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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91
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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 45
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
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 101
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 russwbeck
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty thick and hazy yellow orange pour with a big white head. The retention and lacing are top notch as the head bubbles down happily atop the beer. 4.5

S: Really bitter aroma, probably in the top few most bitter aromas I've come across. Citrus and grapefruit back up the bitterness. No malt notes at all. 4

T: The taste is really nice. Much more sweet than I expected, with the bitterness lending a nice balance. Really nice fruit character, basically like eating a sweet orange (with some other citrus like flavors playing along). The pine and perhaps a bit of booze give this beer some character, I'm really digging it. 4.5

MF: Carbonated perfectly with a medium body. The booze is only slightly noted as is a dry finish. The hops linger on the palate nicely for ages. Very drinkable. 4.5

O: Really nice surprise. I'd say this has been one of my favorite Imperial IPAs. Really nice play between bitter and fruity. 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a murky light orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, grapefruit juice, and lots of citrus zest. Taste is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and some malt. There is also an alcohol kick. A medium level of bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a lighter bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these because I didn't pick one up on my trip to Colorado this past summer.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy golden wheat pour. White head, about 2 fingers which quickly drops to a trace amount.

S - I could sniff this all night. Just that right balance between sweet and hoppy. I pick up a little banana, some lemon, and then grains.

T - Very good hops flavor without the bitterness. There are some kumquat hints.

M - Another high point in this beer. Just what you would want with perfect carbonation and then a nice dry finish. A nice sweet backend.

O - A well done Dry Dock ale. This is what I have usually reached for when looking for a great DIPA and will continue to do so. A must try for anyone who loves DIPAs.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a tropical island. Big mango, pineapple, and guava. Maybe a hint of starfruit too. It has a biscuity quality too which gives it some nice roundness.

Pours out a nice medium hazy straw color with lemon-yellow highlights. White head falls quickly back into the beer but leaves moderately spotty lacing.

Oh yes, all of those wonderful tropical flavors come through in the taste tenfold! This beer is a pure joy to drink. There is zero taste of alcohol. Starts off with the sweet fruits and finishes with a lingering light bitterness.

Somewhat dry but silky smooth. Carbonation on the light side of medium to accompany a medium body. Incredibly drinkable for it's stats. This is quite possibly one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

Photo of mentor
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a strong 2 finger slightly-yellowed fluffy head over a cloudy straw-colored liquid. Smells of hay, grapefruit pith, oranges, pine, lemon pith, clean alcohol, sweet tarts, candied lemon. Complex and really inviting, though not particularly intense.

Tastes grapefruit pith, oranges, some pine, apricot ester. Candy-like, creamy custard-caramel, and a bit of baby aspirin. Malt sweet plays an appropriate supporting role, nice clean alcohol sting, creamy and medium in the mouth. Tastes a a strong version of a classic IPA from the late 1990's/early 2000's. Easy drinking, if that can be said for such a strong beer. Though wet in the mouth, drying in the finish. Mild carbonation and lingering metallic grassy hop bitter. Loved this beer, though not sure it fits what others are doing with the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimple glass mug. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with thick, sustaining off-white head. Aroma has resiny fruit tones of tangerine, orange, floral, biscuit, with a rich, sweet sap-like aspect. Sweet and hoppy flavor profile with less nectary, with a soily feel, and a fruity, leafy hop profile. Full bodied, thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent DIPA from the 2010 Small Brewery of the Year!

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend brought back a growler from their GABF trip.

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of thick foam. Good retention and some sticky streaks of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. There was a mild burnt toast aroma, too.

T - Great bitter hop bite with delicious grapefruit and citrus flavors. It had a good burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a fabulous beer. I would love to get this again.

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

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright orange to golden color. Somewhat hazy, lightly opaque. Lots of bubbling, appears highly carbonated. Head formation is strong, pearly white.

