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 Knapp85
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky brownish color with a nice head, the flavor is hoppy but not in a way that really impressed me. The hops were more on the earthy side and not very citrusy or bright. Not really what I was hoping for in an American IPA. The aroma is earthy too with a slight aroma of malts.

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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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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright amber color, with a very thin white head. Head fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S- Smell is of floral and citrus hops. A fair amount of pine in here too.

T- Taste is pretty much like the nose. A bit of an alcohol burn. Good balance of hop bitterness and sweetness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- I found this one to be pretty solid and enjoyable. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Docer
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle to try... because I haven't.

- Pours a rather clear light yellow to light copper color.. heavy pour yielded only about a finger of white foam.. down to a thin blanket and lace all about.

- Once poured.. hops carried across the space between me and the glass... floral.. citrus. Up close there is a lot of roasty caramel and biscuit-like malts.. seems rather sweet, and loaded with grassy earthy hops.

- Great bitterness without the dryness... huge big caramel malts.. roasty sweet sugars... grassy and citrus hops galore.. earthy.. seems the malt still over powers what I know is a massive amount of hops. Well balanced, and quit grainy. Seems adjuncts are absent here.

- Less sticky than I expected from the nose and flavor.. Medium bodied, creamy... I suppose it would dry sticky? Tastes sticky!

- Overall quit good! Looking at past reviews, I would suspect they refined this a bit, and brought its best traits forward. Rather good.

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Photo of crestwood37
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an imperial IPA, this is definitely a higher end. Normally, when I drink an Imperial that is high in alcohol content, I feel an overwhelming hard liquor taste and you don't get that with double daddy. The color is good - a yellow/orange color with a thin head that leaves a nice cascade on the glass. It is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jeffjeff1
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this after work the other night. It was so refreshing.

Appearance- golden color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- hops

Taste- refreshing hops, not terribly hoppy but very refreshing

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very nice. I loved it. Very refreshing. It hit the spot.

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Photo of diddly
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a good head.

This beer is powerful, both the aroma and taste. However, even though you obviously taste that it's a double and a 9.5 abv, it's still delicious. Great example of the style, and despite the high alcohol, actually a very refreshing beer.

Nice mouthfeel, as you certainly know what you're drinking, but not overpowering. Crisp and hoppy, I guess would be the best way to describe it.

Big fan of this one, and definitely will look out for.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into White Birch signature glass.

A - Poured a brilliant light golden orange with a 1-1/2 finger white head that dissipates to a covering that leaves lacing down the glass as you enjoy the beer.

S - Orange and grapefruit citrus with some sweet malt, not very complex, but has the major highlights of the style.

T - Orange, caramel malt, dry hop bitterness. Very dry aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium to light carbonation. Very dry.

D - Very drinkable for a 9.5% IPA the dry finish keeps you begging for another sip.

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Photo of ZSimon
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA.

Pours a deep, bright golden with sticky lace. Nose is aggressive- bitter, floral, a touch of pine in there. Taste is big and solid, the 9.5% is evident but not overpowering. Sticky and bitter with plenty of sweetish malt to balance. The bitter finish drops off unusually quickly, and by then I'm ready for my next sip.

Very very good, but still a long way from a great DIPA. If the question is yes or no, it's a yes.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottling date unlisted.

Appearance: Poured out clear and golden, yielding a quarter inch of soft, white foam. Body shows off fantastic clarity, and boasts a thick column of active carbonation. Each sip adds thick gobs of lacing to the glass walls. Style-wise, I've got now complaints. However, this appearance lacks any sort of charisma or charm (maybe uniqueness is a better word?), as odd as that may sound.

Smell: Buttery whole grains, grassy hops, citrus (lemon-lime), and pine. Sadly, that's about all. I suppose there's also a touch of alcohol. There just isn't much to say about the nose on Double Daddy; it's pretty boring.

Taste: Whole grains and oily, grassy hops are the first flavors I get. Caramel comes through more as it warms, as do floral esters. Backbone is doughy and resinous. Not a bad combination of flavors, but I expect a lot more complexity from an imperial IPA. This beer could also use a bit more bitterness, but maybe it's just an old bottle.

Mouthfeel: Moderately-to-highly carbonated; a bit rough at first, but much softer toward the end of the bottle. Body is very oily and entirely coats the palate, yielding a flavorful and long-lasting aftertaste. Medium-bodied for the style. Beer finishes on a dry, slightly bitter note.

