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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 59
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Ratings: 1,740 | Reviews: 948
Photo of Cs1987
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark amber, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and orange, even a little malt is detectable.

Taste - When I drink American IPAs and Double IPAs, the most important thing for me is that there is enough fruity flavour to ensure the bitterness is not overpowering. Unfortunately this beer does not quite succeed in this area. There is a fair bit of grapefruit and kiwi fruit flavour, and a surprisingly high malt level (probably the reason why they call it Double Pale Ale instead of DIPA), but the main character of this beer is bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a little cloying.

Drinkability - You'll definitely want to drink this slowly, and I doubt that anyone would want a second.

Overall - I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as the amazing Feral Hop Hog. I'm sure I'll try an excellent Double IPA one day, but Double Dog is a couple of levels below what I would call "excellent".

Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A--Nice copper pour with two full fingers of sticky head in my Dogfish Head signature glass

S--Citrus and floral hops, bold but not stinging...there is definitely a strong caramel malt backbone keeping this one in check

T--Ahh, the nose didn't lie. The malt really comes through when this beer first hits the tongue, and also in the aftertaste. But smack dab in the middle is a blistering barrage of bitter pine/floral hops. This is one flavorful brew, but might be a little too much. Hop bombs are fine, but this one doesn't have as tasty of a flavor profile as I would like. Still, it is one big beer that does its best to impress

M--Smooth as hell, nice

D--I can see why some people speak so highly of this. There is a distinct flavor profile that has the potential to be very polarizing. Somehow I remain middle of the road, but one thing is for sure...this isn't very drinkable for me. Although both the hop and malt profiles are big, they seem to be competing rather than working together. Makes for a bit of chore to get through the bottle. Still, I would recommend this beer for the simple fact that it has the potential to be a hop lover's dream

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

This one pours a brick red color with one finger of white head. Smells of spice and malt. Tastes of malt, spice, cinnamon, a decent dose of hops, and a slightly sweet finish. A great combination of flavors. Carbonation is on the money, and it's drinkable as hell. I had no idea the ABV was so high until I saw it listed here. A damn fine beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orangish color to it, with a two finger head that disappears but leaves a good lacing to it. The smell is of hops with a slight hint of citrus to it. The taste is of hops and citrus. The hop taste is strong but not crushing. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Overall the drinkability is higher than with most IPA's do to the smoother hoppy taste, not as bitter as most IPA's.

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

Had this before the barbecue yesterday for 4th of July. Poured a gorgeous golden amber color with frothy white head that dissipated slowly and left good lacing. Smelled very hoppy with hints of caramel malt. Tasted of earthy hops with notes of citrus and light malts. Incredibly smooth, especially considering the high alcohol content and hoppiness. Even with the high alcohol, I was left wanting more, and would have drank more if I had more.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, lightly orange color with white whisps of head.
Smell is incredibly floral with some citrus and bready character to the aroma.
Taste has notes that are on the brink of overwhelming bitter, but the citrus mitigates this to keep it within drinkable standards.
Finish is very crisp and the hoppy after-taste remains and is powerful.
For all of its hoppy flavor, there is little boozy bite here which keeps the drink smooth for an 11.5% er.

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy copper with Dark amber core. 1+ finger tannish head with decent lacing. Loads of Floaties

Smelled of sweet caramel and spices, alittle toasty/oaky. Hops were mild apricot/grapefruit like.

Tasted like it smelled. A bit overly sweet, with toasted caramel malts. Not as hoppy as I expected the double dog to be. But the hops were pleasant, giving a mild apricot and citrus flavor and a sour tangy bitter aftertaste. Alcohol was very present, warming and somewhat countered by the big sweetness.

Med-heavy bodied. Light carbonation. Lots of sediment floaties. Sweet and sticky and dry.

Decent brew, but was overly sweet in my opinion, and the hops could've been turned up, but then it would've been more of a DIPA. High alcohol, heaviness, floaties, and over sweetness drops the drinkability in my book.
Would like to try this one on tap.

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

Pours a glowing orange-red with a one finger beige head. Oily, wet lacing spots the sides of my glass and slowly slides down. Appealing color, to be sure.

Carmelly sweet aroma is backed by a vapory scent of alcohol. Lots of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

Flavor is explosive. Lots of the stuff from the aroma; really carmelly and lots of tropical fruit, but not as sweet as I expected from the smell. Intense bitterness pervades, and other hop elements are present. Pine overwhelms before the final hit of bitterness takes over. The bitterness sticks around on your tongue forever.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bubbly with tiny bubbles all over the tongue. Medium body with a slick, oily finish, and a puckeringly bitter end that sticks around for a while. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability is good considering the size of this beer. Not overwhelmingly sweet or boozy, which is especially surprising given the 11.5% ABV. Nice.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a four pack of these with a friend while watching a baseball game. The beer poured a small, one finger, white head. The itself was amber to orange in color with no haze. The aroma was dominated by hops. Pine and citrus notes were everywhere, but there was more than a slight malt backdrop, lending some caramel and molasses notes. The flavor was everywhere. Hops and malt in good balance. Hops dominated mostly, but there was more than enough flavor from the malt. I definitely think BA got the classification as a DIPA correct. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated with a little dry finish, which worked great from the beer. Drinkability may have been a bit below average due to its high ABV, but the booze was well hidden. I had two and could have had two more, although I would have been wasted.

