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 Schnauzerlord
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'd seen this several times in liquor stores, but always had other targets in mind. Grabbed one this time just to give it a try.

App-Nice light amber color and creamy white head. Nice lacing and solid retention.

Smell- Malt...I smell malt...all I smell is's malty. It's not BAD malty, but I like my Double IPAs to smack me in the face a bit with hops and I don't get that here.

Taste-Did I mention it's malty?...for me, it's not as balanced as I like. I want to get a lot of hops from my big IPAs and again, this just doesn't have it. Not that it's horrible, just not really on my list of 'go too' IPAs.

Mouthfeel- It's best feature, for me. Nice, if slightly bready, feel for me. All that malt gives it a big body and it's a real mouthful.'s Malty....not horrible, but just doesn't set itself apart from the MANY really good Double or Imperial IPAs out there. Drinkable, even enjoyable, but not one I'd order if the menu included a good selection.

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Photo of beertunes
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in tulip. Poured a very attractive copper amber color with over 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had a very nice pine hop scent upfront, some lightly sweet malt underneath, and a bit of citrus around the edges. On the tongue, there was a ton of citrus hops, and the light pine and low malt aspects were definitely playing second fiddle. Those citrusy hops did leave a bitter finish that I found distracted from the whole flavor profile.

The body was very good, fuller than average, without being heavy, and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability would have been great, except for that annoying bitterness on the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good brew from a brewery that's never really impressed me before. Certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to a pint glass, no bottle date

Pours a nice mild gold, some orange hues on the sides. Two fingers of foam and some pretty good retention, almost full transparency and mild carbonation. A little aggressive with the foam, other than that pretty solid

Smells of almost an equal balance of malt and hops. Some floral hoppy notes, a bit of grapefruit and citrus, along with a strong caramel base. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, while it's a good smelling beer there's not too much going on here

Taste is with the nose for the most part. Some pine and citrus notes upfront followed by a very dominating caramel malt. Comes together well, but again pretty basic as far as complexity goes. Very balanced between the malt and hop profiles

Feel is a nice chewy medium body. Low carbonation leaves a mild tinge, alcohol is well concealed, and the finish is pretty dry. Bitterness could be higher, but fairly drinkable

Overall this beer isn't the best or the worst. It's pretty balanced which I think defeats the purpose of the style, seems more like a single ipa with the abv pushed up. Only $6 for the bottle though, if it's available around that price it's worth a try

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - a nice shade of amber brown, nice carbonation giving me a 1/2 inch of somewhat sticky off white head.
S - Caramel malts and citrus hops mostly. Not getting much pine or bittering hops just sweet malts. Hope the ABV is hidden well.
T - Quite good the hops are mostly of the citrus/lemon peel variety and the caramel malt is also rather balanced not making for an overly sweet DIPA. ABV is well hidden I don't get any in the taste. Finish has just enough pine bite to make this beer interesting.
M - Medium to somewhat heavy it does a great job hiding the ABV but it does smack you in the face somewhat.

Overall I was quite impressed with this DIPA and the price is kind of high at 8 bucks for the bomber but it was worth the ticket price. Drinks better than most DIPA's I had and was 2x better than their imperial stout.

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

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy orangish amber with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention leads to a firm layer of microbubbles across the surface. Thick, sticky lacing coats the glass.

Smell - Caramel and bread met by strong notes of orange and ruby red grapefruit. Slight pine.

Taste - Caramel character hits the tongue first, along with traces of toffee, but it's quickly enveloped by the massive hop presence. Mild orange sweetness hits midtaste, but gets overpowered by a bitter grapefruit pith character that strengthens near and into the finish. More balance comes through as it warms, allowing more of the caramel malt to play off that grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but the moderate, fluffy carbonation makes it feel a lot lighter than what actually is. Goes down stupid easy. Almost too easy.

Overall - An interesting, though not particularly outstanding example of a DIPA. I could see myself buying this again, but moreso on a whim than from a preconceived notion. The Bros. review mentioned a lot of heat... mayhap Speakeasy has tweaked their forumla in the 5 years since their review, but I found a fine balance on all fonts with this brew, particularly after it warmed to a nice temperature.

