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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double Pale AleDouble Dog Double Pale Ale

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1,617 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 52
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 budgood1


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

pours out of the bottle with the wacked out dog a burnt rust colour. a massive foaming head arrives and sticks around leaving thick rings of lace. massive hop aroma...citric...leaning towards grapefruit and mango. malty aroma too...but just choked out by the juicy fruit hoppiness. gotta love it. the taste is an unbelievable, tonge twisting, mouthwatering, bitter hop overload of epic proportions. holy shit is this bitter. spicy and hot. this might be the hoppiest beer i have ever tasted. it's beyond piney or citrusy or herbal...it's an enormous beer. just a hop bomb. out of balance and out of line. and i love it. the maltiness and spicy alcohol add a dimension of agreeability to the hop party. it's outrageous. anyway....the mouthfeel is slick and smooth underneath a massive body. sippability is insane...i find myself swishing it around in my mouth savoring every bitter nuance my tonge can handle.

quite delicious and savory. recommended.

05-25-2007 23:30:02 | More by budgood1
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad

South Carolina

1.95/5  rDev -50.1%

Granted, being a beer lover in good ol SC meant waiting a long time before we could legally sample these high-octane ABV beers. So, maybe this review may come with a certain bias based in being naive to the style. Enough excuses, let's get down to business....the review. My friend warned me that this tastes like grapefruit. Well, yes and no. I think the taste was a bit better and I was happy to find it didn't taste exactly like grapefruit. What it did taste like was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. Very bitter too. After a few sips I wondered if I could drink another of these or even if I could finish the one I had. Let's say that the taste of this one I could pass on. The mouthfeel was thick and sticky with a VERY bitter aftertaste. Smell was so-so. Not bad but not really very inviting. I did manage to drink the one I had and managed to slug another one down, thinking maybe it gets better the more you drink it. Well, it doesn't. The only thing this has going for it, is the ABV which is high and will get you buzzed quickly, if that's your thing. Not a brew I plan on picking up again.

05-25-2007 13:54:35 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

12 oz bottle, Vintage 07, served in a pint glass.

A - gorgeous, clear, deep amber color with a 2" tan head that settled to a thin layer, leaving very nice, 'tiny bubble' lace.

S - very nice hop, bitter pine, aroma, some malt smell, but the hops are extremely noticable.

T - GREAT tasting Dub, Dog!

M - medium bodied, bitter hops attack the entire inside of the mouth, warmth of 10.5% abv shows it's 'nice side'.

D - well, my take on this brew is, either you can handle it, or you can't!
Drinkability gets a high rating despite the abv, we're all adults here, know your limit, but it is very enjoyable to drink any number of this beer(s).
Good Beer - No Shit!

05-25-2007 00:42:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of trep

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle thanks to, and shared with Wagenvolks

Burnt orange body with a vanilla colored head. Nice retention that lasts throughout the beer. A little malt in the aroma. Nice robust citric hop aroma. A twinge of alcohol in there.

Grapefruit hops with a huge malt backbone. Very bitter aftertaste with a bit of alcohol. Delicious hops that really bite your tongue and won't let go.

Very thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Not very high marks on drinkability due to its heaviness and the presence of alcohol. Still, a remarkable beer otherwise.

05-23-2007 03:52:48 | More by trep
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a hazed amber with a one-finger white head - Good retention for the abv - Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of tropical fruitiness. Sweet grainy/caramelish background. A touch of pepper.

The taste is of bitter hops upfront - citric and pine, almost resiny. Alcohol comes out, but not overwhelmingly so, giving it a warming peppery kick. There is plenty of sweet malt that struggles a bit to keep up with the hops and alcohol. But it manages to stay in there. Dry, bitter finish.

It's full-bodied, creamy - almost syrupy. Rather hot.

Surely a slow-sipper. There is a touch of raw astringency, even for abv level of 10.5%. Almost reminds me of a hoppy barleywine in some ways.

05-23-2007 03:02:10 | More by jwc215
Photo of cichief


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

As with most Flying Dog brews, this beer is over-rated.

It pours a deep copper color, with a thin white head. It smells of fresh hops, flowery and citrus. The initial taste is very sweet, but finishes semi-dry. There is plenty of residual malt for flavor, like a Beglian sugar candy. The hops are strong enough to balance this out, however, quite grapefruity. The beer is well carbonated, not too bubbly. It would be more drinkable if it weren't 10.5% ABV. Overall not a bad beer, just not as good as the ratings may infer.

05-23-2007 01:11:02 | More by cichief
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours out a hazy nectarine. Head quickly disapates to a soapy film. Nose- fruity hops- smells promising! Taste- tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit). Has quite bitter finish- dry tobacco on finish. Mouthfeel- carbonation is fairly high. This beer becomes slightly astringent and a little boozy as I get into it. Very good beer- not quite up to Hop Slam quality, but worth seeking out.

