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Dry Dock's Double IPADry Dock's Double IPA

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

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

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from The Wine Underground.

No dating to be found and I have to say, the bottle wasn't filled as well as it could have been.

It pours a hazy peach colour with a 1 finger head of foam and has some very nice lacing.

Big hoppiness in the smell. No wonder, the 7 C's are all here. Grapefruit stands out the most though I can pick up some pine and some tropical fruit. A bit of sweetness shines through so the Malt isn't completely forgotten. A very nice aroma, a very nice fresh aroma.

The taste, again, is dominated by grapefruit with a nice tropical fruitiness, caramel and bready malts, really bitter at times then tempered by the malt. The finish leans towards the bitter side and gives me a long pleasing aftertaste. A good taster(I loved the smell) and the ample alcohol is hidden rather well.

Pretty big bodied with a lightish level of carbonation, it has a great mouth feel.

Drinkability is just fine taking small but frequent sips but I wouldn't want to tackle a second bottle back to back.

I think this is a fine effort by Dry Dock and I'll look forward to trying anything they put out in bottles if I can.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bomber was received as an extra in a trade with jmkratt. I love getting stuff I've never seen before. Thanks John! This DIPA boasts no fewer than seven types of hops, 9% ABV and 86 IBUs. With those numbers I'm expecting something big with a malty backbone to balance to all those hops. This was poured into a wine goblet. There was no bottle dating.

A fairly aggressive pour yields less than a half finger of head that rapidly dissipates. The brew is a hazy amber hue that is spot-on for the style. Lacing is spotty. I could wish for a more impressive head, but then I remind myself of the alcohol content.

Is this Pliny the Elder that I smell? No seriously, this is a great smelling DIPA. It is very fruity in the nose, exhibiting the sweet aromas of star fruit, orange and grapefruit. Behind the fruit basket lurks a little spruce note. Alcohol is surprisingly subtle in the nose for a 9% beer.

Though not a perfect clone, the flavor profile of this beer also closely resembles Pliny. I realize I should be reviewing this beer on its own merits, but it's so similar to the legendary Elder that I have to make mention of it. Not surprisingly, hops hit the palate right away. Pine resin reaches the tongue first. There's a great malty sweetness that comes together with some citrus hop notes, creating the impression of orange. The sweetness on the front end deceives me into thinking I will escape the bitterness. Then grapefruit comes on strong in the finish as hop oils coat the mouth and tongue and linger for-e-ver. Alcohol goes pretty much unnoticed.

The mouthfeel is incredible. This beer is heavy bodied, with a sizable malt backbone. Carbonation is mild, but perfectly to style. The alcohol aids in creating a velvety texture that's warm in the mouth and goes smoothly down the hatch.

Drinkability pluses: this beer has a complex yet accessible flavor profile and feels great in the mouth. Drinkability minuses: 9% ABV, and oh my goodness, make this grapefruit bitterness stop! A whole bomber is too intense! The plusses outweigh the minuses though, and I have a feeling that I will be in the penalty box after I finish this thing off. This beer is very well executed.


The Two Schlitz ScaleĀ™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Schlitz who? I'd be an idiot not to give two for this incredible DIPA!

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from epic Beertrader Bitterbill, cheers again Bill!

Pours a semi hazed apricot with a finger of ivory colored head. Clears eventually, average head retention & a bit of lacing, the only real weakness of this beer

S: Pine & grapefruit, some woody hops as this warms

T: follows the nose, plus some great pineapple presence up front, with just a hint of breadyness. Grapefruit & dryness dominate as this warms, a touch of toffee lurks in the background, plus the sweet pineapple. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with more woody hops & lovely pineapple sweetness

Medium bodied with subdued carbonation, great balance

Super drinkabilty, ABV is well concealed. I must visit these guys the next time I go to CO!

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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 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 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 GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber served cold into a pint class.

Seven Seas (which I had at the Dry Docks brewery when it was called 7 Cs) is a very hazy copper orange color. The head is short-lived but the lacing is substantial.

Aroma is super hoppy and so full of citrus.

Flavor is excellent. It must be the most sweet-citrus double IPA I can remember having. Every type seems to be represented: lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and lime. A honey sweetness is perfectly judged. There's evenly some resiny pine. A little something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. The balance is great for the style. Plenty of sweetness to counter-act the hops. Easily the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had.

Overall an outstanding DIPA. It's probably one of the best I've ever had. Seek this one out!

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Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden color. Produced two fingers width of foamy white head. Dissipated to a thin ring around the glass throughout consumption.

