I owe joe1510 big time for hooking me up on this one. Typically I would have never got a shot at this beer, but Joe came through with a great surprise. First off, gotta say that I love the label. Don't know what it is about it, but its just an awesome label that doesn't try too hard but executes. Served up in a tulip.
A: Sits in the tulip a very nice and dark orange color. The orange is lighter on the edges with a darker orange to brown core in the center. Held to the light, this baby just glows a wonderful orange (and I emphasize glows). The body is nice and hazy. Had about a finger of bubbly white head off the pour, but it falls rather quickly to a thin ring that almost keeps itself a complete top cap. What head that lasts does have some stick to it and it throws up a little bit of spotty lace.
S: Oh goodness. I thought the regular Daisy Cutter was impressive in the nose. Now that I have met big sister, I know her scent is even more beautiful. Tons of hops coming out in the nose. Everything is just huge tropical and citrus notes. We are talking lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit,pineapple and some amazing mango notes. There is also just that wonderful hops "dankness" as Rockso calls it. Its plain as day, in your face and great. The malts are light and pale but they do add just add a touch of sweetness to the nose.
T: Almost an exact copy as the nose. The main difference is that I am picking up more on the pineapple notes here in the flavor than I did in the nose. Behind that it falls into line with grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon and lime in the flavor profile. A little bit of sugar pops in the middle of all that fruit flavor, but the hops completely engulf that sugar and it seems to add even more to the hops. Just great.
M: Light side of medium in body with a medium carbonation. Has a touch of creaminess to it, but it is mostly just sticky hops coating your mouth. This beer has an amazing crisp dryness that is rocking my face right now. That dryness is just so damned good on this beer. There is a light ABV heat on the throat. Aftertaste is just a good amount of all that hoppy goodness.
Overall: Damn. All I can really say is damn. I was expecting big things because I have been sipping on Daisy Cutter the last couple of days. Since that stuff is so good, I was really expecting a lot from this. Gotta say it came through wonderfully. It has that wonderful in you face hoppiness that you would expect to get from a west coast IPA. The best part about this beer though is that the hops are plentiful, but they don't overwhelm. They are executed so well that they don't wreck your palate and they don't get boring or too much as you work through the bottle. This beer just wonderfully showcases the hops. I can't say enough.
Lucky me, thanks to Joe we were one of the few people who got a growler before it kicked on the first night. I find myself here, in front of the lappy laptop, compelled to review for the first time in months...this beer is inspiringly delicious.
It glugs from the jug a hazed dark orange/golden color with a puffy, airy off-white head. Looks very much like the regular DC, maybe just a bit darker in hue.
I haven't been doing much drinking of any kind lately so when I stuck my nose over the rim of the glass I was blown away with the most pungently tropical/citrusy hoppy aroma I can remember encountering in quite sometime. It exudes the essence of west coast hoppiness with notes of mangos, pink grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple, faint peach, lemon, and even more than my nose has trouble picking up through the complexities. Just a kiss of sugary pale maltiness helps sugar the hops and lend a touch of balance to the aromatics.
The taste follows suit, leading with intense tropical and citrusy hops that have identical attributes to those of the smell with maybe just a bit more leafy "dankness" riding underneath. Subtle sweetness comes into play to lend minor balance to the huge juiciness and nice bitter bite that comes in late, but this is ALL about the hops.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter, creamier side for a DIPA but it's still resinous as all get-out and full of plenty of late trailing bitterness that lends much dryness to the finish. A bit of booze heat builds on the throat, but nothing out of place of the style. Not the most bitter DIPA I've had, but skewed much more in that direction than towards one of balancing sweetness in the body and feel.
I could and did drink my share of this growler way too quickly, even for being a light-weight drinker with a low tolerance these days. At 8.5% it won't totally obliterate, which is very good in my case, and also lends itself to being sessioned by those with no regard for their taste buds like myself.
Double Daisy is one of the best beers I've had all year, if you can somehow get your hands on a bomber (the brewery is all out of growler fills already as of 5pm on the first day) I wouldn't hesitate no matter what the price...I can't recommend this beer enough for all the hop heads out there - simply fucking fantastic!!!
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