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ICBM Double IPA | Champion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
70 Ratings
ICBM Double IPAICBM Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
championbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBUs

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,716
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
70
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of GSturges
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HairyHood
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superb head that settles in a rocky fashion. Two chunky rings of lace after the first two sips. Copper to amber color and nearly clear liquid.

Very earthy initial aroma--it literally smells like dirt. Behind this dominant smell, I do get some light caramel and biscuity notes. The hop, outside of the earthiness, is nearly non-existent.

This is an interesting brew. The upfront taste is mildly sweet, full bodied, and reminiscent of a double bock...complete with alcohol notes and subtle barley wine touches. The swallow draws out the carbonation, bittering hop and a strong warming to the throat. This is like a schizophrenic beer, a two-fer. Typically, I love these unique little offerings, but something about this beer just doesn't quite work. I think it comes from the strength of the flavors. This is a big beer(s) with no effort to bring the two aspects together. In musical terms, this beer is not a symphony, but more like an eclectic jam session with Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Fiedler headlining (younger BA members may have to look both of those dudes up). Very interesting, but not necessary creating a masterpiece...and yet it seems so close.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am noodling around with New Beer Sunday (Week 596) & thus far, it has been a steady diet of DIPAs! Now, they are laying an ICBM in on my a**! Take cover! Incoming! Plus, I get the photo credit.

From the CAN: "We took our Missile IPA and turned it up to 11. A double load of hops lends intoxicating citrus aromatics to slight malt sweetness for an explosive Ameri[CAN] Double IPA."

I was a little CANcerned by some of the previous CANments that mentioned any haziness, so following the Crack!, I performed a very gentle Glug. It was a brimful craft CAN anyway, so I was reluctant to do an inverted Glug. I briefly got just over a finger of soapy, tawny head that quickly settled into wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of pine tar & caramel, so I knew what I was in for! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite big, but on the approach. Man, it burnt on my poor, bruised tongue like it was being applied with a blowtorch! Holy s**t! My forehead beaded up with sweat, my solar panel for my sex machine on the crown of my head broke out in sweat & I reached for my asthma inhaler. Jeez-O, man! The taste was like licking sap off of a pine tree coated in caramel. As a hophead, I was right at home, but this was sending me to an early grave! Finish was gaspingly dry with a lingering burn of pine tar & some grapefruit action that was really causing the sweat to pop. Eeek!

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Photo of CraigP83
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look is light auburn or burnt orange, thin head. Smells of caramel and hop resin, it's muted but hints of pine, very underwhelming. Taste is boozy, sweet stickiness. I'm not impressed

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Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pscorman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can into a snifter glass
A. Deep orange with a big two finger soapy white head medium lacing.
S. Aroma Is really off, sweet malt caramel, old hop resin, raisin, diacetyl, just gross.
T. Boozy malty sweetness, caramel, dirty old gross hops, diacetyl, disgusting.
MM. Chewy sticky nasty, your mouth feels dirty over this.
O. I expect of the worst ipas ive had in a long time, malt bomb mess

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agentveba
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not too many DIPA's that can put 10%abv into them and still rock the taste and balance. Sixpoint comes to mind and this one does one helluva job. Lots of great citrus aromas and flavors and the alcohol does not overpower...

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color, mostly clear, with a large tan head on top.

S: Cloying malty sweetness with citrus, a touch of tropical fruit, as well as a waft of pine.

T: More bitterness than the aroma would lead you to believe. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit dominate. There are some caramel malts in the background giving the brew a burnt brown sugar sweet finish with some booze in it.

M: Medium thick in mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit on the intense side.

O: Overall decent, but could use a little more polish to become great.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's amber with a light gold tint and just a smear of white-ish head. There's still a little small soapy lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy. The taste is much the same with some nice caramel to balance it. Neither are particularly big but there is a nice quality to it. The body is lighter with just a slight tingle from the carbonation.

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Photo of FalconOne
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can.Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malty, some tropical fruits. Taste is pine, tropical fruits, alcohol is present, some malts, dry and bitter. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PCASA
4.99/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Next to the Fruit basket, this is the second best DIPA Champion Brewery out of Charlottesville puts out. Big flavors and quite the punch of booze at 10 percent.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bluescooter
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seanecy
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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ICBM Double IPA from Champion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 70 ratings