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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 82 | 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 spointon
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -37.9%
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 -6.4%
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 +4.6%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.6%
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
Photo of boogles
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from the Flying Dog variety 4-pack, which convinced me to buy another even with the mysterious inclusion of the Tripel.

Pours a dirty amber color--not just murky, but muddy.

Nose is the same. Plenty of hops, but not over-hopped, plenty of malt, some background notes of pine sap, brown sugar, honey, floral notes, a hint of anise, and ... and ... what's that--gym socks? I can't quite pinpoint the note, but there's some stink somewhere, like driving through an industrial complex at night.

The stink comes out in the taste as a good kind of bitter, fortunately. Rather than calling this a good balance, I'd say it's more like turning everything on your stereo's equalizer to 8 1/2, versus turning up the volume. The blend is a bit raw. But it's good, and I appreciate beers with character like this one.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and undercarbonated for my taste. But the drinkability is high. If it weren't for the alcohol or the pounds I'm trying to shed (from beer, no doubt), I'd be able to drink two or three with ease, and I want to revisit this one.

boogles, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brewery continues to earn my respect and interest... part of a four-pack sampler of "brewmasters' choices"... cloudy orange brown bodywith a thin tracing of white head in a trappist glass--solid... sharp, aromatic bitterness--grapefruit/citrus accents with a sprcuey pine, presuming to mean hops dead ahead...and yet the wise label suggest an attempt at balance.... tongue-crunching, full-bodied hop presence with an aftertaste that is stoker-hot at first....alcohol dims and dulls any abrasiveness by mid-glass.... sharp, bitter and fruity taste--as the label promises, malts rescue the mouth fromchewing on a pine cone, instead rewarding the third sip and beyond with a rather smooth, strong presence... the double-barrelled hops continue to fire away, but thisdog is leashed... punchy, flirtatious ale that lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome; challenging at first, pleasantly sweet at the middle and end, this beer is appropriate on a slow night and a welcome surprise to those (like myself) who believe only Belgians and Brits can sophisticate smoothly and successfully...

dacrza1, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of lawman834
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper. The slightest bit cloudy. Light tan head with some of the best lacing I've seen.

S - Grassy hops and caramel malts.

T - Very strong but nicely balanced. Strong hop bite with rich coffee like roasted malts.

D - Very drinkable, but it more of a sippin beer at 10.5 ABV.

lawman834, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of WillClark
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass a cool, murky amber with about one finger's worth of head yet decent retention on the edges. Big hops on the nose with a underlying sweet, almost brown sugar scent. Really big mouth feel and that earlier sweetness on the nose comes through and adds to the pot. Nice, non-overpowering bitterness and a remarkably smooth finish makes this high alcohol beer something that could cause a fair amount of trouble.

I like what Flying Dog is doing here. Love the silky texture of this beer and the nice balance of malt with the hop. A strong effort indeed.

WillClark, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of mrsoul12
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is malty with a bold hop scent in the back. Color is a deep rich hazy amber with good carbonation and a thin but tight head. Taste is big sweet and malty. Starting with a full body it goes down rich. Finish comes out sweet with a caramel malt taste and a gentle hop flavor. After taste is a little lbitter but it goes well with the sweet body. This is a great brew

mrsoul12, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours one finger of off-white head that settles fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. It has a dark copper color that is slightly hazy.

S - Sweet caramel malt, citrus, grapefruit and piny hops make up the aroma. Excellent smell.

M - A medium bodied beer. Has a syrupy feel to it, with a good amount of carbonation.

T - Has a more of a malty profile, with the sweet caramel malts up front remaining pretty thick throughout. The hops hit towards the end with a citrus flavor and bitterness. It has a pretty alcoholic sting at the end and leaves your mouth dry.

It's pretty big at 11.5% alcohol and is more of a slow sipping beer. I wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

boralyl, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber body, light, sticky, slightly off-white head with decent retention. Stylistically spot-on, if nothing outstanding.

Aroma: Sticky, sweet, resinous hop oils - citrus, tons of zest, pine - and lots of malts - a simple, sweet honey notes and a few caramel, lightly roasted grainyness.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but some harsh, leafy, vegetal notes detract from the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, tons of hop oil. A big, thick fluffiness (medium fluff), and very even.

Drinkability: High abv%, and the harsh, leafy bitterness (like arugula) does detract a lot of the flavor. The aroma is fantastic, though. A pretty well-crafted beer.

