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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 54
Gots: 103 | 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 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
Photo of zymurgy4all
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a terrific hop aroma, and pours a hazy carmel color with a small long lasting white head. The hop explosion from drinking this will knock your socks off. It is truly a double IPA. Immediately hop flavors hit the tongue, and the throat burns a little while a hop aftertaste lingers in the mouth. This is like a fresh barleywine. If you don't like the Flying Dog Pale ale--stay away from this, however if you like the hops they use for the Pale Ale, this is not far from sucking on them. Although this is a high alcohol beer, I think they may have bittered it so much that the alcohol is overpowered by hops.

zymurgy4all, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imp pint.

A: Deep amber with plenty of ruby tint. 1 finger of off white head hangs out for quite a bit and helps leave some good lacing.

S: Big notes of juicy and oily citrus hops and an undertone of crisp foliage. Slightly sweet malt notes try to break through but struggle behind the hop goodness.

T/M: A nice juicy hop bitterness starts off and is immediately barreled into by a very strong, rich malt body. Malts are very robust, adding a nice roasted grain fullness with pleasant caramel sweetness. Both hops and malts are very powerful and hit at the same time, all the while keeping it balanced, making this a very interesting brew. Body is much stronger than expected for a pale ale. Bitterness finally breaks through a bit, leaving some lasting bitterness on the dry finish. Alcohol does come through a bit but it's very welcoming and adds some warmth in the mouth and goes all the way into the stomach. I could see some people not liking the alcohol but I certainly do.

D: I really like this. I'll have to go back and grab a 4 pack. Probably wouldn't want more than 2, though.

pwoods, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Was of sweet malt that followed by lots of hops

T - Sweet malts at first then bitter hops and a little alcohol taste

M - Theres medium carbonation in here the beer coats your mouth

D - This is a pretty good beer but because of the abv I'm only good for maybe two then have to switch to something a little lighter in the abv

armock, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap. It has a hazy amber color with plenty of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was very large with plenty of hops poured into this brew. Very citrusy. The beer was very fresh tasting since the keg had just been opened. The taste was big and bold, which appeals to me. I like flavor that hits me like a big stick. Felt thick in the mouth with good carbonation. I enjoyed drinking this beer and I wouldn’t hesitate to drink another.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge three finger thick head with insane lacing. Nice amber color.

Smell reeks of cascade hops that overpower the malts below.

Taste is hoppy with a balancing malt sweetness from the pale and caramel malts. However, the alcohol is very astringent and makes the beer overly boozy and abrasive.

The astringency from the alcohol takes away from the mouthfeel.

This beer has some decent flavors in it, but they need to come out more to mask the astringency of the alcohol.

jasonjlewis, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not sure what this beer is trying to accomplish. Very unbalanced although, nicely hopped. Found it to be more of a barely wine than, what is it, a double APA?? Not sure about that..Pours a nice creamy head, is opaque red with nice buttery malts on the front and wicked hops on the back..The hops do dominate the flavor and because of the high alcohol content and the unbalanced nature of the beer(not saying it is not a good beer) made it a little hard to drink.

bigdeuce, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of libertygrails
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a self-confessed PNW "Hop Head," this "Double Pale Ale" really hits the spot. Maybe i wasn't expecting that much? Dunno. No cloying sweetness ala 90min. here. A very robust(10.5 ABV), resiny and powerfully hoppy brew that satisfies sip after delish sip. No rounding of flavors. It's hits ya big every time...and so, for my money, this potent brew lands somewhere between Herc and Maharaja. In my book, that's a very big compliment. Try one. I'm gonna go buy more this weekend.

libertygrails, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +13.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -39.7%
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 +17.4%
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 +11.5%
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 +12.3%
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 -5.1%
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 +11%
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 +23.1%
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 +10.3%
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 -1.8%
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 +14.6%
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 +3.3%
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
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.