DD4D Stone Hammer is an 8% double IPA from DD4D Brewing, based in Ehime, in Shikoku, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup, though its availability is limited at the time of writing. DD4D Stone Hammer is brewed using Citra, Nugget, Simcoe, and Strata hops.
DD4D Stone Hammer : At A Glance
- Alcohol: 8%
- Style: Double IPA
- Hops: Citra, Nugget, Simcoe, and Strata
- Adjuncts: N/A
- IBU: 40
- Availability: Special edition
- On Sale: From September 2022
- Size: 350 ml
- Price: From ¥700
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aroma: Dank pine aroma with citrus aroma of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Low malt sweetness.
- Notable Taste: Low bitterness for the style, hop forward of pine resinous notes and citrus flavours. Low alcohol heat with low malt sweetness.
DD4D Stone Hammer : Aroma & Taste
DD4D Stone Hammer poured out a hazy dark golden colour with a thin amount of fluffy white head on top. The aromas though came screaming from the glass and I guess the beer is named after the force that the hops hit your olfactory with – a large pine and resinous aroma followed up with your class citrus bouquet of grapefruit, lemon, and some orange as well. There was a touch of malt sweetness in the nose, but really the hops were not going to leave the olfactory senses until the beer was finished.
As DD4D Stone Hammer is a double IPA, I was expecting a large bitter punch, but considering the name, and the aroma from the beer, the bitterness was rather restrained in comparison. It’s there; however, it is not going to assault your tastebuds. The flavour in the body was similar to the nose with the piney resinous flavour coming through first, before the citrus flavours of grapefruit, lemon, and orange joined the party and stayed until late in the drinking. There was just a touch of malt sweetness to DD4D Stone Hammer, but the hops had smashed down onto the taste buds.
DD4D Stone Hammer : The Bottom Line
DD4D Stone Hammer is a banging double IPA but it’s a shame that it is looking like a special edition.
DD4D Stone Hammer : Where to Buy
DD4D Stone Hammer can be bought online at the following places: