Double Bubble | Rush River Brewing Company

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Double BubbleDouble Bubble

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Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by tavernjef on 05-31-2009

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

brewed with honey, this is a pretty cool take on the increasingly generic double ipa style. i dont think the hops come through quite as well as they do in the regular bubble jack, this is more malty and sweet by nature, but the balance is awesome and the freshness is on point and i like the beer a whole lot overall. i think the honey adds something unique for sure, some residual floral brightness that makes this rather easy drinking despite the accompanying sweetness, and its super complimentary to the hops, bringing out more of the oily and herbal side than any real fruity notes. some pine here too, gin-like, botanical, very fresh. fuller body too, but well carbonated and smooth. the honey isnt too sweet, but it does add a bit of that. i have liked the beers i have had from these guys quite a lot, and this is certainly the boldest and strongest of the lot. i have not been into the big ipas lately because more and more they are all tasting the same, or at least more and more alike as everyone goes to the citra mosaic complex, but this is decidedly different, the honey really makes it. maybe i couldnt drink four of these, but a couple is great, especially this time of year. very pleased with this one.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for an imperial ipa, this is actually pretty reserved. the honey really seems to do a good job of neutralizing the bitterness of the hops. the beer itself isn't really that remarkable, and i don't know that the honey really adds all that much, but it's pretty easily consumed.

pale yellow and opaque. sweet from malt and honey.

not bad.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light amber color, with barely any signs of carbonation. Relatively large foamy head.

Sweet, yet subtle smell. There was a sour aspect to the smell which was quite off-putting to me.

A unique flavor. Heavy on malts, with some fruity sweetness. There is basically no bitterness. Mouthfeel is light.

This is completely different from what I expected going in, and I do see how someone might appreciate more than myself. Yet, this certainly did not tickle my fancy.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of bottles at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Minocqua. No bottling date that I can see; but this was a very recent arrival, so I'm not concerned about freshness. Poured at about 50 degrees into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy bright apricot color, with about an inch-and-a-half of white head that dissipates down to a healthy film after a while and leaves nice lacing on the glass. There's a good deal of relatively large-sized particulate in the glass, along with moderate visible carbonation at the edges where the light shines through.

S: Cracker and bread-like malts are present, along with pine and citrus rind hop notes. Just a bit of floral and grassy notes, as well. Not a particularly assertive nose.

T: Cracker and caramel malt flavors at the outset, accompanied immediately by a tart hop presence that has pine and citrus rind notes. The middle sees that hop tartness develop into full-blown bitter, characterized more by pine than citrus. Clear alcohol flavor also begins to poke through, though it's not off-putting. There's also a nice fruit presence that develops in the middle, with notes of strawberry and tropical fruit. Just a bit of that eponymous bubblegum, as well. The close is marked by pine bitter, with the malts doing a nice job of keeping things in balance.

F: Medium-bodied, though certainly lighter than many DIPAs. It's bright/astringent, a bit creamy, and bitter in turns. Nice level of carbonation. The bitter definitely stay with you, but this is far from syrupy.

O: This is a nice, relatively easy-drinking DIPA from Rush River. It brings a lot of nice hop flavor, and the malts--for the most part--keep pace. While there's a bit of clear alcohol coming through, this one hides it very well. This is one that I would return to in the future.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pine, citrus and slightly perfumed fruit. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, fruit/candy, mild honey notes, biscuit malts and a mix of bitter and dry in the finish.

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Photo of kwettig
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy amber with a slightly orange hue.

Smells very sweet almost candy like with a hint of pine.

Tastes of malty sweetness first with a slight orange peel taste followed by a hint of pine to finish.

Medium low carbonation. I feel like it could use a bit more carbonation to make things a little brighter.

