Juicy Double

American Double IPA Goose Island Beer Co.

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Juicy Double, an American Double IPA by Goose Island Beer Co.

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Juicy Double is an American Double IPA brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal-clear marigold hue and is topped by a thick stack of rocky, bone-white foam. Chunks of lace and residue cling to the sides as the head slowly recedes. A continuous stream of bubbles rises in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is a mix of tart citrus and tropical fruit. Piney hops and honey are also present.

Flavor

The palate begins with a blend of cracker malt and mild piney hops. From there the tasting turns sweet with orange juice and honey. The finish counters with a splash of grapefruit juice and a low dose of pine.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and slick with a body that’s a shade over medium with moderate carbonation. Somewhat cloying in the middle, it finishes dry with a warming alcohol sensation.

Overall

Juicy Double certainly lives up to its name. Brewed with orange juice, its palate smacks of tropical fruit. In fact, it’s a little too sweet. Even as the beer warms, its taste changes little. This is a brew that could use additional hopping, maybe some spices, or perhaps a barrel-aged treatment. It needs something to counter that juicy sweetness.

As is, the Juicy Double has a nice appearance. Its aroma is pleasant. The feel is a little sticky but acceptable. Its palate has a nice flavor even if it lacks the hops expected for the style. So if you don’t mind your IPAs a little on the sweet side, this could be your brew.

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About the American Double IPA

Also known as an Imperial IPA, the American Double IPA is a stronger and higher hopped version of the American IPA. The style originated in the 1990s when craft breweries wanted to provide a more intense offering to hopheads. The DIPA has more hop bitterness than Strong Ales and Barleywines but has less alcohol.