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Double D IPA | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BuxMontBeerLover on 05-19-2011

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Photo of ksimons
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a cloudy honey orange color with a thin layer of white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Taste is heavy on pine and citrus with light malt sweetness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall this is an old bottle (at least 3 months old) so taste may be a bit off, but seems a little too heavy on the pine and citrus.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Copper amber; Bit of cloudiness and some lacing.

Smell: Typical pine and citrus notes.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine. Not much else.

Feel: Non-descript.

Overall: A bit one dimensional. Decent body; heavy on the citrusy pith. Not enough malt-sweetness to
counterbalance. Better examples available.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of creamy off-white color, mixed bubble set with divots across the surface, retention is just above average, the lacing is broad and sticks well if not exceptionally. Clean, clear coppery color with widely dispersed bubbles of larger size, shines well in the glass. Fresh, if at times hollow, nose of wet leafy matter, dried pine sap, tarry earth, black tea, mandarin oranges and jasmine, the pineapple, apple, pear to apricot fruit guileless and of few words. Light to medium-bodied with a creamy texture which helps it flow with relative ease, the carbonation more of a subtle churn than prickle. Does not really emphasize any specific element, seems intent on blending it all into a whole. Orange and minor pink grapefruit, flowers, pine breeze and mineral water, stays fresh rather than indulge in anything beyond a patina of breadiness, caramel and brown sugar, not dry yet nowhere near “sweet” either. The peach, apricot, apple fruit clean and not tropical. There is a bitter and unbalanced quality to the finish which stands out because of how integrated and unassuming it was beforehand. You’d run out of conversation halfway through dinner if sat next to it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy enough, for an east coast DIPA. Orange golden color with nice foamy head. Pure hop aroma, piney, resinous, more of the same in the taste. Short finish, but overall pretty good.

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Photo of estimatedprophethawk
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into an IPA crystal glass. Born on date 12/01/15.

Color. How do you rate the color of a dipa? Yeah. It's dark golden.

Nose. Spicy, sweet, mango, citrus with a touch of pineapple. A touch of pine and onion.

Taste. Brown sugar quickly moves to bitter piney dank, with a long bitter/crisp dank finish.

Mouthfeel. Creamy with a slight syrupy finish.

Thus is quite possibly the perfect representation of an American DIPA about two years ago. Today? It still is, but the competition is right there.

I really like this beer. The alcohol is completely masked by a very nice mildy east coast Hoppy presence. I really like this beer, but I'm a hop head and have been for ten years. I would never turn down this beer unless someone offered me this and a Hill Farmstead or Treehouse IPA.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy DIPA pours a deep honey amber color with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thin ring and pooling layer with nice lacing. Nose of heavy pine, pineapple, and rich caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with pineapple and citrus laden hops drenched in caramel malts that fade in the middle to back with a VERY strong pine hop note that finishes piney and bitter. Good carbonation to cut through the caramel and hops with subtle heat on the back from strong alcohol content.

A Christmas gift from my old boss........Thanks Larry!


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Photo of Gajo74
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a hazy golden orange with a nice foam head and plenty of sticky lace. There is an almost intense hop oil aroma; it feels like you are breathing citric and resiny hop fumes as well as alcohol. Similarly the taste is quite hop forward. There is a big grapefruit finish and a big bitter aftertaste. The palate is also bitter and dry. There is also alcohol. The feel is medium bodied, slick and oily. The carbonation is prickly. This one is good for a hops fix, but not particularly balanced. Also, I wish the alcohol was masked a bit more. Overall, I would have again as it was tasty enough. Nevertheless it's not the best example of the style.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy orange-copper, white head, sticky lacing,
S- Resiny hops, bit of citrus
T- Follows the smell- Bitter resiny hops, pine,
M- Slick, heavy bodied, medium carbonation, nice to drink.
O- A very solid DIPA all the ay around.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper. Nice head that lingers.

S: Citrus, Pine and Resin. Some malt character as well

T: I really like the flavor. It's a pretty big hop bomb, but it's balanced nicely with maltiness. Pine and Resin come through nicely, with some big malty biscuit notes showing up.

F: Typical Double IPA. Smooth with decent carbonation

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Photo of not_an_evil_overlord
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Disclaimer: I grabbed this for a "build your own 6 pack" batch and it may have been sitting in the bottle shop for quite some time.

Look: Gorgeous, an absolutely beautiful clear dark amber - copper color. Poured a fair head at 1.5-2 fingers (I have big fingers) with a slightly off-white color. Visible carb.

Smell: A little muted (which is why I think I may have gotten unlucky with my selection) with some grapefruit notes that promised something nice and refreshing.

Taste: Now, I hope this was a bad one because the taste was really bad. Loads of phenol alcohol that made it taste like hand sanitizer. I was eating it with some chinese pork sausage, belgian endive, and crab cakes if that effects anything.

Feel: Didn't quite burn going down as much as it did scorch my insides.

Overall: DIPAs are my favorite style but this made me sad. I really wanted to like this beer and I am going to give it another try in the future but as of right now I'm not happy with it.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double D.

Old Dominion is so far on a streak to prove that they are ( in my opinion) one of the absolute best in terms of widely available brews on the market. Let's hope this one can follow in the foot steps of the others.

Look - This nectar flows from the bottle forming into a burnt sunset orange with a two finger off-white head that is slowly taking its leave as I watch it sit. Carbonation appears to be on a medium level with this one. Head retains well and leaves an excellent amount of lacing. 5.

