Founded in 2007 in Hood River, Ore., Double Mountain Brewery recently entered the Boise market. It produces a variety of year-round brews, all built around two-row pilsner malt sourced from British Columbia. I'm a big fan of pilsner malt--it imparts a definite smoothness to the brew. All of Double Mountain's lineup comes in 500-milliliter bottles, which include both bitterness unit info, as well as the bottling date. Here are three of its impressive brews.
Double Mountain Kolsch, $3.99-$4.99
A tribute to the style of beer native to Cologne (Koln), Germany, this beer is a very light straw pour with just a touch of haze and a decent egg-shell-white head. A little pepper crosses the nose along with sourdough bread, biscuit and light hops. Firm, tangy hops come through on the palate, which is a nice combo of soft malt, fresh grain, spicy pepper and citrus. The finish is light and refreshing.
Double Mountain Vaporizer Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, $3.99-$4.99
This beer is another hazy, straw pour with a good head that collapses quickly but leaves a nice lacing. The aromas are hop-driven with touches of earth and lanolin. The flavors are a mix of smooth, grainy malt and pine-y hops built around a core of ripe citrus and biscuit. Lemon zest and herb come through on the persistent, very dry finish.
Double Mountain Hop Lava Northwest IPA, $3.99-$4.99
A subdued, crystal clear amber in the glass, this brew threw the thickest, longest lasting head of the three. Though the hops weigh in at 75 IBU, they don't have much of an aromatic presence. Instead, you get toasted malt and a bit of banana. The palate is a balanced mix of smooth malt and big, but not overly bitter hops. It's a funky take on a Northwest IPA, but a delicious one.