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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Double Pale AleWild Dog Double Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-24-2004)
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Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 5004.

Pours a clear red to brown brew with a mild chill haze.

Smell is a complex witches brew of hop scents. Tropical fruits mostly Pineapple and Papaya hit first with a tasty sweetness. The alcohol scent brings scents of brandy and whiskey to the nose. Exceedingly fruity scents to this one, a match for Belgian Brewers mastery of beer.

Taste is sweet and full with a solid accompaniment of Hop flavors. Citrus and tropical fruit tastes dominate the flavors, but there is a solid malt backbone to this as well. The bitterness shows up after a while just to let you know this is a 80 IBU brew. BRAVO the USA has most definitely mastered the art of the HOP!

Mouthfeel is very full for the type.

Outstanding sipping beer, I am glad I saved this for new Years. This brew shows what correct hopping types and levels can do.

Zorro, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 6059

cork popped with a faint pop and poured with a struggling cascade that develops slowly into a dense head on a nice deep amber copper body. fruity aroma with some citrus and delicate malt presence...bit of a salty minerally note and some slight hints of pine. mild taste upfront...seems aged/well matured or balanced. sweet chewy bready malty body with a chewy dense center with a balanced spicy hop character to balance. very very well brewed and hard to believe it's 9%, drinks like a regular pale ale.

shippos, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from someone who shouldn't have.

This is in a 750ml champagne bottle, with a neat tag that has 1994-2004 10th Anniversary on it. This is the first of the Wild Dog series, limited release beers. I saved this for the perfect time to review it. Label says Double Pale Ale, but it is truly a DIPA. I drank this in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze) deep amber, with a 1-1/2" huge, rocky, cream colored energizer bunny head. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Big fruity aroma, strong, pleasant old grapefruit and oranges, earthy/grassy hop smell as well. Huge toffee/caramel malts, with an alcohol presence as it warms.

This is an absolutely HUGE beer packed to the gills. Monstrous malt immediately blitzed away by intense bittering. Grapefruit, oranges, and dark caramel candy cover the tongue. There is a big hop character duking it out with intense sweetness for domination of this brew. Definite warmth from the 9% alcohol.

Luxurious mouthfeel. Cask conditioned-like carbonation. Tongue gets coated with hop resins, lips get stuck together. Aftertaste is surprisingly short for a beer this big. Great burps!!

If this beer wouldn't knock my dick in the dirt, I could drink it all day and never be bored. Great DIPA!

jakester, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber slight haze with occasional carbonation bubble bead trails leading up to a wafer thin head cap collar, possible attributed to a high ABV.

Grassy piney with a aromas of sweet sugar and lollipop. Big hops meets big malt balance leaving a lingering cranberry tartness in the nose.

First swigs: Bubblegum & chewy. Welch’s grape juice & syrupy concentrate flavors. Rapberry and orange peel pucker. Malt backbone holds its own with a cotton candy aftertaste.

This is a thick full bodied acidic sizzler with a chalky bite that is an overall delight. This is getting a 5/5 with an expaination that these could go back all night and it is a beer that is going to be seriously sought again.

Last swigs: Raspberry chewy gum. Not sure if this is a double pale as the label states or a double IPA as BA states, but it’s good. God bless the Drafting Room in Exton, PA for this expensive jewel.

Beer is good. Happy big hopped beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of cncbofh
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not just copper.

Tasty Bubbly Copper.

Harsh to the nose, sharp to the pallette, but oh so smooth and tasty when it goes down the hatch. An excellent tasting Double Pale that has truly changed my mind about the Flying Dog Brewery. This is a real muscle of a beer and shows the serious side of the oftentimes immature brews that make their way from this brewery.

The only low score (4.0) it recieved was the drinkability. It's tasty, yes, but the 10% and the overpowering hops can really put a man down.

I'll take another ride on the Flying Dog with this one!

cncbofh, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are also some floaties present. The aroma is perfect. It has great balance. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a kick ass floral hop aroma. The hops smell awesome! The taste is great. It has a very bitter hop flavor that is floral and very rich in the aftertaste. The malt bill is also very sweet and powerful. It has a smooth amber flavor with a warm finish. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one hell of a beer. It has f#cking great malt flavor and awesome hop character; an awesome drinker.

