Double Duckpin
Union Craft Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #179
Ranked #1,284
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Double DuckpinDouble Duckpin
Notes: Double IPA

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.

COLOR: Light Orange
MALT: Pale Ale, Wheat, Carahell, Munich
HOPS: Cascade, Mosaic, CTZ, Amarillo, Galaxy
YEAST: House Ale
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear bright amber/gold appearance with an average size off white colored head and decent lacing. Citrus is there in the aroma but not pronounced, with resin adding an extra dimension. Hits the taste buds just right as a blitz of hops and enough bready malts maintain balance. Aftertaste displays more citrus but stays bitter with just the right amount of alcohol burn. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel and a lasting finish.

Sep 09, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky golden. This is not a good looking beer in the lightest. Luckily, it's intensely aromatic. Getting peach and mango on the nose. More citrusy in flavor, although there's an underlying unripe mango, papaya character to the body. It's very much a lime/grapefruit peel show though. It's refreshing in flavor, but could more refreshing overall if not for the thick body. The first time and possibly the last time I had this was during ACBF 2014. It was one of the most impressive beers at that fest and while I'm sure it has changed some to adhere to people's change in tastes (see Hazy IPAs), it is still a very good beer.

Jun 27, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent DIPA. Served on tap in a snifter. Light gold in color. Nice aromas of pine and caramel malt, pineapple and grapefruit. Nice balance flavors with pineapples, papaya playing with pine resin and grapefruit, nice biscuit/caramel.

Oct 07, 2019
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MrOH from Malta

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep gold, finger of white head, not much retention but good lace.
Aromas of grapefruit, currant, pine and dank
Flavor follows aroma, grapefruit goes from juice to pith.
Fairly light given ABV, good carbonation, not boozy
Pretty decent

Mar 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/25/15; drank 12/26/15 @ the Stained Carpet.

Drank straight from the can; no visual cues.

Grapefruit, pineapple & sweet orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & pineapple flavors up front; caramel notes on the finish. Sweet orange citrus notes emerged as this warmed. No booze heat.

Fruit forward but very balanced; quite tasty.

Mar 06, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass 11/15/18. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin wisps of lace behind.

Smell is pine, tangerine, and grapefruit very pleasant.

Taste follows pine, tangerine, and grapefruit not insanely bitter, but definitely packs a punch.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, slightly dry, plenty of life, and at 8.5% extremely approachable.

Overall this is old school, very pleasant, but not crazy bitter. Nice DIPA.

Jan 21, 2019
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Speartron from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/copper. Not much head. Maybe a fingers thickness. Typical citrus and pine on the nose. A bit pine resin. Something a bit like coriander on the nose and in the taste was picked up. Alcohol sweetness bites some. Not any booziness, despite being 8.5%.

Dry with a bit of an astringency. Bitterness lingers (as expected).

Was something like $13.99 for a 6pk. I'd say it was worth it at that price point purely because it's a really good Maryland based DIPA. Not a whole lot of those around.

Dec 14, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 11/26/18

L-the beer pours a clear copper with a modest 1 finger white head. Lacing presents itself as a ring with legs in respectable quantity.
S-In the nose I get primarily grapefruit (flesh not pith) with a bit of alcohol. Less strongly I'm picking out a bit of cattiness, but it isn't overwhelming or off putting.
T-Like the nose I'm getting grapefruit flesh and a touch of pine resin. There is some alcohol sweetness which probably contributes to the impression of pink grapefruit flesh.
F-Mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light. There is a slightly slick quality which I find pleasing.
O- Classic pre haze craze DIPA. Reminds me a lot of a slightly lighter version of Clown Shoes Space Cake. It's a real nice change of pace from all the NEDIPA's on the scene out there. Recommended.

Dec 09, 2018
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber / cooper; dissipating single finger white head.
Smell: Tropical fruit, pine; slightly dank-catty.
Taste: Wow: sweet, sticky orange and tropical fruit; citrus pith-piney bitterness linger at the close. Large flavors.
Feel: Not particularly heavy, but; syrupy. A little bit of an alcohol bite / warmth in the throat post-finish.
Overall: A "hard to find" beer; Not a completely over-the-top malt bomb, but def very sweet and
a very LARGE beer. Nicely balanced; ABV def sneaks up on you about two-thirds thru the pour.
Really quite good. Would be hard pressed to find a better DIPA; Def on par with 90 minute.

