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The adage “less is more” may apply to many things, but with beer we draw the line. Sure, there are minimalists among brewers, but generally we prefer brews filled to the brim with smooth malt and delicious hops. We love a little extra alcohol content and don’t say no when it comes to even more fresh cones, unconventional extra ingredients, additional maturation in wooden barrels or blending with younger or older brews. Beer is a complex, multi-layered masterpiece that suits both simple simplicity and extravagant extravagance.
The team at the Estonian brewery Lehe has long understood this principle and, based on its logical continuation "more is more", gives us a fabulous Double India Pale Ale. The maximalist brew is called Double Trouble and takes this title extremely seriously: The beer was dry-hopped twice and, with an alcohol content of 8.5%, contains about twice as many rotations as a conventional IPA. A double portion of hops gives the DIPA its powerful scent and intense taste: Overripe tropical fruit runs like a red thread through the beer enjoyment and combines with resin and a fresh pine breeze to create a classic profile.
Why single when you can have double?