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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA

Added by emmasdad on 07-03-2010

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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 251
Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Four-finger, white, soapy/foamy head. Brew is wonderfully clear and is very yellow with lots of whites and some oranges. Heavy viscosity. Fantastic lacing. Yum.

Very candy-esque. Lots of heavy apricot-y floral notes. Gooey and sticky.

Very smooth, light and overly drinkable for being 9%... Light (er) carboantion brings out wonderful fruity flavors. Citrus is very west coast without being like a flower in your mouth. Bitterness is more sweet then bitter, I like this. Slightly over sweet in a near sugar bomb kind of way.

Whoa. Not what I was thinking at all... Thanks Chris for the awesome recommendation! Highly recommended! Dry Dock may just be going places...

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this from a mystery sender, so who ever you are, Thank you!

a: clear copper body with a inch of thick tight creamy bubbles.

s: very tropical with mango, orange, a little lemon and bubblegum.

t: alot of malt to keep the hopbomb in check. very well balanced between the two wit the added pine resin on the back end to keep it from being overly sweet.

m: full rich body with great carbonation. dry bitter finish is enjoyable because it's well balanced between the sweetness and the resin. very enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up back in December when we were at the brewery. 22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: it poured a huge one finger head that has reduced to a small layer. It a golden orange yellow with great clarity and vision of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: major hop and malt bomb. Caramel and bready malts followed by citrus, grapefruit, tropical notes, and some pine.

Taste: hop bomb and malt overload all over again. Some lingering bitterness that mellows out. Pineapple and grapefruit stand out most in the hops. All balanced by the caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, full bodied, easy to drink, and very delicious.

Overall: pretty sold DIPA. Happy to have brought this back to Boston from Aurora. Next in Denver I will make another special trip to Aurora.

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Ski Haus Liquors in Steamboat Springs today for $8.99.

Beer poured golden orange with a decent white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is quite pungent with tropical and citrus hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Big malt backbone compliments the citrus, tropical, and floral hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly smooth body.

Overall this is a solid beer, definitely rates up there with the Cali 2IPA's. Would love to try some of their other brews. Give it a shot if you have the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangey yellow with a foamy off white head. A nice sweet and fruity aroma; a nice malt underbelly paired with some sweet orange and mango juices, and some pine. Flavor follows suit. A nice creamy medium body with a healthy amount of activity. Overall, a great DIIPA.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of HosP
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little hiatus on reviewing but glad to be back. 22 oz into pint glass.

Pours slightly hazy, golden in color. White head with little retention. Lots of aroma in the nose. Piney, citrus with some floral hops at the end. Taste is bitterness up front with pine hop flavor. Sweet, creamy caramel malts toward the end. Lots of bolder flavors. Medium body. Wet, oily finish in the mouth feel. Good beer. Nice big flavors. Big bitterness with nice hops to it.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice dark golden with a 2 finger white head.

S- my first reaction was "some type of melons?". Caramel and some pine as well.

T- wow! Sweet caramel and candied melon (watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe take your pick). Stays very sweet throughout and has a lighter pine bitterness at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly pily and creamy with a smooth finish.

O- very good dipa! Reminiscent of knuckle sandwich which I also really liked!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a great double ipa, especially at 6 bucks per pint, yes i said pint. has a very light and unassuming golden color almost perfectly clear. one inch white head doesnt last forever. smells also quite light, fruity citrusy hop profile, and a pleasantly complementary gently spicy yeast. flavor is big compared to the appearance and the nose. hops are bitter yet fruity in the beginning. it relaxes to a well balanced and drinkable west coasty ipa, before reassuming its bitter face and lasting on the tongue for ages. resiny but not sticky or sweet, just fresh. carbonation is great, very bubbly but not like a soda. lighter than medium body makes it dangerously drinkable. overall a really good double ipa as a more than fair price. lots of hype with this one, and im not sure its that that good, but i will drink thus again for certain.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra from SalukiAlum.

A - Pretty normal appearance for a decent IIPA, good lacing and a nice light copper/gold color.

S - Tropical. The aroma has tons of fruit - apricot, sweet orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, and more. Maybe a little tiny bit of alcohol in the nose. I could convince myself that there's a little caramel malt backbone in the nose.

T - Follows the nose. Tons of sweet, tropical fruit. Definitely on the sweeter side for an IIPA, which is totally fine by me. This is one damn fruity IIPA. If you like Sculpin on draft, try this one out - the fruit is a little bit familiar even though it's totally a sweet, maltier IIPA than Sculpin.

M - Nice, creamy mouthfeel on this one. Carbonation is good for showing off the hop flavors.

This was a nice, pleasant surprise. When I popped the cap off I was really surprised. I prefer drier, piney/grassy IPAs most of the time, but the tropical ones can be really good when executed well, which this one is. Recommended.

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock In Denver. Clear copper with a pretty standard inch of foam that holds on the whole time. Classic DIPA flavor profile - herbal, dank, resinous, pine, and citrus rind. A nice subtle caramel and grain balances just enough. Right down the heart of the plate for the style.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber send generously by poonamibaxter poured into a pint.

Slightly hazy and brightly amber with a nice head that forms even without trying, DDDIPA certainly looks the part. Good head retention and extreme lacing tell me that this IPA is well hopped up. Aroma is citrus freshness and sweetness; nothing out of the way but not bad either.

Taste? Fruit juice?! Seriously, all I can detect is lush, juicy, fruit: pineapples, mangoes, apricots... good (but not excessive) sweetness helps too. Now me, I love weedy, piney, and grassy IPA. And I like 'em dry. So this can't be my favorite, but it's a good IPA nonetheless. And if you're shopping for something that is lush and mellow, but not quite as big as, say, Maharaja, look no further.

5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4

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Photo of beergoot
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

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Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of GregMcQ
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry Dock is Aurora's best kept secret - a small, incredibly active and lively brewery with spirit, vivaciousness, and a wall of awards that back up their success. One of my favorite beers from Dry Dock is their Double IPA which I had the pleasure of sampling with other Colorado Double/Imperial IPAs. It's an orange marmalade color with a light thin foam on the top, allowing the aroma of graham rackers, marshmallow, pear and, oddly, banana baby food. It's not at all bitter, but not cloyingly sweet. The Dry Dock Double IPA packs a lot of favor without indulging in excess, and that seems to be a hard thing to brew. It lacks the serious IBUs of a regular IPA, but delivers a deep, satisfying flavor of clover honey and sweet malt sugars on a slightly oily body with medium carbonation. While not the most complex Double IPA, Dry Dock is showing its flag with this beer - a harbinger of future awards and victories at beer competitions.

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Dry Dock's Double IPA from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.