Double IPA
White Birch Brewing

Double IPADouble IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,804
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,979
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
129
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White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
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86
Very Good
Double IPADouble IPA
Notes: Double IPA started out as a growler only release at the brewery. When word got out that we were brewing a balanced, hop forward big IPA requests for a keg or bottle came in from all corners

Pungent aromas of citrus and fruit with a smooth hop bitterness and finish balanced with a soft malt body. This deceptively smooth beer has a hop flavor that grows over the course of a glass. It’s almost too easy to enjoy. This is the beer that makes me a hop fan. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Best when fresh, this dry hopped, unfiltered beauty is not a beer for extended aging. Cheers, Bill.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Wubufatoto
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double(Triple, Imperial) IPAs are my thing, and have been for more than twenty years. Obviously I know I'm not the only one who loves this stuff! I like my doubles on the lighter side, blond, mostly crystal hops, sweet fruity and nicely bitter. Clear or cloudy is not a consideration for me. This more than meets my highest expectations. Bought a six-pack a few weeks ago and today just bought another, as this stuff doesn't seem to always be available...or its selling out quickly. I don't know a better double in all of northern New England.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this lovely golden bodied ale into a classic Chimay goblet due to it's 9.2% abv. Seems to be a good choice as the nose has really opened up. The heady white foam spread out in layers, constant coverage and walls of sticky lacing is rather impressive.

The nose is pretty intense with some sweet, balsum fir tree style aromatics that pop out from the hops. Golden malt seems to be full of grains and grasses. Pine cones and tangy fruits are in the aroma and seem to get more intense as time goes by. Cherries and lemmon zest should also be noted within the hop scent.

A zippy, Zaney style mouthfeel, crispy golden malt has a bite, seems light and then the malt mutates into a seriously smoooth, medium feel, zesty alcohol heat and bitter hops just crush the taste buds. The silky smooth effect is a nice touch.

Layers of hops steal the show flavorwise, bitter pine and sour earthy tones first, tangy collection of fruits is next, dry bitterness again, alcohol heat seems to keep it all together as the malt stays neutral, but provides a golden-grains effect and balance.

This is a very complex Dipa. Intense in many ways and certainly one of the more interesting big ipa's you will find coming out of good 'ol New Hampshire.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at a local craft beer bar in NJ. Usually take the local brewery ipas like Kane Overhead but wanted to try something new. I really liked this White Birch DIPA. Nice, not overly hoppy flavor and while ABV is higher it is not overwhelming. Hope they keep this on tap menu.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into glass. No dating information found on can.
Cloudy, gold colored body. Last pour remnants resulted in "clouds" in the glass. No floating particles. Pillowy white head settles to bubbly cap. Scattered sheets of lacing.
Aroma of grassy, floral, and citrus hops, with a touch of lemon.
Taste includes sweeter malt, orange and grapefruit hops. A bit of grassy and floral hops too. Low bitterness overall.
Medium mouth feel, with slight prickliness on tongue. Higher ABV is well hidden.
Still tasty as an unfiltered DIPA, but of the "old school" realm. Does not "pop" on the palate, more subdued, which results in a lower rating score.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been CANducting a brewery horizontal these past few days with White Birch Brewing & this one marks the end of the line (for now). It always feels nice to add so many beers to The CANQuest (tm) & even better when the spent CANs get picked up by Jeff Lebo for his CANlection.

From the CAN: "Our ales are unfiltered, unpasteurized and traditionally made. Best served at 50-55 (deg.)"; "At White Birch Brewing, our goal is to create great beer for the enthusiast. Each batch is brewed and bottled by hand at our brewery in Hooksett, New Hampshire."; "Double IPA started out as a growler only release at the brewery. Balanced, hop forward flavor with a west coast hop bouquet, this big IPA takes time to enjoy and rewards those that make the endeavor."; "We appreciate your support as we journey down this hoppy trail together and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do! [undersigned] Bill Herlicka, Founder".

