Double Daddy | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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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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Ratings: 711 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/26/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy golden pour, patches to and fro with lace and a medium 1/2 inch creamy white head.

Smell- Sugary fruity hops, maybe a touch of grapefruit in the nose. Can't really pick up any malt or woody hop scent.

Taste- More fruity hops rather than pine. Not really grapefruit, but more smooth tropical fruit flavors. Nice light malt background as well to even it out.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carb level. Rather smooth and creamy with a semi full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Different tropical fruit flavor. Really liked it. Seemed smoother than I thought it would be. Wish I knew how long this has been in the bottle. Would definitely pick up again.

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Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, and citrus.

T - The taste is hoppy and sweet/tangy, the finish is kinda dry.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated mouth feel.

D - Drinkable. A nice tasty brew from Speakeasy, at 9.5% ABV it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and bisquit malt scent along with a very nice hop nose. It's a nice bouquet of citrus and floral hops. The taste is decent. It has an easy drinking pale malt flavor with some bready notes in the finish. It's moderately bitter up front with some piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's not the strongest DIPA around, but it's an easy drinker.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass and than some. I hear this is the first time in bombers for this one.

Olympic medal golden with some tanner spots towards the sides. Alot of activity within and on top about a quarter inch of fluffy stuff comes up, leaving a cap, it can be ressurected though. Small pokadots on the glass. Smell is a fruity and malty DIPA. The malt actually dominates the nose, but under that some citrus arises mainly of grapefruit. A big sugary scent comes up as well and I cant help but to notice the alcohol underneath. Tastes include citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, some big toasty malts, caramel, sugar, alcohol, bread and maybe some caramel. Tis not my favorite double but it's beating anything from out here on the east. Feel is above medium, sweet and coating, not really bittter, goes down smooth with alcohol at the end. Id prefer this in a 12oz bottle over a bomber anyday though, the 2nd half just sort of shitted out on me.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Daddy is a beer as smooth and jazzy looking as it sounds; a clear, lustrous golden body gives off garish highlights. Held up it lights up like the Vegas strip. Although under a high pressure of alcohol, its head flourishes and ticks off every possible box: film, foam, bubbles and lace. Check. The glass ends up looking sad with such droopy lacing.

Double Daddy smells about as good as most imperial IPAs... at least on first whiff. But judging by how much brash character quickly comes apparent you start to wonder if this will be all that drinkable, what with all that blatant alcohol and bitterness in toe. Beneath it all are notes of toasty pale malts and hops that stink like wet leaves in fall.

It doesn't seem like the brewery went any darker than pale malts, which is fine, but they don't seem to have used enough of them. That stale white bread taste is suffocated first by soapy, lemon Pledge-like hops and then by alcohol vapors. Bits of grapefruit, peach and cantaloupe show up seemingly randomly. Their flavour is certainly doubly intense.

The alcohol seems to scour most flavour out of the beer, but what little survives is vividly hoppy and, given the style, I suppose that's what matters. Like I said, malts are a lost cause in a beer this (determinedly) hoppy and strong. It is drinkable, albeit at a slower pace. The finish is minty and somewhat scathing due to alcohol, but not terribly bitter.

I don't think it's incorrect to suggest that DIPAs rely on the average beer geeks' fetish for brutal, bitter and obnoxious offerings - Speakeasy delivers just that with Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Perhaps too much of that. While I don't think anyone could pretend that this beer is anywhere near first-rate, the pleasure that it brings is definitely a DIPA pleasure.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper color, and is topped by a thin Thick aromas of malt and alcohol waft from my glass as I pour this beer. The color is reddish copper and it is topped by a thin, wan, tan head. The aroma has a sort of aged malt and hop note to it. There are notes of earthy pine-like hops and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a sharp, prickly, refreshing blast of hoppy bitterness, right from the get go. This beer has lots of notes of pine, which compliments the sharp biting nature of this beer. There is also some malty balance here; the beer has a light malty sweetness that reminds me of caramel, and toasted fresh bread crust. This beer starts to pick up a bit of sweetness to it, as it warms up, that seems to accentuate and actually bring out some of the citrusy notes from the hops. This definitely leans more towards the sharp, bitter, astringent side of the double IPA spectrum, it is quite tasty in its abrasiveness, but is missing a lot of flavor and finesse found in the better versions of the style.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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