Double Mountain – Molten Lava Imperial IPA: Brewed in Hood River, OR at strength of 9% abv with 90 IBU’s, this Imperial IPA was poured into a nonic glass and enjoyed recently while vacationing in Portland.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a hazy orange gold colour with 2 fingers of foam, some sporadic bubbles and a lot of chunky stuff. The aroma is spicy mango, subdued grapefruit and tangerine citrus, some clove and lemon.
Flavour: Initially I got a lot of sticky bready malt, some toasty caramel in the middle and a piney herbal finish with grapefruit bitterness. Overall pretty balanced and works together well.
Overall Impression: Compared to the Hop Lava, this has less of a bitter kick likely because of the extra malt. It’s pretty drinkable and hides the booze well and I really like the label art on this one too.
Rating: I give it a 7/10 (very good), the chunkiness threw me off a little, it’s always nice to have a bit of warning on the label (like the words bottle conditioned or unfiltered) that way you can control your pour a little better. Something about having loads of white flakes in your beer just isn’t a turn on. That being said, it still tastes great.
Food Pairing: Crackers with cheese and a spicy jalapeno jam would be great with this.
So far this guys have been pretty solid here is a link to their brewery site. Any other recommendations from this place?