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Double Duckpin | Union Craft Brewing Company

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96 Reviews
Double DuckpinDouble Duckpin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gillagorilla on 10-29-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
524
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
112
For Trade:
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Photo of Masonz223
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: big citrus fruits orange tangerine grapefruit malt sweetness pine
Taste: upfront you get that malty sweetness middle of the mouth grapefruit peel orange tangerine finishes with some of that oily hop resin biterness And a Carmel sweetness.
Feel: medium to full body a very nice mouthfeel.
Overall: A really good job balancing out the malt and hops. When I drink west coast style IPA's I always worry about them being to malty but this isn't. No doubt the malt is there but it complements the hops very well. Nice citrus fruit notes in the mid plate round out the beer. I would have no problem drinking this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My utmost thanks to Smittay-no-Facebook of my Friday evening tasting group for bring some CANs back from his work near Baltimore! Remember, kids, if you are planning to embark on a CANQuest (tm) of your own, it pays to advertise!

From the CAN: "Strike No Malt < > Spare No Hop"; "When we first brewed Duckpin, our little session-style pale ale, it really hit the spot for a go-to, anytime refresher. But we soon felt like we were just practicing. Knocking down all those little Duckpins just made us thirsty for something bigger! So we went back to the brewhouse and doubled down on malts and hops. The result is a double IPA that's danker than a rental shoe and rolling with ten frames of juicy, resinous hops down a solid lane of malted barley and wheat. When it's time to bring your A game, reach for a double!"

The Crack! was appropriately loud, like the tight, little ball hitting the duckpins. I decided to strike while there was no time to spare & CANducted an inverted Glug. I ended up with a 7-10 split as well as three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head that hung around just long enough for the automatic pinsetter to do its thing. The lane, I mean, the glass was coated with lots of sticky lacing. How I am I going to pick up that split with this kind of surface to work with? Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, the same color as that trophy that I am hoping to take home tonight, if The Jesus doesn't beat me to it. Sh*t! It also called forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all squabbling amongst themselves for a taste. I sent them to the Alley Lounge to get them out of our hair. Nose smelled of pine resin, grapefruit, caramel & a biting fusel heat that really filled my sinuses nicely, thanks. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium, but very prickly in terms of its carbonation, on my tongue. The taste was shockingly eye-opening. Man, the intensity of the orange/grapefruit/tangerine citrusiness would have been plenty, but when the right hook was followed by a left jab of pine tar and then a right cross in terms of the caramel, I was reeling & losing track of my metaphors. Was I bowling or boxing? Did The Jesus ambush me with a bowling ball to the back of the head? Maybe it was that tightly-wound vet, Walter, with his ever-present .45. Man, this is a tough bowling center in which to try and kegel. As I made my next approach, I realized that either there were Double Duckpins or I was seeing Double! I know this answer - close one eye & squint with the other. It always works when I am driving. I mean, just let fly with the ball & hope for the best. A strike! Take that, you pinheads! I'm taking my trophy, ducking out of here & going for a nap. Finish finished me with its dank, hot booziness and the lingering burn of hops and alcohol in my throat. Phew! Dry? Try gasping. Whee! More, please, Smittay!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a nice semi hazy medium orange hue, tight bubbled white head that sticks around for a while. Big sticky lacing. Aroma is a sweet tropical, candy scent. Hints of mango, candied orange and orange peel. Sweet buttery biscuit malt. Subtle hints of pine. Taste has that same candy orange I got from the aroma. Not much tropical fruit, and plenty of sweet malt and a piney resinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is relatively oily and medium bodied.

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Photo of Pencible
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit, with some dank herbal hops and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like dank herbal hops, with some green mango and bitter grapefruit and sweet honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a like carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA with bold dank and tropical scent and taste. The body was great, and the alcohol was well hidden. But it had a lasting bitter finish, so it was better to sip. I would love to try this side by side with Enjoy By (or many Ocelot brews). Recommended.

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Photo of joekoz007
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into IPA glass. Have had this before from a growler and on draft at the brewery.

Pours hazy amber with 1 finger head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is a hop explosion. Pine, spice, and citrus all evident.

