Idle Hands Double IPA | Helltown Brewing

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4.26 w/ 197 Ratings

Brewed by:
Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OneDropSoup on 01-27-2012

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden-amber color with a one finger of white foam atop the surface. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer a nice mix of sweet and hoppy. The sweet is a blend of tropical fruit smells of tangerine, mango and pineapple with just a hint of apple in there as well. The hop aromas are heaviest of a grapefruit smell but also have a good showing of a pine hop aroma. Rounding out these smells are a light bready and caramel aroma as well as just a hint of earth.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and tropical fruit taste. The tropical fruits are mainly of a tangerine and mango nature. Along with these flavors are a rather moderately strong bready taste and a decent showing of pine hops. As the flavor advances the pine grows slightly stronger and is joined by a grapefruit hop flavor. While the pine is heavier than the grapefruit upfront, this quickly changes with the grapefruit soon surpassing the pine and really making a strong presence in the taste. A lighter bit of an earthy flavor works its way onto the tongue as well, mixing with the strong grapefruit and moderate pine flavor as well as the tropical fruit flavors of the brew to leave a nice resinous bitter but balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average. Overall the mix of a thicker body and moderate carbonation are quite nice for the blend of sweet and hop flavors of the brew, making for a rather nice medium for the flavors.

Overall – A nice somewhat resinous, but very balanced and good drinking double.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice pour from the tap into a standard cheater pint.

A: golden clear with 2 finger white head. A good bit of lively caronation. Lacing evident and thin disk lasts throughout.

S: some dank lively hops, a lot of the mosiac and simcoe found in new age east coast IPAs. Very nicely presented.

T: Follows nose, getting that earthy cumin/cilantro (A-hops?) and that now classic mosaic style hops straight up.

M: Creamy, medium filling. puts the whole thing back to what an east coast dipa is evolving into. Very smooth, slightly slick.

O: The east coast guys are proving once again that hops are not exclusively a piney resiny punch in the chops. Nicely executed delicate DIPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap - I stumbled into this gem at Ten Penny's in the Strip

A - A touch lighter for an IPA with low carbonation and a decent head

S - Smell was wonderful. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a touch of onion, and dank hops. It really had a wide spectrum of earthy and citrusy hops.

T - Very similar to the nose. Almost no malt presence. Huge hops up front, very prevalent, no malt presence to speak of...just how I like it. Citrus is the most forward flavor.

M - 8% is very well hidden. Pretty light on the tongue.

O - Overall this is the best local IPA I've had. I find it very similar to Sculpin and Jai Alai which are 2 of my favorites. I really recommend this one.

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a murky looking hazed IPA with sunny shade and thick cream. The smell is loaded with Galaxy hops, lots of tropical fruit and passionfruit scents in particular. The feel is very good bitter but not wrecking with one glass.

The taste has lots of Galaxy, actually it tastes like that was all that was used, very tropical and moderately bitter -extremely drinkable for an 8% IPA

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Idle Hands Double IPA from Helltown Brewing
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 197 ratings
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