Monday, August 4, 2014
Double Trouble Imperial IPA
Seventeen years ago today I was about to have a big church wedding ceremony and reception with someone I was already married to! Yep, four months earlier we got married for real in White Plains City Court in front of a judge, baliff and witness. To celebrate, I went to Ross and Target alone to buy clothes for the first time in a few years (I hate clothes shopping) while my wife went to the beach with some of her friends. And neither of us said "Happy Anniversary" anyway, LOL. (We celebrate in April.)
But I am celebrating today with a bottle of Founders Brewing's Double Trouble Imperial IPA. This has been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks and you know what they say about letting IPAs sit around, right? I also decided to really go all out and use my new Delirium Tremens glass and awesome new "You Earned It" brass bottle opener!
The label art is very cool and plays off the name of the beer. It shows a "two-in-one" face, depending on how you are looking at it. Right-side up is a dude with a mustache; upside down is a happy, clean-shaven man. He's probably happy because the beer is in his glass. 9.4% alcohol. 86 IBU. Bottled 06/04/2014.
Terrific fruity aroma full of apples and mangoes, fresh and quite hoppy. Nice bitterness up front with pungent, ripe hop flavors. Green and dank! Pine bitterness and spicy little nips on the tongue follow, along with some fruity citrus. Mild orange and pineapple sweetness add a hint of balance, though this leans more bitter by a good amount.
Some alcohol shows off and on, along with some accompanying dryness. Resinous pine bitterness lingers at the finish. Very enjoyable and highly recommended! But I'm back to All Day IPA now!