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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a rocky white head that fades but laces. Nose is very sweet candied orange with some spice. Cakey malts with some clove and, as another review said, cantaloupe. Cut by piney, mulchy hops that fade into an alcohol burn at the end. Moderate feel with some creaminess.

Interesting malt flavors start to happen but then get stomped on. Even a DIPA shouldn't have more hotness than hoppiness. Needs better balance, smoother finish.

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Photo of Viggo
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to canucklehead for sending this my way for CanBIF4!

Pours a cloudy amber, light reddish points in the light, thin off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, drops some considerable lacing. Smell is nice, malty, caramel, biscuits, some light pine, grapefruit/pineapple, quite flowery, oranges, hops could use a bit more punch but what is there is nice. Taste is weird, strange maltiness, very hot alcohol, almost soy sauce flavour, a ton of fruit, some grapefruit, sherry, more alcohol, caramel, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol flavour and heat is significant, makes this hard to drink, but not bad. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a good deep copper and orange color. Good hop aroma, not pungent, but noticeable.

Taste, bitter, but doesn't taste like a lot of dry hopping went on, doesn't taste like amarillo or summit, tastes like more of the old school C hops. Very strong alcohol and bitter presence over the hops. Heavy malt bill too.

Mouthfeel, gets a little woody later on, bitterness remains rampant. Drinkable to a degree, very bitter, priced decently.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear gold liquid. The head is thin and white. The aroma is a mix of herbal hops and alcohol. The aroma has a very muted malt smell, which could be a lot more pronounced. The flavor is heavily tilted to alcohol and bitterness. The hop flavor is full of pine, citrus peel, and a spicy, peppery, sharpness. Medium body. All in all, this beer could be more balanced, but is still drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper color with a nice thick and billowy off- white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of malt with lots of bready and caramel smells. Mixed with this is a good dose of a boozy aroma as well as some moderately strong pine and grapefruit hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a big malty taste upfront with a more lightly hoped flavor of a grapefruit hop variety. As the taste advances some tropical fruit sweetness comes to the tongue with it at the same time being counterbalanced by some flavors of a more resinous pine hop entering as well. Toward the end of the taste, the grapefruit citrus hop resurges and is joined by some hop flavors of a more earthy variety. The combination of hop and malt are met, at the very end, by a rather light alcohol taste, leaving a moderately grapefruit bitter but smooth malty and somewhat sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The thicker and creamier body were rather nice for the malty and hopped flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation being perfect for producing a nice sipper in combination with the flavors with alcohol taste presence.
Overall – A rather malty and smooth double IPA with a rather balanced flavor profile. It’s not too complex but rather tasty. Well worth a try.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. This is apparently a new 2013 formula, with the addition of Simcoe and an increased amount of hops.

A: Two fingers of substantial head with good retention. Very clear amber.

S: Mehh. Stinky hops and honeyed malt.

T: Not sure I like this better...well, no, I do like this better. It's round, smooth, and pleasantly fruity-hoppy. Interestingly hoppy. You've got onions, grapefruit, papaya, and pine.

M: Good, smooth, rich, and thick. I thoroughly approve.

O: A good DIPA. Not quite a great one. That said, it's drinkable, pleasant, and thoroughly recommended. Better than the previous incarnation.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy golden amber color with a semi-creamy light tan head that is modest in size, after its slow demise, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Ah, the nose a blend of sweet malt, citrus like crispness, and the ever present hop floral aroma, quite a treat to this old schnozzle. Start is somewhat sweet with a pleasing grain presence, the top light to moderate in its fell on the palate. Finish is dynamic in its hop spiciness, the acidity tolerable, and the aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, a nice drinkable beer, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say you better like hop bitter beers.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear gold with moderate white head. It smelled like dry caramel malt with sweet orange and mango and roasted barley. It tasted like orange and honey and roasted malt, followed by harsh herbal hops and alcohol. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was more like an imperial amber than double IPA, with lots of malt. It did also have a lot of hops, but those led to a rough finish. It had decent body, but it was pretty hot so it wasn't super easy to drink. Definitely not the best of this style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice hop haze and some bubbly action going on. the head is pure white, lingers for about half a minute, and leaves a light lacing on the glass. the color and haze are awesome, the lace and retention are decent.

