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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 53
Gots: 80 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of JMBSH
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice creamy head from the hard pour. A slightly burnt orange color. As I drink, t thick lace is left on the sides.

S - During the pour you can't say you smell any hops that's for sure. Very floral. Even as the head shrinks, you can smell the hops with each inhale.

T - Surprisingly sweet with a good deal of alcohol burn following. The hops don't seem to jump out as much as others of this style but that can be a good thing. Personally, I would maybe try cellaring a bottle or two to see if the alcohol bite can drop a bit. But not totally needed as it almost seems that some sips have more "heat" then others.

M - Nice body with moderate carbonation.

D - A very good DIPA but the alcohol burn seems to overpower the hops a bit. I wouldn't be able to have more then one.

JMBSH, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is an interesting brew. Appearance was a bit of a letdown. A nice copper color but no head or lacing. Smell is great, a big nose of grapefruit, sweet malt, and floral hops. Taste is good but doesn't quite live up to the smell. The hops are wonderful, but in my opinion I like my DIPA to be more lopsided toward hops.
Mouthfeel is nice and oily.
Drinkability is good for the style.

supercolter, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue but nonexistent head which is a let down. A vague sweet, floral aroma with nice touches of fruit wavers over the beer. Great, satisfying taste with hints of fruit holding hands with spicy biscuits and hops. A chewy texture that's medium bodied with a sufficient amount of malt that sits on the palate. A good amount of hops to add some dryness but not enough to to take this beer over the competition.

JRed, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the bottle into a large wine goblet. It poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. It was very floral on the nose with a hint of citrus. It tasted citrusy and sweet. The label states 85 IBU, but IMO the bitterness, while there, was mild. The 11.5% alchohol is well hidden. It is a medium to full bodied beer with adequete carbonation. Double dog is very well balanced, adding to its drinkability. Overall the beer is relatively inexpensive for the style, about 8 bucks for a 4 pack, and damn good. It is not just a total hop bomb, it is a pretty complete brew.

bonkers, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twas at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore where the Double Dog doth bit me. I found before me a dark amber, a very dark amber, colored beverage nestled 'neath an inch of foamy vanilla head, one that took more than a few minutes to settle, and one that slathered the glass with heavy lacing for the duration of the quaff.

Your nose is overwhelmed with a heavy blast of clove, caramel and molasses; upon the first taste, the palate is struck numb with sweet hops and pummeled by a subsequent malt aftertaste. In any beer their strenghte would cancel out each other; here they only compliment one another - a splendid balance, indeed.

This is perfect. Another winner from Flying Dog. I definitely plan to seek this again.

jjboesen, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown orange color, thick white head with heavy lacing. Smell is huge piney hops, with some alcohol present. Taste is surprisingly malty sweet, balances out the heavy hop load quite nicely, and the alcohol is surprisingly hidden. Mouthfeel has just enough resin stickyness, but still coats the mouth very smoothly. Wow. A very drinkable DIPA. I like it ALOT!

BigJTrucker, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Dark, brown pour, some gold too.

Sizable head, robust, hoppy aroma. Rough bitterness right away, less the planty hop flavor but a general bitterness. Nice malt background though, really interesting combination.

Powerful brew at 10% and in drinking. A stronger Firestone, in terms of flavor profile. Enjoyable, but more of a sipper.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a solid white head with really good head retention, light lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lots of citrus, strong ethanol, copper.

T: Bitter white grapefruit and melon pith, cantaloupe, and mint form the main hop flavours. Malt is light, but has a nice toasted biscuit flavour. Solid hoppy flavour, but to me not particularly tasty, really boozy, it is 10.5%, but the alcohol is really evident.

M: Phenolic, solvent character, resiny with a long hoppy aftertaste, has a definite thinness in the overall profile though.

D: An OK Double IPA, but as I drank it, I seemed to be enjoying it less and less. Relatively inexpensive for the style, but certainly has some flaws.