Taste is more hop than malt but still nicely balanced. You can tell there is quite a variety of hops. Starts as citrus then evolves to more of a grassy then piney flavor. High alcohol percentage but no boozy flavor.

Highly carbonated for a sharp mouthfeel.

Overall, one of my favorite beers and maybe my favorite DIPA. Huge variety of hops and lighter malt. Great drinkability even at 8.5% alcohol. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.82/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Chill haze amber with a large, dense foamy beige head that dies to a thick collar with some reaching lace.

Smells of melon and lemon candy and pungent hops are accompanied by an unusual lavender and something reminiscent of an herbal soap my grandmother used.

Taste is sharp, briney pine! A touch of lemon, grass, densely toasted malts, and caramel follows. This beer is powerfully bitter.

Feel is very dry, and chewy.

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Photo of smanders
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler poured into a tulip glass for review.

A: fairly dark copper with a khaki, wispy head. Lacing is all over the glass.

S: I was expecting more maltiness, but this one is a hop bomb; pine/spice, and loads of citrus.

T: I am going to drink the entire 64 ozs! Citrus big time with some dank, bitterness, and pine. Almost perfectly balanced.

M: Can I say light(er) for a DIPA? This is an easy drinking beer. I wasn't expecting refreshing, but it just might be that.

Drinkability: I'm very thankful I live close to Bal'more. This stuff is a GREAT example of the DIPA style - Thanks Union!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler bought at Springfield VA Total Wine, it pours a clear amber with a nice head. Lots of lovely hops in the nose. Well balanced in the mouth. Wow!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this unique double ipa with me. it is pretty to look at, thats for sure, with a tall white airy lasting head on top of a slightly hazy deep rustic orange colored base. it smells woody on the hops, centennial i would guess, likely with some other bigger high alpha northwestern varietals, its really pungent, fresh, and intense. i agree with other reviewers of this one that its very leafy and vegetal, very green on the hops, but still more old school northwestern type than anything thats in vogue these days. great oily mouthfeel, nice bitterness on the back end, grapefruit and lemon zest notes, and somehow quite a lot of yeast character, fermenting this all the way down must have taken a rather robust strain, and its not out of place, but it isnt flavorless, not at all. i think the alcohol content is just about right for the style, not too much, and it is well hidden here. remarkable hop pungency, more than one glass feels indulgent, but there are other fruits to the hops i really like, melon and even cherry notes later on, pretty dynamic for a rather straight up brew. impressive stuff from union, id like to get my hands on more of what they do. this is memorable.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a decent head. Smells of tangy, piney hops with some zippy citrus, up against a quite nice malt profile that's lightly biscuity with some mild, chewy yeast.

Tastes like it smells: fairly old school for the hop profile, but wonderful hop variegation and excellent balance between hop and malt. Little by way of tropical fruit, so it won't impress those looking for smoothie-style beers, but great for those who prefer the IPAs of yesteryear.

Definitely styled like a late 90's, mid-aughts strong IPA, with a balance and hop profile very reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted. The strength is impressive as alcohol is barely evident, although I'd probably consider it more of a strong IPA than a full on DIPA.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/9/16

A: Golden orange with some honey highlights - mostly clear with some chill haze - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy but nearly solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Nicely bright citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, citrus zest - hop resin and some herbal notes, touch of spice - pine, with some sticky needles - some tropical notes and peach - solid malts at the base, with some pale and caramel grains, toasted bread light sweetness - mostly clean but lightly earthy

T: A hop bomb, but there is some balance - orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, zest, and oil - herbal and leafy hops, hop resin - pine resin and some dry pine needles - some earthy character - moderate amount of bitterness - some balance from the malts, not just pale malts but also some caramel - crackers, toast, and biscuits - no real alcohol flavor

M: Medium to full body, smooth, medium carbonation, finish could be smoother

O: Smells and tastes better than a bowling alley

Double Duckpin almost makes me think I've been drinking too many "New-England" DIPAs lately. Almost. The hops are very aggressive, but the biscuity and bready malts can't be ignored. It's almost like a midwest IPA approach. Worth a try.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, date of canned on 5/21/16 on bottom

dark golden in color, great head and lacing. nice varied hop aroma - citrus, grassy, floral. similar flavor in the taste. only minimal bitterness, some biscuity malt flavor. nice smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drink local, in my opinion this is the best beer brewed out of Maryland, at least from what I have tried so far, pours golden with minimal head in my IPA glass, very refreshing DIPA, Happy Fathers Day

