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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 628
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: 628 | Reviews: 324
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.

Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See this beer in bottles all the time in the city, had to have it on tap.

Pours a beautiful bronze orange sandwiched with lemon highlights.

Floral, hoppy, alcohol smell to it up front. Deep penetrating smell.

Has a deep malt, biting hops, and alcohol finish to it.

Dizzying aftertaste of hops and alcohol. Speakseasy, and Drinkseasy.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thought I'd give this fellow a try since I havent had any brews from this brewery before.
Looks good enough in the glass. Pretty typical IPA type appearance that leaves a nice sheet of lace as the glass empties.
Smells.... boozey. Pretty boozey to almost too boozey. You get some hops in there, as well as fermented fruit smells but for the most part it doesn't strike me as thrilling or especially attractive. It's not off putting but it does not seduce.
Flavors work along the same way. Booze is strong with some hop flavor and bitterness. Booze seems to make this sweeter than it need be. Balance is off as far as my palate tells me. Mouthfeel is take it or leave it.
Towards the end of the serving I found myself thinking about pouring out what was left in my glass. Things just weren't working out between us. I'm not likely to buy this again and can't recommend this in the face of so many tasty examples of the style.

Photo of ojiikun
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live reviewed from Collin's Pub in Seattle.

About 10oz served up from the taps in a simple tulip. Ever so vaguely hazy orange, on the ruddy side. Little or no head, but lightest orange rings and plenty of lace.

Smell is citic hops, not too floral. Mineral-heavy body and surprisingly well hidden malts. Grapefruit dominates.

Taste is really well balanced between dry and sweet with tons of puckering alphas. Hop taste is the same, if a little less fruity and more like orange zest. Hints of white pepper on the finish.

With an IIIPA, drinkability is a matter of taste. Bitter as they come, this one at least has the decency to finish clean and hide it's booze dangerously well. Could use some refinement or aging, maybe, to balance out the hops with mellowing or fuller malts. Almost a hop tea as it is!

Photo of Floydster
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Very good double IPA for the money, 4 packs only run about eight dollars, no Pliny, but still good

Poured am medium brown color with a 3/4 inch white head

Smell had hints of citrus, most likely oranges

Taste nice and bitter to go along with hoppy

Taste lasted pretty long and is very drinkable for the type of beer it is

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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