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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 108 | 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 ReDave
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double pale ale? What about the India?

Pours a little dark amber.
Nice cream head. Even lasts awhile.
Sticky lace down the glass.

Wow, nice bitter blast. And yes some sweet back end.

Not much aroma, bottle says 08 batch, so, maybe that's the reason?

Man this is alcoholic, whew, i can barely finish this review!

But i like it! Hoppy, fairly balanced, great aftertaste, hope it's available all the time!

Photo of Lambstrong
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark clear golden in color. Little white head that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma: Nothing powerful. A slight citrus aroma and that about it.

Taste: An upfront sweetness followed by a piney citrus bitterness flavor which is then followed by a warmth sweetness. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and heavy upon the tongue. There is an unusual occurrence where the front of my tongue felt deadened that I would equate to a feeling one gets from Novocain.

Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= Amber with a nice off-white foamy head.

S= huge overdose of northwest hops. I can't find the malt though.

T= massive northwest hops one-note (nugget, chinook, not sure) but that's about it. For someone who wants a massive hoppy beer, great, but for me this is very unbalanced and I'm still looking for the malts.

M= clean, some hoppy bitters residue.

O= sorry, this just impresses me as a singular and non-complex mass of northwest hops bitters.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a "Canis Major" mix pack. Vintage 2008 written towards the bottom of the bottle. Served at 55°F

Pours a hazy, deep amber color with orange hues. Almost looks unfiltered with lots of suspended sediment. Produces a cream-beige head. Initially as large as 2 fingers, reduces to a small pillow over a period of a few minutes. Leaves some impressive lacing.

Aroma strongly resembles a grapefruit, but the fruitiness fades as it warms, and the malt sweetness takes the foreground. Still a very bitter aroma coming off this. Just the slightest scent of alcohol towards the end.

The taste is more piney than the aroma leads on. The bitterness hits you at first, strong and in charge. The hops fade a bit allowing for the malt and caramel to peak through for a brief moment, before the bitter aftertaste kicks in. Not incredibly complex, but very impressive none the less.

Medium bodied and very smooth. I was actually incredibly surprised at how smooth it was. Just enough carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Honestly, I had this pegged for a 7% ABV, and was shocked to find out it had over 11%. This, to me, if not for the high alcohol content, would be a great session brew. I could drink this all night.

I would recommend this as a great brew for an intro to DIPA's. I've never been a huge hophead (at least not yet), but I find this brew incredibly drinkable, and supremely enjoyable.

Photo of originalsin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 'Bout a quarter inch of head on the pour, quickly settles, though, with a little lacing. A bright brown-orange...I'm licking my lips.

S: The first thing I noticed on the pour...before the head or color even, was an intense hop aroma that buried itself in the back of my nostrils. Closer examination revealed a bit of citrus..and maybe a hint of honey even.

T: A bitter beer, for sure. Right up front you're greeted by copious amounts of hops yet, true to the description on the bottle, the taste gives way to a sweet malted character. Caramel malt comes through. The alcohol doesn't come through as much as I had expected, and for that I'm grateful. A well rounded complex beer.

M: The mouthfeel is all kinds of smooth--just what I expected from a nice well rounded beer such as this.

D: Normally I would judge this by other criteria...but right now I'm thinking to myself "Could I sit here and finish the 4 pack as the afternoon winds down?" The answer...maybe. I've got a few other brews that I might need to intersperse throughout the evening of drinking.

Nonetheless, the Double Dog is another tasty tasty flying dog brew (why is the gonzo so hard to find by me????). As always, bonus points for Thompson quote+artwork.

Photo of strangebrew52
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with about inch of head that slowly fades. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hops stand out in the smell, some citrusy notes and a hint of honey in there as well.

T: Piney hop taste, slightly bitter but not too much. A bit of sweetness and a hint of malts at the end. Very well balance for the style.

M: Medium bodies with plenty of carbonation but still goes down smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. You almost don't notice it's 11.5% alcohol

Photo of bimish
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, clear, medium brown color with orange hues. Pours with a two-finger, frothy head that quickly settles. Minimal lacing.

S - Nice, caramel malty aroma with a significant hop character. Some faint citrus notes as well. Hop aromas are fairly resiny, not a lot of floral notes.

