Double Daddy | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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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 Birdiebeagle
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good creamy white head, which is mostly lasting and produces good lacing. A very hoppy aroma of spruce and pine. With a touch of herbs and a pepper base. Has an oily texture with a great mouthfeel. Carbonation is really good. A very clean crisp taste. Has a wonderful duration. A great bitter finish. A great tasting IPA. Definately an upper tier IPA. I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden orangish hue with a haze. Poued rather easy to not disturb the sediment. Small head resulted.
Nose is big hops earthy and grainy with an alcoholic hint as well. Malts peircing through the edges.
Very big on taste as well. Thick, bitter and floral hops blasting the palate with a moderate balance of malts. The hops are so powerfull it tends to outpoint the malt. Alchohol burn as this one lingers.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consider this double daddy 2.0, as it was revamped not too long ago. Great clarity with a big juicy hop aroma. Great taste that snaps and pops. Really liking it.

Original: This pours a caramel-color with nice foaming. Only been two days so I wouldn’t expect it to lose too much carbonation in that time.

For a DIPA the aroma is on the lower end of the hop spectrum, with some pine and orange notes in equal measures. Flavor is bitterly upfront with a light, slightly sweet body that’s more appetizer than main course. A solid brew all around.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First brew sampled from Speakeasy, looking forward to s'more.

A: Nice, golden ale color. Low carbonation, probably due to cold serving temp. With a swivel, I got a decent head.

S: Very nice. Burnt conifer and pineapple. Like walking in a temperate and tropical rainforest all at once.

T: Piney hops on ye tip o' the tongue, mild yet intense bitterness in the mouth. But there is plenty of wonderful maltiness there too. It hits you differently..if this is typical of Imperial India Pale Ale, I like this style.

M: Rockin'. Cannot recall a brew, I wanted to keep in my mouth longer. Holy fillin', Batman!

D: IF I had another, I might just check in for the night. Hard-core, one of the more potent brews I've ever had. The drinkability is good nonetheless. Brings out that brilliant buzz. West Coast!

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Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an Stone IPA Flute. No dating.

A: Pours a sun dried golden raisin color with a bit of haze. 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy, pearl white head forms and hangs out a bit. Decent patching throughout.

S: Nice fruity esters. Juicy grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of hop leaf resin and pine. Malts seem a tad weak and add a touch of sweetness, but that's about it.

T/M: Nice, strong bitterness but not palate ruining... yet :) Very fruity and with much more resin and pine than the nose suggests. Malts rush in to a super sweet and chewy dough and grain mix. Body is a bit above medium and have a bit chunkiness when the malts come in. Finish is pretty dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

D: Decent brew that I could see myself getting to change things up from the IPA/DIPA usual suspects. 9.50%? Really? Yow... Maybe just 2 for tonight, haha.

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Photo of Schooly
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date. The only possible indicator could be the inscription "Double Down 001"? Nothing found on their website.

A: Light translucent golden color with a chill haze that dissipated a bit as it cooled.

S: Sweet floral citrusy hop in the nose but not overpowering, surprising given this is an IIPA

T: Wow, not the hop shot I was expecting. Begins with citrus - grapefruit, continues with floral hops and bubblegum and finishes with a nice clean maltiness. Afterward is semi-dry with a bit of hoppiness remaining in the back of my mouth. Very well balanced.

M: Initally tingly on the tounue, then the medium-bodied mass brings forth its offering to roil around in the mouth. Finally, this elixer ends with a bit of stick-in-the troat hops to remind you what you're drinking and to take another sip.

D: Dangerously drinkable for the ABV. The alcohol is well hidden - hard to believe it's over 9%. I could down a few of these before I realize what's going on...I think it's already beginning to take hold...

Overall the best IIPA I've had to date. Nicely balanced hops and malt and not overpowering like many IIPA's I've had. The hops were more subdued than I expected; it could be that this one sat around for a while, given the Big distributor in Allentown where it came from. I'm not a big fan of huge hops, so that works in my favor. If this is fresher than I suspect, it can only get better with time.

