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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double Pale AleDouble Dog Double Pale Ale

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1,509 Ratings
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Ratings: 1509
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of 57md


3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head that lingered for a decent amount of time. The nose had both grapefruit and hop notes. The flavor profile is relatively well balanced between malts and hops. The big flaw of this offering is the finish. The alcohol bite is far too obtrusive and unfortunately dampens the whole tasting experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 16:05:36 | More by 57md
Photo of JustShutUpStupid


3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogs are a man's best friend, so I must respect the Dog.
I agree with the negative reviewers somewhat when tasting the first beer. No debate about first impressions being wrong. :) Where you coming from? Oh I come from 11.5% Oxygen planet, not easy to create with a Beer eh? So as the story goes, for some reason the second beer<which is really the 3rd beer> takes on a new refined scotch like life. Either I have changed or the beer has. This is problem with reviews. Tastes one beer and write it off, I don't. Do you like the smell and real taste of a hardcore batch brewing? This is better than a Blooding Mary for beer drinkers in the morning. Anyway a really good double IPA doesn't initially "taste" good to some. But if you admire the effort and craft you must admire this beer. Two dogs are better than one, they keep each other company.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:48:26 | More by JustShutUpStupid
Photo of FLima


4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright copper color with a thick head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with fresh notes of grapefruit and orange peel, a bit of toasted malts and a light pine. Very balanced, the type you don’t get tired of sniffing it.
Flavor start with sweet toasted malts and then slaps your face with a bold spicy and bitter mouth. Notes of grapefruits, peppery yeast, some peat, pine, earth and maple syrup.
Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Full body with medium carbonation of tiny bubbles. Sticky feeling. Alcohol of 11.5% abv is incredibly well hidden considering its strength, though it numbs a bit your gums.
Quite bitter DIPA, made me sneeze a couple of times (ps. This is my internal IBU thermometer). This got to be fresh, it is a shame that most US brewers insist in not give such key information. Very assertive beer, that is why I wouldn’t classify it as a Barley Wine, though appears so.
This beer knocks you down for a good night sleep.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:50:51 | More by FLima
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma very faint citrus
Head Large (7 cm), frothy, off white, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, rings about 1.5 cm wide around glass
Body nice medium yellow, clear
Flavor starts without any hints of anything, just somewhat bitter; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Leaves a chalky aftertaste
Palate medium, watery, carbonation soft.

Disappointment. No distinct flavor, just a light bitterness. Not a particularly good offering from an excellent brewery. I last tried this in 2009 – still not very good, just OK.
Somewhat better than BMC offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 14:51:12 | More by Ozzylizard
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm always concerned that any beer over 10% ABV is going to start to taste like cheap barley wine. Double Dog dodges that stereotype. For your money I will say this, I still think that Raging Bitch, though lower in ABV, is still the better tasting Flying Dog brew; however, three of this beer on an empty stomach, will cause any illiterate person to write poetry.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:53:58 | More by Big-Frog
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2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I usually don't write overwhelmingly negative reviews, but for this one i feel compelled to.
This beer is the second beer I tried from this brewery (the other being raging bitch, which i didn't like either). This beer is available from my bodega.

This beer looks ok, and smells ok, and the good news ends here.

With a complete lack of aroma, this beer is fully bitter, with harsh alcoholic under tone. Although the bitterness is overwhelming, there is a lack of distinguishable profile (e.g sierra nevada). Also, the bitterness is not supported by the beer's lack of body. I guess one can say there is a hint of orange peel (?), but it is complete overwhelmed by the bitterness and alcoholic content.

Verdict: drinking this beer is like eating under-seasoned meat at a fancy restaurant; I really don't get why this beer gets such a favorable review thus far. (well, I guess it is admirable for an IPA to attempt an 11.5% alcohol content...But if I wanted abv, compared to this, I'd rather drink grain liquor)

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 05:23:13 | More by olilitewu
Photo of Sark


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- thimbal of eggshell white head, little carbonation

Smell- earthy notes and plenty of malt, and a note of wet dog?

