Double IPA is becoming the new hippest thing since IPA, and that can get a bit overwhelming. I would have always assumed a double IPA to just be more bitter than a usual IPA. What I find now with some double IPAs is something so fragrant and outstanding that it is beyond a usual experience.
Appearance: Transparent amber with a copper glow and very lively bubbles rising to a half-inch head that settles calmly to about a centimeter of white foam.
Nose: Very mellow tropical and floral notes along with some peach, citrus, lavender and vanilla.
Taste: One of the best double IPAs around. Such fresh piney floral notes expanding as you sip. Citrus comes through on the taste. Don't get me wrong, this is bitter, but a kind of bitterness that makes you enjoy life, and fresh rain, puppies, trees, and rainbows. It's good.
Mouthfeel: I prefer this mouthfeel to any other double IPA, including Pliny the Elder. Past dry and into thirst qunchingly delicious. It finishes quite clean and lets you taste the brewing expressions throughout your experience.
I would bring in the fall season with this ale as it is fresh right now. Go seasonal, find it fresh, and grab this as your companion this weekend. I highly recommend this as one of the best double IPAs available today and a complete exposition of the Galaxy (with Citra) hops and West coast double IPA style of brewing.
Tongue Tickles / Double IPA / 8.00% ABV / Noble Ale Works
Final Score: 9.6/10