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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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 brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and caramel aroma

Taste: Starts with a caramel aspect that is quickly joined by citrusy hop elements; after the swallow, a burst of alcohol joins the fray

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with considerable heat from the alcohol

Drinkability: Tastes like a much higher abv than it contains; the flavors are right but the inability to conceal the alcohol is a real drawback

Photo of baggio
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

A: Copper-red, almost no lace.

S: Hops, citric notes, digestive biscuits.

T: Lots of hops but they blend nicely with the high malt presence. Some
spices are present too but i can't nail them down.

M: Smooth and malty. Not much carbonation. A bit unusual for a DIPA to have this much malt but hell, i like it!. The ABV is very well hidden.

A different DIPA with more malt than usual. If this appeals to you, give
it a go.

Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to skyhand for the chance to try this offering.

Pours a pretty clear clementine peachish color with a thin one finger white head. A rim of fizz hangs around the edges with a skim on top. Grapefruit, peach, orange, and tangerine fruit notes. Biscuit and brad malt aromas back up the hops. An undercurrent of spiciness. Malt aromas give an excellent backbone.

Starts out with orange and grapefruit flavors. Spicy hop notes add a sharp twang to the mouthfeel. Chewy up front with a nice crisp bitter finish and a drier aftertaste. Malt notes are hefty in the background almost taking over the hop profile. Luckily the finish has a nice infusion of spicy hops to bring this dipa back to earth. I'd like more of a complex hop profile as this brew seems a bit simple. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just not an outstanding one.

Photo of MiScusi
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle acquired in mid-May. Beer poured a bit on the burnt orange side. A thin foamy off-white head developed but didn't stay around for the opening act. Smell was a blend of sweet and pungent hoppy, but not really either by themselves. The taste was what I now like to refer to as double IPA soup. A bunch of sweet malt and sweet earthy, resiny hops. The beer as a whole reminds me a bit of Stone's, 10th but not really hitting the mark. The mouthfeel is syrupy, low carbonation. I like some DIPA's, but this type is not one.

Photo of coalcracker
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours golden with a little carbonation. Lacing doesn't seemto stick around much.
Smell: Hops very evident- clove and grapefruit scent is strong.
Taste: Bam! The hops hit you fast and hard with a persistent presence in the mouth. Again, grapefruit, clove, spiciness dominant flavors. Large malt presence is here, but seems to be overwhelmed by the hops.
Mouthfeel: Stinging hop presence that seems to last forever. This tends to oppose any smoothness the malt may try to lay down.
Drinkability: Hop lovers will love, high ABV may make this a 'special occasion brew'.
Overall: Seems to be a bit unbalanced with the hops blowing the beer's overall balance out of proportion. I love a high-hop brew every now and then and this is a challenge on the palate. I would try this again when in the mood for another hop blast.

Photo of edskirk3
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another brown 12-oz bottle. No freshness info. Screen painted with a playing card design on the label. I'd never heard of this particular beer or brewery and that's exactly why I purchased it.

Pours a straight shade of copper, rather viscously. Thin head with some retention. Strong grapefruit aroma, little else.

The palate is dominated by hops and alcohol. Unfortunately it is less than pleasant. The bitterness is almost astringent. There is a faint underlying sweetness.

This Double IPA could have been done better, in my opinion. Overall, I feel there was a lack of finesse in making this beer.

Photo of dfried
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a care package a friend recently brought back from her trip to SF. Toffee amber in color, think off white head with quite a bit of sediment throughout it that pretty much stayed in suspension. The aroma was pretty alcoholic up front, big sweet, malty body seeming to be full of pale and caramel malts. Quite a bit of cirusy hops in the nose as well, oranges and lemons. The alcohol was quite noticeable in the taste as well, belly warming. Rich, thick, syrupy malt. Pretty hoppy of course too, plenty of citrusy orange slices and grapefruit, with a bitter, resinous edge and some floral notes.

