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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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2.33/5  rDev -36%

Chilled bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy canteloupe orange with an inch of off-white head. Nice carbonation up the center of the glass. The head recedes into a collar around the drink and leaves lacing down the glass.

S: I had two bottles of this. One smelled like this: grapefruit and pine hops, with light touches of floral hops and caramel malt. The other bottle had the same makeup but a strong metallic and boozy component. There is some significant bottle variation here.

T: Consists of very strong caramel malt with a lighter balance of grapefruit and piney hops entering the mid-taste. The finish is a lingering floral hop bitterness. The metallic-smelling bottle also had a slight coppery aftertaste. I really liked the flavor of the on-bottle, but I have to admit it doesn't really represent the IIPA style well.

M: Medium carbonation, with medium body. Good coating and a moderate stickiness.

D: Again, I really liked the flavor of the on-bottle, but my experience with the off-bottle leads me to think there's some huge quality control issue. It's an ok beer, but I don't buy it anymore because I never know what I'm getting.

03-12-2009 04:15:54 | More by Arbitrator
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours hazy orange with a rocky white head that fades but laces. Nose is very sweet candied orange with some spice. Cakey malts with some clove and, as another review said, cantaloupe. Cut by piney, mulchy hops that fade into an alcohol burn at the end. Moderate feel with some creaminess.

Interesting malt flavors start to happen but then get stomped on. Even a DIPA shouldn't have more hotness than hoppiness. Needs better balance, smoother finish.

03-06-2009 17:52:23 | More by StJamesGate
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Only bottling info is the bottle says Double Down 002. Comes in at 9.50%.

A-Pours a cloudy yellow/brown with a one finger head that goes away fast. Lots of yeast pieces swirling around in the glass. Nice lacing is left.

S-A ton of citrus, in this case sweet orange. There is also a tad bit of mustiness coming out.

T-Citrus, spoecifically orange peel and apricot come in after an initial blast from sweet malt. Some grassiness comes in on the back.

M-Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Not the bitterness I am looking for with a DIPA.

D-Would prefer more hops, less sweet malt. Not nearly as boozy as previous bottles that I have consumed.

I have tried this beer on a few occasions and felt this may have been the best/freshest batch. The alcohol burn that I have always associated with this beer has been tamed. I would like to see the sweetness muted and the hop bite kicked up.

03-06-2009 17:08:53 | More by mjl21
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2.7/5  rDev -25.8%

A: Pours yellow-orange with just a touch of head.

S: Sweet, some hops, but I just cant get past the sweet fruitiness. Small bit of malt.

T: Hoppy and bitter, piney, sweet fruit, melon, then bitter again. Still sweet again, too sweet.

M: Kind of strange. Smooth but cloying.

D: One and done. Not really enjoying this one.

03-03-2009 18:59:52 | More by mfhlucky13
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2.95/5  rDev -19%

Everything about this beer screams cantaloupe. The color is cantaloupe, the smell is cantaloupe, the taste is watery cantaloupe and candy sweetness, and the mouth feel is like a slightly watered down juice made with, hum, cantaloupe. If this is your favorite fruit, meet your new favorite beer. Down the drain.

02-27-2009 02:21:16 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a bronze hue, with a fluffy eggshell colored head. Left alot of clingy foam the whole way down.

Smell was all hops with floral and grassy hops being the most evident. Also a slightly sweet smell in there.

Taste was all hops and very dry. Grassy and piney. Taste doesn't linger. Slight alcohol presence as it goes down.

Felt thin on the palate. The alcohol is definately there and makes itself known.

02-25-2009 03:45:45 | More by snpub540
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2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

Pours a clear pale orange color with a small less than 1 finger deep off white head.

Aroma of light citrus hops, pine, grassy, some booze, faint caramel.

The taste here is hoppy & bitter, but not alot of the aromas from the nose come through. Sort of a vegetable like taste going on. Still some pine, citrus, and big boozy flavor.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin I'd say.

Couldn't say I could have another. I typically like beers from Speakeasy. This was a miss for me.

02-24-2009 01:00:59 | More by bbothen
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2.95/5  rDev -19%

Single bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

The head is slightly creamy, but fuzzy and low on top this hazy, iced tea colored beer. Only a hair of lacing on the glass. Lighter, paler orange with some hues of yellow, darker orange in some places. The aroma is very sweet, like caramel. Super sweet caramel, herbal notes, no major hops to speak of. I'm not a big fan of it.

The taste isn't in your face, it's quite mellow. Still, it's too sweet. Peppermint-like spice, mixed with faded hops. Carmelized pinneapple comes to mind. Herbal and somewhat dirty in the mouth. Solvent alcohol burns down the throat.

Could this be an older bottle? It seems like it. I might retry later, but choosing between this and its little borther, I'll be happy with Big Daddy.

02-15-2009 06:46:51 | More by DoubleJ
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2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

Being in love with DIPAs, this beer struck me oddly. Let me explain

The appearance wasnt bad, although its a little lighter in color that I'm used to, not necessarily a bad thing. Its a light amber color that yielded a good head with lots of retention and lacing.

