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Dry Dock's Double IPA | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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

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

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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104
Ratings:
251
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a murky light orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, grapefruit juice, and lots of citrus zest. Taste is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and some malt. There is also an alcohol kick. A medium level of bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a lighter bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with some very nice citrus aromas and flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these because I didn't pick one up on my trip to Colorado this past summer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a great double ipa, especially at 6 bucks per pint, yes i said pint. has a very light and unassuming golden color almost perfectly clear. one inch white head doesnt last forever. smells also quite light, fruity citrusy hop profile, and a pleasantly complementary gently spicy yeast. flavor is big compared to the appearance and the nose. hops are bitter yet fruity in the beginning. it relaxes to a well balanced and drinkable west coasty ipa, before reassuming its bitter face and lasting on the tongue for ages. resiny but not sticky or sweet, just fresh. carbonation is great, very bubbly but not like a soda. lighter than medium body makes it dangerously drinkable. overall a really good double ipa as a more than fair price. lots of hype with this one, and im not sure its that that good, but i will drink thus again for certain.

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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 brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock (now known as Dry Dock's Double IPA, according to their tap list)

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and an inch of head that streaks lacing down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Sugar coated grapefruit with additional tropical fruit character

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that is followed by a blast of sugar-coated grapefruit; by mid-palate, the tropical fruits add a new dimension that has a lot of pineapple to it; after the swallow, there is quite a bit of residual sugar in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice DIPA but I recommend that this be consumed when fresh as when the hops fade, the beer becomes very sweet, as other reviewers have noted

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from a huge liquor store in the western Denver suburbs.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden apricot hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice splattered amoebic lace around the glass as it slowly dips out of sight.

It smells of grapefruit and orange pith, green herbs, a dank leafiness, wet pine needles, a grainy, slightly bready malt, and a subtle alcohol edge. The taste is more acrid citrus and pine undergrowth, some further muddled tropical fruit notes, musty backyard leaves, a bready, somewhat crackery caramel maltiness, and floral, kind of perfumed, soft booze.

The carbonation is fairly even-handed, just a mild hum throughout, the body a steady medium weight, and more-or-less smooth, with a simple creaminess, the hops and alcohol having better things to do than spoil the fun here. It finishes off-dry, the sassy, well-rounded fruitiness standing out.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, maybe not in-your-face hoppy (despite 7 different 'C' hops), but that's more than made up for by a deft integration with the other players - the laid-back, everything will just be all right malt, and a fantastically understated booze factor. Very recommended for a 'drinkable' version of the style.

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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 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 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 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 billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a hazy orange color with a moderate white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a very strong citrus fruit presence to it. I get a good dose of grapefruit followed by some mango and pineapple notes. Very nice hoppiness to it in the aroma.

The taste has a very nice mix of citrus rind bitterness and fruity, juicy hoppiness to it. I get soe of the fruity qualities to it up front, while the finish turns more bitter and dry with grapefruit being a prominent flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very solid hoppy beer, lots of flavor and very drinkable as well.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is orange and slightly hazy, with a decent sized white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass. Aromas include hops, dry citrus and floral scents. The taste is slightly sweet, with a dank hop presence. Alcohol presence is disguised very well. The finish is not as dry or bitter as is customary in a DIPA. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, and one I would have again.

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

Thanks to belgbeerdrinker for this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent bronze body.

S - Even though this is made with seven C-hops, the Chinook seem to have been victorious. Loads of mossy pine, a hint of cat pee, and some light orange citrus in the periphery (I guess some Cascade and Citra survived the beatdown). Minimal malt character, with only a hint of sugar cookie. Other reviews seem to characterize this beer differently - perhaps the various hop contributions to the aroma degrade at different rates?

T - Taste has more malt balance, with some toffee, lightly caramelized sugar, and sugar cookie sweetness. Again, it's heavy on pine, with notes of grapefruit and a nebulous herbal quality. Moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, medium carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a surprisingly clean finish with only a bit of oiliness. There's a bit of chalky bitterness when it warms, but otherwise it's solid.

D - Well, it was the best beer of the night, but our field was pretty horrendous. At least we finished this one. I'd drink it again for sure, especially on-tap, but I wouldn't seek it out specifically.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from a trade with my buddy Mitch in colo.

I can find no freshness/bottling date info

Pours clouded typical almond amber, nice looking fine bubble off white head. Leaves a fine film and fields of scattered bits of lace.

Herbal and leafy hop nose with a hint of tea.

