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Double D IPA - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

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73 Reviews

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 435
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 34.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 91 | 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 kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber; a few squiggles of foam are left on the side of the glass by the modest head that caps the liquid

Smell: Tangerine, peach and tropical, floral tones

Taste: The biscuity malt takes a back seat to the tangerine and peach tones in the front with more tropical fruit flavors arriving as well; by mid-palate, the bitterness becomes more assertive and lingers into the finish; rather well-attenuated

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: About six weeks since the bottling date and the hop flavors are very nice

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

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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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange ish color with a soapy froth and plenty of lace. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, granola and pineapple. In the taste, grapefruit and pine flavor from serious hop additions, to go along with a sweeter pale malt backing. Fair coarse leafy bitterness and a warming sensation round out the brew. Medium bodied, a bit on the thin side, but smooth and very drinkable. Not a bad imperial ipa.

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Photo of corby112
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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 tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper with a dense, frothy cream head that lingers.

Aroma is resiny, with thick caramel malt forming the backbone. There's a muted grapefruit underlying character. Toasted, bready notes accent the profile.

Sweet caramel malt, on the cloying side, finishes resiny and bitter. There are accents of citrus pith. Toasted, bready notes offer relief from sweetness.

Body is slick and fairly full, with moderate carbonation, a bit of hop astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Rich, overly sweet malt, bitter hops to counter, but the sweetness is overwhelming. Fairly boozy and resiny.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a bit of off-white head.
S: It smelled like rich caramel and honey malt, with some citrus and candied mango.
T: It tasted like sweet sugary caramel and honey, with some citrus and mango hops and rock candy. It had a clean but very sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was more like a sugary barleywine than a 2IPA, but it was still fairly enjoyable. The body was good enough, and the alcohol wasn't too noticeable. So it was easy to drink, if you have a sweet tooth. Not worth seeking out, but not bad to try once.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 argock
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
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 bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at RFD in Washington DC. I was looking for a beer that was not available in New Jersey. A cask beer works nicely for something completely different.

This was a cask aged version, which didn't have it's own entry. It was poured into a pint glass.

This beer is light brown with minimal foam. I expected the lower head due to the cask and the hand-pull.

Off the top I get grapefruit and a ton of resin. It reminds me of the smell on the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher.

The flavor was somewhat unbalanced. I get a ton of resin over the oak accents. There was a bunch of bitterness.

The feel (like most cask beers) is perfect. You get the luxurious and silky texture. It is a very easy feel, that is only challenged by the bitterness from the hops.

I liked this beer, but I would recommend the Bengali Tiger or the Double Simcoe (as mentioned above).

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Photo of Kendo
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Some good splotchy lace.

S: Juicy citrus over cereal grains.

T: Citrusy - think oranges and lemons - over sweet caramel malt. Quite sweet, actually, though it finishes with a lingering bitterness that fights the sweetness for dominance in the aftertaste, with the sweetness ultimately prevailing. Some sort of earthy spiciness is present too, along with alcohol at the finish.

M: A bit thinner than expected. Call it medium in heft, but it feels a little weaker. Carbonation is quite low, leaving it with a juicy, slick feel.

O: OK. Reminds me more of an American Barleywine with all that sweetness and the clearly-noted alcohol.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 5/24/13
Founders Doom glass

A: Clear glowing orange color. Initially a thin layer of bright white head. Not a ton of carbonation or lacing.

S: Over ripe peach. Tropical fruits. Muted yeast esters. Some pine. Some bready malts.

T: Nice bitterness up front. Get those fruity hops. Orange marmalade. Dry finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium bodied.

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Double D IPA from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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