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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 106 | 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 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.