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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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598 Ratings

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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 TheBigDipa
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TheBigDipa, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy honey amber color. Short thin head with low retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts. Extremely bitter hops. Resiny pine. Some tropical fruit. Heavy alcohol smell in the mix that doesn't blend so well with the beer. Needs some better finishing hops.

Taste: Grapefuit, pine and then big dose of warming almost mouth numbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Malty. Very heavy. Finishes warm and bitter. Could use some more balance.

Overall: One of the weaker double IPA's I've head because usually double IPA's have even more hop and malt flavor than IPA's but this one is just too big bitter and boozey. I won't revisit.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

johnhenryconway, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in short ale glass (multiple times)

A: apricot colored; small head; fantastic lacing; decent carbonation
S: amazing, enduring hops aroma, even ten minutes after opening; very inviting
T: robust, hearty IPA; field-fresh hops flavor; the hops are really alive and prominent; malt seems downplayed to me, but I'm not complaining
M: very smooth mouthfeel

Really nice, solid IPA; glad it came at the end of the evening

Arithmeticus, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. This style is usually brewed without regard for balance, so my expectations were low.

Presentation: Nothing turns me off to a beer more than when its brewers see no issue with serving it into plastic cups. Come on, now.

A: No head at all (likely as a result of the high ABV). Colour is a cloudy orange.

Sm: Orange citrus ester fruit hops. A simple, generic, mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops alongside a backbone of awkward malts. Light butterscotch is present - barely (diacetyl?). Built alright, but imbalanced to be sure. Its biggest flaw is its simplicity. Luckily, no alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the flavour. Also, it's sharp and thick, limiting its drinkability.

Dr: It hides its ABV well, but the sharp, thick mouthfeel and lack of complexity or inspiration make this a lackluster brew I'll never have again.

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Commodore69
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Commodore69, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe glass and it settled into a cloudy amber/copper that also had an attractive glow to it. A finger-thick eggshell white head formed and didn't dissipate quickly.

The aroma was the next encouraging aspect of this beer - a pleasant swirl of citrus, pine, and malty caramel sweetness. Taking the first few sips miraculously matched the aromas.

Taste is extremely fresh, with an excellent bite of hops perfectly balanced with maltiness that immediately reminds me of that "raw sugar" you can find at most coffee shops. The hops jumped from piney to peppery to citrusy, and a thin layer of earthiness that added a certain humility to the bold flavors. Lip-smacking malt balances it all out and everything leads to a slightly dry finish that instantly preps you for the next sip.

I was blown away by how fresh this imperial IPA was after accidentally cellaring it a few months. There was nothing about this beer that would suggest it was, at the very least, a half year old. If Double Daddy tastes this fresh after all these months, I can't wait to try it when it's REALLY fresh.

xpdrinker, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of dreed3333
4/5  rDev +9.9%

dreed3333, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear gold liquid. The head is thin and white. The aroma is a mix of herbal hops and alcohol. The aroma has a very muted malt smell, which could be a lot more pronounced. The flavor is heavily tilted to alcohol and bitterness. The hop flavor is full of pine, citrus peel, and a spicy, peppery, sharpness. Medium body. All in all, this beer could be more balanced, but is still drinkable and worth a try.

Suds, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of SmartyPints
1.7/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange/coppery color. Half finger white head that went down almost right away. Little streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice strong floral hop smell from the get go with caramel malts being a underlying aroma.I noticed when it warms up a little a odd rubbing alcohol smell overpowers everything.

T- Nice healthy hop bite at the tip of my tounge with the first couple drinks. Noticed that the taste went from bitter pleasant hop taste to a overpowering rubbing alcoholish taste as it hit the back of my tounge. The malts never really shine at all as the alcohol kills off all flavor right after the front hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Citrus hops and lots of rubbing alcohol left on the palate. Aftertaste was nothing but rubbing alcohol and destroyed hops. This beer had a strong off flavor with the rubbing alcohol pretty much from the ending of the front to the backend. High alcohol drying on the mouth.

O- I suspect this is an off bottle but after three sips I had to drain pour this one. I would like to rereview this one when I get a chance but for now this beer was pretty bad which stunk as it looked good out of the bottle. Sadly that is where it ended.

SmartyPints, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +9.9%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +9.9%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/23/11
*Bomber to pint glass

A: Double Daddy pours a dull and hazy soft caramel color adorned with a soapy bone white one finger head. Tracks of lace with each sip.

S: Big spike of pine resins on the nose give way to some herbally spice and sugary pale malt aromas. Pretty clean.

T: Hops are forward. Intense with pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some spice. Rather light malt backing laid down providing a nice sugary grain base. Definite alcohol flavors present and a bit hot actually. Pretty tasty overall I would say. Quite juicy with hops.

M: Med. – Heavier body here. Somewhat creamy texture with a sleek resinous coating on the tongue. Slight dry bitter pucker effect on the finish.

D: A Big Daddy of a DIPA! this one has a bit of heat on it for me to consider very sessionable but some real nice intense hopping none the less.

I would have to say I prefer the single Daddy IPA version. Not a fan of boozy DIPA’s but this one is definitely worthy of a few tries.

Nugganooch, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ineva
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -17.6%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +9.9%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -17.6%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large beige head that leaves a decent lacing. Mostly clear copper body.

A- Thick earthy citrusy hop aroma with a very substantial malt backing. Oddly I smell pineapple on occasion with this beer. Some caramel malts.

T- This is quite a hop bomb. Instantly a very bitter flavor followed by some caramel malt flavor with a boozey alcohol finish.

M- Medium to heavy body with light to medium carbonation.

D- Not bad, a guy at the store talked it up, but to be honest I enjoyed the Stone IPA I had the other day more than this.

gpogo, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with an inch of beige head. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is nice and hoppy and full of citrus aroma.

Taste is fantastic. Plenty of hop flavor throughout. Great tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall a really great beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd really like to drink some more of this. Someday hopefully.

richkrull, Oct 26, 2011
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.