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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 59
Gots: 145 | 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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Ratings: 1,739 | Reviews: 948
Photo of sopclod
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW I really really like this beer. I have been on a bit of a hops kick lately and boy did this satisfy.

Drinking this is like drinking liquid forest. Obviously the hops give it the piney or citrusy quality, but the malt and whatever else they put in there, plus the somewhat thick viscosity also give a muddy, mossy feel. I normally don't like crazy metaphors in reviews but that's just what it made me think of.

When I read fantasy like the lord of the rings and the hobbits go into a tavern and make merry, this is the kind of beer I imagine them drinking... no "frost brewed" bs here.

First rate. I am really liking Flying Dog.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass stolen from the sunset grill and tap.

Appearance: Hazy, Golden Amber, doesn't hold much head with very little lacing.

Smell: Very light on the nose, not much there other then some grapefruit hop notes and a bit of caramelly malt

Taste: Nice caramel/molasses malt that pulls all the way through the snappy citrus in the hops. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is to my taste, the viscosity also seems right for the style, very nice with just the right ammount of creaminess

Drinkability: Wish I had another right now, but this would not be something I would drink on a hot day and I don't know how I would pair this with food. That said those aren't really the intentions of this particular style. Pretty good though.

I'm gonna be honest I wasn't expecting a ton from this beer but it was mos def enjoyable.

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

A_Pours a clear orange/brown with a big fluffy/frothy cream coloured two fingered head. Big staying power. This coats the side of the lace alongside the glass.

S_A sweet caramel malt combines well with the very citric high hop combo.

T_Milder than the smell would indicate. Still there is a nice combo of sweet caramel malts and bracing hop citric bitterness. This bitterness is the full depth of the aftertaste. Slight ripe fruit undertones and a bit of generic spice in the aftertaste.

M_Mildy thick with a tight high end carbonation.

D_A nice thick double IPA. Works well as a night cap. Slightly veers into the too hoppy category but there is enough corresponding malt to balance out the act. Alcohol is well hidden

Photo of Atron67
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a copper body with an offwhite head, cloudy, the heady fell slowly, didnt really leave any lacing

S- huge grassy pine notes all over, delicious smelling, very rough grapefruit, delicious smelling

T- big ass hop bite right up front, no time even for the malt to show, its noticable underneath the big malt after a little while, but its a really strong onslaught of hops with grapefruit and pine and other citrus flavors all over the place.

M- full body, high carbonation sticky on the tongue

D- i like it

Photo of praufs01
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Ice tea looking brew with a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma - Light pine resin aroma.

Palate - Thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Flavor - Sweet orange zest flavor up front with a piney hop middle and a slight metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - It was OK. Not my favorite Flying Dog ale.

Photo of Kadonny
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade from paulthebeerguru, thanks!

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with almost no head and very minimal lacing.

S: Piney hops with citrus and a heavy malty sweetness.

T: Huge hoppy start with lots of pine and citrus notes which quickly leads into a sweeter caramel malty taste that takes over. The finish is all hops bittterness with a huge alcohol burn. Wow, this is actually overwhelming.

M: Heavy prickly mouthfeel with evidence of the high ABV on the finish that is just too much. I've had a ton of DIPAs with high alcohol, but this one is just totally un-enjoyable.

D: Low. I am struggling to finish this glass with that huge boozy finish.

Overall I am disappointed. I really wanted to love this beer since I enjoyed the Flying Dog IPA. However, this beer ends up being a hoppy alcoholic mess of a beer. Shame too, because I really feel with some tweaking this could be a winner.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

I tried to get a head out of this guy with an aggressive pour, however, not much. A cloudy reddish orange with no carbonation.

Heavy pine and citrus hops hit the nose. There is a clean caramel malt backbone that is nicely balance in the nose.

Has a clouded taste. The hops feel like they are being held back a bit by a smokey/oak like flavor. However, there is a big floral hop palate that doesn't disappoint. A lip smacking bitterness that really hits hard.

Medium bodied and a bit on the chewy side.

A little tough because of the bitterness, probably only one or two of these.

Photo of warmstorage
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, ~$9.69 for a four pack from Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep hazy orange copper, moderately opaque. Light off-white head builds but quickly goes away, leaves significant lacing.

Aroma: deep hoppy malty tangy citrusy sweet, light pine resin. Excellent: what a balanced DIPA should smell like. I could only ask for more of a hop punch in the nose, but this is excellent.

Taste: tangy citrus sweet hops, tangerine, orange, pine resin, with a deep enough malt background to balance it out but not distract from the point of a DIPA: hops!

Mouth: tingly warm alcohol, moderate to high carbonation. Very nice.

Overall: Extremely drinkable. I've been hit and miss on some of Flying Dog's beers over the years, but this an outstanding example of the style, and a damned drinkable beer. Each 4.5 I gave it conscious and, in my opinion, well earned. It's well worth the approximately $2.50 per bottle, especially in this day and age of hope shortages.

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

The 12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a pretty honey-brown body with a little white head that quickly recedes. Wispy lacing marks the passing drink.

The smell is light brown sugary with plenty of piney, fruity hops.

The taste is rich and sweetly malty up-front, then is balanced, no, punched right in the snoot by lightly astringent, evergreen, bitter-fruity hops.

Lightly carbonated. Spicy and perfectly smooth in the mouth with a light warming. Very drinkable regardless.Funny Ralph Steadman art on the bottles. Kickass brew.

Photo of chesterspot
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Between pale and Amber/Brown, Lots of head that slowly subsides

Smell - Very good hoppy smell

Taste - Some citrus/spice but with a definitely bitter kick. Great taste.

Mouthfeel - Warming from the amount of alcohol. Very good feel. Not too carbonated. Bitterness makes my mouth feel like I at a sweet tart.

Drinkability - I have drank several of these, not at the same session. It is quite intense and the amount of alcohol means that I would only have one or two per session.

Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one cause the Brickskeller was out of the Hopslam.Given the general mediocrity of a lot of Flying Dog beers, this one was a nice surprise. A really tasty, quality DIPA. Pours a solid slightly foggy copper-amber color with a huge billowy head. Nose is delicious, tons of sweet caramel and piney hops. This taste hits you hard: tons of sweet caramel malt up front, almost like a milder 120 Min, then segues into a very nice, drying pine hop finish. Extended aftertaste. Feel is fine, medium to full bodied, with a nice carbonation. Overall, a really nice effort by FD. Only thing limiting the drinkability is the high ABV.

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.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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