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Dry Dock's Double IPADry Dock's Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
drydockbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA

Added by emmasdad on 07-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
252
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 252
Photo of pitasoup
2.27/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

probably a bad bottle.

pours golden yellow, decent clarity for a dipa

cirtus, hint of tangering, lavender, and floral notes, but overwhelming diacetyl. So much so that I don't even want to taste it

hop bitterness, dank and heavy, columbus and chinook. Malty sweetness is also present. Perhaps diacetyl is from a bad combo of hops, either way, blah.

medium body, mouthfeel is a touch slick, and a bit chalky too

I had high expectations after tasting some nice dry dock offerings at gabf. This was underwhelming to say the least.

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Photo of maximum12
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Blakelive784 for trading me this bottle...& for those of you not trading with anyone new, I'd hold up Mr. Blake as one of a couple guys who've embarrassed this veteran trader the last few months. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Barely a hiss upon opening; looks about as carbonated as a glass of pulped mango juice. Smell is sehr tropical, sweet orange.

Dry Dock IIPA falls in that category of a 'balanced' IIPA, which isn't my favorite silo. Hops mirror the nose: gently floral, orange, with a dollop of wet earthiness. Pale, sweet malts swell underneath & quickly take over. Very, very sweet with low carbonation leads to a heavy, stomach-flooding drinking experience. One half-bomber & done for this boy.

Sub-mediocre IIPA that is void of punch, bitterness, or much of a hop experience at all. If you like a IIPA that's mostly a malt bomb, you should enjoy this one. Not my speed.

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Photo of 303beer
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a bold flavor but I'm having little trouble getting behind this one. It's a little cloudy ( as everything I've ever had from them is ) it's balanced but nothing really defines it's self. Other than that when poured it gives a couple inches of head and leaves little lacing.

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Photo of cvm4
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours murky amber with a brown shade to it. There's a one finger eggshell head.

S - Tropical fruits, not much else to me.

T - Slightly sweet with a hit of pineapple.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Not a lot of hoppiness to it. The score had me thinking it should be better. To make. To be fair, I'm not sure how long it's been sitting. I did pick it up on vacation and don't see a bottle date.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. A little let down in the hop department, maybe this bottle is past it's prime, not seeing a bottle date. There is some hop biiterness in the taste but the aroma is lacking. Some malt sweetness in the nose and in the taste, maybe more malt than normal because the hops seem faded. Certainly not a bad beer, just not an explosion of flavor that I would expect from a double IPA.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a hazy, dark honey amber in color with a lightly retained layer of carbonation

s: sweet base of grainy caramel, lots of muddled, oxidized citrus hops, various other tropicals, grapefruit in particular, the hops are there in decent measure - but they're not particularly "fresh", mild alcohol note

m: carbonation light-moderate, body around medium

t: more sweet caramel malt, sort of a rustic grainy flavor, fairly simple flavor profile, muddled juicy citrus, grapefruit rind, bitter but not incredibly so

o: a decent dipa, but rough around the edges, the hops don't have any bright freshness, and the malt sweetness seems unbalanced

bomber picked up at Mondo Vino in Denver

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

and another hobo tasting bites the dust. this time we went with all the dipa's and had some fun with it. served into a pint glass and shared at the rockers brewery.

the pour was quite nice with a good and solid amber color and a decent amount of haze and cloudiness to the profile. a thin head of white rose up and hung for a few moments before settling back down to earth. where did the smell go? as i search for hops i find sweet malts, hints of apples and peaches and light notes of pine as it warms, but definitely muted. flavor is more of the same as the malts seem to outshine any of the huge hop notes that could have been present. medium body with a touch of weight to it provides a clean and coating feeling. abv is no where to be found as this one is easily put away.

overall it was ok, i was expecting much more citrus and hops but the balance was still quite nice.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date info.
(270 calories)

Purchased through Beerjobber.com from Dry Dock brewery.

Price - $73.70/case (assorted beers)

Pours a hazey orange color with a two inch creamy head. Long lasting foam on this one and descent lacing as well.

The aroma is mainly tropical fruit with mango, pear and pineapple leading the hop charge while a caramel/bread combination fills in for the malts. Not as strong in the nose as most other IIPA's.

