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Double Take IPA | World Brews

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Double Take IPADouble Take IPA
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2.7/5
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48 Ratings
Double Take IPADouble Take IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States
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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by azdback on 06-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,199
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
48
pDev:
25.19%
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet artificial citrus and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a decent hop aroma, but the hop flavors are somewhat fake and metallic.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and standard branded blue pressure cap acquired as part of a variety 12 pack at my local Vons grocery yesterday and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery - which is known for its discount approach to beer. 6.9% ABV confirmed. No freshness date.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head with thin horrid lacing, okay thickness, an underwhelming lack of cream, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not great for the style, but passable.

Sm: Mild floral hop character. Pale malts. A vague hint of lime? Off-putting detergent. Caramel. An average strength aroma; not an appealing one for the style. It isn't terrible, but it isn't bringing much to the table in terms of hop character and the balance between hops and malts seems questionable. Still, it's not bland or boring. Maybe some light salt? IPAs shouldn't be gose-esque. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Soapy detergent - this spent too long in primary. Generic floral hop character. It does have some freshness to it though. Way too sweet across the board. The malt side of things is disappointing; generic pale malts lack any depth or interesting features. No graininess or grassiness, no crisp refreshing body, nothing. Maybe some lime; it's hard to find one off-flavour beneath the already present off-notes of detergent. Poorly balanced and built - especially for the style. I'm not a big fan of this one. Some naked hop bitterness even manages to creep in about the climax; this is the cardinal sin of an IPA but I'm shocked a beer so otherwise devoid of hoppy notes manages to sneak in some biting bitterness.

Mf: Nicely smooth, soft and wet. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Okay thickness. The mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer, but that isn't saying much. Coarsens somewhat in the late second act to its detriment. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well, but it's not horrible for the style.

Dr: Hides its ABV decently. It's not even an average example of the style, but I don't think its awful. Style aside, it's still not good but it's okay. I definitely wouldn't pick it up again, but I can appreciate the need for this type of beer in the marketplace; there's value here. I do think it's better than other budget attempts at the style; it's preferable as an IPA to say, Kirkland Signature's example. At least this attempts a hoppy profile. Wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I think many are being harsher on it than they would be in a blind taste testing merely because of the brewery. The sweetness does severely limit drinkability for me; I wouldn't want more than one (scratch that, half) of one of these in a night.

D+

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer, white head, looks normal. Aroma was lacking hops.

Taste was all bitterness, lots of brassy coppery notes. Significantly one dimensional and not appropriate.

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Photo of Zorro
2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Been avoiding this one but Von's was selling it for $5 a six pack tonight so I HAD to give it a try.

Clear amber colored ale with a small yellowish white colored head. It does fall in the spectrum that I like to call IPA Orange.

Smell is herbal hops with smells of aspirin and the smell of a willow tree, Amarillo Hops?

Starts out sweetish with a unexpected caramel syrup taste. Fairly bitter with an aspirin flavor that I associate with Amarillo hop, I'm not a fan of this hop variety. Fairly bitter with a bit of a savory taste to it. Sensation of salt on the tongue. The taste is fairly acrid, something like burned plastic. The taste is frankly for want of a better word for it Abusive.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I am tempted to give this a 1. Bluntly this isn't a good beer. Only reason this doesn’t get a 1 is that I didn’t pour it down the drain. Whoever decided on the hop mix should be shot and shot twice for using Amarillo hops. Needs a warning on the label "Tastes vaguely like cat piss and STRONGLY of Aspirin!”

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a golden colored brew with a small white head. The head fades rather rapidly to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a bready smell and sweet citrus and tropical fruit smell. Mixed with this aroma is a little bit of a grapefruit and pine hop as well as some aromas of a caramel sweetness.

Taste- The taste begins with a doughy and somewhat sweeter taste upfront with the sweet being a blend of orange, tangerine and a bit of tropical fruits as well as some caramel. Initially there is a lighter grapefruit hop taste that begins very weak but that grows stronger more toward the end of the taste. Along with the grapefruit some notes of flavor hops as well as pine hit the tongue. Right at the end of the taste the grapefruit really steps out its game and gets quite a bit more intense in nature, combining with the rest to leave a grapefruit bitter and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both suit the style well and match the sweeter flavors nicely while still able to support the hop and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall – A decent IPA but nothing out to the ordinary. It’s good and easy going character makes it a good standard brew for day to day consumption.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Safeway's new sucker lineup, yield a normal looking yellow and orange beer, white head, average looking stuff. Lacks dry hop aroma, lacks much in the way of hop aroma.

