Friday, January 27, 2017

Claremont Double IPA (Dude Series)


Beer Name: Double IPA (Dude Series)
Brewery: Claremont Craft Ales (Claremont, CA)
ABV: 8.5%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $9.49 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: September 5, 2016
Date Purchased: September 28, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: October 19, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer. Part of their "Dude Series."
IBUs: 100+





What's on the Bottle: "Known to our taproom regulars as 'Double Dude', this double IPA is a hop-lover's dream. We start with a crisp pale beer and dry-hop it multiple times with Simcoe and Summit hops. The result is a surprisingly balanced beer with nice grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit aromas."

What's on the Website: "Second only to Jacaranda at the CCA Tasting Room, out double IPA is a hop-lover's dream. We start with a pale dry beer with over 100 IBUs and then dry-hop it multiple times with ridiculous amounts of Simcoe and Falconer's Flight hops. The result is a surprisingly balanced beer with beautiful grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit aromas." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of October 2016, Claremont beers are only found in Southern California. Click here to see if Claremont beers are found near you!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head. Very carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles. Trace lacing on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Combination of tropical (grapefruit, passion fruit) and stone fruit (mango). Some complementing malt. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward and slightly dank with some malt. All seems to blend in with tropical nature that is predominantly grapefruit, trace mango. Slight octane. Quite delicious; flavor from start to finish. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slightly dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. As I now venture into the Double IPAs (which I intentionally saved for last), I am getting what I expected: more flavor, a bit more octane, but still a lovely tropical punch. Probably above average on the price at $9.49. Still the best of the Claremont beers so far. One more to try! 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.325/5

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