Barley's Double Dog Dare Imperial IPA | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 08-01-2006

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of jharmon
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrs3994243
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2-star
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tkarsies
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's very hazy and an amber color that has a very distinct orange hue to it. The head is a little off-white and only a finger or so deep. It didn't stick around long and left only a light lacing on the glass. Given the high abv in this one, I'm not entirely surprised.

Smell: The nose features strong citrus scents of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and lemon. It is very sweet smelling. Those aromas are attributed to strong citric hops. Not much pine going on here. There's a light malt smell that's encouraging. Too much in a DIPA is discouraging. Not the case here. Alcohol is faint. Very surprising with such high abv. Nice job here, but it falls short of excellence. Not quite strong enough.

Taste: This is a sweet and sugary beer. Citrus flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and lemon are sweet and nicely done. The citric character of hops can't be understated. They're very tasty. It does fall on the bitter side, but it's far from an overwhelming bitterness. Malts are sweet, but not overly done. They may negate a little of the hop bitterness, but it can't be much. Malts are clearly a secondary feature here. Again, alcohol is masked very well here. I can't believe this beer is over 10%. There's no way I'd guess it was that high. Finishes sweet and a little bitter. Very impressive all around.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's definitely on the light side of medium. It's smooth and goes down pretty easy. But, carbonation is active and does prevent it from reaching the next level. Drinkability is good, but a little limited by the high abv. That being said, there's no way you'd guess it's nearly as high as it is. It in no way presents itself as such a big beer.

Barley's makes some damn good beer. This one is no exception. It's not perfect and could be improved a little. Backing off some of the carbonation and adding some strength to the nose would be a couple of things. But, all in all, this is an impressive DIPA and I'm enjoying the growler. Due to the abv, I am glad I've got some help. But, it's impressive and easily recommended if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of scottakelly
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Served on tap into a tulip glass. Light amber color. Medium-thin white head, with little retention. Medium carbonation.

S: Piney hop aroma and some sweet malt.

T: Lots of piney hop taste with some citrus. Not as bitter as most IIPAs. Oily hop falvors. The malt is light, but perfectly balanced. The alcohol is well hidden. A very delicious beer!

D: Low. But considering the abv and relative bitterness, deceptively drinkable for an iipa.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a water glass. Nice amber hue with a thin head and decent lacing.

Mild malt and piney hops on the nose followed by a creamy, almost butterscotch aroma. Can make out some alcohol notes but not very much considering the ABV.

HIts the palate with mellow, sweet malt followed by a firm thump of citrusy hops. Can make out some orange and other citrus rind leaving a slick feel in the mouth. Nice creamy presentation that leaves a faint bitter aftertaste but not as much as most DIPA/IIPA.

An outstanding offering from the Barley's crew. It could have used a little bit more hops for that typical, imperial taste bud killing but a very enjoyable beer in the end. I drank most of the growler last night and will certainly pick up some more.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third beer I had at Barley's. and the best!

It arrived in a goblet with a slight 1/4" head over a cloudy pale amber liquid.

The aroma was typical of a double IPA. The hops came through nicely.... but it was balanced by the malt.

The taste was VERY VERY GOOD!.... I was this close to giving it a 5! Perfectly balanced hop and malt. The smooth taste consists of grapefruit and woodsy pine but it's not all bitter. The malt mellows all these flavors and tames them into a nice balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: very nice... just a hint of warming. The carbonation was on the low side.... but this is good.... I wouldn't want this to be too fizzy.

Drinkability: Great for a double IPA.... you wouldn't want to have 3 or 4 of these because it will make you sit up and take notice. However, I HIGHLY recommend this fine ale.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small, light tan cap of fluff that fades into a mild collar. Spots and streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, citrusy, highlights of grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, and dusty grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas perhaps stepped down a notch with the greatest flavor coming in the form of hoppy grapefruit and orange.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, and bitter with some decent malt standing up in the background.
It's hard to believe this one was 11.5% abv. It went down pretty easy.

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Barley's #2
Appearance is a hazy brown, burnt orange color with minimal head

Aroma is not as pronounced as other DIPAs, hints of citrus

Initial flavor of floral, citrus hops
Strong malt presence immediately evident, caramel, toffee flavors
Bitter aftertaste, as expected, but fairly well balanced overall
The heavy alcohol component (11.5% ABV) is well masked, thanks primarily to the hop strength

Medium-heavy feel with relatively high carbonation
Dry, bready, not as oily/heavy as others in this style

This is a formitable brew with good drinkability. The strong malt support bolsters the hop power and creates a well-rounded, robust offering.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 1/2 pint from the Barley's booth at the Columbus Microbrew Festival 2006. This was the best beer I tried at the show. Good DIPA aroma and flavor, not as intense as the style can reach (Stone 10th or Goose Island Imperial IPA), not as malty either (DFH 90min), more of a sweeter interpretation like the Plinys. The best DIPA I've had from Ohio by far. I felt a little buzzy after this beer but I couldn't taste the alcohol (guess that's good drinkability).

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a glowing reddish amber hue. A one finger head with decent retention, leaving substantion lacing.

