Double Duckpin
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #408
Ranked #2,022
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Sep 27, 2021
Oct 29, 2013
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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3.69 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 27, 2021
3.5 by Dicers from Colorado on Apr 23, 2021
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Nov 14, 2020
3.79 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
4.01 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jul 15, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

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
4.25 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2019
3.75 by Gerred from Missouri on Nov 15, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jglenn73 from New Jersey

Had on draft, 12 oz pour. Nice haze, not a lot on the nose but slightly dank, hoppy taste. Overall a nice IPA.

Aug 27, 2019
4.06 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 08, 2019
4.04 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Jul 12, 2019
4.06 by florisj135 from Virginia on May 14, 2019
4.65 by Higdon from Maryland on Apr 22, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MrOH from Malta

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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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.09 by mjw2808 from Maryland on Mar 03, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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
4.48 by WDPark from West Virginia on Jan 01, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Speartron from Maryland

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
4.47 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Dec 12, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

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
4.32 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Nov 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Marraybay from District of Columbia

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
4 by BabaBeer from California on Jul 15, 2018
4.02 by Eychung from New York on Jul 09, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
4.19 by skiking70 from Maryland on Jun 19, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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
3.96 by Kurmaraja from California on Apr 21, 2018
4 by mush from Illinois on Apr 18, 2018
3.93 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2018
4.61 by RGPeters from Virginia on Jan 17, 2018
4.18 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

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

Jan 13, 2018
4.28 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Jan 11, 2018
4 by PprBurke from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
4.18 by Brian1357 from Virginia on Dec 24, 2017
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