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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
696
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
68
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy honey amber color. Short thin head with low retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts. Extremely bitter hops. Resiny pine. Some tropical fruit. Heavy alcohol smell in the mix that doesn't blend so well with the beer. Needs some better finishing hops.

Taste: Grapefuit, pine and then big dose of warming almost mouth numbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Malty. Very heavy. Finishes warm and bitter. Could use some more balance.

Overall: One of the weaker double IPA's I've head because usually double IPA's have even more hop and malt flavor than IPA's but this one is just too big bitter and boozey. I won't revisit.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in short ale glass (multiple times)

A: apricot colored; small head; fantastic lacing; decent carbonation
S: amazing, enduring hops aroma, even ten minutes after opening; very inviting
T: robust, hearty IPA; field-fresh hops flavor; the hops are really alive and prominent; malt seems downplayed to me, but I'm not complaining
M: very smooth mouthfeel

Really nice, solid IPA; glad it came at the end of the evening

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. This style is usually brewed without regard for balance, so my expectations were low.

Presentation: Nothing turns me off to a beer more than when its brewers see no issue with serving it into plastic cups. Come on, now.

A: No head at all (likely as a result of the high ABV). Colour is a cloudy orange.

Sm: Orange citrus ester fruit hops. A simple, generic, mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops alongside a backbone of awkward malts. Light butterscotch is present - barely (diacetyl?). Built alright, but imbalanced to be sure. Its biggest flaw is its simplicity. Luckily, no alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the flavour. Also, it's sharp and thick, limiting its drinkability.

Dr: It hides its ABV well, but the sharp, thick mouthfeel and lack of complexity or inspiration make this a lackluster brew I'll never have again.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe glass and it settled into a cloudy amber/copper that also had an attractive glow to it. A finger-thick eggshell white head formed and didn't dissipate quickly.

The aroma was the next encouraging aspect of this beer - a pleasant swirl of citrus, pine, and malty caramel sweetness. Taking the first few sips miraculously matched the aromas.

Taste is extremely fresh, with an excellent bite of hops perfectly balanced with maltiness that immediately reminds me of that "raw sugar" you can find at most coffee shops. The hops jumped from piney to peppery to citrusy, and a thin layer of earthiness that added a certain humility to the bold flavors. Lip-smacking malt balances it all out and everything leads to a slightly dry finish that instantly preps you for the next sip.

I was blown away by how fresh this imperial IPA was after accidentally cellaring it a few months. There was nothing about this beer that would suggest it was, at the very least, a half year old. If Double Daddy tastes this fresh after all these months, I can't wait to try it when it's REALLY fresh.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear gold liquid. The head is thin and white. The aroma is a mix of herbal hops and alcohol. The aroma has a very muted malt smell, which could be a lot more pronounced. The flavor is heavily tilted to alcohol and bitterness. The hop flavor is full of pine, citrus peel, and a spicy, peppery, sharpness. Medium body. All in all, this beer could be more balanced, but is still drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of SmartyPints
1.76/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange/coppery color. Half finger white head that went down almost right away. Little streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice strong floral hop smell from the get go with caramel malts being a underlying aroma.I noticed when it warms up a little a odd rubbing alcohol smell overpowers everything.

T- Nice healthy hop bite at the tip of my tounge with the first couple drinks. Noticed that the taste went from bitter pleasant hop taste to a overpowering rubbing alcoholish taste as it hit the back of my tounge. The malts never really shine at all as the alcohol kills off all flavor right after the front hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Citrus hops and lots of rubbing alcohol left on the palate. Aftertaste was nothing but rubbing alcohol and destroyed hops. This beer had a strong off flavor with the rubbing alcohol pretty much from the ending of the front to the backend. High alcohol drying on the mouth.

O- I suspect this is an off bottle but after three sips I had to drain pour this one. I would like to rereview this one when I get a chance but for now this beer was pretty bad which stunk as it looked good out of the bottle. Sadly that is where it ended.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/23/11
*Bomber to pint glass

A: Double Daddy pours a dull and hazy soft caramel color adorned with a soapy bone white one finger head. Tracks of lace with each sip.

S: Big spike of pine resins on the nose give way to some herbally spice and sugary pale malt aromas. Pretty clean.

T: Hops are forward. Intense with pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some spice. Rather light malt backing laid down providing a nice sugary grain base. Definite alcohol flavors present and a bit hot actually. Pretty tasty overall I would say. Quite juicy with hops.