A full, sweet aroma of cherry, citrus, malt, and pine. The flavor is packed with hops and malt, citrus, cherry, and strong alcohol. It's bright, fruity, amply carbonated on the front palate, and the middle builds into a cruhing, bitter hop finish, capped with a surge of alcohol and phenols, leaving a warm stickiness upon the lips. It's pretty intense, not unlike the Bastards of Stone.

Drinkability is only there for fans of the style. Before the bartender poured my growler he asked me if I had had it before. This does well to illustrate that it is for acquied tastes. For those who have acquired that taste, this is a very enjoyable brew.

Also, Barley's serves it too cold at the pub. It mellows considerably when brought down in temp.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks go out to Dogbrick for the opportunity to sample this.

Aroma: Citrus notes, piney, grapefruit pith, a touch of carmelly sweetness. An intense and inviting aroma.

Appearance: Cloudy brick red fading to orange edges. A white foamy and wispy cap.

Flavor: Bittering hops, citrus, strong carmel malt backbone to balance the hop load, and a bit of alcohol drying at the end. This is loaded with flavor from beginning to end. Extremely balanced and just a delight to savor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly chewy, some drying bitterness at the end.

Overall impression: This may be Barley's best offering to date. This just had a ton of character and very well done. I hope to have the chance to sample this again. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barley’s flirted with the IIPA style back in 2003 with the Kiss My Bitter Ass IPA. That beer was stronger than a normal IPA, but not quite an Imperial. Now they have finally ventured into the style fully and the results are pretty good. Served in a snifter. Murky dark orange/amber color with a medium off-white head with fair retention. Spotty lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with a good amount of malt. Medium-bodied and smooth yet bitter. Citrus and hops dominate the flavor, with some pine and malt thrown in. The finish is bitter on the tongue, with a piney hops aftertaste and a mild alcohol burn. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of tpet96
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say....they did it again! This fine brew should receive great reviews in the months to come. Now, off to the beer!

Barley's Double Dog Dare Imperial IPA is one of their better IPA's they have done. This one definately surpasses the 4 "C's" they created last season at Ale House #1. This 2IPA is going to be be tough to beat in the future...but does have some minor room for improvement (aroma...needs to be more pronounced / stronger if possible). That saying, even if nothing was would still be tops in my book.

Pours a dark tan/tea color, with an awesome orange hue when held toward the light. Full of flavor, and as the other reviews have stated, very fruity, earthy aroma's, hopped beyond belief, but with a nice malt balance.

Thick white head, with long lacing and retention.

Brought home a growler, priced at $15. A brewer myself, knowing the grain bill in this piece, a good price for 1/2 gal. A word of 11.5%, the alcohol is hidden almost completely. There is no warming, but after 2, you definately know you've been drinking more than water :)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky iced tea brown (not quite orange enough to be considered tawny) with a one finger disk of ecru foam at the very top of the snifter. Thanks to the elevated ABV the head didn't last long at all and left no more than a few splotches of smeary lace. I would have thought that the hop resins could have put up more of a fight.

The nose was a good one, but wasn't powerful enough to garner an outstanding score. Most prominent was citrus fruity hops (white grapefruit, then lemon, then orange), least prominent was caramel malt. Alcohol, amazingly enough, was absent.

Double Dog was a very nice version of the style. The caramel malt backbone was big enough and contributed just enough flavor and sweetness to take the edge off the hops. Nothing wrong with a finely honed lupulin edge though. Semi-bright citric hops (some combination of the 4-Cs I'll bet) made up the lion's share of the flavor profile.

It's hard to beat fresh hoppy beer. I don't often get to drink DIPAs on-tap and am always amazed, by the good ones at least, how immediate and up front the hop resiny flavor is. Lightly caramel saturated white grapefruit sections oozed over my tongue with each sip and became even more intense with the final few ounces.

At least one other Barley's beer (St. Nick's Winter Warmer) didn't do such a good job of alcohol masking, but this beer's ABV was buried quite nicely. It's tough to completely eliminate all vestiges of 11.5%. Even though the body/mouthfeel firmed up a tad with warming, it was still a fraction too light for me and a fraction too fizzy as well. Minor complaints, but I see a little room for improvement.

Double Dog Dare Imperial IPA is a wonderful beer that could use more 'oomph' in the nose and body departments before I would consider it to be a special version. Since it's a new release, I'll hold out hope that the recipe will be tweaked. Double Dog is yet another reason why my semi-yearly trips back to Ohio just aren't enough anymore.

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish, brick. A half inch head very thick and frothy, a thick sticky lace with great retention stays behind.

Sweet piney, earthy flowery hop aromas, hints of grapefruit with other sweet fruity esters. Caramel maltiness as well.

Rich, piney, resiny, flower welding hop flavors. Thick gooey caramel malt. A finish that lasts a good minutes leaves a tangy grapefruit twisting your tastebuds endlessly. No alcohol present in this 11.5% behemoth. Nearly a perfec IIPA

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Barley's Double Dog Dare Imperial IPA from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 18 ratings