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Double D IPA - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BuxMontBeerLover on 05-19-2011

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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber.

LOOK: Cloudy amber hue, thin sticky lace

SMELL: Mandarin oranges, caramel, rose water, grassy, estery

TASTE: Creamy, slick, fullish body, very bitter, faintly astringent, citrus overload, rind, pith, zest, warming alcohol, bittersweet finish

A bit off kilter, could be considered a hoppy Barleywine. Regardless, flavorful enough and fun enough to make me want to take another sip.

Photo of toutaboutstout
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served: straight out of the bottle...I know...wasn't expecting much.

Appearance: I can't rate this. I drank it from the bottle. Kudos for using a brown bottle though.

Aroma: quite nice. Unexpected from a beer with a screw top. It's defiantly all hops. Lets see if the taste matches.

Taste: wonderful. Fresh hops, citrus and some malts. The high gravity is masked. Always a plus.

Mouthfeel: it is a bit too carbonated, but that's ok. One should take their time savoring this one.

Overall: good double IPA. Very true to the name. Nice label. Don't underestimate the screw top.

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep, richly honeyed sort of amber color, fairly thick in the middle and opaque, for the most part, with some cloudiness to it. The head is a creamy yellow-tinted one, almost a full finger's height with adequate lace sticking to the glass.
Lots of citrus and a boozy note hit the nostrils, an impression of triple sec before some candied orange peel and powdered sugar sweetness transitions to more of a floral and perfume note.
Hops show up a little more strongly in the flavor; it's not an exceptionally hoppy beer, particularly for the style, but it isn't weak. It works in such a way that it does find balance without being overly malty. Oddly, it's a beer that someone who doesn't like hoppy beers may actually like, but it doesn't give up the bitterness. There's a ton of overall citrus character, but the zest (rind) and pith show quite a bit.
The body is medium, fairly creamy and plenty crisp, going ever so slightly astringent just on the end.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brews by the Bay.

A: Pours a copper/amber color with a small fizzy head with decent retention. Little whisps of lacing form on the glass.

S: Some grapefruit, caramel, brown sguar, and some faint pine. Slightly sweet, not as hoppy as I thought it might be.

T: More grapefruit and citrus with some pine coming during the middle. There is some more caramelized malt, a touch more than I was hoping for.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Abv was well hidden for 10%.

O: A pretty good effort, a little sweeter than I usually go for in a DIPA, would have liked to have been a bit more bitter. Will grab a bottle when I see it and give another shot and update if needed.

Photo of sjones5045
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a minimal head. The smell has a very nice cirrus and hop blend which instantly gave me high hopes this was a Damond in the rough. BUT, the smell unfortunately was the best part of the beer. Not all that much citrus or hops present. I kept smelling and tasting cause it almost seems impossible for something to smell this hoppy and citrusy to have such a bland taste. Nothing great here , but to be fair, nothing really bad either. Just sort of middle of the road double IPA that I would only get if the beer menu lacked any other kind of crafts. Not worth seeking out.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Semi-hazy tarnished amber color with a half finger of head. Lots of dark fruit malt on the nose, touch of earthy and citric hops.

Brisk, on the lighter side of being heavy bodied. Dark fruit flavors, fig jam, sugared raisins, some rum and lots of caramel. Hops aren't really the center focus, more of an after thought and is just there for balance. Still some lingering sweetness though. Not alot of detectable alcohol for the abv but a little off for the style. Very much so on the sweet side for a DIPA. I've loved everything i've had from this brewery except this one. Double D just isn't the double IPA you would expect from Dominion, definitely not enough hops. Kind of simple and not impressive.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky burnt orange has a late developing creamy, bubbly topped head that was a light parchment color. Upon closer inspection and backlighting we see a light mention of chunky yeasty goodies floating about. Head retention was rather short and sweet falling to a patchy, bubbly covering.

S: Am i missing something here. Oh yeah, the hops. Rather neutral, no signs of alcohol but also no mention of hops. Bottled july 12, consumed october 12 so may have something to do with it.

