Double IPA | Six Row Brewing Company

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Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Six Row Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Double India Pale Ale is bigger in hop character and alcohol than our Extra Pale Ale. It is sure to please even the most discerning hop-head! Also known as Imperial IPA, this intensely hoppy, yet very drinkable beer lets the malty characteristics take a step back and allows the hops to really shine. Brewed with almost two (2) pounds of hops per barrel and left unfiltered, Six Row Double IPA showcases the citrusy and piney characteristics of the Columbus, Centennial, and Chinook hops.

68 IBU

Added by KI9A on 10-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 86
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gummy, Bitter, Fruity, Buttery

A beautiful looking beer, good clarity and great lacing is a start. The hop flavor is there with suggestions of grapefruit and mint, bit kiss of alcohol and ripe fruit in the middle. Toffee evens this brew out, yeast and cracker-like malt follows.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 8.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was an odd one. I have never had a beer that was so fizzy and foamy, literally took me 3 pours to fill my glass, as it would just keep producing immense amounts of foam, no matter than smoothness of the pour. The flavor was decent, nothing exceptional. Mainly a hop forward offering with little malt backbone, not my favorite style for a DIPA, but decent none the less. But oh man, here comes back that foam/fizzy problem again. Heartburn set in pretty badly and I felt like my stomach was filling with foam. I started to get a nauseous feeling and so decided to throw the remainder away. I still give it an okay rating for the flavor alone. I would be willing to try again and see if this was just a bad batch, but am a bit nervous to do so.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pine, slight grapefruit, slight sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, pine, a grassy pungent quality. Overall, the beer seems dominated by the grass flavor, which is not to my taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden hue which seems a bit cloudier than I would have imagined. Moderate carbonation and good head retention. Strong aroma of grapefruit like hops is very inviting. Assault of hops tickles the taste buds on the way down. Very smooth for the strength. I like the lingering hop burn.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With balance as the mainstay of this ale's mantra, the hops are front and center with citrus, pine, and grass. But the counteract of malt allows the caramel, honey, and grain sweetness to counter in a more unique and even-keel way than is present in standard IPAs.

And caramel in its color, the ale pours with a slight tinge of haze. Above which builds a hearty and dense froth of ecru foam. Firm retention and broken lace defines the beer's quality appearance.

Early on, the beer takes on caramel and honey aromas and flavors. With a wandering waft of citrus and a pungent bouquet of piney herbs. Its nose and initial taste is sweet and supportive to the hop onslaught to come. The ale slowly relinquishes its sweetness and starts to prefer the taste of citrus peels, pine needles, resin, and grass before falling into a decisive bitterness that controls the late palate, but is careful not to dominate it. Still, a caramel and honey note resists all that bitterness and remains alive and well even in the beer's lingering finish.

Semi-full in body, the malty weight of the beer is felt because of its residual malt sweetness and its dissolved carbonation. The ale slowly waivers in its sweetness and creaminess but never completely turns over its malt sweetness or body and keeps the beer timidly balanced until the end. Late warmth, resinous hop dryness, and retreating sweetness leads to a malty-dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

Six Row devises a wonderful Imperial IPA that's delicious, smooth, and powerful. But among the plethora of varieties on the market, this DIPA does everything to stay in the moderate line of the style, but also does little to stand out of the crowd.

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Photo of mschind
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 22 oz bomber with no freshness date. Clear medium amber. Not much head retention but great lacing. A good looking beer.

S- Massive hop aroma. Pine and marigold totally dominate the nose. Almost overpowering but not quite. Very appropriate for a double.

T- Bitter and sweet at the same time. Great balance. The piney hops are prominent with a dry finish. There are also some herbal/mint notes about mid way.

M- Medium full body with some alcohol warmth in back.

O- This is a bold DIPA with a unique hop profile. An interesting and flavorful offering.

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Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two full fingers of off-white tan head top this striking reddish orange brew. Retention and lacing are excellent. Very fine citrusy hops fuse with some caramel, a slight sour aroma, and gum. The smell is quite unique and promising. Unfortunately the bold aromas don't translate to flavor. I get some grain, candy, fruit and a nondescript hopppiness. There's just not that much going on here. Medium bodied and too easy to drink for a DIPA. This beer needs to grow some balls.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tap in a pint glass

This beer pours light orange and is rather see through. It has a very potent hop nose reminiscent of Hopslam and double trouble. Very citrusy and skunky and appropriate for the area. The taste reflects nose but seems to lack anything more then a hop flavor and also has a stronger then I prefer alcohol presence. The beer is fairly drinkable, not a huge feel to it but has a bit of alcohol burn. It leaves behind a dry and freshly hopped palate. Good stuff

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Photo of Megahertz
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a shaker.

