Island In The Sun Double IPA | Conshohocken Brewing Company

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Island In The Sun Double IPAIsland In The Sun Double IPA
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Island In The Sun Double IPAIsland In The Sun Double IPA

Brewed by:
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 51
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Canned 06.12.17. Consumed 11.22.17 in spiegelau ipa glass. Cool retro can design, a pac-hop chasing a pineapple ghost.

A: Light hazy orange shows a soft and gentle rise of effervesce. The head builds nicely into a spongey texture of 2 fingers with a milky-beige coloring. Head retention is strong leaving a thick and lustrious coating behind.

S: Sweet pineapple with some grapefruit juice first appears on the nose. Some orange juice and a light mix of citrus and pine oils. Light toasted grains with a decent level has some juicy, sweet and wet signs of tropical nature that showed very little wear and tear of strength even five months after canning.

T: Tart citrus and dry pineapple shows a healthy strength upon the first sip. Flowery edge of hops are prickly and bitter with citrus. The dry tropical really shines here against the alcohol and dry toasted grain and malt. Dry orange peel, tart tropical grapefruit concludes.

M: Lighter side of medium viscosity, light carbonation factor. Some resinous hop oils and flowery bite tease the tongue.

O: Juicy, wet and tropical nose, strong dry tropical flavor with a bitter and flowery edge. Toasted malt and specialty grains is lightly dry with a nice knock-out of citrus and pine hops. Very good in respect to aroma and flavor wise, very good drink-ability and flavor with tart tropical notes that is worthy a try.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft, 10 oz glass

dark orange golden in color, white head. huge tropical fruit hop aroma. taste is heavy on that, with a pronounced bitterness and sweet malt balance. medium bodied.

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Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy white foam with good retention. Medium malt aroma with caramel malt notes. Medium light fruit aromas with hints of over-ripe orange. Medium bodied with soft, medium light carbonation. A smooth , creamy feel through the middle definitive, biting boozy warmth toward the finish. Medium fruity hip flavors followed by a strong, medium malt backbone. Medium, spicy hop bitterness through the middle followed by prickly booziness and fruity hops to the end. Finished with a pleasant sweetness and booziness and light hop bitterness. Hop character was generally light. More of a NE style than a west coast style I guess. Booziness is pleasant and a bit sneaky making this dangerously drinkable. More malt forward than most DIPAs but pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/21/16

Pours deep orange with frothy off white head.

Nose is orange and cracker maltiness.

Taste follows. Orange tanginess, solid malt background. Pineapple touch is sufficient and not overbearing. Some sweet cream thrown in

Feel is creamy with a touch of bite back of the palate. Little bitterness and minimal amount lingers.

I really like this, even with 4 months on it. Pretty hefty for a summer brew but it does carry enough citrus and bite to help offset. Hope they continue with this one. Says proceeds benefit Alzheimers Association and that hits home with me as that disease is wreaking havoc with my Dad.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange body with one-finger head and lace patches down the glass and an aroma that is basically bitter and earthy hops with hints of citric and grapefruit. A bitter and earthy taste with touches of sticky malts and grapefruit sweetness for some balance and finishes dry; pretty typical DIPA that is more hops than sweetness and is okay.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the czar of canned beers, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy, orange/copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, pineapple. Taste is of grapefruit, pineapple, malts are present, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an slightly opaque rich copper In color with a finger plus of dense off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves behind sticky lacing. Aroma is decidedly lacking in hops, the first thing I get is an odd musty note followed by some lightly sweet caramel malt. The taste is heavy on pine with some grapefruit notes. There is some caramel malt but sweetness is kept in check by an assertive bitterness that doesn't steam roll the palate. The finish lingers with some slick hop oils and a bit of alcohol. Decent mouthfeel, medium, maybe medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Decent beer, the aroma was very disappointing but the flavor helped even it out a bit. Unfortunately given the alcohol presence and the fuller body I don't see myself wanting a second.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore during one of my recent visits & since today is New Beer Sunday (Week 599), I decided that today is the time. It makes The CANQuest (tm) stronger by extension.

From the CAN: "GO Where the Path Takes You"; "Island in the Sun Double IPA is brewed with copious amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Bravo hops and fresh pineapple. Island in the Sun's tropical fruit flavors play well atop a lighter, yet hearty grain bill ... Juicy and smooth to the very last sip."; "have fun do good end Alzheimer's Proceeds Benefit the Alzheimer's Association".

