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Double Duckpin - Union Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 343
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 59
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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Union Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

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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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (150 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (185 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of OmahaKF
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is piney with malt sweetness and touches of citrus. Taste is hop forward with an oily bitterness that is reasonably well-balanced with the malt profile of the beer. (171 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blessing to @montman for this MD gem
A hint of citrus, but a lot of dank, resiny, piney, grassy goodness going on in both the nose and the first kiss. Finishes liter than expected on mouthfeel, but taste is pure bliss. (218 characters)

Photo of Rammed96
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Once of the best beers I have ever had.
Full of citrus and flower flavors. Smells like a bag of oranges and flowers mix together. I wish I could find this on a regular basis. (174 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can with no visible date.

A: Golden yellow with 2-3 finger off white head that lasted forever and left nice lacing.

S: Citrus aromas with grapefruit and mango mixed with bready malts and a touch of caramel.

T: Mix of citrus and floral hops with a fairly strong bready malt backbone.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Finish has a slight hop bite and a little sweet.

O: Given the other reviews, I had high expectations. While it is a nice DIPA, I was expecting it to be more hop forward and juicy. Perhaps I need to revisit this one another time. (594 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last weekend after never hearing of it and really liked it. Lots of citrus, super easy to drink and no bitterness...would pick this up all the time if I could in NYC. (185 characters)

Photo of nlv0127
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bready, malty on the back end (maybe the Munich) that really overwhelms any big citrus hop flavor, not a big fan but cheers to Union for a solid Double IPA. (156 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of cans at the brewery on Union St. just west of JHU in Baltimore. Poured from can into a pint glass. Nice straw and smooth taste. Had a few on the day after graduation. (190 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color; the head perks to an inch or so and leaves some splashes of lacing

Smell: Tropical tones galore, with mango, grape and pineapple most apparent

Taste: A bready malt base that is rather subtle as the tropical flavors dominate; the grape is quite pronounced (and different) but the mango and pineapple are more to be expected; floral and fruity, with the finish bringing pine and onion; dank and resinous throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice Double IPA to cap off my trip to Baltimore; had this one and the Gose and came away impressed by this brewery (660 characters)

Photo of mozif
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Pizza Paradiso in DC. A bit underwhelming based on reviews. Very balanced and decent nonthless. Moderate malt balance, and a good hope profile. Would seek it again if available in cans, but there always will/should be a better ipa on tap. (257 characters)

Photo of fjoe
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy amber
S - Tropical
T - Hop forward and smooth. deceptively 8.5%
F - light, carbonated well

o - This is a great DIPA, love that this is local and around the corner. (173 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a can into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy amber color. Like apricot nectar. 1 finger foamy white head that recedes after about 90 seconds. splash lacing around the glass. At second look I defintely do see some sediment on lower side of the glass.

S. Aroma is nice and tropical. Grapes, mango, kiwi, melon all come to mind. Definitely tropical hop forward. Juicy!

T. Agreeing with those nose I get the tropical hops but I also get some bread malt flavor, slight pine, A nice mild dankness followed by some hop resin. Green leaf aftertaste. Lots of flavor going on here. Not super bitter but it's there. Very complex and that's appreciated. Really liking this beer.

M. Nice body. 5 out of 10 on thickness. Light carbonation that goes well with the body. Slightly dry finishes that just makes you want more. And that's ok.

O. If it wasn't for the sediment the "Look" would've been higher which I gave it a 4. But really i'm very happy with every other aspect of this beer. I've had many beers with the same tropical, juicy hop profile but I love how this one has a nice dank note about it. Aroma is making you want to taste it. Very nice beer that I will search for again.

(I have 1 more of these and if the pour doesn't have any sediment I will change that rating and consider it isolated) (1,324 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to PSU_Mike for this hookup.

Wads and wads of pine and resin on this one. Just tons of it. Chewy, sticky, gobs and gobs of it. Really love this beer. Love the feel. Love the east coast character about it. This beer is awesome. I will buy this beer any time I see it in the future. (290 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I went into my favorite store looking for Sculpin, and they were out. My beer guy suggested this as an alternative, and I accepted only to be polite because the guy has been generous in setting aside some rare finds for me in the past. I was extremely surprised by this. Great lacing, body, etc., etc, but most importantly, this was simply delicious. (350 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a 12 pack cans from a friend. Canned on 2/13. After having a few of these I am very satisfied. Citrus in the nose, great balance in the taste. Light in the mouthfeel, but with a large amount of citrus and enough bitterness to still be a double IPA. Very easy to drink and does not have an alcohol aftertaste like some 8% beers can. Almost drinks like a 5% beer to me. Only complaint is that for a double IPA I would happily have a slight/tiny amount of hoppy kick. Cannot wait to trade for more freshies! (520 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic ! Oh my, really enjoying this canned dipa. A great mixture of things going on with this. Tropical scented hops on the nose. Full flavored yet easy drinking for the abv. Trading in the winter can cause some concern undoubtedly. But when you come home from work to see beer mail waiting for you it's always a pleasant thing. Made even more pleasant by the fact that I opened up the box just to have this already chilled for me. Yeah ! (442 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can fresh from the brewery. All around solid beer with really stunning hop character, like Valencia orange and coconut. I regret buying only one six pack. (154 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange with creamy snow foam. 3.75
Marinated tangerine segments, fresh pine, and pineapple on the nose. 4
Peach croissant then tangelo, rosin, papaya, white melon, and spruce hops. 4.25
Red grapefruit rind finish and humming evergreen linger.
Close to the light than medium, some oil, slight cling, no burn. 4

Columbus, Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe

All sorts of brightness, no harshness, and the ABV is buried like a secret - there are 6.5% beers that drink hotter. Hops start old school citrus-and-pine C but opens into some tropical fruit without going Southern Hemisphere or dank and sticky. Sweet but clean; measured more than balanced. Not a hop bomb in the abrasive sense - the Amarillo and Mosaic sing louder than the Citra and Simcoe. D.C. area seems to go in big for these super bright, juicy, aroma-forward DIPAs. 4.5 (840 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color. Nice fluffy white head that lingers. Looks incredible.

The best way I can describe the smell is nice hop dankiness. Some nice citrus flavors that mingle with a good earthy, resiny hop. Maybe even a little oniony...

Taste is exploding with amazing bitter, juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus coats the tongue and mellows into a lasting earthy hop flavor. The flavors mingle perfectly on the finish, and stick around just so that your tongue begins to become sticky from hop resins and you are enticed into taking another sip.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice fresh, crisp mouthfeel with enough piney resin to coat the tongue.

Overall its an amazing beer and would become my go to IPA if I lived where I could get it. (751 characters)

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.