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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

08-17-2006 02:31:07 | More by RoyalT
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.

08-15-2006 07:45:55 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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.

08-06-2006 16:32:26 | More by AlexJ
Photo of cbl2

New York

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.

07-30-2006 14:00:06 | More by cbl2
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!

07-25-2006 08:00:05 | More by Beerzebub
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

07-22-2006 17:51:59 | More by Reidrover
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.

07-17-2006 22:51:46 | More by hoppymeal
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.

07-01-2006 03:15:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

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.

06-26-2006 02:48:58 | More by mattpetti
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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.

06-20-2006 02:13:23 | More by Ego
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.

06-18-2006 07:06:30 | More by tonistruth
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.

06-11-2006 18:19:48 | More by Wasatch
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.

06-01-2006 18:39:07 | More by jerrymiller
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!

05-24-2006 21:18:33 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.15/5  rDev +14%

Pours from the clever card style print boasting a 9.5% ABV! Whoa! A peach cloudy hued pour with a quickly deflated headcap.

Crisp aroma of fresh cut grass and some grapefruit rind notes posess thick fruity double.

First swigs: Metallic twinge with a blend of copper brass and pine cone. Bracing hops meet a delicate malt base that underlies this smooth hop missle.

Feel is a smooth slider that drinks like a pale ale and tastes like a regular American IPA. Jeepers! A double?? Realy?? Long has Speakeasy been a great brewery in my book. This affirms it!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

05-21-2006 07:51:41 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of IntriqKen


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured a soft golden amber with a nice 2 finger head that melts to thick lacing that lasts.
Aroma is sweet fruits and citrus hops.
Taste is immediately bitter hops followed with an unbelievably sweet malt then almost a candied grapefuit hop bitterness...very much candied citrus rind...sweet and bitter at the same time.
Aftertaste is again a combination of sweet and bitter with an alcohol burn going down.
I could definately drink another, but not three...too sweet...too strong. Great stuff.

05-12-2006 01:24:31 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of SethB2


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured out of a bottle into a Chalice.

Beer pours an orangish brown IPA color with very little head and lacing. Smell of grapefruit hoppiness with a decent malt backbone. Taste starts a little sweet followed by the hoppiness that was present on the nose. Malt is big in this one, approaching barleywine character. For a beer that is classified as a DIPA, the hop bite more resembles a single IPA. Still tastes good, though. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Drinkablity is decent, party due to the alcohol being well hidden and also because is goes really smooth.

Nice beer. Much better than their single IPA.

05-10-2006 01:49:48 | More by SethB2
Photo of Skidz


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours out gold and sits a hazy golden amber in the glass with a good sized off-white head, fading to a small skimming with some minor lacings.

Smells of thick, sugary malts, lathered up in warm citric fruits. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a little bit of apple. Hops scream over the crust of it all, sharp grassy and flowery notes all over. Tingling of alcohol on the back.

Tastes predominately malty up front, big doses of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Hops produce mildly fruity tones of grapefruit and orange and provide ample, yet manageable bitterness.

Smooth, creamy body with mild and fine carbonation. Medium-full in body, slightly chalky.

Damn delicious, VERY drinkable for an IIPA. Totally balanced and in check.

05-04-2006 02:53:28 | More by Skidz
Photo of BradBLR


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured this beer in a pint glass to reveal a nice light amber color, a tad lighter than most Imperial IPAs. Nice head that lasted for about a quarter of the beer, leaving a little lace on the side of the glass.

The smell was a nice hoppy floral scent that was a fairly strong. Taste was great nice big hoppy flavor, that was balance very well with the malt concidering that this is a Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel was almost perfect, maybe just a little thin, but nothing to complain about.

All in all a great beer and totally worth a try. I would be willing to pay more and get a 6-pack instead of the four pack.

05-03-2006 19:22:31 | More by BradBLR
Photo of ReDave


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Nice golden amber with just a touch of orange. Light creamy head [didn't last too long though] lace down the side was not super thick, but present. Smell, somewhat hoppy/grassy, nice but not exceptional. Good ipa taste.. strong, but not over noticeable alcoholic [but could certainly feel the affects afterwards. Nice beer a little expensive, but would like to keep in my rotation

04-28-2006 15:06:37 | More by ReDave
Photo of warmstorage


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

An excellent offering from a sadly uneven brewery.

