The Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle Belgian-Style Double IPA from River North Brewery in Denver, Colorado pours out a cloudy, golden-orange in color topped with a two finger, white head that slowly reduces down to a thick film with a decent sized collar. On the nose, more Belgian the IPA but the aromas are redolent. Aromas of orange, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, caramel and a hint of grass. Smooth and juicy in the mouth with the 9.0% ABV very well hidden. Flavors of banana, pepper, spice, yeast, caramel, tangerine, grass and bitter orange. Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Mild creaminess in the mouthfeel. Somewhat dry on a long finish where the spice rides the whole way to the end.
A good spicy, yeasty Belgian-Style Double IPA that has decent bitterness as well as a heavy malt bill providing a nice level of sweetness to the brew. Easy to drink even though higher up there on the ABV scale with the alcohol going completely undetected. Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 9.0% ABV, Bottled October, 2012
Beer 294 of 366 for 2012
Note - this was formally known as Hypothesis Belgian Style Double IPA.