Overall, a great beer. Not a traditional DIPA but a unique brew that is certainly worth procuring.

Photo of theopholis
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an amber/copper color that continually effervesces for quite some time. Has a wonderfully creamy, off-white head with good staying power and it leaves behind a nice sticky lace.

Smell- Nice, hoppy aroma without bowling you over like some DIPAs. Some maltiness and malt sweetness come through, along with some pineyness.

Taste- Much hoppier than the aroma would lead you to believe. Some citrus notes to. good blend of maltiness and malt sweetness. Nice, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- The first impression is very velvety. It slides down your gullet like warm syrup without the stickiness. Carbonation is perfect. Really pushes the hops into your taste buds.

Drinkability- Only major hopheads will like this. I like it. I'm not really sure it's a DIPA or a barley wine, but Flying Dog has never paid any attention to style guidelines anyways.

Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. Recommendation from a friend; finally got around to it, and it was well worth it!

Poured a syrupy rusty brownish-orange color with a firm beige head that held good retention. A sticky lacing is left most of the way down the glass. Aromas of citrusy and floral hops fill the nose along with some sweet caramely malts. Huge up-front malt character - caramel and brown sugar - sweet and syrupy. Hop profile interrupts quickly with citrus rind and pine resin and finishes bitter, but the malt holds up well to the 85 IBUs. This seems to come across as a hopped up barley wine to me, but call it what you want - it's delicious. I think I mentioned syrupy a couple of times earlier - the mouth-feel is incredibly thick and chewy.

Photo of tgdigital
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer on nitro as well as in bottles and on standard draft. I certainly prefer it on draft. The nitro was a little weird for a beer with this much hop character. This beer is a deep amber with a good amount of hops in the nose. It's got a nice white head that laces nicely around the glass all the way down. Overall this is yet another beer to get yourself into trouble with. Tastes more like a 6% beer or so. Sweet malty finish balanced nicely with the big hop flavor.

Photo of Soneast
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with some visible sediment. The 1 inch thick, light yellow colored head is fairly creamy with some very nice retention.

The aroma doesn't quite have that hop punch that I have come to expect from DIPAs, but as they say on the bottle they are going for more of a well balanced DIPA, and judging by the aroma alone I would say they succeeded. An upfront malt sweetness predominates the aroma, with some booziness and a bit of caramelized sugar...more like a barleywine, really. In all fairness this bottle is dated VINTAGE008GG which I assume to mean it was produced last year, so clearly the hops will have faded.

Contrary to the aroma I do still detect quite a bit of hop flavor on the tongue, with some definite citrus notes, but strangely accentuated by some dark fruits and once again caramelized sugar. Quite a bitter finish but, as claimed, this is very well balanced. The complexity of the hops and strong malt character really help to hide the alcohol content of this beer.

Quite a heavy beer, and I am sure some of flavors have melded and maybe a bit more complexity and reduction in hop utilization has occurred due to it's age, but fortunately it seems this was stored appropriately at the beer shop, as I think the end result of this beer is incredibly tasty, albeit maybe more appropriately classified as a barleywine at this point. Either way I think it deserves good marks, and I hope to try some fresh.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber color with yellowish off-white head. After letting it sit a bit it really is quite orange. Smell is of course hoppy butnot as strong as you would expect for such a high abv. Its a fruitier hop, not so floral. Becomes sort of chemical-like, however, like cough syrup. Taste also isn't as strong as you'd expect for the abv. Sort of an earthy, deep hop profile thats not too biting up front. A deep, almost woody sweetness. Fairly acrid, though. Mouth is full-bodied, not really thick or light. A good balance for the style and the high abv. Overall, it becomes somewhat odd in places with sort of a chemical, unnatural character. High abv considered, though, its good sipping and enjoyable.

Photo of jballeng
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, murky, ugly amber with a tiny foam head. This is to be expected for an 11.5% IPA. There was an aroma of strong hops, malt, and alcohol; a curious hint of olives and brown sugar. Flavor hits you with a big hoppy punch with a lot of dry bitterness. A definite beer for hopheads. The mouthfeel is thick with an alcohol burn at the finish. The usual IPA citrus accents abound, especially grapefruit with this one. Overly complex, delightfully so, and more so than many strong pale ales I have tried.

Overall this is a very good, very dry, high gravity IPA.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a crystal clear glowing copper color with a finger of off-white head that eventually leaves a fine ring around the glass. Aroma has piney hops, dried fruits, caramel malts and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front with malt and lots of earthy hops and ends with a biting bitterness with a strong alcohol sensation. Its medium bodied and is a bit syrupy. This beer smells like a barleywine which I'm told can be typical of DIPA's but this is the first beer I've been able to notice it. I wish some more of the barleywine flavors were present. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

Photo of RobH
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

A: Attractive golden-amber color with generous head.

