

Drinkability- Seemed to live up to the label when it was in the can. It's rather boring in a glass. Decent for 8 bucks a six pack but nothing compared to all the better blondes out there.

Overall- Just a bit over average but mostly average. Fairly true to the style. If you like lighter beers, you will probably like this one. For most others, it's probably not worth a try. I will not be buying it again.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aoampm
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danwho
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briken
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hazy yellow, very thin white head after an aggressive pour and no retention. Sweet, light grassy aroma. Hoppy bitterness up front with a light linger that gets much stronger. Light body with light to moderate carbonation.

I guess what else do you expect from a brewery named Hop Valley? Flavorless save for hop bitterness. A boring beer with no off flavors just nothing to be enjoyed.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.95/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head. Low retention and some white lacing. Pale gold color with crystal clarity.

S- Crystal malts, some piney hops and a hint of grassiness. Light and unattractive smell.

T- Light hops, crystal malts, some sugar but very weak flavor.

O- Wet air. Light and insubstantial.

O- Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

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Double D Blonde from Hop Valley Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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