Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Otter Creek/Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Dose IPA

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (989) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
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. 
Grade: 9/10