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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,618 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 53
Gots: 74 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of number1bum


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
Photo of MrHolland

South Carolina

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
Photo of Glazed144

New York

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 doesn’t burn so I’m happy. Marginally cool bottle although no tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. Anyway, all in all I would say this is a quality brew and I’d be glad to get toasty off of it anytime.

06-30-2007 02:37:03 | More by Glazed144
Photo of kmpitz2


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
Photo of prototypic


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
Photo of Flyer


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, I’d 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 it’s 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
Photo of shark262


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a murky orange/copper with a solid inch of fluffy white foam on top. The head slowly dissipates and leaves a creamy cap on top of the brew along with substantial lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells are very citrus focused - high hop rates (85 IBU) and scents of lemon/orange/pine.

Creamy mouthfeel that quickly gives way to a bitter hop bite and alcohol warmness. Bitter aftertaste remains on the palette for a while after sipping. I would like a little more malty backbone to stand up to this high alcohol, bitter double IPA.

I'm sure 12-24 oz. of this potent beer will good for one sitting. Very drinkable, but in smaller quantities.

06-20-2007 00:24:08 | More by shark262
Photo of RedHaze


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

From notes:

Pours a brilliant orange tinged gold, with a fluffy two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving behind layers of rings in the glass.

Smell; lots of citrus upfront, with lemons and oranges. There's also a bit of pine tree, and a nice caramel maltiness rounds out the nose.

Taste; once again there's a bunch of citrus hops that's a more oranges and gapefruit. The malts do a pretty good job of balancing out the hops, but there's a fairly significant alcohol presence that kind of wears on me a fter a while.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty damn creamy, but the drinkability suffers due to the very strong alcohol content.

06-17-2007 19:20:38 | More by RedHaze
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

Vintage 07B
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear ruby color. Carbonation is visibly sparce but a nice creamy, off white head tops this with beautiful tracing. Aromas start with a big hit of resinous pine followed by grapefruit, pineapple and some black tea. The malts are barely able to come through this hop craziness, with a slight toastiness and faint cinnamon there. On the palate it is simply wave and wave of hop flavor. It starts fairly aggressive, lots of that pine and grapefruit (Columbus, Chinook, Magnum?). The body is quite heavy, but no syrupiness, a nice level of carbonation (medium) and a good alcoholic kick in the middle towards the end. It finishes very bitter and very "ruinous" on the palate. I wish I could drink this everyday, it's almost a stepped up Bigfoot if that is possible.

06-17-2007 17:10:54 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm pale and crystal malt scent along with a very bitter hop aroma. It has a wondeful caramel feel with a warm nose. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite up front followed by a mild caramel malt taste and a warm finish. The alcohol really presents itself. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but definately one to sip on. The hops really grab you as well as the powerful gravity.

06-16-2007 20:44:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours copper, decent off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy.
Smell is loads upon loads of citrusy hops. Absolutely a hopheads dream.
Taste smacks you in the face with piney American hops. Sweet and sticky up front... bittering later in the end. Leaves a pleasantly hoppy & sticky mouthfeel behind. Very well balanced for a beer of this strength. Hides the alcohol very well. Easily one of the best I've had from Flying Dog. Rather affordable, too.

06-16-2007 01:58:49 | More by bobbyc881
Photo of BeerTruth


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

Picked up this one at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat clear copper hue with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head that takes a while to die down. Stickiness is all over, holds on to the glass forever. Smell is very nice. Clean mix of a citrus and pine hop but somewhat weak. Taste...hmmm, I expected more. Way too much alcohol on the tongue. After getting by the powerful booze (kinda vodka-ish) flavor, I sense some pine flavors with a tiny bit of bready malt towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Low drinkability because of the intense alcohol taste even for a 10.5% abv. Decent, but I wouldnt' seek it out if I were you.

06-14-2007 02:10:44 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a golden brown with a large head which leaves copious lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by citric hops with sweet fruit trying to break through but not quite. While hops dominate the flavor with a shot of piney citrusy bitterness, there is a balancing shot of malty sweetness which makes this a really enjoyable DIPA. The finish returns you to the bitter side, but in a good way. The alcohol is not overwhelming in the flavor, but 10% is still 10% and one does tend to feel it. Nevertheless this is a very drinkable beer for the strength. This is easily my favorite of any of the Flying Dog beers, one that I'll keep buying.

