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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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585 Ratings

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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 TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is simply full of floral hops and citrus sweetness, which blend nicely together.

T: The taste is well-balanced and straight-forward as the smell indicates. The hops bitterness and citrus sweetness compliment each other throughout each sip. There’s a mild alcohol burn, but not as much as a 9.50% ABV can typically provide. The after-taste is mild but consists of the hops bitterness for the most part.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: This beer is very tasty, not very filling and quite is easy drinking for a beer with an ABV this high. This is a beer that I could drink a lot of over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

thanks to bennetj17 for this DIPA.

A copper/amber hued ale with a 1/2 finger head resulted from a fairly vigorous pour. Finely and mildly active carbonated. Finely yet fully and intricatately laced. Lacings still clinging to the level of the top of the pour in my empty glass!

Interesting and good hop aroma. Peachy, white grapefruit, and hint of pineapple from the hops. Not much for malts, but some bready malts with touch of caramel evident.

Interesting flavours here as well. The peachy and grapefruity flavours also evident upon tasting, but also blend to give an orange flavour, which gives way to a lingering pineapplish acidic bitterness. Not much going on with the malts in this one, most must have been fermented to give the 9.5%, but some bready malts with hint of caramel are there.

Decent amount of tasty and resinous hops in here. Can feel the alcohol warmth, could have probably been masked better with a more substantial malt backbone.

A pretty drinkable big beer, could easily and enjoyably knock a few of these back in a tasty and inebriating session. Would drink again if i could find it in my neck of the woods.

demcorhip, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle reads:
Doubling Down on Malts & Hops, Double Daddy raises the stakes, with it’s good looks & no-limit style, DD takes the pot every time.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown. The tan head fades fast and the 9.50 beer leaves little to no mentionable lacing.

Smell: Rich malty aroma and a hint of warm alcohol come through first. Followed by oranges, pine, more caramel malt and a hint of booze in the back of the nose.

Taste: The taste is simple but delectable flavor for a DIPA. It has a malt backbone but is dominated by sharp prickly citrus hop flavors of grapefruit, pine, lemon, pineapple, caramel toasted malts and booze. It is pleasant and certainly astringent but seems lack slightly in complexity.

Mouthfeel: Slick rich oily medium body and alcoholic.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable and tasty for a 9.50% ABV brew. The alcohol is well mask but not at al hidden. The flavors are friendly and relatively approachable for the style.

NOTE: I really don't believe this beer should be classified as 'retired' Their website is advertising the newly intruduced four pack of Double Daddy. It is currently being made and sold so ...

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a very nice looking hazy copper colour with a moderate off-white head that is sticky as hell and leaves its fair share of residue on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy and floral, but it also has a nice malt backbone to it. There's a nice caramel aroma throughout as well.

Flavour is surprisingly more malty than anticipated. Hoppy? Yes, but not as much as I'd expected. There are definite bread notes along with hints of spice and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit too "all over the map" for me overall.

This one was a decent selection overall. No major problems but could be a touch more balanced. Pretty good stuff in the end, just not a '4' beer...

SixpointJMH, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of largadeer
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

I'm not a huge fan of this brewery, but I don't see a lot of double IPAs in 12 oz bottles, so I decided to give this one a shot. Bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Darker than most IPAs, this resembles more of an ESB to me. The head poured fairly thin and quickly faded into a ring.

S: Oily hops and sweet citrus. It has a fairly pronounced smell.

T: Overwhelming hops and alcohol; definitely not a subtle beer. The high ABV is quite apparent.

M: Medium-bodied and crisply carbonated.

Very rough around the edges, especially when compared to other Pacific-brewed double IPAs, such as Rogue's I2PA or Stone's Ruination.

largadeer, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle that timtheenchanta shared with me. Thanks!

This beer pours into my pint glass a clear dark gold with a frothy white head thaT holds a nice film with bubbles and laces a little bit. The smell has a bit of hops along with some spicy rye smell. The taste is good as well. There is a flavor that is grainy almost like tasting wort that has just been chilled but without any yeast added. The flavor while grainy seems somewhat like rye. The taste also has a bit of hops floating around in there. The mouthfeel has a full body with a decent carbonation. Overall a decently drinkable beer, but there are much better DIPAs.

