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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: 1,728
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 58
Gots: 137 | 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 mnstorm99
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Copper pour with a white head that says goodbye to early. Lacing stays and is decent.
Nice clean hop aroma, and candy sweet.
Nice sweet malt in the forefront, but the hops balance it out well, this beer is good, maybe not my favorite flavors, but I could have a couple of these without problem, the mouthfeel is nice and this turned out to be a solid beer.

Photo of srobertson59
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice (served at 56 degrees):

A - Pours a dark honey/orange with an ever so slight haze. A gentle pour produced a two finger off-white head. Foam receded quickly leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S - Pine and Citrus hits the nose, but is mellowed with a strong malt character.

T - Piney hops bitterness with a nice dose of malty sweetness. Extremely well balanced, but has a slight aspirin quality on the back of the tongue. Otherwise, it is a nicely balanced brew.

M - Smooth carbonation helps deliver the sweetness and bitterness, but with each sip leaves a bit more of a syrupy coating on the tongue. I think this would benefit from a little more carbonation.

D - A serious contender in the easily accessible DIPA category. Well balanced flavorings with a well blended alcohol spicing.

I would love to try this on tap as I think that extra kick of carbonation would round this one out. Overall it is a very robust DIPA, but just a bit too much aspirin bitterness on the finish.

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

Flying Dog's Double Dog (DPA) pours up with a high carbonation that creates a moderate tannish-white head that briefly tops the deep copper body. Good head retention. The aroma is heavy with pungent Columbus hops which are very earthy & piney. The fruitiness is quite restrained and makes for a fairly clean nose. Lots of toasted caramel and some notable warmth as this one warms in hand. Starts off with a nice caramel sweetness that develops some toasted breadiness along the way. A pronounced bitterness eventually takes over to dominate the noticeably warm finish. Medium-full bodied with ample carbonation, good creaminess, slight hop astringency? Overall, this is a serious Canis Major with lots of bite. Go Gonzo!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of Pencible
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear bright copper with light tan head. It smelled like copper and floral hops with some refined yeast and a slight bit of alcohol. It tasted like semi-bitter orange hops and dry persimmons, with some floral hops and a light malt for some balance. It was oily with no carbonation and had a smooth, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall this was definitely a double pale ale, and not a double IPA. It was more bland and generic than I'm used to from a "double" style. Nothing was necessarily bad, but nothing made it memorable either.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Dog Double Pale Ale pours a deep reddish copper with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Piney hops and caramel malt are noticeable in the aroma. The flavor is floral and piney hops with a nice malt backbone. Very tasty, definitely worth a try.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an ordinary ho-hum pint glass. An inch of off-white head goes up & down, leaving a mess of crazy stitched lace & film scarring the glass. Body is orange & brown & full of haze & bubbles.

Nose is soapy, but somewhat masked with menthol-like hops & loads of caramel.

Syrupy & sappy, the hops are as oily & sticky as anything I've ever encountered. Once again, a soapy aspect leeks in, with an "Irish Spring" zest as well as a similar mouthfeel. Yes, I was one of those children. Just barely a note roast in there(somewhere). Astringent, but with plenty of caramel(though it only seems to intensify the stickiness). The hop oils do not wash off easy. It tastes as if actual pine(needles, cones, bark, & all) was used in the brewing of this beer. The balancing act just creates too much of everything. It's so sweet, it's so astringently bitter.

Mouthfeel is of course thick, but also very "suddy". With all this coarse carbonation, the beer should be able to move around a little, but it doesn't. Its sappiness just seals off your tongue while the alcohol linger & saturates.

Overall it wasn't totally unpleasant, but would of been more palatable in a smaller serving. Yes, even 12 ounce was a little too much for me. I didn't read the label initially, but once I took a sip, I knew I had assumed too early. A different day, & different person, they might enjoy this. It's just not for me though.

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

Poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Hazy copper-brown color with not too much carbonation. Thin head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Nose is toasted, caramel malt and a firm kick of piney-ctrus hops. A somewhat sour aroma that brings out notes of orange and grapefruit zest.

Oily and thick on the tounge that produces an earthy & musty maltiness. The taste is rounded out with a solid dose of hops that leaves the mouth and back of the throat a bit numb from the high IBUs (HopSlam does the same thing to me). The mouth is left bitter and dry accompanied by a warm burn from the high ABV (though not overpowering).

I am glad I finally picked this 4-pack up and really enjoy it. It satisfied my Friday night hop craving and look forward to my next sip. Drink in moderation, this baby packs a punch.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i picked this up at Frugal Macdoogal's in Nashville for about $9 for a 4-pack.

Poured into a pint glass very hard, and barely a head was raised. It has a murky amber body.

A nice well balanced nose, but not that potent for a big this beer. The malts are just as massive as the resiny hops.

Big west coast bitterness up front with this brew and some light fruit sweetness in the background. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering. This beer is overflowing with flavor. However, this is massively bitter (in a good way), but could use more hop taste (and aroma).

A barley-wine like carbonation, very light and thick.

