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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 53
Gots: 90 | 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 markskar
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just came in. Four-pack of 12oz bottles for $7.99. I f@#king love it, it's wonderful. I've realized that I've mostly only reviewed beers I've enjoyed, so I think I may need to give some reviews to beers I don't like, but those don't tend to inspire me to review. At any rate, here is another glowing review:

A: Not much head retention after pouring, but with a beer this big (11.5%abv) that's pretty typical. The clarity is outstaning, however, and she has quite beautiful legs...*droool* This one is a looker!

S: Lighly roasted, warm caramel with a nice, citrusy hop aroma that lingers in the nostrils

T: Grrr...Rowlf! Good Dog, nice hoppy bite. Not overbearing, but just enough to let it qualify as a DIPA at 85 IBU's. WTF are those hops though, does the Flying Dog have a secret hop? I'm thinking a Yakima Gold relative, or perhaps Columbus? Dunno, but I want some for the homebrews. Fu*#ing wonderful hops.

*UPDATE: Just took some time to check out their website: "Hops: Columbus, Worrior, Cascade
Process: Double recipe of Pale Ale dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops." I have used Columbus for a DIPA homebrew--very high alpha (+/-15%) that creates a very distinctive flavor.*

M: Surprisingly chewey for a brew with this much alcohol. The hop character dominates, but the malty flavors are just wonderful for something this strong.

D: Extremely drinkable if you like big beers. If you're unaccustomed to Barleywines, Double Imperial Pales, or Russian Imperial Stouts, you may not appreciate this. However, if that sort of thing is what you're looking for, The Double Dog is a kick-ass DIPA and drinkable enough for a memorable (or, perhaps, blacked-out), quality beer experience. Grab it if you can. Cheers!

markskar, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of xfactor9600
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark orange with a slight amount of head.

S: A huge amount of hops, along with more hops.

T: Citrus and Hops. But rounds out into a nice fizzy hops like after taste.

M: Creamy, but properly carbonated.

D: A nice hoppy experience. I also get it for a decent price, which in my mind increases drinkability.

xfactor9600, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-6-09
2008 Vintage

Pours a dark and very cloudy orange color, with a very thin head that leaves behind foamy, short-lived lacing.

Smell is thick and earthy, mountains of hops. Not a ton there, but very strong.

Taste is all earthy malt, hops and alcohol. Bitter, sharp and ultra-strong. Not nearly subtle enough to have complex flavors.

Mouthfeel suits it well, mega-thick and syrupy.

Drinkability is good only if you're in a rock band.

Overall, a humongous beer, but not enough to be outstanding.

BMoney575, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orangy amber with a thin head.

Beautiful smell of hops. Sweet pine and oranges on a sweet malt bed.

Bitter taste is strong. Some chalkiness, but the individual flavors are not as decipherable as I would like.

Big full mouthfeel, but not as drinkable as other DIPA. The abv is well masked.

aubuc1, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells first of fruit (grapefruit dominates), followed by pine, and finishes with a strong caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of creaminess and carbonation. Grapefruit flavor comes through first, followed by caramel and bready-like malts while a bitter pine flavor mellows in the background. Finishes with a strong alcohol presence.

This beer drinks more like a barelywine and its alcohol presence makes it a drink to savored slowly.

jamesdantes13, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber with a small cap of beige head. Carbonation looks a little coarse. Brown sugar/caramel with big grapefruit and slight pineapple. Flavor is remarkably similar to eating ripe grapefruit. There are some accents of maple syrup and bread dough. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate, albeit with some astringency. Dry finish, body a shade over medium, no hint of alcohol. Nice drinkability.

illidurit, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 19 Oct 2008.

Shaker pint glass. Medium yellow head. Dark amber color, full of little floating particles. Caramel sweet aroma with citrus. Starts strongly citrusy but is balanced with a honey caramel sweetness. Ethanol very warming. Hop presence resurges in finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

htomsirveaux, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy dark orange, a bit darker than most DIPAs, with little bits of crap at the bottom. Two fingers of delicious, thick ass head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Hoppy as all hell (aka wonderful). Citrus foremost with grapefruit and lemon most noticeable. A bit woody, though not actual wood. Something more along the lines of Pine-Sol. Not a lot of malt in the nose, but something is lending to a mountain stream type of freshness.

