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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,654 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,654
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 53
Gots: 88 | 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 BelgianAleSlut
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Contrary to the other posts, my pour is on the flat side - no carb ring no lacing. This may reflect poor on consistency from the brewer.

Hop smell not as strong as other DIPAs. Needs more carb to help promote smell and taste.

Not a bad attempt, but it doesn't stand up to the better DIPAs out there. Doesn't put a smile on my face like Stoudt's and I wasn't ready for another after the first.

This is my first try from Flying Dog Brewery. I saw that they had quite a few styles, but I was only willing to try my favorite. Being that I have reviewed a few beers of this style, not much more to say.

BelgianAleSlut, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of nvsblman
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear, brown with a couple of fingers of light brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Lots of pine and grass in the aroma with some caramel and maybe a little honey sweetness. Strong and crisp hop flavor, mostly pine again, but there is also some citrus. A decent malt backbone, but not enough to keep up with the hops here. Definitely a hophead's beer! The only drawback to the drinkability is the strength. It's not tough to drink, but you know the alcohol is there.

nvsblman, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa that head comes out of no where. I thought I had a nice controlled pour and then all of a sudden this thick creamy head materialized out of this copper/amber beer. A nice hoppy smell but kind of faint and slightly lacking for such a bold tasting beer. It smells a little like old hop pellets you have left over in your fridge, not bad but I wouldn't trust them in a home brew. It has a fruity almost citrusy flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness. The ABV then comes in with a nice warming of your pallet that is really super with the sour hoppy aftertaste. A very decent brew, very worth a try.

jbphoto88, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of timbro81
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not for the faint of heart, it is the crystal meth of beers. It pours a wonderful, slightly cloudy, copper color. BEWARE the head! It is an impressive, billowing mound of pine trees and a little citrusness, 85 IBUs. The head is incredibly creamy. Big hops. big caramel malts. The final gravity tastes like it might be pretty high, a bit of sweetness followed by the 10.5% alcohol that warms the palate. Very well balanced in the mouth, no one dominating factor. Intoxicatingly delicious. Highly recommended!

timbro81, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark amber with an off white head of some size

s: bold citrus and floral hops... not much piney aromas .. sweet biscuity malts make there way in as well

t: delicious citrusy hops blast forward.. the malts aren’t hiding either ... a bit of the 10.5% abv comes through

m: medium-heavy body with a bit of smoothness and a nice residue that briefly lingers in the mouth

callmemickey, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of baos
2.35/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: a bunch of junk in there. No head. Copper brown funk.

S: Raw hops crushed in your hand.

T: Floral super hoppiness takes a turn for the worse. The hops aren't balanced out with anything. tastes and smells a bit like rancid rose water. Maybe i got a bad batch. I'll have to try this one again if someone passes me a bottle. Not so bad if you take tiny sips, but i want to drink my beer not sip it like spirits.

M: light to medium kind of watery with lost of carbonation.

D: Not good deetle cheetle.

baos, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly heavenly hops float narcoticly through my nose seducing me ever-closer like a bright light to an overpowered insect. My explanatory abilities cannot do justice to describing such citric, resinous, and floral aromas that envelope my senses. Upon first taste I revel in the roaring harmony between strong hop and dense malt. How utterly delightful this is. Malt is chewy and highly sweet. Hop is over-the-top and incredibly bitter. Double Dog is a sensory explosion and a perfect marrying of flavors.

A line of thanks to Flying Dog: your beer interacted with my taste buds in an unexpected and beautiful way that can only be described as art. Brew-on dudes, brew-on.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good freakin’ grief, double dog is already double-looking ass kicking.

Hazy murky brown, damn foamy tan head for a 10%+ alcohol brew. Of course sticking like a banshee to the sides of the Sammy glass.

Virtual pine cones sticking in my nose. Yum , yum.

Surprising chocolate and a coffee note mixed with the hammer-head of tasty citrus hops. This is one mother of a DIPA – a perfect example of a loaded hop bomb – and I have no burn of any alcohol.

Kinda expensive at almost $2 a 12oz. – but tasty, be sure to try one, or a dozen.

Vancer, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma consists of piney hops, caramel and a touch of ale fruitiness. The mouthfeel is soft and medium in body. DDDPA has a malty fruity body to the taste. Piney hops explode onto the palate with hints of raisin not far behind. The double dose of hops is really apparent in the finish. The 10.5% abv is masked nicely and has a tendency to sneak up on you.

