Double Daddy
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,987
Ranked #38,051
3.69 | pDev: 13.55%
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Notes: Doubling down on malt & hops, Double Daddy raises the stakes. Double Daddy pours a fiery orange with a lasting creamy white head. Triple dry-hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the aroma is lush and floral with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and spice. Fresh pale malts and an orange marmalade tang balance the bold, bitter hops and lean mouthfeel.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear orange-rust color.

Off-white head; strong lace.

Malty grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Boring but balanced, this has a vague citrus & malt combination but fails to excite.

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Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Pours a very cloudy dark orange. Good sized fluffy off-white head though. Good head retention and a smattering of lacing.

S: Huge sharp fruity hops. Citrusy mainly. Tangerine in there as well as some pungent dank spicy hops.

T: Again, big hops up front. Tangerine, citrus and a huge dose of dankness. Spicy pine in the middle and finish. Kind of an odd combination. Bready malt and then more of that dankness and pine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sharply bitter. Very oily.

O: Kind of an odd beer. Weird combination of hops and with odd flavors. Strange random bitterness and a very oily mouthfeel, like someone poured hop oil into this thing. It's very muddled as a result. It's okay but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking transparent amber color. Carbonation was seen at the beginning moderately rising and then as the beer warmed up, there was none seen. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess. Lacing clung nicely all around the glass. The smell had a moderate bittersweet citrus and piney hops being graced with a nice set of grassy hop oils. Light sweet onion arranges itself in and around the aroma. The taste was mainly bittersweet all around. Sweet onion, grassiness, pine and citrus blend eloquently and give off a nice sharpness on my tastebuds. A light citrusy aftertaste runs into a nice sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation ran fairly smooth to allow the bittersweet to become the harshness trying to wreck the palate. Overall, this was a well done DIPA. It does everything it’s supposed to do.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apparently they lowered the ABV from when it was added to BA. Maybe that improved it a bit? I would not call this a poor beer, but it's not outstanding either. Cloudy and orange with a creamy head - lots of lacing. Aroma is light tropical fruit and some bread like malt. A bit of the alcohol vapor present. Flavor is grassy hops, pine and some biscuit malt, but the balance seems off. Still some alcohol burn in it & a thin mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste. Alright overall, but Not one I would drink again unless it was free.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mixture of dull orange and copper. 1/3" white head. Aroma hit some dry hop notes, maybe Simcoe and a little Amarillo?

Taste, super bitter, heavy crystal malt, not a lot of specific hop flavor. A lot of them old school C hops. Alcohol isn't really covered up like you would hope for with a malt bill this heavy. Woodiness and stickeness to the malt feels. Good price format issues, but ultimately I think I like their single ipa more.

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Photo of searsclone
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a tulip. Bright orange with a nice white head and really good lace. Nose is mostly pine, maybe a little bit of cracker. Taste is not complex, but I really like it. Dank hops and a small amount of tropical fruit, balanced with bready malts. It's pretty crispy, well carbonated, medium body and finished wet. Overall, I found it very easy to drink and I enjoyed. Not the best IPA I've had, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MattinHouston
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks almost like a Belgian Triple in a glass. The tase is very piney, the smell very citrus. Starts like kind of a grapefruit hop with a solid IPA, bitter and bold. Never had one like this honestly they don't seem to have these DIPA with Northwest hops in Houston. The bitter citrus is a good mix up 1x a week if I could get it locally.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can came courtesy of the amazing woodychandler. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light pine. Taste is malts, pine some citrus, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but lacks the punch I expect from this style.

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Photo of MAB
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at beerfest 2016.
A very nice IPA, but it lacks a unique characteristic to make it noteworthy.
Bitter, yes. Hoppy yes. But I've had more and better bitter, and more and better hoppy in many other beers.
Very drinkable, but also-- unfortunately- quite forgettable.

