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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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 JDV
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of 0110x011
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.71/5  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.

Photo of budsboy
4.09/5  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.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of thewhitecosbykid
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Looking nice, clear as possible, light honey, white 1.5 inch head, clinging lace.

S - HEAVY Hops. Sneaking around that, some sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt is crushed by hops very soon. Neutral finish. Nice.

M - Medium body, fair coating, carb could be better.

D- Nice to try, probably wouldn't specifically seek it out again.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass.

Cloudy,glowing reddish orange color with a 1" white head that dissapated quite quickly leave some bits of webby lacing. Large chunky yeast particles suspended throughout the beer.

Good strong hoppy aroma piney and citrusy with grapefruit. Clean and inviting with some perfumy notes as well. Strong sweet malt notes with some booziness detected.

Strong sweet carmell tastes with good strong hops tastes as well. Well balanced with piney/resiny/leafy hop tastes,citrus reallt comes through at the finish. Doesn't taste boozy at first,but really comes through as the beers warms,knocking down the drinkability and taste downa notch. Like this served at a colder temp.

Full bodied,not too heavy with a nice tangy and juicy feel.Good drinkabily except for a touck too much syrupness and booziness as the beer warms to a room temp. A nice double overall,a good one if you don't mind some boozy tastes.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper brew with a small head and no lacing. Carbonation bubbles quickly, yet in small numbers, through the brew.

S - Grapefruit pith, spicy white pepper, pine and a fainter bready grain.

T - Alcohol is present, but well balanced by pepper and pine. Aftertaste is a lingering spicy hop with a bit of a grapefruit flavor and hints of pale malt. Nice.

M - Smooth, thin, and a little refreshing.

D - A solid DIPA. I am actually glad this was a four pack. It will be a nice brew to enjoy again soon. I may even by another 4-pack in the future. I may even have another tonight.

Photo of chefboy812
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into american pint glass

slight dingey copper with a little haze. Nice fluffy head. that hangs for a wile then leaves nice lacing.

very floral; maybe rose. also citrus with nods to lemon and orange. no clear malt.

the malt is in the sip; nice. good hop bite and some cool fruit esters.

great chew, and mouth feel. nice linger. surprising not so boozie.

pretty solid. a must try.

Photo of gkatsoris
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical golden honey in color. Really clear, with a big, white, thick, foamy head. The head came down in 2-3 minutes.

S: Super hoppy! Lots of citrus; grapefruit and orange. And tangerine. Some honey and banana. Also slight, slight nuts and dried fruits.

T: Very balanced. Sweet on the front and bitter at the end. Vanilla and nuts, dried fruits and citrus finishing. Honey.

M: Maybe just a tad too carbonated (for me - obviously). Pretty creamy and pretty chewy. I've had better, but I also have had worse.

D: Maybe I am drinking this at the wrong temp. I think it could use a little more body to up it in class - imo.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 9.5% ABV. Hazy orange/copper color, with a nice white fluffy head. Great head retention and lacing.

Nice citrusy, floral and pine resiny aroma. Hop aroma is not overpowering and may even be a bit tame. Good malt backbone is present in the nose as well.

Solid caramel malt base, without being too sweet. Moderate amount of bitterness in the form of citrus and pine resin. Some other fruity notes come out as well. Finishes dry.

A bit of alcohol showes up, but still pretty well hidden for a 9.5% brew. Medium body with low carbonation. Enjoyable, but a bit tame for the style for me. Maybe a good intro to the world of DIPAs.

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

Pours a pretty cloudy and fairly murky amber with a crème head. Nose is salty hops with a citrus tone. Flavor is tangy. Kicks in the mouth. Interesting perfume tone. Noticeable citrus. This flavor profile gives more of a kick in the mouth and not so much a massage. Feel is decent. This is nice, but it lacks a balance that would define it as well defined. More brutish than anything. Interesting to try, but I am not sure I would ever go back to it.

Photo of bobsy
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from San Francisco as a souvenir of the trip. Enjoyed on a snowy Toronto evening, when California seems a million miles away. This pours a slightly hazer amber colour, with a thin white head, that diminishes into a resilient filmy coat. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with the hops present, but not nearly as prominent as I expected. This extended to the flavour. I was expecting something of a hop bomb, but I found that this lent heavily on sweet caramel malts, that also provide a fruitiness. The hopping is fairly floral, and not overly bitter, but seems reasonably well-balanced with the other flavours. The mouthfeel is quite thick, and almost syrupy, with very little carbonation. Although this is not my favourite double IPA, its an extremely well-balanced drink and I'd definitely return to it.

Photo of soupyman10
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty light amber color with solid looking bubblage, a touch hazy but mostly clear. Nose is good, lots of sweet candy with a good bit of fruitiness too. Taste is alright, although a touch disappointing as the beer goes on. It's pretty sweet, with a fair dollap of bitterness. Dries your mouth out like crazy as it goes down. The feel is okay, it's a little high in carbonation but the body is good. Overall, not a terrible DIPA, but doesn't really blow me away either.

Photo of number1bum
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

Pours an orange amber color, slightly hazy with some yeast sediment clouding it up, too. About two fingers of creamy off-white head retain a nice lace and leave a mess of stick.

Smells of pine and some citrus hops, along with a heavy dose of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste has a strong caramel malt presence but it's a bit too sweet, almost cloyingly so, and it's a bit medicinal. Also somewhat boozy. Pine and citrus hop flavors get overwhelmed. Bitterness is moderate, but this is a bit of a mess of flavors and is too sweet.

