Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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324 Reviews
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Reviews: 324
Hads: 648
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with an inch of beige head. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is nice and hoppy and full of citrus aroma.

Taste is fantastic. Plenty of hop flavor throughout. Great tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall a really great beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd really like to drink some more of this. Someday hopefully. (386 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a thin white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus and pine. Faint graininess. The flavor is overly grainy with some strong orange rind notes and a bit of pine. Medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-bitter finish. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary. (407 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Pinocchio's brandy snifter. No bottle dating. Thanks to barfdiggs for this one!

A: Pours the traditional deep orange DIPA color. Basically no head because of the alcohol being 9.5%. Definitely some alcohol feet and mild lacing.

S: It's all over the board. I get pine, some fruit maybe grapefruit, and definitely some malts. Caramel roasted malts that are there to balance.

T: I get a little hop bite and citrus in tip if tongue. Mid mouth is lots of malts that almost make it unbalanced. The finish has some bitterness and it's as clean as I was hoping.

M: Medium bodied DIPA

O: B- It's a pretty good beer, but balance was an issue. Palate might have been off or freshness, but all and all not the best DIPA from that area I have had by far. (770 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium off white head fades into a nice lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Bitter hops, light citrus with light alcohol aroma.

The taste is more bitter hops with citrus fruit, light pine?, and a light some more on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lasting dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff for some reason. (338 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet honey, bittering hops, pine, caramel malt, and some citrus. Taste is initially sweet with floral and honey flavors, then I get a lot of grapefruit citrus taste. Followed by a bit of booze, light malt profile and bittering, piney hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a little chewy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is definitely not my favorite DIPA, but it is a solid one. (481 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt is not so evident for so strong a beer. Some sweetness adds to the candied grapefruit peel flavor. Sharp with a rasp in the back of the throat. Lovely golden orange color in the wine glass, and lacing is particularly nice. Full and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness fills the aftertaste. Flavor seems quite thin and acidic. Odd medicinal nose. Not particularly enjoyable, though it delivers the alcohol with a minimum of fuss. (429 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy and thick, with a sluggish, reluctant head, but surprisingly good lacing. The aroma is thick and sweet, so hoppy that it crosses into the realm of pineapple juice. The flavor is punishingly fruity, with pineapple, vanilla, and orange peel. There is a sharp shock of alcohol on the tongue and an immediate blast of intense citric bitterness that spreads to a residual spearmint on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is gooey and thick.

This beer is just too much of a muchness and hard to enjoy. (508 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corresponding to what would be expected of an Imperial IPA, the nose on this one is heavy with the grapefruit scent that comes from massive amounts of hops. What sets this one apart, however--at least olfactorily--is the similarly large scent of sugary malts, which add a cane sugar aroma.

On the tongue, it's also immediately obvious that large amounts of hops and malt went into this brew, as not only is the ale quite bitter, but sugary as well, resplendent with caramelized brown sugars and dark fruit esters. There's also a nice thread of toasted grains just below the surface, along with a slightly-stronger-than-I-would-like alcohol tinge. (But at 9.5%, this isn't unexpected.) Both malt and hop flavors last throughout the mouthful, with the sugars peeling back at the end to reveal a nice oaky undercurrent. The aftertaste largely consists of hops, with slight hints of toasted grain.

Overall, this is a decent Imperial IPA, made better by the amped sugars, though I expect the power of the hops will turn off many. (1,028 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Daddy is a beer as smooth and jazzy looking as it sounds; a clear, lustrous golden body gives off garish highlights. Held up it lights up like the Vegas strip. Although under a high pressure of alcohol, its head flourishes and ticks off every possible box: film, foam, bubbles and lace. Check. The glass ends up looking sad with such droopy lacing.

Double Daddy smells about as good as most imperial IPAs... at least on first whiff. But judging by how much brash character quickly comes apparent you start to wonder if this will be all that drinkable, what with all that blatant alcohol and bitterness in toe. Beneath it all are notes of toasty pale malts and hops that stink like wet leaves in fall.

It doesn't seem like the brewery went any darker than pale malts, which is fine, but they don't seem to have used enough of them. That stale white bread taste is suffocated first by soapy, lemon Pledge-like hops and then by alcohol vapors. Bits of grapefruit, peach and cantaloupe show up seemingly randomly. Their flavour is certainly doubly intense.

