Double Duckpin - Union Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 54
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 Shroud0fdoom
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce Howler/Growlete/whatever you guys call it.

I've had this on tap before and liked it. Not enough to review but now it's time. Coming to you guys live, what do I think of this beer! I pour this brew and its outstanding! WestCoast sunset body with a touch of white cloudy skies. Deep and brassy! Looks like I am going to enjoy this brew.

Now I smell my prey before me! Huge citrus hits first that reminds me of Grapefruits and ripe tangerines. A tropical vibe going on in the middle with tropical fruit and flowers. Very nice and refreshing. The backend there is notes of cedar and resin. Nice hoppy touch.

Taste test time! First hits the palate with citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruits.Flows through a touch of tropical fruits mainly Passion Fruit and a subtle Papaya. Which leaves a dank resinous hop flavor that dominates the aftertaste. The malts are sweet with a crackerish touch. This finishes semi-dry with a clean, lingering bitterness. The feel is medium built on the palate with mellow fizzy carbonation.

Overall: This is probably one of the better DIPAs to come out of Central Baltimore. It's firing on all cylinders yet it seems a bit restrained. It wants to be great, yet not adventurous. I Would drink this daily if it weren't on Rotation status. I can't wait until they can this brew. This brew is clean, balanced and on the verge of being raw. This brew is Recommended!

Photo of BuccoFan
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Mr_Cakes
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 !

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super tasty double IPA from the land of pleasant living. It's like Surly Furious Light.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Bieniek30
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too malty for my liking.

Photo of richj1970
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Keene
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a semi-transparent orange, verging on medium amber in color. Topped with a dense yet delicate head of foam, it's appealing to behold in the glass. Juicy, resinous aromas pour over the lip, hitting the piney and tropical touchstones expected from the style. Its dankness is reminiscent of overripe mango, papaya, and maybe jackfruit, too. Sustaining bitterness throughout with just enough of a malty undertone to keep the profile tipping in the direction of drinkable. Medium bodied with a lingering, drying finish, this is a well-made DIPA for Mid-Atlantic hopheads.

Photo of Mongrel
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge hop smack in the nostrils when this one hits the glass. Really juicy, green, bright smell.

On the palate, big pine hits first, then juicy citrus fruit, peach and tangerine. Pine remains at the forefront and at times seem to subdue other flavors. Sturdy, biscuity malt backbone, but still finishes super dry and bitter.

Overall, a Very bright and fresh tasting IPA that drinks nowhere near a 8.5% beer. A smooth, clean brew that goes down way too easy.

Photo of doubleduckpin
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the top beers ever made.
if u like a double ipa well look no further
look ok heady topper

Photo of gillagorilla
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Chimay goblet (12/1/14, first canned batch)

A: Hazy copper color with a flourish of a head and a fuzzy collar. 4
S: Fruity and floral. Tropical with a solid pine tree in there. 4.5
T: Light, yet strong and flavorful. Just delicious and easy to drink. 4.5
M: Brisk carbonation that really carries the hops. 4.5
O: Best MD canned DIPA, but also the only one. One of the best in the state and one of the better that I've had. So glad this is in cans. 4.5

Initial Review Below:

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/23/13, first batch ever)

A: Light, blonde copper. 3.75
S: Excellent and interesting hop profile. Strong smells. Good sign. 4
T: Full on hop bomb. All pine with a fine subtle aftertaste. 4.25
M: Light and full. 3.75
O: This is a great IPA and it won Max's blind-tasting for a dedicated brewery tap line for 3 months. Local and fresh. 4

Photo of MDHopster
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Double IPA, enjoyed a couple of months ago at the White Oak Tavern. Local Baltimore brew enjoyed at the end of Howard County Beer week.

A) Coppery appearance with orange tints.
S) Fruity aroma. Jacewg nailed it when he said it smells like Enjoy By. That was exactly what I said when I tasted it.
T) Taste also similar to Enjoy by, hoppy with hints of fruit.
M) Medium body and carb.
O) Excellent DIPA, will be looking for its return

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Classic orange amber body, with a real creamy forming head. Manages to glide up at four solid fingers with a soupy and wet looking appearance. Off tan, to bone white and color, with good staying power. The body color manages a mix of clarity and opaqueness to it, with a classic amber orange and small rising carbonation.

Very nice hop and subtle aroma. Hints of juiced tropical fruit and a caramel malt that hangs in the balance. Soft tea and orange with a mix of juiced herbality as well. Extremely varied with a lot of compexity it seems, but not a giant bomb either. Very nice.

Big juiced body on first sip. Some interesting prickly and unexpected carbonation that really brings out the bitterness. Stinging needles a little bit on the tongue, but with a juiced tropical front that coats with a slick malt and butterscotch like coating. Lots of airy pine and spruce like finish on the aftertaste. Resiny and oily coating quite a bit althrough the palate, with a sweet honey lip smacking coating. Very well masked abv for drinking, seems like you could pound these.

A fun solid DIPA, it sort of reminds of Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich particularly the sweet angle on the malt used with the hops, but not as aggressive. Fun DIPA, but not a hop heads beer, unless you like subtlety and complexity and taking your time.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Big Hunt, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose, along with some notes of tropical fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are stronger and stand out in front of the citrus. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of tropical fruits in the taste. It feels a little heavier in body compared to other double IPAs and seems like it could use some more hop bitterness to help balance things out, but it masks any traces of alcohol.

Photo of Klebe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still prefer the original Duckpin, however do find this to be a tasty brew. Recommended as a worthy pickup should you come across it in the near future.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of vitaminvert
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, perfect alcohol blend, this rivals some of the better IPAs out there.

Photo of fjoe
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Fascination smell, interesting mix of citrus hop and cat piss (they describe it as dank) but the orange stands out, really cool and strong. The flavor is not over the top but good, and it is not a bitter bomb, and it seems really balanced to me. Just enough bitter balanced with the ABV. I am a non-IPA guy and I enjoyed this one very much. Overall an excellent beer that I would buy anytime.

Photo of cooperla1
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer!!

Perfect balance of malts and hops! Citrus flavor, slight sweetness, awesome aroma! Wish I bought more!

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.