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Double D IPA - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

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75 Reviews

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 440
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 34.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
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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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 corby112
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges 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.

Medium bodied with perfume like earthy hops that provide dry bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Very dirty/soily with sticky pine needle flavor that dominates the hop profile. Needs 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. Some alcohol burn toward the finish but overall the ABV decently masked. Kind of all over the place with too much alcohol and sweet malt. In theory it sounds like it's well balanced, but there's just three different extreme flavors battling each other.

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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 Glennlawless
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

poured into pint glass

A - hazy orange one finger creamy head. a really solid looking DIPA

S - smells like mild bubblegum...mild mango citrus type fruit....alcohol is definitely coming though as well.

T - i get some grapefruit and maybe even a little bready at the end. everything is kind of masked by the tint of alcohol though so its hard to pin point exact flavors.

M - kind of a velvety mouth feel. very carbonated.

Overall...this beer had potential...if that grapefruit blasted through the entire time with out being interrupted by alcohol it would of been better. beer poured and looked awesome as well....taste wasn't there though. average DIPA.

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Photo of Timmmer1983
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Not really my kind of Double IPA. To sweet and no balance. I can't even find any hop flavor at all. The only saving grace is that the bar I am at serves it in a 16oz pint glass. That is all I have to say and why do these things have to be so damn long.

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Photo of Momar42
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip

A - deep, amber/orange color. Mild head formation that leaves decent lacing.

S - sweet, faint pine perhaps. For a DIPA, not a huge nose by any stretch. Ruination 10th Anniv this surely aint!

T - wow, I think I just got a cavity. Sweetness overpowers on the front end. Hop bitterness tries to assert itself but Willy Wonka makes anything else almost impossible. There is a fairly large malt content as well but that only magnifies the sweetness. Hop heads need not apply.

M - For all the sweetness and malt this beer at least isnt cloying. Finishes smooth and easy, due in large part to the one dimensional poor body of this beer.

O - Not a BAD beer, just not what most would consider a typical DIPA, even for an East Coast one to be honest. The lack of aroma and depth of flavors really sink this beer for me. I suppose this isnt the first time a guy has been led astray by Double D's. (Sorry, had to.)

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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 IronLover
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky, dark copper orange in color. Poured with a dense beige foam that reduced to a thick cap that coated the sides of the glass with sticky lacings. Sticky sweet caramel malt and brown sugar aromas with hints of light citrus and booze in the background. This was bottled almost 6 months ago, the hop character has likely faded. Medium bodied with a sticky, yet creamy smooth feel. Sweet caramel malt flavor with light citrus orange, grapefruit and pine hop notes from the middle to the end. Very boozy throughout. Finished with a bready, boozy, light pine hop bitterness. This drank more like a barleywine than a DIPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with a minimal head and sticky lacing.

S - Light, sweet, resiny fruit aroma with some faint pepper spice, light guava, and light sweet caramel malt (buried way down there).

T - The caramel malt, candy fruit spice, and pine. Resinous, spicy, with a hint of butterscotch and oak way down there.

M - Thick, oily, slick, with noticeable alcohol warming until the throat adjusts to the heat.

O - Candy sweet and almost cloying for a big IPA, I wonder what the age is of this bottle? I'd like to try a fresh batch and give this one another go. This is a very big beer and will hit you hard which makes it a sipper. But, the candy sweet presence is almost too much to make it enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber featuring.... a bomber
Bottling Date: July 12

no head to speak of even when I got more aggressive with the pour, good amount of carbonation is a sign of hope though, lots of bubbles swirling about my DFH cauldron, legs are good on this one which makes sense due to the ABV here, slightly burnt orange hue, pretty standard fare here.

major citrus hops with mostly dripping orange, sweet malty tone but there is a detectable alcohol in the nose, on a quick whiff the hops really throw a blanket over everything and smell awesome but take an extra second to pick up the rest.

taste etc...
for all those bubbles the carbonation disappears and this is remarkably thin. in some DIPAs the syrupy hops mask this and there is some of that here but it doesn't quite get there. the sip starts off with the nice orange-y hop flavor and then nothingness and then some real harsh bitterness.
after a few sips you normalize more to the flavor, but still my initial take remains, this is purely hop bomb city with no furry edges. the hop bit is very bracing and the ABV is quite noticeable.

A really strong use of high alpha hops. This is hard to keep going with, maybe split among friends, this is a bit rough around the edges. If an unabashed hop nuke is your thing, give this a try.

music: cro mags "best wishes"

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is three fingers high and offwhite in shading, quickly receding to reveal rings of lacing on the glass. Ultimately, the head settles at one finger.

S: The hops here are rather spicy and piny, rather than (preferably) citrusy. All this hoppiness is hidden behind a ton of crystal malt - again, not my cup of tea. On the plus side, the nose has little in the way of booze.