Tasty, enjoyable and nicely crafted DIPA. Hops continually present on the palate, but not overwhelming the malty undercoating.

Super smooth on the tongue, dangerously easy drinking, very tasty Colorado DIPA

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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 Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, hoppy, with some maltyness, citrusy (grapefruit), some pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty (sweet), grapefruit, some pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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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 Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Laced in broken, wide rings.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and pine standout, but there a lot going on in the nose. Also some tropical fruit and spice. Not much malt character.

T: Consistent with the nose. Biscuity malt more prominent, but transitions to resiny hops quickly. Moderately bitter with warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Lots of resiny hops and moderate bitter with some alcohol burn.

D: ABV keeps in from being too sessionable. Very interesting hop character adds complexity.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock. Nice light orange and gold color, good 1" of head on it which didn't offer much in terms of retention, but did have above average lace impressions on the side of the glass I wasn't drinking out of.

Aroma was hoppy, not decadently hopped, but not short changing anyone either. Good muddled citrus notes, couldn't tell you what was really hitting me, just a swirling of hops in the citrus vein.

Taste, pretty easy drinking, hop flavors beyond mere bitterness. Alcohol is there, but not a problem drinking it. Would say the citrus flavors are starting to lean tropical at this point. Malt mouthfeel gives an old toffee impression that was a distraction from the hops. Orange, mango and toffeee are a little weird, I would think caramel instead, but oh well.

Pretty good stuff, solid second tier dipa.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as an extra from the ever generous Bardwashrind. Thank you, Andre. I've had this once before and am looking forward to enjoying an entire bottle.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange, there's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving a little lace. The nose is excellent. Bright, resiny pine hops with citrus rind are noticeable up front, with a pleasing blend of flavor and bitterness. The unique malt character is also prominently noticeable here, lending a singularly unique combination of honey, butterscotch and toffee.

The palate opens with a pleasing combination of the Golden Promise , with a nice blend of toffee and butterscotch and a complex sweetness that I can't quite describe. Of course, there's gobs of hop character here. A big, fruity hop character with tropical fruit salad, with pineapple, some stone fruit (peaches?) and a restrained bitterness are present. I really like the hop character here, it's fresh. The malt character does linger on the finish with some toffee, but the hops blend quite nicely with it, leaving a fruit salad drizzled with sugar. Bitterness is moderate, just like I like it, and there's an excellent resin character that lingers. Medium in body, this DIPA is moderately carbonated and has a pleasant finish. This is one of those few hoppy beers where I like what the sweetness brings to the table, and for that reason, I'd drink it again, if offered (and if fresh). Excellent stuff, thanks again Andre!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to daniloknezic for this beer sent as an extra!

reviewed from notes; drank on 11/11/2011.

poured into a tulip.

Appearance: mildly hazey, but glowing yellow bodied beer with a nice egg white head that pours easil 2 fingers high. The head is quite fizzy.

Smell: Lots of big grapefruit and pine cones. Some floral and herbal notes in the back. Maybe even some oranges and lemons too.

Taste: Fairly bitter hops and a very hop forward DIPA. Its got some big pine and grapefruit with a little bit of citris showing up to lighten the bitterness a little bit. The hops taste fresh and juicy. Malt profile is hard to find, but its got a little biscuit flavor to add to this hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, fizzy, and epervesent.

Overall: A really solid beer from Dry Dock. These can guys make a really good beer! More Dry Dock please!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Alex, drank from a perfect pint glass... A medium clear copper with off white head. Quick riser in this glass but falls to fast to thin cap, ok lacing... The taste and aroma on this are both slightly above average dipa. There is nothing special about this except its very crushable at 9%, don't taste any of the alcohol. Notes of grapefruit, a little dank, and some pine. Not bad at, just nothing crazy.

I'd drink this again but I wouldn't trade for it.

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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 AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. No discernable date stamp.

A: A finger of creamy, tantalizing head. The beer is barely translucent, honey-gold, with noticeable effervesce. Good lacing.

S: Hops are soft (older bottle perhaps?) with a gentle malt base and hint of alcohol. Hint of pine.

T/M: Surprisingly creamy and sweet, shot through with citrus (lemon), and ends with a dry, bitter, undeniably hoppy finish. Fairly balanced DIPA, rather West Coast influenced, with only a hint of tropical fruit.

O: Solid, enjoyable, and recommended. Nothing to go out of your way for, but try one if you see it.

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Dry Dock's Double IPA from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.
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