WesWes, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn jello murk. Massive cascade of foam races up the sides of the glass after the pour creating an impressive sized crown of big bubbly outlet cover white. It sits at length before slowly diminshing to a hefty skim. A storm of lace nearly blankets the entire top of the glass with gooey curtains of foam. Beautiful.

Aroma has a supurbly delicate nature to its heft with a lovely array of tangerine skins, pineapple pulp, lemon skins, and orange pith. Those citrus tones keep a good amount of the action going while a semi coating of sprucey pine and bold caramel decorate the back. Very fresh, very soft, and very juicy, all while keeping an adequate amount of bulkyness.

Taste is also quite soft, fresh, and yeilding with a mild orangey tone of multi-layered hops and a moderately present caramel pitch. Fluffy and full of citrus parchment along the sides of the palate. Partial leafyness is aquired within the hop character with a general agreement between orange skins, grapefruit skins, and tangerine pith. But I tend to think and taste oranges here. Big and juicy. The chewy caramel backing smoothes out letting a fittingly, late enduced, spruce coating emerge from the back. Gets much sweeter on the tooth as it sits, gaining a sugary hop juice candy echoing the orange/grapefruit/tangerine with a bit more squeeze in a souring slant late in the finish. Leaves a generous heep of hopified orange soaked spruce across the entire palate after each sip and seemingly begins to build a home on your palate. This really grew on me. The build up of hops got better and better as I went. Very nice.

Feel is just over medium with a certain beefynees to its hold and character. Balanced more to towards the hop end, which I didn't mind as its overall softness and juicyness made for what I've come to like out of a Double IPA. One things for sure, it certainly turns your mouth to an orange-like cotton candy over time. Beautifully present, leafy, and citrufied juice layered hop housing from start to finish. Don't forget the caramel chaser. Which actually doesn't do much good as the orangey stuff just drives right through it like a snow plow through a dainty 3 inch snowfall. Wild dog is a big hop juice induced dreamsicle. Coming across with an orangey barleywine-like attitude that masquerades its aggressiveness very well. It's Polite, but not letting go once you've engaged in its friendly game of bitterness and sweet citrus.

A big, round, and juicy thanks goes to the mentor-monk connection for a chance to bark with the Wild Dog. By far one of the better brews to come from Flying Dog.

tavernjef, Jun 12, 2005
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/29/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a bottle number hand written on the label. From 2004.

Appearance- Dark golden pour, 3/4 inch off white head with light lace along the sides of the glass.

Smell- Lots of caramel, roasted malt and hops. Almost a brandy like smell. Alcohol is present.

Taste- Super smooth and caramely. One of the best tasting malts I've had in a beer..period. I'm sure it was more hoppy when it was fresh though. The hops are nice and sweet with a grapefruit flavor. Almost liquor like. Seems like more than 9% after the first sip.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and lightly creamy. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Terrific change of pace DIPA. This one ages well I can see. If you like the malt you will love this brew. Thanks much Lostbearbrew for the awesome beer!

GClarkage, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #7213

Deep bronze color with a creamy tan head. Nice amount of lacing too. The aroma is piney, citrusy, grapefruit & pineapples...can you say Amarillo hops? Nice solid malty backbone balances out the aroma. The flavor is sweet, and caramel malty, a bit buttery. The fruits come out as well...pineapple and grapefruit. It is medium in body with a oil, buttery texture, and somewhat creamy. It flows to a nice bittering dry finish. This is a very well balanced brew. Top notch...love it.

BeerBuilder, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unscrewed the cage...broke the cork, trying to twist it off...ugh! what gives?!? There we go! Ah...beautiful bottle, lovely label, now to get at the beer, eh?
dusky auburn hue, hazy, and capped with a serious 1/2" ring of creamy, dotted beige foam...impressive appearance.
And highly aromatic, even just sitting on the table, so far from my nose...let's go in...ah, there it is! fruit aplenty, grape and cherry, grapefruit, tropicals, and more, smooth and luscious, ripe, fresh, alive and appealing.
On first sip, the palate is impaled, a pike is thrust on the tastebuds, the senses have to reckon with the enormity of this intrusion, and it gushes a juicy, hoppy deliverance that instantly translates into supreme deliciousness.
Again, with every meeting on the lips and off the tongue, the massive mouthfeel, the tang and twang, rich, robust, fullness in extremity, tasty to the point of no return. I almost don't feel the alcohol, but, once again, I speak too soon, it comes roaring in...this is the Imperial IPA squared, the hop monster meeting the beastly barleywine, and this 10% brew feels almost judicious and restrained...but this is definitely a party-sized package, for I'm only halfway into the bottle and feel near-satiated, and the night has just begun!
So much of the Flying Dog line is pedestrian, it's thrilling to taste what they can do when they take the gloves off and get down and dirty!
Excuse me, now, while I luxuriate in the remainder and re-do my budget to allow for the purchase of a case, to cellar and to savor!