Overall a little muddled. In that I mean it's flavors are there but don't really stand out in any particular fashion. Some would call it balanced but this is a IIPA and I think it should be a little more hop forward with a slight malt backbone. A good beer but a good also ran. Meaning I'll by it if it's the only one of the style in the store but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a slight head and lots of floaters in it. The aroma is fairly bitter with floral hints. The taste is bold with hops and bitterness. It leaves a linger bitterness on the tongue. Not bad tasting but the appearance could be better or filtered since a lot of people might think this is a beer that has gone bad.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of a soda pop feel here. Strawberry and lime character, lots of hops with quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. Lighter bodied and more drinkable than many imperial ipa's.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Starts with a grassy herbal resiny hop nose over caramel, malt and honey.
Pours brilliant gold under a 3" rocky off-white head that dissipates by about 2/3s. Produces thick lace.
A creamy palate presents light fruit and malt flavors that do suggest double bubble gum and it finishes with a rich hop accent. There is some light hop astringency on the finish.
The beer's body is just a hair above medium and its carbonation is just a hair below.

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Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden hue
I't has aroma of peaches, honey and smooth hoppiness.
Taste is very floral and smooth. The hops and ABV are there
but not overbearing. Hate to overuse a word but this is a smooth brew
Mouthfeel was just right.
Had a sample of this at Ace Wine Spirits and Beer in Hopkins MN.
A great beer and a great staff.

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Photo of dakotaben
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

A- Slightly hazy and lasting head. Light tracing as I drank this.

S- Nice hoppy smell mixed with a fuittiness.


M - Full and fairly thick mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. Will drink again!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly recedes above a clear well carbonated straw golden colored beer.

Pretty noticeable citrus hops aroma with a bit off fresh pine included.

Citrus, pine and some grassy notes in the taste of this hops tasting imperial.

Pretty dry aftertaste that almost puckers a person. There is a bit of the citrus tastes remaining with this medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting but I would actually like a bit more from a imperial.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Bottled week 2 or June.

A - Beautiful pillowy white head. Great clarity on the light copper beer. Small amount of lacing from a small whole cap that was present throughout.

S - Citrus (tangerine peel), pine tree. Sweet biscuit, toasty malt is easy to spot. Gets a little boozy as it warms.

T - Bitterness hits right on the front of my tongue instantly. Very piney hop flavor. Sweet malts midway and some moderate bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium to medium-full body, light to medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Aroma didn't jump from the glass but has complexity. Hop flavor is a one dimensional piney prickliness. Solid full palate of bitterness without going overboard. Perception of sweet malt but finishes nice and dry. Good looking brew with a decent head. Worth a try.

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Photo of Santanax
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a great balance for how potent it is...The alcohol is overwhelmed by rich piney hoppy notes along with a nice malt and honey background while not being too sweet or viscous...goes down extremely smooth..give a nice warming sensation to the belly. overall great beer great boozy IPA with tons of flavor.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decent IPA
APPERANCE: pale straw colored nice lacing

SMELL: piny citrus nose with hints of floral hops

TASTE: grapefruity with an alcohol finish

MOUTHFEEL: power full citrus finish and alcohol

OVERALL: good IPA with a little strong alcohol taste would drink again

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Photo of jimmah120
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottled about a month before consumption, as far as I know. poured into tulip glass. review from notes

golden amber look, lots of fluffy white foam on top. smell is hoppy and piney with a hint of bubblegum(?). taste is similar, pine, bitter plastic(?), floral and citrus hops as well. overly hopped but no slick feel.

"Bubble with funk quick"

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tangerine color with a finger of a white head, light haze/very small sediment.

Smell is pine, honey maltyness, grapefruit

taste is very piney, grapefruity and a wee bit floral as far as the hops go, you get a decent shot of honey like sweetness in the front. Finishes with a very bitter pine that lingers for a while.

Well this is way better then the last time I had it, I guess this is one you have to know is fresh! The last batch I had then months and week notch things on the side but they were not notched... But I took a chance and thought it was ok, but this time it is much better then ok!

If you see it and it is somewhat fresh give this a chance!, at under $10 a sixer this DIPA is in line with Lagunitas DIPA prices... Good Beer, Good price what else could you want.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, dated June WK3, into my Stone goblet...

A - Poursa slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a finger of white head. A nice ring is left behind when it falls.