"Unfiltered" only means one thing in The CANQuest (tm) - a Crack!, followed by a VERY gentle Glug into an awaiting glass, keeping an eye on its developing clarity at all times, stopping before any lees come into suspension. My efforts in this case were highly successful as I wound up with a glassful of Yellow-Gold beer (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that left behind some gorgeous lacing. Nose was a mélange of grapefruit & orange/tangerine citrus as well as pine and CANtaloupe. Mouthfeel was medium, but light for this style. The taste was sweeter than I would have preferred with an emphasis on the melon flavor with the others more muted, although discernible, plus the yeast imparted a breadiness that tended towards sweet. Finish was in that twilight area between semi-sweet & semi-dry & it was extremely drinkable! I had polished off over half of it without even a backwards glance! Phew. This could be dangerous in the wrong hands.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly hazy goldenrod hue with a fluffy bone white head of 2.5 cm foaming up. The head recedes slowly leaving tight lattice on the sides of my glass.
The aroma is hop centered with some grass and a bit of grapefruit mixing with some floral notes. Complex mix of scents with a little biscuity malt in the background.
The first sip reveals a lighter than expected body with a slightly oily mouthfeel and fine tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy on the physical side of things.
The flavor is briefly sweet caramel malt and then rolls to a bit of resiny hop hits and also orange and grapefruit flavors. the finish is a little more astringent than I anticipated and borders on aspirin hits. I get a little black pepper flavor from the booze but no warming quality at all. the can is almost too easy to drink considering the 9.2%. I find this a very drinkable beer, but that the complexity and robust notes are a little lacking on the nose and flavor. Not a bad DIPA but not at the top of my list either. This is also an "old-school" DIPA, not the new juicebomb category.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

WHITE BIRCH DIPA 5/17/17

We don't usually see this NH brewer's products in my state, so when I did and it was a reasonably priced DIPA, I grabbed the sixpack of cans.

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent gold with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild to moderate citrus leaning to lemon

t: Biscuit malt with citrus notes leaning more to orange along with a surprisingly mild hop bite for a DIPA, balanced on the dry finish.

m: Light side of medium, good body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o; A refreshing DIPA which hides its alleged 9.2 ABV amazingly well considering its other lightish characteristics. Given that just one can delivered a pretty good high, I probably should consider raising my rating for so effectively covering the significant alcohol content. On further consumption of more, I may.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy straw -almost opaque. The aroma is bold with huge tangerine and pine, husky green vegetal notes, roast corn, and a hint of peaches. The flavor is fruit but quite bitter, herbal, with sudsy tangerine, cantelope, and pine. The mouthfeel is full and sharp with low carbonation. Overall this is a nicely hop forward beer, with solid malt, good tangyness, and a unique yeast quality that drive everything forward.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a can into a glass only to determine the can contained about 2/3 of a full can, so added a second can to top it off. Color is straw gold and milkshake thick, head is bright white and presents 1/2 inch thick and dissipates to a ring with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy, lemony then a note of spiciness which is hard for me to distinguish between spicy hop or spicy yeast off note, either way it presents nicely.

Taste is pleasant and much lighter than the 9.2% abv would lead to believe: flavors are light biscuit malt and hints of toast then moderate hoppiness but lighter bittering flavor. The wheat addition (I'm assuming) really softens the bitter blow.

Mouthfeel is very nice with smoother presence than most any DIPA at 9+%, light creamy soft presence on the tongue.

Overall a beer that straddles several styles deftly, hard to review it against any of them but one of the more unique presentations of a DIPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawFog505 for this can!

A - Medium gold colored pour with a thick, creamy white head and steady carbonation.

S - Crackery malt and some spicy citrus and orange on the nose.

T - Some sweet crackery malt up front but not long before grapefruit, citrus, and some zesty orange surfaces and carries it through all the way to the end. The orange fades and leaves a lingering bitter grapefruit and pine bitter finish.

M - Heavy medium body, some prickly carbonation that ends with smooth and creamy on the finish. Very dry finish on top of the tongue but alot of wetness on the sides.

O - This is a solid D-IPA!!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

out of can into glass

hazy orange golden color, nice white head. aroma is hop dominated as expected - citrus fruit flavors. balanced with some caramel malt flavor. sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, oranges. Taste is lemons, malts, oranges, touches of alcohol, not as bitter as I would expect. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. The beer had a very pale, murky, straw yellow appearance with a thin ring around the glass and some minor lacing. Aromas include this sharp citrus-orange flavor that immediately hits the nose followed by a very earthy pine, with an almost minty flavor. Taste follows the nose with a medium flavoring of citrus-orange mixed with light grains. The mouthfeel includes a good carbonation to a somewhat watery medium body. In general, I enjoyed the aromas the most with this beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy apricot yellow with 2 fingers of loose white head. Very lively carbonation.