3.0 T: Loads of hop flavor. Citrus (grapefruit and mandarin) and pine. Not sweet at all. In fact the malt character never really makes it through. Not bad, but no balance at all. The lack of complexity is a huge fault. Aftertaste is a bitter hop bomb.

5.0 M: Full bodied. Fucking incredible amount of creaminess. Good carbonation. A bit of warming on finish.

3.0 D: Like a Ruination, this will fuck your palate silly, but it's simply not as good and therefore not as drinkable.

DavoleBomb, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of bark
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep copper; the finger thick head is beige. It leaves massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is fresh and sweet with lots of grapefruits and toffee. Some bitter notes too.

The taste is sweet and freshly hoppy with the expected citric grapefruit flavours. Butter and phenols blends with a robust but not aggressive bitterness. The aftertaste got notes of sweet caramel and an increasing bitterness that is added by a crisp sour note. Beef stock and citric acid in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh but a little short, the liquid is semi-smooth which is a bit lighter than expected.

I have now reviewed this beer on tap and bottle recently, and in my opinion the keg version is not as aggressively hopped as the bottled variant. It is surprisingly drinkable for a beer at this strength.

bark, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: coppery penny looking beer that is pretty clear. Has a nice 3 finger head that dissapates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smells very very off for the style. Very sweet and caramel notes came through, a litlte bit of old coca cola for some reason came through, maybe rootbeer.

Taste: Tastes very very strong. Its got a good alcohol kick but it hides the 11.5% very well. Its got some nice sticky piney sweet flavors. Kinda tastes like grapefruit mixed with date juice.. not on point with the style, but very nice.

Mouthfeel: Its got a nice mouthfeel, adequate carbonation, and a medium body. Its pretty sticky and coats the palate.. nice.

Drinkability: Its a decent drinking beer. I dont think its a beer to switch to after having a few other beers before but its a solid brew. Its very very strong and will kick you in the ass if your not careful so i cant give this a high drinkability rating.. but its good.

Augustiner719, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber, fairly clear, light tan head leaves some creamy lace

S - fresh grapefruit hops, bitter rind, mild caramel sweetness

T - hops attack the palette on first sip, they say they use Columbus, and I think that is what gives it that nice bite. There is a lot malt backing it up, but the hop flavour is very strong. The bitterness is there, but it's not overly obvious in the finish because of that sharp hop flavour throughout.

M - med full body, very creamy, alcohol is quite drying (almost takes your breath away), low carbonation

D - this is a beast of a beer, fairly straight forward, but it sure slaps you around and makes you take notice.

A full on attack of hop flavour awaits in this very big "double pale ale." I quite like it, but I can see how it would be way too much for a lot of folks. The bottle description and website carry on about the wonderful malt underneath the hops, but you'd have to age it a hell of a long time to ever pick up on any malt complexity.

markaberrant, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Drewcifer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out hazy orange-brown, a solid half inch of sticky white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy on grapefruit and pine, a faint flowery aroma in there as well.

Good variance of tastes. Starts with a grapefruity hops punch, then mellows out a bit as the taste of the malts work their way in. Finishes with a piney hop slap at the end, and leaves a lingering bitterness. Not for everyone, but certainly interesting.

Pretty average, medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a worthwhile brew to try at least. If you enjoy hoppy beers or are looking to try something more extreme, this is worth a shot at least. I do not see it as being drinkable on a consistant basis, though.

Drewcifer, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of marcpal
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I have had this on tap before a couple times at a local bar and this is the first time from the bottle. My conclusion is that it was far better from the tap unless this is a bad bottle which I doubt since it came to me from a friend bringing back from the brewery.

12oz bottle poured into a Flying Fish tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10. Bit annoying.

A: Peach colored body with the slightest white head. The lacing was touch and go but where it stuck it stuck.

S: Here in the aroma, the hops make the appearance. Citrus, lacking pine. It smells extremely sweet in the style of a wheatwine or barleywine.

