Grab your Tommy gun and hop onto the side sill. There’s a couple booze runners on the other side of town, and they’ve got a fresh shipment of beer. I know, we’re going to drive to the store and buy it, but this is Double Daddy Imperial IPA from Speakeasy Ales, so toss on your fedora and let’s get going, Mugsy.
Speakeasy Ales is a little bit of cool and a lot quality. Their beers can be identified by the shift eyes on the neck and the gangsterland style of their labels. This drew me to the bottles initially, but the quality of the brew kept me coming back. I’ve always been a big fan of the Prohibition Ale and when I saw the Double Daddy 4-packs, I felt the urge to give it a try.
Double Daddy pours a light orange with a restrained aroma of piney hops. The flavor is a lot of malt up front, but not too sweet, just enough to balance the kick of alcohol and finishes nicely with citrusy hops, but nothing that blows you away. The hops area little harsh, and not as smooth as a Pliny or a 90 Minute IPA, but as an Imperial IPA, this one can hold its own.
So while shifty eyes are usually not to be trusted, let this one in. And remember, the password is “Zymurgy.”