Double Daddy | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Double DaddyDouble Daddy
711 Ratings
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 warriorsoul
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of a very generous WaffleSauce...
Semi cloudy...pale copper in color with a full finger of white head.
Wears away to just a thin layer, but leaves behind some thin, tight lacing.
A gentle aroma of fruity hops...although I've sensed more coming from some pale ales...may not be a good sign.
Definitely not a good definitely has some hops to it, but falls short of many IPA's, nevermind Imperials. It is not a malt bomb, but is more pronounced than the hops.
Finishes with some sourness and the aftertaste just kind of lingers there...not very crisp. The alcohol burn is very well hidden, but hits you in an almost spiced manner.
Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and the carbonation is a bit too high for me.
I can drink this one because while lacking as to what it should be, it is not a "undrinkable" beer...just something I will be thankful to have tried and move along to something else.

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Photo of Mauerhan
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy copper color with a ridiculous amount of fluffy white head that stays strong on top of this. a big amount of lacing.

smell is that of a malt bomb. kaboom. some traces of what used to be hops.

taste is overly malty and one sided. not really sure what else could have been here even if it was fresh.

over all i am not impressed. a mediocre beer. I would avoid it in the future.

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Photo of Jayli
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a pale, hazy copper color. Roughly a one finger of white head that receded fairly quickly, but left behind so thin lacing. Nose is definitely of fruity hops, orange is the first scent I picked up on, with some mild grapefruit tones mixed in. The nose is rather muted for hops, though they are present. Taste for me just wasn't blended well, grapefruit is the first taste that hits the tongue, and then some orange. There is a breadiness to the taste as well. The mouhfeel is a bit chewy, highly carbonated, medium bodied. Overall, I've had better beers of this style.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've avoided this brand for quite a while; the silly slogans and gimmicky packaging make me more than a bit nervous about the actual product. But when a new DIPA comes calling, I must accept the charges.

Appearance: Uh-oh. A very, very pale clear copper. Still, the head is pretty good, creamy, slightly off white, with fairly good retention. The carbonation is fine and moderate.

Smell: Not feeling good about this one. Hops, certainly, but not nearly the intensity or abundance you would expect from this style. I'm thinking Cascade, maybe? Very citrusy. Absolutely no malt sweetness to speak of.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Oh, come ON. Sure, it's hoppy, citrusy, spicy, rindly -- but no more so than, say, a standard supermarket IPA a-la Red Hook. No malt flavors, period. The body, too, is more than a bit suspect, very crisp and light, with none of the big beefed-up body or creamy, enamel-peeling hop oils you'd expect from DIPA.

Drinkability: Ironically, probably its strong suit, since it's no heavier than a Sam Adams Light.

This is a very odd beer, it's almost like a heavily hopped adjunct malt liquor; Colt 45PA, maybe? Otherwise, how could this possibly be a 9.5% ABV beer? That would mean this has substantially more alcohol than Stone's Ruination, which seems absolutely massive by comparison.

I'm definitely not feeling this one. As Johnny Rotten famously quipped at the final Sex Pistols show: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly hazed liquid into the glass. A two finger high  an uneven head forms at first but dissolves into a thin layer after a while. 3,5

S: Malty sweet. Cupcakes and sweet lollipops. A very faint tone of raisins. Alcohol at the end.

T: Malts and sweets. Some hops, but not as distinct as I would expect from this style. Grape peel. Lots of alcohol at the end that erases all other tastes. Too unbalanced for me.

M: Surprisingly bland for this style of beer. It has a very light body. Low carbonation.

O: A disappointment. For a beer of this style I expect more complexity and a heavier body. I won't buy this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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 edskirk3
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another brown 12-oz bottle. No freshness info. Screen painted with a playing card design on the label. I'd never heard of this particular beer or brewery and that's exactly why I purchased it.

Pours a straight shade of copper, rather viscously. Thin head with some retention. Strong grapefruit aroma, little else.

The palate is dominated by hops and alcohol. Unfortunately it is less than pleasant. The bitterness is almost astringent. There is a faint underlying sweetness.

This Double IPA could have been done better, in my opinion. Overall, I feel there was a lack of finesse in making this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short one finger head falls quickly. A spot or two of lacing appeared during the session.

Smell: for a double IPA, there was little aroma at all. Not impressed at all.

Taste: slighlty unbalanced beer here as the sharp pine bitterness well overshadowed any malt sweetness. Grapefruit and oranges are the main citrus components. Some pepper, alcohol, and grass rounds it out. Very dry too.

Mouthfeel: smooth and very dry throughout. Short stinging bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very average at best. This beer is just unbalanced and grows tiresome after a while. I wouldn't recommened this one at all.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

The head is slightly creamy, but fuzzy and low on top this hazy, iced tea colored beer. Only a hair of lacing on the glass. Lighter, paler orange with some hues of yellow, darker orange in some places. The aroma is very sweet, like caramel. Super sweet caramel, herbal notes, no major hops to speak of. I'm not a big fan of it.

The taste isn't in your face, it's quite mellow. Still, it's too sweet. Peppermint-like spice, mixed with faded hops. Carmelized pinneapple comes to mind. Herbal and somewhat dirty in the mouth. Solvent alcohol burns down the throat.

Could this be an older bottle? It seems like it. I might retry later, but choosing between this and its little borther, I'll be happy with Big Daddy.

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Photo of gonzo138
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a copper almost reddish color with a white head that both retains and laces decently

S- a little bit sweet, little bit citrusy, a bit mild for a DIPA

T- a little bit sweet at first, but then ok where the fuck are my hops? seriously, the hop profile is there, but I expect alot more IBU's for my buck

M-medium light body with low carbonation

D- its ok, probly would recomend this one, kind of like a DIPA with training wheels, doubt I'll be picking it up again

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Photo of negroobserver
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle in a 22oz tall glass.

APPEARANCE: Hazy golden color similar to a hefewiezen like Blue Moon. About 1/2 inch of head which dissipates and leaves a creamy residue on the rim of the glass.

SMELL: Hops, ofcourse (it's an IPA). Malts. The hops and malts are present, but nothing else stands out. It's pleasant in a minimalist way, but also a bit disappointing.

TASTE: Bitterness common with IPAs followed by a smoky pungent quality. charcoalish burnt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Good Carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: The bitterness of the beer goes away after a few sips, but the smoky aftertaste is not too kind to the senses. Overall, it's a decent beer, but it could be substantially better. It is very distinct though.


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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Everything about this beer screams cantaloupe. The color is cantaloupe, the smell is cantaloupe, the taste is watery cantaloupe and candy sweetness, and the mouth feel is like a slightly watered down juice made with, hum, cantaloupe. If this is your favorite fruit, meet your new favorite beer. Down the drain.

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Photo of Zorro
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold to apricot colored beer with nearly no head.

Smell is sweet with lots of tropical fruit aroma and citrus. Sharp and strong raw hop aroma mostly grapefruit and lemon. This is quite spicy in the glass mostly strong and green fresh black pepper.

Taste is exceedingly flavorless in the first sip. The next few sips are mostly nothing but wood for flavor. An amazing display of talent to balance the flavor so perfectly that this tastes mostly like nothing. Nice try but this needs work.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a beer I can recommend that you spend lots of time and treasure to get. Looks good, smells good, no taste! A pity this could have been a super beer.

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Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mj81
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jmarti80
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of DallasJones
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of sgregory
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of revooner
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Thirsty2383
3/5  rDev -18%

Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 711 ratings
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