Another great offering from Flying Dog and an Imperial IPA that's more than just a blast of hops.

Winter, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with reddish tints. Solid, frothy, off-white head that settles to a nice ring on top of the beer and leaves spotty lacing all the way down. A fairly dense looking brew. Smell is strong of citrusy, grassy, floral hops and sweet, bready malts. Also noted some green raisiny aroma. Taste is heavy with the citrusy (grapefruit) hop bitterness. Shows a solid malt backbone and the alcohol is readily apparent. Has a long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with an oily texture, some lively carbonation, and a moderately boozey finish.

As per the style, this beer is dominated by hop bitterness. It is however, built well, with a substantial malt character. It fits well within the DIPA style, and is fairly complex. The strong alcohol presence make this a definite sipper that I probably would only have one at a time. Maybe not my favorite in the style, but certainly a high quality beer, worth having if you get the chance.

littleshamrocks, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a translucent burnt orange/amber color. Slightly vigorous pour yields a quickly receding, light tan head that leaves a sticky coating of lace on the glass.

S: Huge hoppy nose! Oily pine resin, tropical fruits, caramel, and earthy spices. Tart and ripe, all at the same time.

T: See above! A big battle between the out of control hops and the sweet spicy maltiness. Thankfully there's no clear winner (except for me).

M: Prickly and spicy, yet at the same time, juicy, smooth, caramel-y, and malty. The alcohol only rears it's head at the finish.

D: Incredible, but definitely a sipper. Don't do this one on an empty stomach!

GbVDave, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great looking beer - strong amber with a thick glow. Huge, firm, lapping of lumpy yellowed, nearly tanned foam grows quickly up from the pour and sits for a good length. Fades quite slow to a tight skim always present. Lacing is thick and creates legdes of all sorts of crunchy broken sheeting that sticks like glue.

Bountiful aroma of huge hops and greasy floral orange pollen. Has a dry toasty grassyness hint that adds a nice complexity to the nose. But man if this doesn't smell like a huge field of hops growing next to an massive orange grove! Gorgeous Nose!

Taste is crazy huge with hops! This is a tingey, tangy, bold, greasy, oily, fuzzy, pithy biten orangey citrus crazed concoction with a toasted caramel glaze. Everything citrusy you can think of and know of is grazing upon the palate the second it enters the mouth and makes no room for anything else. Its nucking futs! I cannot even begin to breakdown what all is going on is this stuff other than a brigade of largely orangified goodness thats heavy on the citrus but not over pwoering in bitterrness. Its more juicy and pithy then bitter, but it does have a terrific floral grassy twist that mixes well within the oranged bite it carries within its monster hop character.

Huge big bodied fullness and a load of hops create one crazy, complex profile of hoppy action. Oily, floral, and citric in the front, fuzzy growth of hop texture and pith builds from there. High ended oily, greasy big heat and citric oily bitterness seeps off the finish with long lengthy finishing attributes. The finish is really the only area that the ABV tends to makes its appearance, making for a warm oily home in the belly and coating the throat with a hoppitue of soothing toasted floral citrus juice.

This is one crazy complex hopped up beer! Double Dog is great stuff! A hop gem sipper that Flying Dog can be hugely proud of!
I'll be tasting this for a day or two after having finished it! Wow!

tavernjef, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rich orange with tinges of ruby into my tulip. Relatively thin head, maybe a finger and a bit, that dissipates rather quickly but holding a nice film with attractive lacing.

Aroma is a bit underwhelming, some malty, bready sweetness and some grapefruit, citrus, rose petal notes. But not overly complex, and trending sweet.

Tastes... wow. How is it this good if it doesn't do more for the nostrils? Not how I would want all my DIPAs to taste, but again, I say to you: wow. This is superb. A tantalizing brown-sugar and ripe fruit sweetness, melding beautifully into an oily hoppy-ness of passion fruit and sweet grape fruit with enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. Background toffee notes. I love this beer.

Mouth is full and vibrant but not overly grainy or oily, lifts nicely.