Halcyondays, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review has to be short and sweet, newborn babies are not easy to attend to. This is the best beer by flying dog at least that I've had. The appearance was orangeish and cloudy with a thick head and some solid lacing. The taste was like... surprisingly a double ipa, very similar to a dogfish head only with a more bitter edge and also more sweetness without the complexity brought from darker malts? Anyway this was decent but, too sweet for me.

Stonebreaker, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful tawny burnt orange and persimmon, nice and hazy with a perfect frothy beige head. everything it touches is covered in sticky cement-like lace. head sits atop the beer in a thick sludge almost as if it were nitro powered.

S- toasty and tropical, toffee sweet, toasted marshmallows, caramelized grains, pineapple alcohol esters are well hidden for the ridiculous 11.5% abv printed right on the label, pink grapefruit, tangerine, passionfruit, mango, peach, chocolate milk, cedar, spruce, pine, like a hoppy fruit cobbler, and a pleasant nostril stinging bitterness that gives me the fix i need...uuggghhhh.

T- slaughter! it's been awhile since i had a good DIPA. this bitch is massively bitter on the first sip and it seems way more than 85 IBU. after i get back in my groove it relents slightly. first of all an enormous amount of cascade & columbus (tomahawk?) pungent fruitiness: pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, followed by a slicing clean tasting bitter from the warriors. great combination. finally with acclimated taste buds (i think) i'm able to get the most maltyness the hops will allow, very sweet and caramelized, almost nutty, hazelnuts, sandalwood, nag champa, vodka, brown sugar, play on the toasty malt flavor and really make it something special. finishes tart and medicinal, with a long toasty piney orange aftertaste.

MF- viscous body, super juicy, boozy feeling, immaculate carbonation. slightly oily, astringent, resinous, mentholated, all the feelings i associate with my 2nd favorite plant. a little sugary, but that doesn't last more than 1/2 second.

D- a beer of this caliber should not be this drinkable. it's not thirst quenching, it's not refreshing what-so-ever, it just tastes smells and feels so damn good that i can't stop. i've officially just drank the near equivalent to 3 'light' beers in the 10 minutes it too me to write this review. yeahhh i still got it! without a doubt the best i've had from flying dog, i hop the rest of the canis major mix pack lives up to this one.

hustlesworth, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of flannelman808
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately this beer was made in fredrick MD and not in CO. The water is different here and the beer suffers because of it. That said...

Looks good, pours a caramel color and sort of has a caramel smell to it as well.

smells sweet and ripe, like its going to be a thick tasting beer.

tastes good, distinctly hoppy but pretty well balanced as well. I enjoyed the double pale ale beer. I don't think i have ever tried a double pale ale with out the india or imperial.

It is a pretty heavy beer though so not all that drinkable, also has high abv.

overall good and worth a try.

flannelman808, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium coppery brown with a little white head and is lowly carbonated. The scent is a very strong blend of sweetness and hops. It's both bitter and sweet on the tongue with an extra burst of the same at the finish. The delicious hop bitter remains afterward. Although lighter in color, you can really feel the medium to slightly heavy body in your mouth. It's very drinkable and I would definitely suggest this to my fellow hopheads!

jeremyd365, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh...this is the stuff. Looks a light, very cloudy copper with a 1" thick white head with lacing that didn't want to go away. Halfway through the glass, the lacing from sip one still lingers. Smells very hoppy, with citrus and pine mixed in and just assaults the nasal passage. It's a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and no stick. Tastes nice and hoppy like a good double pale ale should and really socks a "bite." For a 10.5% abv, the alcohol isn't all that powerful, although you do notice it. I like higher abv beers and I like hops, so naturally I like this one. I sip, I swallow, I smile.

mtbbaboon, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, bright copper/amber with plenty of fine particulates floating around, nice amount of foam that left some decent lacing for such a high ABV brew. Smell of piney, citrusy hops, backed up by plenty of caramel malt goodness. Waves of caramel malt on the tongue, some slight hints of chocolate, a little nuttiness, and then the big-time 85 IBUs of hop deliciousness strike the taste buds and make you remember what you're drinking here. Nice balance between the malt and hops, just an overall delicious brew.

