Lizards Mouth Imperial Double IPA | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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Lizards Mouth Imperial  Double IPALizards Mouth Imperial  Double IPA

Brewed by:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a chilled glass mug. Colour is a nice amber / orange with a off white head and plenty of lacing. Smells of strong hops and maybe mango/guava. Taste much like the aroma with a strong aftertaste. Not bad at all. Enjoy!

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.99. No bottling date visible but it has been refrigerated at the bottle shop and in my beer fridge.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose had faint hints of peaches and mango.

Taste was well balanced between the malt base with a sprinkle of mango, finishing with a light pine kick.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this beer was an easy drinker at the high abv level. Would like to try it on tap again.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking one at Marriott in Paso Robles, CA while driving down coast on vacation. Great Amber color. Aroma is light side. Taste is surprisingly mellow for a 9.2% ABV. Drinks smooth and not overly bitter or heavy. This is beer I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of Deerin
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decent head. Lacing is abundant, clings heavily on all sides. A pretty gold, surprisingly opaque.

I smell grassy hops? Not sure. A decent amount in the nose though, could use more.

Oh man. This is a hop bomb. Lots of bitterness but also a lot of flavor. Tastes a bit like exotic fruits, and citrus too. Pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and oh so bitter. Little discernable alcohol. Honey-sweet malt.

Very very smooth, it's crisp and even refreshing. Can pound this one easy. A masterful 9% er in my opinion, dangerous.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber color but with little head and lacing. Smell of guava and pineapple. The taste is sweet and syrupy upfront with flavors of guava, apple and peach. The malts taste of honey. Overall, a very enjoyable tropical take on DIPA.

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Photo of Burner3
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured well. Good head but didn't retain as well as I thought it would. Aroma fruity, hoppy, piney. Taste. Orange, citrusy, grapefruit with a some bitterness at the end. Feel. Smooth covers the whole mouth. Overall. An amazing IIPA growing up in that area am proud to say they killed it.

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Photo of hardysf
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and light amber color. Great citrus aromas. Lots of citrus and fruit in the taste. A hint of sweet malt comes through. Well balanced beer with a crisp, clean, and dry finish.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is nice golden color with orange tones, lots of fluffy head, however carboation bubbles are not as active, lacing is minimal. Smell is subdued for a double.. Nose is fruity tones; mango, pineapple, smelling juicy. Taste is stone fruit, mango, pineapple, and sweet carmel mAlts. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodoed with bitterness not taking over, but present. Bottle may be a little dated, but no date in this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden-amber colored ale with a medium sized snow white head. There is a tiny amount of chill haze on it.

Smells strongly of citrus. Malty with a honeysuckle scent to it. The scent is mostly oranges.

Starts out savory and bitter. Tastes mostly of orange. Bitterness mellows quite a bit. Medium sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Just an average version of the style.

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Photo of Loldong
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer taste exactly as advertised. A lizards mouth.

The beer poured nicely with a decent head, it looks great. The smell is also very good, the bottle kicks ass. However it has one fatal flaw. It taste like a lizards mouth.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 into tulip. Poured a dark orange with a slight white head. Aroma was definitely of tropicals - a sweetness pervaded. Passionfruit, guava? Not sure if some of that was malt influenced. Flavor continued with the tropicals up front. Some citrussy stuff across the palate with a malt-sweetness as well. Not exactly balanced, but still tasty. Just a little sweet for me in the DIPA genre. More citrus in the finish yet without a dry alcohol blast -so be careful with the +9...

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/copper with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. A bit darker than where I like my DIPAs. Smell is somewhat faint but loaded with tropical fruit, some citrus, and some caramel maltiness. Taste is a little on the sweet malty side. Not a great start. There are some hops in this though. Mango, guava, and grapefruit. Good amount of bitterness. Kind of a malt bomb. Alcohol is well hidden though. I'm wondering how fresh/old this bottle is. No date on here. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a little thick, and the carbonation is about where I want a DIPA to be. Overall not too bad. I wish it were more upfront on the hops like it promises on the label but that's not the case. Wouldn't pay $10 for this again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a standard shaker pint
Notes taken from 11/30/2014

A: Dim caramel amber colored body with some well conditioned filtering. A densely formed mass of off white foam capped over top. Good retention efforts noted. Lots of messy webbed lacing scattered across the glass.

