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9.1% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Brown with a reddish hue. Minimal head.
Aroma: Very sweet. Butterscotch notes.
Taste: Malty with bitterring hops on the backside.
Mouthfeel: Tangy with medium body.

Falling Down’s DIPA is a textbook double IPA with a few unique twists. The appearance is fairly standard for a high ABV DIPA.The nose is hugely sweet with a caramel and burnt sugar qualities. The taste consists of a malty backbone and a wave of hops to finish. Just be sure to exude caution on how many pints you have at 9.1% ABV.

12% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Caramel colored with a small head.
Aroma: Primarily fruit with a hint of bitterness.
Taste: Fruitier than most double IPAs, malty with a medium amount of bitterness. Some earthy flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Smoother than expected. Medium bodied.

For a double IPA, Dark Horse certainly gets its Double Crooked Tree right. Peaches and other fruit help balance out the bitterness (not to mention the high ABV) of this beer, while earthy, piney flavors give it a bit of a crispness at the back of the tongue. All in all this is surprisingly balanced, and one of the better DIPAs I’ve had.

10.1% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Cloudy caramel with a medium head.
Aroma: Hops with a bit of a fruity smell.
Taste: A bit of citrus, tangy fruit with some moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This imperial IPA from Greenbush is full of flavor. Featuring an orange and grapefruit front, this brew is moderately bitter to help balance it out. Despite its ABV, Brother Benjamin is a surprisingly drinkable IPA.

9% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Clear, orangish-amber in color, medium white head.
Aroma: Faceful of grassy and citrus hops with whiffs of biscuity, grainy malts.
Taste: Citrus hops dominate up front, followed by biscuity and bready malt flavors mid-palate, and a lingering bitter bite and warm alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, a wee bit of astringency.

Inspired by Arbor Brewing co-owner and founder Matt Greff, Mr. Delicious Double IPA was created for lovers of big, bold flavors, whether in their beer, in their cuisine, or in their life in general. According to its official description, it pairs well with “salty cured meats, strong stinky cheeses, whiskey and cigars.” From my experience, it’s definitely man cave-approved.

10% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Clear and golden. Minimal head that sticks to the side of the glass.
Aroma: Strong hop presence. Hints of citrus, pine and floral.
Taste: Citrus and tart twinge. Sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium, bready body. Malty, but not too heavy.
Bell’s The Oracle is the Michigan Brewery’s take on a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale. The name is fitting as this DIPA is sought after but not always found due to its limited release. The aroma and bitter flavors make it clear that this IPA had a lot of hop loving from start to finish. Yet, it is still smooth from first sip to the last swig. The malt-hop balance created with this seasonal by Bell’s will have you seeking its wise counsel.

10% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Clear and golden. Minimal head that sticks to the side of the glass.
Aroma: Strong hop presence. Hints of citrus, pine and floral.
Taste: Citrus and tart twinge. Sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium, bready body. Malty, but not too heavy.

Bell’s The Oracle is the Michigan Brewery’s take on a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale. The name is fitting as this DIPA is sought after but not always found due to its limited release. The aroma and bitter flavors make it clear that this IPA had a lot of hop loving from start to finish. Yet, it is still smooth from first sip to the last swig. The malt-hop balance created with this seasonal by Bell’s will have you seeking its wise counsel.