Jul 17, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with spelingchampeon. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/9/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, toasted bread, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, toasted bread, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish; not too aggressive. Loved the Cascade, Mosaic, CTZ, Amarillo, and Galaxy hop bill as expected. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. Very well attenuated for the ABV, one of the smoothest DIPAs I have had. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

Jun 30, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 05/19/18 (DOUBLE DARE). Obtained at The Wine Source, only a few blocks from Union Craft Brewing. Would have obtained it there but it is closed on Wednesday.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, subtly orange amber color with robust head formation, leaving a one and a half inch head, excellent retention and rings and rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon rind, tropical fruits, and caramel a little late as the fruitier elements recede.
T: Flavors are akin to the nose, but caramel much more a factor. Bitterness substantial but very nicely balanced. Refreshing and clean in finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation.
O: Double Duckpin is a well crafted, delicious Double IPA. Neither über-bitter nor too malty, it pretty much nails that Baby Bear/Goldilocks flavor zone for a light DIPA.

May 24, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Duckpin pours a vibrant bright orange color with lots of unfiltered goodies floating around. Not an opaque looking juice bomb, but a liquid orange marmalade color if you will. A hefty and foamy white head sits on top then ripples out to just the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing.

Orange and grapefruit juice surround the air. The citrus is well met by what a morning walk through a damp forest of pine gives off. A touch of lime zest brings it back full circle.

The domination of citrus flows directly into the flavor. More tangerine like in this facet, but all are still there. There is a quick notion of what might be mango or papaya, but it's quickly taken over by a rind and pine needles taste, and yes, I've had pine needles in my mouth once or twice (or a thousand times...don't ask).

The medium juicy feel comes to a bitter and dry finish. It's a bit bubbly and prickly as it flows from front to back. The bitterness lingers,and I like that.

Double Duckpin should be able to please any DIPA fan out there, regardless of style preference. It's fresh, flavorful, big, bold, familiar, and unique all at the same time. It's what a DIPA should be without being monotonous, and a real pleasure to experience. Cheers, and thanks Craig!

Oct 15, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 8/18/17.

L - A deep orangish-amber color with a very thick, foamy white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - A great mix of pine resin, citrus fruits, and maybe a little floral underneath.

T - The pine resin hits hard first with a nice citrus and floral pop underneath. There is a small taste of alcohol and lingering bitterness on the finish.

M - A big, think feel with medium/high carbonation.

O - A very nice beer, smooth and great flavor. The finish is a little harsh, but it's still very good.

Oct 05, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cjgiant for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 08/18/17

Poured into a Tired Hands pint glass a really nice slightly hazy dark orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. Thanks Craig!

Sep 07, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper body with two-finger head that left a lace ring down the glass. Aroma is oily, piney, citrusy with hint of sweetness. Smooth, easy to drink, piney, earthy, dank, oily, resin, yet still has this grapefruit/almost tropical fruit sweetness that offers great balance and flavor and finishes easy and is so easy to drink.

Aug 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a quickly dissipating slim head leaving messy lacing. The smell had a big sweet luscious and sliding fresh grapefruit with a kick of bitter orange peel and fresh lemon scent mixed with a bit of freshly cut grass. Superb! The taste takes that big sweet luscious grapefruit to town and enlivens eloquently and sweetly in a full richly satisfying citrus aftertaste. Sweet sticky finish rounds out the taste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation is there but nothing overbearing. It ends up twisting itself around my tongue bitter yet smooth, sharp but pure. Making me want to gulp but leading me on. Overall, where the hell did this come from? Damn good DIPA.

Jun 18, 2017
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber (9) pour with fairly quick off white head; solid ring and moderately heavy lace at first; excellent clarity. Grapefruit and lemon peel, floral and earthy and pine hop nose; more dankness as liquid warms. Bitter citrus, semi sweet caramel malt base; lemon zest and earthy hop flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, good balance between hops and malt; but, lite earthy bitter linger becomes more dank and dull towards the end of the glass.

