So Double It's Triple | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 10-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bitter Phew. This is what triple IPAs taste like. Its perfect. Yes, its syrupy. Orange amber body, minimal head, sour orange/citrus aroma. Sip, slowly. Malt, citrus, apples, vanilla come in and out. Warmth sneaks up on you. I had to go half way around the world to find this....

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Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This going to be a quickie. Ordered on tab in the beer temple in Amsterdam.

Copper clear body with no bubbles visible. Good white head for such a high roller. Reduces quickly to thin layer. Lacing is there as well.

Smell is of hops, alcohol and malt. Oak flavors as well

Taste is sweet alcoholic and moderate hop bitterness that stays on palate for some time.

Thick and oily with a hint of fine tickling carbonation

This is a good high alcoholic beer. Not for every occasion but a great late night dessert

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JDizzle
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Goukbeergals
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson brown with a nice off white head. Smell is the only thing that gives away the 15% alcohol as that odor meshes with the sweet notes from the caramel malt and hints of citrus. Taste is stunningly balanced. Next to no alcohol flavor considering the abv. Resins hops mix with caramel and citrus notes as the nose suggested. Maybe a touch on the sweet side but well balanced none the less. Enough bitterness to keep a hophead like myself content. A thicker, resiny mouthfeel that almost have the illusion of a nitrous mix tap. Overall an impressive beer. I think I like it better than dog120 which is its closest cousin I have tried to date.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Built upon a massive malt base- big enough food for the yeast to push upwards of fifteen percent, this larger-than-life ale is complemented by the tropical and citrus taste from Zythos and Falconer's Flight hops for bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

The imperial IPA opens with a deep honey-like amber coloration. A mild haze allows for a diffused glow when back lit. A creamy dense head slowly releases until it blankets the surface of the beer. Firm retention and mild pocketed lace sticks with the beer through its finish.

Bold juicy-sweet aromas seem to be of apples, peaches, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit, lemon, and pear- all drizzled with honey or maple. Light herbal notes of fresh cut grass and gently torn tea leaves. The caramelized malts allow for that honey and maple taste and dampens the aromatic effect of alcohol.

Flavors are even more vividly of fruit and balanced sweetness. Fresh red apples, slightly bruised pears, mango and grapefruit juice, pineapple, apricot, and lemon zest are all represented in all their bright glory. A plethora of esters and aldehydes contribute sweetness to complement the citrusy hops and brigde very well into the alcoholic taste to finish. Malty sweetness envelops the alcohol, hops, and fruit flavors into a sweet blanket that keeps this massive IPA balanced and much smoother than fifteen percent beers should.

Full bodied with an defiant lingering of alcohol and fruit. But first, the creamy dense carbonation expands the mouth and alearts the taste buds to its caramel rich sweetness. But the mid palate sheds the carbonation and ushers in hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. And then it's the linger of fruit, residual sweetness, and alcohol that extends well beyond the finish.

With it's more balanced demeanor, this IPA begins to resemble as much of an American-style barleywine as it does an imperial IPA. The accompaniment of acetaldehyde to the fruity esters do as much help as harm and keeps the beer's fruit flavor tasting neutral and complex.

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So Double It's Triple from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 9 ratings