There is no clear definition of ‘double’ or ‘imperial’ when it comes to IPAs. Obviously they both imply a higher hop content, with malted grain (and therefore ABV) to support it, however there is no real definition. Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewing in Louisville, KY certainly toes the line between IPA and IIPA (or DIPA).
What makes this offering unique is the hop profile; the aroma is a grassy, tropical treat and the taste follows suit. It is not overly bitter nor overly hoppy, but still complex. It is gives a drinkability that you wouldn’t expect, but has layers of unique hop characteristic you want in a great (D)IPA. See the official description of the beer below, I can see how one will taste many of these flavors. You may not immediately proclaim this a world class beer but I do think this beer is worth your time, if only to taste the sauvin hops. As you sip, you will be treated to a subtle complexity that you may not have expected. I’ll let the label speak for itself.
“An India Pale Ale featuring Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit. These hops are organic and are about 4 times as expensive as our normal American varieties, hence the footed glass only.”