feloniousmonk, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of Portertime
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always like a good double and this is an excellent example. Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head. Smell of wet hops and a hint of juniper. Tastes well balanced with floral hops and caramel malts. Mouth feel is slick but full exciting the bitter taste buds and dancing the whole way down. Cheers!

Portertime, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorking this bottle was quite a chore, definitely well seated. The beer pours a blurred, tawny blonde, with a rising cap of ivory foam. Excellent head retention, keeping a thick covering over the brew all the way through. Incredible lacing, exactly what I want from this sort of beer, sheets of belgian lace all the way down.
The aroma immediately displays thick, juicy, rindy hops. More hops beneath that. Very chewy smelling, with that depth that you look for in a good double IPA. Plenty of malt to back up the hops, lending a sweet, sugary toastiness. Some booze adds a floral tint, with brazen hints of apple, pear and subtler oak.
The flavor opens with a monster wash of sweet, toasted malt, not quite cloying, but not far from it. Massive fruitiness in the middle. Tons of apple, pear and white grape, with the alcohol creeping in early, adding to the sweetness. The finish is a bouquet of hops. Rindy, syrupy pine sap mingles with grapefruit peel and vitamin C acidity. The malt picks up wih a candy-like sweetness, couterbalanced by the hops. Some soft cookie/bready notes from the yeast, definitely adding to the body. A slight wash of alcohol on the swallow. Some lingering hop acidity on the tongue, with a sweet pine sap thickness lingering on the tongue. Thick and syrupy...an almost milk-like body. Super smooth going down, with a very rich, creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly good beer.
Reminiscent of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, but with a cleaner, bolder flavor and snappier hopping. Less alcohol flavor, as well. This stuff is really fantastic, and the folks at Flying Dog really outdid themselves. It retains that pale ale balance, even with the double shot boost. Nice and hoppy, with a solid malt profile and excellent balance. Frighteningly drinkable for it's strength. I could do a 750 ml bottle myself, no problem, although the results would be a bit sloppy. An awesome brew. I'll certainly get another bottle before it's gone. Maybe the only beer that lived up to it's packaging that I've had all year. No complaints here...at all.

UnionMade, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of rowew
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Label is by Ralph Steadman, and there is a neck tag describing the origins of the flying dog name. Hand numbered (or at least it looks like it) - Bottle # 1850.

Appearance: Cork was different than most champagne corks, and gave me a bit of a hard time before coming loose with a pop. Poured into a Stone IPA glass with a great thick head that was slightly off white. Beer color was dark red/orange with a very slight hae. Great head retention, and lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of fruity hops - orange and grapefruit, with a bit of pine in there too. There is just a bit of malt sweetness there too.

Taste: Mmm - hops. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, and the hops definitely dominate the flavor. Very nice full body. This bottle has some age on it, and the flavors are smooth and complimentary. Enough malt backbone to keep the hops from being overpowering, but they definitely still run the show.

Overall impression: A very nice beer that comes as a surprise from a brewer that produce some mediocre beers. This definitely seems like a Double IPA to me - not a Double Pale as they claim. I look forward to Flying Dog's special beers in the future.

rowew, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle on 1/1/05, number on the bottle is handwritten 142. Pours out dark amber looking almost brown with a tall cream-colored head. Huge chunks of lace are left around the glass, as the head stays afloat. Big hop nose as expected with citric hops coming through the strongest with notes of grapefruit. A good amount of floral hops are present as is a big maltiness to balance this out quite nicely. Fairly balanced nose while tilted towards the hops, very appetizing. Sweet caramel and biscuity malt come through first. Big citric and piney hops notes. End with a bitter sweet finish. About medium body with a smooth feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff with no sign of the big alcohol. Well balanced all around, Double Pale Ale really describes it well. If it were a bit cheaper I would pick more up.

meathookjones, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of HisDorian
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is 5 years old, so not sure how the hops will have stood up.