Taste, just put some copper pennies in a homebrewed pale ale, why use hops for flavoring when you can just do this? This beer is all about the bitterness. There is no subtlety, just bitterness. I'd really only recommend this if you want to make it look like you drink craft beer. Its like if AB made a platinum regular bud, and dry hopped it with thousands of pennies. I wonder if tweekers would try and strip this beer of copper wiring? Oh, I forgot to mention they probably also use some aspirin to dry hop with as well.

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Photo of hilgart1
1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Jame515
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of illidurit
2.31/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical IPA color: clear gold with a tangerine center and an average beige head. Subdued aroma, some bread along with lesser accents of crystal and caramel malts, and a wilted citrus hop note. Flavor is like iced tea with the most trifling squeeze of an orange slice. Pure Lipton bomb here. This isn’t "Brisk Baby!" Or is that Nestea’s old slogan? Regardless, this beer should be featured in brewing manuals under the What Happens When You Use Too Much Crystal Malt and Not Enough Hops chapter. Oversteeped mild citrus tea -- down to the tannic, astringent finish -- with a little malt on the side. This honestly isn’t even hopped strongly enough to breach APA territory. The body is pretty okay with just enough heft to carry the alcohol. As it warms I get a little more caramel/honey sweetness, which is not what this beer needs (an overhaul).

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Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of srandycarter
2.26/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not going to do the traditional review here.

Looks like a nice IPA. Smell is malt and citrus with a weird kind of sourish twang. Taste is not good. Malt comes on, is attacked by hops and the whole thing is enveloped in a very nasty bitter/sour (sour like gone bad) kind of flavor that doesn't go away. It's like they TRIED to screw this one up. Nuf said.

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Photo of matjack85
2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yet another World Brew's product. Maybe they'll finally get one right as all my previous experiences with their beers have not been good. I can only hope. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/copper color with a 1-finger white head that almost lasted a minute. Lots of small spotty lacing on the glass.

While there was a piny hop smell to this, there was also a noticeable amount of unpleasant alcohol.

Ugh! This stuff is awful. While it has some piny hop flavor to it (and not much else), it's the overwhelming alcoholic taste that ruins it for me. It's nearly devoid of malt and the hop strain they used isn't that tasty either. A poor example of an IPA.

The mouthfeel is actually not bad. It's smooth (almost creamy) with moderate carbonation. But again, the alcohol is everywhere.

No matter how cheap it is, if you have to force it down or spit it out, it's not worth it.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Copper-orange with a big white head that lasts quite well, but leaves virtually no lacing.
S- The aroma is astringent bitterness. There is a touch of herbal hops, but it is just kind of meh bitterness on the nose.
T- There is a pleasant touch of hops up front, with herbal and orange flavors. They do a good job of focusing on the bitter aspects of an IPA. That said, there is not enough hop flavor for the amount of generic bitterness in the beer.
M- It is overcarbed and has a bit of a foamy mouthfeel that is not altogether pleasing.
O- This was an ok beer, but it was too bitter for how minimal the flavoring was.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. The blonde Double Take IPA pours a deep golden with a touch of haze and offers creamy white foam. Standard or better retention and lace. Good to see that it is truly 'blonde' and not overdone in the caramel department.

Aroma offers some light hop notes and an underlying simple grainy feel. Rather light overall but pleasant in the approach with an orange and lemony underpinning.

More orange notes on the flavor along with a bit lemon bread and a light bitterness. Touch acrid at times particulary when first poured. A bit of warming and air helps dissipate the tannin notes but this beer is quite dry for a 6.9% offering, finishing a bit chalky.

This beer starts off well enough but surely takes a turn for the worse. Like the blonde on the bottle you don't really want to look to closely and perhaps a bit more enjoyable right from the bottle. Still nothing detracts excessively.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six-pack of Double Take IPA at a Safeway store. Introductory price, I think it was $5.99.

Pours a copper gold color and is clear. Frothy white head has some resiliency to it. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is faint, a bit of a sweet bread aroma and some citrus notes. Pink grapefruit perhaps.