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Photo of laketang
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle
pours hazy orange with a fluffy head
has a hoppy pine aroma
drinks nicely bitter, and can get malt , but no real sweetness.
a real bitter finish for sure.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

-Heavy malt, mango
-Very malty, mango, tangerine
-Thick, little carbonation

-Was not a big fan. It was ok, had sweet citrus flavors which i like but was slick and sticky and the malt was overpowering.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours orangish amber with a slight haze under a 2” sudsy foam collar that leaves gobs of lace. S: Rich malt, alcohol and light fruit aromas. T: Malt, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, plum, dry bitter aftertaste from the hops. Hops border on harsh. F: Medium body and carbonation. The alcohol is a little hot. O: A good idea that is a little too hot, harsh and astringent.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a big, boozy, bumbling Imperial IPA, and in many respects, that's not a bad thing to be. This is an "Imperial," after all. Just looking at it in the glass, you know this is a biggie. The light amber body has a thickness to it, letting you know, "there's something in here." The cream-colored head is huge and fluffy. (The latter of those descriptors may not be an adjective Double Daddy approves of. Am I in trouble?)

Caramel and citrus rinds create a strong marmalade smell. White pepper and cloves spice things up, but dark, lascivious rum brings things back down, clinging to the nose like a hangover. A warning of things to come?

The taste is wild, in that it has what I call an everlasting gobstopper quality: it's quick to change, starting off with a big bite of bitter grapefruit, then instantly melting into peach cobbler sweetness, and then just as quickly hoisting in more bitterness in the form of peppered hops, which are now more earthy than citrusy. Once you get used to this carnival ride, the spiced rum settles in, lacing the whole thing with an alcoholic topping that just barely escapes being a menace.

The mouthfeel is also somewhat enigmatic; it's medium-full and creamy at first, but there exists a powerful dryness that seems to suck up the fluids mid-sip. This quality does not go well with the light carbonation. Better bubbles would make this beer more refreshing, and would distract from the increasing alcohol warming which settled in the stomach like a hot stone.

This is an interesting experiment, and like a museum exhibit, it's worth a visit. There's a sore lack of balance and a sharp booziness that further tips the scales, but the beer is by no means bad. In fact, it's quite enjoyable for a once-around. The fragrance can be addictive and the taste is a fun fair, but be warned: this is not a beer you want to whiz through. You're going to need to sip Double Daddy. Like I said, he's a big guy.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber colour with off white head leaves some lacing. Scent is hoppy but not over powering, grassy with a citrus presence, orange or grapefruit maybe. Taste is similar to aroma but with enough caramel malt to balance. Mouthfeel is great. I always sip IPA'S so enjoying this one is not a problem. I love west coast IPA'S with spicy BBQ meats and am sure this one fits in fine. 4 out of 5 stars. Enjoy!

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Photo of LaVic
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hoppy aroma with a 1" head with good mouth feel. The bitterness is a little overwhelm. If they can reduce the IBU with the bitternes while keeping everything else, this would be a great beer.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New review: this is Speakeasy's reformulating recipe that was recently released in 12oz cans. Poured from can to Speakeasy goblet. Pours a hazy deep orange with one finger off white creamy head. Nose is bright with tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine and dank notes. A pop of grapefruit and orange bitterness on the front f the palate leads into a nice but restrained malt sweetness. No caramel flavors to mess up this dipa. A lingering piney and resinous bitterness costs the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is a bit above average for the style. Finishes dry with nice dank and grapefruit notes. An improvement for sure on the old recipe.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Sweet caramel malt, some grapefruit, and some light fruity notes.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit stands out, also some orange, a little pine, a bit herbal, with nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not super special, but a solid brew none the less.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick head that does not go away and leave good laces.
Sweet and nice aroma with lots of pineapple juice with mint and passion fruit.
Flavor with notes of grapefruits, American yeast, spices, pine, herbal, caramels and peaches. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste that lasts for a long time.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. A bit sticky. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is well concealed.
Very flavorful DIPA, it seems a bit under rated, though I am drinking it on tap and it is fresh. Still, as several DIPAs, I would cut down its body. I know... the style, still...

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; copper colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit with dank pine and caramel behind it;

T: dank pine is predominant from start to finish; caramel is malt is evident as well; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: Nice; I like a DIPA with some bitterness;

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber ale, not quite clear; pint center-pour produces as much tan foam as you want. Lacing left down the glass.

S: pine and resin and caramel; some herbal, husky, grassiness

T: mellow up front with smooth malts and syrupy sweets; subsides quickly as bitterness, sweet nut, and then bitterness again wash over the tongue; some herbal and spice-like suggestions, finishes with a more savory character

M: medium-bodied and warming, some tingle as it slides across the palate; dull, muted, woodsy-bitterness

O: depending on your preferences with DIPAs, this is probably either a good one-timer or something that fills a particular (beer) niche for you and you really dig. I certainly enjoyed it, but I tend to lean toward and enjoy paler DIPAs than this.

