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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 53
Gots: 89 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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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
Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Orange-ruby beer with a quarter-inch off-white head.

S - Huge malt bouquet, with sweet caramel and toffee. Some resiny pine and grapefruit aroma make it through.

T - Thick and malty, with caramel, perhaps molasses, golden raisin, peach, pineapple. Very sweet, but grapefruit and pine hop flavors arrive in the middle of the palate. The finish is long and supremely balanced, with a satisfying bitterness remaining on the tongue.

M - Rich and slick, with a full body.

D - I wasn't sure what to think at first, having been a bit disappointed with Flying Dog's barley wine. Double Dog is pretty sweet for a DIPA, but has the hops to back it up. It's nice to taste a very different take on the style.

trbergman, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -2%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -6.6%
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 +15.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +7.4%
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 -13.6%
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 -14.3%
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 -9.7%
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
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.