Saturday, July 18, 2015

Knee Deep Brewing Lupulin River Double IPA

Beer Name: Lupulin River Double IPA
Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Co. (Auburn, CA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors (Honolulu, HI)
Price: $8.99 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Purchased: May 30, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: May 30, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer
IBUs: "Ask Jeremy" (unknown)

Where distributed: Knee Deep Brewing ships to a handful of states, including Hawaii, California, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Knee Deep Brewing only recently started shipping to Oregon. See if Knee Deep Brewing ships to your area!

What's on the Website: "This Double IPA includes Mosaic and Simcoe hops, South American specialty malt, and tons of tastiness. Looks like liquid gold, smells like a bright tropical fruit pine forest, and tastes like all that and more."

Appearance (5%): Poured a clear golden color into a pint glass. A few millimeters of white head upon pouring. Lots of tiny bubbles on the surface after the head disappears. Some lacing remains on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Amazing aroma; a mix of tropical fruit, pine, and floral notes. Light sweet malt characteristics. A huge fan. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): The delicious floral and pine experience hits first, with the dank citrus bite showing controlled teeth on the aftertaste. Extremely smooth. Heck, my dad enjoyed this one. I'm slowly converting him, folks. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body and refreshing. The beer slightly coats the tongue and produces a wonderful dank bite. Nice carbonation. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. The Mosaic and Simcoe hops really bring that wonderful tropical experience. I had to get this after a Tamura's employee all but gave this beer his highest recommendation -- then I saw many rave reviews from BeerAdvocate and RateBeer. At $9 for a 22 oz. bottle, this Double IPA is well worth the price. A must-try for Double IPA lovers. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.713/5

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