The Double
New Heights Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,844
Ranked #23,192
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
New Heights Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Double IPA generously dry hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Mosaic.
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3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given how much I like their regular IPA, was disappointed with their double. Whereas the IPA is a really good balance of big and harmonious components, feels like the IIPA is just big and raw and doesn't come together nearly as well.

Starts off positively with a beautiful copper body with a touch of haze to it. Minimal white head (enjoyed out of a tulip glass that had been filled to the top) with a little sticky lacing.

Smell out of the gate is big and dominated by pine, grass, and strong berry aromas. A little bit of citrus but dark berries are the more dominant fruit on the nose. I like the three notes that it's carrying, and they work pretty well together, but there isn't a lot of depth there. Interestingly as the beer warms the aromas become muted and somewhat non-descript, which isn't what I expect from a IIPA. Still, the overall initial aroma definitely adds positively to the first few sips.

Unfortunately the taste is punch-in-the-palette bitter, with the focus clearly being on a high IBU level. I love bitterness in my beers, but there needs to be strong compliments to it. There are definitive citrus rind notes, dank pine, some dark berry, and lots of grassiness. But the puckering bitterness, some cat pea, and a medicinal quality are what I most come away with, and that only increases as I get toward the bottom of the glass. Not unpleasant, but not a taste profile I would go back for.

Feel is a hair on the thin side for a IIPA, though the carbonation level seems just right.

Happy to keep trying New Heights beers, but I don't expect to seek this one out again given a world of so many great and distinguished IIPAs.

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The Double from New Heights Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 12 ratings