Double Take IPA | World Brews

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

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by azdback on 06-18-2011

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48
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29
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
25.37%
 
 
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Photo of Jaguarkmd
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

Photo of dwtyler
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +29.1%
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 himynameisping
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Lazaro
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of olilitewu
2.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

bought from supermarket, served cold and straight from bottle
the smell was deceivingly good w/ hoppy aroma, but not much else
Though really bitter on the palate, the bitterness did not seem hoppy, rather, just a pure caramel taste with way too much alcoholic undertone. Did not agree with the excessive sweetness other reviewers noted. If anything else, there was a slight hint of dried orange peel.
Despite the lack of taste, I must say, however, its drinkability was decent, and went down quite easily.
Added a few overall points due to affordability and alcoholic content :p

Verdict: will purchase again when cash-strapped and still wanted an IPA. But if I want anything with taste, forget it.

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Photo of JarMills
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Whiteblack88
1.39/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought this beer because it was cheap but had the appearance of a good craft beer and I thought it was going to be ipa; In retrospect I should have just paid two more dollars for something decent. I bought a six pack and had to force myself to finish it, which for me is almost unheard of. It's like drinking maple syrup with with pennies and dingleberries in it. Do yourself a favor and pay one or two extra dollars and buy a Stone or Union Jack.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
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 BaronRogue
1.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's interesting that they listed the supposed "ingredients" on the bottle - pale and crystal malts, chinook, columbus etc hops... none of which are present in any detectable amounts. What we're left with is a syrupy travesty of a beer.

Looks decent enough, deep gold with a fizzy head, but the smell is the first red flag - soy sauce and syrup are the first things that come to mind.

The taste is a bit like a handful of old pennies soaked in lemon lime soda, almost undrinkable if you're used to anything resinous. Cough syrup, grassy bovril... just awful. The aftertaste is somewhat pleasant (if you were drinking a soda), but really does feel like a beer gone horribly awry.

Lies alright on the tongue, almost wish it was less crisp so that it lost some of its soda-esque characteristics.

Overall it's a mistake to buy it at any price, but at a dollar a bottle I suppose I don't feel entirely cheated. I really wouldnt even call this an IPA - more like some sort of extract brew from the underworld.

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Photo of andreas
2.49/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Please excuse my lack of reviewing knowledge, I just wanted to supplement PoorYorick's review, I too received a bad batch of this beer. I bought three 6 packs at a Safeway store in San Francisco because they were only 5$ each and two of them were DISGUSTINGLY sweet. Absolute garbage. One of the six packs, though, was decent and tasted like a somewhat decent IPA. Nothing to write home about.

Pooryorick- Im curous where you bought your beer, and I'm glad to see someone else had the same problem as me. I contacted the manufacturer to notify them of the issue.

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Photo of PoorYorick
1.61/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Double take? More like spit-take! Reading the other reviews makes me wonder if a bad batch got out. It is horribly sweet, even for someone who likes sweet, strong barley wines. It has a chemical smell to it, too. Has a bad metallic after taste. Bottom line: there are so many other, much better beers out there and life is too short. When you see this on the shelf, walk on by.

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Photo of TheKitten
3.75/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
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 jsprain1
2.54/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Irishthirst
1.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased this beer from a Dominick's this weekend for 5.99 a 6 pack. I rarely go to Dominick's but was intrigued by the low price for an IPA. Had I known it was the same brewery as Wingwalker from Jewel grocery and Big Flats 1901 from Walgreens, I would have avoided.

Appearance: A rust-colored look that is a bit paler from finer varieties of its genre. I did have some serious clinging and lacing that looked like a jacuzzi at the Holiday Inn.

Smell: It has faint citrus and floral overtones but not overwhelming. It definitely smell of alcohol.

Taste: My first drink was the best, all downhill after that. It tastes like a very bitter IPA with strong lingering alcohol long thereafter. I feel like this is the moonshine of IPAs.

Overall: I will not be buying this again. I can still fell the burning in the back of my throat. Not recommended.

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Photo of mdtnelson
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of FACEMEAT
2.84/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours medium-light amber with almost a finger of light tan head that fades slowly into a ring. Nice lacing left behind.

S: Hop presence is moderately citrusy and a bit grassy. Caramel malt and toasted white bread.

T: Follows nose with a disappointing metallic after-taste. This stuff just hit shelves so I'm thinking it sat around somewhere before arriving on shelves.

M: Medium-light, slightly oily from the middle to end. Lively, prickly C02.

Not horrible, not great. Among the "never seen this before, I'll give it a try" IPAs in my career, this is better than most.

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Photo of matjack85
2.13/5  rDev -20.5%
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 miggy2tone
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of kflorence
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

Photo of hilgart1
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +49.3%

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