Flavor is once again very tropical and fairly sweet overall. A slight hint of pine on the taste buds comes in on the finish but very little bitterness for a claimed 90 IBU's. Alcohol is well hidden almost unnoticeable for 9%, well done.

The body is medium with a smooth creamy mouthfeel which is a surprise for the style. Carbonation is low as expected but very little dryness is present and not what I would expect given the hop profile.

Overall a really smooth beer to enjoy for the style and horsepower. Not what I expected with this one, however I'm looking forward to sampling the other examples in my case from Dry Dock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Popkas for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice orange color with a pretty hefty white head that stuck around for quite a bit before falling and leaving some sticky lacing behind. The nose was mostly floral with a bit of citrus creeping in. Hops, that is. Mild malt character in the background. The flavor was pretty similar. The floral hop notes tended to dominate with a bit of orange rind in the background. I'll same marmalade; I know some people like those descriptive terms. Body was light to medium with a really nice dry, bitter finish. A good beer that I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of tewaris
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber send generously by poonamibaxter poured into a pint.

Slightly hazy and brightly amber with a nice head that forms even without trying, DDDIPA certainly looks the part. Good head retention and extreme lacing tell me that this IPA is well hopped up. Aroma is citrus freshness and sweetness; nothing out of the way but not bad either.

Taste? Fruit juice?! Seriously, all I can detect is lush, juicy, fruit: pineapples, mangoes, apricots... good (but not excessive) sweetness helps too. Now me, I love weedy, piney, and grassy IPA. And I like 'em dry. So this can't be my favorite, but it's a good IPA nonetheless. And if you're shopping for something that is lush and mellow, but not quite as big as, say, Maharaja, look no further.

5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4

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Photo of HosP
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little hiatus on reviewing but glad to be back. 22 oz into pint glass.

Pours slightly hazy, golden in color. White head with little retention. Lots of aroma in the nose. Piney, citrus with some floral hops at the end. Taste is bitterness up front with pine hop flavor. Sweet, creamy caramel malts toward the end. Lots of bolder flavors. Medium body. Wet, oily finish in the mouth feel. Good beer. Nice big flavors. Big bitterness with nice hops to it.

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Photo of Mhollerb
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Major residual sweetness. Solid color and bitterness, but the nose has some excessive sweetness. Almost an artificial grape nose and taste. Their regular IPA is awesome so I'm hoping I got a bad or old batch. Will review again when I get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had their popular DIPA on tap at the brewpub. Somewhat hyped hop bomb. More malts are needed to balance this, its just OK. A bit of lighter mouthfeel for the style. Yellow and lacey. Great aroma and still good drinkability. Not a palate shredder, and some sugar sweetness, earthy hops.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me this bottle! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow-orange (more orange than yellow) with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, slight citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and slight peaches. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew, but wasn't very memorable. Just lacked in the robust citrus flavors I was hoping for on this one. No date on the bottle, so no idea how old it was. With that said though, the flavor that was there was quite well balanced and good. The aroma was quite lacking in intensity though as Mike had to get some of the nose out of my tulip as it was hard to pick up stuff out of his glass. With all that said though, this one is still a must try for any IPA fan out there.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a nice medium golden color, with a decent, cloudy white cap of foam. Good citrusy hop aromas right up front, grapefruit, maybe lemon. On the palate, I get a little bit of that citrusy hop character, along with some caramel, and a good bitter finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A mixture of yellow and light orange yielded an impressive full inch of head on the beer. Retention subpar, lacing above average.

Aroma was good on the hops, not great. Leaned citrus.

Taste was an easy drinking dipa offering up more than just bitterness. Warming alcohol, but not distracting or challenging. Hop flavors evolving from just citrus. Malt body and yeast is almost burton-esque.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, n8dietz for pickin up this beer for me.

Very light caramel added to a strong hay and sunshine colored bread. Not much in the way of head or foam, but strong, tiny bubbles.

Oily, citric hop resin aroma that has added floral notes and a few crackers here and there.

Thick, resiny palate upfront. This thins out to a more juicey palate and citric, floral bitterness. The middle has some sweetness from the malt, making me think of squeezing an oranges juice right ionto your mouth. Then maybe some biscuit and caramel like malts for balance. The finish lingers away gently with that juicey palate and almost orange juice sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave a few of these away, finally getting around to trying it.

Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of sticky thick white head. The aroma is very fruity, lots of citrus with a sweet caramel behind it. The taste was more of the same but a bit subdued. The aroma was quite layered and the taste felt a bit flatter. Not bad, just not quite as interesting as the aroma, but still very tasty. The malt sweetness is a bit more than I was expecting from a DIPA, usually I find a dryer finish allows the hops to shine more. Extremely smooth for 9%. Overall this is a very solid beer. If you like your DIPA maltier, this might be the right choice for you, but if you go in expecting a dry, hop bomb you will probably be disappointed.

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Photo of mrw1zard
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased in March in Colorado. Pours a nice golden color with no head. Very easy to drink, but I felt it was lacking in the hops. Definitely didn't feel like a 9% ABV. I found it similar to Odell IPA. Good beer, just not something I would seek out again. Worth a try!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Somewhat hazy deep, dark orange, bordering on amber, with a tight, moderately sized off-white head that eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

A sweet, citrusy aroma, with lots of grapefruit and a mild dose of pain, along with a heavy amount of sweet, sugary caramel.

The flavor is sweeter too than most big West Coast style DIPAs, with the toffee and caramel sweetness balancing nicely with the bold grapefruit and pine notes from the hops.

Medium bodied, a touch sticky, not particularly dry either, but no doubt drinkable.

Above average, but I would not seek this out.

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale and clear lemon peel color. Small bubbles sustain a small half-inch cap.

Smell: Pretty nice stone fruit aroma, primarily apricot. There's a touch of pine, and a pleasantly subdued malty sweetness with a bit of breadiness. Curiously, I get a hint of bubblegum.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine and stone fruit, with some floral and citrus notes behind. There's a good bit of pale malt sweetness that works nicely with the hop profile, though it becomes a bit wearisome after a while; I'd like this to be a little more dry. Thankfully, it doesn't taste loaded full of crystal malts. Bitterness is moderate, and while not particularly intense it does bring a slight astringency.

Overall: A nice DIPA. It hides the booze well and has pleasant hop flavors. It isn't overly exciting, but it's well made and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy light golden with an orange hue. Medium sized white head. Tight bubbles leave a generous portion of lacing.

S - Citrus, lemon, lime, pineapple, mild grass. Husky grain malt. Hinting some alcohol.

T - Hops come across more earthy or grass-like than citrus. Still some lemon flavor. Malt is throughout the whole flavor with a not-so-subtle nuttiness to it. Big on flavor yet modest on bitterness.

M - Medium to medium-full body, short of medium carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Didn't expect this beer so cloudy as I was careful to not wrestle yeast on the pour. Good aroma and flavor albeit not so traditional. That Golden Promise lends a solid backbone. Hops were light and lent too little of bitterness. I also thought it could have had a drier feel to it.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw color maybe golden and cloudy like hell.

Big citrus aromas with alcohol and phenolic hooliganism.

Lots of lemony and lemongrass hoppiness up front with other citrus/ herbal notes arguing in the background. After a while the alcohol comes up front and refuses to back down.

full bodied and hoppy-alcoholic on the finish make this abrasive as it warms up. I shy away from stuff at 9% and over for this reason.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Finger of white foam with a bit of lace. Faded to a thin cap with a transparent bronze body.

S - Smell is some sort mix between cat piss and woody pinecones. Very fresh hop profile, quite green, almost wondered if it was wet hopped. There's a lot going on there, and it's not bad.

T - Hop heavy, not particularly malt forward. Bitter, but not a lot of pine or citrus going on there. Very faint floral notes, and some strong resin taste. This is a nice tasting DIPA, with some stronger flavors.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

D - Pretty well drinkable at the 9.5% it says on the bottle. I like this decently enough, would drink again, but not necesssarily seek it out.

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Photo of klikger
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pour served in a Bruery tulip - thanks again for sharing, chicano4craft!

A - Hazy, light amber in color; no head, but decent lacing

S - Honey and floral hops

T - Loads of caramel right away and quickly joined by citrus and floral hops --> more caramel along with some honey in the middle, as is a hint of oak --> finish is malty sweet yet bitter; nice DIPA balance

M - Medium-bodied; a bit syrupy as it warms

D - Decent drinkability for the style; sweetness knocks it down a bit

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