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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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.

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

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Risser09
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.

Risser09, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
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.

mikereaser, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
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.

willjschmidt, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of SFLpunk
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.

SFLpunk, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
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.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of toweringpoo
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.

toweringpoo, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of beertooth
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

2nd beer of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest beers.

madorb brought this over to my place tonight. Many thanks, kind sir.

Poured into a pint glass from a great screen printed bottled.

Decent pour yields a small white, soft head that refuses to leave. The head leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with hops, malt, and spice.

The first gulp is great. It reminds me of a 90 minute ipa, but I like this one more, it's more hearty, maybe? It's a bit hot, but it works well with the malt and West coast hop profile. It's balanced enough and I dig it.

Solid mouthfeel

The 9.5% is a little much, but I could put a few down before retiring to something else. I would enjoy this again if I ever come across it, which will probably never happen, haha bummer.

beertooth, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%

Purchased from By the Bottle, in Vancouver WA in a standard 12oz bottle. Pours great except the head is rather light. For the nose I'm picking up more malts than hops and the hops that are there are a bit dull. In fact in smells more like an amber than an Imperial IPA. The flavor follows the nose. To much caramel and there's a bit of a tough bite going on. I'm almost wondering if my bottle was bad! Overall this was not so good and it came fairly highly recommended. I think I try this again and see if she tastes the same and edit my review accordingly.


SickBrew, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.33/5  rDev +19%

Speakeasy double daddy (DIPA) poured into a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale glass. Pours a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-esk golden color. The carbonation is fairly low but I have this a little too cold (around 45 Degrees).

The aroma is fruity banana ester with big alcohol and at 9.5%ABV its understandable that this beer smells a bit of alcohol.

The taste is big, malty, and very hoppy. This beer is very similar to the DFH 90 minute DIPA.

I don't know why this beer doesn't get higher reviews. I loved it. Maybe people are not taking into account that this is an imperial IPA and not a regular IPA. Expect this to be somewhat an extreme beer. Don't expect this to be like a Bell's Two Hearted Ale or a Dale's Pale Ale. This is hopped, dry hopped, and pumped with mass amounts of alcohol. Good luck and hoppy drinking!

PerzentRizen, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Harmless looking clear copper-orange body. Thin but fresh slightly off-white head.

There's more than so just me copper ale lurking below the innocent look. Maybe because I know its an IIPA, but the warm alcohol is there in the nose. And so is some fruit (though not as citrusy as I expected), dark bread crust,and yeast.

Well there went any presumed innocence. The 9.5% isn't well hidden, thought it is quite welcome. It seems to work well with the vanilla and oak. There is potent astringency from the hops that is not in the taste, and wasn't apparent in the scent either. The fruitiness is sweet, like canned in a light syrup. Just has solid backup all around to keep it too

If a drink of this were a volley, the dough/fruit,vanilla bumps, the bitter hop sets, and the alcohol heat spikes. Each is a bit over the top - that's why it was made and that's what I was hoping for.

It is near full-bodied, complex and strangely balanced,This is a sipper that's hard to put down. If this were a Barleywine I prolly wouldn't have given it much thought. Great nightcap.

chiefydawg, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Palisade Liquors in Jersey City...
Been waiting to try a beer from this brewery for a while...
Appearance: pours a hazy, murky, dark-copper hue...
Aroma: Replete with strong hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste: Noticeable alcohol on the tongue with a double dose of malts and hops, vanilla, oranges, nectarines, caramel, and a touch of candied sugars...
Mouthfeel: Thick and rich for a D.I.P.A.
Drinkability: Not bad for a hefty 9.5% ABV... Strong and flavorful stuff, full-bodied...
Worth a try...

dsa7783, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Pours a bright golden amber. Smells like sweet malt ... almost more like a barley wine.

Taste is more balanced, with pine, grapefruit, a nice fruit tinge, and some malt. A decent DIPA ... and not boozy, despite the high ABV. Definitely an improvement over their mediocre IPA.

Good mouthfeel/carbonation.

Overlord, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is slight citrus hops and pale malts. The taste is an odd blend of sweet malts and mildly citrus hops, there is a slight fruit profile is present as well. There is also a decent lingering bitter finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with well hidden alcohol. This is a decent double IPA, but I must admit I was expecting better.

atsprings, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +14%

Poured a hazy, medium golden color with some paler straw-like highlighting. Formed a tight, white head that left an attractive lacing on the glass and retained well.

Aroma included very prominent pineapple-like fruitiness. Some clean malt underlying. Light esters. Dried apricots noted later in the session and an alcohol presence as the beer warmed. Lightly grassy.

