Double Duckpin
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #155
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,191
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
610
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Union Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
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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.

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lingenbrau
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!

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Photo of jvgoor3786
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
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!

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Photo of clayrock81
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of BJB13
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.

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Photo of IAmThird
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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Photo of nick_perry
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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!

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Photo of EMV
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!

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Photo of Masonz223
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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 -2.6%
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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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 610 ratings