Thursday, February 5, 2009
I missed this member of the Jonathan Spielberg import collection first time round. I feel cheated because it is by far the best of them. I said before that Big Daddy from Speakeasy just wasn't sufficiently different from Prohibiton Ale because the amber ale just gives so damn much. Double Daddy is the beer that I hoped Big Daddy would be. It is an amazing beer and as reported by The Beer Nut, a great many hours could be happily passed sniffing the potent hop aroma stemming from the glass. Mango hit me in the face when I tasted it, really proper chewy, stringy sweet dried mango. I love mango and loved this beer just as much. I could smell citrus hops five paces away from the glass, not that I wanted to stay away from the glass for very long; it has the most wonderful golden colour with the rich foam and lacing I have come to expect from highly hopped ale. The most striking aspect to this beer is the almost total lack of any unpleasant cloying often found in other Imperial IPAs. Yet it is full bodied, and the heavy hitting 9.5% abv warms you from the throat all the way to the belly. Fabulous.