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Baltimore.
Slightly hazy light golden with a decent long lasting off white head. Huge pine citrus and tropical fruits on the nose with some faint bread underneath. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Beautiful well made beer!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with medium dense head that lasts for a while and leaves a thick layer on top. Nose is crisp...a bit lighter than expected...with some pine, lemon curd, and malt in the background. Flavor is more in-your-face. Initial juiciness followed by a drier mouthfeel and firm bitterness with pine, but falls short of stripping the enamel off your teeth. A damn good beer.

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Photo of Slack
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to pale Amber and clear with some head and moderate lacing.

Smell is citrus, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and malt.

Malty, citrus, and pine.

Mouthful is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Very balanced and very drinkable. Not too much of either a juice or hop bomb. Seek it out.

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Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/19/16
A-a yellow orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-very nice aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt, and pine hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malt backbone and citrus, tropical fruits, and a moderate amount of hop bitterness in the finish

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall very nice DIPA, lovely aroma and nice amount of bitterness in the taste

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, we've got a nice, hazy orange beer sitting under a very disengaged head-ish thing that at least will leave a little draping lacing.

Nose is all at once sweet, mango, grapefruit and zesty lemon
The only downside to the aroma is thatit leaves nothing to the imagination as far as taste goes. First taste reveals diligent script following (mango, grapefruit, sweet...).


Finish leaves behind a little sweetness, a touch of bitter but most everything fades away pretty quickly in an otherwise normal "wetness" sort of finish in a medium bodied beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.79/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nope. Don't get the hype at all. Duckpin, to me, was just a bland bitterness bomb, and this is much the same, only more so. Just a lot of one-dimensional hops with a hint more fruit than it's little brother, this isn't one worth going out of the way for. Seriously, I don't get the love for this stuff.

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Photo of topofthehops
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The brewery is a 10-minute walk from where I work, which is a wonderful - and potentially dangerous - thing. It would be full-on "Danger, Will Robinson!" except their tap room doesn't open till 5 (no liquid lunches).

The current DD vintage is the best yet. A fabulous aroma bursts from the glass. Deliciously juicy. My favorite Maryland beer, it compares favorably with the very best DIPAs I've had the pleasure of trying.

The brewery is a must-visit if you find yourself in the Baltimore area. Just be advised that, at present, they're only open Thu-Sat.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, vibrant orange color with thick and lasting near-white head. Strong orange, mango and papaya aroma with a touch of banana creaminess. Interesting mouthfeel that's slightly watery, slightly creamy with prickly carbonation. Muted flavors that follow the nose with a nice, fairly bitter aftertaste. Solid beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one's on the smooth and dangerously drinkable side of the DIPA style. Sweet-tasting juice flavors in the neighborhood of mango and guava run up front while the more traditional citrus punch finishes this beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a snifter glass.

Pours a clear light copper body, three finger fluffy white head with nice filmy lacing and thick collar. Looks good! Smells of pine, a bit of citrus, mild caramel sweetness but mostly hoppy and a bit soapy, even. Flavour is a nice grapefruit kick with a hint of lemon, caramel, toffee, backed up with a solid pine bitterness. It's classical with a nice balance between malt and hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink, mild pine and citrus bitterness on the backend. A solid double IPA without much in way of fault.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of pineapple upfront with nectarines, oranges and grapefruit. At the mid palate and on through the finish it presents some lightly bitter pine and light malt. The malt may not be quite hefty enough for a Double but the fruitiness is delicious.

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Photo of SBFG
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchase from Ronnies in Forest Hill, MD. Pours a hazy golden orange, white head, smooth carbonation. Mild bready note under a citral grapefruit rind, touch of pine, some caramel notes. Alcohol is low to moderate in sensation. Medium body, touch of sweetness.

Overall a good clean beer and good representation of the style but I feel the beer is a bit muted with raw edges, like the water chemistry needs development. I think if they back off the caramel malts it would POP!

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