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Double Battle Axe IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

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Double Battle Axe IPADouble Battle Axe IPA
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Double Battle Axe IPADouble Battle Axe IPA

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer uses a “damn the cost” approach to recipe design. We use over 6 lbs of hops per BBL with a majority of those hops being used in late whirlpool additions and dry hopping. Following our steadfast commitment to drinkability in our beers, the abundance of hops produces a significant citrusy aroma and creates a unique “hop nectar” flavor that will surely satisfy the Imperial IPA aficionado. This beer also has a very light, dry malt profile that allows the intense hop flavors to explode from the glass.

Added by johnnnniee on 06-17-2014

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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vegtal, Toffee, Herbal, Yeast

Three sips in and we are still waiting for this beer to pop, the alcohol is there and noticeable but the hop character sort of falters. Big toffee sweetness battles it out with the wavering hop bitterness and flavor, the hops do come out ahead but not by much. Even the color is not what we had expected, darker than we wanted to see ... perhaps this one should have simply been dubbed an American Strong Ale. Aside from all of this, decent drinking with this one.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AshlandNacho
1.83/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

L: not a color I like to see in my IPAs (of any variety). If I threw a couple ice cubes in it it would pass for iced tea. S: syrupy sweet cleaning fluid. T: way too sweet for me, caramel sugar sweet, like a Werther's Original dipped in butter. MF: this was quite decent actually. O: had high hopes after reading other reviews but I honestly am not sure what beer you had. Battle Axe was good but I regret to say DBA was a drain pour.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine, alcohol, with underlying peach, toffee, and a touch of earth. Heavy bodied, slightly bitter with low carbonation. Flavors expand as the beer warms. Makes for a decent, above average DIPA. I prefer several others, but if you like Battle Axe this is well worth a try.

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Photo of KirkFrancis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mackeyse
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ETauntonMA
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real nice DIPA. Tropical aroma. Hop forward flavors balanced with malt. Alcohol comes through on back end.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dbkdev
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl1011
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a full body brew. While kicking in the hopes flavor it is smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of softtracii
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is their recent batch Jan 2015 approx? This one is excellent compared to their first release. This is another go to double. Very rich all around.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXMRTN
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle released in June 2014. Sampled on July 5, 2014 less than a week after this won Bronze at the US Open Beer Championship in the DIPA category.

A slightly cloudy olive-amber pour with a tremendous cream colored head that sticks around.

The aroma is a lovely mantra of earth, floral, pear, apple, citrus, and toasted caramel malts that blend together and invite me in. For 9%, no booze.

The body is medium to full but it also has a honey-like slick texture.

Taste: A quick hello from the toasted caramel malts suddenly make way for the earthy, grassy, floral, and citrus hops. Moderately dry at the end. The judges weren't wrong about this one.

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Photo of rjp217
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of d_brommer_nh
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of ScottJergenson
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

The pour is a slightly hazy, bright golden-orange color with a bubbly white head. Excellent retention and some beautiful lacing.

The aroma is dank, earthy, bitter, piney, resinous, and slightly floral. I also get the subtlest hint of sweet malt on the back end.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Extremely earthy and bitter, with lots of pine and some citrus. Just a tad spicy on the back end as well.

The mouth is quite heavy for a DIPA, with a good amount of stickiness. Relatively low carbonation. Very bitter and a bit dry.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Not much to say about this one. It's bitter and dank, but has some subtle sweetness to balance out the flavors. The aroma is simply pungent, but not quite what I look for in a truly great IPA. Still, a relatively well done version of the style.

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Photo of Ski4beer
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With the intense hop flavors in parallel with hop aroma, I can see why this beer is award winning.

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Photo of Mmcdonald79
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Billybrewboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Cynthia38
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge bitterness aroma and flavor. I had it extremely fresh and it is incredible. I think maybe the guy who rated it low got an old bottle from the sound of his description.

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Photo of smanson56
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Double Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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