T: Super sweet, has the honey sweetness of Hopslam but not the balance of the citrusy hops and plethora of other flavors. It began sweet and ended sweet, not a favorite. Too much for a DIPA, much closer to other styles where the hops only real spotlight is in the resiny mouthfeel.

S: Creamy and lush. Sticky from the resin and for a DIPA, this has a great feel through the swallow and sitting in the mouth.

D: Given the alcohol level, it is drinkable. More than the booze, the sweetness can be burdensome. This pushes the boundary of an IPA family beer, mostly because of the huge sweetness. Odd point here in that this is a rare beer where it actually tastes better real cold- maybe thats why I liked it on tap more.

They sell the major series in nips now and this would be good for that because it wouldn't warm down.

marcpal, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange-heavy amber with two finger white head. Decent head retention for the abv, thick clumps of lacing. Smell: big on grapefruit and caramel malt, pine and toasted malts as well. Pretty average for the style, but average smells pretty good. Taste: big time sweet caramel malts fight it out with big time grapefruit + orange citrus, pine and earthy hops are along for the ride as well. Some serious alcohol in the finish. Dry and quite sweet. Seems to be from the DFH school of DIPA. Pretty good, probably the best thing I've had from Flying Dog, though gonzo was pretty good.

babaracas, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of bsherb
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second review:

First I should say I'm not a big fan of IPA in general. This being my first DIPA, I must add that I am thoroughly impressed with this one.

Appearance is hazy amber to orange with a slight blush.

Smell is amazing: wild flowers, orange peel, and a hint of molasses; other things are certainly present yet beyond ken to pinpoint. One of my favorite aspects of this beer.

Taste is heady, strong, and complex. At first, in-your-face hops; finishes with a light sweet malt/hops balance I didn't expect; and the aftertaste is bitter in keeping with the style. The transitions are so fast they flow into each other.

Mouthfeel is thick and boozy, and makes me want to smack my mouth. Not unpleasant but okay.

Drinkability is only diminished by the high ABV. Too many would spell s-w-o-o-n-i-n-g for sure!

bsherb, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of discovolante65
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.
Pours a hazy orange with a thick, sticky off-white head. Lots of sediment floating around in here. Don't remember this much in the last batch.

Smell - Pine trees and grapefruits, with a little malt and alcohol as well.

Taste- The smaller parts are played by grapefruit/citrus and pine needles. The two main characters are Hops and Malt. I get punched in the mouth with hops, and then kicked in the stomach with malt while i'm holding my head up to stop the bloodflow. Little bit of alcohol revives me from the blows at the end.

Mouthfeel - medium to sticky. not off-putting, but a little sticky. Nice alcohol in the mix although its high.

Drinkability- Scary. I drank two of these on a Wednesday night. At 11.5, that's a little frightening. I love the balance of malt and hops. It's like dual personalities in this one. I could drink the whole four pack, but then i'd be drunk and regretting it. Great DIPA, great price! ($7 for 4-pack!!)

discovolante65, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper, orange with a thin head and sticky lacing.

S - Grapefruit hops with sweet caramel malts.

T - Big, sweet caramel malt, citrus, grapefruit and earthy hops with a big dose of alcohol.

M - Medium body and slightly sticky but not syrupy with a stinging, warming alcohol.

D - At 11.5%abv and plenty of malt this is almost barleywine territory. Not bad but a bit big and boozy. Reminds me of 120 from Dogfish.

brewcrew76, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Inch and a half light tan head with small foamy bubbles. Head becomes lumpy as it drops leaving nice lacing. The beer is a nice amber with a hint of haziness.

S- Sweet and citrusy smell, oranges and great fruit. Also hints of caramel and toasted nuts.

T- Huge citrus fruit up front, oranges and great fruit, then a dry bitter pine takes over. This beer starts out very sweet but the hops take over and take you for a ride. It has some toasty nutty flavors in it as well. The after taste is of dry pine bitterness that holds onto your tongue for some time.

M- Starts out smooth and juicy but takes a turn for dry and bitter that is not unpleasant. This beer has nice carbonation that is not to harsh on the tongue but the hops leave the tongue tingling in the end.