Nice carmel brown color. Very light head, but doesn't dissipate quickly. Smells mildly of hops. Touch of citrus and .... mint? Tastes full bodied. Not a big hop bitterness. Thick carmel taste in my mouth with a nice mint aftertaste. It's actually bigger bodied than I thought it would be, but the hops must have deteriorated. Still a nice beer, and not what I was expecting.

I would drink this again, but not for much longer. It's definitely an older beer at this point.

HisDorian, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of mzwolinski
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking 750ml bottle -- corked and caged. A 9% "double pale ale," whatever the hell that is.

A fairly subdued pop of the cork is the harbinger of sparse carbonation to come. The beer pours in an attractive auburn color with a love thick, creamy off-white head. Very lacy.

Big hop boquet -- piney, spicy, with a hint of citrus. The malt plays a purely supportive role here with a restrained bready character.

Bits of candi sugar flavor start off the sip but are quickly overshadowed by a immense, juicy, oily hop character. All kinds of spice and herbal notes here, with a really unique overall flavor profile -- and I've tried a lot of "double" I/PAs. Malt base has a nice toasty character and backs the hops up well.

Creamy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish, and hella drinkable.

mzwolinski, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They call it a double pale ale. I group it with other good imperial IPA's.

Aroma: Terrific sweetness of complex malts blended well with some sweeter of the American hops. Hop profile is highly defined, but not over powering. Terrific blend of citrus and sweet fruit aromas; like limon, tangerines, and coconuts. Bittering also coming from other grain profiles and yeast profiles; wheat and rye?

Appearance: Murky copper, orange, and a highlight of red and gold.
Mediumly carbonated with an off white / tan head that rose to 1 1/2" head and firmly remained. Head is of tightly knit bubbles that laced very well.

Taste: two dominant flavors persist: complex maltiness and agressive hop flavoring. Maltiness results of toasted barley, caramel, maple syrum...and overall sweet thick flavors. Also, a little bananna-ey and coconut-ey as if from a wheat addition. Hop profile is of milder American hops...but, boy. a lot of 'em. Slightly cidery and alcoholic. Body is full, but not thick. Not overly efforvescent to the mouth, but heavy. Coats the mouth well. Nicely chewy. Gotta wade through this one. Finish is milder than the body but adds alcoholic heat.

Aftertaste: Ever bit as sweet and bitter as the flavor. Bitter disipates after a few minutes, but sweetness persists. Becomes slightly cidery without the metalic. Alcohols intensify.

Impression: a very nice beer. Compllex in its malt profile. Complex in it's hop profile. I don't beleive the flavors have melded ideally just yet. Gives a lot of flavors throughout the drink. I'll probably buy another and let it sit for about a year.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hoptitsbrews, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I was impressed by this beer, especially since I've not been particularly keen on the rest of Flying Dog's line-up. But this one rocks! In fact, alot of smaller breweries might call this a barleywine! Juicy hops (seemingly Simcoe) seem to be it's main purpose for being, but there is more to it. It pours a murky russet body with orange highlights and a crimson cast beneath a tight and creamy light tan head that recedes to a thin surface covering but leaves some nice spots and splashes in memorium each time you swirl the glass or take a sip. The nose is brimming with fruity and spruce like hops (Simcoe and Chinook... Centennial perhaps?) over a caramelish malt. There are hints of grass, cut leaves, soft melon, delicate pineapple, malt extract, bugglegum, and even banana; Man, I love this nose! In the mouth its creamy, smooth, and dextrinous with a medium-full body and very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue and awakens the tastebuds. As it warms it becomes more malty in both the nose and the flavor, but the fruitiness still remains, and a mild vinous note appears, probably spurred by the alcohol which becomes noticeable but unoffensive. It's caramel-soaked maltiness really works to lend a sweet backbone to it, and enhances the juiciness of the hops. It's very well-balanced, however, by a solid American high-alpha-acid hop derived bitterness. It finishes with a spritz of alcohol and a combination of malt and hop that's drying but falls towards sweet, although some dry hop bitterness does eventually rise. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Mar 31, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in colour and VERY hoppy. I think the hops are specifically Northern Brewer and various C-hop varieties, but I could be wrong. Flavor wise it’s an insane battle between hops and malt. There’s a huge malty and ripe fruit thing going on along with a large herbacious hop presence. Heavy mouthfeel. This one is special indeed, and not one for the faint at heart!

fisherman34, Aug 03, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #5059.

