Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Puts on a nice bubble show, with the head settling in at just over two inches; the liquid is copper and clear; the retention is excellent though lacing is sparse

Smell: Smells surprisingly sweet for the style, more like a barleywine, with caramel tones buttressing the piney hops

Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with the caramel tones dominating; by the time the piney and grassy hops make an entrance, the boozy character starts to impact the profile; aggressively harsh, after the swallow and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Surprised I haven't tasted this one before and it has been a long time since I have ventured in Flying Dog territory; love the artwork but am finding this beer to be harsh, unbalanced and somewhat one-dimensional in the flavor profile of both the malts and hops

Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I have been kind of a harsh critic on Flying Dog in the past but this beer erases a bit of that,poured a light copper color with a big fluffy 1one finger white head. If your a hophead like me the aromas are sublime deep resiny pine and grapefruit rind not much else just intense hoppy goodness,the flavors are not as intense but its still a hop driven palate no doubt very resiny like in the nose big pine elements with the citrus somewaht taking a backseat malt well its there but its in a dryer form and pretty well hidden.Iam burping hops so thats a good thing a good brew from Flying Dog.

Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This beer is gorgeous! The body is a thick, rich, darkish orange shaded in a pleasant brown hue. The head is enormous but not overly foamy. It is off-white and would have stayed the night had I let it. When I finally started sipping it down it left a heavy film with beautiful latticework on the inside of my St Bernardus glass.

Smell - This malty beast has an abundance of smells. The malt is a combination of heavy maple syrup and light chocolate over top a backbone of thick, rich grain. The hops are huge but somewhat hidden by the malts. There's a stiff resiny pine followed quickly by a strong aroma of tangerine. The grand finale of this bouquet is a lovely collection of fresh fruits led principally by raisins and figs.

Taste - I hate to say that this isn't hoppy, because the hops again are huge at the taste, but this malt profile is a monster. It comes off just as it did in the nose, so ditto from above.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied and slippery on the tongue with a bitterness that would be overpowering except for the abundance of sweets. I don't really think that there's any alcohol in here because I can't taste any. They just put that 11.50% rating on the bottle to entice the college kids to buy it.

Drinkability - If it's possible to make a high-alcohol DIPA chugging ale then this is it. I mean, this goes down so quickly it's irresponsible to brew. The folks at Flying Dog should be tried and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

Update - Well, kind of a backwards in time update. I bought a case of this stuff two years ago and cellared some of it. I never wrote a review on the fresh bottles I drank so although this review is in Aug 09 I first tasted it in 2007 and this bottle I drank same-day as the fresh one was two years old.

Since this was such a malty DIPA I figured all the hops would be gone after two years, but surprising there was still a good amount left. They had blended more with the malt, but what surprised me was the rise in spicing. I picked up some light spices in the fresh bottle, not enough to really mention or even identify in my review, but after two years in the cellar they really came out. There's a nice herbal aroma like a mild oregano and some deep peppery notes along with some exotic spices that you'd find in an Indian or maybe Mediteranean dish. Overall though I'd say the ale was a little too broken town to be enjoyable and that this Double Dog, like most DIPAs, is best drank fresh off the shelf.

Update - Had the opportunity to try a fresh 2010 and it is exactly along the lines of my original review. It is one of the most beautiful beers that I've ever seen, definitely a 5 in its Appearance, and incredibly drinkable again with a 5 rating. The 4.5's that I gave it are agonizingly close to 5s.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is truly an exceptional ipa. From beginning to end this double ipa lets you live the great wonders of hops, hops, and more hops any time you need.
Pours mid-orange with a one inch off white head that drops to a foamy top that last the whole 12ozs. Leaves nice lacing letting you know that this beer has body.
The smell is of piney hops, rich malts and alcohol.
The taste is similar to the smell but has an excellent balance allowing you to enjoy the hoppy goodness and still get the buzz of the 11.5% alcohol content it carries.
Very easy to drink for me mostly because i love a ipa in any standard, but i think others will enjoy also.

Great double ipa! I have had many and will have more!!

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark coppery in color, clear with a careful pour, with a light frothy head. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S: Fantastic floral hops dominate the nose. If you look for them, there are some very light caramel malt aromas beneath the hops.

T&M: Taste is that of a flow of fresh hops riding a wave of caramel malts, all crashing over the tongue in a creamy curl. Light carbonation works well with the entire mix. Although malty, the finish is fully bitter, with just the faintest bit of malt on the linger and a touch of warming.