D- This beer is very good but I would not drink more then one or two a night. That may be good as it does come in at 11.5% ABV.

Over all I think this is a good example of a DIPA, I am very satisfied with it and will probably get it again in the future.

br3wmeister, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head, and thin lacing.

Scent of piny hops, citrus, caramel malts, and alcohol. Good and simple, I would like it to be more hoppy.

Taste of hops, caramel malts, citrus and alcohol. This one loses its balance a bit with the strength of the alcohol, but it is still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

paco1029384756, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7 oz bottle into tulip

Poured a crystal clear amber body with orange tints on the side. Minimal head quickly reduced into ring, leaving pretty good amount of clinging, spotty lacing. Carbonation seems high, with lots of bubbles rising to the head.

Smells of pine, citrus, wisps of grapefruit. Hint of honey. Alcohol is detected. Simple, yet explosively powerful aroma.

Taste is of piney hops mixed well with honey/caramel flavored malts and a nice dose of alcohol warmth. Not overpowering, but one can tell it's high in alcohol. Starts off somewhat sweet, then semi sweet/bitter, with an awesome bitter finish.

Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Slick, sticky in the mouth, goes down very nice. Very well balanced. Full bodied.

Drinkable despite it's high ABV. The only thing that I can see getting to me after this taster bottle is the sweetness, actually. Kind of sweet for a double IPA, but recommended for sure.

TMB0424, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Amber w/light ruby tint, and nice off-white head with excellent retention. Light sediment is visible within, and great intricate lacing clings to the edges.
S-Hop aromas of pine, grapefruit and citrus dominate, with sweet raisin bread, light grape, rich roast malt, and alcohol.
T-Roast malt, toasted raisin bread, strong hops in finish w/warming alcohol and lingering bitterness.
M-Good blend of sweet/dry...just when one extreme starts to dominate the other one reins it in. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied.
D-One of my favorite offerings so far from FD. Packs a wallop, and tastes great too.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey amber with a reddish tint. Large off-white head. Head leaves a very sparse lacing and dissipates into a foamy cap.

A- Perfume like hop aroma. Upon opening the bottle I got a wonderfully perfume like aroma. Fruity and citrusy.

T- Sweet malt with a huge hit of hops. Citrusy bits up front with that same perfumelike taste there as well. Quite a taste of alcohol, so much that it makes breathing slightly different. Finishes slightly spicy leaving a bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D- I found the alcohol taste to be slightly overwhelming. However this has a delicious aroma and taste looking past the alcohol taste.

gpogo, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of MacDomer
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Served at 50 degrees. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a short lived off-white head. Lacing clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Big hop citrus smell, with honey and alcohol and spiciness. This is a big nose.

T - Taste is not as big and pronounced as the nose. The alcohol is here, though. Not in an aggressive way, but it's noticeable. A nice balance of sweetness and hoppiness, with some earthy spiciness.

M - Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Long sticky finish.

D - Tasty. Not what I'm used to drinking for a DIPA. Won't refuse one if offered, but not my favorite take on the style. This is big and a bit boozy. If DFH made something between a 90 and a 120, this would be it, but less refined.

MacDomer, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of ruck304
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, hazy amber. Somewhat of an orange tint to the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells very fruity; possibly oranges or a citrusy berry if there ever was one.

Taste: Very bitter as expected from an extreme pale ale. Reminds me of the Dogfish Head version of the India Pale Ale (60 or 90).

Mouthfeel: Very smooth as a liquid with only the bite of the actually taste disrupting this feeling.

Drinkability: I wouldn't say it is easy to drink but it is definitely a flavorful double pale ale. I couldn't drink a bunch of these but it has enough flavor to get your attention and was a joy to experience.

ruck304, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: hazy amber

Smell: hoppy balanced with a sweet/fruity, floral aroma

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. light-medium body.

Taste: bitter finish. slightly sweet. balanced middle.

Notes: well balanced IPA. similar to the DFH 90 min in structure but better represents the style with extra bitterness.

Frosty80, Jan 07, 2009
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.