S- Very well balanced. Tangerine and orange peel upfront with some tropical fruit. There's a nice pine aroma in the background to give it some balance. Alcohol comes out a little more when the beer warms to room temperature. Very aromatic and potent.

T- Just phenomenal! Like drinking a bowl of fresh tropical fruits with a piney aftertaste. Tangerine and pineapples with some orange zest take over. The fruit presence really dominates here...very juicy! Midway through to the finish a malt sweetness and piney hops come in to give the beer a little bit of balance. Finishes with a fruity, pine resin flavor. I like!

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Leaves the palate clean and on the dry side.

D- I could drink this all day. At 9% this is so dangerous. Like I mentioned above, almost like drinking a bowl of fruit juice.

Overall, I've been raving about Fathead's Head Hunter IPA lately. Well Seven Seas has almost the complete opposite hop profile, yet is just as good if not better. A big fruity DIPA that has just enough pine and malt to balance the finish. True citrus bomb! Well done Dry Docks.

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Photo of kiddwhiz
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured 2/3rds of a bomber in to an Avery Brewing tulip. Shallow, white head with full lacing. A cloudy copper, orange color with slightly visible carbonation.

S: Hops, citrus, some pine...oh and HOP's!

T: An initial touch of sweet citrus followed by smooth, balanced hops! It finishes with a piney, hoppy smile.

M: A perfect amount of carbonation to carry the silky goodness across the palate. For a DIPA it has no grittyness or over bearing hop residue.

D: Truly a treat!! This a beer that is a very drinkable DIPA. Over the past couple months (aka Winter) I've not found IPA/DIPA's to hit the spot but this one has. This beer is not a gimmick of IBU's but a proud staple of refined talent. Well done Dry Dock!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, cloudy apricot body with a large white head that retreats, leaving a patch of thick lacing.

Intense, pure, bright citrus aromas. The hop bill comes through loud and clear on the nose. Sweet caramel and bready malt round it out. A huge aroma, suggesting a massive DIPA awaits.

Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach, pineapple and passion fruit. Caramel, bready malt, and pine. The finish is bitter, but not half as bitter as the bountiful hop aroma and flavor suggest.

The body is medium to full. Carbonation is enough to keep the mouthfeel from becoming overly sticky and syrupy, but low enough to allow the boldness of this brew to truly settle in.

Masterful beer. Up there with Pliny, Maharaja, HopSlam, Dreadnaught, and Ruination. Without question, this is one of the finest IPAs in the world. Its a shame so few have tried it.

We began selling Seven Seas in August, when Kevin and the gang were still hand bottling. Despite only being on our shelves for 5 months, it was one of our 5 best selling bombers of 2010. If this is a sign of things to come for Dry Dock, then it will soon claim a spot among the best breweries in Colorado with the potential to aim even higher.

Can you believe 5 years ago this was just a homebrew supply shop? Maybe its time we gave homebrewers more respect.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- hazy more yellow than orange color with a thin lace white head

s- the basics. fruity, hoppy, malty...keep it simple stupid

t- actually what comes through in the front is like a caramel, with the middle bringing the hops, and the finish sealing the hoppy deal...nice

m-very bubbly, and the 90 IBU's are definitely there, and wonderful

D-cant ever drink more than 1 double IPA in a session, but i would definitely consider it! i took a bomber to go, a very worthy investment

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is darn-tootin'-good. It fooled me a bit, b/c it poured lighter than expected. A lot of the IIPAs I've had are darker, but this one pours a light orange/golden color. Nice head,fluffy and white. Lacing is nice.
Aroma is chalk full of citrus hops, some small hints of resiny pine. "Green" freshness.
Flavors follow the nose, with some light biscuit-toast thrown in there. citrus, tropical, orange.

Feel is a tad thick in the end, resiny. Very nice bite to it. Very good beer.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber Poured into a Balloon

This beer has a bit of a following around these parts, and Dry Dock is also a brewery on the rise.

L: A touch lighter than most DIPAs, golden. Goodly amount of head, great lacing and retention. I actually prefer the color of this to the darker DIPA standard, but I've gotten so used to the Pliny/90 Minute standard ...

S: Massive hops with massive sweetness behind. Smells like a wet-hopping. Super-dank (to quote my beer guy) but phenomenal balance.

T: Smooth, smooth sweetness into a big hoppy middle. Sweetness overtakes again near the end, fading into a beautifully balanced finish.

F: thick, but refreshing. Pretty great and smooth to boot.

