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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 106 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of wolffman17
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Dog looks appealing. Clear, amber, golden with a two finger, sticky head.

Aroma is sweet: caramel and butterscotch. A bit of alcohol.

I love how this tastes. It's hoppy but backed by a nice, solid sweetness to balance it out. Tons of flavor. Thick, rich, and oily...I'd say it's a small Barleywine. A pleasant bitter aftertaste lingers. Not much noticable alcohol.

Easy drinkability for such a big beer. This should be a staple in the fridge.

Photo of Dansting
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a light white head. Good lacing. Aroma is very sweet with hints of malt and fruit. Flavor is loaded with alcohol, a lot of hops, and the finish is very lemony. A pretty different beer. Thanks to TimmyK77 for the bottle.

Photo of SargeC
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber brew with a thick golden head. Slow carbonation flow.

Smell: Caramel and malt with a touch of alcohol and hops.

Taste: Slight hints of fruit surrounded by an alcohol bite. Finishes with sweet malt flavors and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Dense liquid with a syrupy quality.

Drinkablity: Comes across a bit boozy, but it is an interestingly powerful brew.

Photo of rebel1771
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a decent clingy head.

Intense hop aroma dominates the smell with sweet floral aromas and pine joining in.

Tons of hops in the flavor, citrus and pine mostly. Bready malts follow the hops with a lingering bitterness at the end. The alcohol can be felt at the end as it warms you up when it hits your stomach.

This is a darn good ale, should probably only drink one or two at a time though.

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

Double Dog pours a light orange body with pink outlines topped by two full fingers of white head--impressive, particularly so after viewing the heavy tiers of lacing left on the pint glass. The smell is all hops, all the time, with overtures toward orange peel and lemon. It isn't as though there isn't a good, prominent smell, but rather that the smell lacks complexity because of the highly hopped dominance over all else, unfortunately.

I'm quite impressed with the taste. Though the hops are full force, there is more to the taste than initially meets the nose. I get whiffs of pine, more fruit than my modest nose can detect, and they blend well with the hops thanks to a very well carbonated pale ale. A better balance would yield a better drinkability, but this is no stiff. It's well worth grabbing, and it's easily one of the very best that Flying Dog has concocted. I've been underwhelmed by some of their other offerings, but not this. Double Dog is really good, a heavily hopped beer that is just a good load of fruity balance away from closely competing with other American DIPAs. Impressive.

Photo of whynot44
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish copper color with a nice off-white head that subsides slowly and leaves plenty of nice lace.

The aroma is pine resin, grapefruit, and fresh mown grass over a bready malt background.

The flavor is similar with a rich caramel malt up first, followed instantly by a blast of piney, citrus hops that carries through to the bitter finish which lingers with a bit of alcohol warmth, the first notice of the potent alcohol level in this brew.

Medium/heavy bodied, creamy smooth texture, and very drinkable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy red-gold color with a thick off-white head and generous lacing.

Aroma is grassy hops and more grassy hops. Brown sugar and alcohol are also notes.

The taste goes along with the aroma with an abundance of hops that punch you in the mouth. Good thing there is also a good malt presence to help balance things out. The alcohol at 10.5% is there in force.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of alcohol warmth over the lips and palate.

Wow, this is a big beer with a good personality. But I doubt many people will knock out the 4-pack in one sitting. Highly recommended and enjoyed.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A massive orange tinted khaki head rises above a deep and clear blood orange brew. Head retention is outstanding...especially for a beer that's 10.5% ABV! A ton of really beautiful lace is left on the sides of my snifter as the thick and creamy head slowly completes its journey down to one finger. I've never seen such a complex webwork of thick crusty lace on the glass! This is one of the prettiest brews out there.

S - Hops in full force! Tangerine, grapefruit, oily dank hop buds, some heady alcohol, guava juice, and some pineapple along with an extremely solid malt backbone. Wonderful.

T - Again, tons of beautiful hop flavors. Lots of bittersweet citrus fruit....tangerines, grapefruit with sugar on top, mandarin oranges, sweet malty scones studded with fruit. Some peach flavors are there too with and extremely thick biscuity flavor. The only thing that sightly detracts from the awesome flavor is the little bit of metallic flavors that come though at the finish.

