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Double DaddyDouble Daddy

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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 surfer4life
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A- Murky gold, looks to be some sediment to, not used to that in an DIPA.

S - Skunky and sweet at the same time. The sweet overtakes the bitterness. Vanilla smells ovewhelm but a small floral hops boquet can be detected.

T - It's definitely hoppy, however the taste is not lasting and can be a bit aggresive. Nearly skunked like the bottle has been in the sun a while. But then the sweet hits on the finish. Odd tasting this one. Not great, not really bad, just have to drink the whole thing.

M - Medium to low carbonation, almost syrupy. coats the mouth well however.

D - Afraid not to much. I would say this is the last time I have this one.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head.

S-Lots of malt and citrus hops in the nose.

T-Nicely balanced between sweet malt and grapefruit hops, finishing with a significant hop bite.

M-Medium bodied and dry.

D-A tasty DIPA. I have wanted to try this one for a while; glad I got the chance.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.24/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle, bottled 9/23/08. Pours a hazy deep orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, acetone, alcohol. Flavor is lots of acetone with an alcohol burn in the finish. Sweet and alcoholic. Ick. This would have been a drainpour for me (except my boyfriend found in tolerable).
5/4/4/2/10 (2.5/5)

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Table & Vine following a friend's advice.

12oz. brown bottle with lazer etched label talking about prohibition stuff.

Poured a bright amber with a nice layer of white foam and a little bit of lacing spider-webbed on my glass.

Aroma is interesting. Malty, hints of pungent hops and a strange tea-tree / hemp oil aroma.

Full-bodied, plenty of carbonation and a slight slickness in texture.

Light malt sweetness up front. hops are very light in this one. Grassy, herbal hop bitterness that really does not jive with the DIPA's that I am a fan of. That tea-tree oil aroma is tasted n flavor as well. The beer finishes with a pungent dryness, combined with soap makes this beer overall not very pleasant.

Abv is high and warming.

I'll be passing on this one in the future.


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Photo of blane1
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pint glass

A - cloudy amber with foam lacing.

S - light crisp fruit/citrus

T - Hoppy kick with smooth fruit/citrus tang

M/D - fizzy but not nasty with a mild alcohol coating. Citrus/hop with a mild kick.

Good stuff! Will enjoy again.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a wispy/creamy white head. Watery lacing. Smells of a grassy hop with a bit of pine, juniper. Hint of urine (!) A sweet smell, with definite pale malt undertones. Flavor is understated, but rich and creamy. Not really very bitter, more of a big hop flavor. Hops taste like more of an English variety than a west coast citrus type. Flavor grows on me as I drink, I like the sweetness and the grassy, slightly spicy hop and just the hint of bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Yeah, I like it...its different from some of the other DIPAs and distinctive in a good way.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good and very different Imperial IPA. Everything about it is refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Pours light orange with a medium white head. Aroma is full of grapefruit and perfume, with some pine. The taste is very unique. Strong hops and citrus, but the malt takes the edge off of both without ruining the flavor. Very smooth and crisp finish.

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Photo of Risser09
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a 1/2" white head. Minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Lavender, orange, grapefruit, lemon peel and an overall hoppy aroma. Very sweet.

Taste: Citrus orange and lemon peel, also some apple (granny smith). Kind of under-attenuated and quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied and bitter. Drinks well.

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA, too sweet for me. Not enough bitterness, lots of flavors though.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into my east end brewing pint glass

A - pours a hazy copper color with an inch of foam that left light lacing throughout the glass

S - light citrusy flavor

T - citrus and malts, a bit of an alcohol burn at the finsih

M/D - a bit overcarbonated for me and a bit heavy to the point that wouldn't drink for than a few and probably wouldn't search it out again.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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 SFLpunk
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 12oz bottle, poured into a Harpoon IPA 20oz glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Orange-yellow, with a thin white head that stays and grips the glass, a little spotty lacing. Mostly clear.

Nose: Sweet hop candy, a lot of orange, something like toffee candy, ozone (fresh smelling), fresh cut sapling.

Palate: Moderate to light carbonation. Prickly alcohol, some sweetness, and a medium to light body (for the style) that gets watery on the finish. Flavors are rather thin, with tree bark joining the aromas above. Finish is rather short and really bitter, but without the usual accompanying hop flavors, and too much alcohol.

Notes: Not one of my favorites. I feel like it's a little too simple on the palate and the body wavers, going watery right before the finish. There's a lot of bitterness here, but not a lot of hop character. Leaves some things to be desired.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with no head.
Smell is skunky, sticky icky and powerful hops. Smell is very nice.
Taste is a bit thin, but with good hop bite and astringency. Mouthfeel is a bit light and a tad bit cloying. Decent brew, but there are a lot better.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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 BeerAdvocate
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston (my favorite beer hangout even though I live a thousand miles away).

Nose is very hoppy & citric, bright & fruity.

Served medium yellow with a slight haze, mild head.

Tart dry, mildly hop bitterness. Tart fruit and fruity hops. Incredibly pungent hops remind me of V8 with a highly vegetal and fruity feel... a mild turn-off. Exotic fruit hints at mango. Mildly malty with biscuit, nut, and toast qualities. Medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a good stiff hop bitterness.

Pretty good, but I'm not big on these super pungent hops that remind me of V8. I don't need another one of these.