A - Clear light to medium amber with a massive, speckled white head that lasts. Carbonation appears light.

S - Very big grapefruit aroma plus... something else. Blue grape? Plum?

T - Crisp and brisk for a big double IPA. Serious hop aroma and flavor with a bready, doughy background. Finish has a little effervescense left with a good, solid bitterness. Finish is medium dry.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Slick oiliness present in a very small amount. Good, but not great.

O - A great, STL based double IPA. Seems to have jumped on the grapefruit bandwagon, but with an added twist. Must try if in STL.

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Photo of Florida9
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy yellow amber in color. Forms a small white head that reduces down to next to nothing. Some light lacing. Aroma is of mild caramel malts, citrus hops, and a bit of grapefruit. Taste starts off with a moderate citrus sweetness, then bread and some light caramel malts. Mild citrus hops with flavor of orange and grapefruit. Finishes with a mild earthy bitterness. Medium body with carbonation a bit on the low side for the style. Mild bitterness. Underhopped and unexciting, the best thing I can say about this beer is that it doesn't have any glaring flaws. However, this one could easily pass for a straight IPA and is an average DIPA at best.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange body, slightly hazy, moderate lacing.

Citrus hop smell, followed by pine. There's a decent amount of malt to it.

Pine and earthy hops come through more in the taste and it finishes with a fusel spice burn. It's slightly boozy considering the 8% abv. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, with carbonation on the lower side of moderate.

A decent DIPA with some minor flaws.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Strong citrus dominated aroma. Touches of pine and burnt toast.

T - It tasted of citrus and piney hop bitterness with some sweet caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - My first Six Row beer and I really like it. Nice DIPA.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this Imperial IPA at the brewery in a pint glass. Poured a hazy copper color, produced a thick off white head with excellent retention and nice left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, and earthy piney hops. Medium in body this beer has a nice base of malted grain, caramel malt, lemon citrus and piney hop bitterness. Smooth, easy to drink, decent session beer. Not anything to get to excited about, for me a DIPA should be a lot more aggressive. Prost!

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Photo of Cresant
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date listed. The body was a hazy apricot color and the head was off-white. Minimal lacing remained.

The smell was of satsuma oranges and wheat bread. Fruity but not pungent.

The taste was juicy citrus and a gentle bitterness that lingered. Sweet grapefruit. Lighter on the maltiness than I would have expected. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a medium to light density. Easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle split into snifters, thanks Justin for the assist.
Review from written notes.

It pours a hazy burnished orange tone, saturated coloration, with some slow rising carb trails in the center. A thin layer of foam stretches across the top, leaving spotty lace, and a swirling galaxy of cirrus clouds breaking on the surface.

Aroma is candied orange peel and caramel, some faint herbal eucalyptus in the background.

Malty caramel taste, light citrus and resiny bitterness. Some woodiness in the background as it warms. Full bodied and bitter with a dry aftertaste. Seems fairly mellow in character, like an amped up to 11 English IPA. For the price its a good deal though, just nothing too wild.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured a clear amber with a small lasting amber heads. Aromas of biscuit, lemon zest, grapefruit and light earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Im really happy they are bottling.

Pours a near perfect dark copper color with some nice orange edges and some slight haze. The head comes in at a nice 0.5 inches with some dense bubbles and some more medium sized ones. It is nice and white and slowly recedes to a nice ring around the glass with some scattered bubbles. There is some stickiness to it. (4.5)

Nice tropical fruit notes. GRapefruit and some pineapple notes with some more citrus notes underlying. Hints of mango and some papaya as well. THere is some nice biscuity malt notes and some slight grain. Very nice nose although it lacks a bit of intensity. The aroma is nice but needs a bit of a kick. (4.0)

Flavor starts off with some deep hop notes. Nice bitterness and some good malt and grain backbone. THe hop notes are slightly resinous and offer a bit of pine as well as the traditional more citrus notes. It is a pretty delicious brew with some slight malt carmel notes in there as well. The citrus notes offer some nice grapefruit rind and slight tangerine sweetness and citrus notes. Very nice brew. Mouthfeel is very good as well with some nice crisp carbonation and a nice sticky middle with a great dry bitter finish. (4.0)(4.0)

Overall this brew is great Six Row is a staple of the St. Louis beer scene. It is very delicious with great hop notes and some nice malt backbones. (4.5)