Overall: a big beer, big malt, big hops. It walks the line of DIPA and barleywine. I liked the flavor, but the alcohol was a little overwhelming, and there seemed to be too many bittering hops used for my taste.

Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at TDR Springhouse.
A-Slightly cloudy, not much head (Bartender pour issue). Nice lace from the thin coat

S-Carmel malt, big grapefruit hop aroma. Some green hop and biscuit malt in the aroma as well.

T-grapefruit hops smack across then chops right up fruit. Bitter grpafruit pith. personnel I am not a big fan of pith. Carmel amlts backbone barely supports the hop bitterness. There is a long bitter finish. Linger perhaps too long

M-Creamy medium body that is nioce but an odd over carbonation tha is prickly seems out of palce for DIPA

D-Average drinkability, I moved on after the 10 ounce pour.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was a decent DIPA with good flavor and an unimpressive mouthfeel. I thought it not nearly as good as some other DIPAs I've had in recent memory like Leinenkugel's Big Eddy, Bell's Hopslam, and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

The beer poured a pinkish amber color with very little head. Aroma was a sweet piney bitterness. Flavor was a very dry bitterness, a bit like Avery Maharaja. Mouthfeel was crisp, but not as crisp as Maharaja. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin; I expected a DIPA to be a bit stickier. All-in-all though, not bad, but there are definitely a lot of better DIPAs out there.

Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short one finger head falls quickly. A spot or two of lacing appeared during the session.

Smell: for a double IPA, there was little aroma at all. Not impressed at all.

Taste: slighlty unbalanced beer here as the sharp pine bitterness well overshadowed any malt sweetness. Grapefruit and oranges are the main citrus components. Some pepper, alcohol, and grass rounds it out. Very dry too.

Mouthfeel: smooth and very dry throughout. Short stinging bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very average at best. This beer is just unbalanced and grows tiresome after a while. I wouldn't recommened this one at all.

Photo of benito
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle of this in San Francisco last summer and have kept it in my cellar for the past eight months or so. My cellaring of DIPAs has been hit or miss, so to see this come out well carbonated and tasting of (relatively) strong hops, I was pleasantly surprised.

It is orange amber in color with a thin head. The aromas are malt-heavy and have the syrupy, fruity overtones of a barley wine, though I imagine that that is almost entirely a function of aging. It has a strong malt body matched with woody, earthy hop flavors that are extremely refreshing. The overall mouthfeel is a little too peppery and would benefit from either more softness or a bigger malt punch, but this is a minor distraction in an otherwise excellent beer. It's the most refreshing DIPA I can ever remember having.

An excellent beer from Speakeasy, and the fact that it's a DIPA that ages well is a great secondary benefit. Highly recommended.

Photo of mcallister
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice looking DIPA. Opaque copper with a thick retentive head of white that is highly cabonated and leaves sticky lace wherever the head might touch.

Nose is nice and chock full of various hop aromas. Starts with a floral bubble gummy muck with hints of pine and grass that follow through with a splash of citrus. A medium toffee malty-ness shows through and balances quite nicely. Lemongrass, starfruit, and a hint of grapefruit round things out.

Taste falls somewhat flat. Not that it's bad but it's lacking depth. A very straighforward, bland approach. Very herbal and grassy with a malty piney mid palate. Finish is moderately bitter and leaves a unpleasant herbacious taste deep into the finish.

Mouth is nice for a DIPA but the lack of depth leaves this as a beer that wouldn't be my first or second choice if it were available in good 'ole Ohio.

Photo of DrJay
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear orange with a short, off-white cap that falls quickly to a ring. Some short-lived lacing. Seems viscous, since the bubbles rising to the surface seem pretty lethargic. Smells of citrusy hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. Straightforward sweetness up front mixed with alcohol flavour and a bit of toastiness. Bitterness ramps up into a harsh, grassy finish with significant alcohol warmth. Hop flavour is reminiscent of sweet oranges. Carbonation is on the low side, texture nearly syrupy but still manages to seem thin on the malt. A bit of astringent, bitter dryness. Definitely not to my tastes.

