Double Shaka Imperial IPA | Finest Made Ales

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Double Shaka Imperial IPADouble Shaka Imperial IPA
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Double Shaka Imperial IPADouble Shaka Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Finest Made Ales
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Initially, it looks beautiful, however, it does not keep it's charm. Head retention is minimal, with average body to start. Poor lacing. The color is very nice. It is a cloudy apricot and very dense. A one finger retention, for two minutes.. Head color is very light tan with an apricot tinge to it.

Nose: A little malty sweetness at first with biscuits or graham crackers in the middle.

Taste: Syrupy at first which breaks way to a balanced carbonation. Excellent carbonation. The syrup fades away and you are left with a resinous, piney taste. Perhaps a tiny bit of citrus in the middle. Not much going on here, but well balanced. Lots of syrup and hop oils, but not a whole lot more.

Notes: Mind the 10% alcohol on this one. Not a good representation of the style, but I must say it was very well balanced .

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More User Reviews:
Photo of andyfrancis
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy, looks like a dark brown iced tea. Almond-beige head with big bubbles, popping and forming a moon-like cap.

Smells of sourdough bread and sweet butter. I would not have said Imperial IPA if you asked me the style blindly.

It tastes like a bitter, yet sweet butterscotch old person's hard candy. Almost brandy-like. Not really looking forward to the rest.

Syrupy, heavy, boozy, mouth-coating

Would roll the dice on an unknown before buying this again.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.07/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Thanks for opening this, Nathan!

Clear, light copper and amber with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves small dots of lace down the glass, but it lacks significant stick.

This is not a good smelling beer especially for a Southern California DIPA. It's sweet and malty, first and foremost, with a mild earthy hop character, but there are also lots of fusel alcohol aromas as well. Even though this beer is big at 10% ABV, the amount of alcohol emanating from this beer is too much to excuse.

The flavor is just as bad as the aroma. The beer is fairly bitter and simple, with malty sweetness and mild hop presence, and again, there's burning, rubbing alcohol-like alcohol harshness. No good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation--not this beer's failing.

I will not drink this flawed DIPA again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased on a whim as I was unfamiliar with the beer. As it turns out I'm also unfamiliar with the brewery. Apparently a newer contract brewer based here in San Diego County.

Cracked open and poured into a globe glass, this beer pours a reasonably clear golden copper and sports an inch or so of slightly off white foam. Offers good retention and lacing as the beer settles.

Light caramel malt aroma with a hint of earthy hops. Hop profile is rather weak. Not bad per se, just not really there. Improves a bit with warming but remains a bit under the radar.

Flavor is decent and offers a light bitterness on the finish. Rather nondescript yet not negative either. ABV is rather hidden for me and the sweetness is by no means cloying. Some hop spice reveals itself in time.

Neutral on the feel as the beer is smooth and drinkable, particularly for its heft. In the end, the aroma expands nicely with warming though the taste lacks the bite I would expect for the style.

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Photo of Booner818
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kerry4porters
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of LJC3
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of bpasquini
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A powerhouse in alcohol and flavors. Attractive dark amber with an orange tint. Aroma is a floral bouquet with some roasted barley. Think of this as a hoppy Barley Wine if it doesn't live up to expectations as a DIPA (it's obviously not an IS). Interesting nutty flavor, more like pine nuts. Butterscotch heated up with jalapeños.

Sugar and hoppy blast picks you off at first. But the long strange trip this takes you on is great. Textbook carbonation makes for a spritzy mouthfeel. Warm, rich, and malty on the tongue. Tastes better as you sip. Bitterness is just one more attraction along the way. Just enough sharpness, plus the hot alcohol gives it an edge. Malty sweetness just goes on and on in a cloud of richness.

22 oz bottle from Sprouts Market in Pacific Beach. Check this out, it's an audacious beer if you're only making a couple, but it does show some cojones.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mtschmitz
2.59/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-oz bomber purchased at a local market here in Encinitas

A) A nice golden amber color, light single laced head

S) For being a 10% dipa I expected a huge hop smell which was certainly lacking. Really hard to pick up any notable aromas

T) again not too hoppy on the tastebuds with definite fusel alcohol notes on the back end. Decently balanced with the malt though. More like a pale ale in my opinion

M) mouthfeel is decent, not too stick or with residual sugars on the end. OK carbonation.

Overall wasn't too fond of this one. Had a lot of potential. Need more beta acid hops...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky but bright bronze, lots of thick off white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Maybe too cold, but I get a little malt and a little hops and that is about it.

T - Thick malt center, pretty nicely battled back by the hops. Much better than the single IPA.

M - Medium body, good carb, finishes to the malt side, but not too bad.

D- I like this one. I could session except for the ABV.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell fairly mild and is of malt, brown sugar, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, slight caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but average in all other ways.

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Photo of LKFH
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of vince4953529
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

After their HPA's lackluster performance, I was a bit apprehensive upon opening this. Here it comes:

Color is of light copper, with a thin head and no to very little lacing.

Smell is muted, then scent of earthy pine and a thin whiff of cough syrup emerged.

Taste is akin to the smell. Again, muted sweet taste, earthiness, and then finished off with a more pronounced cough syrup booze taste.

Mouthfull: medium-bodied, good carbonation.

Overall, this is an improvement over their pale ale. The 10% abv can definitely be felt here. Still below average among its peers.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.49
Purchased: July 23, 2013
Consumed: July 30, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel murky color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy khaki-tan head. Lots of thick, uneven lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention as well.

Smelled apple, caramel, toffee, lots of malts, honey, earthy, grass hops, bread, butter, rye hops and molasses.

Tasted a bit like the smell, but slightly better. Still very earthy. Grass hops, rye hops, heavy malts - caramel, toffee, honey and molasses.

Medium body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Some hits and misses, but overall not too bad. I’d try it again. Nice for the winter for sure.

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Photo of sponch51
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Offa
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a reasonably good beer, not complex and a bit harsh, but enjoyable enough with some well-rounded character.

Orange, slightly hazy, very big pale tan head slowly shrinks.

Aroma is meaty raisin, wet bread dough, candied orange, pine bark.

Taste is sweet-spicy, boozy, spicy raisiny sweetness with grapefruit, orange ring, pine-sap bitterness, spicy and a bit sharp in finish, but aftertatse ends up raisiny sweetness with toasty white bread. Feel is full and creamy, slightly syrupy. Sweet up front, bitter finish, then sweeter aftertaste. It's boozy all throughout, a bit too much so, and a bit harsh and sharp, but only slightly and not enough to fully detract from otherwise fairly enjoyable character.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Double Shaka Imperial IPA from Finest Made Ales
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 24 ratings