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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 56
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of fav920
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a nice dark caramel, smelled like the usual double IPA with an extra alchohol smell, first sip was fantastic, started to wear on me from there. The taste seemed to worsen and the alchohol was more noticeable as it warmed. By the end of my second bottle, I was wondering who I could pass off the last of the four pack to!!

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

A - .5 inch head-dissipates quickly. 90% opaque. Very orange.

S - oranges, nectarines, lychee, ALCOHOL.

T - alcohol, hops, oranges candy.

M - a little bite on the tongue from the bitterness. in between thin and medium. not bad.

D - Could drink no more than 1 at a time, but it was a pleasant and easy going down.

Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head and some decent lacing.

S-Very appealing. Lots of caramel malt grabs you, then the citrus and pine hops kick in. Used to it being the other way around so cool.

T-A delicious brew with a great combination of flavors in excellent balance. Citrus and pine hops in the front are joined in the middle by a substantial, but not over the top, amount of caramel malt. Some nutty notes as well.

M-Creamy and rich with a nice lingering hop bite.

D-Would like to have one more but not when I am driving.

I usually am profoundly indifferent to Flying Dog beers. But this one, along with the Gonzo, keeps me interested in trying more.


Photo of YankChef
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into la fin du monde glass... My bottle indicates 11.5% abv and vintage 08

Appearance: pale copper caramel color with an initially plumy head that comes down quickly, other times i have had this brew the retention has been really excellent and produced a lot of lace.

Smell: Juicy and fruity and oh so so hoppy. A little bit of citrus fruit like orange specifically, not rind just the fruit and maybe a little apricot. There is also some caramel or toffee like aroma that is not as apparent and maybe a little vanilla or nutmeg, and the HOPS oh the hops, this one smells like it might be from early in 08 but they are certainly still there in their piney glory.

Taste: This guy is all bitter at the first sip, right to grapefruit or other citrus rind bitterness that dominates. After the hops smack down your palate the malty flavors become more apparent. A lot of alcohol is also very present which is definitely a minus, ive had this on tap and this was not as apparent.

Overall: A tasty and over the top version of an IIPA. Significantly better than their single IPA but I wouldnt put this in the realm of elite IIPA's. Worth a try for sure, better on tap than in the bottle

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

What exactly is a double pale ale? And how does it differ from a IPA or Double IPA? Well, let's find out...

Pours very thick and syrupy. Slightly hazy mahogany amber colour, with a yellowish head of thick, thick, thick cream. Everything about this beer looks heavy and full-bodied. Lacing is also extreme. Looks very good.

Very nice sweet, floral, fruity hop presence on the nose. Big characters of pear, peach, pineapple and raisins. There's a floral note to it as well, and an undercurrent of copper, or something slightly astringent. There's a hint of sugary sweetness as well, but it's not overt, and may even be expected in such a heavy beer.

Excellent vegetative bitterness on the palate, a real explosion of resin and eucalyptus. Tasty and smooth, with that coppery heat just cutting through on the back palate. There's a note of that sweet fruit/citrus character throughout, but it just emphasises the hop character, rather than pulling it back. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, like a cask-drawn English ale. The feel doesn't get better than this from the bottle.

This is a fine beer; sweet where it needs to be, riproarin' raw where it needs to be. It may well just be a tad less aggressive than a top double IPA, and perhaps by omitting the reference to the subcontinent they've saved themselves from unfair comparisons. Overall, a very fine brew indeed.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Canis Major mixed pack ($9.49/4)

A double pale ale.. not sure how that's possible, how is this not a double IPA? Semantics aside, a pretty good beer. I thought the weakest thing about it was the aroma. Way too much alcohol in the smell, almost makes you cringe because of the strength. It's hidden well in the taste though as it's masked behind all the hops. A very hoppy beer that is full bodied and tastes good, just the smell is a bit too alcohol heavy.

Photo of TenEighty
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This beer has a nice, thick head with great lacing. The color is a deep copper almost brown and somewhat cloudy.

S: This beer kicked me right in the nose and said HOPS!!!

T: This is where my personal beliefs and this beer start to contradict one another, this beer tastes like your eating hops and it doesn't let you forget that.

M: Super bitter, it says so on the bottle, not my preference, but it truly lives up to this, the rating I'm giving this is very generous.

D: I purchased this beer as part of a sampler six and I will not buy it again. The super hoppiness reminds me of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsener.

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

12 oz bottle from the mixed four from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a pretty nice dark copper, almost brown. Has a nice cloudiness to it. Nice active carbonation bubbles constantly streaming. Got a good two fingers of head off the pour. Has actually some really nice retention. Goes down to a really thick top cap that creates some nice lace on the glass, sticky. This look promising.

S: Nice floral hops pour forth from the glass. You can smell the hops as you pour the beer. Grapefruit is there. There is a sugary sweet presence, like wafer cookies. More citrus in some orange peel. Booze brings it all together. Booze is a bit heavy.

T: Taste is of some bitter, floral hops. Citrus is there too, grapefruit and orange coming through. Malt is very subtle and probably needs to have more of a presence. The boozey presence really takes away from the pleasant flavors though. Needs to be tamed a bit.

M: Nice crisp carbonation on this puppy. Medium in body with a very oily, sticky feel. Booze burns throughout. Give me a break with the alcohol. Alcohol is the aftertaste. It just resonates.

D: This beer is definitely Flying Dogs better beer, but most of them are terrible so I don't know what that means. The alcohol presence takes too much away from this brew. Ah well, another one down. One more to go.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber hues with a standard head of foam. Not exceptional retention. Rich smell of hops with hints of orange, lemon and brandy. Flavor is a blast of thick, resinous hops, steadied with bready malt. The 11.5% abv is very well hidden with a full-bodied, well-balanced mouthfeel. Surprisingly good DIPA, just too strong to drink the whole night. Cool label artwork by Ralph Steadman.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Pours into my glass a deep red/orange with good clarity and a half inch of light tan foam on top. Aromas spring out of the glass with dense caramel malts topped by a heavy handed amount of piney, citric, oily hops. Notes of grapefruit and herbal hop resins abound. Somewhat earthy as well.

First sip brings thick caramel and sweet bread malts across the palate that immediately sweep into a whirlpool of hops. Citrus and pine flavors intermingle with grapefruit accents and earthy, herbal hops resins working their way around each sip. As it flows down I get a slightly roasted flavor, some alcohol and a bold bitterness on the back of the palate. A bold hop monster that also has plenty of malt to back it up. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and viscous...it really grabs hold as it goes down. Overall, easily one of my favorite Flying Dog offerings I've had so far. I can't see drinking more than a couple of these, but this one is well worth checking out for the hop lovers out there.

Photo of JMBSH
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of supercolter
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of flannelman808
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ewright
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.