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Dry Dock's Double IPA - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Dry Dock's Double IPADry Dock's Double IPA

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 44
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 07-03-2010

Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 235 | Reviews: 100
Reviews by holden303:
Photo of holden303
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque orange with a finger or rocky head that dissipates to a thin lace around the glass after a few moments.

S: The hops hit your nose like an explosion. Reminds me of the first time I smelt Pliny or Maharaja. Smells very west coast, picking up a lot of pine accompanied by citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

T: Mmm, not quite a hop bomb like I was expecting, although due to this am pleasantly surprised, this beer has balance! Grapefruit and fresh pine on the front with a touch of malt on the back that allows this one to finish nicely and for quite some time.

M: Nice amount of carbonation, which for this style in my opinion is not a lot. Doesn't coat the mouth as many DIPA's have a tendency to do.

O: Overall this is a great DIPA and I consider myself to be quite picky with DIPA's. Going to have to go pick up a growler one of these nights and try it completely fresh!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from a trade with my buddy Mitch in colo.

I can find no freshness/bottling date info

Pours clouded typical almond amber, nice looking fine bubble off white head. Leaves a fine film and fields of scattered bits of lace.

Herbal and leafy hop nose with a hint of tea.

Tasty, enjoyable and nicely crafted DIPA. Hops continually present on the palate, but not overwhelming the malty undercoating.

Super smooth on the tongue, dangerously easy drinking, very tasty Colorado DIPA

Photo of mrw1zard
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased in March in Colorado. Pours a nice golden color with no head. Very easy to drink, but I felt it was lacking in the hops. Definitely didn't feel like a 9% ABV. I found it similar to Odell IPA. Good beer, just not something I would seek out again. Worth a try!

Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Somewhat hazy deep, dark orange, bordering on amber, with a tight, moderately sized off-white head that eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

A sweet, citrusy aroma, with lots of grapefruit and a mild dose of pain, along with a heavy amount of sweet, sugary caramel.

The flavor is sweeter too than most big West Coast style DIPAs, with the toffee and caramel sweetness balancing nicely with the bold grapefruit and pine notes from the hops.

Medium bodied, a touch sticky, not particularly dry either, but no doubt drinkable.

Above average, but I would not seek this out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock. Nice light orange and gold color, good 1" of head on it which didn't offer much in terms of retention, but did have above average lace impressions on the side of the glass I wasn't drinking out of.

Aroma was hoppy, not decadently hopped, but not short changing anyone either. Good muddled citrus notes, couldn't tell you what was really hitting me, just a swirling of hops in the citrus vein.

Taste, pretty easy drinking, hop flavors beyond mere bitterness. Alcohol is there, but not a problem drinking it. Would say the citrus flavors are starting to lean tropical at this point. Malt mouthfeel gives an old toffee impression that was a distraction from the hops. Orange, mango and toffeee are a little weird, I would think caramel instead, but oh well.

Pretty good stuff, solid second tier dipa.

Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date info.
(270 calories)

Purchased through Beerjobber.com from Dry Dock brewery.

Price - $73.70/case (assorted beers)

Pours a hazey orange color with a two inch creamy head. Long lasting foam on this one and descent lacing as well.

The aroma is mainly tropical fruit with mango, pear and pineapple leading the hop charge while a caramel/bread combination fills in for the malts. Not as strong in the nose as most other IIPA's.

Flavor is once again very tropical and fairly sweet overall. A slight hint of pine on the taste buds comes in on the finish but very little bitterness for a claimed 90 IBU's. Alcohol is well hidden almost unnoticeable for 9%, well done.

The body is medium with a smooth creamy mouthfeel which is a surprise for the style. Carbonation is low as expected but very little dryness is present and not what I would expect given the hop profile.

Overall a really smooth beer to enjoy for the style and horsepower. Not what I expected with this one, however I'm looking forward to sampling the other examples in my case from Dry Dock.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave a few of these away, finally getting around to trying it.

Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of sticky thick white head. The aroma is very fruity, lots of citrus with a sweet caramel behind it. The taste was more of the same but a bit subdued. The aroma was quite layered and the taste felt a bit flatter. Not bad, just not quite as interesting as the aroma, but still very tasty. The malt sweetness is a bit more than I was expecting from a DIPA, usually I find a dryer finish allows the hops to shine more. Extremely smooth for 9%. Overall this is a very solid beer. If you like your DIPA maltier, this might be the right choice for you, but if you go in expecting a dry, hop bomb you will probably be disappointed.

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from a huge liquor store in the western Denver suburbs.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden apricot hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice splattered amoebic lace around the glass as it slowly dips out of sight.

It smells of grapefruit and orange pith, green herbs, a dank leafiness, wet pine needles, a grainy, slightly bready malt, and a subtle alcohol edge. The taste is more acrid citrus and pine undergrowth, some further muddled tropical fruit notes, musty backyard leaves, a bready, somewhat crackery caramel maltiness, and floral, kind of perfumed, soft booze.