Presentation: Dimple based 750ml green Champagne style bottle. Silver cage and a gold metal disc hold the unmarked Cork in place. A small folded label attached to the bottle neck states that this is ‘Wild Dog Double Pale Ale, 10th Anniversary Limited Release’. Listed as 9% Alc. By Vol. (not the 10% as listed) and 80 IBU’s. The tan colored main label repeats this information, together with some rather restrained black and red Flying Dog style text.

Appearance: Minimal noise as the Cork is removed. Pours with an oily viscosity. Polished light oak body, some mahogany hints. Creamy vanilla head that is 1” thick at first, this slowly partially breaks down to reveal a small floating island and a thick creamy ringed halo. Nice smattered lacing on the glass walls. Fine bubbled conditioning is welcome and helps to retain a very healthy head throughout. Excellent conditioning, this has a superb appearance in my Duvel glass!

Nose: I could smell the aromatic hops as soon as I cracked this one open. In yer face Hop Monster. Very pungent. Who would have thought that you could get a whole Hop Field into a Glade Plug-In!?!

Taste: Holy Hoppiness! Sheer Hops, hoppy, oily and bitter in the back end. Viscous, luscious thick and oily hops lubricate and lick the tongue. Fresh hops rasp with a raw biting bitterness that is slick in nature but tremendously bold. Tangy, lingering, pervading, all encompassing – the Hops are all here, and there, and everywhere. An Immense Double Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Massive oily slick slakes hop juices and raw bitterness al around the oral cavity. Huge body with an incredibly forceful feel that assaults the senses completely. No prisoners are taken here.

Drinkability: Well I had a 750ml all to myself, but this is most certainly not one to be knocking back, it does however makes a great companion for the rest of the night, it will see me through to Bedtime for sure!!

Overall: F**k me!! This is not the Flying Dog I have come to know and slanderously despise for their average ‘run-of-the-mill’ brews that so often under-whelm me. To be honest, I have not been that impressed with Flying Dog brews in the past, and I did think *very* hard about picking up one of these before dropping the coin on this 75cl. But this one is a clear winner. Not cheap, my bottle cost $12, but well worth the investment. Superb! Apparently they have more Limited Edition Specials lined up; I’ll be picking ‘em up if they are as good as this. And to think that this is only classed as a Double Pale Ale, I shudder to wonder what their Double IPA would be like?!?!

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 29, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass medium amber to amber brown with a slight haze. The head was tight, compact, off-white but not quite tan and well lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was floral and fruity with citrusy hop aroma. Behind the hop nose was a sweet malt backbone. As the beer warmed and the head fell back, the aroma became more estery and interesting but also more alcohol emerged.

The flavor was malty with a nice bittering component some slight chocolate but mostly caramel and crystal malt sweetness balanced by a substantial, yet well balanced hop presence.

The finish was not quite dry with a lasting crystal/caramel malt flavor and lasting complementary bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium full, but not quite full and the carbonation was on the lower side, but appropriate for the beer. Alcohol was only present in the warming effects after consumption until the beer warmed a bit and then it was present in the aroma. As a double pale ale, as they classify it, the beer would rate very high. As a Double IPA it could use a bit more hop presence but still is no slouch.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. September 2004, bottle 7396 on lable. $13.99 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 07, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Is it true? Am I really the first person to review this on-tap? At first glance, nothing fancy: a tap handle covered by a piece of paper with Wild Dog Double IPA written in marker. This beer arrived in a tulip glass with substantial head that quickly collapsed, lingering by way of some of the thickest lacing I've seen yet. First sip was all floral hops as if I was somehow drinking hop-scented air. I may be in heaven. As it warmed slick, oily hops showed themselves to be supported by an adequate malt backbone with a warming alcohol sensation slicing through it all. Trying to pair this beer with food is surely futile, as the palate is wonderfully stung by this giant brew.

tenant, Nov 24, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a double pale ale!!!

10th anniversary limited edition release (1994-2004) that weighs in at 9% abv and 80 IBU's.

Fruity esters, bready, pours with a nice creamy head and heavy body.

Dark amber and remnants of scotch. Much bigger than a pale ale and it was easy to compare seeing as we had flying dog's IPA on tap as well and it was double that basically :0).

This was drank on New Year's and pretty much ends with MMMmmmm...yummy. Good with green bean casserole as well!

deBeers, Jan 05, 2006
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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.