T: Sweet and dry alcohol laced speciality grains. Strong alcohol and dry citrus, grapefruit, lemon combine ot give this some hop/alcohol fusels. The hops pick up quite a bit, the flavor is only moderate, not really tasty, rather alcohol driven, with warm apple nutmeg tones and burnt applewood notes.

M: Malty, dry alcohol fussels arrive on the mouthful. Big alcohol laced citrus warmth.

O: Overall the alcohol plays a dominant role here, honestly was unaware it was 10.0% until after drinking, really didnt seem that much, but was enough to distract. Flavor and complexity were pretty flat line here, only moderate, a bit overly sweet from the speciality grains and the alcohol interfers quite a bit. Not really exciting flavor wise, kinda mundane and a bomber is best split, the flavor does grow on you a bit but not enough to warrant good regards, its the kid in the front of the class who tries to hard to impress and ends up just annoying you in the end.

Photo of vandemonian
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Double D IPA is a delicious and big DIPA. It is dominated by grapefruit hopiness over a nice balancing malty base.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty fast. 3.5

S: Lovely orangy-citrus aroma. Some grapefruit sourness there too. 4

T: Malty sweetness with grapefruit citrus flavour. This is a big beer in all the ways I like! 4.5

M: Pretty low carbonation. 4

O: 4.5

Photo of superkustom
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very toasty. A bit boozy but over all well balanced. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a nice dusty golden hue. With ample carbonation of small bubbles rising to the 1 finger head. @ 9% its definitely a sipper, for the price it's a pretty good DIPA. I will definitely put this in my rotation.

Drink On, Drink Up! (DODU)

Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice opaque and tangerine orange body. A three finger head is created while the golden brass liquid pours out of the bottle. Head is very creamy and whipped up, it's actually kind of yellow tinged with very tiny bubbles in it's makeup. A nice looking brew, even if it looks like a creamsicle.

Bouquet is a bit of a sugary hop front, and powdered sugar sensations. Thick sense of alcohol but not too boozy. With some time a bit of citrus orange comes creeping out. Not too bad.

Palate is kind of interesting. Lots of orange hop flavor, but also a kind of cough drop and borderline medicinal finish. Palate has a fine enough rich character that lets the mouthfeel play, and the flavors dance and come out. However, the finish is also really fleeting. Hop angle is definitely there, quite airy but also not with much staying power. A strange bit of sweetness also hangs around.

Overall it will do in a pinch, But my first sip and thought that came to my mind was this one was kind of weird. Probably not the ultimate DIPA to be had but life could be a whole lot worse.

Photo of Clanceykid
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one has got a real nice color and look to it with a healthy head. No funny business here, it is your standard double IPA flavor without any crazy added flavored bull. It also has a pretty good percentage to it. A decent near Philly beer. I recommend it.

Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy orange-brown with a very thin film of white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt.

T - Bitter grapefruit up front, followed by sweet caramel malt, rye and pine. Earthy citrus hops and bready malt on the finish.

M - Medium-full body, soft and silky. Mild carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent double IPA, although a bit unbalanced in flavor. The sweet malts tend to overshadow the initial hop presence. But it's still an enjoyable beer and definitely worth a try if you like some sweetness in your IPA's. The alcohol is masked well, so be careful.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glad they put these in singles now mixed and matched for just over 2 bucks at my local pack shop.
A - Not much head in this just a 1/4 inch that reseeds back to a sticky ring. Beer itself is a bright orange slightly hazy with just a hint of brown color.
S - Not sure what hops they used but to me it smells like orange hops. Mild citrus and some sweeter malts but it doesn't smell to resinous or piney.
T - Not sure if it was "The Oracle" I just had but this beer is plenty acidic with a pretty strong hop base. Not as much to really put me off but again its malt is not as balanced making for just a solid pine attack that leaves the tongue raw.
M - Medium to thick in body the ABV is totally noticeable.

Overall with a not so concealed ABV and a totally semi unbalanced hop profile I do not see getting this again.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during the tasting portion of the Old Dominion Brewery tour. This beer was limited to a 50 barrel production according to our tour guide.

Enjoyed in a Old Dominion sample glass.

