I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $5.99 ($0.50 per ounce).
Appearance: Golden/orange hue, almost glowing. Opaque with haziness,
some sediment can be seen floating in the liquid. Pours to a large,
off-white, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: An almost paradoxical combination of tropical/stone fruits and garlic/locker room character.
Taste: I hate to judge a beer before I even drink it, but I predicted
what Double Dose IPA would taste like before I even opened the bottle,
and only one sip it I was vindicated. I’ve noticed a lot of New England
breweries have been making strong IPAs that are very similar (though I
think they’re all based on one beer that comes in a silver can). With
the exception of the mouthfeel, this one really isn’t any different. It
is a delicious brew, though.
It begins with the tropical fruit sweetness that emanates from the nose.
Papaya, guava, passion fruit along with a lot of pale malts like honey,
amber and six-row make up the first half of the palette. It’s actually
quite refreshing while it’s crossing the tongue. Once the swallow is
commenced, the beer changes on a dime into something much more rustic,
spicy and earthy. Strong garlic and onion flavors emerge out of
seemingly nowhere, creating for a contrasting taste experience. I can
even detect them in my nasal cavity. The hops linger on the tongue,
leaving an almost pasty sensation, yet are still bitterly dry. While
this is a fun beer to drink, it’s actually a little old hat by now (and
overpriced as well).
Drinkability: While Double Dose IPA may be quite familiar-tasting, the
delivery process is a bit different. The mouthfeel here is calmer,
softer, and smoother. There’s an almost creamy texture to this brew,
which is pleasant and comfortable. There only a little alcohol
noticeable, though that’s not surprising considering it is 8.5% ABV,
though it works with the palette to create for a slight vanilla
character. It almost drinks a little too easily.