Double Daddy | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Double DaddyDouble Daddy

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Troyone on 08-15-2005

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Photo of mikey711
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A one finger thick head. nice golden organge with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Boozy and some hops. The hops are a bit overwhelmed by the booze.

T: Kind of hoppy, but definitely a bit past its prime. The sweetness is a bit cloying. Not the hop bomb I was craving...

M: The heat is very present and the mouthfeel does have a bit of a harshness to it.

D: Meh, reallt just meh. I can drink it, but don't know if I would really want to

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Photo of lhaqq
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate. An enjoyable beer, just doesn't measure up to a lot of other double IPAs.
A: Orange-copper body. Not as much lacing as I'd expect on the head.
S: Floral hops, but not very strong. Some cream and spices as well.
T: The higher gravity comes through, though not in a bad way. Definitely can tell its an imperial, but would have expected the hops to be a lot more up front. Fairly spicy as well.
M: Creamy; good standard feel for a DIPA.
D: Though it comes out a bit in the flavor, still pretty good masking of the 9.5%.

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Photo of rmaste6282
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a nice honey color, beige head, 1 finger thick. Smells of heavy sweet caramel creamy malts, a bit of orange citrus. Taste is heavy on the toasty sweet malts, somewhat dry but the finish is all toasted malts. Ok, DIPA, not on my top 20 list.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Cloudy, rusty grapefruit color with a tiny white head. Not much in the way of size or stamina and the it quickly becomes just a thin reminder of itself.

Aroma is highly alcoholic and highly hoppy. Mostly alcohol with a great deal of citrus hops. Plenty of maltiness in the way of caramel and bread in this one as well. I am almost afraid to taste this based on the overwhelming alcohol nose.

Plenty of alcohol to go around with this one. Plenty of citrus fruits such as pineapple and mango with some orange to support. Not really bitter.

Slightly thick on the mouthfeel with a slick and oily feel as well. My first sip was at around 45 degrees and the abv was pretty taught. It gets worse as the beer warms, of course. This is a really slow sipper and not one I will have again. Needs loads more balance with the abv. Thanks again mike.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle acquired in mid-May. Beer poured a bit on the burnt orange side. A thin foamy off-white head developed but didn't stay around for the opening act. Smell was a blend of sweet and pungent hoppy, but not really either by themselves. The taste was what I now like to refer to as double IPA soup. A bunch of sweet malt and sweet earthy, resiny hops. The beer as a whole reminds me a bit of Stone's, 10th but not really hitting the mark. The mouthfeel is syrupy, low carbonation. I like some DIPA's, but this type is not one.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is goldish orange with a foamy white head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, is quite dry with some alcohol presence. Some piny, floral hop flavor with some citrus hops flavor as well. Some bitterness as well.

The mouth feel is a bit harsh at first. Is medium drinkable but does take a bit to go down. The aftertaste was also a bit harsh but this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a thin white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus and pine. Faint graininess. The flavor is overly grainy with some strong orange rind notes and a bit of pine. Medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-bitter finish. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden body, one finger of white head. Nice, but a little tame looking for a DIPA.

Nice citrusy hop nose. Also a little light for the style.

Flavor is light citrus hops with a very light malt backbone. Alcohol is evident. Unbalanced and hot, not a good combo.

Mouthfeel is thin. Not much more I can say here...

Drinkability is very much limited by the high alcohol burn.

Overall, it's just not what I am looking for. Too bad, I really like their Big Daddy IPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber with barely any head and some rough lacing.

Smell is more barleywine than dipa. Very alcoholic nose, and a lot of malt evident, but little hop smell beyond some somewhat muted citrus.

Has some decent hop bitterness in the taste, even a little stinging (which is good in my book). There is also a harshness in the taste that is not good, a little like a drop of paint thinner found its way into the bottle. The flavor is not very long either considering the hops, nor is the flavor as balanced as it should be. I give it the score I give it for taste primarily because of the intense hoppiness, which I love.

The mouthfeel is too thin to support the hops- more like a carbonated hop tea. This beer crys out for more body. Beyond that, the mouthfeel is oily and fairly crisp. Carbonation is decent.

