Hodgson's Double India Pale Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Hodgson's Double India Pale AleHodgson's Double India Pale Ale
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Hodgson's Double India Pale AleHodgson's Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also listed as Double Hodgy at the brewery.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-29-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fish Brewing Company "Hodgson's Double India Pale Ale"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED FEB 2016" and sampled on 4 JULY 2016
$6.83 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear ruby accented chestnut brown body beneath a 2-finger thick head of rocky yellowed off-white foam. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Grainy caramelish malt, fruit (apple, orange), leafy/grassy/herbal hops.

Flavor: Rich medium and dark caramel malt is heavily threaded through with leafy, tea-like, grassy, lightly citrusy (soft tangerine) and mildly earthy, spicy and herbal hops. It's balanced by a bold bitterness, and a very light spritz of alcohol appears in its dry, spicy and herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation that softens as it warms.

Overall: A pleasant change of pace, this is a big, malty double IPA done in the English style. The caramel component of the malt might be just a touch overdone but the complexity of the hops balances it nicely and it all works in the end. Well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of pat61
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours tea tinted amber with a slight haze that clears as the beer warms. A 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar grips the glass leaving very thick ledges of lace.
S: Citrus, orange, floral, malt
T: A wave of sweetness, malt, light fruit, followed by an explosion of hops a light touch of cola.
F: Very creamy medium full to a little more on the body, medium to a little less on the carbonation.Some warming on the finish
O: This is a big beer that straddles the line between DIPA and barleywine.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber, half finger light yellow-tan head that dissipates into a thin film and ring around the glass with tenuous lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma of herbal hops and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet malt and hops up front with some citrus and light fruit flavors developing and then finishes with intense hop flavor and bitterness. The fruit component provided a fairly unusual flavor progression that is interesting. The finish is a bit astringent, but is supported by nice fresh hops. Medium bodied. I like malty IPAs and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a rich copper color with a tinge of burnt orange,a tightly formed full one finger sticky head atop.Aromas are more American barley wine-like with a big sweet and alcoholic malt base with herbal and piney hops underneath although big in their own right.The flavors also harken to a beefed up American barley wine with it's cake-like maltiness and hefty alcoholic malt base,the hops come in the finish but it's boozy and in your face.Rated way to low in my opinion but this is miscategorized,if they had labeled this as a barley wine it would get much higher ratings,as for me it's kickin my ass right now grilling outside in this heat.

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA, if a bit caramel malt heavy for my taste. The liquid's color is about Tangelo on wikipedia's shades of orange chart. Smallish light beige head. It looks like a hearty DIPA. The aroma has a ton of hop and malt flavor. There's a big grapefruit/pine note with a good dose of more floral and fruitier (peaches and pineapples) hoppiness, as well. The malt is all caramel and sweet dough. I'm pleased to find a hefty bitterness, as DIPAs seem to be trending toward less bitter territory. There's some upfront caramel, fruity sweetness, but the beer drys out some by the finish. There's a fair bit of malt character, which gets in the way of the hops a bit for me. Medium body. It's a little bit harsh in the finish, but that's not a complaint for a nearly 10% abv DIPA. The hoppy aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. It's a good beer, but it doesn't really differentiate itself enough from the pack, and as I've mentioned a couple times, I prefer my DIPAs with a bit less caramel malt flavor. However, it's still a good version of this style of DIPA and a well-made beer.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of RedTarmac
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Got a Bomber at a local liquor store. Poured into a tulip. Dark Amber color. The aroma is strong. Not getting the fruity citrusy smell I would normally expect from a DIPA. First sip...malty. Then the hops kick in. This one warms the mouth with an alcohol bite. I have to agree with the other reviewer, this is almost a Barley Wine. No balance in this one at all. Not what I was expecting. For a DIPA...I won't be reaching for this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine at the end of May for $6.99.

Beer poured a dark orange with a decent white head that did not last long.

Nose is a nice bouquet of citrus hops.

