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.

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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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Photo of SethB2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Chalice.

Beer pours an orangish brown IPA color with very little head and lacing. Smell of grapefruit hoppiness with a decent malt backbone. Taste starts a little sweet followed by the hoppiness that was present on the nose. Malt is big in this one, approaching barleywine character. For a beer that is classified as a DIPA, the hop bite more resembles a single IPA. Still tastes good, though. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Drinkablity is decent, party due to the alcohol being well hidden and also because is goes really smooth.

Nice beer. Much better than their single IPA.

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

Poured this beer in a pint glass to reveal a nice light amber color, a tad lighter than most Imperial IPAs. Nice head that lasted for about a quarter of the beer, leaving a little lace on the side of the glass.

The smell was a nice hoppy floral scent that was a fairly strong. Taste was great nice big hoppy flavor, that was balance very well with the malt concidering that this is a Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel was almost perfect, maybe just a little thin, but nothing to complain about.

All in all a great beer and totally worth a try. I would be willing to pay more and get a 6-pack instead of the four pack.

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

Hazy yellow-gold body, topped by a thick slab of creamy white froth. Good lacing.

Pleasing, inviting nose of citrus, heavy on the grapefruit.

Nice malty start that throws down a landing pad so the hop assault has something to build on. The opening burst of sweetness is strong enough to register before giving way to a delightfully bitter and fruity bite in the back of the throat. Traces of hops linger long after.

Good medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A well structured Imperial IPA which hides its alcohol and gives you some malt along with big hops. Recommended.

Nice when fresh Speakeasy makes it way to NJ/PA. This sample was only four months old.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at AJ's right before Christmas for $2.39.

Brew poured a golden orange with a nice white head that has sustained quite well. Nose is a very aromatic blend of malts and citrusy hops. Taste is a combination of a blend of malts and a whallop of grapefruity hops. Initially the taste was great but the bittering hops is dominating the palate as I finish the bottle. Mouthfeel is thinner than what I expected but it was nicely carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good but this brew packs a punch at 9.5 abv. Overall a pretty good representation of the style. I would definitely recommend this to those who like turbocharged citrusy IPA's!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. It has a thick white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. It might be a little piney also, but only just slightly.

This beer has a grassy hop flavor. It tastes a little piney also. It has a grapefruit like taste to it also.

This beer is carbonated well. It has a sharp fealing to it. A little tart. It leaves a grassy aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would make the best session beer. It is just a little hard to drink. It is too tart.

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Photo of warriorsoul
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of a very generous WaffleSauce...
Semi cloudy...pale copper in color with a full finger of white head.
Wears away to just a thin layer, but leaves behind some thin, tight lacing.
A gentle aroma of fruity hops...although I've sensed more coming from some pale ales...may not be a good sign.
Definitely not a good definitely has some hops to it, but falls short of many IPA's, nevermind Imperials. It is not a malt bomb, but is more pronounced than the hops.
Finishes with some sourness and the aftertaste just kind of lingers there...not very crisp. The alcohol burn is very well hidden, but hits you in an almost spiced manner.
Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and the carbonation is a bit too high for me.
I can drink this one because while lacking as to what it should be, it is not a "undrinkable" beer...just something I will be thankful to have tried and move along to something else.

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

I was pretty darn dissapointed with this one. . .so much so that I don't even feel like going in to the full fledged review.

Bought a 4-pack 12ozs at BevMo. Poured with little head (about 1/8"), and close to no lacing. Looks more like a god Pale than a a DIPA (or an IPA for that matter!). Average nose for an IPA. Taste wasn't bad. . .just lacking. For a double IPA, I'm not sensing double anything. . .if nothing else, the lack of everything leaves it balanced. Anderson Valley's HopOttin standard IPA has a WAY more impressive taste & mouthfeel.

If this is the only option. . .go for it, it's not bad. . .but it's far from good. Very dissapointing =(

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brownish-orange, white thin head fading with lacing.

Ahh, aroma is hops, hops and malt. Oh and some breadiness too... mmm double IPA.

Wow, maybe it;s because this is my fifth IPA of the evening, but this thing seems exceptionally smooth for a doube IPA that's almost a double digit alc%. Tasty...

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

On the coaster... dried apricot. When held up to my sunlit front window... oriole orange with canary yellow borders. The tangerine colored cap is small, but makes up for it by being thick, creamy and impressively persistent. A 'king's crown' pattern of lace graces the glass.

The nose is solid, even if it doesn't approach the *really good* DIPAs in terms of strength or personality. It has a low hoppy thrum rather than the soaring hoppy high notes that I love so well. Drunken orange sections lead the way, with grapefruit and pine contributing as well.

With regard to flavor and mouth presence, Double Daddy is a little closer to a DIPA than to an IPA. Dreadnaught, it ain't. That isn't to say that it isn't good beer. Maybe my love for hoppiness is at work here, but I find this to be a pretty good version. And from Speakeasy, no less.

This would be a good place to start for those who are curious to try bigger, hoppier beer. The malt bill favors pale over caramel (a good thing) and the hops taste like they all start with the letter 'C'. Bitter orange and pink grapefruit still lead the way, with a pleasing spruce sap snap on the back end. The beer is resinous without being abusive.

