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 vikinggary28
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber colour with off white head leaves some lacing. Scent is hoppy but not over powering, grassy with a citrus presence, orange or grapefruit maybe. Taste is similar to aroma but with enough caramel malt to balance. Mouthfeel is great. I always sip IPA'S so enjoying this one is not a problem. I love west coast IPA'S with spicy BBQ meats and am sure this one fits in fine. 4 out of 5 stars. Enjoy!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to in a trade from 123456green of RB. Emptying the contents of the 12 oz. brown bottle uncovered a clear pale-amber colored ale, with foamy head that was fed by active carbonation streamers, but was still quite small at one-finger thick. The smell was somewhat subdued for the style, with a piney hop aroma that was backed by some nutty bouquet. The reserved character that the beer indicated via the nose was thrown out the door with the first sip. The taste was aggressively hoppy, with a peppery pungency up front followed by a long herbal bitterness. Thankfully there was a heck of lot of malt backbone holding the hops up. The taste felt a little too sweet, and akin to pineapple juice mid palette, but retreated to provide a balanced, hop candy like finish. This felt thicker than most Double IPAs, and therefore was not as easy to quaff. Nonetheless, a hophead like me will not turn this one away.

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Photo of Higravity
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is rare that you come across a double anyhting that could be a session brew but I think this is one of those times. While it looks like a cloudy bud light the vigorous pour yeilds a great head. Truly smells great of deep citrus and floral hops. The taste is a little lacking here while I like the underlying beer as being an easy lightly malt beer, I miss the large hop bitterness of a DIPA that I find in so many other offerings. Overall The lack of such a deep bittering leaves lots of hops to taste and makes this one an easy all day drinker.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, peach/orange hue, nice layer of fuzz above, slim, but staying...

Fresh, fruity aroma, big and bright, bursting with bitterness, grapefruit, orange, apricot, mango, and more...ripe and lively. Verrrry nice! Oily, yummy....nice.

Very tasty in the mouth, as well. Nice, bracing blast of hops, then settling back and staying mellow. Medium bodied, simple, but nicely fruity finish. Barely detectable alcoholic far...

Quite a nice little IPA.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent offering from a sadly uneven brewery.

Poured from a 12 ounce, silkscreened bottle into a beer clean pint glass. ~$9 for a four pack at BevMo in Sacramento, so not a bad price.

Bottle has entertaining graphics and notes, including the unclear statement "Put 'Em On Ice!" I hope this refers to the brewery's schtick around the Prohibition era, and not what they suggest you do with a beer's serving temperature.

Pours a middle orange, doesn't provide much head, what is there is tight and white. Head disappears pretty quickly into nothingness.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant hoppy jumpy bouncy spicy highly carbonated bit of fun, with some alcohol heat noticeable: a really, really nice mouth.

Initial sense is a very pleasantly high hop bill, with super florality and citrus/grapefruit hop presence. As it warms and settles, unfortunately, the hop bite and citrus presence wanes a little.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, and a pleasant Double IPA, though not one I'd place with the big boys (Pliny the [either], Hercules, I2PA, Yulesmith.)

This is certainly my favorite of Speakeasy's beers. They remind me of Great Divide a few years ago, actually: a brewery on the cusp, which is clearly possessed of the ability to make great beers, but which seems tied to their lighter, easier, and more easily marketed styles, and apparently somewhat reticent to make the jump into huge, delicious beers. By which I mean to say that Great Divide's basic beers are, at best, boring, while their bomber bottled big beers (Hercules, Old Ruffian, Yeti) are outstanding, and among the absolute best in their classes. I think Speakeasy has the ability to engage in a similar transformation, if they're willing to put their hop and malt bills where their marketing is.

EDIT: Another bottle, half a year later, suggests some un-evenness in their quality control, or changes in the recipe formulation. Much more malt sweetness, almost to the point of cloying. The hops play a solid role, but it's much more balanced than I remember and than my notes indicate. More perfumy. A little more bready. It also holds a better head, tight and white. Still a very solid beer, and I have no complaints about it, though I liked it a bit better when it was more imbalanced towards the hops.

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Photo of dfried
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a care package a friend recently brought back from her trip to SF. Toffee amber in color, think off white head with quite a bit of sediment throughout it that pretty much stayed in suspension. The aroma was pretty alcoholic up front, big sweet, malty body seeming to be full of pale and caramel malts. Quite a bit of cirusy hops in the nose as well, oranges and lemons. The alcohol was quite noticeable in the taste as well, belly warming. Rich, thick, syrupy malt. Pretty hoppy of course too, plenty of citrusy orange slices and grapefruit, with a bitter, resinous edge and some floral notes.

