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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Troyone on 08-15-2005

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Ratings: 630 | Reviews: 325
Photo of gford217
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Nick3 poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, bubbly golden amber with a solid one-inch creamy head that shows very good retention and decent lacing.

It's mostly citrus rinds in the nose with orange and lemon zest and hints of grapefruit. Plenty of sweet caramel in there as well as some toasted bready malts.

The taste has a stinging bitterness up front with some pithy citrus fruit, lots of oranges. The backbone is toasted bread and some caramel malts. There is an overall astringency and herbal character that doesn't seem to come together all that well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost syrupy with the hop juice sitting pretty heavily on the tongue alongside a sugary malt sweetness.

This is a decent DIPA though there's nothing to set it apart from most others out there. It's a bit syrupy with an astringent herbal character that takes away from the drinkability a bit.

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber color with a medium sized head with decent looking lace.

The aroma did not jump up at me with floral hops and there were some malt hints.

The taste is bitter with some malt tones,some mild grapefruit and a very sharp sting of alcohol. The balance just seemed off. sort of dry in the finish. The hops were good and the warmth was a titan,so it was really the balance.

Notes: I tried it and overall I just felt it was off the mark.

Photo of snaotheus
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my tastes have changed in the almost a year since I had this on tap, but I'm not liking it quite as much now as I did then. Maybe I got a bad bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks pretty good -- orangey-golden with visible carbonation, only a little head, and decent lacing. Smell is weak but fruity and malty.

Taste is slightly metallic and a little sour, hops don't come out very well but they're there.

Mouthfeel is okay -- light, but a little flat feeling and a little astringent. Fairly drinkable, but probably not a beer to sit down and concentrate on.

Photo of MisterClean
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Grad in Davis.

A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of white head. Slowly dissipates leaving really nice lacing.

S - Notes of honey, caramel, citrus and resiny pine hops.

T - Honey, really tangy caramel-almost cloying, citrus, and resiny pine hops. Pronounced notes of alcohol as it warms up.

M - Light-medium bodied with light alcohol. The hops and malts don't mix very well in this concoction.

D - Not bad. There are much better examples of the DIPA though.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip, bottled on date of July 2009.

A: Pours a beautiful yellow orange hue with a one finger creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly with pretty good lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of pine citrus hops, a little grapefruit, nice caramel malt comes through backed by just a touch of bready yeast.

T: Citrus grapefruit and tangerine, just a hint of dried fruit, caramel malt and a touch of toffee. Finishes with a crisp bitter pine resin that does a pretty good job of balancing the malt.

M: A little lighter than I expected from an imperial but still in the category of a medium body, finishes crisp.

D: Pretty drinkable for an imperial, and the alcohol is well covered by the malts. Pretty good imperial ipa overall, but has room for improvement.

Photo of gravytrain
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orangeish Cloudy Color with very little head

Smell - Is a Sour piney smell.

Taste is a piney citrusy with a malty flavor that hangs at the end.

Mouthfeel - A bit bitey. Took a second taste to get a good feel foer this beer.

Drinkability - A 1 or 2 beer on each occasion. Definitely a strong alcohol effect if you drink more.

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that sticks around. Scattered bits of lacing.
Smell is of massive biscuits, caramel, n sugary citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice caramel n grapefrit combo.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, citrusy, n balanced.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a large white frothy head that dissipates relatively slowly. A large amount of sticky lacing.
Comes off as more sweet than bitter. Lemon citrus, doughy malt and herbs.
Starts with a malty caramel and then quickly moves on to lemony citrus, apricot and herbs. To me this is very different IIPA. There is a spicy/herby flavor that is hard for me to identify. Closest I can get is a mix between mint and thyme.
Medium-full bodied beer with a creamy / syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
A flavorful rich IPA that has a distinctive lemon and herb flavor. The bitterness is not harsh but lingers in your mouth. It is definitely not a session beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-0903-Sean

Photo of HRCam
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First review so bare with me haha

A: Mostly clear but slightly foggy deep gold/orange color. Head Is good at first but quickly dwindles down to a small amount of sticky lacing.

S: The aromas are very nice imo, but mostly it is the alcohol aroma coming through, honey and a little fruity. The hops come out as well but more in just a citrus way.

T: After the aroma I had I expectations of alcohol, and they were fulfilled. Very alcohol tasting (sweet), The hop bitterness is not very much but there is a slight amount of grapefruit to it.

M: Very thin and oily in the mouth. Carbonation could be a little higher.

D:Not something I would drink everyday or all night, but If I were eating the appropriate food this would go very well.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of washburnkid
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Daddy is, in general, a sweeter version of the regular IPA. I prefer the latter, as it has a bit more of a hop bite...without the major alcohol.