CrellMoset, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-The first thing that comes to my mind is apple cider. It has the look of something that is perfectly thick and sweet. There is a white head the comes to the top and laces most of the way down.

S-A diverse combination of malt aromas hits your nose first of toffee and caramel. These malts are big and they hit hard. The hops are just behind they have a pine/evergreen smell. A good balance of hops and malt here.

T/M-Amazing. A good heavy taste of malts hits you first. There is just about everything in there; roasted grains, caramel, toffee, I even get a faint taste of apple. Then come the hops; good presence, but not overbearing. They taste just as they smell. The mouthfeel is starts off a little rough, kind of husky, but then smooths out and is complimented with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is exactly what I expected. A double imperial with big flavors and good balance between those flavors. Pick it up, but at 11.3% (at least that is what my bottle said) enjoy this one on at a time.

Until next time beer lovers...

Tbn2, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange- brown in color with a small head and not much lacing

S - Awesome caramel aroma to go along with a citrus feeling hop aroma

T - A nice sweet fruity taste to begin almost like a Fresca soda. A spicy citrus taste tantalizes the palate and there is a hop bitterness that remains throughout.

M - A full bodied brew that is very rich and creamy because of all of the malts. There is not much carbonation here.

D - Great overall brew.

BeenJammin, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dashingly tawny body that is one part tangerine orange and one part mahogany brown. A misty haze seems to shade the beer even when held to the light. A casual drift of bubbles. The ivory white head now seems to have relegated itself to the beer's outer trim. It may be thin but is it ever persistent.

The bouquet has a fermenting citrus character, lime and lemon that have been left in the sun. This most simplest of citrus seems a little predominant over other notes of orange and grapefruit. The pine is strongest, and becomes especially potent being mixed in with the 10.5%.

This isn't so much a beer of hops, although it would seem it does have its share, this is a malt monster. The aroma is sweltering with caramel. If smelling this doesn't make your taste buds jump out of your mouth, then you should have your blood pressure checked...

Don't be expecting a DIPA, expect an American rendition of a Pale Ale; there is a distinction and it should be clear. It tastes American made, but it drinks - even at 10.5% - more like the English style. Bitterness is cracking and snippy; it does dry the mouth out a little but never overstays its welcome on the palate. Flavours linger, but only as much as necessary, and trust me, refilling sips are frequent enough.

The malt, pine, caramel, and booze make for a dangerous mixture of refreshing, delicious, and potent. Fruity citrus is like icing to the biscuit, cookie malt cake! The malts are most tasted but the hop presence is most sensed! The pine and caramel blend to perfection. This is most definitely one of the tastiest creations known to pale ales!

I first had this really fresh off tap and was utterly blown away. I promised myself I would revisit as soon as humanly possible and I'm glad I stuck to my word. The bottle says: "...things are just better when they are times two." No kidding, I wish I had second bottle!

biegaman, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.5% abv with 85 IBU's. Labeled as a double pale ale.

A: Pours a clear and beautiful, bright copper orange color with a thin frothy light beige head.

S: very hoppy wih fresh sweet grapefruit and some fresh green pine scents.

T: very hoppy with pungent grapefruit notes hitting your right from the start. Surprisingly the citrusy bitterness fades very smoothly to a dry bitter grapefruit grind and floral hop fade. There is an extremely dry malt and flowery lacing on the tongue with some raw dry hops and pine traces to round things out. A extremely dry citrus grind and floral finish highlights this beer with some boozy notes (burbon) from the 10.5% abv.

M: moderate with a big flowery bitterness upon warming. The carbonation is soft providing for a smooth dry palate per style.

D: Truly a dry citrus hop bomb leaving your mouth bone dry anxiously awaiting the next sip.

beerthulhu, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a Duvel tulip glass. Poured a Deep amber color-almost red. Sticky creamy head. Nice looking beer.

What a surprise...I smell alot of hops! But also has some sweet carmel malty undertones. Smells a bit like honeysuckle. Nose is pretty intense.

Tastes a bit too piney for me, could be confused with an IPA pretty easily. A fairly big beer with both alot of hops and malts but it feels like it is a bit unbalanced, alcohol is fairly prominent as well.

For this style, I think I would rather have a Gordon's DPA from Oskar Blues, but how can you not commend Flying Dog for their efforts?