S-the nose is relatively light, it brings nothing but hops though. the aromas i do get bring a majority of citrus, some grapefruit, and a small amount of piney resign

T-the taste is slightly more balanced than the nose but still favors the hop side (i would hope so for an imperial ipa). it is also pedestrian in terms of intensity. there is some sweet malts of caramel and a touch of brown sugar, the resinous pine comes in next with some tropical fruits towards the back, grapefruit and citrus. a light presence of alcohol towards the finish.

M-it has a solid body, almost full bodied, extremely smooth and syrupy.

D-balanced ipa with a good mouthfeel. they balance this out well but nothing is big like an imperial ipa.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent DIPA that shows a bit much its boozy backbone.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Cartoonish and stereotypical speakeasy-prohibition imagery, DD playing card as the main illustration with the Speakeasy iconic eyes on the bottle neck. Back offers a quick context for the new of the brewery, and a brief and generic description of the brew. Lacks date of bottling, and shows Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber body with a good foamy head. Medium to short retention with good lacing and a surface memory of the foam while the drink lasts.

S - Hoppy, citrusy and somewhat fruity nose with a hint of alcohol as it ends.

T - Hmmm, it has a nice hoppy profile with a respectable malt backbone, citrus and pine flavors that lead to a warmth alcohol presence.

M - Medium body, nicely carbonated, with a sticky final texture and warmth.

D - A bit below the better DIPAs in part because of the unusual alcohol presence. If one likes that aspect then this will go fine, if not...

Notes: I really don´t mind the alcohol note, it is not that it is above average in Alc. by Vol. for a brew in this style, but while not unpleasant it feels a bit overpowering. Likable, but not a top notch offering, and surely not one I will be using to introduce others to the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to chickencoop for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hop, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. It had a very nicely balanced flavor with a good aroma. The caramel I picked up on in this one was a very nice touch of sweetness to the citrus aspect in this one. This one is worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer pours a nearly opaque copper/gold color with a medium and fluffy ivory head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Resiny hops and fruit in the nose. Rich body with an initially sweet malt/toffee character, followed by flavors of fresh hops, citrus and grass. The finish is soft and sweet with toffee and butterscotch, and leaves a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The ABV is well-masked throughout. Overall this is a pretty good IIPA.

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Photo of popery
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so great DIPA, all alcohol and bitterness. The mark of a good IPA or DIPA is hop flavor, not hop bitterness. Speakeasy's Double Daddy misses the mark in this respect. It's a strong beer at 9.5% abv and a bitter beer, but somehow, the hop bitterness doesn't even do a particularly good job at masking the alcohol. They really have a lot to work on with this beer. It's probably one of my least favorite DIPAs or IPAs out of around 100 reviewed so far. There's a caramel malt backbone in there somewhere, but the bitterness and alcohol mask it nearly entirely. I've given this beer a few chances now, and I'm still quite disappointed. I really want to like Speakeasy as a hometown brewery, but I simply haven't been a fan of their beers thus far. This beer is pretty middle of the road in terms of appearance, which is about the nicest thing that I can say about as compared to the style.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright but indistinct orange in color with a beautiful buttery head that left lots of afterfoam on top of the liquid.

Smell – The rich caramel malts are truly doing double duty here. The hops are resiny and big but not sharp if that makes any sense. The orange aroma smells like freshly squeezed OJ that’s been cooked and reduced down to a highly concentrated form.

Taste – The leafy hops are bigger at the taste and the pine fades a bit, but boy that malt sure does come on strong. The orange loses some of its sweetness but is roughly the same size as it was at the nose. You can get a small sense of booze here, too, which is unusual for the style.

Mouthfeel – This is on the heavier side of medium-bodied with a light smack of booze on the lips. It’s slick in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I bought a four-pack and am hiding the other three right after I post this review.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness or bottled on date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.85.

A: Clear goldne-amber with 1-2 finger ecru head with average retention and spots of lace down the glass.