S: Juicy sweet ripened apricot with some nuanced citrus mesh into a danky pine resin note. I get quite a bit of malt sweetness to this one as well. Has a caramel and honey graham cracker likeness to it. Not bad at all with the hops up front but definitely toting a bigger malt bill it seems.

T: Sappy pine with citrus, peach, and apricot comprising most of the hop flavor here. Assembled over a hefty malt bill of honey cracker and a touch of Crystal sweetness. The beer has a relatively high level of intense bitterness that bites at the palate midway. Finishes out with a flurry of tropical like flowers. Alcohol seems well in balance here and overall this is pretty nice.

M: Moderately filling on account of the malts. Nice smooth consistency provided by the carbonation. Big scrubbing bitterness across the palate that drives into a lighter drying finish. Slightly resinous with a long lasting hop bitterness.

D: A nice brew but not quite up to par or perhaps my bottle was old. Was excited to finally give this one a try as I am a fan of Figueroa but this didn’t quite meet expectations. It’s alright and with some nice flavor and balance but there are dozens of better options available to me these days. That said will definitely have again and hope to find fresh on tap some time.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with little head or lacing. Nose is citrus and some pine. Taste leans more towards the piney side. Beer is nice and crisp and very well balanced.

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Photo of Jefriedrichs
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to see this on the shelf at my liquor store today. A-solid amber with lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Nice lacing and decent head. S-fruity nose, that of a tropical fruit, passion fruit and cantaloupe. Reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum. Slightly piney by the second sniff. T-hops hit at the top of the mouth and reside for a moment. Fruit and pine definitely envelope the taste though the malt simmers down the sweetness making it easily drinkable. Hint of coriander. M-good carbonation makes way for a medium to light body. O-will most certainly get this again. The fruit and pine combination makes it a wonderful tasting IPA and for being a double one is not overwhelmed with hop nor malt, just the sweet nectar that is Lizards Mouth.

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Photo of McStagger
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh boy! Been waiting on this one to hit a bottle for months.

A: Very different than when I had it on tap. Transparent light orange. Finger of khaki head. Very creamy. Moderate to minimal carbonation, with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Retention is surprisingly good for 9.2%. Lacing is excellent, leaving soapy rings on the glass.

S: Dank and fruity. Reminds me of Sucks in a lot of very pleasing ways. Tropical fruits, pot, a hint of spruce needle. Smells surprisingly clean. The malts don't add a layer of sweetness that tends to "round out" really fruity IIPA's. Smells wonderful.

T: Big and dank up front. Again with the tropical melange. This carries through the mid palate, where the malt begins to pick up a bit. However, the malt never quite comes around to fully accentuate the fruity hoppiness. Surprisingly lacking in bitterness. Finishes with that unique spicy mango and a distinct soapiness. Slight underlying of pine bitterness here. Finishes floral, with hints of grapefruit zest and more of the soapiness.

M: Light. Incredibly light for being 9.2%. There is malt weight there, but it's nowhere near what you would expect. The entirety of the weight in this beer is in the middle. The end is just an absolute laser beam of leanness. The beginning is light and pillowy.

O: Awesome. Easily the best I've had from this brewery. The lack of aggressive bitterness is a welcome touch. This beer is on par with Firestone Walker in terms of quality. Can't wait to see what's next for this up and coming brewery.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clean, golden yellow with a billowy 2.5 finger white head. Solid staying power in my Dogfish Head IPA glass. Clings well. Outside of the light color, a great looking IPA

S- Big pine and ripe fruit notes. Simcoe is the main hop I'm picking up. Some orange zest. Aroma is quite pronounced too. I can dig it.

T- Huge hops. The label says its like I'm being snookered by a cantaloupe, and that isn't too far off. Lots of sweet tropical fruit- guava, pineapple, and peaches. Hop bomb for sure, but finds a way not to get crazy off balanced with the bitterness.

M- Mid body, juicy, not overly dry, but refreshing for a DIPA.

