Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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5/5 rDev +27.9%
wow. i didn't notice when i bought it...
ok, pours magnificently, thick, creamy, a bit hazy (my favorite look) and some great rorschach lacing all around, settles in slow motion against all quantum odds...leaves a thick veneer of off-white.
smells, deep rich cereally-hoppish, great balance, not overwhelming (wish it was!); sure the alcohol is there, but lurking, being a supporting actor to all the true flash (thus far)...something more subtle i will have to return to and solve...i love that. perhaps (3rd big sniff), burnt maple syrup but from a mile away? NICE
ok, taste, wow, there is that (not burned, but) carmelized maple or dried plums...not too sweet, perhaps due to the complex hop tsunami. i mean it, this is deep, rich, alot going on, much like Nugget Nectar (the latest benchmark) but the alcohol depth and the cereal/hop-bill is simply more complex. can't compare to other greats. this is just another GREAT brew. greatness is even greater when difference abounds!
aside from all this weight there is a snappiness to this, carbonation hinting at some sort of bourbon or rye sense...i don't get that lasting 'finish' from most brews. maybe it is the alcohol making the flavor/vapor trails just linger that much more.
yeah, you can't session this IF you are smart. IF you can control your urges. but it can't be denied, this is very palatable, so much flavor going on, i forgot about focusing on hops. VERY drinkable. scarey, too.
another sniff and i catch freshly sliced anjour pear...this is amazing and surely the best Flying Dog has done. at least for me. i have never found such a wonderful blending of malts and hops. the label is totally accurate here.
i can't deny it. exceptional across the board. i will return to this, despite the coast. this is premiere craft brewing.
the aftertaste is the key...it lingers on in the memory. the echo fades, but i can still taste it...
ding dang i can't stop talking about it (to myself)...another swallow and i am catching odd grilled tangerine. things like that. etc...
03-16-2009 23:15:24 | More by mempath
5/5 rDev +27.9%
This beer, is remarkable!! At 11.5% ABV, it has an incredible taste.
At that alcohol %, one would think it would taste a lot like a barley wine. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I highly recommend this beer. :o) This DBPA, in fact, EVERYTHING I've tasted from Flying Dog, has been REMARKABLE!! Looking forward to trying their better than 9% Porter!!!
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05-11-2012 23:00:10 | More by quasar77
4.97/5 rDev +27.1%
had this on cask at Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village. the chalkboard said that it was double hopped. i'm not a huge fan of beers from a cask, but this one blew me away!
it looked a bit cloudy, like lemon iced-tea with a bubbly head that thinned quickly.
the aroma was awesome! smelled floral and citrusy with grapefruit and bubblegum.
the taste was incredible! all kinds of things going on... grapefruit, papaya, fresh flowers, grass, complete with a malty sweet backbone. the bitterness crept up on me and stung like novocaine. my mouth started to feel numb. it had a zesty spiciness, almost like jalapeno peppers.
it was absolutely perfectly balanced.
this beer was unbelievable. the closest thing to perfection for a hop lover that i've ever found.
07-07-2008 01:42:51 | More by getalife2k5
4.97/5 rDev +27.1%
pours a hazy golden caramel with a white cream head that slowly fades to some lacing and a thin layer of foam. The smell of this is very earthy, lots of pine aromas, like i'm smelling a fresh tree. The first sip is a shocker: full on hop attack, very similar taste to its aroma. The hop execution is very good. What makes it so good is the malt back bone. flying dog does what perhaps only Marin's IPA does (but on a different level), match the hops with almost as much malt. This is a hophead's dream beer. The malt gives is a sweet coating, mostly for texture. It's big a thick, like syrup. The malt doesn't take over the flavor, but eases the pallet. This beer is extremely refreshing even if it's hoppy and thick, and for almost 12% you can feel it down the road, but it doesnt let you know that it's big. Such a beatutiful thing this beer is.