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

hazy golden brown color, minimal lacing which disappears quick, nothing super impressive so far.

it smells super pine fresh, with some fruitiness in the background. mainly resiney hops though. although i swear i smell honey.

num num num. deeelish. sweet citrus up front with the bitterness building along with a very strong malty finish. I wish the malt was just a bit more subdued in this one. still very nice. oh and the alcohol easily detected unfortunately.

mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side but it is a dipa, and i've only had one dipa that didn't feel like a heavy hitter (two hearted ale)

drinkability is average, the alcohol is a bit high to be knocking back a bunch but it's pretty good.

overall its a solid dipa but one I won't especially seek out. speakeasy has several better options to choose over this one but it's by no means bad.

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Photo of beertooth
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2nd beer of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest beers.

madorb brought this over to my place tonight. Many thanks, kind sir.

Poured into a pint glass from a great screen printed bottled.

Decent pour yields a small white, soft head that refuses to leave. The head leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with hops, malt, and spice.

The first gulp is great. It reminds me of a 90 minute ipa, but I like this one more, it's more hearty, maybe? It's a bit hot, but it works well with the malt and West coast hop profile. It's balanced enough and I dig it.

Solid mouthfeel

The 9.5% is a little much, but I could put a few down before retiring to something else. I would enjoy this again if I ever come across it, which will probably never happen, haha bummer.

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Photo of SickBrew
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from By the Bottle, in Vancouver WA in a standard 12oz bottle. Pours great except the head is rather light. For the nose I'm picking up more malts than hops and the hops that are there are a bit dull. In fact in smells more like an amber than an Imperial IPA. The flavor follows the nose. To much caramel and there's a bit of a tough bite going on. I'm almost wondering if my bottle was bad! Overall this was not so good and it came fairly highly recommended. I think I try this again and see if she tastes the same and edit my review accordingly.


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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy double daddy (DIPA) poured into a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale glass. Pours a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-esk golden color. The carbonation is fairly low but I have this a little too cold (around 45 Degrees).

The aroma is fruity banana ester with big alcohol and at 9.5%ABV its understandable that this beer smells a bit of alcohol.

The taste is big, malty, and very hoppy. This beer is very similar to the DFH 90 minute DIPA.

I don't know why this beer doesn't get higher reviews. I loved it. Maybe people are not taking into account that this is an imperial IPA and not a regular IPA. Expect this to be somewhat an extreme beer. Don't expect this to be like a Bell's Two Hearted Ale or a Dale's Pale Ale. This is hopped, dry hopped, and pumped with mass amounts of alcohol. Good luck and hoppy drinking!

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harmless looking clear copper-orange body. Thin but fresh slightly off-white head.

There's more than so just me copper ale lurking below the innocent look. Maybe because I know its an IIPA, but the warm alcohol is there in the nose. And so is some fruit (though not as citrusy as I expected), dark bread crust,and yeast.

Well there went any presumed innocence. The 9.5% isn't well hidden, thought it is quite welcome. It seems to work well with the vanilla and oak. There is potent astringency from the hops that is not in the taste, and wasn't apparent in the scent either. The fruitiness is sweet, like canned in a light syrup. Just has solid backup all around to keep it too

If a drink of this were a volley, the dough/fruit,vanilla bumps, the bitter hop sets, and the alcohol heat spikes. Each is a bit over the top - that's why it was made and that's what I was hoping for.

It is near full-bodied, complex and strangely balanced,This is a sipper that's hard to put down. If this were a Barleywine I prolly wouldn't have given it much thought. Great nightcap.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Palisade Liquors in Jersey City...
Been waiting to try a beer from this brewery for a while...
Appearance: pours a hazy, murky, dark-copper hue...
Aroma: Replete with strong hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste: Noticeable alcohol on the tongue with a double dose of malts and hops, vanilla, oranges, nectarines, caramel, and a touch of candied sugars...
Mouthfeel: Thick and rich for a D.I.P.A.
Drinkability: Not bad for a hefty 9.5% ABV... Strong and flavorful stuff, full-bodied...
Worth a try...

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Photo of Overlord
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden amber. Smells like sweet malt ... almost more like a barley wine.

Taste is more balanced, with pine, grapefruit, a nice fruit tinge, and some malt. A decent DIPA ... and not boozy, despite the high ABV. Definitely an improvement over their mediocre IPA.

Good mouthfeel/carbonation.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is slight citrus hops and pale malts. The taste is an odd blend of sweet malts and mildly citrus hops, there is a slight fruit profile is present as well. There is also a decent lingering bitter finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with well hidden alcohol. This is a decent double IPA, but I must admit I was expecting better.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, medium golden color with some paler straw-like highlighting. Formed a tight, white head that left an attractive lacing on the glass and retained well.

Aroma included very prominent pineapple-like fruitiness. Some clean malt underlying. Light esters. Dried apricots noted later in the session and an alcohol presence as the beer warmed. Lightly grassy.

Flavor was focused on a strong fruity character that included apricots, pineapples, grass, and hints of tangerine. Medium to medium-high bitterness felt low for the style. Some esters carried through from the nose. Alcohol noticed but still very drinkable, well-masked by fruity hops and malty sweetness. Medium-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, moderately-high level of carbonation with some effervescence. Smooth. No hop-derived astringency.

Dangerously drinkable IIPA. Fruity hops that show pineappple and dried apricots pairing nicely with light esters, malty sweetness, and a fairly dry finish. Could stand to have an increased bitterness. Hop flavor and malty sweetness felt appropriate for the style. Could easily drink 2-3 pints or more which says a lot for a 9.2% ABV beer.

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Photo of beernut
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle when I was visiting family up in Mass.

Pours a clear golden color, with some pretty good carbonation.
Aroma is fruity, grassy, citrus and somewhat sweet.
The flavor is a grapefruit/citrus taste. Very good, not bitter at all followed by a crisp feel in the mouth. Can hardly taste the alcohol.
Only downside is that I only purchased a single bottle, should have just got the full 6pk.

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