M - Heavy, thick, rich, and extremely full bodied. Very sweet on the tip of the tongue with a hoppy and fruity mid-palate and a mouthcoating sugary finish that is simultaneously super sweet and very dry. After the sugary oily feeling slides away, I'm left with a really sour aftertaste like after eating a big ole grapefruit with no sugar.

D - This is one kick as brew! I wouldn't want more than one due to the extremely thick, sweet, and bitter flavors. But I could spend hours sniffing this wonderfully aromatic brew! bv c

Photo of n0315
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an amber color with a thin white head and dissipates quickly with a decent lace that stays at the top. Smell is strong, similar to double bastard ale. Good strong taste with hops and mault and a touch of bitterness. A atrong beer with a 10.5 ABV, not a session beer but a good beer to have if you're only going to have a few.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic, this is a hazy, glowing amber with an off-white head with good retention. carbonation bubbles up nicely through this thick, cloudy beer. nose is like a big rummy fruitcake on hgh, a bit piney, resiny, and citric as well. big malt sweetness and big hop bitterness come together in the taste. quite viscous but with a surpising level of prickliness and a lingering, spicy finish. if this wasn't over 10% it would be a bit more drinkable. the last time i finished a session with one of these i about passed out on the couch. a unique and interesting beer.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an amber/red color with a slightly off white head that slowly dissipates into a cluster of large bubbles on top.

S - Alcohol dominated by piney hops.

T - Starts off malty then the hops come blasting through. The hops cut through the alcohol nicely.

M - Nice and thick with good carbonation.

D - The hops balance the malts and alcohol very well. Despite the 85 IBUs, I could see myself have two in one sitting. That is as long as I'm not driving.

Photo of acrawf6
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark amber with a thick and rich tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell. Hops are piney grapefruits, but seems to smell on the sweet side. The aroma is very potent and rich of the hops.

Taste. I get lots of pine again with some grapefruit. has a nice malty backbone that could be giving the caramel character to it. The flavor is quite bitter, but not overwhelming, especially for the style. Aftertaste is sweet and sticky with the grapefuit coming out the most and a yeasty bit to it.

Mouthfeel. Body is very full and chewy. has a nice amount of carbonation that really battles with the thickness of the beer to come out, but does with a little pepperyness with the alcohol.

Overall, a great imp ipa. The flavor and mouthfeel reminds me more of a sn bigfoot than any other beer. I really wish we could get this with the other lines of flying dog, as this is my favorite i've had from them.

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

Vintage 07I. 12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear dark gold with two fingers of fine bubbled white head. Big citrus hop aroma with some pine. Full bodied. Starts with a solid malt base. Not overly bitter, but still gives you a good pucker! Really long hop finish. Had a nice balance to me. Alcohol is not really evident making it dangerously drinkable at 10.5% abv.

Photo of dnichols
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a cloudy, orange colored body with a light tan, two-finger head. The head was sticky and dissipated slowly leaving an even cover and supporting a solid dense lacing.

S: It had a dominate aroma of grassy, bold hops.

T: I sampled this after several sweet, malty ales so the assault a shock to the system. The hops were piny and bitter making it almost difficult to pick up any other flavors.

M: It was crisp, creamy and medium to heavy body. There was a bitterness that lingered but did not remain in the aftertaste.

D: My hophead beer buddies will love this brew. The searing hop presence is too much for my palate. I also need to try this as a first beer rather than after several sweet malty ales.

Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Besides their Winter K-9 Cruiser, this is probably my favorite beer from the Flying Dog Brewery... this is a powerful Double that really delivers a punch... nice copper appearance leads to a grainy, bready aroma with a strong suggestion of some hops... taste was bready, with butter and caramel notes with the hops obviously pulling through... slightly bitter as you would expect from a Double with a 10.5% ABV, although the alcohol is pretty well-masked and fails to distinguish itself behind a smooth, crisp blend of flavors that was very appealing... really good stuff from Flying Dog... one of their better brews for sure... I believe this one is offered in a four-pack, but I copped this singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... Good drinkability for a brew with such a hefty ABV... Recommended...

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a head that builds fast and then dies. Thick and clingy brew that leaves ample lacing.

S: A nice smelling DIPA that shows a good balance in the nose. Nice citrus hops with sweet brown sugar mingled with pine. There is a yeasty breadiness to this one as well making it extra nice.

T: Wow the balance. This is the second DIPA I have had in a row that is so perfectly balanced. Nice hops smack you in the mouth right up front but you are quickly overcome by a nice piney malty sweetness. There is a tad of unsweetened baking vanilla underneath that comes at you in a boozy sort of way.