Drinkability is okay- I couldn't drink many, and although I'll eventually drink the four pack I bought, it won't be as fun as it could be, and it will take me awhile to put some other beer aside for this.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt is not so evident for so strong a beer. Some sweetness adds to the candied grapefruit peel flavor. Sharp with a rasp in the back of the throat. Lovely golden orange color in the wine glass, and lacing is particularly nice. Full and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness fills the aftertaste. Flavor seems quite thin and acidic. Odd medicinal nose. Not particularly enjoyable, though it delivers the alcohol with a minimum of fuss.

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Photo of Schnauzerlord
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'd seen this several times in liquor stores, but always had other targets in mind. Grabbed one this time just to give it a try.

App-Nice light amber color and creamy white head. Nice lacing and solid retention.

Smell- Malt...I smell malt...all I smell is's malty. It's not BAD malty, but I like my Double IPAs to smack me in the face a bit with hops and I don't get that here.

Taste-Did I mention it's malty?...for me, it's not as balanced as I like. I want to get a lot of hops from my big IPAs and again, this just doesn't have it. Not that it's horrible, just not really on my list of 'go too' IPAs.

Mouthfeel- It's best feature, for me. Nice, if slightly bready, feel for me. All that malt gives it a big body and it's a real mouthful.'s Malty....not horrible, but just doesn't set itself apart from the MANY really good Double or Imperial IPAs out there. Drinkable, even enjoyable, but not one I'd order if the menu included a good selection.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/bronze color with almost no head. Looks flat. Smell is candy sweet and taste follows suit. Sweetness is followed by a rubbing alcohol burning taste. I was completely underwhelmed by this one. Just not enough of a hops balance to make it enjoyable and the alcohol is way too prominent. I was hoping for much more.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy somewhat dark orange with a lasting lace leaving, white head. Smell is fresh, clean, lightly floral but subdued. Perhaps not super fresh, but not intensely hopped in the nose. Taste is sweet and and slightly astringent and hopped strongly. Some floral, tea like flavors, a noticeable bit of alcohol and a warming feel as it goes down. Somewhat sticky sweet backing with ample bitterness to compensate. A bit too much alcohol and a slightly unpleasant bitterness. Not bad, but not one of my favorite double IPAs. Drinkable and worth a try, however.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and hazy yellow, nothing special. Thin and disappointing head, some okay lacing to follow.

S: Citrus, and a little floral. A good hop smell.

T: Very weak for a Double IPA. I have not had their original IPA, so I can't compare it, unfortunately. It has a weak floral taste, and pretty big citrus flavor. A slight hoppy aftertaste.

M: Very light, considering it is a Double IPA.

D: Above average, only because the 9.5% is masked as very easy drinking.

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Photo of goldbot
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, undated.

Pours hazy yellow golden to orange with a good amount of foamy, white head. Lots of streamy carbonation.

Lots of pine with a bit of grapefruit and orange citrus aromas. Backed by a good amount of bready malt as well. Not bad but a bit muted and one-dimensional.

Wow, no hops in the taste at all. Very malty with caramel and a bit of chocolate notes. Not too sweet but not too bitter either. A bit spicy towards the end, but that seems superseded by a strong alcohol heat and flavor which is pretty dominant throughout.

The carbonation makes a light body but the alcohol yields a rather astringent, thinnish body. This drinks more like an English barleywine to me. Too much alcohol flavor and way light on the hops. I wish I only bought a single instead of a 4-pack.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be displaying a slight infection issue perhaps.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with a sticky white head.

S: Light citrus fruits with a bit of alcohol.

T: Tropical fruits with some pale malts. A little on the sweet side, definitely tipping the scales to the malt side. A big dose of alcohol in this one, overwhelming the palate.

M: A little on the full bodied side, light carbonation.

D: Not very drinkable. Way too much alcohol in this one and t overwhelms this unbalanced DIPA.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $8.99 for a 4 pack from BevMo in in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

One finger white head with little carbonation visually present. Cloudy orangish amber hue. Good circled lacing which thins out but lasts.

Citrus orange hoppy nose.

Tastes more like a double IPA than it smells. Hints of bread and malts.

Thick, smooth and a little grainy. Lighter carbonation.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a yellowish golden with a average white head. Hoppy, citrus, floral and slightly piney nose. Taste was smooth but lacking in hops and overall IIPA backbone(more hops, malts and complexity) for my taste. I feel like they just took the original daddy IPA and upped the ABV. Mouthfeel was smooth Finish was smooth, not bitterness but no real taste jumping out at you either. When it finished it finished. I hate to rate it so low because I like Speakeasy but there are way to many good IIPAS on the market, especially on the West Coast these days to really rate it with the others.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber.