Overall: a big beer, big malt, big hops. It walks the line of DIPA and barleywine. I liked the flavor, but the alcohol was a little overwhelming, and there seemed to be too many bittering hops used for my taste.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean amber pour, carbonation rising steadily, 2 fingers of creamy off white head turned the glass into a sticky laced mess! subtle smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, nutty, caramel.
tastes heavily bitter up front, a nice subtleness of citrus pops up, then you get a dirty pine tree/sap flavor followed by smoked wood.. a rough bitterness lingers on the palate while the malts evenly enjoy their passage through your cheeks. this is a DAMN fine ipa. very different from most dipa's i've had... i read about it being more towards an english ipa.. and though i can totally see it since the malt is noticeable, this is HEAVILY hopped... so it tastes different.
medium body with a nice creamy feel.. nicely carbonated, sticky lacing on lips.
overall, i really enjoyed this dipa drinking experience. i was expecting a much sweeter ipa, more towards the english (malty/toffee heavy flavored) side, but instead got a giant mouthful of bitterness.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 baggio
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

A: Copper-red, almost no lace.

S: Hops, citric notes, digestive biscuits.

T: Lots of hops but they blend nicely with the high malt presence. Some
spices are present too but i can't nail them down.

M: Smooth and malty. Not much carbonation. A bit unusual for a DIPA to have this much malt but hell, i like it!. The ABV is very well hidden.

A different DIPA with more malt than usual. If this appeals to you, give
it a go.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear light amber-orange. Nose is citrus with a mild malty sweetness. Smell is about the same, with more emphasis on the hop side. The abv barely shows, with only a mild alchohol warmth in the finish. Dangerously drinkable. Not as impressive as other beers of the style, but drinkable enough that i think I'll have another.

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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 soupyman10
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty light amber color with solid looking bubblage, a touch hazy but mostly clear. Nose is good, lots of sweet candy with a good bit of fruitiness too. Taste is alright, although a touch disappointing as the beer goes on. It's pretty sweet, with a fair dollap of bitterness. Dries your mouth out like crazy as it goes down. The feel is okay, it's a little high in carbonation but the body is good. Overall, not a terrible DIPA, but doesn't really blow me away either.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-amber color with an off-white, thick, firm, small head. It left behind long trails of lace on the glass.

S - Wonderful grapefruit aromas lead off, followed by bubblegum, citrus and some pine.

T - A nice blend of bubblegum, grapefruit, citrus and roasted caramel malt. It brings some bitter hops and heat, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A full-bodied ale with some serious alcohol heat.

D - This is a very good DIPA. A great blend of sweet and heat.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA

on tap at Isaac Newton's (Newtown, PA)

Appearance- hazy copper/ orange with a super thick sticky head.
Smell- Pine, floral, citrus. Slight malt.
Taste- Very floral with huge kicks of pine. A slight hazelnut flavor with a dash of sweet malt peeks through.

Overall- a very good IPA. First few sips are strong! At 9.5% it should be, but masks the alcohol very well. Big thumbs up!

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Photo of jletts
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Billy Goat's Tavern in Mt. Shasta, California.

Appearance is very clear and crisp, golden with light orange-amber hues, you could read the newspaper through this one. Much lighter in color than the IPA's I am used to. Poured to a small clean slightly oily white head which dissapated quickly to a thin line with nice sticky lacing reminicent of recrystalized sugar; I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

Smells sweet and malty with fruity hops, some hints of apples, perhaps other sweet fruit and maybe a little vanilla in there. Sugary.

The taste is strong on hops up front with golden malty goodness to follow. The hops definately smack you to attention on the front end. The taste is centered on fruity and floral hops, sugar-cookie malt, with hints of citrus and apple, butterscotch, and raw sugar. The hop bitterness again emerges at the end to finish the brew.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth and the drinkability is good considering I had two (12 oz) with a good sized dinner and easily could have had a third. I enjoyed this brew with some excellent fresh fish tacos; the hops stood up well to the mildly spicy salsa and breaded fish while the sweet citrus and sugary flavors paired nicely with the guacamole and sweet cabbage.

A nice Imperial IPA if you like them on the sweet side.

