Dead Eye Double IPA | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Dead Eye Double IPADead Eye Double IPA

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Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The mother of all hoppy beers, the Double-IPA is loved by many and feared by more. Going against our mission to make balanced beers, a healthy portion of Cascade and Citra hops were used to create a smoothly bitter double IPA with big and lingering floral aromas.

Malts: Pale, Munich
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Citra

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity pebbles. Alcohol esters. Pretty malty. Pine, resin, grapefruit pith, coconut and alcohol. Super dry and bitter. unbalanced. Not terrible but not really outstanding. If they dialed down the alcohol, this would be much better.

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Photo of joberlander
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe about a month of age and it's super malty...almost no hop bitterness. Not getting any of the floral characteristics. Hopefully just a bad batch, will try again hoping for better.

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Photo of Woody1180
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Average Dipa disappointing. Heavy malt taste borderline overpowering. Very little hop taste and average mouthfeel. Will not seek out again was expecting much more

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber body, off-white head leaves heavy lacing. Heavy sediment towards the end of the pour.
S - Citrus, grapefruit, mango, hops. Sweet maltiness.
T - Flowery hops, some dankness, malt sweetness comes through strong, but is then cut off by heavy bitterness.
M - Heavy body, light carb. Leaves a warming sensation on the palate.
O - A solid IPA from Cape Ann. Recommend if you see it around.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it from a fresh keg at the EBF and a four pack a few months later - two distinct experiences. Was blown away by the 2 oz sample so I eagerly sought out a four pack. A piney/dank aroma follows a mahogany-golden pour. Taste of thick, syrupy malt, mango, pineapple and lemon rind. The heavy hop and malt dosages pushes the mouthfeel into sticky, resiny territory. Way more malty out of the can than I remember at the EBF. The aroma is right on but the hop/citrus/juiciness I remember was gone. I wouldn't be able to enjoy more than one without having to put my palette in a cast. Still a great beer but one that takes its toll.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a dogfish head IPA glass. A bright white head that settles quickly leaving some lacing.

Bright hoppy aroma with strong citrus notes.

An initial burst of grapefruit hits the pallet. Sweet citrus flavors linger in the mouth with flavors of hops.

Slides over the tongue quickly, leaving just a hint of alcohol warmth.

An excellent IPA that gives a strong taste of summer, which is especially nice in the midst of winter.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip

a: Clear coppery dark amber with an inch thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and extensive patchy lacing.

s; Metallic pine resin.

t; Fairly intense pine resin over a solid malt base is quickly followed by an eye-opening blast of bitterness towards the back of the mouth and sides of the tongue. Bitterness fades rather quickly into a dry finish.

m; Medium to full, great body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Can't find a canning date on this hoppy wonder, but what I taste is generous pine resin and a hefty bready malt base that makes for a good DIPA which covers its 9% ABV well. Occasional metallic nose notes detract slightly but disappear later.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/22/14
A - 3 fingers of off-white/copper colored head. Dense and rolling. Unfiltered, burnt-orange body. Great retention and lacing.

S - Intense citrus and pine. Grapefruit and lemon rind complemented by floral notes. Sweet malty backbone.

T - Nice sweet malt backbone. Dank, bitter, citrus, pine. Flavors linger for quite a while. Citrus rind and resin in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Sticky finish.

O - Intensely resinous and bitter. I like a lot more fruit and balance, but this is intense and well made. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber color with a slight off white head that is thick and lasts a while. Great lacing on the glass. First pour was clear but the second was cloudy with tons of sediment, Heady Topper like. I don't mind the aggressive appearance. Nice citrus and tropical nose, sugar like sweetness, and a very fruity component that smells almost of fruity pebbles. Nice citrus hit up front, tropical and that sugar sweetness hits and balances the bitter notes. I do get a fruity pebble like profile in the finish, it's different in a good way. 9% ABV is totally hidden. Medium body, nicely carbonated and semi dry finish. I went in with no expectations and was happy with what I found in this nice drinking DIPA with a unique fruity twist.

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Photo of mrz200
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Top notch DIPA from a brewery that has its moments, but not one that I normally think of. Only 1 can in to my 4 pack but I'm a fan. Trying to think of a readily-available New England produced DIPA that I like better and nothing is coming to mind. Better than Baxter's Bootleg and Foolproof's King of the Yahd.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My expectations were low. Cape Anne is a fairly old school east coast brewery, meaning their beers are balanced, English-inflected, and not easily amenable to contemporary Xtremeness.

Pours like an APA--reddish gold, nice head, slight haze.

Smells of a nice Citra blend. Well, look at that! Turns out you *can* highlight, even if you don't single hop. The mango nodes of the Citra are offset nicely by more traditional bitter and citrus.

