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Reviews: 326
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Troyone on 08-15-2005

Doubling down on malt & hops, Double Daddy raises the stakes. Double Daddy pours a fiery orange with a lasting creamy white head. Triple dry-hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the aroma is lush and floral with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and spice. Fresh pale malts and an orange marmalade tang balance the bold, bitter hops and lean mouthfeel.
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA, on tap at The Cannery Row. Cloudy orange and Lacey. Big hops, hop aroma, fruity apricot , peach,citrus, and earthy. Good drinking for the style. Good Fall beer. Dry hop and toasted malt finish. Fuller mouthfeel with a good malting, caramel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be displaying a slight infection issue perhaps.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange color with a nice white head.

Nose is light pineapple and a fast hint of fresh peaches that fades fast. Nose goes to pine with a hint of wintergreen.

Mouthfeel is medium/big bodied with very nice balance and a rich character.

Flavors are very big, bold and assertive. Big pine bitter hop character with big burnt toast yeast with undertones of carmel, espresso and yeast. Flavors are complex but only somewhat integrated. A big, bold and assertive flavored beer but something is "off." Flavors are not integrated to be complimentary and seem to fight each other a bit.

Not as drinkable as one would like; flavors are not bright or "fresh." Big grapefruit skin oil bitter finish.

Overall a big flavorful brew with flavor conflict. The big flavors are initially very appealing and this is likely well made and simply a matter of taste.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a thin white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus and pine. Faint graininess. The flavor is overly grainy with some strong orange rind notes and a bit of pine. Medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-bitter finish. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky brownish color with a nice head, the flavor is hoppy but not in a way that really impressed me. The hops were more on the earthy side and not very citrusy or bright. Not really what I was hoping for in an American IPA. The aroma is earthy too with a slight aroma of malts.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and caramel aroma

Taste: Starts with a caramel aspect that is quickly joined by citrusy hop elements; after the swallow, a burst of alcohol joins the fray

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with considerable heat from the alcohol

Drinkability: Tastes like a much higher abv than it contains; the flavors are right but the inability to conceal the alcohol is a real drawback

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of this brewery, but I don't see a lot of double IPAs in 12 oz bottles, so I decided to give this one a shot. Bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Darker than most IPAs, this resembles more of an ESB to me. The head poured fairly thin and quickly faded into a ring.

S: Oily hops and sweet citrus. It has a fairly pronounced smell.

T: Overwhelming hops and alcohol; definitely not a subtle beer. The high ABV is quite apparent.

M: Medium-bodied and crisply carbonated.

Very rough around the edges, especially when compared to other Pacific-brewed double IPAs, such as Rogue's I2PA or Stone's Ruination.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - same scratchy Prohibition-era screened imagery as the other offerings from this brewery.

This beer pours a super-clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly ecru head, which leaves some rather pleasant randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of acrid grapefruit, orange, and dried kiwi fruit, biscuity, bready, and crackery malt (where be the caramel, my beat-up nostrils seem to be intimating), a hard water flintiness, once again, and further, rather affirmative pine and spruce needle astringencies. The taste is more of the same - sharp, yet somewhat dank pine, indistinct, yet complex and complicated citrus, dry crackery bread, the purported caramel still on the lam, as it were. Simple, this one is, but confusing all the same.

The carbonation is fairy tight in its nearly metallic-seeming, low-key frothiness, the body just on the medium-light side, weight-wise, and more or less smooth, a certain alcohol astringency pulling and prodding all the way along - convincing - perhaps. It finishes more dry than I might have imagined, except that I've sampled this brewery's amber and regular IPA, and this is more than par for the course.

A hop-head's wet dream, as I might imagine, being of said ilk - a DIPA with little to no caramel, and very little other, for that matter, malt sweetness. Straight-up bittering hops, boyos, and damned-near nothing else, beyond a surprisingly subtle alcohol edginess. I dunno, but I wasn't quite expecting this, especially from a non-San Diego area brewery, but here we are at this 10-dollar crossroad for we far northerners - yea, or nay? Hard to say, but there's enough going on here to recommend taking it for at least a spin, if you like what you'd just heard.

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

On the coaster... dried apricot. When held up to my sunlit front window... oriole orange with canary yellow borders. The tangerine colored cap is small, but makes up for it by being thick, creamy and impressively persistent. A 'king's crown' pattern of lace graces the glass.