Taste- sweetness balanced by hops of more forested notes, boozy warm on the back

Mouthfeel- medium full body with slightly crisp finish from alcohol

Overall- I was expecting better from this beer, not very aromatic but the flavor is definitely there. Could round out a bit nicer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:19:54 | More by Sark
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New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Winberie’s. Golden pour with heavy white head. Smell is pine, citrus, bread. Taste incorporates lemon, toffee, watermelon rind against the yeasty, malt notes. Clean finish here. Medium bodied beer with lingering warmth. Perfect for a cold, snowy night!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 13:32:17 | More by jdb288
Photo of AwYeh


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, bright amber color. A finger of loosely frothy off-white head, sparse lacing.

S: Apricots, plums, pine, tropical fruits, and booze. Booze is pretty big, but that's not really surprising given the size of this one.

T: Big and sweet, very malty. Loads of caramel, with the fruits from the nose adding flavors as it goes down. Alcohol noticeable, but not too much of a negative.

M: Very thick, very sticky. Lightly carbonated, but that takes a back seat to the syrupy throat coating this beer produces.

O: Decent beer; not one of my favorites given all of the DIPA selections, but for the price and ABV it has its place.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 07:31:51 | More by AwYeh
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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong citrus and tropical fruits, nutty, herby, resinious, earthy hop notes. Appearance: copper/crimson with a thin foam top and decent lacing. Taste: thick and full bodied notes of cinnamon, earth, dirt, resin, caramel and booze. Other notes of herbs, spice, milk, continuous cinnamon, earth and syrupy molasses malts. Overall, this is a marvelous double IPA . It is so intense in thickness and alcohol. The usual fruit and citrus aroma's and flavors typically found in IPA's seem to be lost in the sea of thick malts and alcohol. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 09:36:49 | More by IAmAPenguin
Photo of Omnium


3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear deep gold with a finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Apple, pear, big caramel malt, slight alcohol scent.
T - Lots of caramel malt, then some apple and light citrus and pine notes, very rich flavor.
M - Alcohol burn, sticky sweet, full feeling.
O - Double Pale Ale is a pointless name. Its an Imperial IPA for sure, its a touch too boozy, 11.5% is a heavy hitter, though it does mask it fairly well. It still has some nice fruit notes to it, but its caramel sweet malt focused.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:16:33 | More by Omnium
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by July 29th 2013. So past its prime. Bought last June on a trip through Maryland. The last of my Flying Dog purchases from that voyage, left unmolested up to now due to its intimidating ABV and the fact that it calls itself a Pale Ale and I figured it might be best to save it for the autumn.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber with a huge white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Resiny hops up front in no uncertain terms. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue.

m: Medium, good body, very smooth, almost silky.

o: A high octane DIPA with the alcohol covered well by a lot of hops. Just wonder what the age on this did to mute the still powerful hop presence, if anything. Still would give any DIPA a run for its hop bite, not to mention its ABV. I'd definitely buy this again for its combination of hop and alcohol punch and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 06:50:40 | More by scotorum
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found FDDDDPA (thought I'd try it - maybe it will catch on?) on nitro-tap at Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL on 11/16/13. This is my first beer tastiing on nitro, and I'm looking forward to trying another.

Looks excellent, smell is resinous hop, piney with a hint of grapefruit. Big time bitter bomb once it hits the palate. The wife took a taste and couldn't hack it. But with the nitrogen it still has a silky smooth mouthfeel. If you're planning on having 2 or 3 beers, DO NOT go with this one. If you're looking for a sipping beer with a meal (exactly my application this session) it's a great one to try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-16-2013 22:06:15 | More by Norseman
Photo of Mr_Brewski

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok. Nice color! The smell is not overwhelming with alcohol considering the brutal ABV. Pours with a solid 3/4 in head. Far more drinkable than a lot of beers in the same ABV family. I would probably not buy it again, but I'm not mad that I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:40:05 | More by Mr_Brewski
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in this gorgeous deep orange color with a huge fluffy head.