Smell - Oh lawd Satan of Hell. The nose is not strong on this one. Grapefruit dominanta with some medium hits of malt...end. 3.

Taste - Where did this shit come from?! Fruityness and juiciness is on a near ten with this nose!. Grapefruit juice, mango juice, a few drops of pear juice to round it all out!. HORY SHIT ( in my best Asian accent) this is a tasty brew. The maltyness does come in upon the swallow to arrest the other flavors and charge them with crimes against my taste buds Legislation 666 of the taste bud code for being too tasty. Damn system man. 4.5.

Feel - Creamy and contrived ( not even sure what that word means, but damn if this beer doesn't make me feel like an aristocrat) " No work here! Shouts the fat well fed man in his sealskin coat " . Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. A four will do good here since I never let intoxication levels determine my scores. 4.

Overall - Well...In my opinion Old Dominion cannot do any wrong. Admittedly, if it weren't for the malty finish this would have gotten a touch higher score in the taste category. Doesn't smell great. But everything else is up there. And at 9%? You bet your virgin asshole I'd have it again. 4.5.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good DIPA. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color. Medium size off-white head with good retention. A covering remains on the glass throughout. Thick band of lacing form on the glass. Aroma highlights bitterness and biscuity malt. Flavor is bitter, without any heavy citrusy or floral notes. The biscuity malt presence is prominent too. Mouthfeel is dry and bitter. The 9% abv is well hidden. A well crafted beer, nothing exceptional in the taste, but a nice smooth bitter IPA.

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Photo of Garrett19
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This destroys your taste buds. I love hoppy beers, but this is over the top. I won't say I will never have it again, but it is a strong beer. I do like it though!

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Photo of mozart4898
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Rating from memory. Poured to glass.

Amber in appearance. Sweet malt/caramel in nose, little in the way of hops. Taste was malt first, then more malt, with maybe the slightest hint of hops but nowhere near enough to be considered a double IPA. Cloyingly sweet. Must admit the ABV was well hidden, but that may be the biggest positive this beer had going for it IMO.

Maybe I had an old 6 pack. As it was I wished I had some sucker to trade these off to. I've never drain poured a beer but these came close. Would not buy again, would turn down if offered.

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Photo of Mopauly
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great double IPA for the price. The ABV is well hidden and will sneak up on you. I buy by the sixtel, and this a bargain for what you get. Well done.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 2F light brown head that dissipates, lots of lacing, amber, hazy

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, pine, a little sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, nutty, pine. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, bubbly, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - Good value - 6-pack for $11.99.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very nice Imperial IPA. Too bad they don't distribute in NY. I had to go to Hoboken to buy it.

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Photo of fishmanpa
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice orangy color with a good 1+ finger head that left a thick lacing on the glass. Citrusy overtones in the aroma but very balanced with malt as well. It smelled "smooth". A complex taste with the citrus hitting you first, then a smooth malt middle and finally a nice bitter bite at the end. Overall, a really nice offering. Careful though, at 9% ABV, those Double D’s will hit you upside the head!

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Photo of Csikic93
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a blood orange with a thick white head. Smells piney and very citrusy. Tastes citrusy and finishes with a strong pine. Bitter initially but not terrible even for 90 ibu's. Would drink again.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/11/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good could drink a few of these great blood orange color with 1/2 finger head off white lacing till the end smell of lite citrus fruit and pine taste just like it smells nothing great nothing bad will drink again

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Photo of droomyster
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper body with a rich, frumpy white head with excellent retention. Big floral aromas blend with fresh leafiness and a hint of caramel, with the sweeter notes less pronounced than in my favorite double IPAs. Tastes good but simply lacks the sweetness of many double IPAs. Hop-dominant, with zesty orange peel and resinous flavors overwhelm the taste from start to finish. I wish it had a maltier mid-palate to make it more interesting.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: golden orange; slightly effervescent; medium frothy off-white head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: sweet malts with piney hop notes

Taste: malty sweetness in the background with a noticeable upfront resiny bite; finishes slightly dry due to the hops lingering, but you can tell the malt is still there; kind of astringent aftertaste

Mouthfeel: a bit creamy with noticeable carbonation

Remarks: not bad, but I don't care for this type of hop

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, some fruits. Taste is piney hops, malts, light fruits, mild bitterness, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall surprisingly easy drinking considering the abv, but if you are looking for a hop bomb, this ain't it.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark orange and clear

Smells of malt and booze.

Taste follows he nose. A lot of malt a a tad boozy. Hops take far back seat to the malt sweetness here. What little hops are detected are extremely bitter and don't carry much citrus or pine.

Medium to heavy body and medium carbonation.

Not too pleased with this. Pissed I bought a whole case but it's thankfully all gone now. Will not revisit.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%

I tried this bottle from an IPA glass chilled , review from notes

The color is dark golden with medium amber hue and light hazed appearance with good clarity with 2 finger pale cream fine bead and thick lace stickage. The smell is very sweet with mild caramel type scent and mild floral quality with slight alcohol apparent in the aroma. The feel has a mild sweetness with medium carbonation and modeately high bitterness with slight warmth of alcohol as it finishes dry.

The taste is pretty decent with semi-sweet flavor which leads to bitter and herbal hop base with some caramel in the malt obvious with subtle pine type hop with sharp bitter flavor and mild alcohol intensity which makes it seem dry as it finishes but a slight residual sweetness is there as the bitterness continues with alcohol hanging on. This is certainly strong and has enough hops to make you take notice but there is a balance and it lacks hop flavor to match the alcohol. I would prefer more hop aroma for this style personally

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Double D IPA from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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