S: The aroma of this brew definitely changes character with warming. When cooler, the pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit notes lead the way. With warming, however, the spicier components of the hop bill move to the forefront. Sweet pale malt iw the main balancing aroma.

T: The flavor is good but neve delivers on the promise of the aroma. The hoppiness is more raw bitterness with few of the hop nuances expected from the best of the style. None of the tropical fruit or fruitier flavors come through, but mainly spicy bitterness carries this brew with a little pine in there too. The malt is adequate but that's all -- more malting would have helped this beer somewhat to give it a better feel and maybe a better chance to show off the hop complexity that the nose shows. Alcohol is in the background and not readily detected.

M: The mouthfeel is more commensurate with an IPA with a good coating, filling quality but without the density of a DIPA. The carbonation is too high for the style but doesn't hurt the feel much. The aftertaste is mainly spicy, earthy flavors which doesn't match the nose at all.

D: I liked Double Daddy but didn't love it. I would take Hopslam or Hop Wallop or Hercules anyday, but this is still a good beer that has nothing to be ashamed of.

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Photo of gford217
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Nick3 poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, bubbly golden amber with a solid one-inch creamy head that shows very good retention and decent lacing.

It's mostly citrus rinds in the nose with orange and lemon zest and hints of grapefruit. Plenty of sweet caramel in there as well as some toasted bready malts.

The taste has a stinging bitterness up front with some pithy citrus fruit, lots of oranges. The backbone is toasted bread and some caramel malts. There is an overall astringency and herbal character that doesn't seem to come together all that well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost syrupy with the hop juice sitting pretty heavily on the tongue alongside a sugary malt sweetness.

This is a decent DIPA though there's nothing to set it apart from most others out there. It's a bit syrupy with an astringent herbal character that takes away from the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of illidurit
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my gateway beer to double IPAs, so I thought I'd revisit it for a review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Peachy gold color with ample white head that settles to a cap, leaving a bunch of lacing. Zesty citric hops dominate the aroma, with orange rind and grapefruit. Flavor is much the same with a ton of acrid grapefruit and an even bitterness. There's a little caramel and a little grain making up the malt profile but they're completely demolished by hops. Finish is nice and dry. A little booziness hurts the drinkability. Lacks the complexity of a top tier double IPA but it's still good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at AJ's right before Christmas for $2.39.

Brew poured a golden orange with a nice white head that has sustained quite well. Nose is a very aromatic blend of malts and citrusy hops. Taste is a combination of a blend of malts and a whallop of grapefruity hops. Initially the taste was great but the bittering hops is dominating the palate as I finish the bottle. Mouthfeel is thinner than what I expected but it was nicely carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good but this brew packs a punch at 9.5 abv. Overall a pretty good representation of the style. I would definitely recommend this to those who like turbocharged citrusy IPA's!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Lone 12 ounce bottle sealed with a color logo’d white crown cap. Green and white silhouette style screen printed bottle that has open unpainted areas used in the design thereby allowing the brown glass to add to the abstract presentation. Double DD playing card frontage labels the brew as “Double Daddy Imperial India Pale Ale”. Frontage has the strength at 9.5%; obverse has the words “Double Down 001’ which looks like a screen printed batch number of sorts.

Appearance: Amber orange golden body with a resilient dirty white head that has a decent longevity. Spritzy but finely dissolved conditioning. Patchy lacing but it adds to the overall looks.

Nose: Edgy aromas, distinctly cubist with angular corners and crevassed rocky outcrops. This is not smooth; there are no eroded aspects to any of the sharp crisp citric hops. Not even the fruity malts lend comfort, they too are citric based. Hints of oily distilled oranges and a freshly peeled zest.

Taste: Sharp pink grapefruit bitterness with a light tangerine entrance. The centerpiece is bitter, rarely taking a break; the finish manages some spicy hops and a wailing caramel malt stratum that barely surfaces against the puckering pineapple. Sharp, sharp sharp and lacking any malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Does enough to support the 9.5% without knocking you out or overpowering the imbiber. But, you know, I really miss the malts in this one, the bitterness is rampant and over throws the body with a blanket; in short the Mouthfeel feels and looks like a nice hand woven Aztec Sofa throw, but underneath it’s an old aging faded couch full of holes cigarette burns and stains.

