Double Mountain Killer Green Fresh Hop IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on November 16, 2015 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Double Mountain Brewery
- Origin: Hood River, OR, US
- Rated On: November 16, 2015
- Best Before: bottled September 22, 2015
- ABV: 7.6%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 500ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which leaves some decent splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of gritty pale and caramel malt, sugary mint, muddled citrus zest, and mixed herbal, leafy, and pine hop astringencies. The taste is more grainy, kind of bready caramel malt, orange and white grapefruit rind, a further subtle tropical fruitiness, still active herbal mint notes, and some level earthy, weedy, floral, and piney hoppiness. The bubbles are fairly understated in their generic and kind of pandering frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of burbling alcohol starting to tug away at things. It finishes off-dry, the base caramel gaining a mild meaty character, while that leafy mint thing trundles on, and the other ‘fresh’ hop players put ‘er in neutral.
More fresh hopped beer, more unusual taste and aroma profiles, ok, so be it. Interesting enough, I suppose, what with the herbal/mint essence pushing to the forefront, but, like with pumpkin beers this time of year, I’m starting to yen for the ‘regular’ version of the styles I’ve come to know and love. Enter, over the top holiday brews, already!