I don't consider this to be a DIPA, but it's close. Just too much malt at work here to be considered such, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

KeefD, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy orangish color with little head forming. Small amounts of lacing left from the minimal head.

S: Nice rounded aroma of grapefruit and floral hops with a bit of earthy malt backing. I'd like a bit bigger aroma from a double though.

T: Slight fruityness up front immediately gives way to a large dose of bittering hops. Hints of grapefruit rind and spicy mint ride on top of the hefty malt backbone. Very little alcohol presence in the flavor.

M: Thick and creamy with a nice bite from the hops. An excellent texture.

D: Drinks like an overly hopped IPA in the 7% range, not the double dog that it is.

ewright, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber, half finger head.

S- Lots of citrusy hops with a suprising amount of malt sweetness behind it.

T- Caramel malt sweetness lending way to warming alcohol notes which sets up for the dry hop finish.

M- Thick and robust.

D- Okay, maybe it'll grow on me.

I'm not really sure what this is trying to be, big ass pale, malty IPA, strong ale? Not bad at all, but I won't be triping over my self for annother one either.

Pauly2X, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber-copper with a crisp white head.

Aroma is very resinous with spicy citrus hop and a toasted caramel malt base. Alcohol burn comes on strong.

Taste is piney and resinous initially, then the sweet toasted malt brings a touch of counterpoint along with brown sugar. Leafy green spicy hops with a bit of tobacco.There is a definite ripe fruitiness that exerts itself along with the strong alcohol to offer a brandylike quality. Dark fruit, orange and melon notes. Finish is dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Plenty of hop oil to coat and create a rather slick, syrupy feel.

This is a big aggressively hopped beer. The malt is massively stacked, but is still eclipsed by the generous hops. Alcohol comes on strong in the flavor profile. A hophead delight. I'm truly surprised at the strength of this offering from Flying Dog (not my favorite brewery). A tasty treat.

Blakaeris, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually do not seek out IPA's, but was really pleased with this brew.

A: It is a decent amber color with an off-white foam head. Foam head is about 1 finger.

S: A decent scent of citrus, caramel, wood and biscuits.

T: I was very impressed with the flavor. It will push me towards trying this style of beer more. A bitter beer with a good balance yet complex flavors of bread, lemons and caramel.

M: A medium body beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A high ABV, makes me limit the amount that I would have, but it is an excellent beer. Very smooth.

IronCitySteve, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Vino100 in Cathedral City. Review is from chicken scratch notes and hazy memory....

My ASTDM notes only had the AS listed so I have to improvise a little, but I did write the words "pretty good" at the bottom.

Nice caramel color. My wife said "dirty water." Wives! Who needs 'em? Oh yeah, I do. Anyway I thought it looked fine.

Notes say I smelled some oranges/mandarin. Wife says "mandarins are oranges." Wives! Who needs
em?

The bottle says IBU=85 (that explains the wifes discontent, Daddy loves me some 85+ IBUs). I think the IBUs were all in the aftertaste.

Also it was hazy. Just following my notes. I must've liked it. For that tasting I had a 13.0 and this one, which was a 10.5. I love my hobby!

Overall: "pretty good"

PatronWizard, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This was a decent enough looking pale ale. It poured a bright orange color with a thin white head that lasted forever and loads of carbonation release. Tiny bit of lace down the glass.

S= The smell of this ale was dominated in a heavenly way by floral and piney hops. I really enjoyed the hop aromas in this beer and would love to know which hops were used (I'd bet anything it was an array of several different varieties). Slight bit of malt in the nose and of course alcohol when swirling the beer.