05-08-2009 05:33:27 | More by 100floods
4.9/5 rDev +25.3%
first of all, let me explain the "not exceptional" rating for drinkability: high gravity.
that being said, it's a beer meant for savouring, not swilling. the flying dog brewery basically re-hashed their recipe for the 10th anniversary Wild Dog Double Pale Ale brew. that beer, in and of itself was spectacular, and i bet the constant begs and pleas for more brought them to create the double dog. this beer drinks much like the wild dog version, although it is a bit stiffer on the alcohol (dubby dog's 10.5 versus wild's 9%). anyway, coagulated spiderwebs of lacings, juiced coppery orange hues, with sweet/tart nosings. cedary grapefruit caramel start with a robust creamy dry alcoholic finish. beautifully beefed up beer.
the perfect setting for experiencing this beer: ice (don't chill the beer beforehand, you want it slightly cooler than room temp) the four pack down next to the bathtub, draw a hot, epsom salt riddled bath, playlist jupiter coyote's albums, and relax for several hours. brilliant!
05-21-2007 07:00:22 | More by CNeilP09
4.85/5 rDev +24%
Appearance: Wow very nice mercy orange and red tint
Head: Big light tan head with nice lace on the sides of my glass
Smell: Dark citric hops with caramel and a little heat
Taste: Deep rich bitter hops that dissipates and a wave of heat washes over the palate, then the bitterness of the hops strike back and stick into the palate once again
Weight: Medium to heavy body and high to medium carbonation
Finish: Heat falls at the end but hops are so dug into the palate the bitterness last which seems forever and a nice stickiness on the lips
03-27-2011 05:20:21 | More by Snow81
4.85/5 rDev +24%
Murky looking deep copper appearance. Thin creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty good and sticks around for the duration. On the nose I get a big blast of hops. They are floral, resiny, pungent, grapefruity, grassy and citric. The flavor is really outstanding. It's got enough of a caramel based malt foundation to add another dimension to all the great hoppiness going on. The bitterness is nice and lingering and fairly clean. The hops provide a mouth full of flavor. Everything I noted on the nose (see above) and more. Dripping pine sap, juiciness and cannabis. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium-full body and appropriately carbonated. And the 10+ % a/v is extremely well hidden. This is really good. A nice little gem. What a nice surprise.
04-13-2007 04:15:04 | More by Bighuge
4.83/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours a beautiful copper color with super impressive head. I mean wow this head is perfect. First sip gets you hooked. A hop heads dream. The high 11.5 abv is masked with hops hops hops. As you sip, a picture pefect lace is left around the glass. It doesn't get any better than this. I would have gave this a 5 for drinkablity if it wasn't for being 11.5 abv. After 3/4 the glass I was like WOW! 2 of these would have you just stumbling (as fast a I drink anyways). Overall probably my FAVORITE hop bomb so far. Super good aroma, flavor, and drinkablity. He high abv is a bonus. It really drinks like the dogfish head 90 minute with a kick. Which I just love. If you have such luck to find this, do yourself a favor and get it!
12-01-2009 18:24:49 | More by BigDoug
4.83/5 rDev +23.5%
Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color.
Smell: Bitter malt & hops. Smells like it's going to tast amazing!
Taste: Wow! Candied walnuts, slight sweetness throws this double IPA into a sea of bitterness - with a dry finish. Well rounded for the style. Orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth soft tannins make this one very enjoyable.
Drinkability: This one's a sip & savor. I love the mildly bitter aftertaste that demands more beer!
04-02-2009 19:52:02 | More by LauraAlberts
District of Columbia
4.83/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear ruby color. Carbonation is visibly sparce but a nice creamy, off white head tops this with beautiful tracing. Aromas start with a big hit of resinous pine followed by grapefruit, pineapple and some black tea. The malts are barely able to come through this hop craziness, with a slight toastiness and faint cinnamon there. On the palate it is simply wave and wave of hop flavor. It starts fairly aggressive, lots of that pine and grapefruit (Columbus, Chinook, Magnum?). The body is quite heavy, but no syrupiness, a nice level of carbonation (medium) and a good alcoholic kick in the middle towards the end. It finishes very bitter and very "ruinous" on the palate. I wish I could drink this everyday, it's almost a stepped up Bigfoot if that is possible.
06-17-2007 17:10:54 | More by dreadnatty08
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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