The smell is very malty with some hops in there accompanied by some alcohol.

The taste is where this beer lost me (no big deal right? lol). God there is just NOT enough hops presence here! Its very malty, to the point of being unbalanced. I need more hops man! Basically all I taste is malts and alcohol with a tiiiiny touch of hops, you gotta search for it though.

The mouthfeel is awkward. I'm not sure how to describe it but I'll try. The malts kind of throws me off here. Maybe its the strange malts + alcohol combo that leaves a strange aftertaste. Its like alcohol first, malts second and then very late to the party is a midget hops character.

Not drinkable, I'll be honest. I hate being critical of any DIPA... but man..this is just not exceptional..and barely average.. actually.. not average.. I don't like this beer.

Wont be buying again, wouldn't recommend to any IPA lover.

02-15-2009 04:21:12 | More by xxHelderxx
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A- Murky gold, looks to be some sediment to, not used to that in an DIPA.

S - Skunky and sweet at the same time. The sweet overtakes the bitterness. Vanilla smells ovewhelm but a small floral hops boquet can be detected.

T - It's definitely hoppy, however the taste is not lasting and can be a bit aggresive. Nearly skunked like the bottle has been in the sun a while. But then the sweet hits on the finish. Odd tasting this one. Not great, not really bad, just have to drink the whole thing.

M - Medium to low carbonation, almost syrupy. coats the mouth well however.

D - Afraid not to much. I would say this is the last time I have this one.

02-10-2009 03:31:05 | More by surfer4life
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head.

S-Lots of malt and citrus hops in the nose.

T-Nicely balanced between sweet malt and grapefruit hops, finishing with a significant hop bite.

M-Medium bodied and dry.

D-A tasty DIPA. I have wanted to try this one for a while; glad I got the chance.


01-28-2009 13:14:45 | More by sholland119
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New York

2.2/5  rDev -39.6%

Bottle, bottled 9/23/08. Pours a hazy deep orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, acetone, alcohol. Flavor is lots of acetone with an alcohol burn in the finish. Sweet and alcoholic. Ick. This would have been a drainpour for me (except my boyfriend found in tolerable).
5/4/4/2/10 (2.5/5)

01-25-2009 23:48:18 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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2.73/5  rDev -25%

Picked up a bottle at Table & Vine following a friend's advice.

12oz. brown bottle with lazer etched label talking about prohibition stuff.

Poured a bright amber with a nice layer of white foam and a little bit of lacing spider-webbed on my glass.

Aroma is interesting. Malty, hints of pungent hops and a strange tea-tree / hemp oil aroma.

Full-bodied, plenty of carbonation and a slight slickness in texture.

Light malt sweetness up front. hops are very light in this one. Grassy, herbal hop bitterness that really does not jive with the DIPA's that I am a fan of. That tea-tree oil aroma is tasted n flavor as well. The beer finishes with a pungent dryness, combined with soap makes this beer overall not very pleasant.

Abv is high and warming.

I'll be passing on this one in the future.


01-22-2009 03:04:31 | More by SteveO1231
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

bottle poured into pint glass

A - cloudy amber with foam lacing.

S - light crisp fruit/citrus

T - Hoppy kick with smooth fruit/citrus tang

M/D - fizzy but not nasty with a mild alcohol coating. Citrus/hop with a mild kick.

Good stuff! Will enjoy again.

01-05-2009 02:59:37 | More by blane1
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a wispy/creamy white head. Watery lacing. Smells of a grassy hop with a bit of pine, juniper. Hint of urine (!) A sweet smell, with definite pale malt undertones. Flavor is understated, but rich and creamy. Not really very bitter, more of a big hop flavor. Hops taste like more of an English variety than a west coast citrus type. Flavor grows on me as I drink, I like the sweetness and the grassy, slightly spicy hop and just the hint of bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Yeah, I like it...its different from some of the other DIPAs and distinctive in a good way.

12-18-2008 04:49:12 | More by aforbes10
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

A very good and very different Imperial IPA. Everything about it is refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Pours light orange with a medium white head. Aroma is full of grapefruit and perfume, with some pine. The taste is very unique. Strong hops and citrus, but the malt takes the edge off of both without ruining the flavor. Very smooth and crisp finish.

12-16-2008 18:14:21 | More by magictrokini
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a 1/2" white head. Minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Lavender, orange, grapefruit, lemon peel and an overall hoppy aroma. Very sweet.

Taste: Citrus orange and lemon peel, also some apple (granny smith). Kind of under-attenuated and quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied and bitter. Drinks well.

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA, too sweet for me. Not enough bitterness, lots of flavors though.

12-11-2008 13:01:56 | More by Risser09
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

poured from a bottle into my east end brewing pint glass

A - pours a hazy copper color with an inch of foam that left light lacing throughout the glass

S - light citrusy flavor

T - citrus and malts, a bit of an alcohol burn at the finsih

M/D - a bit overcarbonated for me and a bit heavy to the point that wouldn't drink for than a few and probably wouldn't search it out again.

