Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

973 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 973
Hads: 1,849
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 65
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 973 | Hads: 1,849
Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Dark clear amber, small beige head. Surprisingly, lots of malt in both aroma and taste. Hops add astringency. Nice tangy, bitter finish

 170 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves ghostly lacing

S: Some citrus and pine backed up by a big caramel malt presence and some alcohol. Definitely on the maltier side for a DIPA (sort of expected at mid-11%)

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some citrusy notes, followed by very light pine and caramel notes. Some general fruitiness comes through with the alcohol, which is surprisingly sneaky. Some spiciness starts to accompany the fruity notes as it warms. Finishes with some light bitterness and hints of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.Doesn't really edge into syrupy ground, which is nice

O: A DIPA for those who enjoy malty, bitter, or resinous hoppy beers in favor of the juice bombs out there. Save this one for a night cap

 824 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Double Dog is a big beer. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is bittersweet. The taste is a nice combo of sweet malt base with bitter top that carries pine resin and a touch of orange peel. There is also an alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a great beer but not sessionable.

 380 characters

Photo of K-Dog
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had several years ago before flying dog decided to put on hiatus for several years. I really like it back then doc was excited to try agian. Over the years I have decided I'm not a huge fan of high alcohol and malty ipas. I prefer the more citrusy and hop ipas. This reminds me of double crooked tree and hopslam both of which I used to love but I guess my palate has chance over the years. If you like boozy and malty beers this is for u but I thought it was just ok.

 468 characters

Photo of mirp1
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The review below this one nailed it. "Not sure I would seek another, but not sure I would turn it down either"! No doubt, this is one bombastic brew. Heads into the direction of Dogfish 120, however, more approachable. Here is the thing, if you want a full feeling brew before you go to bed, and don't have any Ambien left in your night stand, for 15 bucks per sixer, keep this on hand. To it's credit, it is a full flavor, fully satisfying beer moment. Not a hop bomb, rather kind of like a less refined Thomas Hardy's. How bad can that be? Giddy-up!

 554 characters

Photo of Marraybay
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Orange; large white head; prominent glass lacing.

Smell: citrus and pine

Taste: A momentary glimmer of sweetness that gives way to a tidal wave
of boozy, vinous, syrupy grapefruit juice, with an over the top bitterness
that lingers on the palate.

Feel: Spicey and hot on the tongue.

Overall: An extreme pour, both in terms of the citrusy flavors and booze.
Not sure I would seek out another, although not sure I'd turn it down either!

 446 characters

Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I probably have held on to this one too long as far as hoppiness is concerned, but after looking at some reviews calling it a boozy alcohol-heavy brew, maybe I did the right thing. The bitterness level was very good and I detected only a mild alcohol presence. Pours a clear orange color into a pint glass with a big light tan head. Head retention is excellent and thick bands of lacing are present on the glass. Aroma is strong: citrus hops and bready and caramel malts. Flavor is more of the same with the hops more dominant but the malt still in a good balance. This does not taste like a barleywine, it is a strong, hoppy IPA. Bitterness level is fine, but I can only imagine what a fresh bottle would taste like. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter with a slight alcohol presence. A very good DIPA, but at at 11.5 you have to pick your time to drink it. This beer packs a wallop!!!!

 886 characters

Photo of JDK
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a strong alcohol feel but at 11.5% that is expected. I keep buying it and the store keeps selling out so I would definitely say the is a very good beer. One your done!

 177 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: ripe, sweet pineapple is predominant;

T: earthy, caramel, and a bit of pine up front; ripe pineapple takes over in the middle and dominates through the finish; mild bitterness at the end - the pineapple brings a good deal of sweetness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a pineapple lovers dream;

 412 characters

Photo of Glanzman
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous, clear, caramel color with a 1 finger, off white head.

Subtle hop aroma.

Big piney bitterness, slightly citruisy, strong alcahol taste. You can tell this is a big beer.

I don't think I could buy a whole pack of these but would definitely drink it from time to time.