M: Med. – Heavier body here. Somewhat creamy texture with a sleek resinous coating on the tongue. Slight dry bitter pucker effect on the finish.

D: A Big Daddy of a DIPA! this one has a bit of heat on it for me to consider very sessionable but some real nice intense hopping none the less.

I would have to say I prefer the single Daddy IPA version. Not a fan of boozy DIPA’s but this one is definitely worthy of a few tries.

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Photo of gpogo
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large beige head that leaves a decent lacing. Mostly clear copper body.

A- Thick earthy citrusy hop aroma with a very substantial malt backing. Oddly I smell pineapple on occasion with this beer. Some caramel malts.

T- This is quite a hop bomb. Instantly a very bitter flavor followed by some caramel malt flavor with a boozey alcohol finish.

M- Medium to heavy body with light to medium carbonation.

D- Not bad, a guy at the store talked it up, but to be honest I enjoyed the Stone IPA I had the other day more than this.

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Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with an inch of beige head. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is nice and hoppy and full of citrus aroma.

Taste is fantastic. Plenty of hop flavor throughout. Great tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall a really great beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd really like to drink some more of this. Someday hopefully.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a thin white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus and pine. Faint graininess. The flavor is overly grainy with some strong orange rind notes and a bit of pine. Medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-bitter finish. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Pinocchio's brandy snifter. No bottle dating. Thanks to barfdiggs for this one!

A: Pours the traditional deep orange DIPA color. Basically no head because of the alcohol being 9.5%. Definitely some alcohol feet and mild lacing.

S: It's all over the board. I get pine, some fruit maybe grapefruit, and definitely some malts. Caramel roasted malts that are there to balance.

T: I get a little hop bite and citrus in tip if tongue. Mid mouth is lots of malts that almost make it unbalanced. The finish has some bitterness and it's as clean as I was hoping.

M: Medium bodied DIPA

O: B- It's a pretty good beer, but balance was an issue. Palate might have been off or freshness, but all and all not the best DIPA from that area I have had by far.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium off white head fades into a nice lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Bitter hops, light citrus with light alcohol aroma.

The taste is more bitter hops with citrus fruit, light pine?, and a light some more on this medium to full bodied beer.

A lasting dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff for some reason.

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

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet honey, bittering hops, pine, caramel malt, and some citrus. Taste is initially sweet with floral and honey flavors, then I get a lot of grapefruit citrus taste. Followed by a bit of booze, light malt profile and bittering, piney hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a little chewy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is definitely not my favorite DIPA, but it is a solid one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt is not so evident for so strong a beer. Some sweetness adds to the candied grapefruit peel flavor. Sharp with a rasp in the back of the throat. Lovely golden orange color in the wine glass, and lacing is particularly nice. Full and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness fills the aftertaste. Flavor seems quite thin and acidic. Odd medicinal nose. Not particularly enjoyable, though it delivers the alcohol with a minimum of fuss.

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

Pours hazy and thick, with a sluggish, reluctant head, but surprisingly good lacing. The aroma is thick and sweet, so hoppy that it crosses into the realm of pineapple juice. The flavor is punishingly fruity, with pineapple, vanilla, and orange peel. There is a sharp shock of alcohol on the tongue and an immediate blast of intense citric bitterness that spreads to a residual spearmint on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is gooey and thick.

This beer is just too much of a muchness and hard to enjoy.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corresponding to what would be expected of an Imperial IPA, the nose on this one is heavy with the grapefruit scent that comes from massive amounts of hops. What sets this one apart, however--at least olfactorily--is the similarly large scent of sugary malts, which add a cane sugar aroma.

On the tongue, it's also immediately obvious that large amounts of hops and malt went into this brew, as not only is the ale quite bitter, but sugary as well, resplendent with caramelized brown sugars and dark fruit esters. There's also a nice thread of toasted grains just below the surface, along with a slightly-stronger-than-I-would-like alcohol tinge. (But at 9.5%, this isn't unexpected.) Both malt and hop flavors last throughout the mouthful, with the sugars peeling back at the end to reveal a nice oaky undercurrent. The aftertaste largely consists of hops, with slight hints of toasted grain.