The carbonation is fairly even-handed, just a mild hum throughout, the body a steady medium weight, and more-or-less smooth, with a simple creaminess, the hops and alcohol having better things to do than spoil the fun here. It finishes off-dry, the sassy, well-rounded fruitiness standing out.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, maybe not in-your-face hoppy (despite 7 different 'C' hops), but that's more than made up for by a deft integration with the other players - the laid-back, everything will just be all right malt, and a fantastically understated booze factor. Very recommended for a 'drinkable' version of the style.

Photo of guyforget
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A - Pours a medium golden, frothy white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing or residue.

S - Hops. Not much in the way of malt or sugar, mostly just hops. Citrusy grapefruit strong up front, pine in the back.

T - Again, Hops, but there is a little malt in the middle of the taste, between the citrus burst and the piny finish. Has all of the characteristics of what I'd consider a "west coast" style i/dipa.

M - Average carbonation, bright up front, oily finish with many lingering bitter notes.

D - Hides the 9% ABV really well, but its still 9% and will catch up with you eventually. For the style I'd consider it above average in drinkability, but its not a session beer by any means.

Overall, this beer is pretty much spot-on for the style, reminiscent of many of my favorite "west coast" style imperial or double ipa's.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber served cold into a pint class.

Seven Seas (which I had at the Dry Docks brewery when it was called 7 Cs) is a very hazy copper orange color. The head is short-lived but the lacing is substantial.

Aroma is super hoppy and so full of citrus.

Flavor is excellent. It must be the most sweet-citrus double IPA I can remember having. Every type seems to be represented: lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and lime. A honey sweetness is perfectly judged. There's evenly some resiny pine. A little something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. The balance is great for the style. Plenty of sweetness to counter-act the hops. Easily the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had.

Overall an outstanding DIPA. It's probably one of the best I've ever had. Seek this one out!

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had their popular DIPA on tap at the brewpub. Somewhat hyped hop bomb. More malts are needed to balance this, its just OK. A bit of lighter mouthfeel for the style. Yellow and lacey. Great aroma and still good drinkability. Not a palate shredder, and some sugar sweetness, earthy hops.

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from epic Beertrader Bitterbill, cheers again Bill!

Pours a semi hazed apricot with a finger of ivory colored head. Clears eventually, average head retention & a bit of lacing, the only real weakness of this beer

S: Pine & grapefruit, some woody hops as this warms

T: follows the nose, plus some great pineapple presence up front, with just a hint of breadyness. Grapefruit & dryness dominate as this warms, a touch of toffee lurks in the background, plus the sweet pineapple. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with more woody hops & lovely pineapple sweetness

Medium bodied with subdued carbonation, great balance

Super drinkabilty, ABV is well concealed. I must visit these guys the next time I go to CO!

Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me this bottle! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow-orange (more orange than yellow) with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, slight citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and slight peaches. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew, but wasn't very memorable. Just lacked in the robust citrus flavors I was hoping for on this one. No date on the bottle, so no idea how old it was. With that said though, the flavor that was there was quite well balanced and good. The aroma was quite lacking in intensity though as Mike had to get some of the nose out of my tulip as it was hard to pick up stuff out of his glass. With all that said though, this one is still a must try for any IPA fan out there.

Photo of buffs9
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into a snifter.

Pours a nice hazy light orange color, small head, which fades rather quickly.

S: Pine & grapefruit w/ just a touch of booze

T: follows the nose, good citrus flavor - pineapple and orange, with just a hint of bread. Finishes dry and a bit woody, but the flavors are well balanced and tasty.

Medium bodied with less carbonation than I'd expect, but still has great balance

Very drinkable and smooth. I really like this one.

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCDenver for this nice extra.

Appearance. Slightly hazy gold with half a finger of sticky, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Grassy, piney hops and honey. A little toasty grain.

Taste. Honey, floral-grassy hops, thick toasty grains, a little woody pine and yellow grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little bit syrupy.

Overall. A nice dipa. A little sweet and thick, but tastes great.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

and another hobo tasting bites the dust. this time we went with all the dipa's and had some fun with it. served into a pint glass and shared at the rockers brewery.

the pour was quite nice with a good and solid amber color and a decent amount of haze and cloudiness to the profile. a thin head of white rose up and hung for a few moments before settling back down to earth. where did the smell go? as i search for hops i find sweet malts, hints of apples and peaches and light notes of pine as it warms, but definitely muted. flavor is more of the same as the malts seem to outshine any of the huge hop notes that could have been present. medium body with a touch of weight to it provides a clean and coating feeling. abv is no where to be found as this one is easily put away.

overall it was ok, i was expecting much more citrus and hops but the balance was still quite nice.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a hazy, dark honey amber in color with a lightly retained layer of carbonation

s: sweet base of grainy caramel, lots of muddled, oxidized citrus hops, various other tropicals, grapefruit in particular, the hops are there in decent measure - but they're not particularly "fresh", mild alcohol note

m: carbonation light-moderate, body around medium

t: more sweet caramel malt, sort of a rustic grainy flavor, fairly simple flavor profile, muddled juicy citrus, grapefruit rind, bitter but not incredibly so

o: a decent dipa, but rough around the edges, the hops don't have any bright freshness, and the malt sweetness seems unbalanced

bomber picked up at Mondo Vino in Denver

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale and clear lemon peel color. Small bubbles sustain a small half-inch cap.