D: Although the ABV is pretty heavy with this brew, the alcohol is well masked by the malts and hops, making the brew easy to drink, though the ABV does catch up to you plenty fast enough.

Photo of steelerguy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber with some red hues. Pours with a big head that fades to a covering, moderate carbonation, and a bit of lace.

S - Lots of citrus and pine up front with some sweet caramel on the follow through.

T - Hop blast up front, but a nice load of malt to go with it. The hops continue throughout and there is a nice alcohol bit on the finish.

M - This is a deceptively large beer. This could easily be syrupy and a bit heavy, but I think it has a nice moderate body and the carbonation and alcohol make for a nice clean finish for such a big beer.

D - This beer is big, but I think remarkably drinkable. It finishes much cleaner than something with a 11.25% ABV. This is a straight forward and very good beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Pours into my glass a deep red/orange with good clarity and a half inch of light tan foam on top. Aromas spring out of the glass with dense caramel malts topped by a heavy handed amount of piney, citric, oily hops. Notes of grapefruit and herbal hop resins abound. Somewhat earthy as well.

First sip brings thick caramel and sweet bread malts across the palate that immediately sweep into a whirlpool of hops. Citrus and pine flavors intermingle with grapefruit accents and earthy, herbal hops resins working their way around each sip. As it flows down I get a slightly roasted flavor, some alcohol and a bold bitterness on the back of the palate. A bold hop monster that also has plenty of malt to back it up. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and really grabs hold as it goes down. Overall, easily one of my favorite Flying Dog offerings I've had so far. I can't see drinking more than a couple of these, but this one is well worth checking out for the hop lovers out there.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with over an inch of light tan head. Reduced to a dense layer on top that wraps its way up the glass with a strong hold. Cloudy orange, caramel body. Outside of the cloudy body this has superb head and retention for a beer of this size.

Piney, citrusy, and even some tropical fruits. It smelled strongly of pineapple when I first popped the top. Pretty strong aroma, lots of hops as expected. Little malting comes through.

Interesting flavor. Has a definate strong malt backbone which I have a hard time pinning down. Lots of hops over the top, floral and citrus. Has a little biscuit in the finish and then some pine resin finish.

Good medium to full mouthfeel. Slight carbonation level, could use a bit more to add a crispness. Coats the mouthwell. Flavor lingers, but not overly bitter.

Pretty good drinkability. Nicely hopped and pretty balanced overall. A good beer for sure.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with Vintage 08 stamped on the label. Poured into a pint glass, it was a red/orange color with a thin tan head. Aroma was all citrus. A strong taste of grapefruit. Not too intense, but still plenty hoppy. Nice lingering bitterness. Quite drinkable, but be careful of the 10.5% ABV.

Photo of andrewsporter
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass - noticed a surprising amount of head right away. The swirling and churning inside the glass as the head receded was quite pleasant actually.

Appearance - Amber color, mysterious, semi-opaque. The lacing really

Smell - I could smell was grapefruit and hops, enjoyable and refreshing.

Taste - When it hits your tongue it is almost too sweet when it hits the front sweet receptors on the tongue. But then the bitter/citrusy flavor overpowers the initial sweetness. As the beer warmed up towards the bottom of the glass, the bitterness seemed to mellow out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated. Very heavy on the tongue, almost syrupy. Definitely my one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

Drinkability - I wanted another, but it's so damn alcoholic at 11.5% abv, you have to watch yourself. I've only found them bottled in packs of four, which makes sense...

Overall, definitely a hard hitter.

Photo of marvin213
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The few millimeters of microscopic bubbles present like a traditional macrobrew. Though the foam cap has impressive staying power, there is nothing distinguished about it. Its relative darkness gives this double pale ale a malty mug. For what it's worth, this head looks like it would last forever were it left undisturbed....

As I cram my nose into the snow-like sop, I smell a much hoppier concoction than I see. It's not like a traditional India Pale, and there's certainly no citrusy pineapple California in this one, but its nose IS a hopped-up pale ale. True to its label description, though, there is a malty sweetness in the scent. It reminds me of a DFH 90min.

The taste is surprisingly good. The body is light like its translucence and hopped-up with a malt-kiss like the smell. It's exactly what it purports to be. If you give bonus points for subtle or hidden alcohol, this one seems far from the 11.5% it reportedly carries! I'm venturing into mouthfeel here, but this beer is like a hoppy rice cake--if rice cakes were enjoyable and satisfying. What I'm getting at is that there's a great juxtaposition here between the light look and airy feel of this liquid as compared to its hop presence and 11.5-ness. Editor's note: wifey just took a sip and said "Whoa. How strong is this?" Ascertain for yourself my inherent biases. To me, it tastes great and is less filling.