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

My second time trying this beer was much better than the first,pours a lightlyly hazy gold/orange with a tight one finger white head.Vibrant hop aromas grapefruit and spruce mainly,big but not over the top flavors obviously the hops dominate but dont wreck your mouth.Citrusy like that of lemon and over ripe pineapple with just a small hint of pine but its not big,a lightly sweet caramel malt base shows itself more than alot of other beers of style.Just solid I think the 9.5% abv is pretty well hidden,I would have again.

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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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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Double Daddy

Appearance: orange-amber, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malty and yeasty hops.

Taste: grainy malt and a whole bitter hop followed by a faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick but smooth.

This is a very nice full bodied and flavored brew. It is slightly chewy but in a smooth/rich way.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had hear about this beer a lot from west coast oriented podcast and was dying to try it. After my first taste of this i was not as impressed as i hoped to be. HOwever, i just bought a bottle at Whole Foods and this might now be one of my favorites. A very unique hop flavor and aroma that is a little more on the piney side than citrus. Color is a little darker than usual. In general this will be one I get as often as I see it.

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

355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin..

Poured a nice golden orange colour. White head poured small but pretty thick then faded to light wispy coating with thickish edging... barely any carbonation... some decent lacing lines...

Aroma - Blast of juicy mouth watering fruits (grapefruits, oranges, limes, apples), lots of strong piney and floral hops, very perfumed, some talcum powder traces, light rubberiness, honey sweetness, some basil herbalness..

Taste - Lots of floral and citrus hop bitterness followed by light sugary sweetness, juicy tart fruits (grapefruits, lemons, pears), light caramel malts and hints of floral honey, some graininess, tobacco hints, chalky, quite herbal, alcohol just noticeable, perfumed, coppery...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharp bite... medium / full bodied... pretty drinkable for a 9.5% brew

Overall - A pretty good double IPA - full of flavour and very drinkable... recommended...

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy amber body with a creamy white head that stands about one finger...the head falls into a ring rather quickly but still leaves some lacing

S - Hops are very first they come across as fruity and the beer warms a spicy, piney hop presence comes out

T - The hops really shine and are able to show off their flavors...the malts in this beer make an appearance in the middle of this beer but they never stand out...they mix well and add an extra sweetness to the fruity hops...again as the beer warms a bit of spiciness comes out...the hops aren't too bitter at first but they do become bitter as the spiciness comes out after warming

M - Medium bodied...a nice bittersweet finish

D - This was a decent Imperial IPA for me...the 9.5% was very well hidden and the hops presented their different flavors nicely...the warming effect hindered this beer being rated higher for me

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

It pours a hazy golden orange, like murky honey. A finger of white head drops quickly to frothy gauze. A seascape of lacing waves along the inside of the glass.

As the aroma gels, it's the hops that lead, with crisp citrus, pine, and a poignant floral note. Underneath lurks quite sweet malt with a gentle fruitiness. A shadow of alcohol is well masked.

Upon tasting, a tongue-enrobing deep malt sweetness crows caramel, berry, and candy sugar. The hops are slightly more subdued but still grant a duet of pine resin and dry grapefruit. A doughty yeast moment is singed by a bright blaze of alcohol. Malt is revisited with a flaky biscuit mild sweetness. The hops go bitter toward the close, with a crisp finish lingering glowingly. It's boastful but nicely balanced despite its size.

Between medium and full bodied, it has a sticky flow that's made dry and oily by the hops resins.

It's big, bold, earthy, sweet, bitter, balanced, and attention-getting. It's not much for complexity or nuance, but it's well done and enjoyable. Note and caution need to be given to the ABV, but it's not like you could ignore it anyway. And with said due caution, drinking it is a pleasant enough experience. And for whatever reason, I really like those peering eyes painted on the neck of the bottle, too.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is bright golden with a small whitish head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind nice patterns of lace, however.

S: Mellower than expected, but with the usual DIPA suspects -- i.e., piney hops, citrus and orange. Also a hint of mint.

T: Lighter tasting than expected -- there's a good foundation of biscuity or bready malt. Over that comes resiny pine and citrusy hops -- grapefruit and maybe orange peel. I wrote that it tastes "clean" -- it's not as big, flavor-wise, as most DIPAs, though it's clearly bigger than your average IPA.

M: First impression is that it's a bit sticky and resiny. Medium-bodied in heft.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nose full of citrus piny hops and a sunny disposition make a very nice big ass IPA. Lots of hops with a punchy finish( the alcohol comes through a bit). This is a well balanced double IPA that screams West Coast. Enjoyable and a nice addition to the regular Big Daddy IPA.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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