Undine Double IPA
Down the Road Beer Co.

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IPA - Imperial
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Down the Road Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Undine Double IPAUndine Double IPA
Notes: "ABV: 8.5%
IBU: 65
Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra"
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Kendo from New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy golden with a thin whitish head on top.

S: Nose of sweet tropical fruits (mango, papaya) and sweeter citrus (oranges), with a faint hint of herbal hops and earthiness as well.

T: Follows the nose, with a bit of toasted bread malt providing foundation, followed by candied orange peel, mango, papaya and a hint of lemony bitterness rounding out the back and providing some balance to the sweetness. That bitterness lingers on the palate after a few sips and really coats the roof of the mouth. Surprised somewhat - I didn't notice the bitterness at first, but it's there. The more I drink it, the more I think of resiny pine.

M: A little on the lighter side for a DIPA. Call it medium in heft, carbonation modest.

O: Decent. My first beer from these guys. Not blown away, but it's solid.

May 17, 2018
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Bork77 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look :Carmel glossy, I would not kill this for not being hazy enough!
Smell: loved it, can’t stop smelling it!
Taste: now we can really review this, piney, can’t really taste any fruity notes but I like it as much as a juice bomb (so juice bomb lovers should give it a try)
Mouthfeel: I am not sure what this is really, I think I swallow it too quick!
Overall: I think you could consider this a west coast style but the hop aroma and flavor mask the abv so well that it has qualities I love about the New England ipa styles. Worth a try and I will buy this again. Update: have had many TreeHouse since this review and not that it is better but it is just as good. I would compare it to a Bright and also similar to Sip of Sunshine as far as hop profile goes. Not sure if the hops are the same but it has that hoppy nose and hoppy/bitter finish. Yummy!

Apr 11, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can. Date stamp is batch #44, whatever that may be worth.
The beer is poured into my snifter and exhibits a clear copper color with some slight suspended particles. THe head is an eggshell white densely packed foam of 4 cm on the pour, and recedes to a thick edge layer and sturdy center island. The aroma is a mix of some citrus notes with orange and grapefruit with maybe a little peach. Also def some pine sap and a little caramel in the background. This isnt a NEIPA, which I appreciate. Nothing like a bit of an OG DIPA.
The first sip reveals an average body with sticky texture and fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is just a hint of caramel malt and then rolls to a mix of hops. I get grapefruit and orange peel with some peach buried again in the background. I also get some generally rindy hop bite on each swallow. The alcohol is well hidden and makes this a very drinkable beer. Pretty solid DIPA, just not a juice bomb so dont expect that if you buy a can.

Feb 15, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: This one pours a fairly clear golden color. There was about a finger of a frothy white head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Pine, citrus, a bit of grain. The taste is good. Citrus, some pine, faint tropical flavors. A bit grainy. Somewhat bitter with a faint underlying sweetness. Nice!

Dec 03, 2017
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating on the 16 oz can. This tasted bland a stale to me. Vague citrus rind and a flavorless, bitter finish. A malt bomb for sure, too much toffee and caramel.

Sep 14, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Medium gold colored pour with a dense, thin lacing ring.

S - Pine resin and grapefruit.

T - Some biscuity malt, light spicy fruitiness.

M - Medium body.

O - Enjoyable and mellow. The ABV is well hidden here!

Aug 30, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Magnify snulip glass canned on 7/31/17. Pours a clear dark yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of thin wisps of lace.

Smell is mango, apricot, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and maybe the strangest thing ever in a DIPA asparagus.

Taste is more tropical, with pine and grapefruit dominating in a very balanced way, and maybe a whisker of asparagus and it actually works very well.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, plenty of life, not dry, and drinks very easy.

Overall this is a slightly different, but very tasty brew that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Aug 19, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, citrus rind, and hemp. Bitter, medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for an above average IPA, but with the variety of amazing IPAs I have been having lately, this one is just missing something that I cannot quite put my finger on. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but there are several other IPAs I prefer.

Feb 21, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, w/o any freshness/canning date info...c'mon guys it is 2017 and 95% of the IPA and DIPA cans I'm seeing out there are getting some sort of freshness info to the consumer...just sayin...

Pours typical hazed almond amber, off white cap going to a fine bubble film, thicker collar and leaving nice looking broken up low to mid glass sheeting.

Fruity/hoppy sniff, with some ripe citrus and resiny hops coming to mind.