The alcohol seems to scour most flavour out of the beer, but what little survives is vividly hoppy and, given the style, I suppose that's what matters. Like I said, malts are a lost cause in a beer this (determinedly) hoppy and strong. It is drinkable, albeit at a slower pace. The finish is minty and somewhat scathing due to alcohol, but not terribly bitter.

I don't think it's incorrect to suggest that DIPAs rely on the average beer geeks' fetish for brutal, bitter and obnoxious offerings - Speakeasy delivers just that with Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Perhaps too much of that. While I don't think anyone could pretend that this beer is anywhere near first-rate, the pleasure that it brings is definitely a DIPA pleasure. (1,794 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale amber/gold with reddish highlights; large fluffy head subsides to a scant finger with tons of sticky lacing all down the glass

S - inviting enough, if a little simple; sweet caramel/biscuit malt and a bunch of citrusy hops - orange peel and grapefruit pith; has some richness to the malt notes that indicate a big beer

T - good malt notes on the palate - sweet caramel and biscuit with a lightly grainy almost earthy quality; hops are present, but not stealing the show - a DIPA of balance; some gentle bitterness emerges at the back end

M - well-balanced and easy to drink; low-moderate CO2 lets the richness shine

O - well-crafted; it is nice to have a DIPA that shows restraint in the hop department; was expecting more bitterness, and was pleasantly surprised (784 characters)

Photo of JerryG
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Red ale with a light white head

Smell is hoppy, but not a complete boquet of hops, along with roasted malts

Strong hop taste (average for an imperial ipa). Lots of roasted malt flavor. I would describe this beer as an over hopped double red. Similar to a Ninkasi Believer double red, but stronger malt and hops.

It doesn't taste like a 9.5% beer, maybe because the hops cover up the sweetness, and there is not a lot of body for an imperial. (450 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served on tap into a pint glass, Double Daddy had a slightly hazy orange-yellow hue, with a small foamy head that laced surprisingly well. A very interesting floral aroma, loaded with grapefruit. Surprisingly the taste is not too hoppy for an IIPA, though the citrus hops are ever present overlaying the sweet caramel malt base, but certainly not overpowering. Finishes mostly dry and piney, but with a little bit of sugary sweetness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. (520 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber.

Pours a cloudy medium-dark gold with a decent sized (for a DIPA) beige head. Tons of thick lacing in the glass.

Smells of significant caramel and biscuity malt. Citrusy tropical hop aromas are there too, but they don't take the foreground.

Tastes quite sweet, revealing all that malt that was in the smell. Hop bitterness and flavor makes itself known by the finish and lingers heavily in the aftertaste, which gets very dry. The middle flavor of this beer is quite flat, not in a carbonation sense, but on the palate.

Carbonation is decent, but feel is maybe a bit too thick. There is heat from the alcohol, but I don't find it so bad given the high ABV.

I'd say overall this beer is OK, but I'm liking it less as I work my way through it. (758 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: From a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of off-white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Grapefruit/citrus with a bit of floral hopiness, and the requisite caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T- Citrusy, floral hop notes provide a solid level of bitterness. A modest caramel sweetness, and a touch spicy on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Good. Not a standout, but a pleasing, easy drinking DIPA.

Future outlook: Consumed while in California, and not distributed here- decent enough, but not worth seeking out. (615 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to chickencoop for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hop, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. It had a very nicely balanced flavor with a good aroma. The caramel I picked up on in this one was a very nice touch of sweetness to the citrus aspect in this one. This one is worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it. (781 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky brownish color with a nice head, the flavor is hoppy but not in a way that really impressed me. The hops were more on the earthy side and not very citrusy or bright. Not really what I was hoping for in an American IPA. The aroma is earthy too with a slight aroma of malts. (278 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - golden sunset, half finger white head and some lacing

S - Very malty! With a piney and a bit floral, hop backbone. You can smell the alcohol, some brown sugar. It is a little grassy and maybe some resin and oak

T - The malt, alcohol and hops right up front. Boosh! The bitterness is nice and the sweet balances it awesomely. Not a whole lot going on. Pine, alcohol, flowers, sugar, malt, barley and more alcohol

M - Big, sticky, coats the mouth with sweet bitterness. It coats the mouth a bit to much

D - At 9%+ this is nice. Not to complex, but the simplicity is nice

Final thought - Cost to much, but it is worth a try, for sure (681 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright amber color, with a very thin white head. Head fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S- Smell is of floral and citrus hops. A fair amount of pine in here too.

