Seattle, WA – Although this is the 2nd to last day of what has been the longest week, Seattle Beer Week hasn’t been without its fair share of laughs, headaches, and occasional bouts with memory loss. Although the memories of the 10 days gone past, will be preserved in photos, journals, and voicemails, there is one thing that will always remain whenever you visit the grocery store or bar, the beers.
Back in late April four men in collaboration with one of the oldest breweries in Seattle, put together what they felt was a signature beer (for Seattle Beer Week), Hale’s Double India Pale Ale. The beer was a mixture of enthusiasm, long months of planning, and a dash of Northwest hoppy goodness. However, this has been for us our fourth Double or Imperial India Pale Ale (in less than a month) that we have reviewed and for the sake of consistency we thought we would impart this familiar lesson.
The style believe it or not is a very American one, filled with high gravity and high alphas. Some believe the beer style first appeared (back in 1994) in the kettles of Blind Pig Brewing under brewer Vinnie Cilurzo (now owner and head brewery of Russian River Brewing). Other’s believe it was John Maier respected brewer of Rogue Ales (and an occasional lager) who inspired the style with the I2PA (aka I Squared) in 1990. Whoever was the first, the style has been around for almost two decades and it hasn’t stopped people from trying to make it better, and more enjoyable.
By definition an Imperial IPA (sometimes called Double IPA) must be at least 60 IBUs but not more than 120 IBUs. Overall the alcohol can be between 7.50% and 10.00% Alcohol By Volume. As you can tell there are many great IPAs and Imperial IPAs out there that would be an excellent match. Learned enough already, good, because we are going to go on a little trip down memory lane with a beer dubbed Hale’s Seattle Beer Week Double IPA.
SBW Double IPA, pours reddish with a strong amount of clarity. As the beer settles a layer of strong off-white, head appears at the top, as the head recedes we see a good amount of lacing inside the glass.
Giving the beer a good swirl we notice pine and fruity esters, that blend in with a nice malty sweetness.
Taking a sip you are immediately greeted by pine and a bit of citrus (almost pineapple like) as well as some earthiness, before finishing with barley almost biscuit like malty backend. The mouthfeel on this beer has a minor stickiness to it. Overall the beer is definitely a sipper, and would rock with an evenly salted steak, some spicy sausage, or maybe even some blue cheese.
Score A- , definitely a must have but as with all IPAs, this beer should be consumed sooner rather than later.
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company did not provide me a sample used for research prior to writing this review. The sample in question was purchased at the Greenwood Central Market in Seattle, WA.