D: Yep. Over and over, good.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear pale gold color with a solid white fluffy cover and great lacing. The aroma is classic citrus hops and sweet swamp water with bubblegum nuances, very much lining up for a hop lovers delight. The taste is a sweet, near syrupy pineapple-citrus hop and honey biscuit. This is clearly hoppy stuff with a very solid, near oily feel and modest carbonation. It's pretty drinkable but you can tell this has some dangerous potential so I wouldn't make a night of it, but this is a very impressive hop beauty.

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Photo of guyforget
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A - Pours a medium golden, frothy white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing or residue.

S - Hops. Not much in the way of malt or sugar, mostly just hops. Citrusy grapefruit strong up front, pine in the back.

T - Again, Hops, but there is a little malt in the middle of the taste, between the citrus burst and the piny finish. Has all of the characteristics of what I'd consider a "west coast" style i/dipa.

M - Average carbonation, bright up front, oily finish with many lingering bitter notes.

D - Hides the 9% ABV really well, but its still 9% and will catch up with you eventually. For the style I'd consider it above average in drinkability, but its not a session beer by any means.

Overall, this beer is pretty much spot-on for the style, reminiscent of many of my favorite "west coast" style imperial or double ipa's.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a clear yellow color. Pour resulted in a 2 finger white head. Kept its shape quite well for a good period of time before slowly receding to one finger. Little strips of lacing with this. More visible carbonation than I expected.

S-- Citrus. Lots of citrus. No Carmel smell at all. Just Lemon peel, Orange and grapefruit. Fresh fruit citrus salad

T-- Pungent Grapefruit and orange with some lemon.

M-- Big aggressive grapefruit and orange. Very fresh taste. Long lasting grapefruit feel. Little bit of lemon and lime kick in the end. Also mixed with orange and grapefruit. Lots of acid to this. Starts off medium and finishes heavy. Perfect carbonation for the style.

D-- 9% ABV?? Really. Extremely well hidden beer. Like how this starts off soft and light and then grabbed me and hit me with grapefruit and orange. Builds up very well. Makes me miss home and this would be my go to DIPA back in Denver.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love big IPAs...double, imperial...bring them on!! Here's the deal...this is a award winning brewery...small brewery of the year at GABF...I mean, come on, this could really be great, and it is!! But here's the bigger deal...before winning big at the GABF, we knew these folks from the homebrewing community, and they went big, and they produce some great brews, and this is one of them. And here's the bigger deal...growler refills used to be $25, but they've reduced them to $15 and they're now available in bottles.
Regardless of the price and availability, I'd say this is one fine double IPA. compared to Pliney, Green Flash or others, this holds it's own, but note, it's got components not found in the others, and it's missing the pine element some of us love in other big IPAs, like red grapefruit, but all in all, I could probably enjoy this brew at some point in time throughout the night, night after night...fruity, big fruity, big lingering hop aroma, lasting head, fuzzy color, bitter and slightly sweet notes, significant carbonation (in the growler) and lovely lingering after tastes that make you want to sip it again and again!!

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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 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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Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend brought back a growler from their GABF trip.

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of thick foam. Good retention and some sticky streaks of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. There was a mild burnt toast aroma, too.

T - Great bitter hop bite with delicious grapefruit and citrus flavors. It had a good burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a fabulous beer. I would love to get this again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this was good because I went back for another bottle. Its orange and hazy with some sticky laces. The smell is all hops, pungent like green bushes, strong! The flavor is nice and hoppy with a lot of citrus and I would almost dare to compare it to elder but I swear the colombus interfere. Does Pliny have Colombus?

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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 sevopie
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This beer was labelled "Seven Seas" instead of Seven C's" and was only listed at 8.9% ABV. Still a double IPA... refinement of the recipe?

Pours a cloudy golden caramel color with a whitish head. Laces well.

Very citrusy hops with a bit of caramel malt.

Mostly citrusy and slightly piney hops greet the palate at first, but caramel and biscuity malts come shortly thereafter. The flavors almost combine to create a bit of a pineapple flavor, which only the second time I have ever experienced this in a beer. A bit of the alcohol finds its way to the tongue on the very finish.

Very creamy and well-carbonated.

I loved this one from first sip - and almost no hint of 9% ABV. It borders somewhere between DIPA and IPA, but it seems to have a good direction, and a fantastically well-balanced approach. Another great reason to visit Dry Dock.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into an Urthel chalice. Beer was a hazy, orange peach color, with a one-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was big citrus hops.

Taste was citrus hops, some light pine and bread, but mainly bitter hops.

Easy drinking and surprisingly smooth for an IIPA. Does not drink like it's 10%+! A very well crafted, delicious beer.

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