Taste is also decidedly malty. Sweet bread flavors and some mild citrus. Very mild bitterness. The hop profile might qualify as an IPA, especially the English style.

Mouthfeel is OK. Medium bodied, perhaps slightly cloying, with a dry aftertaste.

Drinkable, especially at the introductory price. I think it is marginally better than the Henry Weinhard's IPA but not as good as others. I don't think I would pay more than $6.99 for a sixer of this.

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Photo of azdback
2.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am in touch with the vendor of this one a lot (he is also the vendor for Firestone Walker) and he let me know about it. It is a contract beer that is only available at Von's and Safeway grocery stores. It had an introductory price of $5.99 a sixer, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Bright, clear orange color. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a three finger bright white head. Very soapy looking from the side but quite frothy and creamy on top. Lace is very sticky and probably gonna leave it's mark on this glass, and does in a nice patched ring pattern.

Smell is quite adjunct and musty. There is definitely some Belgian or European yeast in this one. I do get just the slightest hint of sweet citrus or maybe a sour grape, but I really had to search for it.

Taste is much better than the nose but it still is too musty and dank for me. There is a rich malt backbone that is just a bit sweet. I'm not really getting any descriptors, like fruit or citrus. There is just a bit of booze warmyness way at the end.

Mouth is really not too bad. It is a bit dry but other than that not really off for the style. On second thought it is just a bit watery or thin, nicely carbonated and just a bit of booze warm in the throat.

Overall I didn't think this was all that bad. I drank this knowing that it was a contract beer, and sold only at a grocery store, so my expectations weren't that high. I think it exceeded those expectations but didn't exceed the expectations of my pallet. For $6 its worth a shot. If it is priced at $8+ don't waste your money.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Attractive pale copper with generous foam.

Smell: Bitter with underwhelming hints of citrus and herbs.

Taste: Sweet and bitter, but not so much in a good way like you may find in a better quality IPA. Or even an average IPA. If you search really hard, you can find the citrus and pine hops but it may take a while.

Mouthfeel: Foamy, creamy, and very bitter. Did I just swallow a penny?

The Verdict: Meh. It’s drinkable, it’s cheap, and it hides the 6.9% ABV well, but that is the full extent of it’s good qualities. This is from the same company that makes many generic beers with names like Cable Car, Tap Room No. 21, RJ King Wingwalker, and Barrel Trolley masquerading as craft brews.

Would I buy it again? If I were broke (which is often), it was on sale, and I was hankering for something that didn’t have the name “Bud” on the label… maybe.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Safeway because I have never heard of it until just now.

Appearance- amber color, pretty good size head

Smell- very light hops, barely any, malt

Taste- very light hops, a little more in the finish but still very light

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but for an IPA it was not good. I was expecting hops and I barely got any. I would not buy it again.

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Photo of B_B
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jesus808
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of dwtyler
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kflorence
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper with golden tints. Plenty of thick, creamy head atop. Lots of lacing. All signs point to good.

S: Smells quite good. Lots of citrus and plenty of malts. The aroma hints at a more balanced IPA. Some pine resin. My cold is hindering the more subtle notes.

T: Malts up front followed by a bitter, grass and lemon hop flavor that just seems a bit off. Very bitter on the finish. It's just not melding right for me, but it isn't entirely unpleasant either.

M: Medium bodied, but definitely light for an IPA. Body is actually pretty decent with a bit of cream and chewiness, though still a bit watery. This one is definitely sessionable, though I wouldn't go as far as to call it refreshing.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this one. On the pour and on the nose, it had me going, but the flavor seemed a bit off. I probably would not seek this one out again, however, at $6.99 for a six pack you could do far worse.

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Photo of Lazaro
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured a shade or 2 darker than a golden orange. nice 2 finger head, eggshell colored with tight bubbles. leaves a decent lace.

s: good balance of toasty malts & pine hops. some leafiness as well as some toffee notes.

t: upfront i got toffee notes, then some piney/leafy hop flavors. in the finish i got a minty-like taste along with some toasty malts. also has a strange flavor that lingers, but nothing that puts off the beer for me.

mf: its got a solid medium body. carbonation is on the lower end with a smooth, slightly creamy feel.

o: it wasn't undrinkable like i expected and it was surprisingly decent. nothing spectacular, but it was well worth the $6.99/6pack price and the 6.9% abv.

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