Overall, this is a decent Imperial IPA, made better by the amped sugars, though I expect the power of the hops will turn off many.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Daddy is a beer as smooth and jazzy looking as it sounds; a clear, lustrous golden body gives off garish highlights. Held up it lights up like the Vegas strip. Although under a high pressure of alcohol, its head flourishes and ticks off every possible box: film, foam, bubbles and lace. Check. The glass ends up looking sad with such droopy lacing.

Double Daddy smells about as good as most imperial IPAs... at least on first whiff. But judging by how much brash character quickly comes apparent you start to wonder if this will be all that drinkable, what with all that blatant alcohol and bitterness in toe. Beneath it all are notes of toasty pale malts and hops that stink like wet leaves in fall.

It doesn't seem like the brewery went any darker than pale malts, which is fine, but they don't seem to have used enough of them. That stale white bread taste is suffocated first by soapy, lemon Pledge-like hops and then by alcohol vapors. Bits of grapefruit, peach and cantaloupe show up seemingly randomly. Their flavour is certainly doubly intense.

The alcohol seems to scour most flavour out of the beer, but what little survives is vividly hoppy and, given the style, I suppose that's what matters. Like I said, malts are a lost cause in a beer this (determinedly) hoppy and strong. It is drinkable, albeit at a slower pace. The finish is minty and somewhat scathing due to alcohol, but not terribly bitter.

I don't think it's incorrect to suggest that DIPAs rely on the average beer geeks' fetish for brutal, bitter and obnoxious offerings - Speakeasy delivers just that with Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Perhaps too much of that. While I don't think anyone could pretend that this beer is anywhere near first-rate, the pleasure that it brings is definitely a DIPA pleasure.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale amber/gold with reddish highlights; large fluffy head subsides to a scant finger with tons of sticky lacing all down the glass

S - inviting enough, if a little simple; sweet caramel/biscuit malt and a bunch of citrusy hops - orange peel and grapefruit pith; has some richness to the malt notes that indicate a big beer

T - good malt notes on the palate - sweet caramel and biscuit with a lightly grainy almost earthy quality; hops are present, but not stealing the show - a DIPA of balance; some gentle bitterness emerges at the back end

M - well-balanced and easy to drink; low-moderate CO2 lets the richness shine

O - well-crafted; it is nice to have a DIPA that shows restraint in the hop department; was expecting more bitterness, and was pleasantly surprised

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Photo of JerryG
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Red ale with a light white head

Smell is hoppy, but not a complete boquet of hops, along with roasted malts

Strong hop taste (average for an imperial ipa). Lots of roasted malt flavor. I would describe this beer as an over hopped double red. Similar to a Ninkasi Believer double red, but stronger malt and hops.

It doesn't taste like a 9.5% beer, maybe because the hops cover up the sweetness, and there is not a lot of body for an imperial.

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

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served on tap into a pint glass, Double Daddy had a slightly hazy orange-yellow hue, with a small foamy head that laced surprisingly well. A very interesting floral aroma, loaded with grapefruit. Surprisingly the taste is not too hoppy for an IIPA, though the citrus hops are ever present overlaying the sweet caramel malt base, but certainly not overpowering. Finishes mostly dry and piney, but with a little bit of sugary sweetness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber.

Pours a cloudy medium-dark gold with a decent sized (for a DIPA) beige head. Tons of thick lacing in the glass.

Smells of significant caramel and biscuity malt. Citrusy tropical hop aromas are there too, but they don't take the foreground.

Tastes quite sweet, revealing all that malt that was in the smell. Hop bitterness and flavor makes itself known by the finish and lingers heavily in the aftertaste, which gets very dry. The middle flavor of this beer is quite flat, not in a carbonation sense, but on the palate.

Carbonation is decent, but feel is maybe a bit too thick. There is heat from the alcohol, but I don't find it so bad given the high ABV.

I'd say overall this beer is OK, but I'm liking it less as I work my way through it.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: From a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of off-white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Grapefruit/citrus with a bit of floral hopiness, and the requisite caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T- Citrusy, floral hop notes provide a solid level of bitterness. A modest caramel sweetness, and a touch spicy on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Good. Not a standout, but a pleasing, easy drinking DIPA.

Future outlook: Consumed while in California, and not distributed here- decent enough, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to chickencoop for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hop, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. It had a very nicely balanced flavor with a good aroma. The caramel I picked up on in this one was a very nice touch of sweetness to the citrus aspect in this one. This one is worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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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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Double Daddy from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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