Saturday, September 10, 2016

10 Barrel Brewing Dub Double IPA

Beer Name: Dub
Brewery: 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, OR)
ABV: 9.8%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Johns Marketplace (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.99 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Purchased: July 9, 2016
Date Opened: July 27, 2016
When brewed? Limited-time/rotating beer.
IBUs: 100+

(No official description on the bottle or website. Other websites describe this as a malty and very hop-forward or hop-intense beer.)

Where distributed: As of July 2016, 10 Barrel Brewing ships to select states. I know they can at least be found on the West Coast (CA, OR, WA, ID). See if 10 Barrel ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Initially poured hazy burnt orange into a pint glass, cleared up after several minutes. Frothy off-white head, with minimal lacing on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Significant malt. Tropical citrus, getting grapefruit and tangerine. Dank and very hoppy. This is awesome. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Very hop-forward and dank-forward. Mostly grapefruit on the tropical aspect and full of flavor throughout. Pleasing bitterness. You'll feel the octane, but the taste of that octane is well masked. A delicious beer. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied. Syrupy-bitter. Leaves a dry tongue. Pretty much what I expected. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Double IPA. In the past, I have made 10 Barrel Brewing's Joe IPA one of my solid go-to beers. Dub has cemented a place as yet another kickass option if I want something stronger. The dankness and tropical nature here has some comparisons to Block 15 Sticky Hands and Noble Ale Works' Dank You For Being a Friend. Any beer that can pack that tropical, full-flavored experience (without going overboard on octane) gets a solid recommendation, and Dub fits that description. Also a reasonable $7.99 for this bomber. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.5/5

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