RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Malty, hoppy and robust, Double IPA is dry hopped with Amarillo hops for a fresh piney and citrus flavor and aroma. Aggressively hopped, but perfectly balanced.

Malts: 2-row pale malt, Carastan 30/37, Crystal 70/80 and Wheat
Bittering hops: Colombus and Brewerís Gold
Flavor Hops: Brewerís Gold, Chinook and Cascade
Finishing Hops: Cascade and Amarillo
Dry Hops: Amarillo

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Sampled courtesy of DYCSoccer17. Iced tea color with quickly-disappearing head. Peachy orangey, apricot-y hops make a show in the aroma, but are surprisingly wan for an IIPA. More peaches and some mango figure at first in the flavor, then a dull, somewhat sweet mixture of malts of various extraction. Really rounded, sweet finish with low (for an IIPA) amounts of bitterness, quite thick and sharp carbonation. Not bad, but pretty pedestrian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2007
12oz bottle. Shouldnít have drank this after eating hot sauce and hummus but damn it helped. Almost no head after the initial pour settles out, but the color is a nice peach and slightly opaque. Big sweaty armpit hops - caramelized grapefruit - and caramel malt in the nose. Sour grapefruit metallic flavor up front, itís a bit astringent and tastes a bit like sucking on a penny. Chewy bitterness, slick but full palate. Lacks freshness, lacks vibrancy in the hops, and feels weighted down by the body, by the sugars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
12 oz bottle from bottletrek.com. Pours a murky orange, with little to no head. I would have liked a bigger aroma, but you can smell the fruitness, mainly grapefruit and orange. Flavor was similiar, but a lot more noticeable. In addition, floral and piney notes came through near the end. Medium mouthfeel with a big hop bitterness that lingers. I thought the alcohol presence was just perfect. The beer was a bit sweet, could have been a bit more balanced, but overall a decent IIPA.

   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 (2570) - 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 (4387) - 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 (5902) - 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 (166) - 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 (3379) - 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.

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