Yo LIBA Nation, whattup? I’ve been traveling a ton lately, spending a week in Los Angeles and a week in New Orleans since the end of August and sadly, my beer blogging has suffered. Mind you, I’ve been drinking a lot of beer but blogging, not so much.
Today I was finally able to catch up on work and life, and rewarded myself with a nice long run. Good thing, too, because I’ve got just a month left before Josh and Melissa come to D.C. for a beery weekend and the Army 10-Miler race.
But enough about me – you came here for the beer review. I’m cracking open Great Divide’s Rumble oak-aged IPA. It’s the last of the brews left from my previous beer run, and I’m a huge fan of Great Divide, so how better to cap off a great day?
Rumble pours our a clear copper color, with a nice little foam crown that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The oak aging really comes through on the aroma with plenty of sweet woody notes.
I get a lot of that oak aging on the taste, too. Rumble starts off with a great balance of pine hops and a bit of citrus, before shifting into a sweet middle full of vanilla and oak, and ending on a caramel and woodsy end note. That end note really sticks around with a ton of sweetness.
Bottom line – if you see Rumble, buy Rumble. It’s balanced between hops, oaks, and sweetness, and it’s incredibly drinkable.
Today’s an overcast and drizzly Saturday, and in a change of pace from the past two weekends, I’m just lazily chilling out at home. Biked to the farmer’s market, did some yoga, and started my fantasy football draft prep – all in all, a great day so far.
But now with so much accomplished, it’s time to reward myself with a nice review beer…and of course share my thoughts with LIBA Nation! I’m cracking open Founders Double Trouble, an imperial IPA with a big-boy 9.4% ABV. Good thing I don’t have to be anywhere soon, I guess.
The pour is pretty standard, golden straw-yellow color with a bit of white foamy crown, which leaves a nice lacing on my pint glass. I get faint but consistent hoppiness on the aroma, definitely of the stanky West Coast variety.
Tastewise, as Founders’ says, the “hops will get you coming and going.” Double Trouble is definitely a hop-head’s beer, full of piney and bitter hops on the front. Through the middle I got a respite from the hops with a bit of citrus, but Double Trouble smacks you in the mouth with a bitter, copper dank hoppy ending. Seriously, hops dominate this brew and the mouthfeel sticks around forever.
Stanky and bitter hops are among my favorite attributes for a beer, so this one’s up my alley. However, I don’t think I’d stick to Double Trouble all night, and I don’t think this is for the casual beer drinker or someone who’s on the fence when it comes to hops.