The Crack! was appropriately loud, but in attempting to perform an inverted Glug, it started to get away from me & I had to back off. I was left with two fingers of puffy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head atop the beer. Color was a hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was redolent with tropical fruit with the pineapple leading the parade. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was heavy on pineapple, but with a grapefruit bitterness from the hops that helped to keep the sweetness in check. Dang, but this was a tasty beer! Each sip began with a wash of pineapple sweetness and then, BAM!, the hops came with a hard left hook of hops, pivoting on the front foot and putting everything into it. It was like being taken by the hand by a Honolulu honey honey, being led down a dark alleyway and getting jumped by her pimp. Feck. It never happened to me, but I heard stories ... Back to the beer. Warming, the pineapple tried to become more assertive, but the hops chased after it just like on the label. Finish was dry, but right on the cutting edge of semi-dry. The pineapple really wanted to have its day, but the hops were just too much for it to overcome. More, please.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange, carbonation rising from the bottom, moderate, frothy off-white head, and sporadic, thin lace. Some grainy floaters once you get to the bottom of the can.

Smell is Sweet Tart, Spree, faint pine, and mint. Tropical, overripe fruits arise as it warms.

Caramel, pine, grapefruit and orange, this reminds me of Redankulous, but a bit less extreme.

Dry, bitter, with a substantial body.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewery. Poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a semi-opaque medium golden color. Two fingers of off-white head.

S: Tropical fruits and pineapple... citrus and malts.

T/F: Big malt backbone... bready and rich, with a very tropical fruit hop profile that's obviously heavy on the pineapple. Notes of grapefruit and citrus... slightly floral and resinous. Mouthfeel is medium. Good carbonation... finish is dry and sticky. Warming... and the ABV is somewhat noticeable.

O: Pineapple and hops work great together and this is a very solid DIPA. If you like tropical fruits with your hop bomb then this is probably going to be up your alley.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Hazy golden amber with 1 finger of creamy white head. Lively carbonation.

Pineapple, peach, papaya, candied lemon, grapefruit zest, pine, and bright florals.

Peach, grapefruit zest, bright florals, and papaya rind. Pine needles, candied lemon, and drops of pineapple. Lightly balanced caramel and biscuity maltiness. Finishes with lingering resin and hints of onion.

Medium-plus bodied, velvety, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Juicy, smooth, and hides the 8.9% abv well. The is probably the best Conshohocken beer I've had to date.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 5/26/2016.

Was expecting a highly fruited DIPA. Maybe my nose and taste buds are broken, but I got zero pineapple juice. Not even a faint whiff. Nor was there any sign of residual juice sweetness.

This is a decently-hopped, dry DIPA. More of a classic west coast DIPA with heavy bittering hops and moderate dry hopping.

Had pineapple been slightly present, would have been a much more interesting brew.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque amber in color with a thick, frothy pillow of white head with fantastic retention. Some nice patchy lacing. Gorgeous DIPA.

Nose is a bit lacking - definitely get a tropical hop profile bolstered by the dose of pineapple but not much more.

Flavor is fantastic - big, well rounded bitter bomb with a huge citrus juice does and a wallop of pineapple. Big note here - pineapple comes across as a natural flavor and not a candy coated additive. If there is going to be pineapple juice in my beer this is what I want.

Feel is nice - a bit brash but not off putting. The 8.9 abv is incredibly (dangerously) well hidden. This might be one of the most dangerous DIPAs I've come across.

Big, juicy, fruity DIPA - heavy on the bitter, heavy on the sweet. Works really well. Impossibly crushable. Great treat - would love to have again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/26/16

Look: An opaque, hazy, pale orange with a monster white foam head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Juicy pineapple and citra hops. Hints of a sweet malt backbone.

Taste: Huge pineapple, citrus, resinous and bitter pine, and sweet malt.

Feel: Medium body, sticky bitterness lasts throughout. Excellent level of hops and malt, the ABV is hidden extremely well. Can't complain about another fantastic fruit based DIPA!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11/7...draft. Cloudy copper with heavy white foam. Tropical nose, and the pineapple pokes through. Juicy fruity taste. Then a light malt, and bam! Big bitter rolls through. Quite strong and boozy.

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Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unbelievably heavy amount of pineapple and citrus in the nose.

Resinous and bitter upfront which mellows out into the pineapple found in the nose. Melon and citrus follow. Bright and hoppy.

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Photo of joel_lieberum
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one's a serious fruit bomb. The pineapple hits you right away. The sad thing is that you can't drink much of it without thinking someone swapped it out with an extra bitter bottle of pineapple juice. I'd recommend getting an 8oz draft over the 16oz (unless you're a real fruit fan).

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Island In The Sun Double IPA from Conshohocken Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 51 ratings