Drinkability: The menacing silhouette eyes on the neck seem to stare at me whilst I slurp this one down. The 12 ounce bottle was a nice entrance into this one, I don’t think I would be happy facing a whole 22 ounce Bomber on my own - it’s just too sharp for the long haul.

Overall: Astringent bitterness with a sharp cutting orange-tinted citric puckering, clealry put this offering firmly and squarely at one extreme end of the Double IPA archetype. It lacks that luscious fruitiness and balancing malts that I prefer, and as a result the Drinkability suffers. Whilst I like bitterness and citric bite, it is "heavy" in this example and becomes erosive and corrosive over time. Nice enough, and maybe I have been spoilt, but this lacks that overall refinement and rounded Drinkability that other nearby NoCal cousins have. Worth a try though, it’s a benchmark “bitter” Double IPA, but not one of the better ones IMVHO.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

Double Imperial IPAs seem to be a long-running fad gone
standard for many American brewers. Soon we'll be able to say "Everyone and their mom brews a Double IPA!" Not a bad thing, right?

Clear, slightly pale, copper color. Enough foam to grab your attention, and enough retention to stick around for most of the session. Fresh, grassy hop aroma, light tropical fruit from the alcohol, and a shortbread maltiness in the nose. Sufficing smoothness struggles to support the full body. Lots of hop flavor and a thick but dull bitterness comes through. Alcohol shows a good amount of heat--almost unmanageable--but after a few sips numbs the mouth. Pale, biscuity malt flavor battles with the hops and alcohol to be noticed. Finishes quite bitter, with a mix of heat from the alcohol and hops.

Someone needs to tame the alcohol on this beast. It's a decent stab at the style, but it's off balance--hardly a contender within its class. Chuck something spicy at this one. Atomic chicken wings would be a good call.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 - 3 finger head with decent structure tops this beer. Large bubbles in the off white head. The beer has the slightest haze and is orange/amber in color. Just a touch of visible carbonation. spotty lacing.

Aroma is a touch of pine, of ripe pineapple. A touch of alcohol.

Flavor is o.k. A bit focused on the alcohol. Mostly some pine notes and a touch of lemon..(pith) Not a great deal of depth here. The finish is more of alcohol vs. some hop bitterness.

Very little carbonation. Not flat, but almost.Medium body.

Not especially drinkable. Not my favorite DPA...

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Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screen printed bottle. Nice looking IPA clear amber, with a nice thick frothy off white head. Aroma very spicy hoppy, with a slight strange aroma of what can only be described as "barnyard"..odd. Good strong bready,semi-bitter thick maltiness to start, then it thins out and the hops take OVER, more spruce like than citric. Ok on the palate but it does start to become cloying..alcohol present but mostly hidden. An OK DIPA..nothing like as good as Great Divide Hercules..but not bad

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange/copper color with an off white head; good lacing that sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Smells of huge hops, floral hops the most prevalent, orange peel, caramel and faint malt. Floral hops dominate the nose and this is a great aroma mixed with the citrus odors. A very nice start to this brew based on the appearance and nose!

Tastes of floral and piney hops, sweet malt and caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, grass and yeast spices. The ABV was very well hidden as this IPA was all about the hop flavor with very little trace of the alcohol in the flavor.

Very hoppy and tasty with a semi-creamy mouthfeel, very light champagne-like carbonation and an oily feel at the end with a sweet hop aftertaste that's on the bitter side. Very good beer that was very drinkable!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear coppery color, with a cream colored head of a couple fingers. Leaves minimal lace. The aroma is tropical fruits, and a bit pine and resin note, backed by a proficient caramel malt backbone. The taste is very malty. Caramel and nutty, but also an almost rich chocolaty taste. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness that still lets you know it's an IPA. It's creamy, sticky and a little rich. Full bodied.

Definitely a malty DIPA, but it's good.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.64 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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