Taste initially came off barley wine like primarily due to notes of dark fruits. Then the grapefruit hops came to dominate. Malt base is huge and sweet. A bit uneven but still drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Overall this does not rate up with the better brews in this style but it is still a decent one to enjoy on a 110 degree Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia in Meridian. The label says 89 IBU's and I think they might be underestimating a bit. :-)

Poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pours a clear orange... the not much in the way of a head... but a short lasting sorta hazy yellow film rises and drops quickly.. cap and lacing are pretty much nonexistent... Good color, but more head would be a bunch better.

Hop nose is huge and fresh... bunches of fruity hoppiness with some good floral essence.... a fair amount of pale malts help bloom the hops, but in the end, this smells like a bitter bomb.

bracing bitterness begins up front and doesn't let up until the finish... the hops are again pretty fresh, but are bombarded by the bitter bite... decent citrus and tropical fruitiness mid palate toward the end... the malts are a touch thick for a PNW DIPA... but still help the hops come and play around the palate.. lingering grapefruit pithiness lingers forever.

Bigger body than most DIPA... light carbonation accentuates the thicker mouthfeel and does nothing to make it more drinkable...

Glad I got to try it, but it is expensive for a pretty only okay DIPA.


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Photo of hreb
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Feb 2013, this DIPA is a relic. Served in a tulip glass. Beer pours muddy brownish orange, with a medium tan head, and still after all this time, a rich citrusy head, suggesting orange peel and spice. Flavor starts off mild, then builds to a bitter, spicy climax. Bitterness is somewhat herbal and nondescript. This doesn't really have a burn, but there is an alcohol presence here, and not enough flavor to justify it. May have been better fresh; age hasn't mellowed it out appreciably.

Not a favorite; should have stuck with Swordfish.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 22 oz. bottle into an imperial shaker pint. No notches on the date strip, but based on other reviews it's probably not more than six months old or so.

Look- Clear medium amber with two fingers of off-white foam. Very dense, good retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet, lightly floral, vaguely nutty. Something of a spicy tealike character Pretty nondescript, it's got a bit of alcohol bite. Would be better if it wasn't as sweet and the herbal/floral character was more pronounced, but it's still pretty appealing.

Taste- Simliar to the nose, but this time the residual sugars are a bit too much for me. Treacly sweet, tealike hops. Musky, slightly piney finish. As it warms, it takes on a drier, almost woody character and I get a few flashes of candied/gelatinized orange. Despite a few interesting twinges, I really find myself hunting for more flavor. 89 IBU? Where?

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, soft carb, fairly easy drinking for the ABV. Light syrup feel, not as boozy as anticipated. Clean, dry finish. Mild warming.

Overall- Almost a great beer, but it's simply too sweet and lacks the depth of flavor I'd expect from something branded as a DIPA and weighing in at 10% ABV. Still, it's fairly easy drinking, which I sense is what the brewers were going for.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in May 2017. Drank it about 2 weeks after purchase. Bottled on date was Mar 2015.

Appearance: Dark golden with a tan/brown head. Body is opaque and a little hazy. Head is thick, and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and some hops aroma. Overall it is a sweet aroma, and not fillwed with as much hops aroma as I expected.

Taste: Nice bitter flavors from the hops, but the flavors do not last as long as other IPAs. Strong alcohol flavor, similar to a whiskey, which is expected with 9.9% alcohol.

Mouth-feel: Medium, and with a smooth creamy body. Matches the 9.9% alcohol on the label. Sweet and not as bitter as I would have expected from a IPA.

This is an easy drinking IPA. It has nice flavors and is not too bitter for those who do not like IPAs that are too strong. My preference would be a little more hops to add some edge to the flavor, and also to extend the flavor and after-taste.

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3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Medium hazy dark copper. Tan head with medium carbonation and low head retention.

S: Malt and alcohol followed by orange peel. Lots of alcohol.

T: Mild crisp hints with dried leaves and rose petal. A little vanilla and caramel. Strong alcohol on the finish.

M: Big thick and syrupy. The tanginess balance out the big body a little but it's still a bit strong. Alcohol and dried herbs linger for a medium length aftertaste.

O: Big, but without as much depth as I would like. Perhaps just the alcohol is covering the flavor. It was described as a double ipa, but it lacked the crispness to be called that; it felt more like a barleywine.

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