06-13-2007 13:21:49 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of oelergud


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Thick honey golden, very clear. Rocky light tan head, creamy bottom and airy top. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Great smell of caramel and spicy hops. Strong and intense with abit of the alcohol coming through.
Taste is just a good as the smell. Intensely spiced and powerful malts and hops wrestle for control resulting in a good balance.
Long spicy and hoppy aftertaste.
Full body with plenty of coating and residual sugars.
Highly drinkable, delicious and full of kick.


06-12-2007 01:01:26 | More by oelergud
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Picked up a 4 pack from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa, NJ.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass...

Beer poured a beautiful glowing amber color- burnt orange/brown color. Looked amazing in my pint glass given the massive head produced including intricate spiderweb lacing- head was a creamy brown color and added to the beauty of the appearance. Smelled of citrus/pine/grapefruit/caramel (sweeet). Couldn't stop smelling this bad boy- if this tastes as good as it smells..this would be one damn good beer....

AND IT WAS....an amazingly tasty double IPA (my favorite). Huge hop presence- bitter- citrus- perfect malt contrast- still burning my throat as we speak but the alcohol is extremely tolerable. Didn't leave my mouth dry as other DIPA's have- creamy texture adding to the pleasurable taste.

This is one of the best I have ever had. I have heard rave reviews from most of the people on BA and it lived up to the hype. A pleasure to sip. This is one that I will be recommending to plenty of people.

06-09-2007 22:52:08 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of pieper


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%


First off, I give props for being able to smell the aromas of this beer (I have a poor sense of smell). Nice citrus and a bit of floral smells.

Taste is good - strong alcohol taste (and after taste) - nice malts and hops (not sure which kind though -- I am still learning). I think I am finding subtle hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - great

Drinkability - good, have to understand its 10.5 a.b.v. , so not really a session beer.

06-09-2007 03:15:58 | More by pieper
Photo of BitterLover

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10%

12oz bottle into an English pint pub glass. This glass rocks for 12 ouncers because the glass flares right where the head forms, allowing the beer to spread out and exhale. Plus, the flare helps you hold onto it after a couple of DIPAs. :-)

A - Pours a deep reddish copper color. The exuberant, almost two finger ivory colored head made of tiny bubbles died down after a few minutes, leaving very intricate lacing around the entire glass, reminding me of a garter around a woman's thigh.

S - I knew this was going to be good when the aroma hit me as soon as I began pouring. Strong citrus nose, especially oranges and grapefruit, with pine resin thrown in to keep the olfactory entertained.

T - Anything but subtle. The big hop bitterness (85 IBU) assaults your taste buds initially, then there's a brief flash of cinnamon red hot candy and some malty sweetness mixed with alcohol heat, but then the bitterness rushes back in to remind you who's boss here. Enjoy the long, lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick with a small amount of carbonation.

D - At over 10% ABV you would have to be an NFL tackle to drink more than two in an evening and not wake up in your neighbor's front yard the next day. That, plus the extreme flavor of this beer made me knock the drinkability down a bit.

Really a great beer! I'll lay one or two of these down for a year and see how they age.

06-09-2007 02:25:39 | More by BitterLover
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer poured a light brown with a huge head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is heavy of hops. The taste is strong of hops initially, but the malt soon makes its presence known. This results in it being a bitter beer from the hops but a light sweetness to keep it from being overbearing. The mouthfeel is full bodied. Overall, this is a very nice beer and the malt makes it a drinkable delight.

06-08-2007 00:29:02 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Wow, now that's a hop bomb!

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin off white head that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is a solid piny floral aroma with a sweet malt background.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is aggressively hoppy, well carbonated and complemented by a nice malt character.

The flavor is primarily a grapefruit with a lingering bitter after taste.

Quite drinkable - the 10.5% ABV is present, but not distracting. Recommended.

