Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
"If the prayers of dogs were answered, bones would rain from the sky."
Rich ochre that becomes glowing rich ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. Thanks to the use of chocolate malt, Double Dog resembles an American barleywine more than a DIPA. The pale toffee colored crown is thickly creamy and looks like it's chock full of hop resins. Something is causing gorgeous sheets of thick lace to stick to the glass. Not quite 'best of show', but definitely a contender.
Given the... uh... interesting malt bill, I'm not a bit surprised that caramel dominates the nose. Dominates might be the wrong word since chunks of candied grapefruit and orange peel are never very far away from the action. Dry-hopping with Columbus and Cascade will do that.
My biggest problem with Double Dog DPA falls under the heading 'brewing philosophy'. Once again, there's so much caramel (and chocolate!) malt relative to pale malt that hops don't have a chance to shine as brightly as they might have. Not only that, but alcohol is too prominent at this stage in the beer's life. Aging it would, of course, dull the hops.
Actually, if blinded, I would have guessed that I was drinking a barleywine. That 'cherries soaked in Jagermeister' flavor just cannot be ignored. It really doesn't matter that a few tons of hops were used since their flavor is hamstrung to a considerable extent. Their bitterness sure isn't. An IBU count of 85 seems conservative.
The mouthfeel is full and rich. The creaminess of all those malt sugars are complemented nicely by the minor buzzsaw from all those alpha acids. Even with a laid back amount of carbonation, when it comes to mouthfeel, this dog has both bark and bite.
Since I never got the chance to try the original 'Wild Dog' Double Pale, I'm glad Flying Dog has begun brewing it on a regular basis. I haven't gotten around to drinking my bottle of Horn Dog yet, but my guess is that this beer is closer to being the American barleywine equivalent of that beer (an English barleywine) than it is a true DIPA. It's still an enjoyable sipper that I'm glad is available locally.
08-06-2007 15:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Had one on tap at Backwater Brews, in Murrels Inlet, SC. Served in a 16 oz pint galss. Arrrived with an amber/orange color and a medium head that fell fast leaving just a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - citrus and pine all over the place. The flavor is full of citrusy, piney hops. The malt backbone is barely apparent through all of the pine and citrus flavors. The body is on the thick side. As is the case with most beers, this one is much better on tap than bottled.
08-05-2007 22:37:54 | More by clemtig76
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
A: Pours a muddy orange with decent off-white head - thin lacing
S: Alch. and resinous Citrusy cascade overwhelming hoppiness. Theres a hint of malt in there, but it's hidden rather well by the massive hop-attack.
T: almost astringent hoppyness, with mild malt masked by the hops and alcohol. Flavors muddy with each other, nothing seems to stand out and overall, everything is just a tad muddy. Too many strong flavors clashing and dragging each other down.
M: rounded out mouthfeel is the one soft characteristic to speak of - I fully appreciate a big in your face DIPA, but this is slightly harsh and out of balance.
08-05-2007 04:18:59 | More by chefdejour
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance - Mild hazy brown color. Nice off white head with decent recent and strong lacing.
Smell - Rich grapefruit and orange. Piney hops and caramel malt. Mild alcohol.
Taste - Malty caramel and hops are present initially. The citrus moves in next balancing bitterness. There's a mild spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Thick body and medium carbonation. A little sticky on the tongue.
Drinkability - I love DIPAs and this as a great example. The alcohol is high but very hard to taste.
08-04-2007 23:28:11 | More by stereosforgeeks
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
A: A nice crisp orange/copper with a decent layer of head. Pours nicely, and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.
S: Hops are the first smell - citrus and pine flavors dominate. Aroma is sweetened a bit by the malt.
T: The hops lead off with a nice bitter hit of pine. This is quickly balanced by a nice sweet, caramel-like malt. Really well balanced. The alcohol provides some nice warming, but isn't overpowering.
M: Smooth and velvet like. Drinks like a good ale should.
D: This is a very drinkable ale, despite the high ABV. Goes down smooth and easy and leaves a nice aftertaste.
08-04-2007 16:20:50 | More by YonderWanderer
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
Appearance - dark burnt orange pour with very fine sediment floating in suspension. Very smooth and creamy-looking cap of maybe a finger. A thin even coating of lace behind.
Aroma - lots of pine and syrupy grapefruit. Alcohol vapors really crank up the intensity, you can almost smell the chewiness. A nice mix of fruit and snap.
Taste - an effective malt base that has some thickness. Sweet and citrusy at the outset, then turning mercilessly bitter and sharp on the swallow. Plenty of alcohol presence, it's turning the bitterness a little too medicinal. The hops are concentrated in their effect to the point of blasting away the flavor in lieu of the harsh hop element. Finishes with a fraction of the hop dominance, but it has left its mark. Covers some of the bases but could use some balance, maybe via cellaring.
