Dead Eye Double IPA - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Dead Eye Double IPA
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93
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CliffBrake on 03-03-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I used to love these guys. Their pumpkin porter was great back in the day, and they made solid base beers. Kinda lost touch with their beers, and they haven't had anything new in a while, so I'm excited for this one. I actually picked it up today, and had to skip the queue of other beers to try this one. No date on the can unfortunately, but I know it's fresh since it just came out. And YAY tall boy cans!

Pours darker than I expected, a reddish amber color with a rosy hue, very clear though, nice bubbles streaming up to reinforce the huge 2+ finger creamy fluffy head that doesn't seem to fade thanks to those streaming bubbles, but leaves a pot marked head and soapy lacing when it does.

Nose explodes out of the gate, nice hops but not what I expected, quite fruity but not really tropical or citrus, well I take that back, not really citrus but some tropical notes, a little guava and pineapple, a bit of a generic American like fruit, perhaps a little stone fruit. It eventually develops a mild clementine citrus, and candied orange note, with a decent sweet malt base and a hint of alcohol tingling the nose. Lots of fresh pungent hops that also get a little floral and grassy.

Taste brings candy malts out front, sweet reddish toasty malts, with a little caramel note, and touch syrupy, pretty sweet though, with even a little nougat like flavor. Spicy hops cut through quickly, some spiciness that mixes with a little fruity flavors, citrus peel notes, candied orange zest, a mild apricot and pineapple like fruits too. Hops get quite bitter and spicy, as well as a bit earthy and herbal, and malts continue to bash with sweet reddish malts. Finish continues with the sweetness but attempts to dry a bit, as it does a big spicy earthy herbal hop kicks my taste buds around, as well as the candy malts, and a little booze warmth and even some tingle later.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a little syrupy, thick malt, with nice carbonation at least.

Overall... well I wanted to like it, the nose was pretty nice but def far from great, but the flavor just fell short. Way too much on the sweet candy malts, way too spicy earthy hop bitterness for a nice DIPA, somewhat balanced but the balance seems like it's teetering on just both sides of the see-saw breaking and falling. Booze comes though a bit, it's OK ... actually I take that back... the more I sip this the more it hits that DIPA niche. There are times when I have a craving for a big DIPA, malty sweet with big spicy bitter hops, mostly in the winter time too, so I could def find times when this would hit the spot. So I'll bump the taste and overall from 3.75 to 4s.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Bilco for giving me a can

Consumed 12/10/14

A: Lightly hazy, burnt orange with some amber at its core and some golden apricot clarity around the edges - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, keeps a small collar and leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, fruit juice, and resin - decidedly potent and aggressive, kind of noisy with some big aromas - orange and grapefruit juice, flesh, and a ton of citrus zest and pith - herbal, with some pine needles, and some sticky, hoppy resin - candied oranges - fruity juiciness, vaguely tropical but nothing really stands out other than some mango - kind of spicy with alcohol that is somewhat obvious - some caramel malts and sugar at the base

T: Big, burly citrus - interesting combination of lovely hops (Nugget, Cascade, Citra), but it mostly tastes like a punch of citrus to the face - orange and grapefruit juice, flesh, and zest - oily, sticky, bitter pith - floral and herbal, with some pine and some sticky resinous qualities - sweeter than average caramel and light amber malts- candied oranges dipped in alcohol - earthy and spicy finish - more sweetness and more booze, finishes with lingering pith, bitterness, and booze

M: On the heavy side of medium, lightly sticky, nice carbonation but kind of a rough finish with booze

O: Definitely smells better than a dead tooth

Perhaps I am becoming absurd with my standards for DIPAs, or maybe I have just been spoiled with an abundance of top-tier examples of this style... But this is not what I'm looking for. I've had many like this. It's a complete hop bomb without any nuance. There's nothing wrong with that, actually. The reason I'm not a huge fan is that it's overly sweet and overly alcoholic in a way that this kind of tastes like orange cold medicine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a nice strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp a very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time. It’s easily the best beer I’ve had from Cape Ann.

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Dead Eye Double IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.