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regal gold. Nice clarity. Small, bubbly off white head. Lace is sparse. Nice mix of caramet/nougat like malts and resiny, fruity hops. Decent enough flavor, but honestly, I'd expect more hop flavor in a DIPA. This is a DIPA that tastes more like a barleywine. Malts play more of a role in this beer with the caramel, toffee and nougat notes. Hops just add a little grassiness and fruitiness. The alcohol is held nicely in check. Not very noticeable. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy malty nose. Flavor begins as sweet caramel but there are a lot of hops here so a sharp hoppy finish that doesn't linger. High ABV is hidden. Much better than their Big Daddy IPA. $2.19 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. The beer is a solid light golden color with a light coat of head that falls to a light coating over top. After settling, the carbonation is mild and the clarity is excellent. Taking a sniff, I get a huge caramel malt along with a milder earthy hop character. The flavor hit right on with the aroma. There is a ton of caramel sweetness and a big earthy hop. I want some citrus here. I know this one is a few months old but it should still have some citrus if it were there. Mouthfeel is thick with a mild syrupy character. There is no carbonation apparent. Overall this one is a little of a let down. The hopping just seems to be out of wack.

Photo of jletts
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Billy Goat's Tavern in Mt. Shasta, California.

Appearance is very clear and crisp, golden with light orange-amber hues, you could read the newspaper through this one. Much lighter in color than the IPA's I am used to. Poured to a small clean slightly oily white head which dissapated quickly to a thin line with nice sticky lacing reminicent of recrystalized sugar; I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

Smells sweet and malty with fruity hops, some hints of apples, perhaps other sweet fruit and maybe a little vanilla in there. Sugary.

The taste is strong on hops up front with golden malty goodness to follow. The hops definately smack you to attention on the front end. The taste is centered on fruity and floral hops, sugar-cookie malt, with hints of citrus and apple, butterscotch, and raw sugar. The hop bitterness again emerges at the end to finish the brew.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth and the drinkability is good considering I had two (12 oz) with a good sized dinner and easily could have had a third. I enjoyed this brew with some excellent fresh fish tacos; the hops stood up well to the mildly spicy salsa and breaded fish while the sweet citrus and sugary flavors paired nicely with the guacamole and sweet cabbage.

A nice Imperial IPA if you like them on the sweet side.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite malty with hints of toasted cereal crains and some fruity sugar. Then the hops kick in on the second sniff. Huge floral hop aroma with a little woodiness thrown in. Nice fruity fermentation ester. Very nice layered aroma.

Deep gold colored and very clear. Small initial head fades very quickly to just a small rim around the glass, but there is nice delicate lines of bubbles rising from the bottom to the surface.

First sip is powerfully bitter, bitter start, bitter mid palate and ligering hop bitterness. Once my tastebuds kind of acclimated to the hop assault, I get a very nice malt backbone with flavors of brown sugar and honey. There's also a ton of fruit esters from whatever yeast they're using. I get hints of cherry and peach and sweet red apple. After half a pint I'm noticing way more malt in the aftertaste which for the first half was pure hop oil aftertaste.

Full bodied with a light, but not at all lifeless carbonation level. It's lively and refreshing but not fizzy at all. There's a pretty solid alchol warmth in the mouth and in the stomach.

Overall, a great effort at being both a hop bomb and a big flavorful malty beer. Drinkability, well, I probably wouldn't ever want more than one at a sitting, it's too big for that. But as an occasional night ender or sipper it fits the bill nicely.

Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color, as any good double ipa should be (well, usually...) with a fluffy white head.

S: Decent amount of hop aroma, smells tasty!

T: Definitely has some sweeter malt backbone, but the hops shine through nicely. Actually pretty balanced for a double ipa. Closer to a 90 Minute than a Hopsickle in the malt/hop balance.