T - Starts very hoppy, quite bitter, then fades to a well-rounded caramel malty flavor that is more balanced. Alcohol content is apparent, although somewhat subdued. Hop flavor is quite piney, similar to an oak-aged beer. Very complex as would be expected from the ABV.

M - Full bodied, somewhat coarse from the strong hop flavors.

D - Very nice Imperial IPA. A little on the bitter side for my taste, and the high alcohol would limit the number of these I would quaff in one sitting.

Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Reddish-orange in color. Visible carbonation. Some haze (chill haze?). Pours with a quarter inch head then settles.
(S) Floral with bold notes of peach / apricot. Also some malt sweetness.
(T) Earthy with floral notes. Mild bitterness all the way through.
(M) Smooth, syrupy, with tingle/crispness of carbonation.
(D) A very delicious imperial IPA. Savor the flavor or the ABV will get'cha.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Canis Major mixed eight pack purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a slightly hazy, golden honey color with about half an inch of off white foam. Smells and tastes of pineapple, orange, lemon, flowery hops, caramelized malts, grapefruit peel, and alcohol. I'm not surprised at the noticeable alcohol bite considering the 11.5%ABV. Very warming in the throat. Dry, bitter finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not too bad, but a little too heavy on the booze for me.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ScarletLady
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite local beers. Pours a warm amber with a bit of cloudiness with a light head, minimal lacing. Slight hop nose but malt hits the tongue first. Definitely aware of the alcohol as I sip this one. I find it very drinklable but I like the big boys.

Photo of Gilgemesh
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dog. A man's best friend. And, quite a good fit in a tulip. Proudly poured down the middle. Double Pale is a warm amber beer, with a sweet caramel malty nose and a frothy off white head that leaves a slight clingy lace down the sides. The sweetness is reflected in the straight ahead playfulness of this tasty American brew. The malty forwardness is balanced by a bitter middle and a tart finish. The hops aren't up front as in an IPA, but provide a nice counter for the fruity sweetness throughout the brew. This dog will hunt.

Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. At first, a large beige head forms, and sticks around for a few minutes. Some good sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus, grapefruit and hop oil aromas. A lingering malty sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. A heavy bitterness. As the flavor lingers on, the slightest amount of malty sweetness comes out. Plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated with a nice snap on the tongue. There is a huge amount of alcohol, and it is noticeable. Combine that with the heavy bitterness, and this is hard to finish a bottle.

Not a bad Double IPA. It seems to follow the style. Besides the hot alcohol burn, I would recommend this to any hop head.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from the mday, thank you..

Poured into an oversized wine glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber/orange color with copper hues. There is one finger ivory head that is creamy. A lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to a tad hazy. There is some of head clingy to the glass.

Nose: A vibrant citrus, pine, and grapefruit followed by a nice malt. The malt is has a nice sweetness with a wallop of alcohol.

Taste: A very deep pine, citrus and grapefruit flavor. There is a very nice malty backbone with hint of sweetness and caramel.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, slightly astringent, and creamy. The body of the beer is medium full and the finish is bitter, but clean. I was kinda scared to try this beer because I have heard some interesting rumor about that dog biting back. This beer has a wonderful depth, flavor, and consistency. It is a very nice DIPA, although the dog does nip a little. The alcohol is there but, dammit it is hidden also. I really like this DIPA

Photo of mempath
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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...

edit addendum:

ding dang i can't stop talking about it (to myself)...another swallow and i am catching odd grilled tangerine. things like that. etc...

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: reddish copper brew with a frothy white head. leaves nice lacing and head holds well.

S: grapefruit, orange, and piney hop smells. also a malty sweetness. hardly a trace of the 11.5 abv.

T: good malty sweetness up front with a slight fruit taste. fades into a minty hop aftertaste that leaves the mouth very bitter.

M: velvety smooth on entry then leaves your mouth bitter, gritty, and dry

Overall, this beer is alright. If it didn't leave my taste buds completely useless and fried, I wouldn't have too much of a problem with it. The aftertaste ruins it.

