Wild Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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4/5 rDev -5.7%
This beer pours a cloudy copper color. Nice foamy, sticky head emerges and holds tight. Tons of lacing. Aroma is pure hops as soon as the cork came off. Lots of piney, resiny hops. Maybe some caramel sauce in there as well. Taste begins with a candy like sweetness, very sugary at the front end. But then the citric hops come out and are really quite juicy. Not too bitter. The flavor dries out towards the back and gets more piney. Long, dry finish. Acidity and bitterness really are limited by the excess residual sugars in this beer. The body was medium and a little rough, could have used more malt backbone or more of a yeasty precense. Good beer for the hop lover, decent beer for the beer lover.
05-23-2005 00:39:48 | More by granger10
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Presentation: Green 750ml Caged and corked. No freshness date, but it is a fairly new release and at 9% ABV, nothing to worry about. Handwritten Bottle #279. The cork was tight, very, very tight. It took a good couple minutes to finally get the sucker off. Even with towels and clean hands, this was a pain.
Appearance: Poured a hazy copper color with large off-white head. Excellent retention and massive lacing.
Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. Extremely citrusy, grapefruity, and spicy alcohol notes. It had that green intense hop aroma.
Taste: extremely malty, very thick and sweet. Smooth hop bitterness with a lot of resiny piney hope flavor with more fruitiness and citrus. Moderately bitter with a hop loaded finish.
Notes: Tons of malt, almost like a barley wine. It is well hopped and tasty. A little too sweet for my taste, but not as sweet as DFH's Burton Baton. $11 is a lot to pay, but for a tasty anniversary beer, congrats to Flying Dog for 10 years.
05-09-2005 22:40:08 | More by dauss
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Bottle #721, trade with Rajendra82.
Pours a light caramel and yellow with a big soap dish head that leaves big spooges of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet place and caramel malt and a big grapefruit hit with some sweet citrus in the background.
Flavor of sweet toffee, grapefruit concentrate and some piney and resined hops.
Mouthfeel is medium to light boided with a sweet liquor feel and some very tart fruity notes.
Drinkability is high. Tad too sweet for style but very thirst quenching and unique.
04-13-2005 00:55:35 | More by CRJMellor
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-11-2005 21:24:12 | More by Gusler
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
04-07-2005 22:53:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
Quite a cool 750 with raised lettering on the label. Bottle# 8737. The stubborn cork comes off with a small pop. Bright reddish orange pour with a huge thick, pillowy three finger head on top. Sticky patches of lacing emerge as it slowly falls. The color is great and vibrant. Citric, piney, herbal dank hops lead the way here. There's some sweet candy caramel in there too with some doughy, bubblegum scents. Inticing.
Citrusy, herbal, piney sap resiny hops lead the way with a good bitterness backed up by some sweet caramel, bready, fresh dough maltiness. The residual bitterness is nice and it's a tad dry on the finish. Quite a tasty Double IPA...simply bursting with hoppy goodness. The alcohol is hidden in the taste, but warms on the way down.
Mouthfeel seems a bit thin to me, however it has a good creamy, slick aspect. A bit more body wouldn't hurt here. I'd have to say this is a tasty brew and I'll enjoy the whole 750. Obviously price keeps this from being a regular (I got mine for 4.99 as it wasn't priced yet)...but it's an enjoyable brew and well worth trying if you find it. I look forward to future Flying Dog special releases!
04-03-2005 19:55:05 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
03-30-2005 23:45:56 | More by NeroFiddled
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
03-30-2005 02:23:48 | More by WesWes
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle #7924-picked up at Jax north of Atlanta.
Pours a deep reddish-copper, a big, fluffy head sits on the top. Leaves plenty of nice lace down the glass.
The aroma is nothing but hops-potent pineapple aromas come out as do various citrus fruits and a bit of pine as well. HInts of caramel come out as well.