Mouthfeel - appropriate heaviness, plenty of carbonation yet with good smoothness.
Drinkability - a little raw and bitter at this stage, I shoulda saved one for a time test, but this isn't one I'd hunt for.
08-02-2007 17:00:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.78/5 rDev +22.3%
I found this beer to be an exceptional example of a Pale Ale. Flavor and Character were spot on. A strong beer while not alcoholic in it's presentation to the palate.
A first taste there are warm spice notes, pepper, mace, paprika. Then ever so smoothly and quietly the malt takes center stage washing the tounge with a sweet, chewy, syrup consistency. Once gone the citrus and spice hop flavors grab you by the tounge flap, throw a left hook to the incisors and scream "Take another sip you wanker!".
This beer give new meaning to an in your face Pale Ale. I enjoyed it so much I went back out and bought two cases. I could not in good concious give it the highest marks across the board (although I was tempted) as there are still so many Pales I have yet to try. This one has definitely raised the bar for me.
07-26-2007 13:50:22 | More by GilaMinumBeer
2.68/5 rDev -31.5%
Others have noted all the subtle flavors I tasted in the first instant this beer was in my mouth So I wont elaborate. However, there is an aftertaste of alcohol that makes it seem as though someone poured a shot of chhheeaapp liquor in every bottle. It ruined the beer for me, as I can mix a boilermaker on my own. I expected a nine dollar four-pack to be a lot tastier than this.
07-25-2007 01:26:39 | More by bboven
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
Twelve ounce brown bottle poured into a magic hat snifter.
A: Hazy orange color with a decent amount of head, maybe a finger, with little to no lacing at all. Carbonation is clearly visible as well. Nice looking beer.
S: Strong citrus aroma here, some sweetness, perhaps caramel, but not a very strong smell overall.
T: This beer is very alcoholic up front, but the hops mellow it out pretty well. The citrus flavor almost tastes a little stale, but I think that's how its supposed to be.
M: Very clean feel afterwards, but it does really warm the body up quickly. Some nice residual grapefruit flavor as well.
D: Not my first choice, and with the strength of the beer, I'd definitely stick to one and done.
07-24-2007 00:46:30 | More by dbatch
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Double Dog Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
07A jet ink on the side label
Served in an Allagash tulip glass
Pours a light brown with an orange colored tint. A fluffy head forms on top leaving nice trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.
Intense nose with whiffs of citrus fruit, brown sugar sweetness and piney hops.
A juicy caramel malt presense provides the backbone with a candy sugar quality. A major citrus twang takes over on the finish with hints of orange, grapefruit and lime. A hint of honey sweetness and ripe plums give a pleasant touch to the complexity of this beer.
Oh yeah, this is a "real deal" double IPA with depth and a deceiving 10.5% ABV.
07-20-2007 00:16:38 | More by Hibernator
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured into a pint glass, this beer came out orange/golden - almost honey colored with a beautiful foamy pillowy head.
Nose: very fruity hops smell with a strong citrus tone. Definite grapefruit smell comes through.
Taste: It started out thick and sweet, even a little syrupy. Once in your mouth, it fizzes and then smooths out with a warm alcohol burn on the tale. It finishes very dry and leaves you wanting more.
Great example of an American Double. Definitely worth a try.
07-18-2007 22:49:08 | More by Blupoet03
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours hazy amber with a copper tint. Nice creamy off-white head with excellent retention; sticky lacing leaves a lot of medium to large arcs. On the nose are hops, hops, and more hops: medicinal syrup mingles with spices, carrot-leaf, lemon, and distant tropical fruits. Yeasty earth notes here and there with a strong toasty malt backing. Alcohol is noticeable. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a touch of tang. Flavor is full of spicy, peppery hops, bitter pine resin, and caramel malts. Sugary notes here and there. Lemon, lime, and more pepper in the finish; warm, sour-bitter aftertaste lasts and lasts.
07-17-2007 23:47:08 | More by Night
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
First things first this is one of the best beers from Flying Dog, but it really pushes the envelope on bordering a barleywine with the 10.5 abv if you sampled this blindly you would swear it was a barleywine. Appears a deep caramel rusty amber hue with mild cloudiness head forms thick incredibly creamy tan head dwindles slow even speckled lacing very inviting visuals here. Aromatics contain a huge piney grapefruit edged hop bouqet, malty caramel flow with overly ripened fruit qualites like I said very barleywine esque mild tart raisin and plum brandy flow going on with brutally abrasive hops. Flavor definitely sugary swet caramel malts deep ripened fruit more of that plum and tart raisin combo mild tree bark piney herbaceous hop flow with some citrus peel bitterness working as well definitely a hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is full bodied creamy carbonation brings the mouthfeel together and the oily hop resins really make a mark on the palate one intense brew. Drinkability pretty hard to manage in number between the alcoholic hammer pounding it could bring to your dome and the intensity of the flavors I definitely enjoyed a couple but realized it was time to move on so I downgraded to the Green Flash DIPA at a mere 9 percent alcohol.
