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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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565 Ratings

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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 Gusler


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy golden amber color with a semi-creamy light tan head that is modest in size, after its slow demise, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Ah, the nose a blend of sweet malt, citrus like crispness, and the ever present hop floral aroma, quite a treat to this old schnozzle. Start is somewhat sweet with a pleasing grain presence, the top light to moderate in its fell on the palate. Finish is dynamic in its hop spiciness, the acidity tolerable, and the aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, a nice drinkable beer, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say you better like hop bitter beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 21:14:05 | More by Gusler
Photo of hero27


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Sexy silk-screened bottle. Pours a hazy orange with an average head, which stays around for a while. Huge floral hops in the aroma..carries over in the flavor, with the malt showing quite prominently as well. Not a ton of complexity or any single unique character. The alcohol isn't entirely hidden, but at 9.5% that's to be expected. A bit rough on the edges, but nonetheless it's an Imperial that's not at top of it's class, but a good one to try if you find it somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 04:38:56 | More by hero27
Photo of watermelonman


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice orange and copper color. The head is fairly large and lasted well, while leaving lots of great lace.

Hops come through in the smell but are dominated by citrus and grapefruit flavors. The same goes for the taste. There's enough malt content to back it up, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is pleasing while drinkability is good for the alcohol content.

It seems to be a well made beer, but the flavors profile is a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 01:07:53 | More by watermelonman
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second time trying this beer was much better than the first,pours a lightlyly hazy gold/orange with a tight one finger white head.Vibrant hop aromas grapefruit and spruce mainly,big but not over the top flavors obviously the hops dominate but dont wreck your mouth.Citrusy like that of lemon and over ripe pineapple with just a small hint of pine but its not big,a lightly sweet caramel malt base shows itself more than alot of other beers of style.Just solid I think the 9.5% abv is pretty well hidden,I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 13:51:56 | More by oberon
Photo of GClarkage


4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/26/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy golden pour, patches to and fro with lace and a medium 1/2 inch creamy white head.

Smell- Sugary fruity hops, maybe a touch of grapefruit in the nose. Can't really pick up any malt or woody hop scent.

Taste- More fruity hops rather than pine. Not really grapefruit, but more smooth tropical fruit flavors. Nice light malt background as well to even it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carb level. Rather smooth and creamy with a semi full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Different tropical fruit flavor. Really liked it. Seemed smoother than I thought it would be. Wish I knew how long this has been in the bottle. Would definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 02:56:41 | More by GClarkage
Photo of jakester


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy light amber with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head falls to just a ring around the glass, but there is still decent lacing. Carbonation looks soft.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and pine needles, but not real strong. Hint of bubblegum. Malt is toffee candy, with faint notes of pineapples. Aroma fades rather quickly.

First flavor is hop bitterness, not real sweet, slightly caramel-y, and then a pretty big citrus grapefruit. This beer emphasizes hop bitterness over hop flavor. Aftertaste is bitter, semi-sweet, with alcohol coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. There is a pretty intense grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Great burps! Finish is sweet and heat.

This is a comparatively understated DIPA. It's big, but not overly so, in every aspect, although it IS bitter. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 15:03:47 | More by jakester
Photo of Higravity


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is rare that you come across a double anyhting that could be a session brew but I think this is one of those times. While it looks like a cloudy bud light the vigorous pour yeilds a great head. Truly smells great of deep citrus and floral hops. The taste is a little lacking here while I like the underlying beer as being an easy lightly malt beer, I miss the large hop bitterness of a DIPA that I find in so many other offerings. Overall The lack of such a deep bittering leaves lots of hops to taste and makes this one an easy all day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 14:36:35 | More by Higravity
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite aspect of this beer was the smell. Lovely, lovely floral goodness all over the place. Aromatherapy via beer. Ahh.

You wouldn't know this is anything special from observing it in a glass, as my friend HiGravity said "it looks like Bud." Average, smaller head too.

The taste isn't quite the kick-in-the-ass you would be thinking. This is an incredibly smooth beer - especially for being 9 1/2 %. Extremely well-disguised alcohol. You really can't taste it like you would expect.

Mouthfeel: Well, like most double IPAs/Imperial IPAs, this is a "drymouth" beer. You will be thirsty after this one, and not for another beer. You'll need water for your cottonmouth.

I don't know how many of these your average craftbrew drinker could handle in one session - it is a sneaky, dehydrating beer that creeps up on you. But I mean all these comments in the most flattering light. Highly recommended for the hop enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 04:16:45 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of ggroller


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice silk screened bottle. So nice, I'm hanging onto it for decoration.

