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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Newest in our line, the Double IPA is the big brother to our Jamaica Sunset IPA. Maltier, hoppier and more assertive, this one is for big beer lovers. Double IPA is one of the hottest new beer styles in the micro and regional beer market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Pours into the snifter a fairly hazy copper-orange color under a tight, but thin bone white head. Head gradually reduces to several islands of thin wispy foam. Some dispersed spotty lacing noted. Aroma profile definitely leans toward the hops but unfortunately a tad restrained. However, pleasant notes of orange, grapefruit and pine needles greet the nose. Some faint caramelly malt aromas can be detected in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a restrained CO2 level, but seems slightly thin mid-palate for a DIPA. Flavors were nicely balanced out between the hops and malt resulting in an upfront caramel candy and tropical fruit sweetness backed by a farily prominent citrus rind and hop resin bitterness. Finish is long, crisp and slightly dry. Just a slight alcohol warmness can be perceived. Not a top-shelf DIPA, but at $8.49/sixer its a good value and worth re-visiting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange caramel color with a medium white head. nice lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, caramel malts and faint floral pine. Taste is caramel malty with hints of faint floral,piney and citrus undertones. Not bad. Nice looking label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Pours with a reddish-orange body topped by athin head with some lacing. Itís nice and hoppy with a nice grapefruit/citrus note, a slight piney undertone, some grassy notes, and a touch of malt showing through. Medium to full bodied, slightly dry and a little warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2007
The aroma is a little weak for an IIPA but it has the right citrus and pine hops. It also has lots of sweet malt and a lot of alcohol for an 8.6%. The appearance is dark amber with a small head. The flavor is hoppy and sweet but it also has cardboard. The palate is thick with a long bitter aftertaste. Overall a little bit of a disappointment. Even though itís a solid beer itís not the best IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to padrefan98. This one poured a rather cloudy/hazy orangey/amber with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit citrus dominating and a sweet caramel malt essence. Flavor is almost harshly bitter with noticeable alcohol and a long lingering astringent finish. Mouthfeel is thick, real thick like syrup. Not sure about this one, try it if you love DIPA if not you might want to hold out for something else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Fair Double India Pale Ale Pours a tad darkish copper amber [a little dark for me] Nice head that dwindles to a thin ring in the glass Very malty aroma, not much hop action, maybe just a tad. Fairly good balance, it is a DIPA after all, and while some dipaís are sweeter than bitter, this is less sweeter than bitter. Not the best aftertaste Iíve ever had, but this could be somewhat oxidized. {probably need to try a fresher one some day} I suppose Iíll never meet a DIPA couldnít enjoy, but this is probably toward the lower end. Yeah, Iíd like to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Bottle, Thanks Tronraner! Pours a cloudy orange with a nice, tall white head that fades away eventually. I can see a little bit of yeast in the bottom, just a few specks. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit and big, bold pine resin. Iím a sucker for that drying, piny character in IIPAís. I really donít get a lot of malt in the way of the aroma, itís all about the spicy, dry hops. The bitterness is right on for the style, itís dry and biting, yet clean and enjoyable. Lots of marijuana notes and pine, itís very grassy and sharp, but again, clean. The sweetness here is not syrupy at all, just present enough to add balance and a respectable density on the palate. Man, Iím really digging the finish on this one. Itís zesty, dry and savory with lots of lemons. Hm, some nice green tea flavors too. So Mad Riverís IIPA is not as huge as some, especially not for California. But it is has some unique qualities that I really enjoy. I agree that if this one was a bit bigger itíd be even better, but as it is, it made a fine impression on me. Well done!
[August 24,2008]
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy orange with a tall, firm white head which was perhaps enhanced by the tulip glass. The nose is rich and hoppy, but not extreme for the style. I suppose I could use more hop presence (like always) but the actual notes I find very pleasing. It leans towards pine and dry lemon with just a dash of citrus and fair malts. The hops come out more in the flavor and again, this is very tasteful for the style, but certainly aggressive by the measure of most any other style. Really nice middle of the road melon and caramel sweetness provide an accessible backdrop for the drying, zesty, herbal bitterness. All in all, itís a solid, very well crafted IIPA with adequate bitterness to get the job done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours hazy orange and mustardy yellow - looks like cider - with a moderate white foamy head. Aroma is big and hoppy: mostly gooey, resiny pine with some notes of citrus fruit. Not much in the way of malt in the nose. Medium bodied and bitter with grainy malts. Flavor is pretty much still hops throughout. High bitterness but without too much acidity. As IIPAs go, I like this one quite a bit. I knew before I looked that RB folks wouldnít agree. There are definite departures from the "standard" IIPA, but I appreciate these. One is the malt profile quite a bit less caramel-y and more grainy. The hop profile doesnít feature a prominent lemon, and the alcohol is not even 10%. God knows there are enough cookie-cutter IIPAs coming out, and I congratulate Mad River for a little originality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Dull amber hazy pour, no head. Aroma - Grassy, nutty caramel, resinous. Thick, syrup like body. Alcoholic finish. Very sharp bitterness. Taste nothing like any other double ipa iíve had, something is wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle Pours a fairly clear amber with a small off white head. Modest hop aroma for a double. Nice hefty malt body and fairly balanced with a bit of alcohol in the flavor. Just not very "Double"

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