M: Just right. Good body - not too thin nor too thick (although I sure don't mind the thick, resiny double ipas!) - makes for a very drinkable beer.

D: As above, good mouthfeel and taste makes for a very drinkable beer (except for the abv).

Good beer, although not my favorite dipa.

Photo of gonzo138
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a copper almost reddish color with a white head that both retains and laces decently

S- a little bit sweet, little bit citrusy, a bit mild for a DIPA

T- a little bit sweet at first, but then ok where the fuck are my hops? seriously, the hop profile is there, but I expect alot more IBU's for my buck

M-medium light body with low carbonation

D- its ok, probly would recomend this one, kind of like a DIPA with training wheels, doubt I'll be picking it up again

Photo of TastyTaste
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Appearance: Unassuming clear copper color, but a nice big white head, slow fading, a fairly solid curtain of lace.

Smell: Sweet and malty, a little citrus, but none too strong.

Taste: Very sweet and citric, sour and bitter. Too sweet, the hops don't stand out enough. It may be the hop type, but the flavor doesn't work here.

Drinkability: Sweetness aside, this may be a decent DIPA, but as is, I would pass.

Photo of PhillyMonk
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a beer by this brewery in San Francisco a few years back and picked one up when I saw it at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

Pours an amber color with a moderate amount of cream-colored head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is mild, with the scent of hops and alcohol coming through. Taste is full-bodied with carbonation up-front leading to a well-balanced hoppy-maltiness that finishes with a satisfying hoppy-alcohol taste, reminding you that this beer contains almost as much alcohol as a pinot noir.

I don't see how any beer with this much alcohol could be much of a "session beer" but I was definitely a fan of the bottle I just had.

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

Another great brew from 06 SS bennetj17!!

Just luved that bright and clear lite amber pour – sticky lil’ laces of ivory. Oily looking at that.

Nice pops of citrus and grapefruit in the aroma – some times after the pour and smell you just know when you have a good one in your hands.

Sweet quaff, even with some woody notes in the taste - along with the citrus of course. The 9.5% tries to surface, it’s there, but remains just in the wings. A medium bodied brew and semi-dry (for an IIPA). A very fine sipper during football.

Photo of Atlas1
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I'm a big IPA fan. Secondly, I hadn't seen the Double Daddy in Washington, DC before, so I was fairly excited to pick this up at my local beer store. I'm always a sucker to try new IPAs. Imperials? Even better.

Poured an amber/orange into a pint glass. A decent, inch-and-a-half head to top it off with some lovely looking lace clinging to the glass as it goes down. The aroma is strong. Lots of alcohol in the bouquet here, and I'm not sure I was expecting that. I was hoping for more floral hoppiness in the aroma, but I get more of a malty-hoppy-alcohol smell instead. Some hay and maybe even some almonds here too. There's definitely something else in the aroma that I just can't quite put my finger on. Interesting, to say the least. And the taste is right in line with the aroma. Thick and malty up front with a noticeable hop kick in the back. A nice butterscotch flavor is in there. Again, the alcohol is present here too. I mean, it is almost 10% ABV, so I can understand this, but it seems like a few other brewers are able to mask that high alcohol content a bit better. Solid mouthfeel. Overall, I would drink this beer again, especially if I could find it fresh and on tap. But I probably won't go out of my way to hunt it down in the District.

Photo of isaac
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the beer that started it all for me... let's see if it still stacks up:

12. oz. bottle to chalice

A - Clear, ice-tea colored body with 1 fingered head, sinking to a staying ring around the top of the beer and thin lacing.

S - Fruity, hoppy smell, with notes of dried apricots and mangos. biscuity maltiness as well. alcohol makes an cameo too.

T - Oh wow, just a juicy as i remembered. Fresh burst of hops bitterness and a great, almost savory finish.

M - Starts thin and, then after the swallow, gets a bit syrupy.

D - Still love this beer, and, surpisingly easy to session, concidering the high ABV.

Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
83 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.