I beg your forgiveness my fellow IPA lovers. It’s been way too long since my last review. I have them backed up like flights coming into SFO. Well, this next one, is one to stand up and take notice of. I have an instant knee-jerk reaction to any ale that has some weird additive…such as honey. Honey? Gimme a break, I wouldn’t have tried this Double IPA if I had known that, but as usual I just bought this from the cool label with the Spruce Goose, from my favorite local ale outlet, the Willows Market with their largest selection of crafts beer in the bay area. What’s not to like right? Anyway, this double IPA blew me away. Wow. It is really, really good. It’s not over-the-top hoppy, which, BTW, I do love. It’s an incredibly well-balanced ale deserving a spot in the double IPA hall of fame. It is for sure in my top 5 favorites. It’s very good.
Here is the commercial description:
Assertive and drinkable. Double IPA is California’s gift to beer lovers. Ours is brewed with four distinctly American hops: Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe, all beautifully balanced by five malts and generous additions of local orange blossom honey. An intense sensory experience — the fresh aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit with the bold taste of hops and sweet honey. Additional Information: This beer was first brewed to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in 2010. The Double IPA style is distinctly American, and so are the flavors of the specific hops used. This beer was an instant hit (Southern Californians do love their hops!) and we plan on brewing it throughout the year whenever our production schedule allows it.
Alcohol Content: 9.0%