T: Lots of sweet malt open the flavor profile, with notes of honey, caramel, and toffee. The hop profile here is a bit sneaky, building a mild piny tone on the finish and aftertaste. At the end of the day, though, it's not what I'd call hoppy by any stretch. Nor is it boozy. It doesn't really excite the taste buds, but I enjoy its balance.

M: It starts off with a medium body, but the mildly strong carbonation helps lighten it up some. The finish is dry and resiny; however, it's not overdone. This is quite easy to sip on due to the well-hidden booze and pleasant dryness.

O: It's pleasant and easy going, almost to a fault. I think this would be a good beginner DIPA due to its malty yet balanced nature and great price point. Still, it can't really compete with some of the readily available elites of the style. The booze comes out strongly when it warms up, so drink it colder.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH snifter. Bottled July 12.

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown color. The white head settles to a half finger and leaves a rather complete lacing.

S - Smells of dank grapefruit peel and sourdough bread. There is also a dark fruit character that I don't usually find in this style. Some hops, mainly floral, strewn across the aroma. Interesting, but some of the smells come across as out of place.

T - Caramel malts from the start. Various fruit flavors with a lingering astringency, like an artificially sweetened fruit punch. Some pine hops, but not nearly enough to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste.

M - Thick and chewy with subtle carbonation. Has a warming character to it, suitable for colder months.

O - I was disappointed in this beer. It drinks like a Barleywine, which isn't in itself a demerit, but it isn't a good one. Cloyingly sweet after just a month or so from the bottling date. I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice lacing and single finger head on a clear crimson body.

S: sour citrus dominates with some caramel malts.

T: candied citrus which is much for sour than sweet. The malts and hops are poorly presented and overpowered by the sourness. I almost wonder if this keg is bad.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is just not a good DIPA, especially in a very hard genre to compete in with so many good ones out there.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber gold color that is very transparent. Heavy bubbles creating a white head rising maybe to about one finger's length.

Smell: Light citrus and that's it.

Taste: Bitter and a little sour, feels biting into a mellow grapefruit while still leaving the skin on. Hoppy but not too bitter.

Mouth: Lacks that after-taste you crave. Chewy, and slight sour finish.

Overall: Average at best DIPA,I have and you have had better. Doesn't do much to surprise the palates. It's a little in flavor but strong in alcohol giving you a slight buzz. There's definitely room for improvement. Grab a glass and have a taste....salud!

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

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Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 06/14/13 stamped on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light copper with ample 2-finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Aroma is highly floral and grassy with a heavy dose of pine. The malt component is minimal with only a dash of light caramel. Yeast aromas are not present.

T: The flavor is hoppy but harsh with pine being most evident followed by herbal, floral, and slightly grassy. The malt is also sweeter caramel than it should be which seems to enhance the sharpness of the hops rather than counter it. There is no yeast character. This is moderately to severely bitter. THere is a hint of fusel berry alcohols which is increasing the sweetness a little. Simply too harsh and grassy for a good imperial IPA.

M: About average with pretty dry finish and relatively low carbonation. Body is medium.

O: Not too impressive, the hops makeup and schedule needs to be revisted to decrease the harshness of the bitterness. The malt base is also not as well-made with some fusel and slightly solventy notes.

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Photo of crzepilot
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is copper, transparent, nice carbonation, great presenting head with some good lingering lace and top.

Smell is pretty malty, some biscuit, very solidy hop bitterness, mostly pine and some light citrus.

Taste is malty forward, clean pale and some biscuit or toast type flavors, quickly overtaken by the strong hop bitterness, slightly sweet lingers; hops are less pine than scent, some citrus and some solid earthy notes. hard to believe this clocks in at 9% - alochol notes are hidden well.

Mouthfeel goes cloying as it warms, pretty strong lingering sweetness, hops try to balance but the bitterness is not compensating.

Overall, a fairly neutral double ipa, a bit cloying in the lingering sweetness, good malty flavors upfront but do not finish pleasantly from the slightly over sweet flavor. Hop notes are nice and balanced up to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a decent gold orange color, 2 finger of thick fluffy white head, nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of lots of sweet malt, overly ripe tropical fruit and some alcohol.
T - Taste is very sweet, lots of candied kinda malt, some dark fruit in there, a little hop dankness, and some over ripe mango.
M - Very sweet and bitter, finishes dry.
O - Everything is off balance in this, too much malt sweetness, not enough hop flavor or aroma.

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Photo of dank203
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty decent DIPA, big grapefruit note on the nose, white wine characteristics, earthy. booze coming through. bit of tropical fruit. not overly bitter, well balanced. some citrus peel/lemon. overall, really drinkable, flavors are pretty complex but it has a harsh burn to it

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Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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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Double D IPA from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.