S - Incredibly strong hop aroma, extremely piney, resinous, fresh hops, almost stingy. Citrus and grapefruit in the background making it not overly mean to the nose.

T - Starts off extremely hoppy, lots of pine and resin. Some grapefruit in the background. Grapefruit shows a little, as well as just a little bit of nutty/caramel malts. Finishes with the strongest bitterness, sticking to the tongue. No alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, full bodied and balanced with carbonation. Finishes with a very oily.

D/O - A very full flavored DIPA, lots of good in your face hopping. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks up on you. Able to bring in all the hoppy attributes without getting too dry.

In this category, I would have a very tough time picking this beer or pliny.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is darn-tootin'-good. It fooled me a bit, b/c it poured lighter than expected. A lot of the IIPAs I've had are darker, but this one pours a light orange/golden color. Nice head,fluffy and white. Lacing is nice.
Aroma is chalk full of citrus hops, some small hints of resiny pine. "Green" freshness.
Flavors follow the nose, with some light biscuit-toast thrown in there. citrus, tropical, orange.

Feel is a tad thick in the end, resiny. Very nice bite to it. Very good beer.

Photo of mulder1010
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a clear yellow color. Pour resulted in a 2 finger white head. Kept its shape quite well for a good period of time before slowly receding to one finger. Little strips of lacing with this. More visible carbonation than I expected.

S-- Citrus. Lots of citrus. No Carmel smell at all. Just Lemon peel, Orange and grapefruit. Fresh fruit citrus salad

T-- Pungent Grapefruit and orange with some lemon.

M-- Big aggressive grapefruit and orange. Very fresh taste. Long lasting grapefruit feel. Little bit of lemon and lime kick in the end. Also mixed with orange and grapefruit. Lots of acid to this. Starts off medium and finishes heavy. Perfect carbonation for the style.

D-- 9% ABV?? Really. Extremely well hidden beer. Like how this starts off soft and light and then grabbed me and hit me with grapefruit and orange. Builds up very well. Makes me miss home and this would be my go to DIPA back in Denver.

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

What an incredible DIPA! A very nice orange-copper color, a bit cloudy, with a nice, thick head.

And then the aroma smacks your nostrils! Very hoppy, and exceptional floral bouquet. Citrusy...

The taste is about as good as the aroma. Great bitterness up front with a nice malt smoothness sneaking up in the middle. A very distinct and pleasant, long-lasting hop bitterness at the finish.

A very fine DIPA. Worth the effort to go out of your way to find some...

Photo of GregMcQ
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber. Excellent clarity; nice thin head with solid lacing; nice hop aroma. The taste is outstanding; sweet but not cloying; rich hop taste with a solid malt backbone to support it. Mouthfull is what I'd expect from a top-tier DIPA. Very solid offering from Dry Drock!

Photo of sevopie
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This beer was labelled "Seven Seas" instead of Seven C's" and was only listed at 8.9% ABV. Still a double IPA... refinement of the recipe?

Pours a cloudy golden caramel color with a whitish head. Laces well.

Very citrusy hops with a bit of caramel malt.

Mostly citrusy and slightly piney hops greet the palate at first, but caramel and biscuity malts come shortly thereafter. The flavors almost combine to create a bit of a pineapple flavor, which only the second time I have ever experienced this in a beer. A bit of the alcohol finds its way to the tongue on the very finish.

Very creamy and well-carbonated.

I loved this one from first sip - and almost no hint of 9% ABV. It borders somewhere between DIPA and IPA, but it seems to have a good direction, and a fantastically well-balanced approach. Another great reason to visit Dry Dock.

Photo of kiddwhiz
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured 2/3rds of a bomber in to an Avery Brewing tulip. Shallow, white head with full lacing. A cloudy copper, orange color with slightly visible carbonation.

S: Hops, citrus, some pine...oh and HOP's!

T: An initial touch of sweet citrus followed by smooth, balanced hops! It finishes with a piney, hoppy smile.

