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RATINGS: 621   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Within this lush Double IPA thrive citrus-bearing wooden, spicy hops, efficient companions to the caramel and bread crumb flavors generously offered by the malts. I would expect no less quality from a West Coast I2PA and Mad River delivers with this intense yet balanced number.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The hop fruitiness is rather orangey, quickly developing into hop cologne when accompanied by the wooden components.
-The mouthfeel is one of its best features, imho; plump, comfortable, never syrupy.
-This may not be as bright as my favorite Double IPA examples, but it sure is a very pleasant West Coast hop fix.
-Light alcohol warmth is felt alongside the hop bitterness.

Bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7556) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle. Orange/pine hops aroma. Hazy orange-amber color with large head and nice lacing. Strong pine hops and sweet caramel hops flavor. Nicely blended. A pleasure to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Comes in a stubby 12 oz bottle with a slightly different label than pictures. No apparent date. Pours into my american pint glass with a full 2 finger, lumpy, off-white head and a murky apple cider colored body. Smells very sweet and citrusy, very nice for a DIPA. California styled in the scent department for sure. Taste has a decent malt backbone but the hops are the main show with some cirtus lemon and grapefruit notes and a bitter finish. Not as intense as its other west coast counterparts, but still a solid tasting DIPA. Mouthfeel is a little too smooth for me. Overall a decent offering in the DIPA category, not to malty, and enough hops to excite the palate somewhat, it is a bit pedestrian but is better than the lower tier beers such as Maximus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottled. Poured slightly hazy medium golden with a well-retained, sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit and pine resin over lighter fruit and pale malty sweetness. The flavor had building alcohol-fueled pine bitterness as it progressed, with grapefruit and pale malts at the core.. rather rough and resiny on the back-end with too much booze present.. sweet, grainy, and stong pine finish. Medium-plus bodied and strong on the palate with only decent balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Tom’s Detailed Rating Notes Tasting.
I feel a little sorry for this beer. Not because there is anything wrong with it but because it had to follow a Cuvée de Tomme and a J & J Blauw so was never going to bowl me over. Darkish golden brown with a slim white head. Good fruity hoppage with loads of grassy notes. Lovely and citric. Quite mellow considering the abv. Not amazing but a decent enough IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Draft. Copper color with a nice off-white head. Citrus and caramel aroma. Citrus/caramel/slight hay flavor. Not as bitter as many IIPAs. Lingering bitterness, lots of caramel backing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
12 oz bottle that poured a hazy orange copper with nice tan head. It has a sizable aroma that seems to be both grapefruit and pine hops as well as some sweet malt. The malt seems to cause the tart grapefruit smell much sweeter. Wow, juicy bitter grapefruit flavor that flows into sweeter and sweeter citrusiness as the malts ante up and kick in. Just beyond midway bitter pine hops join the fun. Ends as any IPA or IIPA should with tasty hoppiness right into the after taste. High on the Yumminess scale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Deep orange colour, off white head. This is a malt-heavy IIPA, with a sweeter profile, still with an abundance of hops, ending with an aspirin-like bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
On tap at the Davis Graduate. Pours amber with a modest off-white head and a burnt toast aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with subtle hop bitterness Very well-balanced.


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