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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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.

(Beer added by: Troyone on 08-15-2005)
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Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden orangish hue with a haze. Poued rather easy to not disturb the sediment. Small head resulted.
Nose is big hops earthy and grainy with an alcoholic hint as well. Malts peircing through the edges.
Very big on taste as well. Thick, bitter and floral hops blasting the palate with a moderate balance of malts. The hops are so powerfull it tends to outpoint the malt. Alchohol burn as this one lingers.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 19:56:54 | More by dmamiano
Photo of ghostwalker


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden body, one finger of white head. Nice, but a little tame looking for a DIPA.

Nice citrusy hop nose. Also a little light for the style.

Flavor is light citrus hops with a very light malt backbone. Alcohol is evident. Unbalanced and hot, not a good combo.

Mouthfeel is thin. Not much more I can say here...

Drinkability is very much limited by the high alcohol burn.

Overall, it's just not what I am looking for. Too bad, I really like their Big Daddy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 23:06:17 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is bright golden with a small whitish head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind nice patterns of lace, however.

S: Mellower than expected, but with the usual DIPA suspects -- i.e., piney hops, citrus and orange. Also a hint of mint.

T: Lighter tasting than expected -- there's a good foundation of biscuity or bready malt. Over that comes resiny pine and citrusy hops -- grapefruit and maybe orange peel. I wrote that it tastes "clean" -- it's not as big, flavor-wise, as most DIPAs, though it's clearly bigger than your average IPA.

M: First impression is that it's a bit sticky and resiny. Medium-bodied in heft.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 17:45:08 | More by Kendo
Photo of smcolw


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 22:59:18 | More by smcolw
Photo of tpd975


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12oz cool looking bottle pours a cloudy orange hue with a wimpy head. Not much carbonation and very little head.

S: Nice sweet and fruity. There is a big blast of sweet hops and some citrus in the nose. The hop aroma is somewhat complex yet bold. There are hints of citrus, pine, and grass.

T: Nice balance of friut and pine. The fruit is nice ripe and sweet. The citrus hops pull thru as does hints of pine. The malt is sweet and bold creating good balance.

M: Medium carbonation fairly smooth and creamy.

D: Pretty drinkable lots of sweet malt combined with sweet and citrus fruit. I like it.... Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 20:19:46 | More by tpd975
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A hazy orange amber color with a thin tan head. Some visible little chunkies that do not look out of place or at all unappetizing.

I could smell the hoppy goodness of this DIPA while still pouring, with my nose a good 18 inches from the glass. A closer olfactory inspection reveals a big piney hop burst backed by a healthy sweet malt and caramel aroma. Some citrus notes as well from the hops.

Tastes of big piney hops and some malty earthiness as well. Pretty fair balance to this one. Bitter hop and alcohol burn define the finish. This baby is hot. I might enjoy letting the other two four-packs sit for a time. Glad to try it fresh nonetheless.

Big bodied and thick in the mouth. You feel this one for a while afterward. I would not be jumping on another anytime soon but who pounds DIPAs after all?

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:34:19 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of beachbum1975


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from my buddy soundbarrier. It was a left-over from a recent card game I hosted. Thanks, man! 12 oz bottle with screen-printed label - no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep golden color with nice, thick sticky lacing. Foamy head dissipates quickly leaving a light, white film.

Smell: Strong citrus (like orange and grapefruit) mixed with toasted malts. Alcohol detected, as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much like the smell. She's a medium-bodied brew with a nice, distinctive flavor. Great balance between aromatic hops and rich toasted malts. I definitely noticed a warming feel on my tongue from the alcohol. Orange flavor lingers in my mouth after drinking. Nice.

Drinkability: A nice example of a Double IPA. Warms too much on the finish for me, but I'd definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 03:23:24 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to swnicholson for the sample provided as an extra in a trade.

A_Pours a light golden/amber with a very thick and creamy head. The retention is great as it keeps its shape from a steady stream of bubbles.

S_lemon and honey tangerine hops mingle with a nice caramel malt scent. Potent enough to smell from a few feet away. Slight tropical fruit notes as well.

T_The first sip hits the tongue with a creamy orange caramel combo, almost like a creamsicle. This is followed by a healthy dose of bitter and citric hops. The aftertaste mingles these two qualities together very well. There are also some tropical fruit esters evident at the end as well.

M_Creamy and slightly rich. The creamy head which makes the beer look beautiful also pushes the beer almost to a dessert like level as it has some sweetness to it. The body is slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation to it.