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow/amber with very little suds. Very nice lacing though.
Smell is spruce trees and grapefruit. Some malt and caramel sugar here but the pine and alcohol are at the forefront.
Taste is a little boozy and very bitter. Not a lot of pine here but the grapefruit rind is here in bunches. Some sugar and malt mix in after the initial bitterness wears off. Then you have that boozy back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but this one finishes well. You are ready for the next sip. And sip you must cause this one will sneak up on you.
Overall this is a good attempt at a big beer from a brand new company. Hope they have a lot of success and I will be trying their other offerings.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Makes about a finger thick off white head, with decent retention. The body of this brew is copper in color with a mild haze. I'm surprised this brew isn't cloudy.

The aroma is balanced between the the arid and lemony hops and mild toffee sweetness.

Upfront the brew is grapefruit and pine, turns caramel sweet for a tick, then reverts back to the hops.

Feels lightly carbonated, coarse in the middle, and finishes thhe palate wet.

Overall I'm impressed with this beer. I was expecting a train wreck for some reason, but got what I'd say is a solid offering for the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to tan and hazy, with decent head and lace.

Smell is heavily piney and hoppy, oily.

Taste is very good, oily with pungent hops, lots of pine and grapefruit.

Bitterness is pretty high, finish is bitter and floral hops. Body is medium.

A very nice DIPA, definitely a hop head special.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into my Schlafly snifter.

A - Orangeish, slightly hazy, with minimal head. Left slight lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, typical of a DIPA, just not as strong as I would have liked or was expecting after seeing some of the other reviews.

T & M - Some nice bitterness, earthy, nice hop profile but not overpowering. Very drinkable at 8% and very smooth. Finishes nice and clean with a hint of a malt backbone.

Overall a nice offering from Six Row. This is the 2nd one of their brews that I've tried (Whale), and I'm quite impressed with them so far.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright orange color with a finger of white head. Minimal lacing noted.

Aroma of faint pineapple, ripe fruit and sweet caramel malts.

The taste had caramel malts upfront followed by piney and citrusy hops. Light bitterness to the finish.

Medium bodied and slick to the palate with a lighter carbonation.

A well-made DIPA but a bit shy on the hop scale IMO.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Bailey's Range in St. Louis, MO for $7 (the "DINNER" size). Tapped from the 3 sided, Green Six Row Handle into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Story Behind this Brew: While having many brews from Six Row @ Festivals and local events, I have YET to review and enjoy a whole pint of any of their beer to this day. The head bartender this night said this was their best, so I will believe him and go in for a winner!

Aroma- Has a huge dominant citrus and hop combo from the beginning and then nice malt sweetness towards the end of the nose. Very typical for a DIPA and great! Miss this IPA aroma!

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that has beyond average retention. Has a golden color body with a bit of orangish/copper tone but clear. Leaves thick lacing behind! And these are St. Louis brewers!?!?

Flavor- Tons of citrus, strong hop flavor, and a good follow up with a easy malt flavor. The bitterness level is high but not overpowering or too much to handle. Very subtle IPA and has a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and then puckers the lips with hops/sweetness at the finish. Not sure this should be going on.

Overall Impression- Didn't expect this one to be such an awesome brew! Enjoyed every minute of this clean, refreshing, well hopped and citrus included DIPA! Never really felt that it was a 8% brew but nonetheless, enjoyed. Will be promoting this one and others to come hopefully! I've only tasted their Whale and ESB but now I have a new favorite from them! Enjoy if you can.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip at the Global Brew Tap Room in Edwardsville, IL. Hazy yellow body with a slightly less than one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves good lacing along the glass.

The aroma presents a definite note of hops up front - pine notes with a bit of citrus following. A slight note of sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is also hop-forward with the pine and grapefruit citrus notes blending nicely. A little more sweet with the malt than I would have expected from the aroma, but it is fairly well balanced overall.

Medium mouthfeel that is very drinkable. A solid DIPA and glad to see another local brewery putting out some nice brews.

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Photo of bnes09
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a snifter. Nice orange color. Thin frothy head sticks to the glass well.

Beautiful aroma of citrus fruit and pine cones. Very juicy.

Flavor is citrusy as well with a grapefruit and lemon bite. Hops give a tangerine sweetness mixed with a pine-like bitterness. Sturdy malt backbone which is somewhat bready. Aftertaste of citrus fruits slowly fades.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and semi-dry. Nice slick texture.

This is an excellent example of a DIPA. Great flavors, great balance and complexity. Highly recommended if you are in St Louis.

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