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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 676
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States | website

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 Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper color with a nice thick and billowy off- white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of malt with lots of bready and caramel smells. Mixed with this is a good dose of a boozy aroma as well as some moderately strong pine and grapefruit hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a big malty taste upfront with a more lightly hoped flavor of a grapefruit hop variety. As the taste advances some tropical fruit sweetness comes to the tongue with it at the same time being counterbalanced by some flavors of a more resinous pine hop entering as well. Toward the end of the taste, the grapefruit citrus hop resurges and is joined by some hop flavors of a more earthy variety. The combination of hop and malt are met, at the very end, by a rather light alcohol taste, leaving a moderately grapefruit bitter but smooth malty and somewhat sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The thicker and creamier body were rather nice for the malty and hopped flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation being perfect for producing a nice sipper in combination with the flavors with alcohol taste presence.
Overall – A rather malty and smooth double IPA with a rather balanced flavor profile. It’s not too complex but rather tasty. Well worth a try.

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Photo of McStagger
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Note, my bottle says 8.5 % abv, the Beer Advocate has it listed at 9.5%.

A: Copper colored with one and a half finger khaki head. Transparent, with a fairly lively carbonation. Head retention is moderate, as is lacing.

S: Big malts, with bits of vanilla and caramel. Layers of tobacco, pine resin and citrus are also within. Possibly an old bottle.

T: Expired. Some tawny, oxidized notes, bit of bitterness on the end. Bitterness is sticky and resinous with predominantly floral and spruce aspects. Bit of tropical fruit, but the citrus is mostly gone. Alcohol adds a subtle layer of sweetness. Finishes dry.

M: Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit on the leaner side of an Imperial IPA, which is my preference (Hello Pliney!)

O: I can't fairly rate Double Daddy on an expired bottle. I can, however, rate this particular bottle of beer. Expired, but not to the point where the hops have entirely disappeared. I can't get past the oxidized notes that are prevalent. There is still a good amount of hoppiness within the beer, but it's never really present until the aftertaste. Otherwise, it's pretty much a wash. Currently, I'm rating this a solid 3.5/5, but I will re review it when I come across it again.

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Photo of flydudehsv
4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Pours out a very clear amber color with a somewhat fleeting off-white head that fades to a ring. Nice aroma of floral and citric hops mixed nicely with some sweet caramel. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Hop bitterness coats the tongue and palate but is balanced well against the malt bill. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Lingering bitterness refuses to fade. Nicely done.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy - Double Daddy - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Pours a lighter copper with a full, foamy head. Filtered with medium carbonation.

Smell - Sweet caramel and apple, malts and hops, nice blend.

Taste - Smooth and sweet with a great mix of hops.

Mouthfeel - Fades quick leaving a slight hint of sweetness and some hops. Very drinkable.

Overall - No way you would know this is 9.5%. Interesting find, not sure what all the bad press is about with others here but I couldn't find the same faults.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a caramel-color with nice foaming. Only been two days so I wouldn’t expect it to lose too much carbonation in that time.

For a DIPA the aroma is on the lower end of the hop spectrum, with some pine and orange notes in equal measures. Flavor is bitterly upfront with a light, slightly sweet body that’s more appetizer than main course. A solid brew all around.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Semi-hazy amber, the body alone when placed against the light comes off close to opaque. Rich in depth with an off-white head that rose to about a finger's length.

Smell: A strong maltiness scent, complimented with heavy caramel. You feel the hoppiness but little less than light.

Taste: A heavy caramel roast blended with hops but the sweetness is a little on the extra. I was craving a little more bitterness to it but not bad.

Mouth: The stickiness, there is none. Smooth, but a light sweet after taste for an imperial it is good but needs a tad bit of tweeking.

Overall: This brew is not bad at all, I have had so many (double) IPAs and this one represents. It isn't the best nor near the worst. It is what it is, a descent imperial IPA that compliments most taste buds. If you want something from Speakeasy that reaches heights of greatness in IPAs try "Betrayal" (you will not be dissapointed). Salud!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. This is apparently a new 2013 formula, with the addition of Simcoe and an increased amount of hops.

A: Two fingers of substantial head with good retention. Very clear amber.

S: Mehh. Stinky hops and honeyed malt.

T: Not sure I like this better...well, no, I do like this better. It's round, smooth, and pleasantly fruity-hoppy. Interestingly hoppy. You've got onions, grapefruit, papaya, and pine.

M: Good, smooth, rich, and thick. I thoroughly approve.