Poured from a 12 ounce, silkscreened bottle into a beer clean pint glass. ~$9 for a four pack at BevMo in Sacramento, so not a bad price.

Bottle has entertaining graphics and notes, including the unclear statement "Put 'Em On Ice!" I hope this refers to the brewery's schtick around the Prohibition era, and not what they suggest you do with a beer's serving temperature.

Pours a middle orange, doesn't provide much head, what is there is tight and white. Head disappears pretty quickly into nothingness.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant hoppy jumpy bouncy spicy highly carbonated bit of fun, with some alcohol heat noticeable: a really, really nice mouth.

Initial sense is a very pleasantly high hop bill, with super florality and citrus/grapefruit hop presence. As it warms and settles, unfortunately, the hop bite and citrus presence wanes a little.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, and a pleasant Double IPA, though not one I'd place with the big boys (Pliny the [either], Hercules, I2PA, Yulesmith.)

This is certainly my favorite of Speakeasy's beers. They remind me of Great Divide a few years ago, actually: a brewery on the cusp, which is clearly possessed of the ability to make great beers, but which seems tied to their lighter, easier, and more easily marketed styles, and apparently somewhat reticent to make the jump into huge, delicious beers. By which I mean to say that Great Divide's basic beers are, at best, boring, while their bomber bottled big beers (Hercules, Old Ruffian, Yeti) are outstanding, and among the absolute best in their classes. I think Speakeasy has the ability to engage in a similar transformation, if they're willing to put their hop and malt bills where their marketing is.

EDIT: Another bottle, half a year later, suggests some un-evenness in their quality control, or changes in the recipe formulation. Much more malt sweetness, almost to the point of cloying. The hops play a solid role, but it's much more balanced than I remember and than my notes indicate. More perfumy. A little more bready. It also holds a better head, tight and white. Still a very solid beer, and I have no complaints about it, though I liked it a bit better when it was more imbalanced towards the hops.

04-18-2006 05:09:18 | More by warmstorage
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19%

Hazy yellow-gold body, topped by a thick slab of creamy white froth. Good lacing.

Pleasing, inviting nose of citrus, heavy on the grapefruit.

Nice malty start that throws down a landing pad so the hop assault has something to build on. The opening burst of sweetness is strong enough to register before giving way to a delightfully bitter and fruity bite in the back of the throat. Traces of hops linger long after.

Good medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A well structured Imperial IPA which hides its alcohol and gives you some malt along with big hops. Recommended.

Nice when fresh Speakeasy makes it way to NJ/PA. This sample was only four months old.

04-04-2006 21:35:11 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of arizcards


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Picked up a bottle at AJ's right before Christmas for $2.39.

Brew poured a golden orange with a nice white head that has sustained quite well. Nose is a very aromatic blend of malts and citrusy hops. Taste is a combination of a blend of malts and a whallop of grapefruity hops. Initially the taste was great but the bittering hops is dominating the palate as I finish the bottle. Mouthfeel is thinner than what I expected but it was nicely carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good but this brew packs a punch at 9.5 abv. Overall a pretty good representation of the style. I would definitely recommend this to those who like turbocharged citrusy IPA's!

04-01-2006 01:11:21 | More by arizcards
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. It has a thick white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. It might be a little piney also, but only just slightly.

This beer has a grassy hop flavor. It tastes a little piney also. It has a grapefruit like taste to it also.

This beer is carbonated well. It has a sharp fealing to it. A little tart. It leaves a grassy aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would make the best session beer. It is just a little hard to drink. It is too tart.

03-28-2006 01:43:17 | More by OStrungT
Photo of warriorsoul


2.83/5  rDev -22.3%

Courtesy of a very generous WaffleSauce...
Semi cloudy...pale copper in color with a full finger of white head.
Wears away to just a thin layer, but leaves behind some thin, tight lacing.
A gentle aroma of fruity hops...although I've sensed more coming from some pale ales...may not be a good sign.
Definitely not a good sign...it definitely has some hops to it, but falls short of many IPA's, nevermind Imperials. It is not a malt bomb, but is more pronounced than the hops.
Finishes with some sourness and the aftertaste just kind of lingers there...not very crisp. The alcohol burn is very well hidden, but hits you in an almost spiced manner.
Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and the carbonation is a bit too high for me.
I can drink this one because while lacking as to what it should be, it is not a "undrinkable" beer...just something I will be thankful to have tried and move along to something else.

03-26-2006 18:35:01 | More by warriorsoul
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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