I had previously had Double Daddy on tap and remember liking it more than this. But I also think that the Big Daddy IPA is one of the worst IPAs I've ever tasted, so I guess I'm not surprised that I didn't love this. As DIPAs go this is a pretty poor one. I wouldn't revisit.

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

­ ­­- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Heavy handed carbonation within a dirty orange turbid body is topped off by a creamy, light tan white capping of 2 fingers with a solid rate of retention. Thick, lustrious lacing coats the vessel.

S: The nose was fresh pine needles, a dry pungent grapefruit, and some sticky pine hop resin.

T: The flavor was malty and very hoppy, with dry pine, grapefruit, and some dry hop flowers along with some grassiness. The finish was moderately lasting with a moderate hop fade with a dry pine woodiness, and some noticeable booziness from the alcohol (9.5%). Very malty with an intense dry hoppiness and drinks fairly well per style.

M: The mouthful was thick and sticky and left a bitter dry flowery hop residue of grapefruit and behind on the tongue.

D: A solid recommend for hopheads, some coarseness of hops may limit non-fans to a single serving.

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

It pours a hazy golden orange, like murky honey. A finger of white head drops quickly to frothy gauze. A seascape of lacing waves along the inside of the glass.

As the aroma gels, it's the hops that lead, with crisp citrus, pine, and a poignant floral note. Underneath lurks quite sweet malt with a gentle fruitiness. A shadow of alcohol is well masked.

Upon tasting, a tongue-enrobing deep malt sweetness crows caramel, berry, and candy sugar. The hops are slightly more subdued but still grant a duet of pine resin and dry grapefruit. A doughty yeast moment is singed by a bright blaze of alcohol. Malt is revisited with a flaky biscuit mild sweetness. The hops go bitter toward the close, with a crisp finish lingering glowingly. It's boastful but nicely balanced despite its size.

Between medium and full bodied, it has a sticky flow that's made dry and oily by the hops resins.

It's big, bold, earthy, sweet, bitter, balanced, and attention-getting. It's not much for complexity or nuance, but it's well done and enjoyable. Note and caution need to be given to the ABV, but it's not like you could ignore it anyway. And with said due caution, drinking it is a pleasant enough experience. And for whatever reason, I really like those peering eyes painted on the neck of the bottle, too.

Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an Stone IPA Flute. No dating.

A: Pours a sun dried golden raisin color with a bit of haze. 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy, pearl white head forms and hangs out a bit. Decent patching throughout.

S: Nice fruity esters. Juicy grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of hop leaf resin and pine. Malts seem a tad weak and add a touch of sweetness, but that's about it.

T/M: Nice, strong bitterness but not palate ruining... yet :) Very fruity and with much more resin and pine than the nose suggests. Malts rush in to a super sweet and chewy dough and grain mix. Body is a bit above medium and have a bit chunkiness when the malts come in. Finish is pretty dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

D: Decent brew that I could see myself getting to change things up from the IPA/DIPA usual suspects. 9.50%? Really? Yow... Maybe just 2 for tonight, haha.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clear, deep orange almost reddish color with copper edges. Thin head which settles out and leaves nice moderate lacing. The aroma is light with surprisingly little alcohol nose. Notes of apples, juniper berries and a solid hop presence. Sweet maltiness balanced with citrusy hops. The taste starts with a solid hop bite followed by a layering of foral hopiness and a sweet fruit base. Nice big balanced flavor finishes with mixed hops and caramel sweetness.Good carbanation helps carry the flavors throughout the mouth over a slightly thick medium body. For the alcohol strength this is a considerably drinkable beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack on my latest beer run. Poured from the brown silk screened bottle into a tulip glass. I was gratified with a perfect 1-1/4" of off white head of tight dense foam that lasted and lasted and produced heavy lacing as it dissipated. The beer was slightly cloudy with big chunks of unfiltered solids floating around an eventually settling to the bottom.

The nose on this one is exceptional! I had to give it a "5" because it was so unique. Sure there was the obligatory hop presence (like a grassy fresh mowed field). But there was also a sweet, carmel-like aroma as well.... rather odiferous!

Taste: Hey!... This stuff is GOOD! The beer that eats like a meal! Unique taste that combines a bitter hop with a sweet malt for a great balance. The grassy hops taste like alfalpha and the carmel sweetness of the malt provides a sweet balance. There is also a woodsy taste to add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, chewey, minimal carbonation.... all lead to a GREAT DIPA!

Drinkability: Fantastic DIPA. I think that I even prefer this to Three Floyds Dreadnaught due to it's complexity and balance. AND.... that's saying something (to knock Dreadnaught off it's pedestal).

Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from City Beer in San Francisco and consumed about a week later. Pours a half finger of lightly orange-yellow head over a cloudy light copper liquid. Smells oranges and garlic. My guess is amarillo and simcoe hops. Soured pineapple and woody dry from hops. Clean alcohol burns the nose a bit.

Tastes oranges and garlic. My guess is simcoe hops. Berry esters and mild malt sweet are subtle players. Woody bite mixed with the carb sting cleans the palette. Alcohol in the aftertaste is not quite clean of fusels. Actually, the rough of the hops and the rough of the alcohol mix pleasingly. Red tropical fruits dance in the aftertaste.

Fine frothy head took a long while to settle. Md-thick body and thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit stronger than I would have liked, as it worked to keep malt sweet from staying on the tongue.

Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
83 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.