Jun 06, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is another Baltimore brew from the people who brought us Foxy. Solid appearance but the nose was a little faint with more malt extant than I'd expect for a DIPA.

Heavy laden up front with malt and booze but this gets overwhelmed by an oily, piney, citrus assault that controls the finish. This is blasting hop bomb after all. Texture is outstanding.

Not for the faint, but tasty and surprisingly complex.

May 30, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Caned 2/15/17
12 oz. can poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Right off this looks and smells great going into the glass. I got two fingers of bone white foam with patches of lace capping the hazy amber pour. The dank, citrusy nose has grapefruit and pineapple standouts and to a lesser extent pine and floral notes. The taste mirrors the nose with some added malty sweetness. My first sip was dominated by the bitterness but by the third or fourth sip it had settled into a nice harmony with a dry slightly bitter finish. Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation this one is a pleasure to drink.

Overall a great DIPA that in my opinion is among the best that Maryland has to offer. Give it a try.

Apr 04, 2017
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IAmThird from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is exactly what you would expect a DIPA to have. Decent lace. The aroma has some hop floral aspects and good malt sweetness in the background; the aroma is good for style. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect for this style but within range.

The taste is where I was let down. The beer taste does not live up to the aroma. There is a good bit of mineralization and the middle of my tongue goes dead for 10 seconds after a drink. This throws the beer out of balance and creates a more off or flat mouthfeel than I would expect. The mouthfeel is thin but within range for style.

This DIPA is ok but I'm not certain I agree with all the hype around it based on the two I have tried.

Mar 29, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can for this review, after numerous times before:
This particular can pours a typical double-IPA orange golden, with a lasting white head that leaves some spots and streaks of lace.

The nose is also quite classic: citrus notes and pithy bitterness. An orange to tangerine pulp citrus note with a pithy to pine sap bitterness.

Taste is similar to the nose, but has a generic bitterness that overlays these notes. There's a bit of spice and extra pithiness with the citrus orange opening, leaning it towards orange rind. A piney note comes across next, while the malts continue to attempt a little balance - fairing decently but not completely. Eventually a combining yields a classic grapefruit pith and lightly piney finish.

Fairly clean beer that has a medium heft and a little prickly and spicy bite on the palate.

This beer isn't always the most consistent, but this batch is on point. Fairly classic and highly enjoyable, I enjoy this beer much more often than I don't; and when I enjoy it, I enjoy it more than most offerings.

Mar 27, 2017
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a very slightly green tint. Very dank, hoppy aroma. Strong hop profile that is very citrusy. A bit of a bite on the finish, with a lingering, resin-like finish.

Mar 11, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/9/2017 so 3 weeks old when reviewed. Poured from can into pint glass. It pours a hazy, orange-amber with one finger of ecru-colored head and extensive, elegant lacing with great retention. It's very fragrant with aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet malt, pine needles, and floral hops. It's very dank and opens with the sweetness of the pineapple and mango, along with a nice base of malt. Then, you're slapped by a wave of biting hops that leaves a decidedly bitter finish and aftertaste. It's really well-balanced and the tastes just pop. This ale is medium in body, with lively carbonation, and with all the flavor you don't really notice the 8.5% ABV. Overall, this is just a superb DIPA. I was WOWed by it!

Mar 05, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Pours a cloudy deep golden copper color. 1 finger of white head leaves patchy lacing on the glass.

S: Dank and fruity... pineapple and mango mixed with citrus. A bit of pine as well.

T/F: It opens up with some rich bready malts... almost sweet before a brutal hop bitterness takes over the palate. Lots of tropical fruits... peppercorns and spice, and a bit of a floral note. Very bitter which unbalances it a bit but this is not a bad thing in the least. Oily and resinous... leaving a sticky feeling on the tongue.

O: A great extra bitter DIPA. Many thanks to Mel for bringing me one of these in a mixer back from the brewery. This one really hit the spot!

Dec 21, 2016
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Oct 17, 2016
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