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Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bottle, no freshness date. Thanks to Aaron for hooking me up with this.

Appearance: Clear amber with a nice sticky head.

Aroma: Pine, orange marmalade, citrus rind, slight onion/garlic, grapefruit, light tobacco, smells like they used the three "C" hops for sure, cracker-ish malt.

Taste: A big smack of west coast pine up front, then pithy grapefruit, citrus, slight orange, more cracker like malt in the back, onion/garlic. Lingering pine bitterness.

Body: As expected for a DIPA, no surprises here.

Overall: Not a bad west coast DIPA. This is the first brew I've had from these guys. Wish I knew when this was bottled. C'mon guys, how hard is it to slap a date on your bottle? Nothing unique going on here, but very good none the less.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orangish gold with good head and lace on top of an aroma that is bitter, citric hops and has minor bread and caramel malt. Balance is off as this OK beer has too much hop bitterness, citric and earth mostly, and finishes dry and bitter as the malts are overpowered. Also a bit of booze leaks in. Just not well-crafted DIPA and a case of too much hops for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - same scratchy Prohibition-era screened imagery as the other offerings from this brewery.

This beer pours a super-clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly ecru head, which leaves some rather pleasant randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of acrid grapefruit, orange, and dried kiwi fruit, biscuity, bready, and crackery malt (where be the caramel, my beat-up nostrils seem to be intimating), a hard water flintiness, once again, and further, rather affirmative pine and spruce needle astringencies. The taste is more of the same - sharp, yet somewhat dank pine, indistinct, yet complex and complicated citrus, dry crackery bread, the purported caramel still on the lam, as it were. Simple, this one is, but confusing all the same.

The carbonation is fairy tight in its nearly metallic-seeming, low-key frothiness, the body just on the medium-light side, weight-wise, and more or less smooth, a certain alcohol astringency pulling and prodding all the way along - convincing - perhaps. It finishes more dry than I might have imagined, except that I've sampled this brewery's amber and regular IPA, and this is more than par for the course.

A hop-head's wet dream, as I might imagine, being of said ilk - a DIPA with little to no caramel, and very little other, for that matter, malt sweetness. Straight-up bittering hops, boyos, and damned-near nothing else, beyond a surprisingly subtle alcohol edginess. I dunno, but I wasn't quite expecting this, especially from a non-San Diego area brewery, but here we are at this 10-dollar crossroad for we far northerners - yea, or nay? Hard to say, but there's enough going on here to recommend taking it for at least a spin, if you like what you'd just heard.

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Photo of JCarey
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

3.99 for a 22! Pretty good. Though I'm not a fan of the screen printed bottles.

Pours a clear, light copper with no haze. Thick, white, 1" foamy head that leaves a nice cap and lacing.

Big toasted/biscuit malts on the nose with a dank resiny aroma from the hops. The yeast plays a big estery role with some spice and fruitiness. Really nice.

Super hop forward, balanced malts, lingering sweetness and some astringent bitterness. Toasted malts come out with and play nicely with the pepper yeast notes and floral hops.

Feels very dry even though it drinks sweet. Not thin. Very effervescent. A little sting from the hops.

Not a bad DIPA, but not great. In a market flooded with this style there are plenty I would prefer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my Aunt Tracy for this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a tulip shared the 22oz with tenderbranson69.

The color is dark copper with mild haze and thick white cap with very fine bead. Lace sticks in a thick pattern on the glass. The smell i strong with fruity yeast ester and light toasted malt with a piney hop aroma and light citrus accent, low alcohol in the overall smell. The feel is good with dry malt body and spice with medium carbonation and resinous texture with sweet middle and mild alcohol with fruity tangy yeast and dry finish.

The flavor is very dank with fruity and floral flavors from the yeast and hops with slight spice and pine flavor with moderate bitterness and warming alcohol as it finishes. The hops have a subtle herbal accent with grassy flavor and peppery bitterness. Overall a decent Imperial IPA, not my first choice but pretty drinkable and I was certainly grateful for this -not as fresh tasting hop wise, however I would say try this if you like West coast Ipa's.

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