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Double Duckpin - Union Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 450
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 78
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gillagorilla on 10-29-2013

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 450
Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a snifter glass.

Pours a clear light copper body, three finger fluffy white head with nice filmy lacing and thick collar. Looks good! Smells of pine, a bit of citrus, mild caramel sweetness but mostly hoppy and a bit soapy, even. Flavour is a nice grapefruit kick with a hint of lemon, caramel, toffee, backed up with a solid pine bitterness. It's classical with a nice balance between malt and hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink, mild pine and citrus bitterness on the backend. A solid double IPA without much in way of fault.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of pineapple upfront with nectarines, oranges and grapefruit. At the mid palate and on through the finish it presents some lightly bitter pine and light malt. The malt may not be quite hefty enough for a Double but the fruitiness is delicious.

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Photo of SBFG
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchase from Ronnies in Forest Hill, MD. Pours a hazy golden orange, white head, smooth carbonation. Mild bready note under a citral grapefruit rind, touch of pine, some caramel notes. Alcohol is low to moderate in sensation. Medium body, touch of sweetness.

Overall a good clean beer and good representation of the style but I feel the beer is a bit muted with raw edges, like the water chemistry needs development. I think if they back off the caramel malts it would POP!

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good Double IPA.
I tried on 3 different trips to Baltimore to acquire and finally was able to.
Worth the effort. I put it a notch below Battle IPA from Monument on my personal list of Best Beers in Maryland (that I have tried).
Would like to try on draft.
Would certainly seek out and stock up on again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured in my spiegelau IPA glass. Hazy, deep orange closer to the top of the glass and transitions to a lighter orange towards the bottom. Off-white one-finger foam head, dissipates pretty quickly but retains some foam on top and significant lacing.

Aroma: A well-balanced bouquet of floral and citrus notes. Juicy oranges and pears hit you up front and the piney resin finishes. Somewhat grassy as it warms.

Taste: Huge citrus (orange, grapefruit rind, slight mango) and floral hops kick it off and there are traces piney resin throughout. The balance of hops and sweet malt is definitely a success.

Feel: Perfect carbonation level and super crisp. The piney, floral bitterness is a nice touch and the alcohol is hidden very well. Easy drinking, refreshing DIPA!

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - hazy orange, white two finger head (poured from a can) dissipates quickly...spotty lacing

Smell - citrus (grapefruit/orange...even some peachiness), sharp pine resin

Taste - citrus on the initial taste, sweet malt in the middle, bitter pine aftertaste

Feel - medium body...light carbonation...a little acidity...minimal alcohol taste for the ABV

Overall - Good DIPA, smell is the best attribute to this beer...fairly easy drinking for the ABV with a strong pine.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled from a days-old, just-tapped keg, pours a gorgeous, very slightly hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Initial smell is grapefruit and pine, but it doesn't stop there. I pick up an earthy/fruity smell with ripe cantaloupe, mango and oranges along with spicy herbs, then later on, good dank and some yeasty-dough. Taste gets all that in there in a completely logical and seamless progression of flavors, with a decently dry, bitter pine resin finish. Feel is medium body with just the right carbonation, with just a bit of slick smoothness. Delicious beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lucular for this 12 oz. can, as I work my way through the last of his box. It’ll be interesting to see how this compares to Single Duckpin.

The pour is a slurry of oranges with a light cover of carbonation. I’ve dealt with a smorgasbord of passive aggressive behavior today & this is refreshingly up front: huge fruits that run the gamut of the yellow from pear to grapefruit to sharp hops. The anti-Duckpin, this smells straight off the brite tank.

Double Duckpin is (please cover your children’s ears at home) well balanced. Strong malts bring a sliver of caramel & long-lingering sweetness, while the hops deliver a steady dose of lupulin to the base of the tongue & certain lymphoid tissues. Creeping fruits are only a fraction of what the nose blares: citrus, mango, unfocii of tropical fruit. The bitterness is cumulative rather than incremental & really starts to stick to the palate as the level of beer drops in the glass. Nice drinking IIPA.

Much more memorable than its little brother, but balance just isn’t my thing. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Nate! This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a quickly dissipating slim head leaving messy lacing. The smell had a big sweet luscious and sliding fresh grapefruit with a kick of bitter orange peel and fresh lemon scent mixed with a bit of freshly cut grass. Superb! The taste takes that big sweet luscious grapefruit to town and enlivens eloquently and sweetly in a full richly satisfying citrus aftertaste. Sweet sticky finish rounds out the taste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation is there but nothing overbearing. It ends up twisting itself around my tongue bitter yet smooth, sharp but pure. Making me want to gulp but leading me on. Overall, where the hell did this come from? And who is Union Craft Brewing? Hot damn, I'll gulp copious amounts of this for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap poured into a tulip glass at fox's den. This is a great example of east coast brewer making a really solid double IPA. Great smell and taste that is very balanced.

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Photo of terrysjag
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is actually very, very good. Very good hoppy and malt flavor that stays from the first zip all the way thru and makes you keep coming back for more. Not too heavy with very good bitterness and a just right abv so you can enjoy many without getting distorted.

