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Review of Old Dominion Double D

01 Apr

Hello everyone.  I hope all is well.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Old Dominion Double D produced by the Old Dominion Brewing Company located in Dover, Delaware.

I can’t get anything from Old Dominion in my area, so I had to coax this brew out of a friend from Google+. Thanks “friend”!!!!  😉

The website, olddominion.com, was currently undergoing some maintenance, so I jumped over to ratebeer.com and found this….

This is a full-bodied American style double IPA brewed with five styles of malts and four different hops. This deep copper colored ale will be served unfiltered to maximize flavor and also dry hopped during the secondary fermentation to ensure a gracious hop aroma. Cheers from us to you and may you enjoy it with friends.

Let’s drink.

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This brew came in a 22 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 10.2%.

It poured a reddish to caramel color with some orange hues showing through when held toward the light.  The crown was off white, sized ok, and just a touch soapy with a bunch of tightly compacted bubbles.  The retention time was alright, however the lacing was a bit meager.

The nose presented a very conspicuous dose of caramel malt.  Hints of pine and sticky resin as well as wafts of deep grapefruit and dried orange peel.  It almost had a kind of cotton candy aroma.  A small whiff of alcohol came through at the back end, but all in all, I found it to be a solid bouquet.

The taste was a touch more floral than the aroma.  Still a lot of the sweet caramel malt and resin though.   Some citrus was discovered, although it wasn’t a “bright” citrus like a lot of Double IPA’s seem to have.  The orange was more subdued than the grapefruit and the grapefruit was not overpowering.  It’s more malt forward for sure.  Albeit, considerably bitter and sugary.

The mouthfeel was a solid medium.  Smooth, sticky, chewy, slick and dry.  The carbonation was medium to medium/low.  A good deal of warmth was felt from the ABV too and enough flavor was left on the palate to be enjoyed between sips.

Overall, I thought this was a good beer.  Like I mentioned before, it was a little more malt forward with the caramel than I had anticipated, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It’s a fairly easy drink for such a big beer and it’s definitely worth a try if you can obtain a bottle.  One thing about it….  I absolutely love the label.  I’m totally into those classic “pin-up” girls.  So, if you happen to try the Old Dominion Double D let me know what you think.  I’d be interested in hearing your opinion.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5

Grade:  B+

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Country: USA, Old Dominion

 

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