The Big DIPL | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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The Big DIPLThe Big DIPL

Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This 9% lagered behemoth is brewed with Galaxy, Simcoe, and something called Summer hops. The lattermost are predominantly (exclusively?) Australian-grown and rather low in bittering alpha acids. They're known for giving apricot and melon flavors and aromas, and, while they may not prove as pungent as tropical Galaxy and piney Simcoe, throughout this they seem to offer some highly endearing secondary notes of cantaloupe and stone fruit.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 66
Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz into snifter with white, one finger head. Nice and very clear amber color. Subtle sweet orange rind, pineapple, yeast, and resin nose. Smooth carbonation with creamy texture. Sweet citrus, pine, yeast, spice, and caramel up front with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. All flavors and bitterness linger nicely for minutes. A very well brewed and balanced double IPA. One of my favorites!

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Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention, stays effervescent throughout

S: Pineapple & breadynesss, some grapefruit pith, grassiness too

T: Follows the nose, dryness & grapefruit as well, some grassiness up front. pineapple, grapefruit & breadyness as this warms, a little pine too. Finishes with grapefruit, a touch of dryness, breadyness, grassiness & a little pear

MF: Fairly hefty, with enough carbonation to carry the day, nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the ABV & heft are noticeable. Sudwerk nailed this. Not sure about freshness dating, this one is fresh & delicious

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head. It smelled boozy and sweet. Some caramel and grassy aromas. This is very spicy upon first sip, but it evens out with some sweet caramel. It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, marmalade, grapefruit juice, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of fairly assertive citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down a bit, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by the hops and has lots of flavors of tropical fruits along with some notes of citrus. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lager really packs in the hops, but manages to hide its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a coppery color. Aroma is maltier than I was expecting. Sweet caramel, lager yeast and some pretty pungent hops. Hops seem to be floral and fruity. Flavor is big but balanced. Would have wanted the hops to dominate more ur they don't. The robust maltiness is just as important. Hops a citrusy, floral and melony. Body is fairly full. Finishes bitter. The balance combined with the lager yeast may be a treat for some but to me, it was disappointing.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, thick feel and hoppy taste make it hard to see this as a lager. Mild spiciness and sweetness, strong malty flavor and a slightly bitter finish are quite unexpected. Tastes almost like a toned down Ruination. Not bad at all, indeed.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Draft, Bay Area Brew Festival, San Francisco 1/24/15) The first IPL i ever tried and the best beer I tasted (among 12 or so) on this day. I didn't seem like I was drinking a lager.

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Photo of PaulWaters
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoy this Double IPL. Great refreshing finishing.i get a growler of this unfiltered whenever it's available at their dock store. Great color, long lasting head and lacing, bitter and a clean finish. 12 bucks to fill a 64oz growler probably increases my enjoyment. The more I have this, the more I enjoy it

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color and streaming bubbles in the Saint-Martin tall tulip. Long-lasting foam with big clots of lacing. Aroma of mango and marmalade with a whiff of gardenia.

Rich in malty substance, yet tangy. Less sticky than a lot of DIPAs. Plenty of bitterness for the IPA fans. Dark and glowering with some touches of wood and toasted malt. Hops are fruity and leafy. I like the sweet touch, which goes nicely with the lager tanginess.

Another well-crafted brew by Sudwerk. I like this Imperial Lager style. Not everything has to be an ale, and I am happy to see them explore the styles from the German side.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

This is not my preferred style at all. But no IPA was to be had so I settled for this. Not bad at all and paired well with dinner. Would drink again in an IPA pinch

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Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Very clear lager gold, sticky and puffy head with great lacing and retention.

Nose: Passionfruit, citrus, and lime.

Taste: Great malty beginning with tons of hoppy followthrough. The lager brightness pairs well with Galaxy hops. It is colorful and hides it's ABV well.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark golden color with a billowy bone white head. Awesome retention and some sticky lace. Looks awesome.

S: Pure papaya right off the bat. Tons of it. A bit of musty hay, overripe mango and some very light citrus.

T: Unfortunately, the taste never comes close to the smell. A strange almost sour graininess upfront followed by some light mango, buttery malt, light floral resin and finishes with some caramel and lingering resin. It's alright, but the flavors feel pretty disjointed.

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The Big DIPL from Sudwerk Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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