When I inevitably saw the A- rating here (I still wish I could somehow avoid that just before a review), I thought I'd negatively skew the average. Maybe I should get off my high horse and quit buying only singles at my fancy wine & craft beer store. $8.99/4-pack at my local Teeter, this jewel seems delightful. I might actually be compensating too positively because of expectations, but this is really a well-balanced, relatively easy-drinking double pale ale. Having read the label, however, I'll refrain from having a session with the Double Dog.

Photo of shark262
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange/copper with a solid inch of fluffy white foam on top. The head slowly dissipates and leaves a creamy cap on top of the brew along with substantial lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells are very citrus focused - high hop rates (85 IBU) and scents of lemon/orange/pine.

Creamy mouthfeel that quickly gives way to a bitter hop bite and alcohol warmness. Bitter aftertaste remains on the palette for a while after sipping. I would like a little more malty backbone to stand up to this high alcohol, bitter double IPA.

I'm sure 12-24 oz. of this potent beer will good for one sitting. Very drinkable, but in smaller quantities.

Photo of Duster72
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass a surprisingly clear dark amber. Little to no head but foam ring around edge leaves moderate lacing down glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some sweet carmel malts. Taste is hard to pin down. Pine is the dominant flavor with carmel and grapefruit in the background. Excellent blend. Not as sweet as most DIPAs, which is a plus. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Scary drinkable at ABV. Excellent DIPA.

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting is from a 12 oz bottle. It has a very nice copper color with about half inch head of foam. I’m picking up malts and hops in the smell, but nothing very distinctive --- maybe a touch of caramel and a hint of the strong alcohol that is coming. The taste is a wonderful, oily mixture of hops and malts that blends together wonderfully. Not as bitter as a traditional pale ale, but a very full bodied beer with a touch of Scottish ale characteristics. You can taste the whiskey like 11.5% ABV in it. I pick up the bitterness and some sweetness is the aftertaste. I could drink this beer often! It’s very good, but strong alomst a Barleywine --- not really a pale ale (or double).

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnished orange body with a two finger offwhite head. Lots of sticky patch lacing are left on the glass.

Aroma is fruity hops, mostly grapefruit and citrus. Aroma is very akin to Bells Hop Slam in the hops department.

Medium body and carbonation with a stinging hops bite.

Hops dominate the taste with a citrus fruitiness that is more bitter orange than grapefruit. Not overly sweet and the alcohol is hidden more than expected. Hop bitterness is a bit overly abrasive.

A winner from Flying Dog that shows their Gonzo Porter was not a fluke.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness indication. Pours darker almond amber, cloudy, nice creamy long lasting tiny bubble head and thick film, gobs of fine knit lacing/sheeting. Yummy resiny hop nose. Whole wheat toast malting under a more then healthy hop crunch....yee ha I love DIPAs, and this one did not dissappoint. Resiny, pine sap, grapefruit rind....etc etc. Fine brew, prolly my fav from Flying Dog...well worth the $9.99 for a four pack...

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear rich amber-orange which borders on red. Small but persistent off-white head and nice lacing tendrils.

Smell: Cascade hops (orange, grapefruit) and caramel malts. The caramel becomes more evident as it warms, as does the alcohol.

Taste: Well, this depends on how cold it is. Out of the fridge it is fairly heavy on the hops, with orange grapefruit and a long lingering bitter finish with lots of pine. There is a caramel malt counterbalance that moves to the forefront as it warms, plus tons of alcohol and even some dark fruit nuances. All of a sudden, it turned into a Barleywine!

Feel: Moderate carbonation, full smooth body that is very creamy in texture, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice late night sipping beer. Plus you can pick if you want a DIPA (drink it cold) or an American Barleywine (let it warm up).

Photo of strangebrew52
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with about inch of head that slowly fades. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hops stand out in the smell, some citrusy notes and a hint of honey in there as well.

T: Piney hop taste, slightly bitter but not too much. A bit of sweetness and a hint of malts at the end. Very well balance for the style.

M: Medium bodies with plenty of carbonation but still goes down smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. You almost don't notice it's 11.5% alcohol

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review has to be short and sweet, newborn babies are not easy to attend to. This is the best beer by flying dog at least that I've had. The appearance was orangeish and cloudy with a thick head and some solid lacing. The taste was like... surprisingly a double ipa, very similar to a dogfish head only with a more bitter edge and also more sweetness without the complexity brought from darker malts? Anyway this was decent but, too sweet for me.