Drinkability: This beer lacks character and shows signs of poor craftsmanship: too many grassy notes, not enough bitterness, too few fruit flavors. I was reminded of a cheap (regular) American IPA when I drank this beer. Won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of andyfrancis
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light to copperish amber color, with nice frothy head, just a shade off of white. Head is holding up well, reducing very slowly.

Smells very hoppy as one would expect, but there's almost a burnt character to it. Not sure what's up.

Holy shit...not in a good way. Tastes like grain alcohol. Very little hop flavor, or any other flavor for that matter. Again, not sure what's up with this beer.

Astringent as a mofo.

This bomber is going to leave me with a nice buzz, but it's going to be like work getting it down.

I'm a fan of Big Daddy and Speakeasy in general. I'lll often, especially lately, grab a pint of it around SF, but this did not work for me at all.

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Photo of sacajaweea
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.The color is a pale gold with orange hue that one can describe as a translucent copper. The head is off-white, and perhaps due to a turbulent pour, the carbonation has forced mammoth bubbles to burst at its peak. As a result, the head retains fairly well, but a more conscientious pour to initiate the second round renders the head half as assertive. Resilient lacing is present throughout the entire session and the top third of the glass is splattered with a stubborn pattern that asserts itself with the bluster of a Black Metal band's blasphemous trademark; that, or a very evil CAPTCHA design. On the nose, the head smells of rose and melon, but as it gives way, the brew insists upon its high ABV of 9.5% with a devilish, alcoholic tinge. What was once a pleasant aroma becomes harshly muted, as if the essence of the head's bouquet was distilled to a concentrated solution and used to wipe the surface of a wooden refectory, then wrung out and presented a second time. This description might be unflattering, but I wouldn't doubt if this was the proud declaration of the yeast - admittedly, it is an aroma that slowly charms as one reaches the last swallow. The mouthfeel is a creamy, light-to-medium bodied coating that gives way in a manner of a few seconds. Malt, its attendant sweetness, and alcohol is heavily pronounced, with the hops offering a floral presentation on the palette that is damp in comparison. Bitterness tames the malt, hop, and alcohol maturely, allowing the flavor to have its fun until the appropriate time to rest, slowly dissipating into a dry bitterness that coaxes the imbiber to sip again. Flavor undertones pronounce a spelt grain.

I will admit, years ago as a neophyte, Speakeasy's Big Daddy IPA turned me on to the variety and inspired me to explore the style. This double IPA seems like a stab at a genus of beer made popular by independent brewers for the sake of promulgating experimental excess as a bastion of progress. I'll take Big Daddy IPA over this brew any day. When I want excess, I'll turn to a barley wine, accept the excess as standard, and go from there.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from at 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I bought the bottle last week from BevMo but no other freshness info. Light amber color with nice lacing but below average head formation/retention. Lots of malt and not much hops on the nose. Maybe its the disproportional amount of malt, but these hops smell a little sour or old, not fresh. The taste is more of the same: malty sweet and underwhelming, old hops. There is a sourness to the taste that seems to come from the high alcohol and low contribution from the hops. Medium bodied with not much carbonation but a nice hoppy resin. All in all, not very good. Average at best. There are plenty of double IPAs I would highly recommend before this one.

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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 jeffthecheff
2.32/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, it has a clear, light copper color. The head is newspaper white, with a film of foam and really good lacing. There are quite a bit of bubbles floating in the glass, creating a more lively looking carbonation than most beers in this style.

If I were reviewing the aroma based on the bottle cap, this would score really well. Unfortunately, the beer in the glass smells like an old, faded DIPA. There is a decent caramel malt sweetness, as well as a subtle fruitiness. The hops have a faint citrus quality, but they are hidden behind the smell of wet newspaper. This is either really oxidized, or old.

The taste is a little more close to that of a DIPA. It's got high bitterness, some fruitiness, and just a touch of malts. It really just isn't that great though. The hop flavor doesn't have any fresh pop to it, and it has a bit of a cardboard taste. Overall, it tastes and feels a bit lifeless. The body is on the thin side, but not in a good way. The carbonation is a bit too high, which only adds to the other issues.

The bottle claims the beers are "fresh" because they are made in small batches. This is certainly not fresh, which is why all brewers should have freshness dates on their bottles. I'm sure this is an old bottle, but without a date, I can only say this is a bad beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Boho poured into a outward curving apple shaped glass.