T= All citrus and pine hop flavors up front and then...a really understated bit of caramel malts. Unfortunately unbalanced in the shortage of malt flavor compared to those lovely hops. The finish was decently dry and had a solid alcohol dryness to it. Left a warming feel in my chest.

MF= Feel was slick and oily with a medium carbonation level. Body was lighter than most DIPAs I have encountered.

D= I liked this beer but wished it had a bit more malt balance like some of the better DIPAs possess. Having said that though, I did appreciate that this beer was deliciously hoppy, had a butt-kicking ABV, and was not syrupy on the tongue. In all fairness though, the brewer does not call this a DIPA, they call it a double pale ale.

spointon, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of bobhits
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. Deep amber, served in a stone IPA glass. Not much head, but it seem to stay and linger well.

S. Not much here. Seems to overwhelm with almost a sweet malt smell. A bit of a stale aroma going on as well. Perhaps some hops are involved in that as well. Almost a vanilla/caramel smell coming here. Not enough hops imo, but the taste is the question.

T. This is an interesting beer. With a big IPA you get a strong malt finish to balance a strong hop character. Here there is an overwhelming amount of malt, a lot of caramel with a slight hop finish. Piny hops much like a stone barely wine, but the malt comes on a bit stronger and lingers at the end instead of the hops.

M. Thick...really really thick. The carbonation is almost overwhelmed by the THICK beers.

D. This is a sipper but for some reason it doesn't jump out as that by the flavors given off.

I've always felt that double IPAs were more balanced than IPAs. They often have huge amounts of malt and ultimately imo are at least close to balanced. I haven't had their barely wine yet, but this tastes like one to me. It's got too much malt without the hops to really blend it together. It's hard to judge a "double pale ale" as i think this is the only one I've tried, but it doesn't work like it should. Worth trying? No question! A great beer? Sorry this one seems to fail.

11.5% alcohol is well hidden, but that's thanks to way way too much sweet malt. They took the idea of not being overly hoppy way too far. Sad as their seems to be far too much potential in this beer.

bobhits, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orangy/copper body with about two fingers of off-white head. Some great retention; this head sticks around for awhile. Leaves some nice sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells of some bitter and floral hops. Some sweet malts in the background.

Citrusy hops are in the beginning, giving way to some sweet caramel malts. The finish is pretty boozy, a little warm feeling. Leaves behind a nice bitter after-taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily.

Fairly drinkable, a good DIPA.

Hojaminbag, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a good head and pretty decent lacing.

As expected, piney hops are front and center in the nose. I'm not picking up much else.

Piney hops up in the taste as well, but supported by malts behind it. This beer has a nice depth of taste. A bite of bitterness that fades to let some of the other flavors shine through. Good balance for a beer with a hop kick.

Mouthfeel nice and substantial, carbonation seems about right.

This was very nicely done. After having this and the imperial porter, I am definitely going to be seeking out the rest of Flying Dog's big beers.

Strix, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces a large billowy cream colored head that leaves tons of lacing and looks very sticky. The body is a cloudy orange and deep amber.

Smells quite malty with pine, mint, and apricot on the nose.

Taste is odd at first. A weird sort of tea and mint like quality from the hops go along with the typical citrus notes. Maybe some tobacco like qualities as well. The hops dominate, but never really wow the palate compared to some double IPAs out there. The malt character is sweet and brings some ripened dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with slight carbonation.

Overall a good beer that is definitely worth a try.

rtratzlaff, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Flying Dog's Double Dog pours a very nice, hazy, honey-gold color with a small white head. The nose consists of piney hops, with underlying hints of alcohol, caramel, and dried apricot.

The taste start with some nice toasted malt character. This is followed by a wave of alcohol warmth, which fades to some hop bitterness, though the bitterness and the alcohol are not quite as big as I expected. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with low carbonation.

This is a pretty darn good IIPA, though the high alcohol keeps it from being super-drinkable.

Spidey13, Aug 07, 2008
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,629 ratings.