MSchae1017, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Thin half inch head that's eggshell white and quickly falls to thin spotty clumps on top of the light copper/ruby liquid. There's very thin spotty liquid that is a little less than thrilling.

Somewhat fruity citrus hop aroma which quickly gives way to some alcohol and a slightly sour malt taste (perhaps a rye note?).

Very fruity sweet hop taste with a very sweet toasty spicy sour rye like maltiness. There's also some spicy alcohol to it and has wonderful medium body. Very drinkable DIPA. A wonderful beer, really. This one almost has a barleywine taste and feel to it. Great, really.

Many thanks to Boolshot for this one.

timtheenchanta, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle Inspection: 9.5% abv, not much else besides marketing

Aroma: Wonderful perfumed hop aroma consisting of floral (rose) and citric (grapefruit) notes. A sweet base is clearly noted promising to hold all those alpha acids in check. Very inviting!

Appearance: Creamy tight head clings stubbornly to the edges to crown a clear and pale amber glass.

Flavor: Lemon juice start fades into a fairly bitter grapefruit rind that gives up a bit of sugar coating before the slightly tart finish. All the bitter flavors are held in relative check, but nothing approaching balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily feel, dry finish, edge of fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: A unique flavor. I would have preferred the hop schedule be moved a little later, but I always prefer that. Nothing wrong with the way this one is set up. Massive lace, but carbonation is a bit too high. Nice flavor but the bitter is a bit much. An enjoyable West Coast brew; Thanks to weedchugger for the sample!

HardTarget, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours deep orange/amber color with a very slight head.

Nose is fruity, citrus, and a touch hoppy.

Flavors seems just slightly off, a bit sour, and certainly bitter. Aftertaste is kind of fleeting, but gives a little hoppy alcohol kick right at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the flavors are full.

Not bad, not great. I'd drink another, but I'd go for other DIPAs before I'd choose this one again.

I wonder why BA has it as "retired"?

flexabull, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -3%

Pours a hazy reddish orange with a soild head sitting on top. Nose is hops pine. Flavor is tight, cold, steely hops with the barest of spinal malt. Although this was a hopfest, it was not overbearing. Enjoyed the grapefruit and resin flavors. Nice 2IPA, not my favorite and certainly not the worst. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

thaichile, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours an orange like amber with a substantial white foamy head. Big fan of the bottle design. Smells of sweet pine are evident in both taste and smell. Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation but still very palatable. I could easily put a few of these down even with the 9.50% ABV. Good beer which I received as an extra in a trade with Westsidethreat. Thanks again

WeymouthMike, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Appearance – This is a bright but indistinct orange in color with a beautiful buttery head that left lots of afterfoam on top of the liquid.

Smell – The rich caramel malts are truly doing double duty here. The hops are resiny and big but not sharp if that makes any sense. The orange aroma smells like freshly squeezed OJ that’s been cooked and reduced down to a highly concentrated form.

Taste – The leafy hops are bigger at the taste and the pine fades a bit, but boy that malt sure does come on strong. The orange loses some of its sweetness but is roughly the same size as it was at the nose. You can get a small sense of booze here, too, which is unusual for the style.

Mouthfeel – This is on the heavier side of medium-bodied with a light smack of booze on the lips. It’s slick in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I bought a four-pack and am hiding the other three right after I post this review.

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a very light amber with barely any head and some rough lacing.

Smell is more barleywine than dipa. Very alcoholic nose, and a lot of malt evident, but little hop smell beyond some somewhat muted citrus.

Has some decent hop bitterness in the taste, even a little stinging (which is good in my book). There is also a harshness in the taste that is not good, a little like a drop of paint thinner found its way into the bottle. The flavor is not very long either considering the hops, nor is the flavor as balanced as it should be. I give it the score I give it for taste primarily because of the intense hoppiness, which I love.

The mouthfeel is too thin to support the hops- more like a carbonated hop tea. This beer crys out for more body. Beyond that, the mouthfeel is oily and fairly crisp. Carbonation is decent.

Drinkability is okay- I couldn't drink many, and although I'll eventually drink the four pack I bought, it won't be as fun as it could be, and it will take me awhile to put some other beer aside for this.

