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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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535 Ratings

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%

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 Buebie


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

I had the joy of enjoying this, my first beer at The pony bar in Manhattan on Sundat September 27th. Review taken from notes.

An 8oz pour gives way to a light golden copper. Transparent, with a 1'' white bubbly head. Thick major coating of globby lace runs down the glass.
Aroma of of an orange ruduction sauce, syrupy sweetness, grapefruit and pine. Aroma is a bit sudued for the large build up of flavors coming out of taste.
Flavors are sweet, buttery, allot of sweet grain flavors and a fuller body. Definatley a higher mash temp with the busting at the seems grain sweetness.
Hops build into the swallow, bursting now with juicy citric flavors.
Finishing bitter with hop bite, yet still malty with trailing sweetness.
Mouthfeel is thicker then expected. Carbonation present but not dominant. This is not hot and alcahol is not present in flavors or aroma. Great brew. But a tad sweet for my likeing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 23:28:38 | More by Buebie
Photo of MisterClean


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Grad in Davis.

A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of white head. Slowly dissipates leaving really nice lacing.

S - Notes of honey, caramel, citrus and resiny pine hops.

T - Honey, really tangy caramel-almost cloying, citrus, and resiny pine hops. Pronounced notes of alcohol as it warms up.

M - Light-medium bodied with light alcohol. The hops and malts don't mix very well in this concoction.

D - Not bad. There are much better examples of the DIPA though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2009 16:25:17 | More by MisterClean
Photo of lhaqq


3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate. An enjoyable beer, just doesn't measure up to a lot of other double IPAs.
A: Orange-copper body. Not as much lacing as I'd expect on the head.
S: Floral hops, but not very strong. Some cream and spices as well.
T: The higher gravity comes through, though not in a bad way. Definitely can tell its an imperial, but would have expected the hops to be a lot more up front. Fairly spicy as well.
M: Creamy; good standard feel for a DIPA.
D: Though it comes out a bit in the flavor, still pretty good masking of the 9.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 02:56:18 | More by lhaqq
Photo of Jedimaster1


4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one on-tap is much different as it is on the bottle. On tap it is gets hit first by a bitter bite, but then malts kick in -- but not overly sweet malts. It is even good enough that my mother and wife enjoyed it which is strange coming from a hop-head like me.

In the bottle it just tastes funky. But on tap, it is amazing and well worth the visit. I had it at the Yard house and was told that it is their #1 IPA, even beating the likes of Stone. I can see why it would be -- although the bottle version I'd take Stone any day.

But on-tap, you can' go wrong with this one! Recommended on-tap!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 00:27:12 | More by Jedimaster1
Photo of Cakanator


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

Tap @ Sierra. Had this and the OA unearthly next to each other. Although I wasn't impressed with the oak aging on the other beer, the hops and full flavor just wasn't coming through on this one. Not too much citrus, seemed a little boozy and unbalanced. It wasn't the worst IIPA i've ever had, but after recently having hop 15 and full throttle I thought this was a bit tame. Not bad, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 13:55:28 | More by Cakanator
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head.

S-Lots of malt and citrus hops in the nose.

T-Nicely balanced between sweet malt and grapefruit hops, finishing with a significant hop bite.

M-Medium bodied and dry.

D-A tasty DIPA. I have wanted to try this one for a while; glad I got the chance.


Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 13:14:45 | More by sholland119
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston (my favorite beer hangout even though I live a thousand miles away).

Nose is very hoppy & citric, bright & fruity.

Served medium yellow with a slight haze, mild head.

Tart dry, mildly hop bitterness. Tart fruit and fruity hops. Incredibly pungent hops remind me of V8 with a highly vegetal and fruity feel... a mild turn-off. Exotic fruit hints at mango. Mildly malty with biscuit, nut, and toast qualities. Medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a good stiff hop bitterness.

Pretty good, but I'm not big on these super pungent hops that remind me of V8. I don't need another one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 00:40:34 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of 0110x011


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light amber-orange. Nose is citrus with a mild malty sweetness. Smell is about the same, with more emphasis on the hop side. The abv barely shows, with only a mild alchohol warmth in the finish. Dangerously drinkable. Not as impressive as other beers of the style, but drinkable enough that i think I'll have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 02:23:13 | More by 0110x011
Photo of illidurit


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my gateway beer to double IPAs, so I thought I'd revisit it for a review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Peachy gold color with ample white head that settles to a cap, leaving a bunch of lacing. Zesty citric hops dominate the aroma, with orange rind and grapefruit. Flavor is much the same with a ton of acrid grapefruit and an even bitterness. There's a little caramel and a little grain making up the malt profile but they're completely demolished by hops. Finish is nice and dry. A little booziness hurts the drinkability. Lacks the complexity of a top tier double IPA but it's still good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 01:49:38 | More by illidurit
Photo of Murchmac


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 04:55:26 | More by Murchmac
Photo of ojiikun


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 02:11:51 | More by ojiikun
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2007 07:00:28 | More by baggio
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2007 17:41:02 | More by jackorain
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 02:58:31 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


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

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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
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