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Photo of Reggofcal
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaaaahhhh. Ooooohhh how I have waited for double ipa revolution! This beer is beutiful and delectibly delicious, it's like a party in my mouth.The beer is good warm or cold, but it seems when it is warm it is more complex and the party is electrified in my mouth.alls I can say is drink up.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Really Speakeasy?! A damned gusher!? I opened the bottle and some beer ended up on my kitchen floor. After I finished wiping it up, I was able to pour and admire the orange, hazy body. Tiny bubbles in the carbonation and a thin white head.

S: Peaches and musk up front, butter, raisins. Nicely fragrant.

T: Again with the sweet peaches, butter, and raisins, along with some juicy orange. Some warm spices. Very sweet but balanced pleasantly. Soft white bread. Can't quite place the hop varieties, but I'm guessing amarillo is in there columbus? Not much lingering bitterness at the end, finishes quickly compared to other IIPAs.

M: The roundest IIPA I have ever had. Creamy.

O: I hate to admit that I am not usually a fan of Speakeasy's beers, but this one turns things around! I think I will give them some more tries in the future.

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Photo of mattalive
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good creamy head, leaves a frothy lacing in glass. Smell is slightly sweet and pleasant. Light caramel color with some caramel notes going down with a hint of bitterness. I find imperials to be on the sweet side which this one is not....entirely, that is a good thing. Not overpowering in alcohol as well.

Good job by Speakeasy, a solid imperial ipa. I would buy this again

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper color with a nice thick and billowy off- white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of malt with lots of bready and caramel smells. Mixed with this is a good dose of a boozy aroma as well as some moderately strong pine and grapefruit hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a big malty taste upfront with a more lightly hoped flavor of a grapefruit hop variety. As the taste advances some tropical fruit sweetness comes to the tongue with it at the same time being counterbalanced by some flavors of a more resinous pine hop entering as well. Toward the end of the taste, the grapefruit citrus hop resurges and is joined by some hop flavors of a more earthy variety. The combination of hop and malt are met, at the very end, by a rather light alcohol taste, leaving a moderately grapefruit bitter but smooth malty and somewhat sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The thicker and creamier body were rather nice for the malty and hopped flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation being perfect for producing a nice sipper in combination with the flavors with alcohol taste presence.
Overall – A rather malty and smooth double IPA with a rather balanced flavor profile. It’s not too complex but rather tasty. Well worth a try.

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Photo of McStagger
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Note, my bottle says 8.5 % abv, the Beer Advocate has it listed at 9.5%.

A: Copper colored with one and a half finger khaki head. Transparent, with a fairly lively carbonation. Head retention is moderate, as is lacing.

S: Big malts, with bits of vanilla and caramel. Layers of tobacco, pine resin and citrus are also within. Possibly an old bottle.

T: Expired. Some tawny, oxidized notes, bit of bitterness on the end. Bitterness is sticky and resinous with predominantly floral and spruce aspects. Bit of tropical fruit, but the citrus is mostly gone. Alcohol adds a subtle layer of sweetness. Finishes dry.

M: Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit on the leaner side of an Imperial IPA, which is my preference (Hello Pliney!)

O: I can't fairly rate Double Daddy on an expired bottle. I can, however, rate this particular bottle of beer. Expired, but not to the point where the hops have entirely disappeared. I can't get past the oxidized notes that are prevalent. There is still a good amount of hoppiness within the beer, but it's never really present until the aftertaste. Otherwise, it's pretty much a wash. Currently, I'm rating this a solid 3.5/5, but I will re review it when I come across it again.

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Photo of flydudehsv
4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Pours out a very clear amber color with a somewhat fleeting off-white head that fades to a ring. Nice aroma of floral and citric hops mixed nicely with some sweet caramel. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Hop bitterness coats the tongue and palate but is balanced well against the malt bill. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Lingering bitterness refuses to fade. Nicely done.

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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 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 BlurryVisi0n
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Semi-hazy amber, the body alone when placed against the light comes off close to opaque. Rich in depth with an off-white head that rose to about a finger's length.

Smell: A strong maltiness scent, complimented with heavy caramel. You feel the hoppiness but little less than light.

Taste: A heavy caramel roast blended with hops but the sweetness is a little on the extra. I was craving a little more bitterness to it but not bad.

