Review: Vaporizer, Double Mountain

Double Mountain Brewery — Hood River, OR

  • Style:  Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  55 IBUs
  • ABV:  6.0%  
  • Malts:  Gambrinus Pilsner
  • Hops:  Challenger
  • Sampled:  500 ml. bottle

Description: "Featuring a locally-grown hop variety and our house pilsner malt, this dry-hopped pale ale is light-colored, alluringly herbal & supremely tasty." — Double Mountain Brewery

Random thoughts:  Vaporizer is Double Mountain's dry-hopped Pale Ale. The Challenger hops used in this beer come from one farm in Yakima Valley. I'm drinking it as part of my series on Double Mountain's newly released 500 ml. bottles.

The tasting:  Light golden in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of citrusy lemon, and grass. Flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of a grainy and biscuit-like malt. The malt backbone is light and puts the bright hop flavors towards the forefront. Hop bitterness is low (even though it's rated at 55 IBUs) and alcohol is not noticeable in flavor or aroma. Vaporizer is light bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes the the same citrus and grass flavors that introduced the beer.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Vaporizer is a very nice beer. It's light, refreshing, and very sessionable. I'm just not a big fan of grassy hop flavors--but that's my personal taste. If you're looking for a Pale Ale that's not overly bitter and has some unique flavors not found in the typical Pale Ale, give Vaporizer a try!

Have you tasted Vaporizer.  What's your favorite Double Mountain beer?

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