Flavor was focused on a strong fruity character that included apricots, pineapples, grass, and hints of tangerine. Medium to medium-high bitterness felt low for the style. Some esters carried through from the nose. Alcohol noticed but still very drinkable, well-masked by fruity hops and malty sweetness. Medium-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, moderately-high level of carbonation with some effervescence. Smooth. No hop-derived astringency.

Dangerously drinkable IIPA. Fruity hops that show pineappple and dried apricots pairing nicely with light esters, malty sweetness, and a fairly dry finish. Could stand to have an increased bitterness. Hop flavor and malty sweetness felt appropriate for the style. Could easily drink 2-3 pints or more which says a lot for a 9.2% ABV beer.

BrewerB, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Purchased a single bottle when I was visiting family up in Mass.

Pours a clear golden color, with some pretty good carbonation.
Aroma is fruity, grassy, citrus and somewhat sweet.
The flavor is a grapefruit/citrus taste. Very good, not bitter at all followed by a crisp feel in the mouth. Can hardly taste the alcohol.
Only downside is that I only purchased a single bottle, should have just got the full 6pk.

beernut, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A quickly dissipating, eggshell-white head recedes to a thin ring of bubbles. Body is clear & golden with a higher than expected carbonation level per the ABV. Major fruit goin' on in the aroma: mango, banana, pear, peach, and (of course) lots of grapefruit citrus from the hops. A slight boozy tinge mixes with a clean mineral note as well.

Enjoyable flavor--full of juicy, citrus hops and tons of tropical fruit. A spritzy, boozy warmth pairs with a medicinal bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the over-carbonated side, while the medium body is slightly sticky and leaves behind a lingering hop bitterness. Overall, this one was a bit too resinous and fruity for me to consider it as a standout IIPA, but I would like to try it again..next time on tap.

wagenvolks, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.35/5  rDev -8%

Big thanks to canucklehead for sending this my way for CanBIF4!

Pours a cloudy amber, light reddish points in the light, thin off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, drops some considerable lacing. Smell is nice, malty, caramel, biscuits, some light pine, grapefruit/pineapple, quite flowery, oranges, hops could use a bit more punch but what is there is nice. Taste is weird, strange maltiness, very hot alcohol, almost soy sauce flavour, a ton of fruit, some grapefruit, sherry, more alcohol, caramel, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol flavour and heat is significant, makes this hard to drink, but not bad. Thanks Mark!

Viggo, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours an ever so slightly hazy bright golden with a creamy white head that retains remarkably well. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, and grassy hops. Some tropical fruit aromas are present as well. Flavor is very juicy backed up with a biscuity malt backbone. Piney, very juicy and citrusy, clementines, pineapples, maybe even some papaya with a lingering bitter finish and a slight warming sensation. Mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable and very tasty DIPA from Speakeasy Brewery.

Doomcifer, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Purchased 4-pack from Brewery Creek-July 2008. I hope its not too old...

Appearance: Looks more like an IPA, not as deep in colour as other DIPAs I've had.

Smell: Oily hop aromas. Grassy and citrusy at the same time. I notice a lot of rich malt in the aroma as well. Dark, sugary.

Taste: Obviously hoppy, with some nice bitterness. There was a slightly odd funky character to it, so I'm not sure if this bottle was a little past its prime. I've had Dbl Daddy before and it didn't have this character.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bubbles pervade. All encompassing mouthfeel with the generous malt and hop qualities.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high given the alc/vol. At no time while I was drinking this bottle did the alcohol come through in either the aroma or the taste. When I stood up after finishing it off however...

Overall: Great, highly flavourful brew. Easy to drink and overall a pleasure. I hope my other bottles aren't as funky as this one. I'm sure I've had it before without the funk so I'll assume that isn't a general quality of this beer.

Hornet2003, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

12 oz bottle courtesy of WasTriekensie. A beautiful golden honey with orange hues. Very clear. A full two fingered head and streaks of lace as I consume. A thin covering of foam protects the precious liquid as gentle carbonation appears now and then.

Smell is deep hop oil and pine. A blast of florals and a hint of bourbon like malt, light alcohol. More hop citrus and a a peek-a-boo of toasted sugar/ caramel.

Taste is more of the nose,, hoppy with big malts and a biscuit like presence in the finish. No bourbon but instead a bold yet subtle malt body and yes, grains, crackers and other breads with a big hop finish yielding to the aformentioned biscuits. Yum

Mouthfeel is creamy and lightly effervescent. Medium light weight lend itself to hot weather consumption with grilled foods outside.

Way too drinkable for a 9.5 abv. Easy to quaff not so easy to walk. Great stuff

scootny, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

dmamiano, Jul 05, 2008
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.