Specifically, this beer has a small head that fizzles out quickly without leaving much lace. The brew is an amber hue. Aromas and tastes both feature bread and yeast. There are some dark fruits (currants and figs) in the flavor, more so than in the aroma. I don't get much else from this one. It is awkwardly sweet for a DIPA...maybe it's been sitting around for too long? I have yet to enjoy a Speakeasy brew that is good enough to write home about.

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
2.02/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. Frothy white head, hazy orange-straw color.

Smells like a beer strong in alcohol. Maybe hints of orange. Kind of stings the nose a bit.

Wow. Doesn't taste like any beer I've had before... reminds me of some candy that I can't quite place, or... something about it reminds me of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate chips, although there is nothing chocolately about this beer. A light bitterness, maybe a caramel-like flavor there too -- almost toffee-like, or something. I really can't place it. I swear you'll think I'm crazy but in the finish it really reminds of those chocolate chips, but without the chocolate. Can definitely feel the heat from the alcohol, too. Notsomuch getting anything from the hops, though.

Pretty thick mouthfeel, not too harshly carbonated. Drinkability on this one is low. Won't be going back for another after this one is finished. Don't know that I'd get this one again, in fact.

Overall, I'm confused by this beer. The smell didn't match up with the taste, and the taste to me is just perplexing. Doesn't taste like any beer I've had before. No date, or even a code, anywhere on the single bottle I bought from Wakefield Liquors... could be past its prime? Maybe "Double Down 002" means something, but I can't even find a website for the brewery. I guess I'll never know. Don't think I'll be going back for second try.

Photo of beerphan
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a clouded amber with a fluffy one inch head that recedes slightly but sticks around to the very end. Carbonation appears robust with a constant stream of tiny bubbles on the rise.

Nose: sweet, mild earthy hops, but mostly malts

This baby is a malt bomb, but some hops are present to even it out just enough. Starts sweet and almost syrupy with caramel, bread, and candy dominating before a mild lingering bitterness chases them away. Malt heavy, but not a complete domination. Bitterness really lingers, and leave the palate dry and obliterated.

Drinkability is crazy good for such a high alcohol beer. I feel like i could drink a bunch of these.

Thank to Alusha for paying off her bet @ The Foodery in philly.

Photo of Mauerhan
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy copper color with a ridiculous amount of fluffy white head that stays strong on top of this. a big amount of lacing.

smell is that of a malt bomb. kaboom. some traces of what used to be hops.

taste is overly malty and one sided. not really sure what else could have been here even if it was fresh.

over all i am not impressed. a mediocre beer. I would avoid it in the future.

Photo of rmaste6282
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a nice honey color, beige head, 1 finger thick. Smells of heavy sweet caramel creamy malts, a bit of orange citrus. Taste is heavy on the toasty sweet malts, somewhat dry but the finish is all toasted malts. Ok, DIPA, not on my top 20 list.

Photo of ironlung
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey-orange w/lots of sticky head.(I perfer slurpy head =)

S: Malt bomb @ first, then as it warms the hops come out to say hello.

T: Decent. Average. Needs more hops to go with the sweetness.

M: Great considering the ABV. Not even sticky like the malt smell eludes to.

D: Easy Skankin'...right to the jail-cell! Watch your 6 when having more than one of these bad boys! You may have to double-down on the bail money.

Overall: I agree this beer is difficult to profile. As there are so many more formidable I2PA's to be partaken.
I find this one to be floating listless with "paper anchor and lead sails"; however, that's no reason to slam it.
It's tasty and hides that 9.5% well enough to get you incarcerated.
If your on the hunt for a decent I2PA to get "hammered" for around 9bux, you found a winner. However, if your pocket-book is less constricted, go and spend the 20bux on 4 pliny's and enjoy each sip that much more.

Photo of lhaqq
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate. An enjoyable beer, just doesn't measure up to a lot of other double IPAs.
A: Orange-copper body. Not as much lacing as I'd expect on the head.
S: Floral hops, but not very strong. Some cream and spices as well.
T: The higher gravity comes through, though not in a bad way. Definitely can tell its an imperial, but would have expected the hops to be a lot more up front. Fairly spicy as well.
M: Creamy; good standard feel for a DIPA.
D: Though it comes out a bit in the flavor, still pretty good masking of the 9.5%.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 - 3 finger head with decent structure tops this beer. Large bubbles in the off white head. The beer has the slightest haze and is orange/amber in color. Just a touch of visible carbonation. spotty lacing.

Aroma is a touch of pine, of ripe pineapple. A touch of alcohol.

Flavor is o.k. A bit focused on the alcohol. Mostly some pine notes and a touch of lemon..(pith) Not a great deal of depth here. The finish is more of alcohol vs. some hop bitterness.