D_Quite an interesting brew and one I had not heard of. I could see some people hating it, but if you like citric hops and a good caramel backbone to your 2xIPAs then this will hit the spot. My only complaint is that the sweetness could be dialed down a bit. However this is what makes it somewhat unique, the sweetness mixed with an ulra creamy head really reminds me of a creamsicle.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 03:12:50 | More by sleazo
Photo of alexgash


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

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy copper marmalade peach pulp. Bottle conditioned, apparently. Finger of dense, gauzy, soft white head. Good lacing. Juicy pineapple, sappy pine needles, and mint hop nose. Tropical fruit and butterscotch malt backing.

Some sugary malt and butterscotch up front. Malt becomes fruitier and it blends with pineapple and citrus hop flavors. Herbal, piny bitterness increases into the finish. Big time orange and tangerine citrus flavor. Very juicy and with the lingering malt sweetness forms sort of an orange Dreamsicle flavor! Crazy. Gets a little boozy and warming. Medium-full body with a slightly sticky feel. Interesting, and a nice IIPA for orange and citrus lovers.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:21:53 | More by alexgash
Photo of RixBeer


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber-orange with an inch of pure white head that fades to half an inch rather quickly. Nice lacing and sticking along the edges.

A nice oily grapefruit nose with a very large bitterness that seems to linger a bit.

Tastes very similar to the Big Daddy IPA but with more citrus hop character.

This beer has an unexpected maltiness that makes it feel fuller than it really is.

Very drinkable but for a DIPA it's mediocre. It's not an awesome DIPA. It's ok.

That's it. pick it up one, try it and well....that's it...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:03:33 | More by RixBeer
Photo of ibbjamin


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $8.99 for a 4 pack from BevMo in in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

One finger white head with little carbonation visually present. Cloudy orangish amber hue. Good circled lacing which thins out but lasts.

Citrus orange hoppy nose.

Tastes more like a double IPA than it smells. Hints of bread and malts.

Thick, smooth and a little grainy. Lighter carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:18:59 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a yellowish golden with a average white head. Hoppy, citrus, floral and slightly piney nose. Taste was smooth but lacking in hops and overall IIPA backbone(more hops, malts and complexity) for my taste. I feel like they just took the original daddy IPA and upped the ABV. Mouthfeel was smooth Finish was smooth, not bitterness but no real taste jumping out at you either. When it finished it finished. I hate to rate it so low because I like Speakeasy but there are way to many good IIPAS on the market, especially on the West Coast these days to really rate it with the others.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:16:16 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice peach colored. Almost completly clear with a small head and lots of little bubbles jumping up off the nucleation points.

Picked this up in a mixed 6pack. I've had and reviewed thier regular 'big daddy' ipa, a solid ipa by all standards. Can't wait to try this one!

Big citrusy and floral hop aroma. Spicy and a bit acidic.

Grapefruit oily bitterness and spicy, some florals. Sharp and fairly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great. Kind of watery due to a lack of malt, i'm guessing. Alcohol at first appears to be masked well, but then i relize the bitterness covering it up is not doing a good enough job. A tad medicinal/astringent.

Overall a fine IIPA, but not in my top, but damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 02:54:51 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of johnnieoz


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First brew sampled from Speakeasy, looking forward to s'more.

A: Nice, golden ale color. Low carbonation, probably due to cold serving temp. With a swivel, I got a decent head.

S: Very nice. Burnt conifer and pineapple. Like walking in a temperate and tropical rainforest all at once.

T: Piney hops on ye tip o' the tongue, mild yet intense bitterness in the mouth. But there is plenty of wonderful maltiness there too. It hits you differently..if this is typical of Imperial India Pale Ale, I like this style.

M: Rockin'. Cannot recall a brew, I wanted to keep in my mouth longer. Holy fillin', Batman!

D: IF I had another, I might just check in for the night. Hard-core, one of the more potent brews I've ever had. The drinkability is good nonetheless. Brings out that brilliant buzz. West Coast!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 01:52:24 | More by johnnieoz
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just an okay double ipa. it's nice when a brewery doesn't try to go too far out there and make a beer that HAS to blow your socks off. on the lighter side as far as color goes... more golden than amber. off white head leaves little lace. smells and tastes nice. at least there is a little more balance going on here than the average dipa. caramel comes in to play. blah blah blah... very good beer. not in my top ten dipa's, but very good none the less, and a nice change of pace. sure, i'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 21:14:33 | More by timtim
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay beer, but sort of "generic." Orange with copper tones to it, decent white head. Strong hop presence in the nose, with yeasty essences and toffee malt background. No alcohol present in the scent. Tastes a bit "raw" for me, very hoppy with some citrusy-floral notes. Definite bitterness to it, and noticeable warmth (almost burn) from the alcohol.