The aroma is subdued of grapefruit, pine, but mostly alcohol and tons of bready malt.

The flavor follows with a lot of pine, grass, and then caramel and lots of sticky sweetness. The finish has a strong drying of pine, resin, and dried fruitiness of apple. The alcohol is decently hidden, though it hits in the back.

It's almost like an American barleywine or triple IPA. The flavors are a bit too aggressive for me without much balance. A bit too piney and malty.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:15:56 | More by dar482
Photo of Pegasus


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber with a modest white head, slight scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very prominent caramel notes, some chocolate malt, as well as grapefruit and orange hops. In all, the aroma is well-balanced, and over-the-top.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate malt manage to overshadow the intense hop flavor, but only just. As the taste progresses, the sturdy malt bill vies with the hops for supremacy, which ultimately culminates in a draw. The sweet alcohol is also prominent in the taste from start to finish. The taste draws to a close with lots of caramel and bitter cocoa arrayed against a very strong hop presence and a notable undercurrent of alcohol.

Mouth feel: Very soft, smooth, full, with the slightest hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Spectacular and over-the-top, perhaps not true to the imperial IPA style, but excellent, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a plain twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:27:23 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First, I am not a double IPA fan, as the alcohol weights down the aroma and the subtle hop flavors. Also see no gain in the greater alcohol content at all. Perhaps when I get these in trade or in a WFM craft pack, I will lay them down in future and let em age.
2nd, no sacred cows for me. This beer is too alcoholic and green.

A: Best review point of this beer is the appearance. Great lacing , great ancient amber color. it's clear mahogony, copper w light amount of visible carbonation. It pours a dense beige head that has good retention and lacing.

S: VERY strong aromas of alcohol coupled with citrus hops in the nose. Could be a martini. (*not for me, I rarely drink anything stronger than beer and wine). Not much of an aroma, it's like a drink.

T: The taste follows with alcohol leading and ending. (ug) IT has flavors of citrusy hops as next most dominant with notes of caramel malts; both coupled with sweet alcohol. Not enough bitterness at all. Green feel.

M: This is a sipper. The alcohol kills any sense of body, weight, or bitterness. Not much of a finish except like an herbal martini with fizz, maybe with some bitters added. There is much warming from the alcohol in the finish.

O: As noted often by reviewers this beer is a cross between a double IPA and a barleywine. It’s not that drinkable (due to the alcoholic taste and burn in the finish) and it needs to be sipped. Last beer of the niight, and good night!

Not for me. Maybe for aging, (probably will age me), and not for beer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:58:06 | More by Act25
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3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Copper-orange with a golden hue. enormous bone-white head that fades slowly.

Nose - Grapefruit notes from the hops but blended nicely with caramel and butterscotch notes in this beer. Fresh hay and caramel corn comes to mind.

Taste - Huge alcohol as I have not aged this beer at all. After the booze lingers for a bit the malt and hops come through moderately in a sweet collaboration and yet a bitter hop finish. Strong burn in my throat and chest.

Overall, this beer is crazy BOOZY. I am going to age the six-pack that I purchased over the next few years and see when the malt character starts to dominate. Probably going to take a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:09:13 | More by Father_Raybob
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip.

Appearance: A slight dark transparent amber with heavy bubbles on the body with a thick off-white head that rose to just about a finger's length.

Smell: light floral aroma with deep grapefruit notes. The problem I'd that it comes and goes wish it was more potent.

Taste: heavy pine feel you can feel alcohol and the bitter floral feel. It's complex with just about a little but of everything going on. Lacks some other qualities; one of them being wish it had that sweet undertone some DIPAs have.

Mouth: Medium feeling a slight heavy, smooth like scotch (if that's possible).