The nose is solid, even if it doesn't approach the *really good* DIPAs in terms of strength or personality. It has a low hoppy thrum rather than the soaring hoppy high notes that I love so well. Drunken orange sections lead the way, with grapefruit and pine contributing as well.

With regard to flavor and mouth presence, Double Daddy is a little closer to a DIPA than to an IPA. Dreadnaught, it ain't. That isn't to say that it isn't good beer. Maybe my love for hoppiness is at work here, but I find this to be a pretty good version. And from Speakeasy, no less.

This would be a good place to start for those who are curious to try bigger, hoppier beer. The malt bill favors pale over caramel (a good thing) and the hops taste like they all start with the letter 'C'. Bitter orange and pink grapefruit still lead the way, with a pleasing spruce sap snap on the back end. The beer is resinous without being abusive.

The mouthfeel is perfectly in line with the rest of the beer's attributes. More chewy fullness would have required more malt... and more malt would have stuck a finger in the eye of the malt:hop balance (in favor of the bad guys). The carbonation is so fine that I don't even mind that there's a lot of it. Good job on the alcohol masking as well.

Double Daddy Imperial IPA is my favorite of the standard Speakeasy beers, an outcome that I wasn't at all sure about when I popped the cap. It may not run with the big boys, but if I ever wanted to go crazy and session a DIPA, this would be as viable an option as any other.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-amber color with an off-white, thick, firm, small head. It left behind long trails of lace on the glass.

S - Wonderful grapefruit aromas lead off, followed by bubblegum, citrus and some pine.

T - A nice blend of bubblegum, grapefruit, citrus and roasted caramel malt. It brings some bitter hops and heat, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A full-bodied ale with some serious alcohol heat.

D - This is a very good DIPA. A great blend of sweet and heat.

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

My second time trying this beer was much better than the first,pours a lightlyly hazy gold/orange with a tight one finger white head.Vibrant hop aromas grapefruit and spruce mainly,big but not over the top flavors obviously the hops dominate but dont wreck your mouth.Citrusy like that of lemon and over ripe pineapple with just a small hint of pine but its not big,a lightly sweet caramel malt base shows itself more than alot of other beers of style.Just solid I think the 9.5% abv is pretty well hidden,I would have again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt is not so evident for so strong a beer. Some sweetness adds to the candied grapefruit peel flavor. Sharp with a rasp in the back of the throat. Lovely golden orange color in the wine glass, and lacing is particularly nice. Full and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness fills the aftertaste. Flavor seems quite thin and acidic. Odd medicinal nose. Not particularly enjoyable, though it delivers the alcohol with a minimum of fuss.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is simply full of floral hops and citrus sweetness, which blend nicely together.

T: The taste is well-balanced and straight-forward as the smell indicates. The hops bitterness and citrus sweetness compliment each other throughout each sip. There’s a mild alcohol burn, but not as much as a 9.50% ABV can typically provide. The after-taste is mild but consists of the hops bitterness for the most part.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: This beer is very tasty, not very filling and quite is easy drinking for a beer with an ABV this high. This is a beer that I could drink a lot of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my Aunt Tracy for this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a tulip shared the 22oz with tenderbranson69.

The color is dark copper with mild haze and thick white cap with very fine bead. Lace sticks in a thick pattern on the glass. The smell i strong with fruity yeast ester and light toasted malt with a piney hop aroma and light citrus accent, low alcohol in the overall smell. The feel is good with dry malt body and spice with medium carbonation and resinous texture with sweet middle and mild alcohol with fruity tangy yeast and dry finish.

The flavor is very dank with fruity and floral flavors from the yeast and hops with slight spice and pine flavor with moderate bitterness and warming alcohol as it finishes. The hops have a subtle herbal accent with grassy flavor and peppery bitterness. Overall a decent Imperial IPA, not my first choice but pretty drinkable and I was certainly grateful for this -not as fresh tasting hop wise, however I would say try this if you like West coast Ipa's.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium off white head fades into a nice lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Bitter hops, light citrus with light alcohol aroma.

The taste is more bitter hops with citrus fruit, light pine?, and a light some more on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lasting dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff for some reason.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. This style is usually brewed without regard for balance, so my expectations were low.

Presentation: Nothing turns me off to a beer more than when its brewers see no issue with serving it into plastic cups. Come on, now.

A: No head at all (likely as a result of the high ABV). Colour is a cloudy orange.