Very little carbonation. Not flat, but almost.Medium body.

Not especially drinkable. Not my favorite DPA...

Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is goldish orange with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, is quite dry with some alcohol presence. Some piny, floral hop flavor with some citrus hops flavor as well. Some bitterness as well.

The mouth feel is a bit harsh at first. Is medium drinkable but does take a bit to go down. The aftertaste was also a bit harsh but this beer is worth a try.

Photo of Jedimaster1
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one on-tap is much different as it is on the bottle. On tap it is gets hit first by a bitter bite, but then malts kick in -- but not overly sweet malts. It is even good enough that my mother and wife enjoyed it which is strange coming from a hop-head like me.

In the bottle it just tastes funky. But on tap, it is amazing and well worth the visit. I had it at the Yard house and was told that it is their #1 IPA, even beating the likes of Stone. I can see why it would be -- although the bottle version I'd take Stone any day.

But on-tap, you can' go wrong with this one! Recommended on-tap!

Photo of madtowndmb1
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this beer in a trade from washburnkid! Thank you!

I went into this beer without looking at a single review on it, but found myself agreeing on a alot of points here.

It pours a decent color with a small head, good for a DIPA. The smell is malty/ sugar sweet. No bitterness at all. The taste is SWEET like pineapple sweet with a touch of tart in there. Not bitter, tart. It was OK.

As for M: and D: It was ok on the palate but for 9.5% you need to enjoy a beer, and I was just OK with it.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin..

Poured a nice golden orange colour. White head poured small but pretty thick then faded to light wispy coating with thickish edging... barely any carbonation... some decent lacing lines...

Aroma - Blast of juicy mouth watering fruits (grapefruits, oranges, limes, apples), lots of strong piney and floral hops, very perfumed, some talcum powder traces, light rubberiness, honey sweetness, some basil herbalness..

Taste - Lots of floral and citrus hop bitterness followed by light sugary sweetness, juicy tart fruits (grapefruits, lemons, pears), light caramel malts and hints of floral honey, some graininess, tobacco hints, chalky, quite herbal, alcohol just noticeable, perfumed, coppery...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharp bite... medium / full bodied... pretty drinkable for a 9.5% brew

Overall - A pretty good double IPA - full of flavour and very drinkable... recommended...

Photo of noknife83
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice find while at BevMo last week. Initially it made me curious that it was only being sold in 4-packs. A very well crafted IPA, very strong very hoppy, and syrupy. If you are a casual beer drinking this beer is not for. This is for those serious about strong flavored, high ABV, and those who want something different. I hope I can find this beer down by me, I got it while in the desert. The BevMo there was 4 times the size one where I live, there were so many beers there I'd never seen before...Wish I had something good like Double Daddy tonight, tonight I'm stuck with PBR.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The eyes on the label are following me...deep red orange pour with good clarity and a half inch of foam on top that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas kick off with sweet, caramel background that is overtaken by a cavalcade of earthy, piney, resinous hops. A good deal of honey accents with floral notes as well. Even a bit peppery.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront with caramel and honey accents. Earthy, resinous hops move in with a good deal of pine flavor as well. Peppery bitterness kicks in on the way down but the sweetness still prevails. Lingering hop tones on the back of the palate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good sturdy maltiness that unfortunately leads to a bit too much sweetness overall for me as well. A pretty tasty double IPA but I couldn't drink more than one or possibly two in a sitting.

Photo of PDXHops
1.76/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

Bright orange body. A finger's worth of bright white head disappears to just a skim pretty quickly, but a smallish head is easily revived with repeated swirlings. Lacing is teased, but the bubbles are slippery/wet and just slide back down into the glass.

What's that weird doughy smell? Not appetizing at all. Candyish sweetness and some floral/herbal notes. Where are the hops? Alcohol is very noticeable.

After tasting, I ask again, where the heck are the hops? Doughy flavor with a bit of a sour tang (maybe it's sourdough!). Lots of sugary sweetness- not big malty sweetness, but like it's spiked with simple syrup. Way too sweet. There is some bitterness (definitely not 'imperial' level), but no real hop presence to speak of. The alcohol is once again very noticeable. A mess of a beer. I made weird faces trying to choke this down.

Lightish body. Could use some more carbonation (although I'd put that last on the list of needed improvements).

Overall impression: Subpar DIPA, damn near a drainpour. Didn't enjoy this one at all and wouldn't buy it again. I doubt it was an old bottle, as the store where I bought it has great turnover. Bad bottle? God, I hope so. Not sure I have the stones to try it again, but if I have a different experience, I'll adjust the review accordingly.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
83 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.