At this point in reviewing IPA/DIPAs I find there is often very little that separates the good from the great. A little brighter hop aroma here, or some additional flavor there usually makes the difference. With that being said, this beer falls under the good, but just barely.

Appearance is common and perfect for the style. with a very clear amber body beneath a thick finger's worth of fluffy head. Lasting retention and sticky lace? Yes.

Hops aroma is very vibrant as well. Juicy, pungent citrus with a floral backbone. Oranges, grapefruits, honeydew melon and sweet grain are noticeable. Similar to smelling ripe produce at the farmers market.

Taste is full of rich fruit flavor hitting immediately with orange citrus and becoming more acidic (grapefruit) after a beat. The finish long with a prickly, resinous, and a tad woody flavor. Not harsh however, and very drinkable. Alcohol is not masked and is quite bold with a substantial amount of warmth on the swallow; too hot and unbalanced.

I found the flavors both vibrant and happy to work together. The beer is creamy and has good carbonation while being tongue withering. While definitely not the best, this is a very solid DIPA.

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Photo of thetomG
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with my boy baker (wavers1) - thanks homie!

Aroma is mostly piney/grassy/fresh = delicious. The taste is very similar with a predominantly grassy overtone to it. The freshness of this one seems incredible. that is the main thing that keep running through my mind as I sip on it - FRESH.

Never had anything from this brewer before, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying more from Speakeasy.


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Photo of dwilson01
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, A pale yellow to orange hue, along with a light tint of reddish coloring, not too much haze with an initial flurry of carbonation dying off quickly. Head is mostly larger bubbles, quickly recedes, some lacing, plain white coloring.

Floral aromatics and sweet malt in the smell. Flowers, though curiously not very fresh. The sweet scents mingle well with the hops, not amazingly interesting or anything I've never seen before.

The flavor picks up very well, caught me off guard for sure. Citrusy hop bitterness infused with a thick body from the malt, loads of spices which I don't really recall getting in the initial nose. Cloves and nutmeg for sure, carbonation brings the spices to the forefront after the initial bittering hit. It's not a whalloper but it's balanced and has a lot of flavor.

The mouthfeel is probably the highlight for me, quite enjoyable and smooth feeling. The malt gives it an awesome body which is counteracted by all of the hops to overcome the sweetness that it would impart. The carbonation comes in as a major player as well, lightening the body just enough to bring the spicing to the forefront while maintaining a smooth character.

Very drinkable for a double ipa, not super super bitter or sweet or spicy, but it's a combination of everything together into a mellower type DIPA. Not bad in and of itself, but I imagine if I'm ever looking for a standard DIPA in the future I'll look somewhere else.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Black Squirrel yesterday

The pour is quite good, a clear amber with a dense, off-white head and nice lacing. The nose is rather disappointing, with some candied grapefruit and way too much caramel. The caramel is quite rather intense, bringing to mind something like buckwheat honey. The palate opens with a blend of pine bitterness and some grapefruit, along with a moderate to large caramel punch. Mildly chalky/powdery with some dessicated fruit, this isn't particularly impressive. Mildly sweet on the finish with caramel and some grapefruit pith, this beer is medium in body and while it feels smooth, it definitely was over-carbonated. Plus, the alcohol does peep through after a bit, too. Not something I'd seek out in a hurry.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange color with a nice white head.

Nose is light pineapple and a fast hint of fresh peaches that fades fast. Nose goes to pine with a hint of wintergreen.

Mouthfeel is medium/big bodied with very nice balance and a rich character.

Flavors are very big, bold and assertive. Big pine bitter hop character with big burnt toast yeast with undertones of carmel, espresso and yeast. Flavors are complex but only somewhat integrated. A big, bold and assertive flavored beer but something is "off." Flavors are not integrated to be complimentary and seem to fight each other a bit.

Not as drinkable as one would like; flavors are not bright or "fresh." Big grapefruit skin oil bitter finish.

Overall a big flavorful brew with flavor conflict. The big flavors are initially very appealing and this is likely well made and simply a matter of taste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/3/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of white head, with great froth and lacing. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus and piney hops and smooth caramel or bready malts.

t - Taste has a nice smooth caramel malt backbone. Citrus and piney hops are present as well, but not as much as you'd think.

m - Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice DIPA. I thought the smooth malts and citrus hops blended together nicely. Very smooth and easy to drink for 9.5% ABV. Would definitely try again.

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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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.64 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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