Carbonation is decent, but seems underwhelming at times. Not a bad beer, but it could use some work. Tone down the alcohol and and a bit more complexity to the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 05:49:28 | More by BDTyre
Photo of JDV


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy somewhat dark orange with a lasting lace leaving, white head. Smell is fresh, clean, lightly floral but subdued. Perhaps not super fresh, but not intensely hopped in the nose. Taste is sweet and and slightly astringent and hopped strongly. Some floral, tea like flavors, a noticeable bit of alcohol and a warming feel as it goes down. Somewhat sticky sweet backing with ample bitterness to compensate. A bit too much alcohol and a slightly unpleasant bitterness. Not bad, but not one of my favorite double IPAs. Drinkable and worth a try, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:23:07 | More by JDV
Photo of 0110x011


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

pours a crystal clear light amber-orange. Nose is citrus with a mild malty sweetness. Smell is about the same, with more emphasis on the hop side. The abv barely shows, with only a mild alchohol warmth in the finish. Dangerously drinkable. Not as impressive as other beers of the style, but drinkable enough that i think I'll have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 02:23:13 | More by 0110x011
Photo of illidurit


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my gateway beer to double IPAs, so I thought I'd revisit it for a review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Peachy gold color with ample white head that settles to a cap, leaving a bunch of lacing. Zesty citric hops dominate the aroma, with orange rind and grapefruit. Flavor is much the same with a ton of acrid grapefruit and an even bitterness. There's a little caramel and a little grain making up the malt profile but they're completely demolished by hops. Finish is nice and dry. A little booziness hurts the drinkability. Lacks the complexity of a top tier double IPA but it's still good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 01:49:38 | More by illidurit
Photo of budsboy


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from the affable hustlemuscle. Muchos gracias.

Cloudy orange with a fairly small white head that is sticky.

Nearly all piney hops and alcohol aroma, with the sweet sugary smell of malt behind it. Very good.

Big pine hop flavors, a wee bit hot maybe, but only a wee. Dark fruit sugary flavor behind it all. The finish is interesting. Kind of a tree-bark bitterness, earthy, on the tannic side. Piney, tree-barky bitterness lasts.

Full bodied and round, a bit of a meal.

This is a palate pounder. I'd place this one up there with Ruination and DFH 90 minute in that category. But it's strong alcohol flavors make it just less of a beer than those two. It's not as pretty, it smells wonderful, and tastes nearly as good. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 00:24:16 | More by budsboy
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A nose full of citrus piny hops and a sunny disposition make a very nice big ass IPA. Lots of hops with a punchy finish( the alcohol comes through a bit). This is a well balanced double IPA that screams West Coast. Enjoyable and a nice addition to the regular Big Daddy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 04:52:38 | More by canucklehead
Photo of russpowell


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

code of 002

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 05:31:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of Dogbrick


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer pours a nearly opaque copper/gold color with a medium and fluffy ivory head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Resiny hops and fruit in the nose. Rich body with an initially sweet malt/toffee character, followed by flavors of fresh hops, citrus and grass. The finish is soft and sweet with toffee and butterscotch, and leaves a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The ABV is well-masked throughout. Overall this is a pretty good IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:38:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of BretSikkink


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Above average ale; perhaps slightly underwhelming for its style.

A: light colored, somewhere around straw, with some orange highlights. White head, fails to impress.

S: Aroma's a bit light and sweet, favoring the hops, mostly starting with the letter C.

T: again, not bad but a little light for the style. This would be a big-ass IPA to be sure, but the alcohol is so well masked that it could possibly be mistaken for one. Good citric flavors, favoring pale malt rather than sweeter caramel ones, which aids drinkability.

M: The use of the pale malts and high hopping leaves the mouthfeel a bit thinner than perhaps it ought to be. It's not so terribly thin that it's undrinkable, but certainly it's not chewy. Middle of the road.

D: I'm up in the air here. I could go up to 4 for drinkability, but the abv is so high...this is a session double IPA if there's such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 05:08:26 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of thewhitecosbykid


4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color of clover honey with a very light head that dissipates quickly even when aggressively poured and leaves no real tracing on the glass but overall has nice even carbonation.

Smell: A pungent and fragrant aroma; faintly marine with hints of florals.

Taste: Extremely flavorful, the word zesty comes to mind. Full of just the kinds of bitter flavors I'd expect of a double IPA. Smoothes out very quickly leaving a very light aftertaste that just made me want to keep sipping to maintain the potent initial flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, the light carbonation dissipates quickly, and the whole mouth feels the flavors. There may just be that hint of alcohol on the back of my tongue post-swallowing but this could be just because I know how high ABV is.

Drinkability: To date, my favorite of the Imperial IPA; a model example of the style. Comes in packs of four, which should tell you something about it's potency but is well worth the price and I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 06:55:59 | More by thewhitecosbykid
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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