Georgiabeer, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Pale copper orange with a small, but densly knit cap of white.

Honey and caramel drizzled citrus peels dominate the nose. Sweetish malts, fruit, and some light herbal and pine notes also in the mix. Nice but underwhelming.

Flavor on line with the nose. A firm malt base of biscuits, honey, and very light caramel give way to a oily hop blast of grapefruit, lemon zest, and pinapple. It shows traces of green pine and a touch of medicinal astringency. Good tasting and nice and hoppy, although not overy complex or nuanced.

Body is medium, slick, and creamy. Oily hop resins coat your palate with a bitter finish. A nice and easy going version of an IIPA.

AlexJ, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

$7.75 4 pack 9.50% A one time offering with no best by date, though "Double Down 002" is marked as code.


Pours a crystal clear very light brown tinged with hints of orange. Topped by a very thin film of tightly packed white foam.


Fresh herbal notes with subtle grapefruit aroma overlaying a sweet biscuity pillow of malts.


Sharp and biting with mouth puckering hop bitterness at first this mellows by midsip to reveal a grapefruit backbone that is interspersed with a mildly sweet caramel malt presence and a dab of alcohol. Not as balanced as some DIPA's I've tried, with hops predominating too much. Alcohol is too apparent as well, but this is a well crafted good tasting DIPA.

cbl2, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

A nice finger and a half of light foam with a vigorous pour, dissipating pretty quickly. Amber. Sweet toffee malt on the nose, with slightly orangey, spicy hops, some papaya and mango, and a touch of yellow curry.

Taste, hoppy and somewhat sweet. Well balanced, unless you're averse to noticeable sweetness. Pleasant bitter notes of orange rind. Good spice on the back of the throat, and lingering hops in the mouth, orange rind and pine. As it warms, the nose fades, but medicinal ocean brine notes emerge on the palate; and some alcohol, but doesn't taste like 9.5%. Definitely worth a try!

Beerzebub, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +3%

12 oz screen printed bottle. Nice looking IPA clear amber, with a nice thick frothy off white head. Aroma very spicy hoppy, with a slight strange aroma of what can only be described as "barnyard"..odd. Good strong bready,semi-bitter thick maltiness to start, then it thins out and the hops take OVER, more spruce like than citric. Ok on the palate but it does start to become cloying..alcohol present but mostly hidden. An OK DIPA..nothing like as good as Great Divide Hercules..but not bad

Reidrover, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Color is light copper to gold and a nice size white head develops with a rapid pour. Aroma is lemon lime with some other citrus notes as well, along with sweet peaches. Flavors is orange juice from a carton, a small amount of pepperiness in the finish. Mouthfeel and aroma reveal a good size malt component which I really like in my dipa's, along with a low level of carbonation which is pleasing as well. The beer finishes dry and slightly bitter. A good dipa in a sea of good dipa's.

hoppymeal, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

Pours a clear gold to apricot colored beer with nearly no head.

Smell is sweet with lots of tropical fruit aroma and citrus. Sharp and strong raw hop aroma mostly grapefruit and lemon. This is quite spicy in the glass mostly strong and green fresh black pepper.

Taste is exceedingly flavorless in the first sip. The next few sips are mostly nothing but wood for flavor. An amazing display of talent to balance the flavor so perfectly that this tastes mostly like nothing. Nice try but this needs work.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a beer I can recommend that you spend lots of time and treasure to get. Looks good, smells good, no taste! A pity this could have been a super beer.

Zorro, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Double Imperial inda pale ale.

A: Orangy gold, with about a pinky sized head, withe nice lacing all the way down.

S: Smells of citrus, pine and sweet malt.

T: Nice up front semi sweet and sour fruit taste, followed by a nice sweetness, and backed by a swift hop bitterness. Very, very little alcohol.

M/F: Medium bodied, not to cloying, lightly carbonated which makes it very smooth, and has a light lingering after taste.