Mouth: The stickiness, there is none. Smooth, but a light sweet after taste for an imperial it is good but needs a tad bit of tweeking.

Overall: This brew is not bad at all, I have had so many (double) IPAs and this one represents. It isn't the best nor near the worst. It is what it is, a descent imperial IPA that compliments most taste buds. If you want something from Speakeasy that reaches heights of greatness in IPAs try "Betrayal" (you will not be dissapointed). Salud!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. This is apparently a new 2013 formula, with the addition of Simcoe and an increased amount of hops.

A: Two fingers of substantial head with good retention. Very clear amber.

S: Mehh. Stinky hops and honeyed malt.

T: Not sure I like this better...well, no, I do like this better. It's round, smooth, and pleasantly fruity-hoppy. Interestingly hoppy. You've got onions, grapefruit, papaya, and pine.

M: Good, smooth, rich, and thick. I thoroughly approve.

O: A good DIPA. Not quite a great one. That said, it's drinkable, pleasant, and thoroughly recommended. Better than the previous incarnation.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eeek! This one is waaay too sweet. It's like a lousy attempt at a 120-Minute IPA. That beer is crazy sweet too, but I think it's also hoppier and well suited for aging. For me, this was hard to put down. Out of balance, not enjoyable. Maybe someone will try this and say to themselves that it is a suitable replacement for 120-Minute due to its cost and availability, but meh.

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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 jimilayne
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a botte into a chalice glass.

As always with Speakeasy, the appearance is stunning. Incredible crimson gold with a small foamy head that sticks around. Beautiful.

Smells like a standard IPA. Doesn't blow your hair back like some of the hoppier DIPAs I've had.

Very buttery taste, again, with typical IPA balance.

Feels perfect on the tongue. Nothing else to say.

Overall I went with a 4 rating because I feel a DIPA should knock you out a little more. That said, this is a delicious beer. Go out and get some.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be displaying a slight infection issue perhaps.

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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 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 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 Lawl3ss
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled bomber into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Clear medium amber, three fingers of head that fall quickly, leaving a decent cap and plenty of splotchy lace.

Smell- Pine, chocolate, toffee, and a dose of solvent. As it warms, it takes on a musty, musky aroma that overwhelms what clean scents there were. Not a dealbreaker, necessarily, but not very appealing, either.

Taste- Nutty malt, some chocolate, oats perhaps, strong boozy feel. Earthy, dark, musky hop flavor. English-y I suppose, but it needs something brighter to compensate for the alcohol; the tealike hops and overly assertive malt aren't cutting it for me. Herbal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body, low carb. Sluggish feel, moderately harsh alcohol burn. 12 oz is more than enough, I think I'll finally break out those beer saver caps I got as a present a while back. Too heavy? Too light? I'm not sure.

Overall- The moonshine of beers? I'm not sure, but I won't be picking it up again. Feels like it will put hair on your chest. I think I can see what they were trying to do here, and if dark, musky hops and dominant malt are your thing and you don't mind a bit of nailpolish remover, it might suit you well. I'm not a big fan, however.

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly hazed liquid into the glass. A two finger high  an uneven head forms at first but dissolves into a thin layer after a while. 3,5

S: Malty sweet. Cupcakes and sweet lollipops. A very faint tone of raisins. Alcohol at the end.

T: Malts and sweets. Some hops, but not as distinct as I would expect from this style. Grape peel. Lots of alcohol at the end that erases all other tastes. Too unbalanced for me.

M: Surprisingly bland for this style of beer. It has a very light body. Low carbonation.

O: A disappointment. For a beer of this style I expect more complexity and a heavier body. I won't buy this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle on a recent work trip. 22oz bottle...

A: This is a mildy hazy orange brew with a small 1/2 inch tan head that never completely fades. A creamy lacing sits on top. Very good.

S: A nice citrus hop scent upfront with some lemon quickly following. A very faint malt. Decent.

T: A nice clean medium bitter hop upfront with a mild chewy malt in the middle with an overlying lemon citrus on top. A dry floral malt on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A lemony bubbly finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. They are definitely on the right track with this one. A few more adjustments to subdue some malt chewiness and expand on the hop profile and they'd be spot on with a great beer. Good job Speakeasy.

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