Nose
Papaya, candied lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice, candied lemon, and papaya. Hints of orange citrus. Pine resin with touches of onion. Soft candy sugar backbone with some cereal grains. Finishes with pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, soft, juicy, oily, and smooth with a moderately light bitterness.

Overall
This goes down incredibly easy for the 9.2% abv. I think they're lying.

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Photo of jborg
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We're vacationing in New Hampshire and today I went beer hunting. I'd thought about taking a trip into Vt to look for something really special, but opted for a more local distributor. I wasn't overly impressed by the selections but settled on a few from White Birch brewery. The first one I opened was the Double IPA. The first pour was fairly clear but foamed endlessly. Odd, I thought. (Bottle date: July, 2015, nice). It didn't stop for quite a while, to the amusement of my kids ( re: twitter post). The first taste was a grapefruity bitterness, with a very nice follow up. Enjoyable! As the evening and beer wore on, it got better. It had a cloudiness that gave it the appearance of a mudslide, but became smoother, almost thicker as it warmed. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I can't really decide on how to rate this based on look, since it doesn't remotely look like beer. Taste good, who cares. want another.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from tasting notes. L: Pours hazy tea amber with a 2” foam cap. S: some grass on the nose T: Grainy, malty with some spice but it is very nicely balanced by the hops on the finish. There is a hint of toffee in the beer’s background. F: Very creamy, medium body, medium carbonation. O: The beer is not nearly as warming as its 9.2% abv might predict.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/15/2015 at Track 84, Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little 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 2IPA but there are others that I would choose first.

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Photo of garyloveman
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw gold pour, good mix of pine and citrus on the nose. taste was a strong sweet malty flavor, not backed up by much bitterness. Carbonation was fine.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper pour, with nearly zero head. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma is wonderfully fully of bready malt and mild pine/floral notes. Taste starts out semisweet, but quickly changes to a rather dry, lingering blah bitterness. Not much flavor in the aftertaste, only dry-mouth. The flip-side is a really great balance, and masking of any alcohol given the content.

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Photo of TooGood
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First glass poured a clear golden color with a nice lacy head and good carbonation. 2nd glass poured a murky yellow with no head, no lacing, and large amounts of sediment. Needless to say it was two totally different tastes in each glass. The first one was decent, the 2nd was a disaster. Bottled in January 2015, so freshness wasn't in question.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery
slightly hazy deep golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of resinous pine with a solid bready caramel maltiness to back it up. The flavor is sweet caramel malt with a hint of toffee. Solid citrus and pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation, hint of astringency. Went down pretty good after a bit of shoveling and whacking ice dams.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops, carame malts, and citrus.

T - Lots of big citrus and caramel malts upfront followed by some floral hops. The finish has a nice piney hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. Finishes dry.

O - A very drinkable DIPA for 9% ABV.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a bar glass at Cask & Vine in Derry, NH.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grassy, juicy, tangerine, clementine, toasted, cereal, and caramel malts.

Taste: Got to love the citrus, herbal, and grassy notes with biscuity, toasted, and caramel malts. Slight tingly bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, slight tingly bitterness, a little alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice fir a DIPA. 9%. It didn't taste like it and very drinkable too.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +5.3%

From the 650 ml. bottle dated September 2014. Sampled on November 17, 2014.

Pretty basic cloudy pale yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is toasted biscuit, house yeast, and abundant with floral and resiny hops.

Medium body.

Slight toasted biscuit malt beginning but then the hops spill forward and take everything over ending a dry note. Very nice offering from White Birch and I hope they put it out again.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Hazy tan amber body with foamy white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Tangy citrus hops

T - Dry floral, big pine, and citrus hops upfront. Not overly hoppy for a double ipa. Malts are earthy but subtle and somewhat unbalanced for me. Also, the alcohol is very strong without any sweetness to cut it.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery and thin.

O - This was enjoyable but not flavorful enough for me. My taste buds are left with hoppy pine and alcohol. It has the flavor, body, and complexity of a session IPA but with the alcohol to make it a "double". It just feels unbalanced to me.

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Double IPA from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 129 ratings