Decent if not amazing DIPA, some tropical fruit notes, more resiny hops....but the sweet side seems to be in control on this one...

worth a try- better then decent- but dont expect anything overly amazing

Feb 21, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head which settles quickly to rim bubbles. Some minor lacing. Hazy enough to create a bit of white on the dirty gold color.

Soft malt nose with flowery hop notes.

Very smooth beer with ample carbonation. The base malt is rich and flavorful enough to stay throughout the tasting. Notable alcohol warmth, particularly at the swallow. Same is true with bittering hop flavors which comes in strongly at the swallow leaving a particularly long aftertaste. Simply put, this is a very big beer, but none of it comes across as extreme.

Dec 18, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, purchased at my local packy.

Quite the trio of hops used... Mosaic, Amarillo, & Citra. This rings all of the right bells and whistles for the American Double IPA style. Only a slight haze and smells extra juicy. Big aroma of citrus zest, mild pine, white tea, and pineapple core. For a bigger beer it drinks quite well, clean and packed with hop flavor. The malt backbone stands up strong enough to show some balance. Certainly worth checking out, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Nov 20, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear yellow orange color with about three fingers worth of white frothy head

S-aroma is of bready malt, caramel, citrus, and some pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone, grapefruit citrus, and a piney finish

M-medium body, light carbonation

Overall not sure when this was bottled and if the carbonation would be more crisp if it was younger. Nice aroma and taste, just a bit thin.

Sep 04, 2016
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy amber color with a moderate creamy white head on top. Lots of lace as the foam fades.

The aroma is bready with dank tropical fruit and citrus notes.

Full bodied creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of bready malt, dank tropical fruit and orange citrus. It finishes with a bitter grassy flavor. Once gone the bread and bitterness lingers on the palate.

Aug 28, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light reddish-orange brew with a craggy tan froth that sits for awhile. A bit of peach and herbal hops in the aroma. Tastes slightly grainy with a unique fruity sweetness, faint earthy hops, and a bready, somewhat spicy finish. Medium and pleasant all the way through.

This one really grew on me, and now I wish I had another.

Aug 04, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how they don't date their cans.

Pours a big rich creamy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice messy lacing, slight hazy honey orange color.

Nose tons of fruit, generic fruity, bright stone fruit candied apricot like with a little clementine/tangelo citrus, a little sweet candy malt profile helping to candy the fruits.

Taste brings sweet malts, a little toasted amber malt sweetness with candy flavors, into candied hop fruits, dried apricots and stone fruits, a little citrus tangelo kinda thing again, caramel toffee notes, with mild orange rind and a faint spicy piney hop character. Finish brings a flash of booze warmth, with more spicy earthy hop notes, and candied stone fruits again.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod a bit chewy, decent carb, flash of warming booze late.

Overall not bad, but not as good as I expected, hops are not full effect and flvors just make me think it's old, why didn't they put a date on it!!! The canning machines have it built right in.

Aug 01, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet toffee, almost butterscotch, caramel malt, with some tropical citrusy notes of papaya, ripe melon, guava, mango, orange, red grapefruit, subtle berry, with dank earthy grass and spicy pine. Tastes very fruity and tropical with a spicy hop bite and a balanced malt backbone. Some guava, almost strawberry, with mango, papaya, melon, orange, red grapefruit, some mellow dark toffee, caramel malt, with spicy pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice double IPA.

Jun 30, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/24/2016 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of floral hops bitterness followed by a very strong fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Jan 24, 2016
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light gold towards light copper in color. Transparent. Pours with no head, just a thick layer of white of foam that disappears quickly leaving minimal traces. Looks like a cheap commercial beer.

Smell: Mild aroma of malt, grain and hops.

Taste: Sweet malt to start, then mild grain flavor, with a mild hoppy finish that ends with a slight bitter bite. Decent.

Feel: Thinner-side of medium body, velvety smooth with just a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Overall: While better than a typical commercial beer, not up to the standards of many craft beers. Very drinkable DIPA, but there are so many others that are better in my opinion.

Jan 08, 2016
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Bebum from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber, clear, tsll head.
Medium body, smooth texture, intense flavor, high but not excessive heat, long palate with a flavorful finish.
Moderately bitter, off/dry, fresh acidity.
Hoppy, complex, floral, herbal.
Delicious, nice surprize.

Nov 13, 2015
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