India Golden Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Golden Ale (Double India Pale Ale) – Breakside Brewery, 8.1% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Formerly a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing. IGA highlights the route that lots of new hop bombs are headed: light in body, lighter in color, and HUGE in citrus flavor and aroma. India Golden Ale or “I.G.A.” is a showcase for two relatively new hops, Mosaic and Eldorado. Mosaic gives the beer a bright mix of stonefruit and tropical flavors along with a big piney backbone. Eldorados are fruity and soften the finish. Breakside keeps the malt bill incredibly simple to allow the hops to take center stage in this elegant and beguiling beer. 8.1% ABV 60 IBU malts: 2 Row, British Munich hops: Mosaic, Eldorado, Chinook”


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Tropical fruity to grainy barley malt stealth alcohol subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a small 1mm head, half lacing, loose clusters of active streams.

Nose: passionfruit-tangerine brightness with a touch of grassy hop, very clean and inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, slightly creamy, citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), alcohol hit-low detection, passionfruit, mild pineapple, big tangerine citrusy, fruity-toffee barley malt

Finish: mild grapefruit bitter, tangerine exhale, off-dry bready grain, subtle bitter

Summary: Super stealth 8.1% ABV happening here, meaning that the complexity and balance matches its moderately high alcohol content. I wished for the tropical fruitness in the mids to last longer but instead the sweet barley kicks in a bit early.

Final Frontier DIPA – To Øl (Denmark)

Final Frontier (DIPA) – To Øl, 9% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


info from ratebeer.com:

“Efterfølgeren til To Øl humlesucces First Frontier er nu på banen og har navnet Final Frontier. Øllen er lige den tand mere af det hele end sin forgænger, med lidt ekstra krop, ekstra fylde, ekstra alkohol, ekstra smag og selvfølgelig ekstra humle. Dette giver en utrolig potent og samtidig velafbalanceret Double India Pale Ale! Øllen bør drikkes når du når din yderste grænse i det mest ekstreme vildernes, hvor eksistentialerne bliver sat på prøve og livet for alvor nydes!

Ingredienser: Vand, Malt, Havre, Humle (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) og Gær.

English: The sequel to To Øls Hop devil “First Frontier” is here and the name is Final Frontier. It is a hoppy DIPA with a little more of everything compared to its predecessor. We recommend taking this baby into the wild!

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oat, Hooooooopppppppsssssss (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) and yeast. ”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Supremely creamy smooth heavy alcoholic toffee soft grapefruit barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: excellent mouthfeel

Visual: Pours translucent luminescent orange with a large 3cm head, a 1cm layer of retention, ultra-sticky lacing, tight clustered slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasty bready toffee barley malt, dull citrus hop overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: super smooth thick-creamy entry, incoming alcoholic malts

Mid-palate: continuously creamy, background subdued tanginess, (lvl-5-sweetness), thick toffee-grapefruit citrus barley malt,

Finish: resiny-numbing hops, residual medium hopped bitterness

Summary: Quite a bold one, monstrously meaty toffee malts and a somewhat dull grapefruit hop component. It drinks on the darker, weightier side, but still has enough tangy brightness to keep it balanced. You can certainly taste the Danish To Øl quality.

Pure Hoppiness DIPA – Alpine Beer Company (Alpine, CA, USA)

Pure Hoppiness Double India Pale Ale – Alpine Beer Company, 8.0% ABV, 12 oz., (Alpine, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

This mega-hopped, West Coast-Style India Pale Ale will take you to hop heaven! We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting edge ‘hop bite.’ Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. Drink better beer so… drink Alpine ale or go to bed!”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Balanced grassy citrus/dry peach toffee malt dry bitter hopped finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $5 (after 12.5% off) – 12 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: clean DIPA without being excessive

Visual: Pours deep copper orange with a small but lasting foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of steady clustered streams.

Nose: peachy-grapefruity citrus hop oils. (lvl-6)-pungency – (optimal at cellar temp)

Attack: crisp, thick and smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangerine hop oils, (lvl-4-sweetness), toffee’d barley malt, subdued zingy alcohol

Finish: big-rounded orange citrusy hopped bitterness, dry grassiness, clean finish

Summary: Seemingly simple yet it’s because it is so balanced. What surprised me was how superbly sippable this was – the hops linger just long enough, without being overly harsh at any point. Very nice.

Heelch O’Hops DIPA – Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (Boonville, CA, USA)

Heelch O’Hops Double India Pale Ale – Anderson Valley Brewing Company, 8.7% ABV, 22 oz., (Boonville, California, USA)


on the front-left label:

“A color of polished brass with copper tints and a wavy, dense tan head. Aromas of California citrus and aromatic biscuits, with hints of fresh redwood needles greet your nose.  An assertive hop bitterness is delivered to your palate, and balanced beautifully with a malty richness and long, warm, and hoppy finish.”

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  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Heavy alcoholic biscuity barley malt orange/grapefruit citrus grassy numbing bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $11.40 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: mostly

Visual: Pours orangish-brown with a very small head, half-sticky lacing, thin big island retention, steady singular streams

Nose: sweet whiskey’d alcoholic barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fine-creamy full CO2, incoming heavy malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), biscuity-toffee malts, tangy orange/grapefruit citrus, alcohol heavy

Finish: grassy woody bitter hops, residual alcoholic barley malt sweet, palate numbing bitter.

Summary: Good bold biscuity malt flavour backed by significant citrus hopped bitterness. It drinks quite alcoholic heavy, not the smoothest DIPA that I’ve had.

La Vache Folle Aramis Double IPA – Microbrasserie Charlevoix (Quebec, Canada)

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La Vache Folle Aramis Double IPA – Microbrasserie Charlevoix, 9% ABV, 500 ml., (Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

This 9th Vache Folle Double India Pale Ale is intended to introduce a new hop variety. Aramis !!! A floral and spicy hop variety from Alsace. Enjoy!

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Alcohol zingy-tangy partial dark fruit apricot sweet barley malty tongue numb dry bitter hops.
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours translucent orange-brown with a small 1mm lasting creamy head, hazy creamy islands for retention, half-sticky lacing, clusters of steady and fast streams.

Nose: perfumed apricot, fleshy peach (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: alcohol forward bitterness, tangy-zingy acidity, (lvl-7-sweetness), almost dark fruit, apricot, faint lemon, medium heavy sweet barley malt

Finish: tongue numbness, nutmeg, alcoholic heat, dry short bitter hops.

Summary: Very tangy-zingy for a IIPA, also quite alcohol forward. It doesn’t quite have that uplifting counterbalance for the 9% ABV to make it truly exceptional.

He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 10% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Shocking flavors – Far beyond contemporary community standards. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. 10% alc. — Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70 — Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal


  • Style: Double / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Superfine creamy resiny grapefruit bitter hop toffee malt smooth
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, try it to believe it

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours deep mahogany brown with a long lasting ultra-creamy small head, sticky micro lacing, super fine layer of 1mm retention, clusters of snail speed streams near the surface.

Nose: toffee barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: superfine creamy smooth, thick-dense mouthfeel, suspended micro CO2

Mid-palate: grapefruit bitter hops, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee toasted barley malt, resiny, trace metallic

Finish: sweet-heavy alcohol hit, dry rye malt.

Summary: Super duper creamy mouthfeel unlike most others, stealth 10% ABV hits hard once it’s all over. Very drinkable, up there.

St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 8% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-continuing on, the 2nd flavour of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“Our master brewer uses the word ‘intense’ to describe St. Ambroise Double India Pale Ale. If you like hops and you like malt, you will love the ctirus aromas and the full-bodied taste of this unfiltered St.Ambroise Double India Pale Ale.”

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  • Style: (Double) Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Creamy full toffee barley malt citrus grapefruit peel bitter heavy flat finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: Pours cloudy carrot orange with a smallish dissipating head, 1mm layer of retention, loose slow steady streams.

Nose: orange-tangerine hop oils, light malt background. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine CO2, incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: fullness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, orange citrus, light-tangy, alcohol detection

Finish: soft compounding bitter grapefruit peel bitterhops, clean but flat finish.

Summary: Longer flavours and a more prevalent bitter hop profile than their regular IPA that I just tasted. The initial mouthfeel and body are good, but I feel the finish ends somewhat short.