Tastes like it smells. Really nice hop profile balanced out well against a sweet, bready malt. The variegated hop profile allows for a sweeter malt base, making this one of the more drinkable Citra Doubles I've had. I kinda, sorta wish the hops were amped up a bit, but this is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark crystal clear amber with a two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave a little thin blanket. LOADS of particulate in this can though, enormous amount of chunkies..I gotta take away some points for that.

S - Aromas of lighter citrus peel and pine, not overwhelmingly malty. Quite balanced with no discernible alcohol on the nose. A light touch of tropical hops too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice citrus peel and faint tropical notes, mostly guava and papaya. Not much pine though it is just slightly resinous on the finish. The malts are a touch on the sweeter side though it does not really detract from the beer. Definitely not super super fresh, however, it is still quite pleasant as the alcohol is certainly hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, not sticky, and the alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this certainly wasn't a bad DIPA. Quite drinkable, I'm sure two months ago this would have been even better but as it stands it is enjoyable, with the only knock being the absurd amount of particulates suspended in the brew.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dare I say one of the most balanced dbl's I've ever had. The first time I tried this I thought it just fell short of HT. As I'm having my 2nd a few weeks past it's definitely in a league of its own. IMO most 9% dbl's tend to have the malt stand out. This does not. Hops and malt balance each other out surprisingly well. The amber color is unique in its own way. Grab without hesitation if you can find. Worth trading for!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Bilco for giving me a can

Consumed 12/10/14

A: Lightly hazy, burnt orange with some amber at its core and some golden apricot clarity around the edges - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, keeps a small collar and leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, fruit juice, and resin - decidedly potent and aggressive, kind of noisy with some big aromas - orange and grapefruit juice, flesh, and a ton of citrus zest and pith - herbal, with some pine needles, and some sticky, hoppy resin - candied oranges - fruity juiciness, vaguely tropical but nothing really stands out other than some mango - kind of spicy with alcohol that is somewhat obvious - some caramel malts and sugar at the base

T: Big, burly citrus - interesting combination of lovely hops (Nugget, Cascade, Citra), but it mostly tastes like a punch of citrus to the face - orange and grapefruit juice, flesh, and zest - oily, sticky, bitter pith - floral and herbal, with some pine and some sticky resinous qualities - sweeter than average caramel and light amber malts- candied oranges dipped in alcohol - earthy and spicy finish - more sweetness and more booze, finishes with lingering pith, bitterness, and booze

M: On the heavy side of medium, lightly sticky, nice carbonation but kind of a rough finish with booze

O: Definitely smells better than a dead tooth

Perhaps I am becoming absurd with my standards for DIPAs, or maybe I have just been spoiled with an abundance of top-tier examples of this style... But this is not what I'm looking for. I've had many like this. It's a complete hop bomb without any nuance. There's nothing wrong with that, actually. The reason I'm not a huge fan is that it's overly sweet and overly alcoholic in a way that this kind of tastes like orange cold medicine.

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Photo of T-RO
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Based on the other reviews I must have gotten a bad batch. It was the first canning run received in newburyport MA that I know of. Anyway, I'm having a very hard time putting one of these down. I will finish the one I just opened but the others are destined for the drain. Awful. Edit: Fucking awful

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Photo of Beglane
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is and updated review. Something has drastically changed in this DIPA. When I reviewed it in November 2016, it was outstanding. Now not so much, much darker and more syrupy then before. I loved it, now, like an old girlfriend comes back around, it's not as good as it was. Average

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Photo of HopDeezy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

A - Amber orange, hazy, off white vanilla colored head.

S - spiced oranges and pine are the main players here with some citrusy lemon in the background.

T - spices, oranges, tropical fruit, pine with a longer bitter finish as with that of many DIPAs.

M - spicy, hoppy bitter burst, strong carbonation lingering hoppy orange bitter finish.

O - This is a pretty good DIPA and nice that the brewery is 20 minutes from my house so I know the limited supply is hitting the local stores fresh. 4 pack pint cans too! Let's call it how it is though.....this was overhyped and overrated from the get go. I like it but there are plenty of other DIPAs that are readily available that I'd rather drink. Still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I used to love these guys. Their pumpkin porter was great back in the day, and they made solid base beers. Kinda lost touch with their beers, and they haven't had anything new in a while, so I'm excited for this one. I actually picked it up today, and had to skip the queue of other beers to try this one. No date on the can unfortunately, but I know it's fresh since it just came out. And YAY tall boy cans!

Pours darker than I expected, a reddish amber color with a rosy hue, very clear though, nice bubbles streaming up to reinforce the huge 2+ finger creamy fluffy head that doesn't seem to fade thanks to those streaming bubbles, but leaves a pot marked head and soapy lacing when it does.

Nose explodes out of the gate, nice hops but not what I expected, quite fruity but not really tropical or citrus, well I take that back, not really citrus but some tropical notes, a little guava and pineapple, a bit of a generic American like fruit, perhaps a little stone fruit. It eventually develops a mild clementine citrus, and candied orange note, with a decent sweet malt base and a hint of alcohol tingling the nose. Lots of fresh pungent hops that also get a little floral and grassy.