T- Taste is pretty much like the nose. A bit of an alcohol burn. Good balance of hop bitterness and sweetness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- I found this one to be pretty solid and enjoyable. Pretty easy to drink. (419 characters)

Photo of negroobserver
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle in a 22oz tall glass.

APPEARANCE: Hazy golden color similar to a hefewiezen like Blue Moon. About 1/2 inch of head which dissipates and leaves a creamy residue on the rim of the glass.

SMELL: Hops, ofcourse (it's an IPA). Malts. The hops and malts are present, but nothing else stands out. It's pleasant in a minimalist way, but also a bit disappointing.

TASTE: Bitterness common with IPAs followed by a smoky pungent quality. charcoalish burnt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Good Carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: The bitterness of the beer goes away after a few sips, but the smoky aftertaste is not too kind to the senses. Overall, it's a decent beer, but it could be substantially better. It is very distinct though.

GRADE: C/C- (734 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle to try... because I haven't.

- Pours a rather clear light yellow to light copper color.. heavy pour yielded only about a finger of white foam.. down to a thin blanket and lace all about.

- Once poured.. hops carried across the space between me and the glass... floral.. citrus. Up close there is a lot of roasty caramel and biscuit-like malts.. seems rather sweet, and loaded with grassy earthy hops.

- Great bitterness without the dryness... huge big caramel malts.. roasty sweet sugars... grassy and citrus hops galore.. earthy.. seems the malt still over powers what I know is a massive amount of hops. Well balanced, and quit grainy. Seems adjuncts are absent here.

- Less sticky than I expected from the nose and flavor.. Medium bodied, creamy... I suppose it would dry sticky? Tastes sticky!

- Overall quit good! Looking at past reviews, I would suspect they refined this a bit, and brought its best traits forward. Rather good. (959 characters)

Photo of crestwood37
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an imperial IPA, this is definitely a higher end. Normally, when I drink an Imperial that is high in alcohol content, I feel an overwhelming hard liquor taste and you don't get that with double daddy. The color is good - a yellow/orange color with a thin head that leaves a nice cascade on the glass. It is an enjoyable beer. (329 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass and than some. I hear this is the first time in bombers for this one.

Olympic medal golden with some tanner spots towards the sides. Alot of activity within and on top about a quarter inch of fluffy stuff comes up, leaving a cap, it can be ressurected though. Small pokadots on the glass. Smell is a fruity and malty DIPA. The malt actually dominates the nose, but under that some citrus arises mainly of grapefruit. A big sugary scent comes up as well and I cant help but to notice the alcohol underneath. Tastes include citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, some big toasty malts, caramel, sugar, alcohol, bread and maybe some caramel. Tis not my favorite double but it's beating anything from out here on the east. Feel is above medium, sweet and coating, not really bittter, goes down smooth with alcohol at the end. Id prefer this in a 12oz bottle over a bomber anyday though, the 2nd half just sort of shitted out on me. (950 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this after work the other night. It was so refreshing.

Appearance- golden color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- hops

Taste- refreshing hops, not terribly hoppy but very refreshing

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very nice. I loved it. Very refreshing. It hit the spot. (294 characters)

Photo of diddly
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a good head.

This beer is powerful, both the aroma and taste. However, even though you obviously taste that it's a double and a 9.5 abv, it's still delicious. Great example of the style, and despite the high alcohol, actually a very refreshing beer.

Nice mouthfeel, as you certainly know what you're drinking, but not overpowering. Crisp and hoppy, I guess would be the best way to describe it.

Big fan of this one, and definitely will look out for. (475 characters)

Photo of HopNuggets
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into White Birch signature glass.

A - Poured a brilliant light golden orange with a 1-1/2 finger white head that dissipates to a covering that leaves lacing down the glass as you enjoy the beer.

S - Orange and grapefruit citrus with some sweet malt, not very complex, but has the major highlights of the style.

T - Orange, caramel malt, dry hop bitterness. Very dry aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium to light carbonation. Very dry.

D - Very drinkable for a 9.5% IPA the dry finish keeps you begging for another sip. (545 characters)

Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.