Hemlock Double IPA | Big Choice Brewing, LLC

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Hemlock Double IPAHemlock Double IPA
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Hemlock Double IPAHemlock Double IPA

Brewed by:
Big Choice Brewing, LLC
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 104

Added by acurtis on 10-27-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by brett_arneson:
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy reddish tea color with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, fruit, a little cola, with some perfumey piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a big piney resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a nice DIPA, but a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roland
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IllicitEloquence
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Parmesan
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of powerpop
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisited 11/29/16

There was no canning or best-by dating on the can, yet the smell, taste, and feel are better than with my first review (May 19, 2015).

The aroma is deeper, zestier; the taste has more malt depth and bitter, spicy bite; the flavor fuller and more balanced, richer.


Original review ratings: 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5

The body appears copper-orange; slightly hazy; creamy, dense; rocky head. Pine and citrus hop aroma. Lemon and grapefruit flavors; very bitter. Medium body; coarse feel with carbonation; mostly dry finish.

A decent imperial IPA yet it suffers from weakness in most areas except looks. The aroma is rather faint, the flavor mostly dominated by hop flavors, and the mouthfeel comes across somewhat thin and fizzy. Still, it has a nice juicy, citrus like quality that slightly elevates its appeal. Not bad but kind of half-baked.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jgarretson
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a darker copper color with a good sized wheat colored head on it.

Low on the hop aroma for something that claims over 100ibu.

Malty start but not overly sweet like so many DIPAs. Piney, resiny finish. Not overly viscous mouthfeel which I find refreshing for a 9.5% beer. Definitely notice the hops but no real heat from the alcohol level. Cola undertones in the finish.

Overall, an interesting DIPA that might warrant another sometime but not tonight.

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Photo of TickleMeTony
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WDJersey
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rayek
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into one of my favorite snifters.

First off, if you're a hop-head, this beer is for you. This is a very bitter brew, especially as it warms up. Citrus, pepper and pine are the major theme. They dominate the beer in the nose and on the tongue. A lightly roasted malt backbone brings very little sweetness to offset the bitterness of the hops. The bitterness lingers nicely through the finish. A medium-heavy body with just about the right fizz rounds things out.

To be honest, if someone handed me this and asked me to guess the style, I'd say American Barleywine, as Hemlock reminds me a lot of Avery Hog Heaven. But, styles be damned in this case. Overall, a nice little beer that doesn't quite stand out from the pack.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

odd beer, confused to say the least, but I don't dislike it all the way, I just don't need a whole four pack of cans, half of one is more than enough. reddish copper in color, pretty clear, with over an inch of frothing and thick white head, lovely looks really, English caramel tones. nose is hoppy but smoked from the chocolate malt, which makes it a little too malty for a big ipa, its balanced, but not really in a palatable way to me. its the same in taste, not overly hoppy, which in this case is a problem for the style, but I like the bitter finish, and I guess I don't hate the grain bill, but its all too big to be nuanced and special, alcoholic, especially at room temperature. my second beer from big choice following their red, and I really didn't care for it, although I appreciate its freshness, citric hops and chocolate malts don't really go together super well, and I don't really care to try this again, but I appreciate that's its something different, its just a miss in my eyes, despite its quality. still interested in big choice of course, don't let this turn you off.

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Photo of Gerred
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Hemlock Double IPA from Big Choice Brewing, LLC
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 22 ratings