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Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out gold and sits a hazy golden amber in the glass with a good sized off-white head, fading to a small skimming with some minor lacings.

Smells of thick, sugary malts, lathered up in warm citric fruits. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a little bit of apple. Hops scream over the crust of it all, sharp grassy and flowery notes all over. Tingling of alcohol on the back.

Tastes predominately malty up front, big doses of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Hops produce mildly fruity tones of grapefruit and orange and provide ample, yet manageable bitterness.

Smooth, creamy body with mild and fine carbonation. Medium-full in body, slightly chalky.

Damn delicious, VERY drinkable for an IIPA. Totally balanced and in check.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a mild chill haze. Good starting head that has some staying power. Spotty lace on the glass.

Surprisingly, after trying their regular IPA, I find this one to be more mild in the nose. It still has an attractive floral hop aroma of citrus (grapefruit). Low malt.

The flavor is where the big beer comes through. Lots of oily alcohol texture with a solid malt bass. The hops are not as overwhelming as some DIPA's, but are strong enough to create great balance. This is a deceptively strong beer at 9.5%. The aftertaste is mostly hop but the malt is still present.

I love the balance of Speakeasy's two IPA's. This one is one of the tops in my tastings.

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Photo of noknife83
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice find while at BevMo last week. Initially it made me curious that it was only being sold in 4-packs. A very well crafted IPA, very strong very hoppy, and syrupy. If you are a casual beer drinking this beer is not for. This is for those serious about strong flavored, high ABV, and those who want something different. I hope I can find this beer down by me, I got it while in the desert. The BevMo there was 4 times the size one where I live, there were so many beers there I'd never seen before...Wish I had something good like Double Daddy tonight, tonight I'm stuck with PBR.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA, on tap at The Cannery Row. Cloudy orange and Lacey. Big hops, hop aroma, fruity apricot , peach,citrus, and earthy. Good drinking for the style. Good Fall beer. Dry hop and toasted malt finish. Fuller mouthfeel with a good malting, caramel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that sticks around. Scattered bits of lacing.
Smell is of massive biscuits, caramel, n sugary citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice caramel n grapefrit combo.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, citrusy, n balanced.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking bottle even pace will get you the results. Hazy at first but soon to clear. Orangeish color, lacing everywhere, maintains throughout.

Apricot, orange, bready.

Whoa baby! This will kick ya in the teeth. How can it be 9.5%, It is well hidden behind a hop plunger. Borderline astringent. The bready somewhat sweet smell is nowhere to be found. Rather one dimensional but it is what it is....a double IPA. Grapefruit, citrus make an appearance. This is close to an outstanding DIPA if it could just smooth out the aftertaste and mouthfeel. Frickin' lip smackin' special.

I could almost copy my silver city Whoopass review as these beers are very similar in my opinion.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 blitheringidiot
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the clever card style print boasting a 9.5% ABV! Whoa! A peach cloudy hued pour with a quickly deflated headcap.

Crisp aroma of fresh cut grass and some grapefruit rind notes posess thick fruity double.

First swigs: Metallic twinge with a blend of copper brass and pine cone. Bracing hops meet a delicate malt base that underlies this smooth hop missle.

Feel is a smooth slider that drinks like a pale ale and tastes like a regular American IPA. Jeepers! A double?? Realy?? Long has Speakeasy been a great brewery in my book. This affirms it!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of ReDave
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber with just a touch of orange. Light creamy head [didn't last too long though] lace down the side was not super thick, but present. Smell, somewhat hoppy/grassy, nice but not exceptional. Good ipa taste.. strong, but not over noticeable alcoholic [but could certainly feel the affects afterwards. Nice beer a little expensive, but would like to keep in my rotation

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great brew from 06 SS bennetj17!!

