Style: American Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.5 IBU: 80

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

The Pike Brewing Co. Doubble Hopulus

What the brewers say

“This bright apricot-colored beer derives enticing flavors and aromas of stone fruits, pine, and melon from its complex hops blend of Chinook, Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe, and Amarillo. Our brewers have balanced these tastes with rich malt flavors.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A nice mix of floral and fruity bright hops. Grapefruit and honeysuckle. A touch of malt biscuit and bread crust character. The net effect is more amber ale than IIPA, but quite nice.”

Flavor: “So the aroma, so the flavor. More prominent grapefruit and a touch of pine character. A more pronounced malt character than often seen in this style, with nice bread crust and biscuit notes. There is a nice bitter through-line that keeps everything grounded in the IIPA category. The bitterness is not astringent but heightens some the stronger piney and pithy hop flavors.”

Overall: “A solid stalwart of an IIPA that executes well on classic norms of the style. Malt is big across the board, but not too sweet. Drinkable but in no way is this a hops-bomb like most of its competition.”



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