Saturday, March 16, 2013

Double D Double IPA

Originally a one-time release, Double D IPA is the latest addition to the year-round list of beers from Old Dominion Brewing. The promotional package I received recently also included another beer in the brewery's "pinup" series, Morning Glory Espresso Stout, as well as a sample of Cherry Blossom Lager. It should be no surprise to regular readers that I opted to try out the IPA first. I look forward to sharing my experience with the other two beers in the near future.

A fairly robust pour builds a small, but persistent head over the dark orange beer. Copious creamy lacing is left in the glass. The aroma is sweet malt, grass and a hint of alcohol. The flavor profile combines a sweet malt base, with grapefruit pith and resiny pine. The sweet malt predominates and overtakes the citrus notes at the end, leaving an astringent and sweet finish. The 9% ABV provides some warmth. The overall impression tends towards a mild Barleywine, though in my mind, there is a blurry line between a Double IPA and a Barleywine Style Ale.

The artwork for both the Double D and Morning Glory packaging is based on the WWII practice whereby a pilot would embellish the nose of his airplane with a very personal piece of art. Though often frowned upon by the upper echelon, these paintings were intended to inspire and motivate with their provocative nature. Also in the package I received were two 17" x 11" heavy paper posters of the artwork for Double D and Morning Glory. They'll make nice additions to the breweriana corner in the basement.

Bottles of Double D IPA are showing up on store shelves now. And, in good news for craft beer fans in Ohio and Michigan, your states are included in the Old Dominion distribution range.

The beer reviewed here was a promotional sample from the brewery. My impressions are provided of my own free will and mind. The only outside influence being the beer itself.

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