What You Need to Know
While the Juicy Double is no longer in production by Goose Island, some bottles can still be found in the marketplace. The DIPA was brewed with orange juice and seven hops varietals. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
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.
The aroma is a mix of tart citrus and tropical fruit. Piney hops and honey are also present.
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.
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.
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.