07-17-2007 19:54:25 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
nice, real nice. i was pleasantly surprised. poured a nice dark amba color. very little head that disappeared quickly. some lace and nice carbonation.
a little less smell than i figured on but it was a pleasant citric pine.
taste, well it kicks ass! one of the better attributes with a smooth flava with a lil caramel and dryness! very good.
lighter in body which means i could probably drink all six in one sitting. i wont though.
very good choice. give it a try, i double dog dare ya!!!
suckem up and movem out!
07-17-2007 18:39:50 | More by giblet
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours an amber/orange color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - citrus and pine all over the place. Very hoppy aroma. The flavor is full of citrus hops. Hop flavors all around. The caramel malt backbone barely shines through all of the pine and citrus flavors. The body is on the thick end of medium and the drinkability is ok.
07-17-2007 17:06:54 | More by clvand0
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Flying Dog, while not a brewery I favor, have impressed me with the Double Dog Double Pale Ale.
Appearance: The color really is quite nice, a medium orange with just a touch of haze. However the head stated slight (not even one finger) and ended in only a film, too typical of many mass produced American beers.
Smell: There's a hint of caramel but hops definitely rule the aroma of this beer, citric and piney.
Taste: This is where the double dog shines. Big hops are everywhere giving the beer a orange-like flavor followed by a dry finish. There is some caramel backbone as well, balancing this hop bomb just barely (but i don't mind).
Mouthfeel: The reason this can be called pale ale is because of this characteristic. It is, despite the alcohol content on the bottle, very light and crisp on the palate. When I first had this beer I expected it to have more of a double ipa or an over hopped barleywine kind of mouthfeel. However, this is probably the lightiest bodied high grav ale I've ever had.
Drinkability: It is because of the lightness in body this beer has that I give the drinkability such a high mark. Anyone could go through several pints of this beer without ever feeling weighed down. A clear winner as a high grav session beer.
07-12-2007 02:22:33 | More by EVLguy
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Temperature in DC almost hit 100 degrees today. Too hot for a big IPA? Never! Then again, I'm drinking indoors.
The Double Dog (now brewed in the new Flying Dog satellite brewery in Frederick, Maryland, thank you very much) pours a brown copper color with a nasty, sticky off-white head that clumps up in the middle and leaves a clinging lace all around the glass. Cool. Gives off a bright orange hue when held up to natural light (via my window). The rich nose provides us with aromas of malty caramel, piney hops, vanilla, prunes, strawberries, pears, and orange rind. A strong, complex aroma that really surprised me because it's not over-the-top-hops that dominate. It's a nice blend of a variety of smells. The taste is well-blended as well, combining the hoppiness of a double IPA with the richness and malted sweetness of a barley wine or an old ale. Again, heavy caramel and vanilla notes up front, with a pleasant lingering bitterness to finish things off. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fans of strong IPAs will enjoy this beer, but I would also recommend it to fans of big malty beers too... just be prepared for the hop kick. This would go great with an artisinal bread and cheese platter and an olive tapenade. Mind the high alcohol content (10.5% ABV) and off you go.
07-08-2007 21:46:43 | More by Atlas1
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
poured in a pint glass, tapered dark orange, with creamy head 2inches. Head remains throughout the session.
Smell is sweet, and hoppy.
Taste of caramel, molasses, hoppy but balanced.
Leaves somewhat of a bitter mouthfeel, with mild stickyness too.
Enjoyed the beer, but it might have been too early in the day, and my palate was not up to par.
07-08-2007 00:02:47 | More by genog
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
This is what a double Pale Ale should be, if there really is such a thing.Nice amber coloring in the glass with a full finger white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aromas are slightly sweet amber malts but predominately bitter hops...especially on the tail-end.
Taste is immediately double citrus hops but the malts are still present to sort of balance things out....bitter citrus peel hops does predomidate, however. All in all, it is still a very balanced beer, albeit 'big' and you never forget how big this beer really is.
Read the label. Double Pale Ale. That is what it is....totally...and purely. Double Pale Ale.
Good job, Flying Dog.
07-07-2007 04:59:55 | More by IntriqKen
3.4/5 rDev -13%
Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.