O- What a surprisingly outstanding brew. Received as an extra in a trade from raulazzer. Probably not quite as enamel pealing hoppy as some others out there, but the balance is nice.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice tropical fruit bomb. It's hoppy but not to malty. Slight pine, minor orange peel. Nice bitterness. Overall a very good double IPA. A real clean and fresh IPA. This is my favorite IPA from Fig mountain. Big nice aroma, and it goes along with the passion/tropical fruit backbone.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a golden amber brew served in a pint shaker with plenty of foam. The pleasant spritziness lasts through sipping the whole pint. Mango and orange marmalade are the high notes in the aroma and on into the taste buds.

This is a big, fruity bomb with loads of malt and a sweet richness. Serious hops are the main feature, but the bitterness slides in and out of the sugary intensity. This is very fruity and aromatic. Hops are plenty bitter after half a glass, but this in an eminently sippable gigantic brew.

Fragrant clouds of mango and gardenia while your tongue is needled by the hop fangs. On tap at Churchill Cigar Lounge in Old Town, San Diego.

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Photo of TheQuest300
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great clear golden-orange color with a nose that is very fitting for this style. Lots of fresh citrus hops and a little bit of pine hiding back there. The mouth is full of grapefruit citrus and earthy, resin pine that just scream freshness. Great mouth feel and perfect carbonation for exceptional drink ability. A couple of these and you're feeling good.

Top 3 beers out of Fig Mountain for sure!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Grape and Grain in San Mateo.

12oz pour into tulip - Looks beautiful. Cloudy golden body, with short off white head. Awesome lacing.

Aromas are somewhat spicy and grainy. Peppercorn. Apricot. Surprisingly low hop quality, but what's there is ragweed and grassy.

Oh, dear God. Flavor is bad. Bile comes to mind, as it's bitter and dull at the same time. Sick/old hop quality. Apricot and some level of peach.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with low carbonation - ok for the style and ABV, but the cloying bad flavor hangs out too long and is not cleansed.

This beer is good for a buzz and bad breath. Bummed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal 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 a slightly better citrus hop presence in the smell.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thin white soapy head.
Some nice lacing down the glass.

S: A nice blend of mango, citrus and piney hops. Some musty resin in the background with some caramel malt.

T: Nice citrusy hop bite right off the bat with some tangerine peel and sweet caramel malt. Finish is smooth and malty with just a touch of pine hop
resin. Incredibly drinkable for this ABV. Very nicely done.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear pale orange with a thin (1/2-inch) white head which fades slowly leaving some spotty lace.

N: Pungent pine and citrus (orange), floral.

T: Follows nose with plenty of juicy citrus and sticky pine. Malts form a solid backbone and the ABV is noted.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes with some bitterness and dry dank herbal notes.

O: Straight forward and to the point. Big ABV is a creeper.

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Photo of ThatFatBeerGuy
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Girlfriend brought me a growler from her trip to Santa Barbara. Fig Mountain seriously knocked it out of the park on this one.

A: Poured into a Fig Mountain shaker pint. Pours a light straw color with a thin white head and a nice lacing on the glass. A friend was drinking Bud Light and we compared the two in their glasses. They were almost identical in appearance with the Lizard's Mouth being just a touch darker. I expected darker and heavier and it threw me off a bit.

S: Fresh, fresh, fresh citrusy hops. Smells like walking through the central coast vineyards on a spring day with a glass of beer to keep you company. There are some fruity notes and a touch of something almost earthy or woody, but these aren't very pronounced. The hops take center stage here with the fruit tartness coming into play far more in the taste than the aromatics.

T: How they managed to make a 9.2% double IPA taste this clean and smooth is beyond me. I'm expecting a monster tornado of hop-packed bite, and instead I'm greeted by one of the most easy drinking beers I've ever had. There is plenty of bright bitter hops, but they're balanced by just a bit of citrus fruit twang that lead to a clean and dry finish that left me ready to drink more.

M: I've heard people complain that they only like "clean" tasting IPAs and sometimes had trouble understanding what that meant. This is a great example of that. The flavor lingers, but doesn't make you feel like your mouth is coated in straight hop oil. The carbonation isn't aggressive, but it's present such that this beer wouldn't feel out of place in a wine glass or champagne flute. This is one you could drink all day if you can handle the high ABV.

O: I didn't expect Fig had it in them to blow my socks off like this. This is an IPA with gold-medal potential that still manages to stick to the brewery's tradition of making beers that are easily enjoyed by both seasoned beer geeks, and buyers of cheap 30-packs alike. Really, really hope they consider bottling this one. It's delicious!

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