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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double Pale AleDouble Dog Double Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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 droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a seven ounce bottle into a Duvel glass, Double Dog is a beautiful clear amber with a short off-white head. Powerful hop aromas of citrus fruits and evergreens with honey coming through in the background. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front (I was expecting hops to hit me like a freight train). Sweet, carmelly malts sing out for several seconds before the complex hops set in - slowly at first but then amplified until the sweetness is lost - and then linger for minutes afterwards. Full bodied, finely crafted, and very, very powerful, this is one to slowly sip and contemplate.

droomyster, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark amber with decent cream color head that quickly disappated. Decent lacing left over. Strong piney citrus aromas with some malt aroma.Hops dominate. Hop bittering the focus throughout. Some citrus, biscuit, raisin but mostly the piney hops. Finishes a little sticky. A solid double IPA, seemed a little under carbonated but pretty decent.

HopEnthusiast, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of astrasday
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazy orange/copper color with a 1 finger white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell of malts, piney hops, caramel and a sugary something (almost like a dark fruit you'd expect in a stout).

Taste is excellent. A rich, malty flavor with a hint of sweetness starts off the taste with a boat load of hop flavor crashing through to rack the taste buds for a little while. The finish, with your buds still reeling from the bitterness turns sweet and the two opposing tastes join harmoniously into a pleasant experience.

The mouthfeel is just what I was hoping for. A bit oily, a bit creamy, full bodied and rich.

This is quite a drinkable beer. At 11.5% ABV, it is certainly one you have to pace yourself with, especially since it goes down so smooth.

Overall, a really pleasant beer. This one is Warm and one that I am enjoying on a cold winters night. I would definitely have it again.

astrasday, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper pour, small white head that fades rather quickly. Lacing left behind, and this beer has body. As I roll it around in the glass, you can see it sliding down the sides of the glass....a tell tale sign of a thick, full bodied beer.
Smell is a mix of hops and malts. Toffee, caramel coming through the very pungent hops.
Taste is an onslought of hop bitterness and citrus. It is strong in the malts as well to provide pretty good balance.

dmamiano, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= pours an orangy color with a great crea,y thick head. Lovely
S= hops of pine and grapefruit. A smell amount of alcohol comes through as well.
T= first huge hop flavors come through! Pine and citrus slowly there's an alcohol burn that is swallowed by a chocolaty maltyness. Interesting
M= average body that's creamy and smooth with a dry finish. It gets rougher as it warms as far as mouthfeel
D= ok, it started out great but as the creamyness left and the malt started to become more prodominant it went down. The high abv will also deter me from drinking too many

jjanega08, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this double pale ale. I don't know how a pale ale can have 85 IBUs, but I like it.

It pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a thick, creamy off white head that gives off a ....at first malty aroma then after another wiff, you can smell the hops, huge citrusy notes and pungent resin-y floral notes.

The flavor is very intense both in pale and caramel malts and hops, but balanced with skill. Very hoppy to say the least, which is always pleasant.Very sweet and stick as it warms a little. I smell and taste something I can't put my finger on.... maybe some of the darker fruits you might think of. And it is very warm with 11.5 % ABV but Oh so smooth. Much props.

hoplover82, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cloudy copper brown color with a thin off white head.Aroma is sweet caramel, with a citrus,and floral hoppiness exploding from the glass.Taste is strong alcoholic, combined with a huge bitterness, which is citric, notes of lemon and orange zest,and peppery spice.Mouthfeel is sweet and chewy, making drinkability a bit less,but all in all this was better than I had expected.

WakeandBake, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: light white head that fades to a ring on a hazy amber body

s: sweet molasses syrup; light hoppy spice; citrus; really thick and heavy nose

t: light bitterness; hops; syrupy sweet molasses; sweet dark apples

m: syrupy and lightly cloying with medium carb

d: a good DIPA w/ lots of full flavors and a crisp finish

hoegaardenhero, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of smanders
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark orange with a thin head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - very piney, citrusy. A little butter.

Taste - Just like the smell...Thank You! Warming alcohol in the background but a perfect blend of sweet and bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel - It's not crisp. It's not clean. It's a DIPA. Perfect!

Drinkability - With caution. After reading 11.5% ABV I was a little intimidated but FDB makes it subtle enough to enjoy...over a few hours.

smanders, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, 2008. Pours a brown/orange with a slight white head. Aroma of lots of sweet malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is quite bitter, with some sweet wheaty malt and citrusy hops at the finish. Slight acetone. Heavy palate. Good ASA, although I wouldn't mind if the alcohol was toned down slightly. A slow sipper.
7/4/7/3/15 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of madtappers
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finely crafted pale ale with just the right amount of hops, to make it smooth even with the 10% ABV.

