Defiance Double I.P.Lager
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Defiance Double I.P.LagerDefiance Double I.P.Lager
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Style:
Pilsner - Imperial
Ranked #19
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,225
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 12.63%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
51
From:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  20
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 22, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Things are progressing nicely with regard to my ongoing and systematic eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody and the results are noticeable, but it becomes incumbent upon me to drink and review new beers as they become available. I refer to this as "chipping", since it is just odds & sods without any overarching theme, such as brewery and/or style.

From the bottle: "Smooth & Unconventional"; "Defying conventional wisdom, this brew possesses the robust hop character of an India Pale Ale, but finishes smooth like a lager. Defiance IPL, the best of both worlds."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. I am enjoying these in-glass swirls since they seem to produce more head that I might have gotten otherwise. This time, it was two fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit fro The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose had a biscuit maltiness along with a lemon-grapefruit bitterness, piquing my curiosity. Mouthfeel was big & full, kind of interesting for a Pilsner. The taste was an interesting amalgam of flavors, ranging from a biscuity sweetness to a grassy, citrusy bitterness. It was like drinking an amped-up Czech Pils! Finish was dry, but the alcohol could also be sensed, making it a bit on the hot side. Phew. This was no playin' around! I think that I shall have a lie-down after this one.

Apr 12, 2017
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 08, 2015
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psweendogg from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2015
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jul 23, 2014
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 31, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Kelly and Paul, sorry I couldn't wait for you.
Brilliantly clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Bready caramel malt on the nose spicy earthy hop. This seems like its less than fresh or just not that hop forward. Good but not great.

Nov 13, 2016
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Oct 25, 2014
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swierczt from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 12, 2015
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 27, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy lightly burnt orange color with an inch plus of frothy white head. Moderate amount of lacing.The aroma is slightly funky with some tropical fruits, lemon and grassy hops. A bit bready. The taste is a large amount of the lager yeast followed up by some pineapple, tangerine, lemon and some light grassy hops. Bready finish with a fair amount of bitterness. Medium bodied with a fairly noticeable alcohol presence. Overall, worth grabbing.

Oct 01, 2015
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 04, 2015
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Casterbridge from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 20, 2015
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BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apr 23, 2016
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Turbodog666 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +28.9%

Sep 21, 2014
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chucksim from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 19, 2015
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grahuba from Connecticut

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

Jul 14, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellowish copper. The nose has citrus and hop notes. This is not a full-bodied offering but it is not thin either. The flavor profile is well balanced with the obligatory hop bitter finish.

Jun 17, 2015
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datalager from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2016
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jakea from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 21, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 10, 2015
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MKrauss from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nov 05, 2014
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Tiernan from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 04, 2016
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 30, 2015
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BostonTheseus from Maine

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into a snifter. Pours clear dark gold with nearly no head but great lacing. Nose doesn't betray an overabundance of hops with mild fermentation notes rounding out a profile of heavy earth, pineapple, citron, and dry grass. The taste keeps in giving. Strong but not dominating hops of tangerine, plum, and chalk mellows extremely well, almost a metamorphosis, into an oatmeal and soda bread finish. Feel is glasslike. Really excellent beer.

Jul 04, 2015
Defiance Double I.P.Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings