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Review by tavernjef on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
"Doppel IPA" - From the label: 19º P : 100 IBU

"This limited DIPA is the result of a collaboration between brewmasters Kjetil Jikium, Nøgne Ø, and Toshi Ishii, Yo-Ho Brewing, Japan."

"Ingredients: Grimstad water, pilsner malt, Munich malt, crystal malt, English ale yeast, and Millenium, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, and Brewers Gold hops"

Way too much foam with this stuff, annoyingly took four pours total to get all of it in my 20 oz tumbler glass. Having to wait quite a while before each pour is not ideal. But above and beyond that, its impressive to see. The color of this "Doppel IPA" is quite dark for an DIPA. Body is thick and musty looking. The color is a crimson tinted brownish amber with a bold orange glow around its edges. Lots of lacing to go with the huge amount of off-white foam thats of melted, crystalized marsh mellows.

Aroma is quite nice with a wondering array of herbal dry hops; quite leafy fresh and a big spike of pine behind it while a pale caramel tone backs it up. Pretty well heated too. Nearly barleywine-esk actually, i.e. Bigfoot, Old Crusty, Old Ruffian, Old Guardian...all come to mind.

Taste is mellow and balanced with a very big and rounded tone of paled caramel and sweet brown sugared bread. Hoppyness ensues from midrange to the its finish with a tall stand of piney bitterness and notes to herbal leafy dryness. Touches on oily, pithed, orangified citrus a bit here and there, as does some warmth. Stays mostly dry throughout with its paled caramel tone balancing well with the hoppy tones inbetween.

Smoothly dry and warming mediumish body. Hoppy textured in dryness and fluffy cottened pineyness and leafyness with slight bittering notes about the back end of the palate. Well mixed drying finish with late warming emerging after each sip.

A very solid effort by the Norwegians here, with the help of the Japanese. Its a melding of a worldly effort and of a barleywine meeting an IPA thats quite a nice treat if your willing to spend the nearly $12 per bottle.

Price: $12.00 Served In: Goblet

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