A massive beer and a very nice treat after the disappointing appearance. Bold flavor, very bitter, but quite drinkable.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into mug.

A - Hazy amber/orange color with thin head. Very little lacing in the mug.

S - Citrusy hops. Caught a hint of grapefruit.

T - Strong hop bitterness with very little hint of malt at all. The alcohol hits you at the end but is not overwhelming. Provides a nice balance to the hops.

M/D - Thick and smooth. The 10.5% ABV makes it a little tricky to drink for the evening, but it is a very good tasting brew.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma features a good deal of malt with some caramel and piney hops. The taste much like the aroma is pretty balanced, with some malt up front and a long bittering finish from the hops. This is definitely one of Flying Dog's better brews, I would consider it to be more reminiscent of an American barleywine than a DIPA. The drinkability suffers a bit from the high ABV, you don't really want to drink too many of these in one sitting or you will pay dearly for it. Overall, this is a brew that I would purchase again in the future. Recommended.

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Betty's:

This beer was presented as a clear dark amber color with very little white bubbly head and only trace lace on the sides. The aroma was of malt, hops, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was a heavy malt and caramel mix with a hint of chocolate. The body was medium consistency and the finish was sweet, yet slightly astrigent. This beer came off more like a barleywine to me than an double IPA. It was a good beer, it just doesn't fit it's classification very well.

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

A deep amber color, with a half inch off white head. The laces slowly along the glass. The aroma starts with a strong citrus fragrance, mostly of grapefruit. That is followed by the powerful scent of alcohol, it then blends into a hearty malt and bread fragrance. The malt starts off in the flavor, but is soon short lived. Because, an onslaught off hoppy bitterness attacks the palate. Grapefruit and earthy flavors begin to dominate the flavor and stay there till the very end. A medium bodied feelat the front, it gradually gains weight to a much heavier feel starting midway till the finish. Well, this is definitely an extreme beer, but it is overbearing in areas, that make it lackluster. The alcohol in the aroma, is a big put off, and mouthfeel is inconsistant. The flavor is solid, but it is not enough to carry it for a high drinkability.

Photo of katan
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz bottle.

A - Starts with a hazy golden color. Not as dark as I expected. Not much haze. Very little carbonation that left a smell head.

S - It smells very citrusy. It seems like it has a strong hops smell that dominates. Perhaps a bit of grapefruit.

T - Very similar taste to the smell (obviously). Not much for malt flavor, although it is present. Not much balance - lean towards the bitterness. The malt is subdued. Has a small amount of the alcohol flair that attempts to balance it out.

M - Very thick. Matches what you would think of a high grav beer. Light carbonation means it goes down smooth.

D- It s a nice easy drinker, if you are having one or two. Drinking this in a session would be a bit harder.

Another good choice from flying dog. In Iowa, this one is at the top of my list for an affordable, accessible, and good DIPA.

Photo of AMo
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Double Dog Pale Ale pours a dark amber blended down to a light amberish orange at the bottom of the glass. The smell is moderately strong, but very pleasantly hopped with a slight citrus note. The taste is big on hops and packs a huge walap. Mouthfeel is dense with a medium carbonation that helps it go down pretty easy. Overall the drinkability gets better after a rough start. This stuff packs a punch and is great if your looking for a strong beer to get to tanked quick.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with Vintage 08 stamped on the label. Poured into a pint glass, it was a red/orange color with a thin tan head. Aroma was all citrus. A strong taste of grapefruit. Not too intense, but still plenty hoppy. Nice lingering bitterness. Quite drinkable, but be careful of the 10.5% ABV.

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

Flying Dog Double Dog
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Double Dog poured a sharp vibrant orange amber, with a slightly off-white head. Low head retention with some moderate lacing. Strong fruity hop aroma, some citrus and pine accompanied by some other earthy tons. Also has the aroma of a particular illegal substance, but it is rather faint. Tastes are citrus off the bat, mostly orange tones. Some earthy fresh cut stems flavor. Very sweet flavors from the malts, almost dessert-like. Mouthfeel is thick and hearty, and a little rough, but that is how I like my IIPAs. Mild to low carbonation level. Very complex palate. This is one tasty brew, but too many of these can make your night of drinking substantially shorter.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color, with a about a finger or so of slow devloping white colored head. Decent retention and good lacing here. Sweet caramel along with a strong citrus hop presence dominate the aroma.

Pretty nice balance between the the hops and the malt here for a double ipa. More of the caramel noted in the aroma along with some grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Finish starts pretty sweet, but then there is a lingering bitterness. High ABV is almost unnoticeable. Pretty good brew in my opinion.

Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm following up a Mephistopholes stout with one of these. This could be lethal. What the hell, I'm a risk taker. A nice two-finger tan head tops off this murky brown brew. Head stays around for the after party and ends up sleeping on the couch and then wants to go out and get some breakfast. Smells of bright citrusy hops. Tastes obviously of big hops, but not overly bitter. Also has a sweet and juicy affect, which makes it smoother than expected. An atypical caramel sweetness floats around the palate, and is backed up with some sourness. It works well. There's a good alcohol punch at the end. Carbonation is excellent. When I'm in the mood for some big hops I turn to this one, as it doesn't sacrifice balance and taste with its extremes.

Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, fresh in at the beer store. Served fridge temp in a nonic, Double Dog is a bronzed copper with lots of streamers and a very tight and long lasting cream colored head that leaves lots of lace. The head could be taller, but for the strength it's pretty impressive, especially considering the staying power.
Smell is sweet, fruity esters, table sugar and a ton of hops, mainly citrus but some floral and pine resin notes as well. Pretty tantalizing, although you can tell your in for a big sugary beer in spite of all the hops.
Taste is super hoppy but floral and sweet as well as lots of resin, with plenty of caramel malt balanced by a very firm, long lingering bitterness. Lots of citrus fruit from the hops, reminding me of sour apple jolly rodgers candy. The booze is pretty well hidden behind all the hops, but it tastes strong and cheap, with some solvent like fusels. At 1st very nice DIPA, but it quickly becomes a real palate bruiser.
Mouthfeel is super creamy, with a very luscious viscosity - probably the Double Dogs best attribute, the head is so thick there don't even appear to be any bubbles at all, just a blanket of creamy foam.

Drinkablity is OK...it has a nice punchy hop taste and aroma, which the hop-head in me really enjoys, but the booziness and heavy bitterness start to tire by the end of the pint...Something about it, the more I drink, the less impressed I am, to the point that by the last few sips, I'm ready to move on...

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

The appearance of the Double down Double Dog is a semi hazy orangish amber color with a finger foam head and some dissipating lacing. It didn't have a lot of retention.

The aroma was great. Immediately after the pours the hop burst in the nose. Also smelled of fruit, apples.

The taste was high on the bitter side which was nice and as well as being fairly dry in the mouth. It left its mark on the tongue and lingered in the mouth for sometime. One of Flying Dog's better efforts.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time ever having this beer after wanting to have tried it for a couple months. Given to me by a friend.

The pour is very smooth and a nice one and half finger head leaves some nice white lace along my glass. I actually had this glass in the freezer to try and keep my beer fresher when i have it poured. A cloudy copper/amber color is what i can see. It looks gorgeous though.

A ncie malt smell fills my nostrils and brings a smile to my face. I cal also smell a strong scent of hops following behind the malt. Very nice and robust smell.

Taste is definitely that of an IPA. Very hoppy and dry and not so smooth in my mouth. I am not an IPA fan by any means but putting that aside it is a good IPA if not great.

A very refreshing yet bitter tastes as it goes down my throat. Leaves behind that bad IPA afteraste that i despise but once again, that aside, very great!

Not really my 'bottle of beer' so to say but a good IPA nonetheless. I could have given it a worse rating since i dont like IPA but i am being non judgemental.

Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky amber color with copper hues. Nontransparent. Head is beige and sticks around for the duration of the drink as a film on top and as lacing in my snifter.

S- I can definitely smell the cascade hops. I can also smell the caramel malts and sweet grapefruit. It is very piney and alcohol warms the nose.

T- Very rich, sweet malt backbone and bittering hops. Alcohol hits you in the middle and finishes strong as well. Very piney all the way through. The tastes follow right on with the nose.

M- Medium thickness and oily with mid carbonation.

D- Kinda rich, but a drinkable beer. Very hoppy and nice.

Overall- Take your typical pale ale and double everything about it; you now have this beer. Very rich on the malts and hops, but well rounded and balanced. I like it, and will revisit it again soon.

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

Flying Dog- Double Dog DIPA

A- Hazy reddish brown with a lot of floating "pulp"? Small sticky head.
S- Huge oily pine hops. Notes of vanilla and caramel.
T- Thick caramel, vanilla extract, and pine cones, pine needles, pine sap!
M- Thick and sticky, semi-sweet finish with a sneaky alc. presence.

Overall- Big bold flavor! A solid DIPA, definitely find this and drink it!

Photo of gmfessen
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky, golden amber-orange color with a thick, frothy, yellow-white head and small particulates swirling throughout. The smell is fantastic; I can smell the hops from a foot away! Mostly citrusy notes; a lovely bouquet of grapefruit, oranges and pine resin come to mind. The taste is very much the same, with a slightly fruity background and warming alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, viscous and has a creamy carbonation. Very drinkable (if you like hops, otherwise maybe undrinkable), almost dangerously so with the high alcohol content. I had one last night that I could still taste after brushing my teeth! Kudos to Flying Dog for this one!

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep amber color, with a big head on it. Very, very thick texture.

There's a sharp smell to this one, mainly from the hops you find in it. Quite tangy.

As with the smell, the hops dominate the taste - but they're not alone. There are sweets, possibly caramel, to augment the other ingredients.

Very lively mouthfeel. This has a high amount of carbonation a cool, smooth finish.

This is a pretty drinkable beer, though I'm not a huge fan of overly hopped beers. Nonetheless, it has such a rich, complex way about it, it's hard not to like.

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.