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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
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 02:36:55 | More by BEERchitect
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 23:45:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 11:12:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 02:23:48 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

September 2004 Release, Bottle #3734, Sampled November 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber-red color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head that is pretty thick. The aroma smells about right for a Double Pale Ale, it is redolent of malt, particularly of the crystal kind, with notes of biscuits and caramel. The hops are also here, witch combined with the malt form a sticky sweetish aroma of citrus fruit (grapefruit, and tangerine), and pine. The hop aromatics are not as strong as say the most aggressive Double IPAs, but I would not expect that in a beer billed as a Double Pale Ale, the hops are definitely here though.

Wow the hops are a bit more evident in the taste of this beer, though not enamel melting though. The beer is a little lighter (definitely a full mouth coating quality to it though) and not as sweet (though it has a definite sweet malt character to it) as I was expecting from the aroma either. The taste is thick with hoppy notes of ruby-grapefruit, tangerine, orange, an astringent herbal component, and pine. There is also some nice malty notes here, which mostly serve to pick up and accentuate the flavor hop additions in this beer, I get notes of sweet caramel, crackers, and biscuits. This has a nice low carbonation to it, which compliments the heft of this 9% alcohol beer nicely. The finish is solidly bitter, though not hugely so, but it strikes a good balance with the residual malty sweetness that is found in this beer.

This is quite a nice beer, certainly not something I could drink a lot of, but I highly recommend a 750ml bottle, especially if you can share.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 17:16:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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GClarkage

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 22:44:43 | More by GClarkage
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, corked and caged, with a hanging info card. Opened without much of a "pop" and initially looked pretty flat, the carbonation/head showed up slowly but surely. Pours hazelnut amber with a very fine off white head, leaving fine and well developed lacing and sheets of lace/froth. malty nose with intense grainy hop notes also picked up. this is a full bodied brew, strong and tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, full throttle malt with a very healthy crunch of concentrated hops. Well worth seeking out this hearty, big and bold brew. Bar far the best I've tried from FDB.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 12:21:29 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 03:16:11 | More by Zorro
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-01-2011 05:52:15 | More by rab53
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper hue. Thick, bubbly and frothy white head crowns the beer. And it has great retention. Aroma is hoppy. As in grassy, medicinal, juicy and like pineapple. Pineapple is actually pretty strong on the nose. This beer is hop juice all the way. And while I like hop juice, I do prefer a hopped up beer to have a little balance, which this does not have. Pineapple and mango-like fruitiness dominate. Bigtime citrus notes....everything comes back to pineapple in this beer. The bitterness is not overdone, but a little on the raw side. And the malt foundation is just not big enough. "Where's the malt??" I'm looking hard, but just don't find much of it. The body is about medium or so and the carbonation is moderate. If I didn't like hops, this would be rated a lot lower. But this beer needs more balance.

I purposely prefaced this beer with a growler of Town Hall 1800 "Double" English IPA. There is such a stark difference it's not even funny. The Town Hall Pales and IPAs show such a great balance, as the 1800 did. This one paled in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 04:40:15 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 edition, served at The Drafting Room, Exton in the spring of 2007.
Slightly hazed, medium amber with a creamy head that showed great retention and solid lacing. Fragrant pine and grapefruit aroma - solid, yet mellow. Solid caramel backbone with balanced bitterness carrying things through the end. The citrusy, piney hop flavour grew into a toffee-like finish. Slightly drying, medium bodied with a silky smooth texture and hint of warmth. Very tasty. This beer has really aged gracefully.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 02:24:25 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3629:

The beer withdraws from the 750ml brown bottle a glassy deep mahogany color with a mountainous head that is light tan in color and the texture semi-creamy, after its eventual demise the lace leaves a thick and sticky sheet to cling mightily to the glass. Nose has a delectable hop floral aroma along with a sweet cotton candy like tone, fresh and crisp, makes your mouth water. Start is quite sweet, not cloying mind you with the grain profile pronounced; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops are delightfully spicy and the 9 percent ABV is felt in the aftertaste and the tummy as it warms you through, a fine drinking beer and one I found delightful to drink, wish I had bought more.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 21:24:12 | More by Gusler
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Boston’s Bistro in Dayton. Hazy reddish orange color with a thick light tan head. Sticky rings of lacing. Lots of citrusy fruit in the nose along with hops. Medium-bodied and soft around the edges with muted but tasty hops, pine and more citrus flavor. The finish is zesty with peppery hops. After quite awhile of not bothering with Flying Dog I have been pretty impressed with the Gonzo Porter and now this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2005 16:43:04 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 00:54:21 | More by tavernjef
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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?!?!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 05:28:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dull bronze underneath a well-kept beige foam.
Pine-fueled aromatics, all full of sap and resin, with a tarter, grapefruit edge. This is essentially templatic American hopping amplified to the 10th power. The tiniest bits of honeyed biscuit malts lie below. This smells attractive, but there is no room for nuance behing the billowing curtain of hops.
Enters the mouth with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness, then migrates towards (but never reaches) toastiness as it warms. At the intersection between malt and hops, an encompassing pineapple pigment is manifest, bringing forth both juicy sweetness and tartness. Hops are huge in flavor, with electric pine needles, rusty iron, and reefer-hued resin. Bitterness is surprisingly modest, compressed by the lingering, sugary malts. Traces of powdered sugar dusted shortbread and black tea on the finish.
Full bodied, oozing towards syrupy, but remaining light enough to down with its fine-textured, light carbonation.
Loudness needn't be mistaken for intrigue or complexity.
This is good, but blunt.