Overall: Very good brew, could use some slight tweaking but shouldn't make you shy away. I'll definitely buy another six pack, drink up and enjoy....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 06:52:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a big wine glass. very nice two finger head, nice retention, and some good lacing. Amber-yellow in color and very inviting, "drink me" it says.

smells very resinous and piney, with some citrus notes. this is my first (that i've seen and tasted) double apa. It smells like a big ipa.

not as hoppy in taste as the smell and has a strong malt backbone. tastes like slow roasted pine needles, pine cones, and sappy resins.

you can definitely taste the 11% but it quickly fades or balances with the malts and hops. for all the complexity it is well balanced and smooth. probably a bit too drinkable for the abv. it was pretty bubbly in the beginning but now is very calm in appearance.

good beer. not my favorite but I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:12:02 | More by mrchrisray
Photo of Mongrel


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with a finger of foam. Pretty good lace retention.

Smell is not as hoppy as you'd expect - mostly floral with just a little citrus. Also sweet and boozy on the nose.

Upon tasting, first you're smacked with floral hops and, like the nose, just a touch of grapefruity citrus. It's almost too bitter for a while, but this beer really shines as it warms and a big, caramel malt backbone balances things out. Alcohol remains pretty prominent throughout, which paired with the bitterness, can be a little abrasive.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Creamy at first, but thins out quickly and leaves your mouth slick with alcohol.

Pretty good DIPA overall. Not outrageously hoppy and changes to reveal a new flavors throughout.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:41:29 | More by Mongrel
Photo of jhartley


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint, nice 1 finger white head, plenty of tight tiny bubbles.
Dark copper/amber colored body. Leaves A TON of beautiful lacing in the glass.

The hops really jump out and are pretty prominent, but the alcohol and malts are prominent as well.

Bitterness up front with a nice full mouthfeel in the end. Malts don't really sweeten it up too much, but a dryness makes you go back for more. Alcohol was pretty hidden to me, even at 11.5% abv! Really liked the taste of this!

Was really impressed with this one, not that Flying Dog doesn't make quality beers, but it does seem that sometimes they are more concerned with the label/image than making quality beers. This one is really delicious, was only going to have one, but as I sat at the bar...well the lasting flavor made me have another. Really tasty brew, give it a try! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 22:47:53 | More by jhartley
Photo of smakawhat


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Boy it's been ages since I had one of these.

A real nice bronze body color, crystal clear with a big copper sheen to it. Head is creamy light tan and foams nicely four fingers. It leaves nice clumps and whipped up top, it looks like vanilla ice cream in my glass. Foamy whipped collar with some thick suds. Quite impressive.

Nose is large thick sugary malts, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Some nice herbality comes off of this if muted in the hop angle. Very much like an orange tea of sorts. A hop blast no, but a big hint of warmth seems to be coming.

Very nice creamy mouthfeel, large quite a bit but in control. Mouth fills with earth quality and a nice pine hop coating angle. Good amount of caramel and sugary icing like malt flavors to match. Surprisingly not as boozy tasting as anticipated with some good hidden control on a very high abv. Aftertaste seems to give out some juicy fruit orange character as well.

A good one to fall back on that I probably take for granted. But probably can't have too many of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:38:05 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Boardshort_Brewer


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beautiful deep orange with a nice off white head.
Smell - malty and alcoholic, I really prefer more hops but it's still fine for the style.
Taste - you can definitely taste the alcohol and some spicy/herbal hops. Correct amount of bitterness for a pale. Wish the alcohol was hidden a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:18:31 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity to this copper amber beer. It has gentile carbonation under a smallish beige head.
I got mostly malts here in the aroma with really only a suggestion of hops.
I get a barley wine taste. Very malty and boose with light hops but big hop bitterness.
Finishes thick on the palate with a boozey bitter finish.
Over all I didn't really care for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 12:24:33 | More by micromaniac129
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Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.