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Double Daddy - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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588 Ratings

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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 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
Photo of nmann08
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
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
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
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a thin white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus and pine. Faint graininess. The flavor is overly grainy with some strong orange rind notes and a bit of pine. Medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-bitter finish. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Thorpe429, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Pinocchio's brandy snifter. No bottle dating. Thanks to barfdiggs for this one!

A: Pours the traditional deep orange DIPA color. Basically no head because of the alcohol being 9.5%. Definitely some alcohol feet and mild lacing.

S: It's all over the board. I get pine, some fruit maybe grapefruit, and definitely some malts. Caramel roasted malts that are there to balance.

T: I get a little hop bite and citrus in tip if tongue. Mid mouth is lots of malts that almost make it unbalanced. The finish has some bitterness and it's as clean as I was hoping.

M: Medium bodied DIPA

O: B- It's a pretty good beer, but balance was an issue. Palate might have been off or freshness, but all and all not the best DIPA from that area I have had by far.

inlimbo77, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium off white head fades into a nice lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Bitter hops, light citrus with light alcohol aroma.

The taste is more bitter hops with citrus fruit, light pine?, and a light some more on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lasting dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff for some reason.

LXIXME, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet honey, bittering hops, pine, caramel malt, and some citrus. Taste is initially sweet with floral and honey flavors, then I get a lot of grapefruit citrus taste. Followed by a bit of booze, light malt profile and bittering, piney hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a little chewy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is definitely not my favorite DIPA, but it is a solid one.

DovaliHops, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt is not so evident for so strong a beer. Some sweetness adds to the candied grapefruit peel flavor. Sharp with a rasp in the back of the throat. Lovely golden orange color in the wine glass, and lacing is particularly nice. Full and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness fills the aftertaste. Flavor seems quite thin and acidic. Odd medicinal nose. Not particularly enjoyable, though it delivers the alcohol with a minimum of fuss.

mactrail, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy and thick, with a sluggish, reluctant head, but surprisingly good lacing. The aroma is thick and sweet, so hoppy that it crosses into the realm of pineapple juice. The flavor is punishingly fruity, with pineapple, vanilla, and orange peel. There is a sharp shock of alcohol on the tongue and an immediate blast of intense citric bitterness that spreads to a residual spearmint on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is gooey and thick.

This beer is just too much of a muchness and hard to enjoy.

Seanibus, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corresponding to what would be expected of an Imperial IPA, the nose on this one is heavy with the grapefruit scent that comes from massive amounts of hops. What sets this one apart, however--at least olfactorily--is the similarly large scent of sugary malts, which add a cane sugar aroma.

On the tongue, it's also immediately obvious that large amounts of hops and malt went into this brew, as not only is the ale quite bitter, but sugary as well, resplendent with caramelized brown sugars and dark fruit esters. There's also a nice thread of toasted grains just below the surface, along with a slightly-stronger-than-I-would-like alcohol tinge. (But at 9.5%, this isn't unexpected.) Both malt and hop flavors last throughout the mouthful, with the sugars peeling back at the end to reveal a nice oaky undercurrent. The aftertaste largely consists of hops, with slight hints of toasted grain.

Overall, this is a decent Imperial IPA, made better by the amped sugars, though I expect the power of the hops will turn off many.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Daddy is a beer as smooth and jazzy looking as it sounds; a clear, lustrous golden body gives off garish highlights. Held up it lights up like the Vegas strip. Although under a high pressure of alcohol, its head flourishes and ticks off every possible box: film, foam, bubbles and lace. Check. The glass ends up looking sad with such droopy lacing.

Double Daddy smells about as good as most imperial IPAs... at least on first whiff. But judging by how much brash character quickly comes apparent you start to wonder if this will be all that drinkable, what with all that blatant alcohol and bitterness in toe. Beneath it all are notes of toasty pale malts and hops that stink like wet leaves in fall.

It doesn't seem like the brewery went any darker than pale malts, which is fine, but they don't seem to have used enough of them. That stale white bread taste is suffocated first by soapy, lemon Pledge-like hops and then by alcohol vapors. Bits of grapefruit, peach and cantaloupe show up seemingly randomly. Their flavour is certainly doubly intense.

The alcohol seems to scour most flavour out of the beer, but what little survives is vividly hoppy and, given the style, I suppose that's what matters. Like I said, malts are a lost cause in a beer this (determinedly) hoppy and strong. It is drinkable, albeit at a slower pace. The finish is minty and somewhat scathing due to alcohol, but not terribly bitter.

I don't think it's incorrect to suggest that DIPAs rely on the average beer geeks' fetish for brutal, bitter and obnoxious offerings - Speakeasy delivers just that with Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Perhaps too much of that. While I don't think anyone could pretend that this beer is anywhere near first-rate, the pleasure that it brings is definitely a DIPA pleasure.

biegaman, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale amber/gold with reddish highlights; large fluffy head subsides to a scant finger with tons of sticky lacing all down the glass

S - inviting enough, if a little simple; sweet caramel/biscuit malt and a bunch of citrusy hops - orange peel and grapefruit pith; has some richness to the malt notes that indicate a big beer

T - good malt notes on the palate - sweet caramel and biscuit with a lightly grainy almost earthy quality; hops are present, but not stealing the show - a DIPA of balance; some gentle bitterness emerges at the back end

M - well-balanced and easy to drink; low-moderate CO2 lets the richness shine

O - well-crafted; it is nice to have a DIPA that shows restraint in the hop department; was expecting more bitterness, and was pleasantly surprised

nezelrac, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of JerryG
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Red ale with a light white head

Smell is hoppy, but not a complete boquet of hops, along with roasted malts

Strong hop taste (average for an imperial ipa). Lots of roasted malt flavor. I would describe this beer as an over hopped double red. Similar to a Ninkasi Believer double red, but stronger malt and hops.

It doesn't taste like a 9.5% beer, maybe because the hops cover up the sweetness, and there is not a lot of body for an imperial.

JerryG, Jul 07, 2011
Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.