Pours a rich amber color with about a half inch of beige head. A few bubbles flutter to the top and a thin but persistent lace remains, while smoe splotchy stick hugs the sides of the glass. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Big whiffs of grapefruit and pine hops, caramel and honey malt fill the nose. A hint of alcohol, also.
Taste is of overwhelming hop bitterness from start to finish, with an occasional burst of hop flavor, malt sweetness and alcohol. Like the nose there is some grapefruit and pine hop flavor, but hop bitterness rules the day. There is some caramel malt sweetness there, too, but you have to fight through bitter hops to find it. Bitterness is overdone, imho, and it leaves the beer very singular and unbalanced. Nevertheless, the taste isn't half bad - it is a DIPA, after all, so it's not like I didn't expect bitterness - it's just not great. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, chewy, and the beer finishes dry with a bitter (surprise!) aftertaste.
One is enough for me. There are far better DIPAs out there that display more hop flavor as opposed to bitterness and provide much more balance. Hop bombs like these are one timers as they completely destroy the palate. Give it a try if you like hopbombs but if not, I'd say stay away.
07-06-2007 21:54:39 | More by number1bum
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Bought in a 4-pack and poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance is good, a very dark golden brown color thats leaves a pretty thick lasing around the glass.
The smell is very flowery, with a crisp hoppy smell with other fruity esters lingering around.
Taste is very hoppy, very bitter, and no real hint of alcohol considering it is 10.5% which makes it to be very drinkable . A very good brew, al I can say is I am glad SC popped the cap ;) .
07-05-2007 22:40:34 | More by MrHolland
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours a nice Mahogany if you will, deep amber if you wanna be a d*** about it. I drank a 22oz stone imperial russian stout and then this, and it got me toasty so it has that going for it. Actually very good beer. Aroma is a piny hops. Piney? piny? Has a nice hops character, not too much of an alcohol burn considering its 10.5% although you do know its there. Nice strong hops flavor, piny flavor to it. Like I said, you do know the alcohol is there, you cant taste it... but it doesnt burn so Im happy. Marginally cool bottle although no tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. Anyway, all in all I would say this is a quality brew and Id be glad to get toasty off of it anytime.
06-30-2007 02:37:03 | More by Glazed144
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
12 oz bottle. This beer is tea-stained copper color with a tight half finger of head over top that sits nicely after the pour. This one is fairly hazy, and there is a mild carbonation of small bubbles in the glass. The aroma is very strong in sweet caramel and sugary notes with a deep resinous and grapefruit hop backing it up. Both aromas are strong; the dichotomy between the two works well for me. Taking a sip I get fairly strong pine hop and a decent bitterness. There is a decent caramel sweetness in there as well, but there is also a fairly prevalent alcohol tone in there. Putting all the flavors together, I get a bit of a soapy quality from it. There is a fairly strong and biting bitterness that hangs on into the finish. It is not bad, but it is just a little aggressive. Mouthfeel is thick, almost a bit syrupy, with a very light carbonation in there. Overall, I do like it, but this is not something I can do more than one of in a sitting. The flavors are really big, and the alcohol comes through a little on the taste, but otherwise I have no complaints.
06-23-2007 22:58:10 | More by kmpitz2
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearance: Very hazy, golden brown color (hint of orange in the light). Very generous two finger head that stuck around quite a while and left a thick coat of lace.
Smell: Smells like an IPA to me. Very citrusy sweet (grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and lemon). Piney hops come through nice and strong. Smells like plenty of malty sweetness is there as well.
Taste: It's very citrusy sweet up front. Hops are very piney and strong. Very nice, bitter taste to it. A bit of caramel or toffee malt is noticeable, but it's far from balanced. Slight yeasty taste on the tail end.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. At 10.5%, it's a big beer, but pretty drinkable all the same. I could drink a few and be happy. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Actually better than I was expecting. Try it.
06-21-2007 01:57:42 | More by prototypic
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
Up until recently I was a bigger fan of the Ralph Steadman label art than I was of Flying Dog beers. But the Barrel-Aged Gonzo Porter really intrigued me, and now the Double Dog has me hooked. Only complaint is a nit -- did they make up "Double Pale Ale?" Not only does this seem to me to be an IPA, Id call it one of the two best everyday IPAs I know of (the other being DFH 90 Minute). Anyway, the color is a medium red with orange highlights. The aroma is pineapple-, lemon-, and grapefuit-tinged hops -- big and amazing. Flavor is more of the same, over a nice malt backbone. The vaguely soapy taste that can detract from a great IPA is here, but its more than offset by a combination of a smooth malty mouthfeel and a good level of carbonation. Aftertaste is assertive without being sticky. Fantastic. A must-try.
06-20-2007 01:58:20 | More by Flyer
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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