Just luved that bright and clear lite amber pour – sticky lil’ laces of ivory. Oily looking at that.

Nice pops of citrus and grapefruit in the aroma – some times after the pour and smell you just know when you have a good one in your hands.

Sweet quaff, even with some woody notes in the taste - along with the citrus of course. The 9.5% tries to surface, it’s there, but remains just in the wings. A medium bodied brew and semi-dry (for an IIPA). A very fine sipper during football.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clear, deep orange almost reddish color with copper edges. Thin head which settles out and leaves nice moderate lacing. The aroma is light with surprisingly little alcohol nose. Notes of apples, juniper berries and a solid hop presence. Sweet maltiness balanced with citrusy hops. The taste starts with a solid hop bite followed by a layering of foral hopiness and a sweet fruit base. Nice big balanced flavor finishes with mixed hops and caramel sweetness.Good carbanation helps carry the flavors throughout the mouth over a slightly thick medium body. For the alcohol strength this is a considerably drinkable beer.

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Photo of blane1
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 spark3148857
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New review: this is Speakeasy's reformulating recipe that was recently released in 12oz cans. Poured from can to Speakeasy goblet. Pours a hazy deep orange with one finger off white creamy head. Nose is bright with tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine and dank notes. A pop of grapefruit and orange bitterness on the front f the palate leads into a nice but restrained malt sweetness. No caramel flavors to mess up this dipa. A lingering piney and resinous bitterness costs the palate on the back end. Mouthfeel is a bit above average for the style. Finishes dry with nice dank and grapefruit notes. An improvement for sure on the old recipe.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy - Double Daddy - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Pours a lighter copper with a full, foamy head. Filtered with medium carbonation.

Smell - Sweet caramel and apple, malts and hops, nice blend.

Taste - Smooth and sweet with a great mix of hops.

Mouthfeel - Fades quick leaving a slight hint of sweetness and some hops. Very drinkable.

Overall - No way you would know this is 9.5%. Interesting find, not sure what all the bad press is about with others here but I couldn't find the same faults.

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Photo of budsboy
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from the affable hustlemuscle. Muchos gracias.

Cloudy orange with a fairly small white head that is sticky.

Nearly all piney hops and alcohol aroma, with the sweet sugary smell of malt behind it. Very good.

Big pine hop flavors, a wee bit hot maybe, but only a wee. Dark fruit sugary flavor behind it all. The finish is interesting. Kind of a tree-bark bitterness, earthy, on the tannic side. Piney, tree-barky bitterness lasts.

Full bodied and round, a bit of a meal.

This is a palate pounder. I'd place this one up there with Ruination and DFH 90 minute in that category. But it's strong alcohol flavors make it just less of a beer than those two. It's not as pretty, it smells wonderful, and tastes nearly as good. I like it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from San Francisco as a souvenir of the trip. Enjoyed on a snowy Toronto evening, when California seems a million miles away. This pours a slightly hazer amber colour, with a thin white head, that diminishes into a resilient filmy coat. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with the hops present, but not nearly as prominent as I expected. This extended to the flavour. I was expecting something of a hop bomb, but I found that this lent heavily on sweet caramel malts, that also provide a fruitiness. The hopping is fairly floral, and not overly bitter, but seems reasonably well-balanced with the other flavours. The mouthfeel is quite thick, and almost syrupy, with very little carbonation. Although this is not my favourite double IPA, its an extremely well-balanced drink and I'd definitely return to it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft golden amber with a nice 2 finger head that melts to thick lacing that lasts.
Aroma is sweet fruits and citrus hops.
Taste is immediately bitter hops followed with an unbelievably sweet malt then almost a candied grapefuit hop bitterness...very much candied citrus rind...sweet and bitter at the same time.
Aftertaste is again a combination of sweet and bitter with an alcohol burn going down.
I could definately drink another, but not three...too sweet...too strong. Great stuff.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.64 out of 5 based on 705 ratings.
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