Clear, peach colored beer.

Mountainous, two finger, white head that slowly withered over the time of consumption but never disappeared.

Piney citrus hops in the nose.

Salty, piney, tangy hops balanced by a bready, malty backbone.

This is a very well balanced beer and a session one at that.

Try it, Mikey, you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 11:05:27 | More by ggroller
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, peach/orange hue, nice layer of fuzz above, slim, but staying...

Fresh, fruity aroma, big and bright, bursting with bitterness, grapefruit, orange, apricot, mango, and more...ripe and lively. Verrrry nice! Oily, yummy....nice.

Very tasty in the mouth, as well. Nice, bracing blast of hops, then settling back and staying mellow. Medium bodied, simple, but nicely fruity finish. Barely detectable alcoholic content...so far...

Quite a nice little IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 05:25:11 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA

on tap at Isaac Newton's (Newtown, PA)

Appearance- hazy copper/ orange with a super thick sticky head.
Smell- Pine, floral, citrus. Slight malt.
Taste- Very floral with huge kicks of pine. A slight hazelnut flavor with a dash of sweet malt peeks through.

Overall- a very good IPA. First few sips are strong! At 9.5% it should be, but masks the alcohol very well. Big thumbs up!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2005 22:22:34 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bcm119


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a thin but sticky white head. Aroma is malty and sweet, with soft, resiny hops. Almost a wet grainy smell too. Malty nose, but juicy citrus hops are overpowering mid palate, with a lingering citrus rind finish. Touches of caramel sweetness on the aftertaste. A little shaky in terms of balance and integration of flavors, but not bad. Not as sweet and sticky as alot of double ipa's, which I liked, but generally a little soft for the style. Hops could be less juicy and more assertive.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 01:48:14 | More by bcm119
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper color, and is topped by a thin Thick aromas of malt and alcohol waft from my glass as I pour this beer. The color is reddish copper and it is topped by a thin, wan, tan head. The aroma has a sort of aged malt and hop note to it. There are notes of earthy pine-like hops and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a sharp, prickly, refreshing blast of hoppy bitterness, right from the get go. This beer has lots of notes of pine, which compliments the sharp biting nature of this beer. There is also some malty balance here; the beer has a light malty sweetness that reminds me of caramel, and toasted fresh bread crust. This beer starts to pick up a bit of sweetness to it, as it warms up, that seems to accentuate and actually bring out some of the citrusy notes from the hops. This definitely leans more towards the sharp, bitter, astringent side of the double IPA spectrum, it is quite tasty in its abrasiveness, but is missing a lot of flavor and finesse found in the better versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 05:51:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of WetCoaster


2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've avoided this brand for quite a while; the silly slogans and gimmicky packaging make me more than a bit nervous about the actual product. But when a new DIPA comes calling, I must accept the charges.

Appearance: Uh-oh. A very, very pale clear copper. Still, the head is pretty good, creamy, slightly off white, with fairly good retention. The carbonation is fine and moderate.

Smell: Not feeling good about this one. Hops, certainly, but not nearly the intensity or abundance you would expect from this style. I'm thinking Cascade, maybe? Very citrusy. Absolutely no malt sweetness to speak of.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Oh, come ON. Sure, it's hoppy, citrusy, spicy, rindly -- but no more so than, say, a standard supermarket IPA a-la Red Hook. No malt flavors, period. The body, too, is more than a bit suspect, very crisp and light, with none of the big beefed-up body or creamy, enamel-peeling hop oils you'd expect from DIPA.

Drinkability: Ironically, probably its strong suit, since it's no heavier than a Sam Adams Light.

This is a very odd beer, it's almost like a heavily hopped adjunct malt liquor; Colt 45PA, maybe? Otherwise, how could this possibly be a 9.5% ABV beer? That would mean this has substantially more alcohol than Stone's Ruination, which seems absolutely massive by comparison.

I'm definitely not feeling this one. As Johnny Rotten famously quipped at the final Sex Pistols show: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 18:09:02 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of Troyone


2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a darkish apple juice color with a peach hue, little to no head, and limited carb action.

Has a caramel malt beer (almost stagnantt) smell and not a signifant hop aroma.

Unfortunately the taste is similar to the smell, lightly sweet and heavily bitter with an almost burnt sour caramel malt flavor and a strong tea and grapefruit hops finish.

Medium bodied, dry kind of syrupy texture, soft and evident carbonation, and a metallic and alcoholic finish.

This is labeled as an Imperial India Pale Ale and is probably more of a British style, not my type of Double or Triple IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 02:37:42 | More by Troyone
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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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