06-07-2007 21:12:44 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

12 ouncer, no freshness indication. Pours darker almond amber, cloudy, nice creamy long lasting tiny bubble head and thick film, gobs of fine knit lacing/sheeting. Yummy resiny hop nose. Whole wheat toast malting under a more then healthy hop crunch....yee ha I love DIPAs, and this one did not dissappoint. Resiny, pine sap, grapefruit rind....etc etc. Fine brew, prolly my fav from Flying Dog...well worth the $9.99 for a four pack...

06-01-2007 20:21:42 | More by Billolick
Photo of onehomesickalien

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Beware: This is not a beer for everyone, but I can not quit buying them lately. This is like a barley wine or double IPA without the overwhelming hops. The only negative this causes is the alcohol becomes more present.

A - Nice golden amber. Head retention is excellent.

S - Citrus, hops, malt & Alcohol.

T - Strong bite with a even stronger lingering aftertaste. Strongest Pale Ale I have ever had. Leaves a bit of a alcohol feel, but this does not mess up the taste.

M - Fairly thick and perfectly carbonated.

D - This once again is a one and done beer for me. I just keep drinking them night after night, which makes it qualify as drinkable.

06-01-2007 10:53:24 | More by onehomesickalien
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

A: Almost an amber with rootbeer highlights to it. Much darker than I would have expected with a good amount of chill haze to it. Head is lively, oatmeal colored and full.

S: Candied oranges, kiwi, skunk, strawberries and cantelope.

T: Begins sort of dull and uneventfull. The flavors are nice but subtle. Interesting mix of green melon, old oranges, artichoke and watermelon. The alcohol rises next, not well hidden at all. Not only does the alcohol hit the nasal cavity, but you can really taste it. Bitterness follows suite, but it seems fitting and balanced for the amount of sweet and alcoholic flavors going on. Finishes grassy with mild strawberry sweetness and mineral aspects.

M: Medium body, full across the palate with a softness to it.

D: This beer smelled much better than it tasted. This wasn’t a bad beer but I was anything but impressed.

06-01-2007 05:52:55 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of bjohnson


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

thanks to warriorsoul for the hand-off.

Pours a very cloudy peachish almost burnt auburn color with a one finger foamy white head. Creamy yet sticky thick lacing forms down the glass. Grapefruit hops with a resinous piney coating. Excellent bump of sweet malt swells up like a huge wave. Spicy hop notes rounds out the hop profile, which is the most dominant player in this brew.

Thick and resinous right from the get go. Grapefruit and pine notes with hints of orange peel. Sweet malt backbone lends a bit to the thickness. Sharp alcohol bite follows the malt flavors and prickles the tongue a tad. Bitterness is there, but not pronounced and sort of lingers towards the back of the mouth. A drinkable beer, but I'm still not sold on this style. A good one to try if you can pick it up.

05-30-2007 04:03:41 | More by bjohnson
Photo of shroompod


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

07 Pours a cloudy brown orange , decent head , some lacing. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is citrus grapefruit.

Taste is primarily bitter, with a lot of grapefruit bite. Alcohol warming. Very little maltiness coming through.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with the drying/bitterness.

Drinkability of this scores somewhat low due to the high ABV , and high hops rates. I bet I'll enjoy this one more with a little age on it.

Edit 9/08 , review from the cellar. This was marked as a 2006.
Slight soy oxidation. Some grassy/hay notes are left over from the hops. Decent amount of malty sweetness. This wasn't the best idea to age, but is still drinking decent.

05-30-2007 01:30:13 | More by shroompod
Photo of umustdrink


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Review #150!!!!

A - Hazy, opaque, dark orange appearance. Rocky bright white head fades to a film. Strong lacing.

S - Rich citrusy, piney grapefruit hops and definitely some alcohol detectable.

T - Creamy and malty to start, quickly moves into a spicy hoppy bitterness and HOT alcohol which sticks around to the (bitter) end, similar to SN Bigfoot. Alcohol presence reminds me of their barleywine, which I wasn't crazy about, not as bad with this one though.

M - Thick consistency and medium carbonation.

D - I think I enjoy this one differently depending on the situation, just because of the alcohol presence. Sometimes (usually late at night) I'm okay with strong alcohol but I drank half of one these during the daytime and I don't think I enjoyed it as much.

Excellent nightcap value

05-28-2007 04:42:59 | More by umustdrink
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.