Sm: Orange citrus ester fruit hops. A simple, generic, mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops alongside a backbone of awkward malts. Light butterscotch is present - barely (diacetyl?). Built alright, but imbalanced to be sure. Its biggest flaw is its simplicity. Luckily, no alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the flavour. Also, it's sharp and thick, limiting its drinkability.

Dr: It hides its ABV well, but the sharp, thick mouthfeel and lack of complexity or inspiration make this a lackluster brew I'll never have again.

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

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served on tap into a pint glass, Double Daddy had a slightly hazy orange-yellow hue, with a small foamy head that laced surprisingly well. A very interesting floral aroma, loaded with grapefruit. Surprisingly the taste is not too hoppy for an IIPA, though the citrus hops are ever present overlaying the sweet caramel malt base, but certainly not overpowering. Finishes mostly dry and piney, but with a little bit of sugary sweetness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty cloudy and fairly murky amber with a crème head. Nose is salty hops with a citrus tone. Flavor is tangy. Kicks in the mouth. Interesting perfume tone. Noticeable citrus. This flavor profile gives more of a kick in the mouth and not so much a massage. Feel is decent. This is nice, but it lacks a balance that would define it as well defined. More brutish than anything. Interesting to try, but I am not sure I would ever go back to it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours apricot/bronze with 1 finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Big-time breadyness, grapefruitty, leafy & pine hops. Aroma fades as this warms

T: Breadyness, grapefruitty & pine hops, plus a touch of pineapple fruittyness up front. Big time piney hops, a bit of honey, dryness & a heap more grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with boozey notes, leafy & grapefruitty hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy with subdued carbonation, good balance for the style, but not in love with the hop mix. Really thickens as it warms

Drinks easy for the ABV, but the ABV is certainly felt! Good DIPA, very cool artwork on the bottle!

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a mild chill haze. Good starting head that has some staying power. Spotty lace on the glass.

Surprisingly, after trying their regular IPA, I find this one to be more mild in the nose. It still has an attractive floral hop aroma of citrus (grapefruit). Low malt.

The flavor is where the big beer comes through. Lots of oily alcohol texture with a solid malt bass. The hops are not as overwhelming as some DIPA's, but are strong enough to create great balance. This is a deceptively strong beer at 9.5%. The aftertaste is mostly hop but the malt is still present.

I love the balance of Speakeasy's two IPA's. This one is one of the tops in my tastings.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, peach/orange hue, nice layer of fuzz above, slim, but staying...

Fresh, fruity aroma, big and bright, bursting with bitterness, grapefruit, orange, apricot, mango, and more...ripe and lively. Verrrry nice! Oily, yummy....nice.

Very tasty in the mouth, as well. Nice, bracing blast of hops, then settling back and staying mellow. Medium bodied, simple, but nicely fruity finish. Barely detectable alcoholic far...

Quite a nice little IPA.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/3/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white head, with great froth and lacing. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus and piney hops and smooth caramel or bready malts.

t - Taste has a nice smooth caramel malt backbone. Citrus and piney hops are present as well, but not as much as you'd think.

m - Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice DIPA. I thought the smooth malts and citrus hops blended together nicely. Very smooth and easy to drink for 9.5% ABV. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange/amber with a thin, well-retained head.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit and orange. Peppery alcohol interferes a bit.

The taste is of hops - citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange - held together by a solid malt base. Basic taste for the style, but thick and fresh. Alcohol washes away some of the flavor, but enough of the bitter hops stick around to give it a nice taste.

Smooth and easy-to-drink for alcohol prominence. A solid DIPA - hoppy with enough malt to keep things together.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and bisquit malt scent along with a very nice hop nose. It's a nice bouquet of citrus and floral hops. The taste is decent. It has an easy drinking pale malt flavor with some bready notes in the finish. It's moderately bitter up front with some piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's not the strongest DIPA around, but it's an easy drinker.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/26/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy golden pour, patches to and fro with lace and a medium 1/2 inch creamy white head.

Smell- Sugary fruity hops, maybe a touch of grapefruit in the nose. Can't really pick up any malt or woody hop scent.

Taste- More fruity hops rather than pine. Not really grapefruit, but more smooth tropical fruit flavors. Nice light malt background as well to even it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carb level. Rather smooth and creamy with a semi full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Different tropical fruit flavor. Really liked it. Seemed smoother than I thought it would be. Wish I knew how long this has been in the bottle. Would definitely pick up again.

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