D: Very high. Almost chuggable. Dare i say a session DIPA at 9.5%? A very nice first taste from Speakeasy. Not a monster for the syle like some others, but def worth its weight in hops.

mattpetti, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

4-pak from Oak Tree Buy Rite.. yay! 12oz DIPA.. for once I dont have to be drunk after reviewing one beer...

attractive silk screened bottle, nice cap too, not that that matters but it caught my eye, pours with a 3/4 of a fingrer of not organized head, settles down to a thin head but the lacing is great. actively carbonated (small bubbles)... jeez I can smell this from about 2 feet away, I'll get to that... slightly hazy light orange, not as light as say sunkist but orange none-the-less. good looking brew.

grapefruit alert! grapefruit alert! it tries to hide the alcohol but you can pick it up in the odor, pretty straightforward on the hop aroma, I would guess it's amarillo hops, some candy sweetness is detected but mostly we get alcohol and hops here... very strong odor.. just not all that interesting compared to some other DIPAs (see: Moylan's Hopsickle)

taste etc...
based on the odor I was expecting to taste the alcohol.. not so, well hidden for the ABV. you do get some warming so those with heartburn look out! starts out sweet and then BAM the hop oils take over and overwhelm... which is good for this style. it is syrupy and coats the mouth in hop goodness, not overly bitter at all but a nice hop flavor mixed in with soime honey sweetness. I personally would like the carbonation to be a bit more, it almost comes off as flat at times. The mouthfeel suffers in that regard but the taste is worth picking this up for. This drinks way too easy.... you could get into some serious problems sucking this near 10% beast down..

a nice take.. and in a 12oz portion it really scores. not the best DIPA but certainly better than some more expensive ones. Worth picking up for hop heads. maybe a touch on the sweet side at times but I somehow worked through it.

Ego, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev +8%

A- dark golden straw color, with hints of copper. Beige two finger head, retent was never ending. Beer held a 1/4" head throughout the whole 45mins it took me to finish this. Lacing as well, lots of it.

S- think of every smell that hops can make...im sure it was there. Grain, citrus, floral, sweetness as well.

T- cant say much about the malt profile in this brew because the hops came on strong and finished strong. The intense bittering (almost face contorting) of the hops eased as the brew warmed up. Had some sweetness to the brew. Toward the end, when the brew was fairly warm, i started to get an alcoholic burn as the finish, as opposed to a sweet easy bitter when the brew was cooler.

M- very smooth, mild drying effect, not as much as I anticipated.Nice body. Warm, burning sensation at finish when brew is warmer.

D- very drinkable, hops were intense but not overpowering. More than one of these at a time may be a tad ridicilous given its 9.5% ABV. Love to have one every now and again.

tonistruth, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, and citrus.

T - The taste is hoppy and sweet/tangy, the finish is kinda dry.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated mouth feel.

D - Drinkable. A nice tasty brew from Speakeasy, at 9.5% ABV it's pretty drinkable.

Wasatch, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of jerrymiller
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer was looking right at me. (It has eyes silkscreened on its neck and the result is droll.)

The appearance of the beer is overcast orange with limited frothy white head. A vigorous pour only yielded about an eighth of an inch of head that receded to a modest amount of lacing.

Smell is of strong, floral hops that give way to soft malt traces.

Taste is strongly of hops. Nice bitterness and overall floral hoppy flavor. Not overly complex flavor. The power of the alcohol content is hard to diminish.

Mouthfeel is average bodied with medium carbonation. A clean finish.

This is a very nice IPA that seems to be at the head of Speakeasy’s class.

jerrymiller, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer poured a glowing caramel orange in a long-stemmed Leffe chalice. The head consisted of a thin wisp of white.

Smelled of gooey canned peaches that had a dry, dirty, piney hop hiding behind it.

The flavor started dry and earthy but then picked up a fruity, ruby red grapefruit and some mandarin orange. This fruitiness lasted only for a bit and then collapsed back into a intensely dry pine that stung the hell our of my tongue, roof of my mouth and throat. There may also have been a little touch of alcohol there too, but the intense hop ass-kicking covered it up.

Seriously, this one STINGS! The mouth feel is smooth and light with minimal carbonation, but this one lights my entire mouth on fire with a stinging hop dryness. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing…

Wow. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever tried. I’ve tasted a more intense dryness in flavor, but I’ve never felt it the way Double Daddy stings my entire mouth. If you’re a hop head, this is almost mandatory to seek out on tap. Wow!

DarkerTheBetter, May 24, 2006
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.