Originally Posted by carnevoodoo
Well, the would "double" in that sense came from the Imperial India Pale Ale, or IIPA, with the double 'I' making that term stick. The Belgians also used the terms dubbel and tripel (and much later quad) as a benchmark indicating strength.
I had an idea for a brewery based on these. Call it the Cycle Brewery.
Make 6-7 standard styles of beers, in 4 degrees of potency but keeping the essence of the SINGLE.
So you would have a Single Pale Ale at 4% or so with an appropriate level of bitterness and hop flavors and aromas.
The Double PA would come in at 8%, the Triple at 12% and the Home Run coming in at 16% and hoppy as a rabbit on extacy.
Then have Man vs. Food come in and 'Hit for the Cycle'
But then I came down a little and laughed at myself.