As delicious as this is, this is not a beer I'd want all the time when I'm in the mood for a DIPA, and I knock down the drinkability just a tad for that, although it is both quintessentially drinkable, and something I would reach for again. More of a dessert IPA by my tastes, but perfectly balanced.

errantnight, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours murky dark gold with a big dense head. Aroma is big cirusy hops with a background sweetness. Flavor is dominated by spicy and citrusy hops. Significant light malt backbone with some caramel notes. Rough bitterness. A bit of alcohol noticable in the finish. Full bodied. The noticable alchol detracts from drinkability a bit. Overall, this is a solid DIPA. Probably the best brew I've had from Flying Dog.

burnstar, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, sort of brown with a bronze-copper influence; it is darker than most DIPA. Fluffy, off-white head, at the apex the foam was a healthy two fingers tall. Very good head retention, the bubbles were slow to fade to a chunky collar. Subsequent lacing was widespread and clumpy. Overall, this is a unique and agreeable beer to look at.

Hoppy nose; dried orange peels, candied lemons, tree bark, pine, hints of flowers, whispers of grapefruit and even some dank bud. Barleywine-like malt profile, caramel, brown sugar and some toffee; some dark fruits are in play as well. Alcohol potency is noticeable but not overly vocal. Honestly, the nose is much hoppier than I was expecting. IMO, this smells like a DIPA. I’m digging it. Sure, it smells (more or less) like a dozen other similar beers but, hell, it is a good smell! Surprising complexity! I get hints of leather and brandy… and lots of hops! Strong potency; I can’t wait to take a sip. Inviting.

Wow. I am impressed. Big… raw… pungent… resiny… bitter… in other words, this is one big-ass, brawny DIPA. I love how the huge ABV interacts with the massive malt profile and biting hops. Likewise, I love how Double Dog is different than your average DIPA. It has a massive (and tasty) malt profile, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some really pleasing sweetness. Interwoven is a biting and flavorful hop profile. Resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine dominate the hoppy flavors. Bitter. Bitter. Bitter. I also get hints of leather, brandy, raisins, candied fruit, and weed. Tongue coating bitterness with lingering sweetness; the ABV is “in balance” with the big flavors. This is a bold DIPA. Sure, it has barleywine qualities but clearly, IMO, this is a DIPA. Lovely through and through… in an aggressive sort of way!

Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

Drinkable? Oh hell yeah it is! Sure, at 10.5% ABV I can’t session with it but I want too! This is yet another great specialty beer from Flying Dog. I wish their core product was better… oh well. I am quite happy we have these available in Omaha now.

bditty187, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden cider like copper with a light tan head that dies very slow. Smells of big and juicy hops, grapefruit, rind and a malt character that is almost pineapple. Taste is juicy and sweet at first followed by the huge piney, rindy hops and a bitter lingering finish. Chewy in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Very drinkable and the rush of flavor and hops hide the ABV very well.

franksnbeans, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery auburn body with lighter edges. Prominent, thick, creamy, light sandy head. Excellent lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, pineapple, rum-soaked cake; spicy, resinous, hops. Very aromatic. Taste starts with herbal hop bitterness and toasted malt up front. Big, juicy tropical fruit sweetness and rich caramel bread backbone. Numbing, yet delicious hop presence: herbal, resinous, and citrusy. Warming, rummy notes into a long, bitter finish. Very nice. Full-bodied, thick, creamy feel. Amazing. Very good drinkability for the abv. The best Flying Dog brew I've ever had.

alexgash, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange golden color with a two finger light tan tight bubbled head that holds well and nice sheets of lacing to the finish. fruity pine hop aroma with a fruity sweet taste followed by intense hop ending and lingering after taste. mouthfeel thick, chewy, carbonation good. just as advertised intense hops and intense flavor and hides the alcohol well.

billybob, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. The label lists the abv and IBUs of the beer, and features the usual Ralph Steadman Flying Dog artwork. The dog featured seems to be wearing briefs, which is a little odd. According to the label, this is of “Vintage 07G.”

This poured a dark honey color, with a big, creamy-looking off-white head, with lots of lace. The head took it’s time settling.

This had a piney hop scent, but oddly enough, I also got what smelled like hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste started off as a brash hop slam to the tastebuds. Then a spicy, sugary taste kicks in that doesn’t quite match the piney hops. This tastes more like an attempt at a strong ale or barleywine than an IPA or a “double pale ale.”

This is medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both prickly and oily.

Not really a session beer, more of an after-meal sipper. An interesting beer, but not what I was expecting. I’d be interested in trying this after it’s been cellared for a while, to see if things meld together better once some time has passed. I'd pass on another "fresh" example, though.

woemad, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Thanby
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears like cloudy honey, with yeast sediment. Solid three fingers of head (surprising for the ABV), light tan, creamy, minimal lacing. Mild active carbonation.