The mouthfeel is perfectly in line with the rest of the beer's attributes. More chewy fullness would have required more malt... and more malt would have stuck a finger in the eye of the malt:hop balance (in favor of the bad guys). The carbonation is so fine that I don't even mind that there's a lot of it. Good job on the alcohol masking as well.

Double Daddy Imperial IPA is my favorite of the standard Speakeasy beers, an outcome that I wasn't at all sure about when I popped the cap. It may not run with the big boys, but if I ever wanted to go crazy and session a DIPA, this would be as viable an option as any other.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Lone 12 ounce bottle sealed with a color logo’d white crown cap. Green and white silhouette style screen printed bottle that has open unpainted areas used in the design thereby allowing the brown glass to add to the abstract presentation. Double DD playing card frontage labels the brew as “Double Daddy Imperial India Pale Ale”. Frontage has the strength at 9.5%; obverse has the words “Double Down 001’ which looks like a screen printed batch number of sorts.

Appearance: Amber orange golden body with a resilient dirty white head that has a decent longevity. Spritzy but finely dissolved conditioning. Patchy lacing but it adds to the overall looks.

Nose: Edgy aromas, distinctly cubist with angular corners and crevassed rocky outcrops. This is not smooth; there are no eroded aspects to any of the sharp crisp citric hops. Not even the fruity malts lend comfort, they too are citric based. Hints of oily distilled oranges and a freshly peeled zest.

Taste: Sharp pink grapefruit bitterness with a light tangerine entrance. The centerpiece is bitter, rarely taking a break; the finish manages some spicy hops and a wailing caramel malt stratum that barely surfaces against the puckering pineapple. Sharp, sharp sharp and lacking any malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Does enough to support the 9.5% without knocking you out or overpowering the imbiber. But, you know, I really miss the malts in this one, the bitterness is rampant and over throws the body with a blanket; in short the Mouthfeel feels and looks like a nice hand woven Aztec Sofa throw, but underneath it’s an old aging faded couch full of holes cigarette burns and stains.

Drinkability: The menacing silhouette eyes on the neck seem to stare at me whilst I slurp this one down. The 12 ounce bottle was a nice entrance into this one, I don’t think I would be happy facing a whole 22 ounce Bomber on my own - it’s just too sharp for the long haul.

Overall: Astringent bitterness with a sharp cutting orange-tinted citric puckering, clealry put this offering firmly and squarely at one extreme end of the Double IPA archetype. It lacks that luscious fruitiness and balancing malts that I prefer, and as a result the Drinkability suffers. Whilst I like bitterness and citric bite, it is "heavy" in this example and becomes erosive and corrosive over time. Nice enough, and maybe I have been spoilt, but this lacks that overall refinement and rounded Drinkability that other nearby NoCal cousins have. Worth a try though, it’s a benchmark “bitter” Double IPA, but not one of the better ones IMVHO.

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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 bennetj17
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours leaving a little bit of head, looks a mostly clear copper color. Smell is a good mix of caramel malt and fresh hops. Taste is similar, but the hops tend to dominate. Some sweetness from the malt comes though, almost giving it a balance. The beer is bitter, but less than many double IPA's. Medium thickness, could use a little more carbonation. Drinkable, but not one of the better examples of its class...

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Photo of kmcnair
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, clear hue that is somewhere between straw yellow and copper, makes a very small head that quickly fades into a subtle halo of tiny white bubbles. Hoppin fresh aroma with tons of pine, hint of malt lingering around but this brew is hopped like a mofo. Flavor is an offensive hop attack, a very green beer with grassy, citrusy grapefruit, and a whole forest of pine trees, I am trying to find some malt but I really can't, there's no balance. Feels pretty good on the palate, clean crisp carbonation, not very sticky and finishes nice and dry.
It is drinkable, but not prefered in it's current state. I'm going to give this brew a bit more time in the cellar and check back in a month or so... will re-rate at that time.

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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 hero27
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Sexy silk-screened bottle. Pours a hazy orange with an average head, which stays around for a while. Huge floral hops in the aroma..carries over in the flavor, with the malt showing quite prominently as well. Not a ton of complexity or any single unique character. The alcohol isn't entirely hidden, but at 9.5% that's to be expected. A bit rough on the edges, but nonetheless it's an Imperial that's not at top of it's class, but a good one to try if you find it somewhere.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice orange and copper color. The head is fairly large and lasted well, while leaving lots of great lace.

Hops come through in the smell but are dominated by citrus and grapefruit flavors. The same goes for the taste. There's enough malt content to back it up, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is pleasing while drinkability is good for the alcohol content.

It seems to be a well made beer, but the flavors profile is a little plain.

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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 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 jakester
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy light amber with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head falls to just a ring around the glass, but there is still decent lacing. Carbonation looks soft.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and pine needles, but not real strong. Hint of bubblegum. Malt is toffee candy, with faint notes of pineapples. Aroma fades rather quickly.

First flavor is hop bitterness, not real sweet, slightly caramel-y, and then a pretty big citrus grapefruit. This beer emphasizes hop bitterness over hop flavor. Aftertaste is bitter, semi-sweet, with alcohol coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. There is a pretty intense grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Great burps! Finish is sweet and heat.

This is a comparatively understated DIPA. It's big, but not overly so, in every aspect, although it IS bitter. Recommended.

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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.64 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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