O: A good DIPA. Not quite a great one. That said, it's drinkable, pleasant, and thoroughly recommended. Better than the previous incarnation.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eeek! This one is waaay too sweet. It's like a lousy attempt at a 120-Minute IPA. That beer is crazy sweet too, but I think it's also hoppier and well suited for aging. For me, this was hard to put down. Out of balance, not enjoyable. Maybe someone will try this and say to themselves that it is a suitable replacement for 120-Minute due to its cost and availability, but meh.

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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 jimilayne
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a botte into a chalice glass.

As always with Speakeasy, the appearance is stunning. Incredible crimson gold with a small foamy head that sticks around. Beautiful.

Smells like a standard IPA. Doesn't blow your hair back like some of the hoppier DIPAs I've had.

Very buttery taste, again, with typical IPA balance.

Feels perfect on the tongue. Nothing else to say.

Overall I went with a 4 rating because I feel a DIPA should knock you out a little more. That said, this is a delicious beer. Go out and get some.

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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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear coppery color, with a cream colored head of a couple fingers. Leaves minimal lace. The aroma is tropical fruits, and a bit pine and resin note, backed by a proficient caramel malt backbone. The taste is very malty. Caramel and nutty, but also an almost rich chocolaty taste. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness that still lets you know it's an IPA. It's creamy, sticky and a little rich. Full bodied.

Definitely a malty DIPA, but it's good.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean amber pour, carbonation rising steadily, 2 fingers of creamy off white head turned the glass into a sticky laced mess! subtle smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, nutty, caramel.
tastes heavily bitter up front, a nice subtleness of citrus pops up, then you get a dirty pine tree/sap flavor followed by smoked wood.. a rough bitterness lingers on the palate while the malts evenly enjoy their passage through your cheeks. this is a DAMN fine ipa. very different from most dipa's i've had... i read about it being more towards an english ipa.. and though i can totally see it since the malt is noticeable, this is HEAVILY hopped... so it tastes different.
medium body with a nice creamy feel.. nicely carbonated, sticky lacing on lips.
overall, i really enjoyed this dipa drinking experience. i was expecting a much sweeter ipa, more towards the english (malty/toffee heavy flavored) side, but instead got a giant mouthful of bitterness.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Double Daddy

Appearance: orange-amber, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malty and yeasty hops.

Taste: grainy malt and a whole bitter hop followed by a faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick but smooth.

This is a very nice full bodied and flavored brew. It is slightly chewy but in a smooth/rich way.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled bomber into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Clear medium amber, three fingers of head that fall quickly, leaving a decent cap and plenty of splotchy lace.

Smell- Pine, chocolate, toffee, and a dose of solvent. As it warms, it takes on a musty, musky aroma that overwhelms what clean scents there were. Not a dealbreaker, necessarily, but not very appealing, either.

Taste- Nutty malt, some chocolate, oats perhaps, strong boozy feel. Earthy, dark, musky hop flavor. English-y I suppose, but it needs something brighter to compensate for the alcohol; the tealike hops and overly assertive malt aren't cutting it for me. Herbal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body, low carb. Sluggish feel, moderately harsh alcohol burn. 12 oz is more than enough, I think I'll finally break out those beer saver caps I got as a present a while back. Too heavy? Too light? I'm not sure.

Overall- The moonshine of beers? I'm not sure, but I won't be picking it up again. Feels like it will put hair on your chest. I think I can see what they were trying to do here, and if dark, musky hops and dominant malt are your thing and you don't mind a bit of nailpolish remover, it might suit you well. I'm not a big fan, however.

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly hazed liquid into the glass. A two finger high  an uneven head forms at first but dissolves into a thin layer after a while. 3,5

S: Malty sweet. Cupcakes and sweet lollipops. A very faint tone of raisins. Alcohol at the end.

T: Malts and sweets. Some hops, but not as distinct as I would expect from this style. Grape peel. Lots of alcohol at the end that erases all other tastes. Too unbalanced for me.

M: Surprisingly bland for this style of beer. It has a very light body. Low carbonation.

O: A disappointment. For a beer of this style I expect more complexity and a heavier body. I won't buy this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle on a recent work trip. 22oz bottle...

A: This is a mildy hazy orange brew with a small 1/2 inch tan head that never completely fades. A creamy lacing sits on top. Very good.

S: A nice citrus hop scent upfront with some lemon quickly following. A very faint malt. Decent.

