Double Pacific Ale

Virginia
United States
Double Pacific Ale Devils Backbone Thunder Road Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

We created this beer with Thunder Road Brewing Company from Australia. A strong Australian-style ale. Pacific ale is an emerging style that uses fruiter hops grown in Australia and New Zealand, for this US brew the team used Aussie galaxy hops and a combination of malts for smooth, tropical notes.

Profile

ABV: 
8.4%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
42° F
Hops: 
Galaxy
Malts: 
Superior Pilsen, Pale Wheat, Acidulated
Judges Review 
Phil Farrell's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is a light yellow color that forms a medium-sized white head with good retention. There is some haze that detracts from the appearance slightly. As the head drops, it laces the glass. The aroma leads with some earthiness layered with grapefruit, herb, and even a little tropical hop character and is rounded out by some light biscuit malt and a trace of alcohol in the form of a flowery, perfume-like note. A very clean fermentation is apparent, with only a mild berry character emerging as it warms. In the flavor, a big, spicy hop character with a citrus aftertaste is found, which is not that bitter, but the alcohol gives the impression of a substantial beer. The malt is much more apparent in the flavor, adding a distinct sweetness at the midpoint and lasting through to the aftertaste. There is also a lingering, alcoholic bitterness that resolves to pine resin and spiciness as the last things you taste before the flavor ends. The sudden appearance of sweetness is surprising because the flavor starts as if it will end being bone dry. A medium body and medium carbonation ends with a very noticeable but smooth alcohol. There is a bit of stickiness on the palate that gives the beer a fuller sensation than a drier beer might have, but it is still smoother than your typical IPAs. Overall, I like the hop choices in this beer, and it's more bitter, sweeter and flavorful than the aroma indicates. An American Strong Ale that lives in a house at the corner of Double IPA Drive and Barleywine Boulevard.

Brewery Introduction

One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real “craft” beer experience started a trend in the Crandall... Read More

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