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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 54
Gots: 102 | 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 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.

acrawf6, Jan 14, 2008
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.

homebrewhawk, Jan 14, 2008
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.

dnichols, Jan 13, 2008
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...

dsa7783, Jan 11, 2008
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.

tpd975, Jan 08, 2008
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

stephendr, Jan 04, 2008
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.

alexskovan, Jan 02, 2008
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.

ppoitras, Jan 01, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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

travisd13, Dec 28, 2007
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.

jdhilt, Dec 26, 2007
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

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 26, 2007
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.

davidt, Dec 24, 2007
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.

Lupe, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10.5% ABV with 85 IBUs as stated on the label.

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a tan, creamy, two-finger head. It left sticky white rings of lace.

S - Smelled of tons of grasses and hops. It really smelled like a hop-bomb.

T - It was bitter hoppy with a light caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a fine beer. It is very hoppy but not overpowering. A pretty nice compliment of malt flavors make it very drinkable. One of Flying Dog's better brews.

zeff80, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy copper color. Not much head or lacing here. Aromas of citrus and hops are nicely present along with some malty caramel. Good balance, but I wish the smell was a bit more potent. Tastewise there is a good balance of malty sweetness and citrusy hop bitterness. As the last guy who reviews said, there is definitely some biscuit flavor. The presence of alcohol can certainly be tasted too. Has a crisp yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, especially as it warms a bit. Worth a try, but nothing too great here.

Eric

neenerzig, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chonyr/manaryp for bringing this back to TB.

A decent looking brew, a hazy copper coloured ale. Very thin pale head, and quite mildly carbonated. Only the thinnest collar of lace present.

The aromas that come off of this brew make up for its mediocre appearance. Big on hops, ruby red grapefruit and fresh pine blast, and solid malt aromas of biscuit, some caramel, and a hint of cocoa. A hint of fruity ester, perhaps apple is essentially dominated by the big hop aroma. Some alcohol reveals itself.

Big biscuity malt with some caramel sweetness and a hint of cocoa. A big bitter blast of fresh cut resinous pine and ruby red grapefruit follows on top of a noticeable warming alcohol presence. There is nothing subtle about this brew, except perhaps the hint of cocoa from the chocolate malt.

Medium bodied, bitter, resinous brew. Noticeable alcohol warmth, almost solvent-like, and seems to accentuate the hoppiness of this brew. Almost stripping, and mildly astringent. The alcohol is quite noticeable and slightly detracts from the overall experience.

This is a big, and bad assed brew. I could handle its body, its pronounced hoppiness, but the in your face booziness with its obvious warmth and hints of fusels was a little too much for me. Not for those who arent in to big hoppy brews. Glad i got to try this one. Will look for it again the next time im craving a big, brash brew.

demcorhip, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of elmore
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brisk pour into a snifter from a 12oz bottle (vintage 07E). Dark opaque amber with sediment. 2 finger head which settled quickly into a ring around the glass - lots of thick sticky lacing.

S: lots of sweet malt upfront with a hint of floral hops - malts comes through more in the smell than the taste.

T: Strong hop bitterness up front really assault the taste buts has a little caramel malt in the after taste along with a fine alcoholic burn.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Good beer, but difficult to drink too many of these due to the high alcohol content.

Fun, extreme beer with a good carmel malt prescence for a DPA. If you like hops and high ABV you'll love this. I think this one would be interesting to cellar and let the hops settle a bit.

elmore, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this at Abe's for two bucks and a quarter. Bottle is absolutely frightening--can only be properly described as 'nightmare fuel'. Cooled down in a fridge and poured into a nice, wide bowled tulip for swirlin'.

Color is much darker than i would have expected from a "double pale ale." Dark amber i guess i would call it with a thick finger of light tan head that recedes to a thick collar and a couple islands of foam, leaves a good bit of lacing. I really like how this looks. Kind of reminds me of Old Horizontal (foreshadowing...)

Smell is very boozy, sweet caramel malts followed by some grapefruit hops, but no, mostly malt and booze on this one. Reminds me of Old Horizontal.

Taste is sweet, warm from the alcohol, nice bitterness but i am not getting a lot of hop flavor from this. I just don't think it would be able to get through. Reminds me a lot of Old Horizontal.

