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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 53
Gots: 88 | 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 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
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -7.9%
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 -3.3%
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 +9.5%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 +10.7%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +10.7%
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%
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
Photo of Daehpoh
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured gently from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass to avoid the considerable amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance was a light brown-orange color and clear since I avoided the sediment. It was quite bubbly and exhibited good retention.
Aroma was very hearty with floral hops, caramel, shortbread, butterscotch and a bit of roasted malts. A slightly metallic flavor came through.
Taste was citrus hop bitterness upfront that mellowed into a full caramel malt backbone. Signature Flying Dog flavor profiles came through. The alcohol presence was evident as well.
Mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied with a crisp bitter finish.
This beer is packed to the brim with flavor, but is quite heavy and potent so I can't see having more than one in a sitting.

Daehpoh, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The bottle has the usual Flying Dog graphics on it, which are pretty wild, but present the bottle very good.

The beer pours a mildly dark amber and I had a one finger head on it.

The smell is a little more hoppy than the Flying Dog IPA. The hops come through the beer and I do get a hint of the malt.

Wow, the taste is really hoppy. A little more than my taste, but perfect for the beer that it is supposed to represent. I personally don't like the taste because it is a little bit too hoppy for me. However, I can rate it poorly because I respect what it is supposed to be.

rgrholmes168, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells of big sweet malt aromas with piney and floral hops.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt flavors up front followed shortly by hints of mild pine and citrus. The bitterness hits pretty quickly and finishes off the sip along with a bit more citrus. I didn't realize the ABV was so high, it tastes more like something in the 7-8% range.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness with active carbonation that makes this beer go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I've already said the ABV does not hinder this at all. I polished one off pretty quickly and could've easily gone for another.

Overall this is one of the better Flying Dog brews in my opinion. Very nice balance throughout, give this one a shot.

glid02, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with substantial white head that quickly disappated. Strong piney citrus aromas with some malt aroma. Hop bittering the focus throughout. Some citrus, biscuit, raisin but mostly the piney hops. Finishes a little sticky. A solid double IPA, albeit not my favorite style.

Bung, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of deanwilson
2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this as part of the Flying Dog 4 pack sampler. I was highly dissappointed by this beer.

A. Amber and clear, little head

S. Sweet, alcohol, fruit

T. Tasted overdone, more isn't always better. Too much sweet and alcohol taste. Hops did not blend well with such a thick, syrupy beer.

M. Average

D. One was enough. I will not purchase this beer again.

This could have been a good brew if it was not so overdone. Maybe with a lower alcohol content it migh have been better. The ingredients did not blend well for me, and definitely did not go with food.

deanwilson, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy malty daddy pured atop a dense, spicy biscuit. Damp hops remain an undertone, fighting for space with its balancing sweet syrup. A river of toffee and molasses disguise the high booze with a bunch of hops just to keep up. A sweet meal in it self.

SeanRedd, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of blklab2007
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured an amber in color with a one finger white head that laced down the glass well. aroma has hop resins, light pine and caramel malt. mouth feel is medium with good coating and high carbonation. flavor is fairly resiny, hefty caramel malt, and a little hot and boozy. more along the lines of a barley wine than double ipa.

blklab2007, Nov 12, 2008
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.