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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 324
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: 627 | Reviews: 324
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RixBeer
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

Photo of ibbjamin
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Photo of timtim
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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