S: Inviting hops joined by an aroma-smoothening dose of malts.

T: Very nice example of an American Double IPA. Certainly a hops-forward beer, but well balanced by a tasty malt bill. Nice!

M: Goes down smooth with an expected and nice hop bite.

D: I found this to be quite enjoyable and drinkable and I am not a huge IPA fan.

Photo of Sperzel
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy copper-orange color with a thick off-white head. Settles to a film and leaving sticky, spotted lacing.

The smell is big and hoppy right off the bat with a fruity sweetness.

Big hop punch with a bitter/sweet taste of grapefruit and orange peel. Alcohol is present warming the belly, followed by a malt sweetness. The bitterness of the hops really sticks around. The hop oils really fill the mouth in this big, juicy, medium bodied ale.

Not a beginners IPA being an Imperial. If you enjoy a kick in your beer, this one is perfect. Very well rounded and a great 'comfort' beer.

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a orange brown color into an oversized wine glass. One finger head quickly shrinks. Not much lacing to be had.

S- Big hop smell followed by sweet malt and some yeast. Reminds me of DFH 90 Minute. Also some Belgian notes. Caramel, toffee, raisin and fig. Some alcohol taste.

T- Some nice hops, big thick sweet malt. Initial alcohol taste which fades away midway through. Hints of fig, burnt caramel and leather. Boozy aftertaste.

M- Thick and chewylike texture. Velvety smooth carbonation.

D- High alcohol and tasting it makes this one a sipper. Maybe two of these in a night.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a major suprise. So far i have only had one beer by flying dog that i liked, the gonzo imperial porter and i loved it. Seems they have no middle ground, either i love em or hate. I love this beer. Huge upfront piney hop assualt, but a good sweet malt back. This is exactly what i am looking for in a dipa. I think i like it better than pliney or 90 minute, well a three way tie at least.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sawmill Taproom served in a standard pint glass a slightly murky dark orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malts. The taste is a nice blend of caramel malts and bitter pine hops. The beer is fairly heavy bodied with plenty of sticky alcohol. This one is a fairly enjoyable sipper.

Photo of Breedlove
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured in to my Sam Adams uber glass. Huge head on this poor. Lacing already! Very nice red / copper color. Great looking beer. Really I wish I could post a picture of this thing.

S - Very nice pine aroma. A hint of malt come through as well.

T - The front of this beer is all hops, then some hops, plus a dash of hops. However it is backup nicely with some tasty malt. Very balanced beer. Way to go Flying Dog.

M - Just about perfect for a "double pale ale" nice and thick.

D - I had NO IDEA this was an 11.5% beer. I knew it was higher alcohol but it covers it so well. This is a dangerous beer. Great taste and big alcohol. Great beer. Pick this one up. That is all

Photo of Magpie14
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber caramel colored body soaked with orange hues. The creamy top is dingy white with sizable pieces and streaks of lace. The lace provided a nice display

S: strong caramel smells wallow freely with faint toasty pale malts. Pulped grapefruits, lemons, and oranges tickle the nose as well. Sweets hold the most in the nose and things are shaping alright

T: the flavors are ever so sweet and pulls at barleywine notes. I gather flavors of spiced cherries soaked in caramel with a few sugary crusted malts. The bitterness towards the back is far from subdued and slaps the tongue nicely with citrus bite. Things feel a little warm down the hatch as well. This is a loaded Double Pale Ale to say the least

M: lush and delicious, creamy and bold. The body is a good medium and reminds me of a very thin syrupy feel

D: very enjoyable beer. Rich and tasty without any over kill. This beer is a bruiser and has my vote for tasty

Photo of Masterson
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A rich hazy reddish-brown pour with thin head. Good head retention with lots of lacing and fine bubbles. Looks sticky!

S: Mmmm... Cascade, such a versatile hop. There is definitely a lot dry-hopping going on in this one.

T: A little sweet, a little bitter. Very well balanced with malt to hops.

M: Sticky. Cloying. Exactly what I expected from this beer.

D: I downed this from a 7 oz. bottle. I think I spent more time looking at it than I did drinking it. I think you have to drink this out of a snifter.

Overall a great brew. I have one more bottle. I am going to keep it in the back the beer fridge for a few months and see if the flavor and aroma changes.

Photo of Shaw
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, deep amber in color with a sticky frothy head that leaves massive lace in my glass.

The aroma is hoppy with big alcohol notes.

Like Flying Dog notes on the bottle, this is a bitter beer, not extremely, though. It has a big, sweet malt backbone, more so than other Double IPAs. Lots of warming from the high alcohol level. Citric hop flavors abound.

The body is slick and oily from the hops and alcohol.

This is a fine beer for special occasions, thanks to its 11.5 percent alcohol level and sweetness.

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