Review done, rant started....

Why not call this a hop-forward barleywine? (ok, ok, it not quite malty enough, but the intent is basically the same). I've had enough of all this "double" bullshit.

And as for the price - $11 / 750mL- I don't think I'd pay $11 for a CASE of any of Flying Dog's regular offerings (except maaaayybe Heller Hound), nor would I shell it out again for this one.
It may be worth trying, but absolutely not worth revisiting in lieu of all the other, similar, and much less expensive versions.
If it were $11 for a six pack... well, then it's a crapshoot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 01:51:24 | More by cokes
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Brent

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where we draw the line between the double IPA style and barleywine - this beer tends to muddle the distinction. Calling this a big IPA is an understatement - it is gigantic. Packed with bitter grapefruit peel with a big malt base creaking under the load. Sweetness borders on syrupy, somewhere between Dogfish Head's 90 (good) and 120 (undrinkable) minute IPA's. Blindfold me and give me this, and my tastebuds will be too shocked to do much style identification. Alcohol is still pretty raw - I don't know if time will temper this tempest in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 04:05:39 | More by Brent
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Blake St. Tavern, attached to the Flying Dog brewery. It was listed simply as "Flying Dog Anniversary Double Pale Ale."

This "double pale ale" poured a hazy/cloudy amber-red color with white foam that settled. The smell was piney, resinous hops backed with sweet malt. The taste was sweetly malty and very hoppy (piney and resinous hops). Nice, and well balanced. The mouthfeel was sweet and smooth up front with a dry somewhat dessicating finish. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 03:16:20 | More by UncleJimbo
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this big dog by. Bottle # 7414
Pours a clear amber body with a dense, two finger, beige head that retains very well. Massive sticky lace gets left all over the glass.
Aroma begins with fruity grapefruit and orange, with some pine resin backing it up. A hint of caramel malt in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a mild alcohol and hops bite.
Taste opens with a mouthful of hops flavors, as citrus rind, pine cone, and a grassy note remind you this is a "double pale ale". Solid malt backbone, with caramel and some apple and pear notes. Not as hopped as most double IPAs, but a very well balanced ale.
By far, the pick of the litter in the Flying Dog line. Hope they put this one in their regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 23:26:58 | More by merlin48
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-18-2012 23:11:19 | More by jfcaa193
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle #1620

Appearance - a darker caramel and orange beer. Thick and creamy cap, light orange in color and very sticky.

Aroma - rich bouquet of orange, lemon, and pine.

Taste - full, boozy feeling right away. A rush of orangey citrus flavor kicks in, followed quickly and strongly by dry, piny flavors. The harsh alcohol never really goes away and stands out a bit too much. The finish is dry, bitter, and lingering. A lot of flavor but tastes like the intent was to accomplish something extreme, almost brash.

Mouthfeel - moderately heavy body, good carbonation level, on target.

Drinkability - a hop head's delight but it can deliver a wallop the next morning. I like trying the style, but this isn't one I would generally pursue.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 06:00:41 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 22:53:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 3192 thanks to clvand0. This beer departs the bottle dark tea color with a 3 finger cream colored head that won't quit. The nose is all full of grapefruit hop with some hints of the dirty hop from an APA in the background. Damn that smells good. What an interesing take on the style. This is definately not a double IPA, but more like a big ass APA. The flavor is mostly the earthy hop from APA, but with a good background of grapefruit hop and caramel malts to hold it all together. I dig it. The beer is thick and thick and thick. What a nice feel on this beer. The drinkability suffers from the size. The sweetness is a bit up front in my face. Overall a well built beer and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 02:38:39 | More by kmpitz2
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mcallister

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this has been re-released or what but on tap at the Boston's Bistro. A cloudy, not nearly opaque mahagony. Large creamy, thick off white head has great retention and leaves a thick lace down the glass.

Great nose on this DIPA. Citrus hops is what it's all about. Grapefruit pucker, lemon, tangerine, with flowery aspects. A backbone of caramel malty-ness rounds things out.

This is a damn good DIPA and I can see why Flying Dog would brew this beer again as it's by far their best I've tasted. Rich bubble gum with smack your lips grapfruit flavors, totally citrus hop dominated. Hops are thick, and resiny. A floral mid with hints of pine. Toffee, and caramel malt add depth and complexity. Hops are high, and delicious. Alcohol does show through in the mid palate and is slightly warming on the finish. Finish is half way to forever.

Mouth is full in your face and readies you for another drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2007 00:39:28 | More by mcallister
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Crosling

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper.

Pure, uncut, raw aroma of English hops giving notes of Pine, herbs and grass along with a little malt in the nose.

The fresh, bloddy, English hoppiness in the flavor was quite the treat as well. Just rare I guess. But lets not forget what this beer is, an amped up version of their Doggie Style Pale Ale. Nothing more. But, it works. The caramel and biscuit like malts balance well compared to the massive, medicinal English hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 02:01:22 | More by Crosling
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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.