Photo of jimiv73
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

man i tried this beer for the first time just the other day i had been searching for it for some time and man i was not dissappointed it was everything it was supposed to be and then some it weighs in at a hefty 11.5% and i had two and man they are good and the price is ridiculously cheap i paid 8.99 for a 4 pack beat that

Photo of deanwilson
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this as part of the Flying Dog 4 pack sampler. I was highly dissappointed by this beer.

A. Amber and clear, little head

S. Sweet, alcohol, fruit

T. Tasted overdone, more isn't always better. Too much sweet and alcohol taste. Hops did not blend well with such a thick, syrupy beer.

M. Average

D. One was enough. I will not purchase this beer again.

This could have been a good brew if it was not so overdone. Maybe with a lower alcohol content it migh have been better. The ingredients did not blend well for me, and definitely did not go with food.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7oz pottle poured into an 8oz snifter... perfect fit!

Pours a deep cloudy golden/pale color with almost no head at all. Nose is sweet, and slightly bitter, I'm thinking an IIPA here, there may be a hint of booze but for 11.5% it's hardly there.

Taste is nice and sharp, a bit of booze for sure but it still has a lot of hops as well as rich sweet maltiness to back it up. Very drinkable and a really unique IIPA, I would certainly call it a double pale ale if that were a style.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of sugars and grapefruity hops, with a noticeable current of toasted grains. In some ways, the extra hops, with the rosewater-like scent than can come with extra helpings in the brew, make this smell almost candy-like.

On the tongue, the extra hops are immediately apparent, coming across in bitter grapefruit waves that prove especially strong in the aftertaste. However, the extra malts are just as strong, providing a rich, malty background with notes of molasses, raisins, caramels, deeply toasted grains, and hints of port. So strong were the port and molasses flavors, in fact, that I had to check the bottle again to make sure I was reviewing the correct entry; for a "pale ale" (even a double one), this is far closer to a cross between a medium to high-strength IPA and a really flavorful nut brown ale.

Overall, I think the brew is marvelous, and loved the way the flavors slid across my tongue. It's definitely not what I was expecting, but in this case that proved a good thing.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

nice little 7oz bottle i got from my canis major mini 8 pack. at cellar temp poured into a 8oz. goblet. has a wonderful bright copper, orange color. nice smooth looking biege off white head. fades to a nice thin layer with a nice ring on the edges. delicious looking sticky lace.

fragrant flowery piney hops. boozy, but this is to be expected at 11.5%. nice malt balance. caramel sweetness. the aroma does little justice on how big this beer really is.

boozy! but you gotta expect this. some nice resiny piney flowery hops. this is quickly taken over by a huge maltiness that really takes over the palate. definately on the more malty side for a DIPA, but to there credit, i guess they claim it to be more of a double pale ale, which our hoppy DIPAs that tend to be more on the malty side. you get caramel, crystal malts that seem to burn you from all the alcohol. leaves a bitter sweet caramel maltiness with some pineapple from the hops.

huge heavy mouthfeel. big heat with resiny, oily stickiness. really warms up your throat and kinda knocks out your teeth as they say. feels kinda like its stripping the enamel off your teeth. subtle carbonation. serving this beer in the right glass at the right temperature (that of your cellar) will do good things for this beer.

this one 7oz. bottle is about all i need for this one. obviously not a sessionable beer, but a good one to enjoy with some friends nontheless. ill be interested to find out what some age does to the alcohol sensations in this beer. i predict some mellowing out of the alcohol so the malt profile really stands out. get this if you can. if your in buffalo, youll only find it at the merchant village.

Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful auburn and brown with a thin, airy, light brown cap. Incredible sheets and rings of lacing down the glass.

A strong, potent aroma consisting of sweet, caramel malt and pungent grapefruit and orange. Some alcohol heat as well, as can be expected at this ABV.

Though the beer looks incredible, and smells good as well, I can't stand the way it tastes. It's remarkably bitter and incredibly harsh with alcohol. The powerful alcohol and chemical taste is strong from sip to swallow. There's some bready and caramel sweetness hidden underneath, but very few enjoyable flavors are present. It's listed as a DIPA, though this beer seems to have far more in common with a barleywine. That being said, this doesn't make for a good barleywine, either. This is my fourth time having this beer, and my third different serving type, and I've never finished my serving whether it be from bottle, tap, or nitro.

Medium bodied with smooth, nitro-style carbonation throughout, though incredibly harsh with alcohol. Tough to swallow.

Not for me.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.