Taste brings candy malts out front, sweet reddish toasty malts, with a little caramel note, and touch syrupy, pretty sweet though, with even a little nougat like flavor. Spicy hops cut through quickly, some spiciness that mixes with a little fruity flavors, citrus peel notes, candied orange zest, a mild apricot and pineapple like fruits too. Hops get quite bitter and spicy, as well as a bit earthy and herbal, and malts continue to bash with sweet reddish malts. Finish continues with the sweetness but attempts to dry a bit, as it does a big spicy earthy herbal hop kicks my taste buds around, as well as the candy malts, and a little booze warmth and even some tingle later.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a little syrupy, thick malt, with nice carbonation at least.

Overall... well I wanted to like it, the nose was pretty nice but def far from great, but the flavor just fell short. Way too much on the sweet candy malts, way too spicy earthy hop bitterness for a nice DIPA, somewhat balanced but the balance seems like it's teetering on just both sides of the see-saw breaking and falling. Booze comes though a bit, it's OK ... actually I take that back... the more I sip this the more it hits that DIPA niche. There are times when I have a craving for a big DIPA, malty sweet with big spicy bitter hops, mostly in the winter time too, so I could def find times when this would hit the spot. So I'll bump the taste and overall from 3.75 to 4s.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

This DIPA was rounds 2 and 3 during lunch today at the Pub, with my ladies. Served in a slender flute, at $5.50 for 10oz. Menu says it hits 130 IBUs! Woo-hoo!

color was an amber, golden copper. Had some haze within, plus some scattered carbo. Head was off-white, fine and smooth, and lacing was decent. Aroma was rindy and piney, with solid citrus and hints of sweetish fruits as well. Had a solid medium+ body, and it was very smooth and prickle-free on the tongue.

Flavor was as with the aroma: rindy, resiny, pithy and piney! Oh yeah! Sweetness was more pronounced here, with some apricot and tangerine showing up. First few sips had me thinking Heady Topper... Verrry easily drinkable, with the ABV quite forgotten in the proceedings. Prosit!

4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.35 | smell: 4.10 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.35 | drinkability: 4.35


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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Three time pour from the bartender for this one. Full ring lace after each sip. Dirty gold color with a touch of haze.

A combination of floral and grapefruit rind hop wafts to the nose on this one. Attractive.

More malty than I expected. Plenty of alcohol on the tongue, too--warming. High carbonation but with an elevated body as well. The bitterness does not overwhelm but is distinctively there. Modest aftertaste for this style.

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap at Cambridge Common, Cambridge, MA
Served in a mini shaker

The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber and was topped by a small, foamy, light tan head. The crown quickly fell to a thin cap. A drippy blanket of lacing coated the top portion of the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy and fruity. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango and papaya were most noticeable. Pineapple and passion fruit came through as well. Some peach and apricot notes. The fruity hops contributed a subtle sweetness. Hints of candied orange peel were also detectible. All in all, really solid. I only wish the nose could have been a bit more punchy.

The flavor profile was quite different from the aroma. It was much sweeter, with a substantial caramel malt presence and more intense citrus notes. Candied coated orange peel dominated. Lots of juicy peach and nectarine notes. Some brown sugar sweetness. Grapefruit pith and orange rind came through on the finish. Just slightly bitter. Overall, quite well balanced. At 9% ABV, the alcohol presence was incredibly well masked.

The mouthfeel was fuller bodied for the style. Rich, slick and creamy on the palate.

Fisherman's Dead Eye Double IPA might not be in the same echelons of some of the better Vermont DIPA's but it was quite impressive nevertheless. I look forward to seeing more beers like this being brewed in my home state.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a nice strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp a very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time. It’s easily the best beer I’ve had from Cape Ann.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cambridge Common.

Slightly hazy orange color with a creamy white head, with good retention and sticky lacing on the glass. Very nice presentation, especially for a hoppy big abv beer!

Aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a bit of bready malt in the background. Flavor is a cornucopia of fruity hops balanced with a spicy pine note. Contemplating this beer, one can pick out any number of fruit notes, with the pine coming up toward the finish. The flavors seem to line up and not get in each others way - very hoppy but with good finesse and balance.

Medium mouthfeel, totally appropriate for the style and maybe seeming more like a 7.5% abv rather than the 9% listed. Again good finesse and balance.

Wow! To be honest, I ordered a sample of this not expecting to order a full glass. I had never heard of this brewery before and expected to order a Flower Power instead. But one sip told me that the east coast has a new DIPA to rival the best. And it just seemed to get better as I enjoyed it (unlike some big beers that bog down after 1/2 a glass). Heady Topper has company now....if this makes it into regular production (please!!).

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Dead Eye Double IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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