By Iron Chef Leftovers
Living on the west coast means an abundance of double and imperial IPA’s tend to be available and it also means that I want to try any new ones that enter into the market. When Speakeasy became available in Seattle and one of the available beers was their Double Daddy IPA, a beer which I have tried and liked in previous trips to SF, I figured it was time for a review. The beer was from a 22oz. bottle.
From the Speakeasy website:
Doubling down on malt & hops, Double Daddy raises the stakes. With its good looks and no-limit style, DD takes the pot every time.
Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
Release Date: January, 2003
Alcohol Content: 8.5% by volume
Malts: Pale malted barley, English Munich Malts
Hops: 4 Varieties of Pacific Northwest Hops, 3 hop additions, including dry hopping
Yeast: Speakeasy Ale Yeast
Tasting Notes: Copper color. Huge hop aroma. Bitter, hoppy and warming alcohol on the palate. Finishes incredibly dry and clean for such a big beer.
The beer pours amber in color with a white head. Lots of citrus and grapefruit on the nose with grain and some floral notes hiding in the background. This beer is a major hop bomb – slightly bitter with juicy grapefruit and orange peel dominate with a long finish that contains hints of grain in addition to the hop character. Some green hops and resin become present in the middle of the finish as the beer warms, which was surprising but not unpleasant and an nice addition to balance out the citrus a bit more. The alcohol is well integrated and not noticeable, making this an easy drinking beer for any hop head.
Double Big Daddy is a find double IPA, and one that will hold up in the crowded NW beer market.
Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA slides into the party with a solid 4 zoot suits out of 5.