Pours a cloudy medium-dark gold with a decent sized (for a DIPA) beige head. Tons of thick lacing in the glass.

Smells of significant caramel and biscuity malt. Citrusy tropical hop aromas are there too, but they don't take the foreground.

Tastes quite sweet, revealing all that malt that was in the smell. Hop bitterness and flavor makes itself known by the finish and lingers heavily in the aftertaste, which gets very dry. The middle flavor of this beer is quite flat, not in a carbonation sense, but on the palate.

Carbonation is decent, but feel is maybe a bit too thick. There is heat from the alcohol, but I don't find it so bad given the high ABV.

I'd say overall this beer is OK, but I'm liking it less as I work my way through it.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Double Daddy is making it hard to type a review! Almost 10% alcohol numbs you up half way through the beer, luckily I wrote this review only halfway into the beer so I think it's accurate. However, I apologize for any typos...

Hops! Citrus, pine, fruit juice, mild spice, even a slight semi-sweet smell maybe of malt hiding below the hops. Can't smell any alcohol despite the 9.5% ABV.

Huge creamy white head, very uniform bubble size. Hazy orange in color with some red tones, head lasts a long time and leaves very good lacing

Hops and malt fight back and forth, each quickly appearing on top then being subdued by the other, like two school kids fighting and tumbling about in the play ground. In the end, the hops prevail and celebrate into the aftertaste. Not surprisingly, alcohol shows up towards the end to congratulate the hops on their victory. Full bodied, almost creamy. Bitterness starts to build (just like the hot in hot salsas does) as you consume this IPA goliath and you start to have doubts about having another about half way through this beer. I know I could only handle 2 at most. Carbonation may be a tad low but it's close to right on and doesn't distract from the overall impression of the beer.

Slight prickling bitterness lingers a few moments then fades until you are well into the beer and then it sticks around

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Photo of washburnkid
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Daddy is, in general, a sweeter version of the regular IPA. I prefer the latter, as it has a bit more of a hop bite...without the major alcohol.

Specifically, this beer has a small head that fizzles out quickly without leaving much lace. The brew is an amber hue. Aromas and tastes both feature bread and yeast. There are some dark fruits (currants and figs) in the flavor, more so than in the aroma. I don't get much else from this one. It is awkwardly sweet for a DIPA...maybe it's been sitting around for too long? I have yet to enjoy a Speakeasy brew that is good enough to write home about.

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Photo of sbs540
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into standard pint. dark amber hue w/ a thick head that disappears quickly. light lacing left on the glass.

S- Floral hops, not a bomb but a good showing. Light malts are noticible.

T- hop forward with what I feel to be a decent malt back. Light astringency to the finish.

M- definatly carbonated, little bit of alcohol heat.

D- For the malt backbone which hides the alcohol well, Id give it a 3, its easy for the ABV to drink a couple.

I'd like to try it fresh on tap, but not super impressed. Better IIPA's to be had, but this one was worth it to try.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my tastes have changed in the almost a year since I had this on tap, but I'm not liking it quite as much now as I did then. Maybe I got a bad bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks pretty good -- orangey-golden with visible carbonation, only a little head, and decent lacing. Smell is weak but fruity and malty.

Taste is slightly metallic and a little sour, hops don't come out very well but they're there.

Mouthfeel is okay -- light, but a little flat feeling and a little astringent. Fairly drinkable, but probably not a beer to sit down and concentrate on.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - golden sunset, half finger white head and some lacing

S - Very malty! With a piney and a bit floral, hop backbone. You can smell the alcohol, some brown sugar. It is a little grassy and maybe some resin and oak

T - The malt, alcohol and hops right up front. Boosh! The bitterness is nice and the sweet balances it awesomely. Not a whole lot going on. Pine, alcohol, flowers, sugar, malt, barley and more alcohol

M - Big, sticky, coats the mouth with sweet bitterness. It coats the mouth a bit to much

D - At 9%+ this is nice. Not to complex, but the simplicity is nice

Final thought - Cost to much, but it is worth a try, for sure

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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