I know this sounds wierd, but try this brew with a pickle...I thought it was good.

twiggamortis420, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of dewalt
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a creamy head, and smells like caramel and fruit. A taste carries a lot of hop bitterness, but it's balanced out by sweet flavors, a hint of vanilla and citrus. It's also the most highly alcoholic of the pack, at 11.5% alcohol, though it doesn't taste it.

dewalt, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double Dog is an extremely well crafted DPA (DIPA). Strong and finely drawn flavor and pushes the style. A beautiful amber glow with streaming carbonation makes for a delightful sight.

Up front the beer has an overall consuming effect on the palate. Lots of extremely fresh piney and resinous hops with a splash of citrus and melon - underlays of dark foresty driven malt add to the balance. A great original and malt to hop balance of that of a Pale Ale. But, regardless still identical to a good DIPA as well, and at 10.5% this beer is a beast. What I really love this beer for is the rawness. Lots of woody underlays with focused precession. The raw and unrelenting hops stick to the palate and progress with time - leaving a smooth, sleek, yet maintains it's whole citric hop profile, leaving the drinking time increased while providing possibly to most a more slow sipper on the mouthfeel.

I really appreciate this beer. It's extremely well crafted, pushes style and sets standards - and provides a good overall experience.
I have had this both on Tap and Bottle. This is the Bottled Version, yet I can say the On Tap the beer is a lot smoother with a lower hop profile. Still tasty, with a bit more agressive malt balance.
Hands up to this beer, it's definitely delicious and proves itself.

HoustonTX, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of crizmo2352
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, clear, amber with some red hues and cedar like tones producing a thick white head. The head stuck around for a few minutes before falling into a thin pad. Moderate web like lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrusy, floral Cascade hop spice. Caramel/chocolate malt is also present in moderate amounts as well as a bit of enthanol heat in the nose. This brew is medium bodied on the palate. Initial flavor is more citrusy floral hops. Hop flavor is at the forefront, but well supported by ample warm caramel malt with hints of chocolate and toffee. Ethanol heat on the palate is quite detectable, but subdued by malt body and flavor, as well as bittnerness. This brew finishes a bit bitter and clean, with a lingering reminder of the ABV. I am not very familiar with the double pale ale style, but overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable brew. The high ABV of this beer may limit quaffability however. As a side note, the 4 pack of 12oz bottles I purchased has the ABV printed on the bottle as 10.5% while the website lists Double Dog at 11.5%. I picked it up in South Carolina though as I live in Birmingham and Alabama still has some silly rules forbidding so many delicious brews, so perhaps there is some variation in regional distribution.

crizmo2352, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of getalife2k5
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on cask at Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village. the chalkboard said that it was double hopped. i'm not a huge fan of beers from a cask, but this one blew me away!

it looked a bit cloudy, like lemon iced-tea with a bubbly head that thinned quickly.

the aroma was awesome! smelled floral and citrusy with grapefruit and bubblegum.

the taste was incredible! all kinds of things going on... grapefruit, papaya, fresh flowers, grass, complete with a malty sweet backbone. the bitterness crept up on me and stung like novocaine. my mouth started to feel numb. it had a zesty spiciness, almost like jalapeno peppers.

it was absolutely perfectly balanced.

this beer was unbelievable. the closest thing to perfection for a hop lover that i've ever found.

getalife2k5, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a caramel & citrus sweetness both hitting hard up front, but the two balance each other out quite nicely. The malt character is hearty and there's a significant alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer with some complexity that is good to drink a few of, but there are other 2IPA's that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sampled at the CBF, June 2008. This review is for a 12 oz bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Appearance is red-orange, sticky off-white head.

Nose is concentrated citrus and caramel malt. Really nice.

Flavor is creamy caramel malt garnished with candied grapefruit. A wonderful and powerful balance. ABV is noticeable, but not off-putting or overwhelming. From the first sip, you just know that this brew is somewhere well north of 9%, and it's a good thing.

Mouthfeel is tart, slightly drying and hop encrusted. This is a chewy mouthfull of hopitude.

Drinkability is very high. This is a big beer, and deserves respect, but I could sip it all night long.

ghostwalker, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, brown, copper beer with a thin head.

Smell is sweet caramel, with a citrus hoppiness. Heavy on the malt, dark flavors, caramel, wood, oak. A typical American Chico ale yeast, which is clean and heavy at the same time.

Taste is strong alcoholic, combined with a huge bitterness, which is citric, notes of lemon and orange zest. This beer gives me goose bumbs every sip I take. Mouthfeel is sweet and chewy, making drinkability a bit less.

Absumaster, Jul 05, 2008
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.