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Double Duckpin | Union Craft Brewing Company

90 Reviews
Double DuckpinDouble Duckpin

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gillagorilla on 10-29-2013

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 505
Photo of smanders
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -6.1%
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%
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 -5.1%
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 -1.2%
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 +9.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -3.7%
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 -34.8%
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 +11.4%
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 -7%
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 -4.7%
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 -2.1%
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 -3%
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 -16.8%
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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Photo of TedStrosser
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Double IPA.
I tried on 3 different trips to Baltimore to acquire and finally was able to.
Worth the effort. I put it a notch below Battle IPA from Monument on my personal list of Best Beers in Maryland (that I have tried).
Would like to try on draft.
Would certainly seek out and stock up on again.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-brown with one finger head that doesn't last. Smell bold, hoppy. Tastes strong, some bitterness, lingers on the palate. Feels rich, creamy, lots of carbonation. In the top rank of Baltimore beers in my opinion.

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Photo of rjd722
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured in my spiegelau IPA glass. Hazy, deep orange closer to the top of the glass and transitions to a lighter orange towards the bottom. Off-white one-finger foam head, dissipates pretty quickly but retains some foam on top and significant lacing.

Aroma: A well-balanced bouquet of floral and citrus notes. Juicy oranges and pears hit you up front and the piney resin finishes. Somewhat grassy as it warms.

Taste: Huge citrus (orange, grapefruit rind, slight mango) and floral hops kick it off and there are traces piney resin throughout. The balance of hops and sweet malt is definitely a success.

Feel: Perfect carbonation level and super crisp. The piney, floral bitterness is a nice touch and the alcohol is hidden very well. Easy drinking, refreshing DIPA!

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - hazy orange, white two finger head (poured from a can) dissipates quickly...spotty lacing

Smell - citrus (grapefruit/orange...even some peachiness), sharp pine resin

Taste - citrus on the initial taste, sweet malt in the middle, bitter pine aftertaste

Feel - medium body...light carbonation...a little acidity...minimal alcohol taste for the ABV

Overall - Good DIPA, smell is the best attribute to this beer...fairly easy drinking for the ABV with a strong pine.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled from a days-old, just-tapped keg, pours a gorgeous, very slightly hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger off-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Initial smell is grapefruit and pine, but it doesn't stop there. I pick up an earthy/fruity smell with ripe cantaloupe, mango and oranges along with spicy herbs, then later on, good dank and some yeasty-dough. Taste gets all that in there in a completely logical and seamless progression of flavors, with a decently dry, bitter pine resin finish. Feel is medium body with just the right carbonation, with just a bit of slick smoothness. Delicious beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lucular for this 12 oz. can, as I work my way through the last of his box. It’ll be interesting to see how this compares to Single Duckpin.

The pour is a slurry of oranges with a light cover of carbonation. I’ve dealt with a smorgasbord of passive aggressive behavior today & this is refreshingly up front: huge fruits that run the gamut of the yellow from pear to grapefruit to sharp hops. The anti-Duckpin, this smells straight off the brite tank.

Double Duckpin is (please cover your children’s ears at home) well balanced. Strong malts bring a sliver of caramel & long-lingering sweetness, while the hops deliver a steady dose of lupulin to the base of the tongue & certain lymphoid tissues. Creeping fruits are only a fraction of what the nose blares: citrus, mango, unfocii of tropical fruit. The bitterness is cumulative rather than incremental & really starts to stick to the palate as the level of beer drops in the glass. Nice drinking IIPA.

Much more memorable than its little brother, but balance just isn’t my thing. Good, solid beer.

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Double Duckpin from Union Craft Brewing Company
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