T: A nice clean medium bitter hop upfront with a mild chewy malt in the middle with an overlying lemon citrus on top. A dry floral malt on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A lemony bubbly finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. They are definitely on the right track with this one. A few more adjustments to subdue some malt chewiness and expand on the hop profile and they'd be spot on with a great beer. Good job Speakeasy.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, but dark auburn with a thin light khaki colored head. This leaves regular lines of lace down the glass.

Malt-forward aroma, with lots of caramel and bread. There's also a good amount of pungent hop presence, but it's not the clean, citrus-forward aromas I really look for in the best of the best DIPAs. Better than average, but nothing particularly special.

A very bitter DIPA, with lots of sticky resin, pine, and lots of caramel malt. Good, but not great.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Hugely bitter, and tasty enough, though there should always be a better available option in Southern California.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a orange golden color, extremely hazy, pours with a very slight sediment and a two finger head that is pure white and creamy in character, leaves a ton of lacing
S: grapefruit hops, caramel sweetness and a slight alcohol tinge
T: toned down citrus with a bit of funk through the middle, leaves the mouth feeling very clean
M: medium carbonation, silky, leaves the mouth dry
O: nice quality, the citrus notes in the taste is nice and is not overpowering as it sometimes is in other IPAs

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy honey amber color. Short thin head with low retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts. Extremely bitter hops. Resiny pine. Some tropical fruit. Heavy alcohol smell in the mix that doesn't blend so well with the beer. Needs some better finishing hops.

Taste: Grapefuit, pine and then big dose of warming almost mouth numbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Malty. Very heavy. Finishes warm and bitter. Could use some more balance.

Overall: One of the weaker double IPA's I've head because usually double IPA's have even more hop and malt flavor than IPA's but this one is just too big bitter and boozey. I won't revisit.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in short ale glass (multiple times)

A: apricot colored; small head; fantastic lacing; decent carbonation
S: amazing, enduring hops aroma, even ten minutes after opening; very inviting
T: robust, hearty IPA; field-fresh hops flavor; the hops are really alive and prominent; malt seems downplayed to me, but I'm not complaining
M: very smooth mouthfeel

Really nice, solid IPA; glad it came at the end of the evening

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

22oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe glass and it settled into a cloudy amber/copper that also had an attractive glow to it. A finger-thick eggshell white head formed and didn't dissipate quickly.

The aroma was the next encouraging aspect of this beer - a pleasant swirl of citrus, pine, and malty caramel sweetness. Taking the first few sips miraculously matched the aromas.

Taste is extremely fresh, with an excellent bite of hops perfectly balanced with maltiness that immediately reminds me of that "raw sugar" you can find at most coffee shops. The hops jumped from piney to peppery to citrusy, and a thin layer of earthiness that added a certain humility to the bold flavors. Lip-smacking malt balances it all out and everything leads to a slightly dry finish that instantly preps you for the next sip.

I was blown away by how fresh this imperial IPA was after accidentally cellaring it a few months. There was nothing about this beer that would suggest it was, at the very least, a half year old. If Double Daddy tastes this fresh after all these months, I can't wait to try it when it's REALLY fresh.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear gold liquid. The head is thin and white. The aroma is a mix of herbal hops and alcohol. The aroma has a very muted malt smell, which could be a lot more pronounced. The flavor is heavily tilted to alcohol and bitterness. The hop flavor is full of pine, citrus peel, and a spicy, peppery, sharpness. Medium body. All in all, this beer could be more balanced, but is still drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of SmartyPints
1.76/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange/coppery color. Half finger white head that went down almost right away. Little streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice strong floral hop smell from the get go with caramel malts being a underlying aroma.I noticed when it warms up a little a odd rubbing alcohol smell overpowers everything.

T- Nice healthy hop bite at the tip of my tounge with the first couple drinks. Noticed that the taste went from bitter pleasant hop taste to a overpowering rubbing alcoholish taste as it hit the back of my tounge. The malts never really shine at all as the alcohol kills off all flavor right after the front hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Citrus hops and lots of rubbing alcohol left on the palate. Aftertaste was nothing but rubbing alcohol and destroyed hops. This beer had a strong off flavor with the rubbing alcohol pretty much from the ending of the front to the backend. High alcohol drying on the mouth.

O- I suspect this is an off bottle but after three sips I had to drain pour this one. I would like to rereview this one when I get a chance but for now this beer was pretty bad which stunk as it looked good out of the bottle. Sadly that is where it ended.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.