Mouthfeel is good, light enough to make this sweet alcho-bomb drinkable without being weak and watery. Carbonation is present but not aggresive or offensive.

My overall opinion of this beer is that it is a fine barleywine. Might get another to lay down for a year and see what happens to it. I was a bit disappointed as I was looking for more of a hop fix, but it is a good beer if you are jonesing for a boozy, sweet, warming American Barleywine.

wheelinshirt, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, vintage "07C" (whatever that means), and served in my St. Feuillien chalice. It is an orangey/amber hue, unfiltered, with high carbonation and a half-inch, yellowed-khaki head that leaves some nice webs of lace. In the nose it's pink grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and hints of malt and alcohol. Tastes of nice, bitter American hops that impart pineapple, white grapefruit, pine, and a floral/perfumy character. Behind this is a toasted, caramel malt backing, some fusel heat, and a big bitterness. It has a medium, DRY body that leaves a long finish, and overall I'd say it's balanced appropriately, hides the ABV well, and is surprisingly drinkable, leaving me with grapefruit burps.

mmmbeer, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of xare
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours as a dark somewhat opaque malt color. Head is nonexistent from the original pour. Looks pretty good from the first pour.

Strong scent of hops (obviously) along with a mixture of grass and malt to complete the smell.

Taste has quite a bit of kick from the 10.5% ABV. When you first take a pull, the malt hits you like a steamroller but then the hops take over near the end of the quaff. Has a faint soapy aftertaste that I can't seem to shake.

Mouthfeel is average at best and there's that soapy aftertaste you get which lowered my rating. It also has some kick to it but that isn't always a bad thing.

Drinkability isn't rated very high because quite frankly, I found it harder and harder to drink this beer as the more of it I drank, the more pronounced that soapy aftertaste became.

xare, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- somewhat cloudy mahogany in color with a 2 finger soapy beige head, great retent, thin soapy white lace

S- citric, pine, toasted malts, caramel, spicy, grassy

T- caramel malts come strong up front, balanced the rest of the way though very hoppy and malty brew, citrus, pine, butterscotch, hop oils, and hints of alcohol

M- full and chewy body, with some heat at finish

D- complex and tasty, i'd say this leans strongly toward a barley wine, one of the best flying dog has to offer, recommended

tonistruth, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my sam adams pint glass. It is cloudy and amber with huge chunks of shit in it. Moderate carbonation. Billowy, frothy tan head that sticks to the sides forming thick lacing. The aroma is great. Big malty backbone to prepare you for the crazy bitterness that lingers under the sticky-sweet grapefruit mask. Bread, yeast and candi sugar. The taste is incredibly smooth for a beer of this ABV and IBU content. Huge malt in the background softens the blow from the resin of a ton of hops. THe after taste is dry, bitter, floral, and sweet all at once. Reminds me of double bastard a bit. This is a great beer for cold weather. Good job Flying dog.

Rudgers73, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour....

this is an exceptional beer. It seems more akin to a dipa that a dpa. With a thick texture and a big initial assault on my tongue, this is simply a great beer. Creamy and frothy on the initial mouthfeel but hop filled resonance on the finish. As far as I know, Flying Dog does not yet have distribution in my area, so finding this beer takes work. I could drink this stuff daily. I love it. Very balanced and yet huge. Me gusta as my wife would say.

ChazMania, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is my second review of this and the first time I was not all that impressed. Basically on that occasion I really felt the alcohol overpowered the positive elements of its taste. For whatever reason that did not seem a problem this time.

A = Poured a somewhat hazy copper, yellow-orange. Almost no head but leaves nice lacing on the glass as it is drunk, light carbonation.

S = All hops! Beautiful floral notes.

T = Did I mention the hops? Quite bitter on the front of the tongue, roasted malt competes with the hops mid-tongue but the hops are still supreme. Nice lasting finish with bitters coating the tongue.

M = Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation tickling the tongue.

D = A decent DIPA. Given the very high ABV, not sure I would recommend having more than one at a time, but I now think I might return to this beer which was not certain after the first one I had.

Traquairlover, Nov 28, 2007
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.