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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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619 Ratings

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: Troyone on 08-15-2005

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Photo of PhillyMonk
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange/amber with a thin, well-retained head.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit and orange. Peppery alcohol interferes a bit.

The taste is of hops - citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange - held together by a solid malt base. Basic taste for the style, but thick and fresh. Alcohol washes away some of the flavor, but enough of the bitter hops stick around to give it a nice taste.

Smooth and easy-to-drink for alcohol prominence. A solid DIPA - hoppy with enough malt to keep things together.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a amber-orange color with a small ring of head that is lacing in the glass as we speak (or type).

S: The aroma is citrusy hop scent that is matched up against a grainy malt body. That malt jumps out on second sniff but is not there on first sniff.

T: The flavor of the ale is a citrusy hop and grainy body. The alcohol really stands out and is the big take-away for me. The hops kick the tastebuds around a bit at first, but the grapefruit flavors are not too memorable. The malts are grainy and really serve to buoy the hops.

M: The alcohol kick is a bit much, overpowering the second half of a sip and drowning out any hop and malt content.

D: The abv is higher but not a deal-breaker. The hops have a strong initial kick but don't stand up to the alcohol.

Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to in a trade from 123456green of RB. Emptying the contents of the 12 oz. brown bottle uncovered a clear pale-amber colored ale, with foamy head that was fed by active carbonation streamers, but was still quite small at one-finger thick. The smell was somewhat subdued for the style, with a piney hop aroma that was backed by some nutty bouquet. The reserved character that the beer indicated via the nose was thrown out the door with the first sip. The taste was aggressively hoppy, with a peppery pungency up front followed by a long herbal bitterness. Thankfully there was a heck of lot of malt backbone holding the hops up. The taste felt a little too sweet, and akin to pineapple juice mid palette, but retreated to provide a balanced, hop candy like finish. This felt thicker than most Double IPAs, and therefore was not as easy to quaff. Nonetheless, a hophead like me will not turn this one away.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/bronze color with almost no head. Looks flat. Smell is candy sweet and taste follows suit. Sweetness is followed by a rubbing alcohol burning taste. I was completely underwhelmed by this one. Just not enough of a hops balance to make it enjoyable and the alcohol is way too prominent. I was hoping for much more.

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

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle @ the Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas

A - Amber orange and clear with a thin head. Leaves lasting lacing.

S - Sweet, sweet hops and little else.

T - Not as balanced as the better DIPAs out there, but its still very nice its own hop walloping way. There is a mild malt balance, but it does nothing to reign in the hops.

M - Well carbonated with a slight bitter and drying aftertaste.

D - Not the best DIPA I've had, but still drinkable if availability and price are right.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

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

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"?

Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbl2
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$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.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
83 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.