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Double Duckpin | Union Craft Brewing Company

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Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gillagorilla on 10-29-2013

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 500
Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, date of canned on 5/21/16 on bottom

dark golden in color, great head and lacing. nice varied hop aroma - citrus, grassy, floral. similar flavor in the taste. only minimal bitterness, some biscuity malt flavor. nice smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drink local, in my opinion this is the best beer brewed out of Maryland, at least from what I have tried so far, pours golden with minimal head in my IPA glass, very refreshing DIPA, Happy Fathers Day

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Baltimore.
Slightly hazy light golden with a decent long lasting off white head. Huge pine citrus and tropical fruits on the nose with some faint bread underneath. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Beautiful well made beer!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with medium dense head that lasts for a while and leaves a thick layer on top. Nose is crisp...a bit lighter than expected...with some pine, lemon curd, and malt in the background. Flavor is more in-your-face. Initial juiciness followed by a drier mouthfeel and firm bitterness with pine, but falls short of stripping the enamel off your teeth. A damn good beer.

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Photo of Slack
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to pale Amber and clear with some head and moderate lacing.

Smell is citrus, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and malt.

Malty, citrus, and pine.

Mouthful is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Very balanced and very drinkable. Not too much of either a juice or hop bomb. Seek it out.

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Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/19/16
A-a yellow orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-very nice aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt, and pine hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malt backbone and citrus, tropical fruits, and a moderate amount of hop bitterness in the finish

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall very nice DIPA, lovely aroma and nice amount of bitterness in the taste

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, we've got a nice, hazy orange beer sitting under a very disengaged head-ish thing that at least will leave a little draping lacing.

Nose is all at once sweet, mango, grapefruit and zesty lemon
The only downside to the aroma is thatit leaves nothing to the imagination as far as taste goes. First taste reveals diligent script following (mango, grapefruit, sweet...).

Finish leaves behind a little sweetness, a touch of bitter but most everything fades away pretty quickly in an otherwise normal "wetness" sort of finish in a medium bodied beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.79/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nope. Don't get the hype at all. Duckpin, to me, was just a bland bitterness bomb, and this is much the same, only more so. Just a lot of one-dimensional hops with a hint more fruit than it's little brother, this isn't one worth going out of the way for. Seriously, I don't get the love for this stuff.

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Photo of topofthehops
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The brewery is a 10-minute walk from where I work, which is a wonderful - and potentially dangerous - thing. It would be full-on "Danger, Will Robinson!" except their tap room doesn't open till 5 (no liquid lunches).

The current DD vintage is the best yet. A fabulous aroma bursts from the glass. Deliciously juicy. My favorite Maryland beer, it compares favorably with the very best DIPAs I've had the pleasure of trying.

The brewery is a must-visit if you find yourself in the Baltimore area. Just be advised that, at present, they're only open Thu-Sat.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, vibrant orange color with thick and lasting near-white head. Strong orange, mango and papaya aroma with a touch of banana creaminess. Interesting mouthfeel that's slightly watery, slightly creamy with prickly carbonation. Muted flavors that follow the nose with a nice, fairly bitter aftertaste. Solid beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one's on the smooth and dangerously drinkable side of the DIPA style. Sweet-tasting juice flavors in the neighborhood of mango and guava run up front while the more traditional citrus punch finishes this beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -3.3%
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%
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
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 gustavmahler-09
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-brown with one finger head that doesn't last. Smell bold, hoppy. Tastes strong, some bitterness, lingers on the palate. Feels rich, creamy, lots of carbonation. In the top rank of Baltimore beers in my opinion.

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Photo of rjd722
4.59/5  rDev +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 -1.6%
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 +4.9%
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 -13.3%
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 +7.7%
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 +4%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.4%
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 -5.8%
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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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
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