 327 characters

Photo of SnakeBeerGun
2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

To be fair I may be rating doubles and imperials low because my palette has changed and they are all tasting like alcoholic, carbonated syrup (with hints of oak and charcoal) to me right now.
I don't think I could drink two of these in a row, and not just because of the intense ABV.
Chewy and caramel-like are about right.
I don't pick up any of the fruit or other complexities mentioned by other reviewers except for an overbearing smokiness.
It reminds me of eating campfire s'mores and I am sure there are those who would serve it with a roasted marshmallow and graham crackers.
On the upside: I love the label art.

 621 characters

Photo of Urk1127
1.55/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

-Slight haze dark orange
-massive orange peel, big malts, big alcohol
-So much alcohol, citrus peel
-Oily, dense, huge alcohol burn

-I can drink high abv beers, but this, was the strongest alcohol ive EVER had in a beer. Good flavor ruined by the alcohol massive burn like drinking hard liqour.

 295 characters

Photo of cambabeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very clear body, nice head retention. The alcohol and hops are huge, overpowering, and leave the beer lacking some complexity that could be there otherwise, I believe. Sweet and dirty in the nose, a little molasses, hops, and dirt. Nose is better than taste, in that it's more complex. The taste really is overbearing. Decent, but overall, this beer feels forced.

 363 characters

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy handed with the hops and alcohol in this 11.5% abv double IPA. The taste was overwhelmed by the alcohol and was really only one note, not very well balanced like a west coast double IPA or even some other beers from flying dog.

 233 characters

Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good beer, a strong sort of periphery taste of bitterness and richness/complexity, that sort of surrounds a really satisfying and filling almost, taste of "beer", really a multi-layered beer that sort of hides a tasty more traditional beer within a shell of hoppy-ness. A good capstone beer if one will.

 306 characters

Photo of hophead723
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very clear despite the copious hopping at multiple stages of the brewing process. The head is off-white and poses a threat to all those who stand in its way. There are dropping bands of lacing that adorn the glass, and the protein content therein makes them long lasting and resilient.

Smell: Honey, burlap, wet hops, moss, English countryside, molasses, earth, and chitin. The aroma really leaps from the glass and has a number of unique facets that are not commonly found in any beer regardless of style. Excellent work by Flying Dog here.

Taste: You would think you were drinking a Barleywine here, and that is a compliment. The taste hits the palate in three stages of full-on flavor assault. First, a malt forward sweetness that contains traces of doughy and honey-like character coats the tongue. Then a swelling, warm, earthy hop dominance comes through that is like a nymph of sweetness chased by a viking of bitterness. Finally, an astringent and taught alcohol-rich flavor burn like a slowly dying fire. This is to be expected from a beer sporting a whopping 11.5% ABV, especially one that is not classified as a Barley-wine. A real achievement from the masterful brewers.

Feel: Full bodied, thick, rich, coating, and full on. You won't get farther from a whimpy lager than this brute, as its robust characteristics shine through to the end.

Overall: This is a huge, drinkable, high quality beer. It is the highest of compliments that I keep confusing this brew with something brewed by Uinta. It almost reminds me of a Barley-wine, and I promise that isn't because I just drank one. Cheers!

 1,613 characters

Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: golden to amber. not too clear but not hazy

S: heavy hops and pine, malt under tones

T: malty sweetness then switch to resinous hops. booze. high alcohol presence, hint of citrus peels.

F: full bodied, thick almost creamy like a barley wine.

O: a solid offering but nothing to go crazy for.

 297 characters

Photo of ewvanconant
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing double IPA. Great malty body with carmel notes and slight citrus undertones balance the hops that sting the front and back of the tongue. The hops pair with the carbonation and alcohol for a powerful mouth feel. Great deep and slightly translucent color adds to the experience.

 287 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very glad to stumble across this beer. It has a whopping 11.5% ABV which is crazy awesome and something that I have been looking for. Most beers are for wimps and pussies, but this one is a real man’s drink. This beast will put some hair on your chest and if you can’t take it, then you will run crying to your mommy.

Look-It pours a beautiful dark amber color with light copper hues in the right light. The head starts out thick and foamy with huge bubbles mixed among silky miniscule bubbles. It then quickly subsides and dissipates into a vanishingly thin head. The lacing is drooping and fine. The clarity is noticeably clear.