Photo of deereless
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color of a light caramel, thin layer of frothy head over the surface of the beer, some spots of sticky resin on the side of the glass - 4.25, S: Malt is upfront though with a generous dose of hops - mostly pine aromas, the malt aroma that comes through is on the side of caramel - 4.00, T: I approached this beer as an IPA, and though there is a generous amount of hops, the malt is what really dominates, less of an IPA and more of a barleywine, some heavy fruitcake flavors and brandied fruits, significant alcohol presence - 3.75, M: Medium bodied with a slightly silky feel - 4.50, D: I recall having this beer in the past and thinking it was a fine specimen, I do enjoy it and would drink it again but not necessarily if I was craving an IPA - 3.50

Photo of happygnome
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice amber color with very minimal head maybe a quarter inch if generous. not much lacing because of lack of head
s: sweet caramel malt aroma with floral and citrust hop bitterness
t: amazing. nice floral and citrus hops balane a sweet caramel malt backbone hides the 11.5% abv well
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this was a fantastic brew, really loved it

Photo of jonziefle
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a brown/reddish amber. Moderately cloudy, some very fine suspension can be seen Very little head, that diminishes to almost nothing quite quickly (gentle pour). Decent lacing.

Smell: Very intense fragrance of darker fruity hops. Very sweet and syrupy nose, and some of the alcohol is also evident.

Taste: Very intense hops up front, definitely a good amount. Decent sweetness, but not as much as I would have expected; the balance with the bitterness is not quite there. A nice piney bite comes out also, with everything lingering for a while. The alcohol is definitely present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied beer. The sweetness and the fullness give it a slight syrupy feel, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: A pretty good double IPA. Definitely has quite the hop punch, with a decent balance of sweetness. Similar to the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, but not quite as good. A very good beer to enjoy slowly and in moderation, however, as the fullness, hoppiness, and ABV make it hard to drink too many in one sitting.

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Amber brown with some light amber foam. Nice color.

S - Very nice sweet malt aroma with strong floral/spicy hops bouquet

T - Flavor starts with a wavelike swell, malty sweet, floral, honey-caramel. The bitterness sets in strong enough to balance. Hops flavor is an excellent rush like the breaking of the wave. Lingering bitter and sweetness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Full-bodied

D - This beer is too drinkable for the alcohol content. Beware.

Photo of aeminter
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice orange-amber, clear and has a nice off white foamy head.

Intense floral hop aroma, slightly sweet...hints of citrus and freshly mown grass.

For a double IPA this is fairly balanced. The hops bitterness is very high and hits at the back of the tongue, but the malt seems to reveal itself almost in the after flavor. Specifically that malt after taste reminds me of lukewarm sweet tea. The sweetness isn't strong, but it is there. There are some floral characteristics in the flavor, but those are fleeting.

Photo of Seanibus
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite imperial IPAs, though it must be approached with respect - it is smooth and well balanced, which hides the brain-frying ABV level almost too well.

Pours hazy copper with lots of carbonation and a big fluffy head. Smell is perfumy and sweet, with lots of citric hops. Flavor is grapefruity and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, highlighting a delicious citric hop bitterness. The beer is thick and hides the alcohol punch behind a nicely balanced malt and hop combo.

Photo of magnj
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger head with a yellow tint. Hazy amber/orange color. Little lacing and low head retention.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas in addition to a little bit of roasty toasty smell. Alcohol is a little hot.

T - Typical big hop flavor, pine, citrus, spice. Sweet malt backbone comes through as it warms offering a great balance just as the bottle suggests. Alcohol masked quite well.

M/D - Pretty full mouth feel but not too thick. Tasty, but at 12% you could only have a couple before you'd be in trouble.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is truly an exceptional ipa. From beginning to end this double ipa lets you live the great wonders of hops, hops, and more hops any time you need.
Pours mid-orange with a one inch off white head that drops to a foamy top that last the whole 12ozs. Leaves nice lacing letting you know that this beer has body.
The smell is of piney hops, rich malts and alcohol.
The taste is similar to the smell but has an excellent balance allowing you to enjoy the hoppy goodness and still get the buzz of the 11.5% alcohol content it carries.
Very easy to drink for me mostly because i love a ipa in any standard, but i think others will enjoy also.

Great double ipa! I have had many and will have more!!

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a four pack at Binny's in Orland Park, IL.

Pours a deep amber color, smells bitter and sweet (not as hoppy as I would have expected). Medium head with strong lacing.

Well balanced hop-and-malt flavor, sweet aftertaste, some citrus flavor going on.

Felt nice in the mouth -- not heavy, not light.

I don't think I would have guessed it was this strong -- very nice beer, and I will definitely have it again if I have the chance.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.