Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

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

Not Rated.
Dry Dock's Double IPADry Dock's Double IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

101 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 101
Hads: 243
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

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

Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 101 | Hads: 243
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. (274 characters)

Photo of katan
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (953 characters)

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. (514 characters)

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... (671 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 BradLikesBrew
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours murky amber with a brown shade to it. There's a one finger eggshell head.

S - Tropical fruits, not much else to me.

T - Slightly sweet with a hit of pineapple.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Not a lot of hoppiness to it. The score had me thinking it should be better. To make. To be fair, I'm not sure how long it's been sitting. I did pick it up on vacation and don't see a bottle date. (428 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 mulder1010
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (952 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 dedrinker
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw color maybe golden and cloudy like hell.

Big citrus aromas with alcohol and phenolic hooliganism.

Lots of lemony and lemongrass hoppiness up front with other citrus/ herbal notes arguing in the background. After a while the alcohol comes up front and refuses to back down.

full bodied and hoppy-alcoholic on the finish make this abrasive as it warms up. I shy away from stuff at 9% and over for this reason. (423 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 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 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. (741 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This one is a bubble machine. It poured with a solid three fingers of head made up of big bubbles. The head didn’t budge for a few minutes and by the time I took my first sip a good finger and a half were still left. This extra-thick head rested on top of a nearly opaque, orange beer. A ring of lacing clung to the very top of the glass and beneath that big splotches of lace lined the glass.

SMELL: The aroma required a nose to be stuck in the glass, but once it was there it was quite intense. Lots of citrusy hops, particularly lemon and orange with a bit of grapefruit were present. A touch of pine rounded this one out. Very nice aroma.

TASTE: This tastes just like the nose, but with a twist, which I’ll get to in a moment. First, the lemon, orange and grapefruit from the nose are all present, but the order is rearranged. Now it’s grapefruit, lemon, and then orange. The pine is also there, but it is intensified. The twist is that this beer has a fantastic bitter and hoppy twist that shows up mid-sip and rides it out through to the end. This is an excellent DIPA.

MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated, but the sparkle ends up getting the backside of the palate and remains a little more smooth towards the front. This is also a very dry beer.

OVERALL: I am quite impressed by Dry Dock’s offering here. I found it on tap a couple of weeks ago for the first time, but I’m very happy I found a bottle to bring home in order for me to get a better feel. This is an excellent Double IPA. (1,510 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A – Cloudy orange color with good lacing

S – Stong orange, citrus with pine on the nose. Very small malt but with the seven hops a great hop blend.

T - pine, small yeast with the hops balanced to give a fresh all around taste. The big thing I get is orange.

M – medium heavy and some carbonation. Lingers more than I like but pretty solid for a DIPA

O – Very solid, not over the top on hops or malt. Has nice orange and citrus notes, but nothing too deep or complex. (478 characters)

Photo of buffs9
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into an Urthel chalice. Beer was a hazy, orange peach color, with a one-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was big citrus hops.

Taste was citrus hops, some light pine and bread, but mainly bitter hops.

Easy drinking and surprisingly smooth for an IIPA. Does not drink like it's 10%+! A very well crafted, delicious beer. (391 characters)

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

Pours a solid orange with white head, a bit cloudy.

Smells of piney hops, some sweetness but not much. Good hop aroma.

Tastes like sweet, piney hops with some lingering bitterness...pretty smooth overall.

Great mouthfeel, full body, not quite chewy, still it doesn't feel heavy.

This is one of the best beers I've had in the style. My personal preference and taste make this one a few steps away from a favorite. Still, I'm impressed. (439 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 hoppytobehere
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap, 22 oz. pour

A: Opaque, copper body. Thin soapy head with excellent lacing.

S: Hops with some lemon/orange. Malt pokes in a little. Not a huge presence of alcohol.

T: Nicely balanced. Hop bite up front that's loaded with citrus. Reminds me a little of DC Brau's OTWOA, which is a good thing. Not sure if the hop profile is similar to Falconer's Flight, or what. On the back end, there's great malt flavors. Like just taking a bite of fresh bread.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied. For a 9% beer, it's very easy to drink.

O: Definitely will seek this one out again. (568 characters)

Photo of mrw1zard
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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! (275 characters)

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