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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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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 Norseman


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 thecheapies


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red-amber with a creamy nitro head.

Caramel malts with boozy strength, citrus and floral hops, and a buttery aroma.

Floral hops and well-toasted caramel malts. Major heat. Tastes spiked. Thin oaky flavor with attenuation. The booze kills everything. Finish is all bristly hops anda acrid bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel. Tight nitro bubbles. Pleasant.

'Double Pale Ales' must not be my thing. Not particularly hoppy. Not very bitter at first, but kicking at the throat in the finish. Too much strength. Totally passable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-04-2012 05:08:05 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Kegatron


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 4/14/12. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper after everything settles, topped with a rigid finger of smooth and creamy white head. This pretty much stays this way during the duration of the glass, just drenching the sides with thick sticky lacing. Grapefruit, spice, and pine are quite bold here in the nose, being tempered a bit my light tropical fruit notes, a touch of dankness, and some sweet malt across the back. The high alcohol really adds some intensity to this but is at least more restrained than it is in the taste.

Speaking of which, the taste here is STRONG, with bitter grapefruit, pine, and an assertive spiciness cutting across the tongue and lingering HARD in the finish. Lighter tropical fruit, herbal tones, and malty flavors of caramel and bread do their best but are barely keeping the hops in control. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and while I appreciate the smooth creaminess of the carbonation from the nitro-pour, the high alcohol just brings too much of a heady warm bite to this that amplifies all of that already aggressive hop character.

I haven’t had this in a while and after revisiting, I remembered why. Just too much damn alcohol gives this a boozy and overly fierce nature that I just can’t find enjoyable. Cut this down to around 8% or so and this would be really decent. Not even the nitro could save this one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-18-2012 19:17:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of ClaremontBrew


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice orange color. Dense creamy white head (nitro). Fairly cloudy.

S - Sweet malty smell, but aroma dominated by citrusy hops.

T - Very boozy. Substantial malt sweetness, but ends surprisingly dry. Significant hop bitterness. This is a surprisingly complex beer. There's a lot going on in the flavor. Lots of whiskey or bourbon flavors coming through but also a lot of hop bitterness. A sipper for sure.

M - Very substantial mouthfeel. Syrupy, creamy, dense. But not cloying. Ends clean, but feels like a lot in your mouth at first.

O - Very interesting, surprisingly complex beer, but the heavy mouthfeel and overly boozy flavor is a little off-putting. Would probably not order again.

Served in a tulip glass from a nitro tap at Eureka Burger - Claremont, CA.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-29-2011 16:43:57 | More by ClaremontBrew
Photo of remhaze


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

flying dog on nitro. it was great. loved it.

A - Looks great. caramel brownish-red swirling. warmness coming off the cup.

S - A strong, potent aroma consisting of sweet, caramel malt

T - a mouthful of thick heavy foam at first, and caramel flavor hint to it.

M - mmmm... the thick foam makes it all worth it.

Overall its a good beer to have when it's on nitro-tap. It's not as interesting and fun if you were to drink it off from bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-09-2011 03:14:38 | More by remhaze
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer puzzles me. I think as an American barleywine this would be better in my review of it most likely.

Has a pretty nitro look and lots of great spotted lacing on the glass, super smooth dark orange hue. Smell isn't totally present and has a little soap overtone to it and A little bit of unitergrsted raw hop. The taste has a huge toffee sweet malt note and some lingering dry bitterness. Caramel sweet and fruity almost. A little sickly and over alcohol-ed in a way that gets sickly on the palate quick. Has a marshmallow to it too. Wired and bizarre, seems like it's an iced pale ale or something, surely does not seem brewed to be a dipa.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-27-2011 01:55:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of ehammond1

2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2011 16:31:54 | More by ehammond1
Photo of LittleDon


4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A half pint on nitro at Urge Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Dark amber, clear, with great head and copious lace. It doesn't get better than this. Aroma is malty, caramel sweet, and a touch of citrus. Very soft carbonation and medium body. Flavor is bold coffee roast with a noticeable amount of alcohol come middle. The finish is bitter without the typical chocolate tones. The worst that can be said about this beer is that the alcohol is on the high side and may be a bit hot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-21-2011 03:15:49 | More by LittleDon
Photo of nickthetick


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark amber with a dirty white hockey puck on top that left these beautiful rings along with a nice lacing in between.

S: a lot of pine and grassy hops.

T: it starts out very hoppy and abrasive, a lot of pine and resin and grassy qualities up front. It smooths out a bit and I could pick some malt qualities. The alcohol is very noticeable and hangs on the tongue.

MF: heavy body and chewy, and warm.

D: I'd be hard pressed to buy this again, I wouldn't give it away if I got it in a mixed pack.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-07-2011 22:10:17 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Metuo


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro-tap into an 8 ounce snifter.

A: Honey/Amber Color with a wonderful creamy head that laces very well.

S: Raisens, various citrus fruits, flowery hops. Not entirely complex, but still very pleasant.

T: Intense hops on the first sip, then mellows with the raisens being very present.

M: Unsurprisnly smooth considering the nitro.

D: Very nice sipper, the alchol is present though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-12-2010 16:18:00 | More by Metuo
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Dog nitro-tap at Max's Taphouse in Bawlmer, MD.

Appearance: Nice dark caramel-deep orange color. Hazy but slightly transparent. Incredible head, very white and frothy and bubbly. Beautiful thick lacing. Love nitro pours!

Smell: Very subtle, as in most nitros. Citrus, some hops. Sugar and malts. Toasty breadiness too.

Taste: Sweet, followed by bitterness. Alcohol dominates, as in the regular draft version.

Mouthfeel: Creamy of course. A little hot and boozy. Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, a somewhat unpleasant burn in the back of the throat as it goes down. A bit dry.

Drinkability: Higher than the regular draft, but still a sipper at 11.5%. This is one of my favorite beers, and I'm glad I tried it on nitro. Cask is my last!

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-28-2010 20:30:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer poured from a nitro-tap at Magnollias in Purcellville, VA.
Poured a copper amber color with a small white head that dissipated into a ring with some lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel with hops.
Taste is sweet caramel, honey and ends a little bitter with floral hops and some smokiness, the alcohol is there but not dominant
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium body with a little alcohol warming.
Nice strong beer, to enjoy at a slow pace.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-19-2010 02:07:40 | More by dtivp
Photo of jpweisel

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on nitrogen tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.
Pours a clear amber. Amazing citrus hop smell. Not overwhelming. This was a hop bomb but also has some malty sweetness as well. On a nitrogen tap so it had a creamier mouthfeel and taste. High alcohol but drinkability is great.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-11-2009 19:45:06 | More by jpweisel
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
Photo of Big-Frog


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
Photo of olilitewu


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
Photo of jdb288

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
Photo of IAmAPenguin


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
Photo of scotorum


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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Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.