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Photo of MattXT
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz pour at Union's tap takeover of the Whole Foods Fairfax. Pours a nice amber color with a decent, white head. Aroma is somewhat citrusy, balanced with some piney sharpness. Flavor is fantastic with some dank notes and tropical fruit/citrus balance. 8.5% is well hidden and the carbonation is appropriate.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light Amber color. Has a musty hop aroma with citrus peel. Flavor is hoppy up front with a citrusy finish. A little bit of a crispness at the end. Leaves a nice aftertaste. A very beer overall

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Photo of Jason
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Bold, Brash, Rind, Booze

“Double” is an understatement, this beer delivers full throttle hop bitterness. While Double Duckpin isn’t a palate destroyer per se, it still takes a sick type of hophead to keep up. Not to be crass, but to me, burping up hops is a sure sign of an IPA that’s destined to do more than simply wake up your taste buds. My nostrils are burnt with thick hop resin, my palate is dominated, and the 8.5 percent is a bit “in your face,” although it’s never hot. Yes, I had a lot of fun sipping on the onslaught of hops in this elixir. Worth the hunt.

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.25 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.25

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #105 (OCT 2015)

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Photo of kbwalters
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Canned on 8/12/15, so about 1.5 months on it.
Look = 4.25 Pours a cloudy golden yellow with orange highlights and 1.5 fingers of crisp white head. Good retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Hops everywhere: citrus, tropical fruits, a little pine and some dank, spicy hops too; a touch of sweetness on the nose, kinda of bready.
Taste = 4.0 Hoppy fruitness and dankness upfront, more sweet in the middle of the taste, bready, and a significant bitter finish.
Feel = 4.0 Medium to high carbonation, fizzy, with a medium body and a little resin that sticks the bitter to your mouth but overall on the lighter, more drinkable side of double IPAs.
Drinkability = 4.5 Very drinkable and refreshing DIPA.
Overall = 4.2125 A terrific DiPA, great hoppy nose and flavors, and great drinkability.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

la mousse n'existe pas. Un nez fort; d'agrumes, un peu de malt. Le gout produit qqch précis- comme des houblons sarachi ace. C-à-dire un peu diacétyle, mais vraiment une somme parfaite. Le malt est là légèrement. Jsuis étonné que la marque est telle. Une bière savoureux.

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Photo of cmf
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured fresh from a 12 ounce can into a snifter. The IPA pours golden and turbid with a low head that quickly disappears. The meniscus is still lively with effervescence long after the head disappears. The beer has an excellent floral aroma and an incredibly fresh, pungent, fruit-hops taste. There is a some sweet malt to counterpoint the subtle bitter grapefruit whites flavor. The taste is a unique hops taste that I haven't found in any other American beer. Overall this is an excellent beer. 2015 even better than 2014.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can four weeks old into a snifer glass
Look: Appears an orange golden color with a finger of head. Nice vibrant color.
Smell: The aroma is citrus notes (orange, grapefruit, peach) with some sweet malt mixed in. Smells like a balanced west coast style IIPA.
Taste: Taste is tropical fruit upfront (grapefruit, peach, and some banana) followed by a malt sweetness backbone. The finish brings a punch to the back of the mouth of bitterness. Again a balanced west coast style IIPA comes to mind.
Feel. Mouth feel is crisp but a little light. Wish there was a little more here.
Overall a nice IIPA. It is balanced and easy drinking for 8.5%. It isn’t mind blowing, but if you like the fruity IIPAs that have some malt balance you can’t go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Hazy light amber with a small off white head that retreated briskly, leaving some nice tracks. Nose was orange, pine and grapefruit with a little malt. Taste followed with a balanced hop/malt profile, highlighting pine, grapefruit, orange and dank resin. Nice dry finish. A great beer - alcohol hidden nicely.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. It's local and I've become bias against local. But this is a great brew. Not a fan of Duckpin but the double tastes more citrusy. I likey.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying this beer - I live a half hour from the brewery, but it was unavailable until this week. An undated but likely fresh can (hey, they weren't in the cooler 5 days ago) can into pint glass. Pours a nice, clear, reddish-golden amber with a white head that dissipates rapidly. Sticky pine resin is the predominant first impression, but there is a little citrus (grapefruit) undertone and some maltiness that balances things fairly well. Bitterness is subdued. Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sticky. ABV is not in your face, but it's evident if you're paying attention.
There's a lot of local hype about this beer - and it's well-deserved. Possibly a little long on the pine end of the spectrum for my taste, but if you're into that kind of thing, it's one of the better choices.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

Orange body, mild haze, lasting off-white head. Hops, pine, a hint of onion. Medium body with bitter hops and a dry finish. Pretty good local IPA.l

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can dated 08112015. 1 week old.

Hops: Cascade, Mosaic, CTZ, Amarillo, Galaxy

I love their Duckpin Pale Ale and this takes that to a new level. Aroma and taste are loaded with notes of pine and grapefruit. A decent malt backbone balances this out well. It's dry, but not super dry. Have no idea how this is 8.5%. I would have guessed 7%. Great IIPA and I will be buying a lot more of this.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full disclaimer, this is not my style of IPA. But, I can appreciate it for what it is. It's sticky, resinous, piney hops, on top of sticky, piney, resinous hops. For that flavor profile, it's truly in a class by itself. You have to really enjoy this sort of flavor profile to really like this beer. For what it is, it's pretty nice. But, it's definitely not my style.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus. Taste is citrus hops up front, pine creeping in later, some malts, light alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good quality beer.

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.