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Double Duckpin | Union Craft Brewing Company

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4.26/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BITTERNESS (IBU): 90
COLOR: Light Orange
MALT: Pale Ale, Wheat, Carahell, Munich
HOPS: Cascade, Mosaic, CTZ, Amarillo, Galaxy
YEAST: House Ale

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,527
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
602
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
141
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of MrOH
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
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.

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Photo of WDPark
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Speartron
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.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
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.

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Photo of steevo24
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marraybay
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.

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

Photo of Eychung
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of skiking70
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RGPeters
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buzzy
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, but I’m getting a soapiness in the taste that’s a real turnoff. And no, it wasn’t the glass.

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Photo of Kmkapalka
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Brian1357
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 602 ratings