S - Aromas of apricot are there, but not bold. Some slight bready/yeasty aromas are present as well.

T/M - There is some hop bitterness, and some piney resin in the aftertaste, but I can tell that some of the flavors have diminished with time. Nice caramel malt base, and the 9% is hidden very well. Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O - This had the potential to be a great IIPA, but time has tamed this one down a bit. That being said, it's still a really good IIPA. Better than I was expecting actually. I would probably purchase another one, if it were available in Las Vegas.Cheers!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized white-yellow head. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Aroma is perfumey and sweet, citric hops and basil dominate. Starts sweet and herbaly. Slight resin throughout. Medium to light body, alcohol is warming. Dry honeyish finish. Just the right amount of lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Well balanced for an IIPA, probably not quite to style but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of yamar68
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather tame looking honey gold with a finger of staunch white head and decent lacing. Smells of slightly muted citra and green apple? The character has obviously faded a bit. Some sweet grass and soft grains. The taste is also a bit muddy but has its strong points. The citrus has been pulled back to a near abstract bitter but is still easy drinking. This beer represents a decent execution of the style.

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

Double bubble is Rush River's version of a DIPA, brewed with honey. The beer pours a hazy dark dirty yellow-golden color with a big cap of foam. The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus hops, but there are notes of honey wafting around as well. This trend continues on the palate along with notes of green apple. The heavy, oily hop character flows across the palate. The honey mitigates the hops and vise versa; the whole is less than the sum of the parts---but still a good brew. It finishes a little warm. By accidental discovery, the double bubble nicely complemented the heap of roasted beets that I had for dinner. The earthiness of the beets played the sweetness of the honey off the bitterness of the hops. Weird.

I tried a bottle from this same six pack several months ago and it was sweeter and little more jagged around the edges. A little time has smoothed it.

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Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The notch on the side of the bottle says "November" but there is no year attached. Considering when the other reviews were written, I'm going to assume this one is out of date. Never-the-less:

A: Slightly hazy dark gold in color. There are some floaties suspended in the beer itself. Forms a nice large white head that slowly reduces to a thick surface coating and lots of lacing.

S: Smell is rather floral and a bit perfumed with a mix of honey and light malts.

T: Starts off fairly sweet and with a somewhat dirty dank quality. Sweetness really hangs on the tongue in a somewhat annoying fashion. Lots of honey (does the bee on the label mean this was brewed with honey?) Hops have faded to a mild floral sweetness with a bit of orange and a slight hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a mild bitterness. Sort of prickly in the mouth. Kind of weak for the style.

O: I'll admit this one is probably out of date, but, if that's the case it shouldn't be sold. If they're willing to sell it then they can get the review. Overall, it's still a decent beer and since I've never had it fresh I have no capacity to comment on what it would have been like at that time. Drinkable, but would have preferred to have had a bit more body.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I know it wasn't fresh, but it was still good.

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of soft foam. It left patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical fruits.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. You could taste the honey sweetness and caramel. There was a mild spicy bitterness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This was good. Really liked the aroma of tropical fruits. The honey addition is interesting and really mellows it out.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Rileys in Madison, WI approx May2011, so drinking this Imp IPA just a tad late or not?

Off-white Foam head was soft, yet big and long lasting.

Initial wiffs of nose were sweet, slightly burnt toffee notes, surrounding by huge honey malt. Very nice and totally original.

The honey malt is not that sweet, and quickly drys out. A low medium mouthfeel feels just right on the tongue. Some low notes of citrus and raw sugar.

What I liked best of this solidly craft brew, was how well it had matured in a half year since it was brewed. Would make an interesting match against Hopslam and a few other DIPAs that seem to use honey to balance out. This beer was very original, well made and drinkable for a 9% abv. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Gelly's Pub and Eatery in Stockholm, WI

A: clear, amber, nice head when poured but dissipated to thin veil
S: medium nose, fruity and malty, nice balance
T: good balance for an IPA, nice sweeter malt with strong bitter finish
M: well-balanced, malty up front with strong bitter hops

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