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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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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 242
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 46
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 07-03-2010

Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA
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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 242
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. (289 characters)

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. (572 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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! (517 characters)

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! (434 characters)

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. (834 characters)

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 (929 characters)

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. (988 characters)

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. (292 characters)

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. (393 characters)

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. (732 characters)

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 (757 characters)

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... (463 characters)

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. (638 characters)

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 (642 characters)

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! (301 characters)

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. (938 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1001st Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Thanks again to my boy Poonamibaxter!

App- Super dark orange with a lot of damp coloring mixed in. A big two finger head presented in marshmellow white with some great sticky lace and cling.

Smell- Like a big DIPA would. It's slightly malty, slightly earthy, a little citrus and a lot of hop oil behind it. I've smelled this exact scent before before this one is a bit sudbued.

Taste- A little bit spicy for a DIPA. It has some really good layering as I sit here and sip on this. A little malty and a little citrusy. At points as it warms a little bit of earthy bread comes in.

Mouth- A good medium body with a paired medium carbonation level. A good amount of citrus/malt/dough all work together but seem a little out of whack on the finish.

Drink- A pretty good BIG DIPA. The 9% is very well hidden on the nose and the taste. Doesnt really feel all that big with the flavor profile working in unison. Not my favorite recipe for a DIPA but still good. (1,006 characters)

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

thanks to daniloknezic for this beer sent as an extra!

reviewed from notes; drank on 11/11/2011.

poured into a tulip.

Appearance: mildly hazey, but glowing yellow bodied beer with a nice egg white head that pours easil 2 fingers high. The head is quite fizzy.

Smell: Lots of big grapefruit and pine cones. Some floral and herbal notes in the back. Maybe even some oranges and lemons too.

Taste: Fairly bitter hops and a very hop forward DIPA. Its got some big pine and grapefruit with a little bit of citris showing up to lighten the bitterness a little bit. The hops taste fresh and juicy. Malt profile is hard to find, but its got a little biscuit flavor to add to this hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, fizzy, and epervesent.

Overall: A really solid beer from Dry Dock. These can guys make a really good beer! More Dry Dock please! (884 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small soapy white head.

Aroma is really nice with pineapples and lemons, hints of pine and a nice sugary sweet malt character.

The taste brings more grapefruit than the aroma and it's sweet, almost sugar-coated, in character. There is a subtle malt backbone with the hops leaving a slightly bitter, floral finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and medium bodied overall.

I'm pretty impressed by this one. It's one of the better DIPAs I've had lately with lots of citrus but still sweet and not overly bitter. (564 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, n8dietz for pickin up this beer for me.

Very light caramel added to a strong hay and sunshine colored bread. Not much in the way of head or foam, but strong, tiny bubbles.

Oily, citric hop resin aroma that has added floral notes and a few crackers here and there.

Thick, resiny palate upfront. This thins out to a more juicey palate and citric, floral bitterness. The middle has some sweetness from the malt, making me think of squeezing an oranges juice right ionto your mouth. Then maybe some biscuit and caramel like malts for balance. The finish lingers away gently with that juicey palate and almost orange juice sweetness and bitterness. (657 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
2.27/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

probably a bad bottle.

pours golden yellow, decent clarity for a dipa

cirtus, hint of tangering, lavender, and floral notes, but overwhelming diacetyl. So much so that I don't even want to taste it

hop bitterness, dank and heavy, columbus and chinook. Malty sweetness is also present. Perhaps diacetyl is from a bad combo of hops, either way, blah.

medium body, mouthfeel is a touch slick, and a bit chalky too

I had high expectations after tasting some nice dry dock offerings at gabf. This was underwhelming to say the least. (532 characters)

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

Bomber poured into a snifter
Pours a hazy orange, a lot of carbonation
Smell - Citrus
Taste - not your usual taste, complex, citrus, fruit, and some pine and resin, very refreshing, halfway through, maybe as it warms, there is a slight alcohol heat coming through
mouthfeel - thin to medium, mild stickiness on the back of the throat
Overall - A DIPA that I would definitely drink again. (387 characters)

Dry Dock's Double IPA from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.