11-23-2008 18:56:20 | More by mikereaser
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with a sticky white head.

S: Light citrus fruits with a bit of alcohol.

T: Tropical fruits with some pale malts. A little on the sweet side, definitely tipping the scales to the malt side. A big dose of alcohol in this one, overwhelming the palate.

M: A little on the full bodied side, light carbonation.

D: Not very drinkable. Way too much alcohol in this one and t overwhelms this unbalanced DIPA.

11-23-2008 00:29:01 | More by willjschmidt
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2.78/5  rDev -23.6%

Brown 12oz bottle, poured into a Harpoon IPA 20oz glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Orange-yellow, with a thin white head that stays and grips the glass, a little spotty lacing. Mostly clear.

Nose: Sweet hop candy, a lot of orange, something like toffee candy, ozone (fresh smelling), fresh cut sapling.

Palate: Moderate to light carbonation. Prickly alcohol, some sweetness, and a medium to light body (for the style) that gets watery on the finish. Flavors are rather thin, with tree bark joining the aromas above. Finish is rather short and really bitter, but without the usual accompanying hop flavors, and too much alcohol.

Notes: Not one of my favorites. I feel like it's a little too simple on the palate and the body wavers, going watery right before the finish. There's a lot of bitterness here, but not a lot of hop character. Leaves some things to be desired.

11-18-2008 01:40:50 | More by SFLpunk
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3.93/5  rDev +8%

Pours a light golden color with no head.
Smell is skunky, sticky icky and powerful hops. Smell is very nice.
Taste is a bit thin, but with good hop bite and astringency. Mouthfeel is a bit light and a tad bit cloying. Decent brew, but there are a lot better.

10-24-2008 19:40:58 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Cloudy, rusty grapefruit color with a tiny white head. Not much in the way of size or stamina and the it quickly becomes just a thin reminder of itself.

Aroma is highly alcoholic and highly hoppy. Mostly alcohol with a great deal of citrus hops. Plenty of maltiness in the way of caramel and bread in this one as well. I am almost afraid to taste this based on the overwhelming alcohol nose.

Plenty of alcohol to go around with this one. Plenty of citrus fruits such as pineapple and mango with some orange to support. Not really bitter.

Slightly thick on the mouthfeel with a slick and oily feel as well. My first sip was at around 45 degrees and the abv was pretty taught. It gets worse as the beer warms, of course. This is a really slow sipper and not one I will have again. Needs loads more balance with the abv. Thanks again mike.

10-24-2008 19:30:12 | More by SaCkErZ9
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2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

Double Imperial IPAs seem to be a long-running fad gone
standard for many American brewers. Soon we'll be able to say "Everyone and their mom brews a Double IPA!" Not a bad thing, right?

Clear, slightly pale, copper color. Enough foam to grab your attention, and enough retention to stick around for most of the session. Fresh, grassy hop aroma, light tropical fruit from the alcohol, and a shortbread maltiness in the nose. Sufficing smoothness struggles to support the full body. Lots of hop flavor and a thick but dull bitterness comes through. Alcohol shows a good amount of heat--almost unmanageable--but after a few sips numbs the mouth. Pale, biscuity malt flavor battles with the hops and alcohol to be noticed. Finishes quite bitter, with a mix of heat from the alcohol and hops.

Someone needs to tame the alcohol on this beast. It's a decent stab at the style, but it's off balance--hardly a contender within its class. Chuck something spicy at this one. Atomic chicken wings would be a good call.

10-24-2008 19:10:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap at the Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston (my favorite beer hangout even though I live a thousand miles away).

Nose is very hoppy & citric, bright & fruity.

Served medium yellow with a slight haze, mild head.

Tart dry, mildly hop bitterness. Tart fruit and fruity hops. Incredibly pungent hops remind me of V8 with a highly vegetal and fruity feel... a mild turn-off. Exotic fruit hints at mango. Mildly malty with biscuit, nut, and toast qualities. Medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a good stiff hop bitterness.

Pretty good, but I'm not big on these super pungent hops that remind me of V8. I don't need another one of these.

10-24-2008 00:40:34 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

hazy golden brown color, minimal lacing which disappears quick, nothing super impressive so far.

it smells super pine fresh, with some fruitiness in the background. mainly resiney hops though. although i swear i smell honey.

num num num. deeelish. sweet citrus up front with the bitterness building along with a very strong malty finish. I wish the malt was just a bit more subdued in this one. still very nice. oh and the alcohol easily detected unfortunately.

mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side but it is a dipa, and i've only had one dipa that didn't feel like a heavy hitter (two hearted ale)

drinkability is average, the alcohol is a bit high to be knocking back a bunch but it's pretty good.

overall its a solid dipa but one I won't especially seek out. speakeasy has several better options to choose over this one but it's by no means bad.

09-30-2008 13:51:50 | More by toweringpoo
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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