Beer pours cloudy and with a thick brownish head, no noteable hop aroma. Beer is very drinkable, almost to drinkable for this ABV %.

Beer you have to try, but not a beer you can down a 6 pack of, without one hell of a hangover.

Reminds me alot of Rogue's Double Dead Guy.

madtappers, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coworker gave me one of these to sample.
Pours A hazy amber color with small white head. Leaves some nice white lacing.
A nice smell to this one pine, citrus- lots of hops. Some sweetness from the malt comes through as well.
Taste is very strong of hops. A bit of sweetness. Some warm alcohol taste present in the finish.
A medium body to it dry finish. Bitter hoppy finish. Some alcohol
I really don't dig on this beer. Not a favorite style of beer though. Too hoppy and alcohol tasting for me. I like a more balance beer. I could see how hopheads appreciate it though.

Guzzler78, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 7-oz bottle into a Great Lakes tasting glass. A nice light tan head rose quickly over this beautiful clear amber colored beer. The head gets rocky as it recedes slowly, leaving gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Some nice piney hops in the nose, big and bold, the caramel malt notes compliment this well but in the end the hops will always win. The taste is very big on pine, with much bitterness mixed in, malty sweetness caresses the tongue as the sudden burst of alcohol heat coats the mouth. This baby is a bit hot, but has some depth as well. Still, you won't be questioning the 11.5% ABV after you taste it. A bitter citrusy finish is drawn way out assuring that you will remember your last sip minutes later. Wow.

Big bodied and significant in the mouth, the smooth texture is there but almost overwhelmed by the hop and alcohol. This is a nice sipper.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of david131
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage

A- A very nice, slightly cloudy orange with an absolutely beautiful, thin, white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Slightly aromatic grassy, citrus hops with a nice carmel malt backing. For the booze and style, this is pretty tame, but I really enjoy the lack of vegetable aroma that tends to pop up in styles like this.

T- Pretty sweet and warm, but the hops are not as in your face as I was expecting. A little bit of spiciness, and vanilla and ther alcohol definitely is a little warm, but not as hot as I was expecting.

M- This is definitely warm and drying. Slightly numbing, but I would expect no less from the style.

D- For the ABV, style, and brewery, I was expecting a monster. But this is actually a relatively tame DIPA that I can see aging into something pretty tasty. This is definitely a sipper though.

david131, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - opaque honey-like color, a thin whitish head.

smell - a slight butterscotch, floral smell, a bit of hops, but not much.

taste - a very strong, bitter floral-like taste. Very rich and full but 'powerhopped' as the bottle implies. not bad though.

mouthfeel - mouthfeel is good, no aftertaste really. Very hoppy adn stays on the tongue while going down easily.

drinkability - surprisingly very good for it's high abv. I could 3 of these rather quickly... even if I do make a face.

eweneek83, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Grimbergen chalice.

Copper amberish red in color, no head on this one but a thin ring around the glass. Some carbonation bubbles and foam in the body, but hardly anything really. Smell is a nice hop malt balance. Taste is piney and centrist, a little sweet up front, and over all well balanced. Alcohol is decently hidden in this one, spongey lacing on the glass when drinking but nothing sticks. I think this one is very smooth for its style and easy to drink, a slight bitter note on the end but I like that.

ballewblake, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
August 10, 2008

Pours a dark orange. Smells super hoppy, which prompted me to check the IBU rating on the bottle- 85. Tastes like an imperial IPA. A ton of hops here, hop heads will be happy. Grassy, bitter hops. Very enjoyable brew, this is basically a 2IPA- not an American strong ale.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is Flying dog's best so far that I've tried.

It pours a dark amber color and the head sticks around a while.
The alcohol definitely hits your nose but with an interesting combination of malts and hops as well. In your mouth its thick tasting and stays around a while with malt sweetness and a nice hop finish.

This is an intense, hardcore beer in every way, and i like intense beers but whewwww, this one's a lot. Strong, hoppy, malty ahhhh what is it???? It's not really even an IPA, not a strong ale. Its a hybrid, and a pretty solid one at that. I do like this beer, but its a sippin beer for sure, could stand to be a little less gnarly.

benclimbs, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lacing. Aroma is dominated by earthy hops and alcohol. Very smooth hoopy taste that is not too bitter. Although it is 10.5% the ABV is very well masked and it doesn't have that strong of an alcohol taste to it. Excellent!