Body is medium-full, a bit oily with just a small bit of carbonation. The citrus hops steal the show but the malt provides balance and keeps the hops from being too much. A piney hop flavor shows up near the end, as do hints of caramel malt. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, but shows up once you realize you finished the whole bottle.
The best of Flying Dog's offerings, and a good double IPA.
03-21-2005 00:31:36 | More by Southernbrew
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-10-2005 12:21:29 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Very sharp looking beer. The pour had an amber rustic orange look to it with a very tan head. The hops are very noticeable but no so much its in your face. Up there with one of the best pales in Colorado. Judging by the color I would have guessed it was more then 9% but im not displeased by it. Im not so sure the shelf price matches the beer and I almost feel you paying for the fancy bottle. Overall an excellent beer!
03-07-2005 03:58:00 | More by RoBotGod
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
After ordering this beer for my store, I balked at the $12 price tag and didn't take any home to evaluate. Only after a fine beer drinking young lady did a double take and snatched 3 bottles for herself did I wake up and realize something was afoot. And I'm glad I splurged.
the pour was hearty, down the center of the glass, and for this I got myself a half beer, half cascade ala-guinness-off-the-nitro. And thus I waited for the head to settle. and waited. and waited. Good god, man, the head on this beer unrivaled. Thick, tan whipped cream. Absolutely beautiful.
The nose was distinctly Centennial, just like the Doggie Style Pale. Nice floral aroma, with solid malts and candy hints.
The flavor was very nice, slightly nutty, full hop flavor profile and thick malt. Full, not heavy.
Overall, a superb beer from a brewery I'd written off as not daring enough, too commercial. Drop that price down two bucks & we'd have something special on our hands.
02-26-2005 01:32:53 | More by piwodevo
4.75/5 rDev +12%
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. Welchs 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 its good. God bless the Drafting Room in Exton, PA for this expensive jewel.
Beer is good. Happy big hopped beering.
02-12-2005 19:40:22 | More by blitheringidiot
4/5 rDev -5.7%
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a hazy glowing amber-copper with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Fresh hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pineapple and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, nice.
01-29-2005 20:06:54 | More by maxpower
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
What a treat to see this at Boston's on tap! Dark, cloudy amber color, off-white head. Big, thick creamy head that stayed around for quite some time. Huge amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. Big notes of citrus, pine, and grassy hops. Big caramel malt balanced well by the hop bitterness in citrus and pine flavor. Very sticky and sweet. Medium body, moderate carbonation. When I heard "Double Pale Ale", I thought, isn't that just an IPA? No, this is pretty balanced, like a pale ale should be, there is just more of everything. Very solid beer. Probably the best offering from Flying Dog that I have had so far.
01-22-2005 03:54:59 | More by Bierguy5
3.03/5 rDev -28.5%
Bottle # 1981. Pours a hazy copper with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
Its aroma is sweet and spicy malts with some pepper and some fruitiness (maybe pear or apple) and some candy like sugar and a small hint of floral hops. More of a barley wine aroma than a DIPA.
The flavor is sweet caramel and sugary malts with some melon fruitiness initially. It is followed by a strong hop bitterness that leaves a lingering oily aftertaste. There is a smoky alcohol present as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.
Overall, one of Flying Dog's better beers, but I thought the sweetness and bitterness was a little harsh and unbalanced; the sugary melon and hop bitterness just didn't blend well to me - it was tough to finish. I kept thinking of Young's Old Nick as I drank this. I got it for $8.50 on sale, which is too pricey for me to get again.
01-21-2005 06:43:47 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Bottle #8239, dated September 2004.
Pours dark amber with a killer, thick head. The head laces the glass very heavily. The smell is outrageous, you are immediately whacked in the face with the smell of hops. Great dry hopping, just like opening the fridge at the homebrew shop. My wife, while drinking a stout, commented I was contaminating her beer with the smell of mine. The aroma is spicy, pine like, and also of mango, there is no grapefruit here. I would guess they use Fuggles for dry hopping.
