Double Duckpin - Union Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 326
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 2.56%
Wants: 58
Gots: 59 | 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 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +13.7%
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 -10.9%
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 -0.2%
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 Gregaroo
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 -5.6%
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 -22.1%
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 +12.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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%
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 -3.3%
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%
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 -2.6%
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 +4.2%
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)

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderately intense hop aroma for style but holding a minimal presence of hop oils. Citrus, grass and faint flower.
Big, but not huge white head, with quite a bit of stickiness. Body is a lighter amber that's pretty clear, all in all, and fades towards gold.
Smooth ale for all the hops. Little shot of warmth in the gut just to let me know the alcohol level, but not appearance in the taste. A nice sweetness in the drink that is over taken by a mash of hop flavors before the bitterness kicks in and hangs around for a good long while. I come back to the initial sweetness which also takes on some nice fruit flavors.
Smooth and little thin for style but carbonated nicely.
This is good, but not great, but I'm really glad for the opportunity.
Thanks @larryi86 (766 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into snifter

A: Murky amber good lacing

S: Very dank and resinous this beer

T: Beer is full on resin and interestingly sour/bitter on the edges on the back of the tongue on the finish. So richly piney and resiny it's a pleasure to taste then as it warms a whole other fruit characteristic envelops you this beer has depth

M: Beautifully full it coats and clings

O: This beer is insanely good it just keeps coming with the flavor thus is a beg borrow or steal to get beer. (493 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Pours a 1 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear copper. Lacing is stringy and spotty with very good stick. Pretty nice.

Nose is citrus, pine, cut grass, and tree sap hop bitterness. Aromatic.

Opens pine, tree sap, papaya, pineapple and starfruit sweetness. A big malt backbone balances out a sappy, resiny hop bitterness in the middle. More tropical fruit, amber, and slightly bitter at the end. Finishes with a sticky hop residue. Same aftertaste. Incredibly well-balanced.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive and boozy in the mouth and goes down smooth. Finishes moderately messy with a slightly lingering, wet aftertaste. Drinks real easy.

I hadn't heard about this beer until now but suffice to say that it'll be on my radar from now on. Nothing overwhelming but this is a very well made representation of the style. (931 characters)

Photo of Mr_Cakes
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To keep this simple: If you enjoy a strong citrus complex with your hops in a superbly balanced IPA then this is for you.....take it from Mr Cakes!
Addendum :I have lowered my score on this beer. My initial review was on a wonderful batch. However, the last 2 batches that have come out in the last 8 months are different. It's almost to the point of a different beer. Union's quality control needs work. They are being inconsistent with their batches of this beer. (465 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Shroud0fDoom for this one from the NBS BIF #1 box. 120z can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured hazy/lightly cloudy orangeish-amber color with 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

A huge frontal assault of pine and weed hit me in the nose as soon as I cracked the can. Those aspects had an even stronger presence as I poured into the glass, and there was no malt scent to be found. On the tongue the story was pretty similar, although some malt did come through to provide a base for all those bold hops., and, as a bonus, there was a citrus component on the finish.

The body was solid without being heavy, and the beer had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was very good. Were they regularly available to me, I would drink them regularly. This is a must try if you see it, and probably worth setting up a trade for. (852 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra. Since they recently upgraded The Wire to HD I figured I would crack this one and rewatch one of the best television shows of all time. Set in Baltimore!

Appearance: Nice hazy bronze color. Decent amount of head that settles into a nice lacing pattern. Very attractive brew!

Smell: Kind of malt driven and is probably why this one is on the darker end of the spectrum in regard to color.

Taste: Not too hoppy, not too malty, but is on the maltier side of things. Overall well balanced really. Decent amount of dankness going on, but this one is pretty fruity as well. Tropical fruits, passionfruit, mango's, etc are dominant.

Overall: Solid brew from a brewery I had never heard of prior to receiving this one as an extra. Cheers to the beer brother up in Maryland! (803 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 FL OZ can into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a beautiful dark golden with a thick off white head. Subtle carbonation.

Smell: Fantastic tropical fruit hop aroma, balanced by smell of sweet caramel malts.

Taste: This beer is super sweet. Light tropical fruits from the Citra and Amarillo hops. The Simcoe adds a touch of tartness. Full flavored sweet malts.

Feel: Full bodied. Tart, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: A delicious East Coast DIPA that I had been looking forward to trying for awhile. (528 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy amber with a two finger white head.

S- Dank, resin, tropical fruits, citrus, spices, hints of caramel malts, awesome hop bomb.

T- Piney, dank, resin, balanced by tropical fruits and citrus, earthy spices, a great hop bomb, bitterness lingers nicely.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An awesome hop bomb, very happy I picked this up, and I will be buying more of this! (417 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ta to Robert A for sending me a couple of cans of this, the fabulous regular Duckpin, The Punisher, and 4 cans of National Bohemian...the original reason for the trade!

Hazy orange, small but persistent head of foam that is also persistent with the lacing.

Very very hoppy nose with an abundance of grapefruit citrus, mango, you know, what "we" like to call a dankness. The sweetish malt is not left far behind. Curbs the bitterness and actually dominates the flavour at times. More tropical fruitiness shows up as the beer warms..I kind of sense a note of pineapple.

On the top end of medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make the mouthfeel top notch.

This is Double Duckpin, a well brewed double IPA. The regular Duckpin is a Pale Ale. 2 beers from Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore Maryland, that NEED to be tried!! Cheers! (853 characters)

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.