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Double Take IPA - World Brews

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Double Take IPADouble Take IPA

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BA SCORE
68
poor

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: azdback on 06-18-2011)
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DrLasers:
Photo of DrLasers
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A sixer of IPA at $5.99 is worth for an honest try. It is definitely drinkable and mildly hoppy but it falls a bit short on all things that make a good IPA. Henry Weinhard's IPA is about the same price point but a delivers much better for a budget IPA.

This beer is exclusively distributed to Vons, Safeways, etc. who have a knack for mis-handling beer. I bought mine from a stack on the floor in front of the cooler. They were cold and warm on different sides of the package and were being rotated in with a spot in the cooler (which was empty).

DrLasers, Jun 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lazaro
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Lazaro, May 03, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Safeway's new sucker lineup, yield a normal looking yellow and orange beer, white head, average looking stuff. Lacks dry hop aroma, lacks much in the way of hop aroma.

Taste, just put some copper pennies in a homebrewed pale ale, why use hops for flavoring when you can just do this? This beer is all about the bitterness. There is no subtlety, just bitterness. I'd really only recommend this if you want to make it look like you drink craft beer. Its like if AB made a platinum regular bud, and dry hopped it with thousands of pennies. I wonder if tweekers would try and strip this beer of copper wiring? Oh, I forgot to mention they probably also use some aspirin to dry hop with as well.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of PoorYorick
1.6/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Double take? More like spit-take! Reading the other reviews makes me wonder if a bad batch got out. It is horribly sweet, even for someone who likes sweet, strong barley wines. It has a chemical smell to it, too. Has a bad metallic after taste. Bottom line: there are so many other, much better beers out there and life is too short. When you see this on the shelf, walk on by.

PoorYorick, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured a shade or 2 darker than a golden orange. nice 2 finger head, eggshell colored with tight bubbles. leaves a decent lace.

s: good balance of toasty malts & pine hops. some leafiness as well as some toffee notes.

t: upfront i got toffee notes, then some piney/leafy hop flavors. in the finish i got a minty-like taste along with some toasty malts. also has a strange flavor that lingers, but nothing that puts off the beer for me.

mf: its got a solid medium body. carbonation is on the lower end with a smooth, slightly creamy feel.

o: it wasn't undrinkable like i expected and it was surprisingly decent. nothing spectacular, but it was well worth the $6.99/6pack price and the 6.9% abv.

aval89, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. The blonde Double Take IPA pours a deep golden with a touch of haze and offers creamy white foam. Standard or better retention and lace. Good to see that it is truly 'blonde' and not overdone in the caramel department.

Aroma offers some light hop notes and an underlying simple grainy feel. Rather light overall but pleasant in the approach with an orange and lemony underpinning.

More orange notes on the flavor along with a bit lemon bread and a light bitterness. Touch acrid at times particulary when first poured. A bit of warming and air helps dissipate the tannin notes but this beer is quite dry for a 6.9% offering, finishing a bit chalky.

This beer starts off well enough but surely takes a turn for the worse. Like the blonde on the bottle you don't really want to look to closely and perhaps a bit more enjoyable right from the bottle. Still nothing detracts excessively.

HalfFull, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bbkd3b
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been hesitant about buying this due to the fact that it's at a chain grocery store for $6... Price bias? Perhaps, but I'm going off of past experience here. Poured into a pint glass.

Copper body complement by a thin, fizzy kind of head. Nice color, but it has a pretty flat appearance. Each sip leaves a thin, sticky lacing down the side of a glass. Smell is a faint hoppiness, kind of sprucy. No real malt backbone to speak of, but there's a faint, fruity undertone popping up. Neither potent nor deep, but not unpleasant.

A light, tingly body carries the flavor on to the tongue. A decent bitter kick on the back end is about the best part. There's a light hop bite the whole way through. No malts to speak of - it's a fairly one-dimensional brew.

I'm not all of that surprised at the result, here. For the price, it's decent enough, but I don't see myself revisiting it in the near-future... or the distant-future, for that matter.

bbkd3b, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of matjack85
2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yet another World Brew's product. Maybe they'll finally get one right as all my previous experiences with their beers have not been good. I can only hope. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/copper color with a 1-finger white head that almost lasted a minute. Lots of small spotty lacing on the glass.

While there was a piny hop smell to this, there was also a noticeable amount of unpleasant alcohol.

Ugh! This stuff is awful. While it has some piny hop flavor to it (and not much else), it's the overwhelming alcoholic taste that ruins it for me. It's nearly devoid of malt and the hop strain they used isn't that tasty either. A poor example of an IPA.

The mouthfeel is actually not bad. It's smooth (almost creamy) with moderate carbonation. But again, the alcohol is everywhere.

No matter how cheap it is, if you have to force it down or spit it out, it's not worth it.

matjack85, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Safeway because I have never heard of it until just now.

Appearance- amber color, pretty good size head

Smell- very light hops, barely any, malt

Taste- very light hops, a little more in the finish but still very light

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but for an IPA it was not good. I was expecting hops and I barely got any. I would not buy it again.

jeffjeff1, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of TheKitten
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

TheKitten, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Zorro
2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Been avoiding this one but Von's was selling it for $5 a six pack tonight so I HAD to give it a try.

Clear amber colored ale with a small yellowish white colored head. It does fall in the spectrum that I like to call IPA Orange.

Smell is herbal hops with smells of aspirin and the smell of a willow tree, Amarillo Hops?