Yes, the taste is dominated by the hops, very spicy and intense, great stuff. The alcohol is also very evident in the finish of the beer, but it works well to with the hops, in fact, I didn't perceive it at first. The malt flavor is maybe a bit weak, as others have suggested. Mouthfeel is more rather heavy and syrupy, I would prefer a bit more carbonation.
Plenty drinkable for IPA lovers. Has a long hop finish, but not too bitter.
By far this is Flying Dog's best beer. If you enjoy strong IPA's you should like this one. And yes, as others have suggested, this is no "Double Ale", more like an out and out Imperial Pale Ale.
01-20-2005 04:59:57 | More by rocketmotor
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-14-2005 15:30:38 | More by meathookjones
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-13-2005 23:52:03 | More by mzwolinski
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-10-2005 04:05:39 | More by Brent
3.55/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
01-05-2005 04:40:15 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a nice, orangish-amber color. Smell is okay, mostly of tropical fruits. Taste is outstanding, with some grapefruit, but mostly apricot/peach and candied oranges. A bit of pine comes through as well. Quite hoppy, but also with a fairly sweet maltiness, and a great, full mouthfeel. It took me a very long time to drink this one, and it was tasty even when at room temperature three hours after I started drinking it.
Overall, well done Flying Dog! Great Double Pale Ale (wink, wink), and a perfect beer to ring in the New Year's with. Sadly, this is probably the only time I'll have it (even if it wasn't a limited edition, the cost is prohibitively high). Nevertheless, this is a one-night stand I'll remember for a very long time.
01-05-2005 04:31:21 | More by skybluewater
4.8/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
01-01-2005 03:16:11 | More by Zorro
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
This beer is definately like a beast let loose. Great package , if rediculously overpriced. The neck tag mentions a Flying Wild dog witnessed by the brewery founders when once in Nepal, no doubt while smoking on the Temple steps.
I cant remember seeing a more impressive looking glass of beer. A thin stream of tiny bubbles rise from the "D" in the bottom of my Duvel tulip, through a dark amber, slightly hazy liquid to support a very impressive, tall, rocky white head. This foam is so dense it appears you could float a quarter on it. The pocked lace that was finally left behind had to be removed with steel wool the next morning. Head retention you say?? It took me 3 hours to finish this bottle and it had remnents of foam to the ( very!) bitter end.
The aroma is awsome. Huge blast of fresh hop - sugared oranges and crushed flowers is enough for me to want more; I love dry hopped beers, but the malt comes thru a bit lending some honey slathered bread notes. The 9% alc/ vol on the label tells me I should be smelling some, but it seems to be swallowed up by the perfume of the hop.
Flavor is initially sweet malt on the tongue, but that soon changes. Intense hoppy bite starts off and builds as the beer moves through the mouth, gripping the back of the tongue with savagly jagged teeth. Strong flavors of grapefruit and tangerines dominate but malt body provides a thick, full bodied medium to coat the entire mouth in a hoppy glaze. A raw grain character is about the only expression of malt presence besides the heavy body and mouth feel. Rich and syrupy but bitingly bitter.
The finish is all acidy hop burn and alcohol. This beer just gets more and more bitter as I drink it. As it warmed, the malt did not step forward but slunk to the back and wimpered. I was enjoying it untill the finish where it was just a bit too ... well... feral. I had to razor a layer of skin off my tongue the next morning just so I could taste my coffee.
A bit green I think-, even if this was bottled in 6/04,( bottle# 6104). In time, this may be one of the best "extreme/ double " hop giants of them all. All the componants are there, it just needs more time for all those flavors to meld. It reminds me very much of an Old Crusty in hop intensity and flavor, and those are best drunk 1-2 years old IMHO. Definately worth laying down for a year or so for a special occasion, and a great start for Flying Dogs Limited series. I look forward to the next edition. Woof!
12-19-2004 03:20:43 | More by Shiredave
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-16-2004 01:51:24 | More by cokes
Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.