Double everything is right. Double hops, double malt, double alcohol, double kick. I’d probably like it more if it were less malty. I’m finding that I’m not a malt guy. Hops I’m good with, malts in moderation. I’ll probably be staying away from anything with a double or triple in its name for the foreseeable future.
That said, I wasn’t expecting the maltiness of this beer. Regardless of the double, since it’s a pale ale, I guess I was just expecting more hops.
The alcohol kicks you in the mouth almost immediately. This is a strong beer at 10.5%. That was probably the saving grace for this beer to somewhat take your mind off of the malt.
And now that I look at the description on the webpage, I wonder if I actually know the taste difference between malt and hops. I associate sweetness with malt and more bitterness with hops. This beer is described as having "an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops," but I get nothing but syrupy sweetness. Looks like I have to do more research.
All in all, I think I’d rather have two pale ales than a double pale ale.
Listening to: Weezer - American Gigolo