Smell-It smells of Vermont pancake syrup, strong citrus hops, bread, yeast, mango, pineapple rind, and lemon with a malt forward and alcohol present aroma. These smells are unique in their mixture and begs one to take a big gulp.

Taste-It starts with a sweet smoky Vermont syrup based malt which is laced with a citrus hop-forward flavor that then gives way to the lemon, yeast, mango, pineapple, bread, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. The flavor is well-balanced and astringent. The alcohol burn is pleasant and to be expected with this whopping 11.5% beast. It quickly cuts the syrup sweetness and plays well with the carbonation which is present and amusing.

Mouthfeel-It has a mild syrup texture which competes with the tinge from the hops and carbonation. Each of these are defeated by the fatal punch of the powerful alcohol. Watch out Mortal Kombat players, you got a Fatality here! The aftertaste is sweet and bitter as well as resinous and pleasant. Take another gulp! Hell yeah!

Overall-I absolutely love this beer which I was almost afraid to try, but was pleasantly surprised. It is one of those beers that you need to drink slowly or else you’ll be defeated quickly by Shao Khan! Absolutely amazing flavors and aromas! BRUTALITY!!!

 1,911 characters

Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Looks like a DIPA, nothing special
Smell: Not a huge nose, some pine, some citrus
Taste: Nice malt backbone, I tasted citrus and tropical fruits in the finish
Feel: Just what you'd expect for a 11.5% ABV beer
Overall: Solid effort, definitely a sipper

 257 characters

Photo of BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A beautiful beer. Exceedingly clear, and dark amber in color. Lazy bubbles swim to the top to join the thick and creamy straw-colored head.

Smell: Tart, yet airy: a lemon orchard with allspice. But also sweet and breezy, with notes of pineapple and peach juice. The malt comes across as burnt toffee, just dark enough to balance the sugar. It's lovely, if a little too sweet.

Taste: Sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness all clamor for attention straight away, although in the end, they manage to get along. Malt flavors are of caramel and molasses, while the strongest esters are of apricot and cloves. The bitterness is medium-high, as it needs to be in order to not only balance the sweetness, but to also retain the IPA name. The hops are earthy and herbal, with a handful of grass in the finish. Very flavorful, but it would be much too sweet were it not for the darker malt and strong hop helpings.

Mouthfeel: Creamy to the point where it's almost chewy. It's the texture of melted butter, and the warmth is there too, once the alcohol kicks in (which is pretty much straight away). The carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum, which is perfect for this recipe: it ensures the beer is refreshing, but doesn't mask the alcohol so much that it feels mistakenly sessionable.

Overall: Some sips say it's a little too boozy. Other sips say it's a little too sweet. But my palate is very discerning, and this big beer is undeniably delicious. When it comes to the taste, I could do with more fruit and a little less candy malt, but that's not going to keeps from buying and trying this lip-licking alcohol bomb.

 1,635 characters

Photo of RyanK252
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange with a creamy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Plenty of caramel malt sweetness, maybe even some light toasty notes, citrus, a bit fruity, pine, and a little alcohol.

T: Pine, a bit spicy, citrus, grapefruit and a little orange, fruity maybe even kinda tropical, faint herbal notes,

M: A bit towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation, and a little warmth on the finish.

O: For being 11.5% it holds its alcohol pretty well, better than a couple lower % DIPAs I've had recently. Not my favorite, but pretty solid.

 647 characters

Photo of brap
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Suffering IPA fatigue so I probably rated this lower than I would have when I discovered IPAs and couldn't get enough of it. Kicked like a mule, really boozy for an IPA.

 170 characters

Photo of muchos
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with a big head.
Sweet malt and alcohol in the nose.
Sweet and fruity right away. Melons, tropical, citrus, then piney. Booze finish.
It's a good huge dipa. And for the price I will enjoy it again in the near future.

 230 characters

Photo of Direwolf25
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average to limp head. Alcohol smell is very pronounced. Far too boozy a taste and dry as well - flavors not nearly as pronounced as they could be, but that boozy smell and taste are overwhelming.

 197 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.