Hoperation Overload

Illinois
United States
Destihl Brewery Hoperation Overload Double IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Our mission for this Imperial or 'Double' India Pale Ale is to overload the beer with hops for an intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma while still being balanced by a big malt profile, resulting in a hoppy beer with more dimension. This beer is light copper in color with some hop haze from overloading with dry hops as well.

Profile

ABV: 
9.6%
IBUs: 
85
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Double IPAs are a study in extremes, but too many fizzle out on the palate for lack of character or balance. This one is OK, but that's it – just OK. It stops short of “failing,” but it doesn’t quite succeed either.

The beer pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that fades quickly (unsurprising in a hop-heavy, high-alcohol beer). The aroma shows low levels of orange and pineapple, with a moderately warm alcohol note. It’s surprisingly restrained, even as the beer warms and with some rousing in the glass.

The citrus hop flavor is moderate and quickly overtaken by intense bitterness, which is fine for the style). The bittering is balanced by the sweet alcohols, which are just a touch hot and linger in the aftertaste. Overall, it yields a balanced but flawed finish. The beer is also fairly syrupy and slick in the mouth. further lowering its score.