M: A perfect amount of carbonation to carry the silky goodness across the palate. For a DIPA it has no grittyness or over bearing hop residue.

D: Truly a treat!! This a beer that is a very drinkable DIPA. Over the past couple months (aka Winter) I've not found IPA/DIPA's to hit the spot but this one has. This beer is not a gimmick of IBU's but a proud staple of refined talent. Well done Dry Dock!

Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden color. Produced two fingers width of foamy white head. Dissipated to a thin ring around the glass throughout consumption.

S- Very well balanced. Tangerine and orange peel upfront with some tropical fruit. There's a nice pine aroma in the background to give it some balance. Alcohol comes out a little more when the beer warms to room temperature. Very aromatic and potent.

T- Just phenomenal! Like drinking a bowl of fresh tropical fruits with a piney aftertaste. Tangerine and pineapples with some orange zest take over. The fruit presence really dominates here...very juicy! Midway through to the finish a malt sweetness and piney hops come in to give the beer a little bit of balance. Finishes with a fruity, pine resin flavor. I like!

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Leaves the palate clean and on the dry side.

D- I could drink this all day. At 9% this is so dangerous. Like I mentioned above, almost like drinking a bowl of fruit juice.

Overall, I've been raving about Fathead's Head Hunter IPA lately. Well Seven Seas has almost the complete opposite hop profile, yet is just as good if not better. A big fruity DIPA that has just enough pine and malt to balance the finish. True citrus bomb! Well done Dry Docks.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love big IPAs...double, imperial...bring them on!! Here's the deal...this is a award winning brewery...small brewery of the year at GABF...I mean, come on, this could really be great, and it is!! But here's the bigger deal...before winning big at the GABF, we knew these folks from the homebrewing community, and they went big, and they produce some great brews, and this is one of them. And here's the bigger deal...growler refills used to be $25, but they've reduced them to $15 and they're now available in bottles.
Regardless of the price and availability, I'd say this is one fine double IPA. compared to Pliney, Green Flash or others, this holds it's own, but note, it's got components not found in the others, and it's missing the pine element some of us love in other big IPAs, like red grapefruit, but all in all, I could probably enjoy this brew at some point in time throughout the night, night after night...fruity, big fruity, big lingering hop aroma, lasting head, fuzzy color, bitter and slightly sweet notes, significant carbonation (in the growler) and lovely lingering after tastes that make you want to sip it again and again!!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, cloudy apricot body with a large white head that retreats, leaving a patch of thick lacing.

Intense, pure, bright citrus aromas. The hop bill comes through loud and clear on the nose. Sweet caramel and bready malt round it out. A huge aroma, suggesting a massive DIPA awaits.

Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach, pineapple and passion fruit. Caramel, bready malt, and pine. The finish is bitter, but not half as bitter as the bountiful hop aroma and flavor suggest.

The body is medium to full. Carbonation is enough to keep the mouthfeel from becoming overly sticky and syrupy, but low enough to allow the boldness of this brew to truly settle in.

Masterful beer. Up there with Pliny, Maharaja, HopSlam, Dreadnaught, and Ruination. Without question, this is one of the finest IPAs in the world. Its a shame so few have tried it.

We began selling Seven Seas in August, when Kevin and the gang were still hand bottling. Despite only being on our shelves for 5 months, it was one of our 5 best selling bombers of 2010. If this is a sign of things to come for Dry Dock, then it will soon claim a spot among the best breweries in Colorado with the potential to aim even higher.

Can you believe 5 years ago this was just a homebrew supply shop? Maybe its time we gave homebrewers more respect.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Have had several bombers since it was released to the local liquor stores. Pours a pale golden amber color with good retention. Hops are very pleasing and noticeable upon the pour to the glass. The variety of 7 different hops used really amounts to a tremendous aroma of citrus and pine. Citrus continues through the taste and finishes with a delicious resin flavor which lingers. Not over powering but a very nice beer. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 21:02:02

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