Starts out sweetish with a unexpected caramel syrup taste. Fairly bitter with an aspirin flavor that I associate with Amarillo hop, I'm not a fan of this hop variety. Fairly bitter with a bit of a savory taste to it. Sensation of salt on the tongue. The taste is fairly acrid, something like burned plastic. The taste is frankly for want of a better word for it Abusive.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I am tempted to give this a 1. Bluntly this isn't a good beer. Only reason this doesn’t get a 1 is that I didn’t pour it down the drain. Whoever decided on the hop mix should be shot and shot twice for using Amarillo hops. Needs a warning on the label "Tastes vaguely like cat piss and STRONGLY of Aspirin!”

Zorro, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Rhettroactive, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Irishthirst
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased this beer from a Dominick's this weekend for 5.99 a 6 pack. I rarely go to Dominick's but was intrigued by the low price for an IPA. Had I known it was the same brewery as Wingwalker from Jewel grocery and Big Flats 1901 from Walgreens, I would have avoided.

Appearance: A rust-colored look that is a bit paler from finer varieties of its genre. I did have some serious clinging and lacing that looked like a jacuzzi at the Holiday Inn.

Smell: It has faint citrus and floral overtones but not overwhelming. It definitely smell of alcohol.

Taste: My first drink was the best, all downhill after that. It tastes like a very bitter IPA with strong lingering alcohol long thereafter. I feel like this is the moonshine of IPAs.

Overall: I will not be buying this again. I can still fell the burning in the back of my throat. Not recommended.

Irishthirst, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of miggy2tone
3.25/5  rDev +19%

miggy2tone, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of andreas
2.49/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Please excuse my lack of reviewing knowledge, I just wanted to supplement PoorYorick's review, I too received a bad batch of this beer. I bought three 6 packs at a Safeway store in San Francisco because they were only 5$ each and two of them were DISGUSTINGLY sweet. Absolute garbage. One of the six packs, though, was decent and tasted like a somewhat decent IPA. Nothing to write home about.

Pooryorick- Im curous where you bought your beer, and I'm glad to see someone else had the same problem as me. I contacted the manufacturer to notify them of the issue.

andreas, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ChaseBeer
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

ChaseBeer, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of jesus808
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

jesus808, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and standard branded blue pressure cap acquired as part of a variety 12 pack at my local Vons grocery yesterday and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery - which is known for its discount approach to beer. 6.9% ABV confirmed. No freshness date.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head with thin horrid lacing, okay thickness, an underwhelming lack of cream, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not great for the style, but passable.

Sm: Mild floral hop character. Pale malts. A vague hint of lime? Off-putting detergent. Caramel. An average strength aroma; not an appealing one for the style. It isn't terrible, but it isn't bringing much to the table in terms of hop character and the balance between hops and malts seems questionable. Still, it's not bland or boring. Maybe some light salt? IPAs shouldn't be gose-esque. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Soapy detergent - this spent too long in primary. Generic floral hop character. It does have some freshness to it though. Way too sweet across the board. The malt side of things is disappointing; generic pale malts lack any depth or interesting features. No graininess or grassiness, no crisp refreshing body, nothing. Maybe some lime; it's hard to find one off-flavour beneath the already present off-notes of detergent. Poorly balanced and built - especially for the style. I'm not a big fan of this one. Some naked hop bitterness even manages to creep in about the climax; this is the cardinal sin of an IPA but I'm shocked a beer so otherwise devoid of hoppy notes manages to sneak in some biting bitterness.

Mf: Nicely smooth, soft and wet. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Okay thickness. The mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer, but that isn't saying much. Coarsens somewhat in the late second act to its detriment. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well, but it's not horrible for the style.

Dr: Hides its ABV decently. It's not even an average example of the style, but I don't think its awful. Style aside, it's still not good but it's okay. I definitely wouldn't pick it up again, but I can appreciate the need for this type of beer in the marketplace; there's value here. I do think it's better than other budget attempts at the style; it's preferable as an IPA to say, Kirkland Signature's example. At least this attempts a hoppy profile. Wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I think many are being harsher on it than they would be in a blind taste testing merely because of the brewery. The sweetness does severely limit drinkability for me; I wouldn't want more than one (scratch that, half) of one of these in a night.

D+

kojevergas, May 16, 2013
Photo of himynameisping
3/5  rDev +9.9%

himynameisping, May 23, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Copper-orange with a big white head that lasts quite well, but leaves virtually no lacing.
S- The aroma is astringent bitterness. There is a touch of herbal hops, but it is just kind of meh bitterness on the nose.
T- There is a pleasant touch of hops up front, with herbal and orange flavors. They do a good job of focusing on the bitter aspects of an IPA. That said, there is not enough hop flavor for the amount of generic bitterness in the beer.
M- It is overcarbed and has a bit of a foamy mouthfeel that is not altogether pleasing.
O- This was an ok beer, but it was too bitter for how minimal the flavoring was.

jsprain1, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Jame515
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Jame515, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Anomandaris
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Anomandaris, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of jkdrummer
1.15/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got enticed by the price, $6 for a 6. Also, strange finding beers from Rochester NY in a Seattle Safeway. There's more than one BA review page for this one, contract brewed. Worse IPA EVER! Those stinky moldy tasting rank hops made infamous by Genesee beer are present here, corn, straw tasting and disgusting - did I say how much I hated it? Terrible crap from Rochester. Do not waste your time or money.

jkdrummer, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
2.17/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not going to do the traditional review here.

Looks like a nice IPA. Smell is malt and citrus with a weird kind of sourish twang. Taste is not good. Malt comes on, is attacked by hops and the whole thing is enveloped in a very nasty bitter/sour (sour like gone bad) kind of flavor that doesn't go away. It's like they TRIED to screw this one up. Nuf said.

srandycarter, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of sirtommygunnah
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

sirtommygunnah, Sep 26, 2013
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Double Take IPA from World Brews
68 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.