Smell: Pretty nice stone fruit aroma, primarily apricot. There's a touch of pine, and a pleasantly subdued malty sweetness with a bit of breadiness. Curiously, I get a hint of bubblegum.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine and stone fruit, with some floral and citrus notes behind. There's a good bit of pale malt sweetness that works nicely with the hop profile, though it becomes a bit wearisome after a while; I'd like this to be a little more dry. Thankfully, it doesn't taste loaded full of crystal malts. Bitterness is moderate, and while not particularly intense it does bring a slight astringency.

Overall: A nice DIPA. It hides the booze well and has pleasant hop flavors. It isn't overly exciting, but it's well made and I'd drink it again.

Photo of spicelab
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with huge thanks to mulder1010. Poured into a De Dolle tulip.

Clear stained bronze, with a tough two-finger white head. Drops very reluctantly leaving a lattice of sticky lace.

Nose is tropical and organic, showing pineapple, melons, grass clippings, kiwi fruit and a fair whack of candied orange and lemon sherbet. Malt character seems subtle intially, but is sharp and piquant when you pick it up. Very nice.

Taste really turns on the candied citrus and sherbet character, but is pleasantly offset by a very fresh bitterness, comprised of breath mints, rocket, continental parsley and earthy pine. Relatively straightforward but so well balanced. ABV is all but invisible.

Syrupy and full, with impressively hidden carbonation. Moderate mouthwash character on the mid contributes a somewhat drying finish that seems a little out of place.

Loved it. Terrific hop profile with plenty to differentiate it from the plethora of grapefruit/pine one-trick ponies.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. A little let down in the hop department, maybe this bottle is past it's prime, not seeing a bottle date. There is some hop biiterness in the taste but the aroma is lacking. Some malt sweetness in the nose and in the taste, maybe more malt than normal because the hops seem faded. Certainly not a bad beer, just not an explosion of flavor that I would expect from a double IPA.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at falling rock denver. Pours a crisp golden with slight haze no big head. Smells of mango...big mango, probably the most mango I ever tasted in a brew. Taste is of very fruity hops with some real crisp malts; maybe a bit over malted??
Its a great brew, not the best, but very good.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- hazy more yellow than orange color with a thin lace white head

s- the basics. fruity, hoppy, malty...keep it simple stupid

t- actually what comes through in the front is like a caramel, with the middle bringing the hops, and the finish sealing the hoppy deal...nice

m-very bubbly, and the 90 IBU's are definitely there, and wonderful

D-cant ever drink more than 1 double IPA in a session, but i would definitely consider it! i took a bomber to go, a very worthy investment

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer brought back from Colorado. No bottle date.

This baby poured a finger of creamy head over a muted brown body with hints of orange. Lace tried to cling "like whoa" to the glass. Head leaves a good froth after dissipating.

The nose is all hops. Pine, earth and citrus.

This beer is rather well balanced, which surprised me after the nose. The tip of the tongue is sweet malt, that stays a little sweet but becomes bready as it hits the middle. When this beer starts the downhill plunge as it gets from the middle to the back of the tongue, the hops come out. It is very earthy, with a little grapefruit, and a surprise bit of lime at the very end.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. The carbonation is almost unnoticeable, and it's a little more creamy. It doesn't coat the mouth and has a dry finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Popkas for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice orange color with a pretty hefty white head that stuck around for quite a bit before falling and leaving some sticky lacing behind. The nose was mostly floral with a bit of citrus creeping in. Hops, that is. Mild malt character in the background. The flavor was pretty similar. The floral hop notes tended to dominate with a bit of orange rind in the background. I'll same marmalade; I know some people like those descriptive terms. Body was light to medium with a really nice dry, bitter finish. A good beer that I'd certainly have again.

Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light amber with a creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet notes of ripe orange, mango and grapefruit, pine, wtih a hint of cream.

T: Tropical fruit flavors with a very slight bite of booze and caramel, then the hops take over nicely. Big malt and hop flavors with neither being too in your face, hops last nicely.

M: Medium bodied, great carbonation, smooth and well-balanced, dry finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: A very good brew, easy to drink. Sweeter and not as punchy as most American double IPAs but definitely worth trying.

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Dry Dock's Double IPA from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.