A - A deep, amber color with a half-finger head that quickly faded. A small amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - A very classic IPA smell with intense hoppiness and grapefruit aromas.

T - A very tasty DIPA. A great combination of hops, caramel, pine and citrus. This is not a beer you want to drink fast or a lot of. The alcohol is very noticeable. The others in our tour group were BMC'ers and they couldn't handle the intensiveness of this beer.

M - Lightly carbonated. A thick beer. A bitterness lingers after each sip.

O - A really good beer. I would love to buy this but alas it is limited to select locations for a very limited time. Old Dominion is part of InBev but the folks I met there were very knowledgeable and truly dedicated to putting out a quality product. I'm really glad I got to sample such a low-production run beer.

Cheers!

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - nice amber color with great 2 finger head and decent retention and lacing

s - very nice balance of hops and malts

t - this is an exceptional double IPA with very balance flavor. Plenty of spice, malt and hop balance. No bitterness at all. Alcohol level is very well disquised.

m - buttery and nice

o - one of the better double IPAs I've sampled so far. Easy to drink and highly recommend.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic hotel cup, orange amber colored with a white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: earthy pine resin smells, quite sweet, honey, brown sugar, slight citrus

T: fruity bubblegum flavors, herbal, basil, grassy, really odd

M: medium to full, good carbonation

O: flavor profile is strange

Photo of brittZOOloff
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Smooth, packed with flavor. Great beer!

Photo of nofunyons
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My new Imperial IPA fave

Photo of Chrisbaggz
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The trick with this brew is to drink it at room temperature. Yes I know that sounds gross, but try it and you'll see. This beer is all Hops and bitterness with no malt balance to speak of. I have had several and it seems that the colder it is, the more bitter it tastes. Try it at room temperature and you are right up there with the other double IPAs. Having said that, I do enjoy an ice cold brew, so I am subtracting points from my review. Cheers!

Photo of Dirtcop
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not bad but i was expecting more. Too piney for my taste

Photo of ckollias
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a sample of this beer at the What’s up Chesapeake Beer Madness 2012

A: Pours a golden copper-orange hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Huge hoppy aroma with hints of citrus in the background.

T: Very bitter hoppy flavor – with a slight citrus and lemon background. Alcoholic burn half through and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good double IPA – I love this style.

Photo of crzepilot
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a very pretty deep orange nearing light brown hue. Clear not much head probably the glass.

Smell I really would Like more hop aroma but very little for such a highly hopped beer.

Taste definitely a high IBU beer, almost crushes my taste buds, which I love but it is not balanced by the malt and the alcohol is in your face.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied beverage.

Overall it is definitely a double and you will feel it and taste it, the alcohol is in your face and the bitterness is citrusy and piney and will rock your taste buds world. Good beer but you should either start or end your night with this big beer.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color and a half finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Floral hop aroma with a soily, grassy character that’s countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with subtle spicy needle followed by caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Pine flavor that dominates the hop profile. There is some citrus/sweetness for balance. The sweetness comes from a strong caramel malt backbone that slightly overpowers the hops. Hints of rye, caramel, toffee and biscuit. Medium bodied with earthy hops that provide dry bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Some alcohol burn toward the finish but overall the ABV decently masked. Overall, a very nice DIPA!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - touch of red but an otherwise golden hue. Started to pour straight down the center, watching for a head to billow up, but that never happened. Hm... Thin head, a few swaths of lace here and there.

Aroma - kind of a light soapy, bready thing going on. No hops in the nose to speak of. Hm...

Taste - there are definitely hops in this beer. There is also a considerable footprint of alcohol. The grains are brief and beat down by a hot malt liquor abv heat. The hops come mostly astringent and pithy, the alcohol tends to overpower any florals. I do get hints of citrus and piney bitterness but the pine is momentary. After that, it's harsh, hot, and not all that flavorful. Ends with astringency and alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - for a beer that I don't care much for the taste of, I really dig the mouthfeel. Velvety smooth, the way I like the DIPAs, with plenty of crispness and body to fit the style.

Overall - needs a bigger grain bill for balance. Not one I'd revisit.

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Double D IPA from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.