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a reddish copper color with thin off-white head and a strong citurs hop aroma. Mouthfeel is medium thick and immediately dry and bitter. Taste brings out the citrus, but surprisingly, never the 10.5% abv, although I could tell later it was in there. Finish was very dry and slightly bitter, yet enjoyable. Had two, and that was all that was necessary. A fine offering

kimcgolf, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was very aggressive and very foamy. The bubbles were huge.... It had nice structure and good retention, but still looked odd due to the size of the bubbles.
Beer was a true amber color with no visible carbonation and very clear. Some nice splotchy lacing clung to the glass.

Aroma was a little earthy and dirty. Some fruit notes and a bit floral. A bit of pine as well.

Wow, very...very hoppy Big perfume/pine punch right out of the shoot. Then it goes right to a caramel/ripe pineapple sweetness... A touch of honey in there as well. Very fruity. You can sense the higher alcohol here. Really feels like a DPA. (which is good, since it's listed as a DPA....didn't know that) Am I tasting coconut? Definitely some tropical fruit flavors happening.

Mouth feel is thick and syrupy. Big in your mouth in flavor and feel. One to savor..

Drinkability is good but you can't hurry through this. You definitely get a warming effect as a result of the 11.5% ABV

I think it's really right on for a DPA and my only thought is to dial back the sweetness just a touch. Nice effort.

Reagan1984, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 9/7/08 Flying Dog Brewing Co. 12 oz. bottle
Double Dog Double Pale Ale 11.5% abv. 85 ibu's

-Pours a deep dark amber, evidence of mass hops and alcohol content i believe...
-2 finger head after vigorous pour, zero carbonation
-Great!! Nose, plenty to smell, lots going on, big flavor. Great entry and mouth feel
-The alcohol is notciable on the finish, though it's not "hot."
-This beer gets you faded. no doubt!
-Plenty of lacing on glass
-Great brew...

Grabbin2nd, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Poured a strong off-white head which dissipated quickly to a sparse bubble layer. Beer was a glowing amber color, rather hazy.

S-A wave of light and citrusy hops, flowery hops. Some fruity esters broke through as the hop aromas faded, along with some fairly present malt aromas.

T-Bitterness is overwhelming my palate! Some initial hop flavors, citrusy and flowery, followed by a sweet, biscuity maltiness (along with some sweet and almost toffee-ness), opposed by a strong bitterness. Some dried fruitiness tries to poke through. This beer's flavor is clearly balanced toward the bitterness, but the malts are indeed able to come through and provide some nice balance. Finishes dry with a strong lingering bitterness.

M-Full bodied with some alcoholic presence. Some nice warmth, as should be expected. I can almost feel the bitter hoppiness move along my palate. Moderate carbonation, appropriate for this style.

D-Good drinkability. I like this beer and will look for this one in the future. Could become a little trying on my palate after a bit, but it's very enjoyable and would be easy to drink a couple in a sitting.

CHSLBrew, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed Flying Dog 4-pack at Olivers in Albany. Consumed on 11-6-08.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is murky orange-ish amber -- almost appears to be glowing at times -- with a small off-white head. Some splotches of lace.

S: Very pleasant nose if you like hops. Immediately hit with the scent of candied grapefruit, tropical fruit and resiny pine. Also getting wafts of alcohol as it warms.

T: Wow. I like. It has all the American DIPA stuff going on -- big caramel malt up front, but it's beaten back by hops: citrus, grapefruit, pine and grass. 85 IBUs? Sounds about right. Lemony/grassy dryness at the back of the tongue causes my mouth to water involuntarily, like some Pavlovian dog that's heard the dinner bell. Heat is felt in the belly, but surprisingly not in the taste really. I do get some peppery burps, however, and it definitely gets hotter and spicier as it warms.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft and resiny in feel.

D: Very good for what it is -- a big sipper.

Notes: Woof!

Kendo, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Nice hazy amber with a big two-finger head with big bubbles that leaves a ton of lace as it fades.

Smell is bold citrus with some grassy notes and a light sweetness. Taste is similar with the citrus and piny hop flavors really coming through. There is just a touch of buttery diacetyl as well. Huge bitterness on this one. The bitterness definitely hides the alcohol. It's barely noticeable, despite the 10.5 % ABV.

Mouthfeel is pretty much medium, and drinkability is great consider this extreme bitterness. Most definitely will have this one again. One of my favorite Double IPA's so far.

daythree16, Nov 21, 2008
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.