Dead Eye Double IPA
Cape Ann Brewing Company

Dead Eye Double IPADead Eye Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #621
Ranked #3,276
4.15 | pDev: 10.36%
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Dead Eye Double IPADead Eye Double IPA
Notes: 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Woody1180
3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
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 T-RO
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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 HopDeezy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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 angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpgpitt10
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamhand
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smutty33
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.73/5  rDev +14%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Eye Double IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 168 ratings