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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - APR 16, 2007
bottle- strangely, I loved this beer’s smaller IPA brother, but not this. thin mouthfeel, hop presense not felt as sweet fruity maltyness takes over...not a high abv either for an appearent double. just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle sampled on 12/3/06: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts full, sweet and malty with a good grapefruity hoppy presence and a smoother, slightly warming finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1911) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bottle from trade with jimbowood. Hazy orange pour with a thin film of white lace. Aroma is sweet malt and some sharp hops. Flavor is sweet with a good bite of hops. Sticky body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2007
12 oz bottle. $8.49 for a six at Total Wine. I just got slammed with a cold and so I will have to give it the benefit of a doubt, besides a high abv beer is just what the doctor (me!) ordered to treat it with. Typical pleasant IPA aroma from what I could detect with this cold. Flavor is very good with an initial sweet pale maltiness, and then the hops come on crisp and citrusy, heavy grapefruit, and a strong, lasting bitterness. Bold IPA flavors but the brew remains light and drinkable. Very juicy with hops, and fairly balanced for an extreme beer like this. I like it. I’m feeling better already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2727) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2007
Bottle from Padrefan98: Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a modest off-white head. Thick lacing. Nose is citrus and piney hops, some sweet malts and fruitiness. Taste is more hops, both citrus and floral. Hints of pine. A nice, sweet malt balances out the taste into a lingering bitter trailer. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Bottle. One of the neatest aromas I’ve ever smelled from a beer. The malts has a straw smell and there’s an earthy yeast aroma with dried fruit in the background. The hops smell like , get this, pot pipe resin. No kidding (and no I wasn’t smoking). Color is a hazy red/tan with tiny particles. There was really no head on this pour, maybe my fault. Taste is very complex, though a bit out of balance. Sweet, bitter and acidic to start and a long, dry, bitter finish. Body is medium and oily and the carbonation was soft, almost flat. Not my favorite Double IPA but it’s uniqueness makes me want (crave?) more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4707) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle in San Diego. Cloudy dark orange with a lasting creamy head. Orange and grapefruit aroma with some spruce and sweetness. Thick body. Tasty alcohol presence. Nice drinkable balance. Hard to believe the alcohol or the double hops. Light citrus flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (255) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2007
Very nice double IPA. It does everything right - while not being exceptional it is certainly very tasty. Outstanding balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2007
12 oz. bottle - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Has a light grassy/herbal hop aroma. Very light orange aroma in there too. Flavor is light caramel malt with some light citrus and floral hops. Nice balanced flavor. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. A little subduded for a 2IPA, but it’s still good. A nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Deep caramel, large foamy sandy colored head, sticky lacing.   Looks great!   Semi-sweet citrus infused hop nose, slight grapefruit and hop tea.   Rich malty background, hoppy yet not biting.   Very well balanced.   Bouquet of flavors, from floral to hops, with a rich malt bed.   Amazingly well balanced.   Full bodied, with a mouthfeel that is quite smooth.   Malts carry this beer quite a ways, with the hop aspect in check.   Did I mention well balanced?   Not overly bitter, but instead with a HUGE malt base, this is easily one of the better Imperial India Pale Ales I have had in a while.   Simple, yet complex, smooth yet tangy.   If there ever was a session IIPA, this is most definitely what I would drink.   Well done Mad River!

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