M: Full bodied and smooth just like this style should be.

D: Glad it came in a 12 oz bottle, its a perfect serving for this one.

Overall: I love these balanced DIPA's I have come across as of late. This is no Goose Island Imperial IPA, but this one is much earier to get and the cost makes it rather affordable to stock up. I will pick up several more next time I'm in the beer store to get me thru those not so cold winter evenings when a stout would be just a little too much.

Photo of stephendr
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of orangeish red, with a nice creamy head – fresh nose of spruce, tar, and slight malt – taste of spruce, tar, resin, chewy, and with good malt - body is thick, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of tart, dry, resin, and dirty

Photo of alexskovan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a coppery pale amber with an adequate head that dropped slowly. Strong aroma of bittering hops, but not the usual grapefruity ones that you generaly encounter in American Micro. Something else going on here, a deeper, more somber tone. Taste is like a stout with hops in it. A nice bracing smack of bitterness.

Hopheads will like it best, that's for sure. But it can speak to the rest of us -- in a loud voice.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of Secret Santa 07 package from RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Dense head fades ever so slowly, with plenty of sticking and lasting lace. Aroma is fruity pine, with a sweet undercurrent. Taste is sweet malt upfront, resiny yet citrus hop character on the flip side. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. A DIPA that satisfies the style need but doesn't over do it. Nice.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber. Nose is very hop forward…surprise, surprise…but is not a complete kick in the nose. There is that noticeable citric hop presence with a syrupy sugary back tone. But I don’t feel like it is so overdone that it is pushing it. Hence the higher mark. Flavor is a little different than all the others of the similar style I have tried. This one seems a bit tamer in comparison. There is a meaty hop presence, but it seems more well rounded. If this were held up to the kiddies of the DIPA, this might well be the uncle. Subdued and relaxed, yet still strong enough to make an impression. Feel is good. Seems like the appropriate level of bubble on the tongue and a thick character on the liquid, but not so thick that it approaches syrupy. I have to say that this one is highly drinkable, even though the alcohol hits you - even though it is very well hidden on the flavor.

Overall. Man. What a surprise. Not that I had extremely low expectations, but I was just not expecting what I got. To me it seems to be a slightly different type of DIPA.

Photo of travisd13
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter. Vintage #071

A – Pours a nice amber color. Little to no head. Looks a little thick for a pale.

S – Very floral / hoppy, more IPAish rather than a pale. The 10.5% is hidden very well but becomes more present as the beer warms.

T – A nice bitter all the way through. In no way a bad thing. Once again the 10.5% is pretty well hidden. Nice lingering hoppy flavor lasts forever!

M – Texture smooth and silky. Very little carbonation. Clears the pallet very nicely, not as thick as anticipated.

D – A bit of a sipper. However it is very drinkable for 10.5%. I wouldn’t try to drink more than two in a sitting

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, very unpale-like. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor has malty sweetness, then grapefruit with the hops overpowering at finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Mellows as it warms. High ABV is hidden. $2.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy brown with excellent carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is big piney and earthy hops.

The taste follows add a nice malt back bone to give balance.

The mouthfeel is good, Nice body and great carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, I like this brew enough to get more.

Prosit, MK

Photo of davidt
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kapow! Pours a bright, dark orange color with a thin but long-lasting head. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very strong citrus hops. The taste has plenty of citrusy hops with a strong alcohol flavor. The hops and malts are strong enough and well-balanced that the alcohol is not unpleasant. There’s no ignoring the 10.5% ABV in this one. This is a strong, brash beer. If you’re a fan of double DIPAs, it’s a beer for you.

Photo of Lupe
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with creamy, off-white head. Fluffy two-fingered head slowly fades and leaves sticky lace behind.

Huge hop aroma - grass, light citrus, and tons pine. Some mild caramel in the backround.

Strong hop bitterness upfront - lots of pine and grapefruit. Sturdy malt lies behind the hops, adding caramel, biscuit, and bready flavors - add just enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from getting harsh. Alcohol stayed well hidden. Finishes with lasting bitterness.

Full in body, smooth, creamy, and chewy. Great drinkability - had no idea it was 10.5% abv until finishing. Very hoppy, but not overpowering. Paired well with a spicy dish. Great beer.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.