Hop Baron Double Down IPA | Rivertown Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
80
good
97 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Hop Baron Double Down IPAHop Baron Double Down IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ltjska04 on 08-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rangerred
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has quite a bit of caramel and a decent amount of grapefruit and pineapple from the hops. Not much else but it is decent.

The flavor is where everything goes wrong. First of all there is way too much carbonation for a IIPA. This thing is carbonated like a hefe. Also all the flavors are extremely muddled. There is a lot of caramel and an unpleasant butterscotch/bourbon flavor. Tons of bitterness but very little in the way of hop flavor.

Overall, I really can't recommend this beer. Some bad off flavors and a severe lack of hop flavor for a IIPA. Another fairly bad brew from Rivertown.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mondegreen
2.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Founders Tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge three finger white head. The head falls fast, leaving moderate lacing. Pretty standard.

Nose is subdued at best. Maybe a touch of sweet citrus, but I'm reaching to find anything at all.

Taste is very very bland. There just isn't much of anything here. Not bitter, not hoppy, just extremely bland. Almost like lemon-lime soda, but without as much flavor. Without a doubt the most boring DIPA I've ever had.

Mouth is spritzy. Very thin and over carbonated. As boring as the nose and taste are, the mouthfeel is the weakest part of this brew.

Picked this up without knowing anything about it at the recommendation of an employee at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Recommendations like this are why I typically don't ask for input from store employees. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of ryancorn
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No indication of date.

A - a very pretty deep copper body with a nice white head atop and good bubbles coming up. Well done, on this part.

S - Pungent, skunkish bitterness, some vanilla, lemon, and sweet, earthy something or other...weird nose.

T - Sweet grapefruit kinda thing goin on here.. Bitter for sure on the finish, but up fron theres an odd sweetness to it. Not quite a typical DIPA, but it's not too bad.

M - thick and a bit drying. Pretty smooth.

O - not a bad beer. Some nice things to it, and it seems pretty unique. Rivertown's labels have also gotten significantly cooler. Probably won't have this again, but it's certainly one of the better Rivertown offerings.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, secret santa

appearance: served in a tyranena nonic, cloudy orange body, light beige froth with minimal retention

smell: doughy malts, caramel, touch of pine

taste: a doughy caramel body, some light pine, citrus rind, peppery, moderate boozyness, somewhat herbal. A bit unrefined with a subdued hop profile.

mouthfeel: medium-full body, light bitterness

overall: probably a pass on this one

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date, poured this into a snifter.
Pours a nice opper color with a creamy, white, one finger head. Head settles out very quickly. The beer is clear with little carbonation.
Picking up some grainy cereal type aromas along with a little bit of citrusy hops and alcohol.
For a DIPA it certainly doesn't smack me in the mouth with hop bitterness or flavor. I'm mostly getting som bready notes and a little sweetness with a small touch of hops.
At 8.5% I was expecting it to be a little heavier, it's not though. There's little carbonation and it leaves a grainy aftertaste. For a DIPA I am feeling a little unfullfilled.
I was hoping for more. It has a great color but that's about where the praise ends. After that it's pretty average. Unfortunate as this is a local brewery that I would like to support more.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was down in Cincinnati this past weekend as my brother graduated college from University of Cincinnati. So Saturday afternoon after the graduation ceremony we headed over The Party Source right across the river in Kentucky. I purchased a 4 pack of this, among other things that I can't get here in Cleveland, and some beers I can't get in Ohio at all. Poured into my tulip glass, this beer pours a nice medium golden/amber color with a bit of an orange hue and lots of bubbles constantly streaming up from the bottom to the top of the glass. The nice foamy white head is about half an inch thick when poured and settles to a good 1/4 inch thick, eventually finally settling to a nice very thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Good retention. Pretty good lace started to form after taking a sip or two. Has a nice caramel malt and pine citrus hop aromas. Has a good fairly bitter citrus and piney hop flavor upfront that gives way to a nice bready, chewy caramel malt sweetness. The flavors do balance out a bit more as the beer warms up a bit, but the citrus and piney hops do tend to dominate, which is as it should be with a Double IPA! has a crisp, smooth, sort of oily medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth quite a bit! Easy to drink in the way good beer like this should be. A very good effort here!

Eric

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of stabzmcgee
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bells two hearted glass. Thanks to gcurlow for both! Aroma is sweet and malty with a small hint of floral citrus hops. Taste is sweet malts and then followed by a hoppy bitterness. mouthful is resinous and sweet. Overall I this is another beer I would love to try on tap, with some pizza while wat king some ufc.

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Hop Baron Double Down IPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.46 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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