Smells primarily of potent hops, backed by wheat, apple, pear, sage and a hint of nutmeg.

Initial taste is a freight train of hops that plows through the mouth and makes it difficult to taste anything else. The apple and wheat are still present, especially in the aftertaste, as well as the nutmeg. Despite the powerful hops, it's exactly what you'd expect from this style of brew. It isn't so hoppy that it's undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with the milder flavors of pear and yeast meandering around in the mouth as if they didn't realize the rest of the flavor is working double-time. The carbonation is just right, enough to add a hint of spice and lighten it up, but not enough to intrude on the flavor.

Overall this is surprisingly well-rounded for something I thought would just be balls-to-the-wall hops. The malt balances the whole flavor out well and the hops keep it fresh. I can hardly tell it's 10.5 ABV from the taste. Obviously not a session beer because a six-pack would put you on your ass, but despite that it is very drinkable. One of my new favorites from Flying Dog.

Thanby, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of belgaridub
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a translucent dark red to brown without a huge head, had to push it a little to get a good one to form. The aromas escaping as soon as I started pouring were awesome--all dark pine-y and floral with some bread, maybe wheat bread. Taste hits first with a load of hops, but dark pine-flavored hops, not really getting any of the bright flowery taste that some hops bring. The middle and back of the palate get hit with some of the sweetness and underlying breadiness of the beer. Finishes with a dryness and a little of the more floral lightness that I am used to in IPAs. This thing seems like it has a lot of malt backbone, it has some sweetness to it and a good medium-to-full body.

I really like the darkness of this beer. It is definitely a hop bomb, but a slightly different take on it with more malt and much darker than I am used to seeing and tasting. Very good beer, if a little too intense to drink more than once in a while.

belgaridub, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, cloudy. Single layer of bubbles after an initially modest head. Little lace.

Relatively mild aroma for the style. Very little fresh hop smell. This is a surprisingly malty smelling beer. There's also a little bit alcohol warmth.

The flavor belies the smell in that this is very complex and interesting. It starts off with lots of malt, but dry. The body is very rich, which mutes the alcohol warmth. The ending is predictably hoppy which lasts long after the swallow.

Ultimately, the taste is what I seek. This is not as extreme a beer as I would expect. Notably, this is a double pale ale, NOT a double IPA. I don't know what 2x pale ale is, but this is not an over-the-top hoppy ale. One of the nicest attributes is this beer's balance.

smcolw, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of tronester
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, hazy, with a thin tan head. Smells of citrus hops. This is a hopheads beer! The first thing you taste is a fantastic citrus taste, with a bit of earthyness to it. There is also some sweetness too it, but perhaps it is a bit unbalanced. Even so, it is still a very good beer. The bitterness from the hops stay in your mouth long after taking a sip. The carbonation levels are good, and the beer has a rich, full body. As a double (triple?) IPA though, it's drinkability is somewhat lower. It would be difficult to drink more than one, as you would get too full.

tronester, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Scoobydank
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Caramel Amber Color with a nice thick off white head
S:Great citrus/grapefruit smell.
T: Good sweet candy peach with hops coming through on the back and they linger
M: Round full carbonation with thick consistency
D:Pretty big beer, but easy enough to enjoy

Scoobydank, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chips in KDH, NC.

A: The DIPA has orange color, bright with a few hues of brown to darken things up. The head was thick and fluffy on pour and has left abundant lace throughout the glass.

S: The nose is thick and resiny, there is no way to confuse this for anything other than a DIPA. The aroma is full of citrusy fruits and sticky sweet pine.

T: Don't let the label fool you, this is a triple IPA on par with a barleywine. The malt bill is over the top, strong and grainy to the point that it is tartly sweet. A big hop presence stands up to, and exceeds, the maltiness with a thick bitterness that could easily could your whole mouth with pine and citrus notes. Both elements build off of each other, creating a large mouthfeel that easily overwhelms.

M: The mouthfeel is intense, fearlessly throwing big malts and big hops at you without letting up. The is on par with Weyerbacher Eleven and Founders Devil Dancer.

D: I'm probably not gonna finish this glass, the flavors are too intense for a post-brewfest drink.

akorsak, Oct 07, 2007
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,654 ratings.