The second of my tastes of Montana was better than the first. I’m glad it was, too – I hate enjoying a good beer and following it up with a bummer. Kettlehouse Double Haul IPA isn’t for the hop heads out there but it’s a tasty, balanced IPA all the same.
Now, although MY opinion of this India Pale Ale is that it’s less hoppy than many, Kettlehouse’s website begs to differ, stating that it “scores big with our hop-headed friends.” Despite these two differing views, this brew did win a 2008 gold metal from the North American Brewers Association, so super-hopped or not, it does have some finer points.
Double Haul IPA poured a golden amber with a fluffy white head that stuck around for quite some time. From the look of the pour, this ale looked like it would be far fuller-bodied than the Bitter Root I reviewed yesterday (which again, I do not recommend). Double Haul’s aroma was quite floral with a hint of sweet, honey-bread malt.
Tight-bubbled carbonation was evident on the tip and under the sides of my tongue, but its body overall was medium-heavy. Very nice weight and mouthfeel to this IPA. As I mentioned before, the palate of Double Haul is very balanced; it is neither hoppy nor malty, but right in between. I taste some citrusy, floral hops in the front, finishing with a sweet fruit—almost near berry flavor—in the finish. Any bitterness is nicely backed by that hint of bready malt for a really good balance.
I liked this IPA and would most definitely drink it again, if I had the chance. Plus, at 6.5% ABV, Double Haul would make a tasty session beer. Sure, it’s a little high for a long session but, you can handle it.
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