05-22-2007 00:43:34 | More by oakbluff
Photo of CNeilP09


4.9/5  rDev +25.3%

first of all, let me explain the "not exceptional" rating for drinkability: high gravity.
that being said, it's a beer meant for savouring, not swilling. the flying dog brewery basically re-hashed their recipe for the 10th anniversary Wild Dog Double Pale Ale brew. that beer, in and of itself was spectacular, and i bet the constant begs and pleas for more brought them to create the double dog. this beer drinks much like the wild dog version, although it is a bit stiffer on the alcohol (dubby dog's 10.5 versus wild's 9%). anyway, coagulated spiderwebs of lacings, juiced coppery orange hues, with sweet/tart nosings. cedary grapefruit caramel start with a robust creamy dry alcoholic finish. beautifully beefed up beer.

the perfect setting for experiencing this beer: ice (don't chill the beer beforehand, you want it slightly cooler than room temp) the four pack down next to the bathtub, draw a hot, epsom salt riddled bath, playlist jupiter coyote's albums, and relax for several hours. brilliant!

05-21-2007 07:00:22 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a clear burnished orange body with a two finger offwhite head. Lots of sticky patch lacing are left on the glass.

Aroma is fruity hops, mostly grapefruit and citrus. Aroma is very akin to Bells Hop Slam in the hops department.

Medium body and carbonation with a stinging hops bite.

Hops dominate the taste with a citrus fruitiness that is more bitter orange than grapefruit. Not overly sweet and the alcohol is hidden more than expected. Hop bitterness is a bit overly abrasive.

A winner from Flying Dog that shows their Gonzo Porter was not a fluke.

05-20-2007 19:51:03 | More by merlin48
Photo of peabody


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours out a cloudy amber orange with two fingers of white suds. Lacing is very good here.
Not smelling a lot of hops here, but can smell the yeast. Grapefruit and caramel and alcohol.
Taste is sweet at first. The alcohol isn't hidden very well. the bitterness is a refreshing flavor after having the very sweet initial taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet at first then a bitter dryness takes over.
10.50 is a bit too much for sessioning this brew but it still works if you want to drink the whole 4 pack at one sitting, and you better be sitting.

05-19-2007 20:06:56 | More by peabody
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours copper with hues of amber. Maintains about a quarter inch creamy head. The aroma is great, extreamly fresh. Strong hop aroma, citrusy some grapfruit, floral, and spicy. Carbonation level is medium/high which is apropriate low for the full body. The first thing that hits my tongue is a malty sweetness, than great citrusy hop flavor, balanced with strong biterness that lingers on the palate. The alcohol level is intense, not a beer you can drink pint after pint. Only complaint is that the bitterness is a little harsh.

05-19-2007 00:00:19 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz. bottle. Just sitting there saying "I double dog dare you...."

Here we go...

Pour is nothing special. Slightly hazy, amber liquid. Large, creamy, ivory colored head. Pretty good legs.

Aroma starts to growl a bit. Pine and grapefruit. Grass and earthiness. Not much sweet about this one!

Taste, well the bite is worse than the bark. Much more bitter than sweet. Grass and grapefruit. Decent amount of balance though, with a strong sweet taste seeming to hit me more at the finish. Alcohol is clearly present, and the hops linger nicely, continuing to gnaw away at your palate.

Medium to heavy in body (it is a double dog...). Lowish carbonation, but to be expected with ABV. Quite dry. Alcohol warming hits quick.

This is a bit of a pit bull, and reminds me a little bit of Devil Dancer. A nice rough and tumble beer, which I'll be sure to buy more of.

05-18-2007 17:18:25 | More by
Photo of tempest


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer really makes the most of its 85 IBU's. I don't if I've had such a satisfying big hoppy beer under 100 IBU's before. The hops profile is a bit fruity with punch and pineapple as the main flavor that's rounded out by harsher (but nice) citrus rind hops. There's a decent caramel and fruit malt profile backing up the hops that gives hints of an American barleywine. Whatever the style, it's a pretty cool beer.

05-18-2007 02:08:01 | More by tempest
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Tried at their taproom in Denver.
Pours a semi-hazy amber/almond color with a nice strong head, thick and retainable.
Smells great. Citrus hops, a bit of dryness and corriander. Very rich. Oh boy, must be hoppy!
Not so much. Great balance with the malt and carbonation, yet not as hoppy as the smell indicated. Maybe I anticipated too much. Stil it's very good. Alcohol is not detectable, and srinks fairly well. The disappointment from the smell got me thinking this is a real biter, but not so much.

05-16-2007 02:41:50 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of gotbeer


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

They call this one a double pale ale, but I'm tasting double IPA all the way. Semantics aside, this is a great beer.

The appearance is the standard dark amber of an IPA with a white head that laces the glass quite well. Very nice.

The smell hits you with some esters and hops.

The taste is grapefruit and citrus hops with a surprising malt backbone for balance. The hops beat your tastebuds, but the malt rounds things out.

The mouthfeel is slightly viscous and sweet.

Drinkability would be extremely high if not for the intoxicating effects of it's ABV. Not a session beer, but good for the style.

Glad I tried this one. Must get more.

05-16-2007 01:39:17 | More by gotbeer
Photo of wagenvolks


4.3/5  rDev +10%

12 oz'er into a pint glass w/ trep.

Pours a golden amber hue, clear but with great depth and color dimension. A fluffy, bone white head floats on top, is well retained, and leaves good lacing. Aroma is complex and well-balanced, with big sweet, caramel malts and some daunting hop forests to please the nose. Trep's wine glass catches a stronger alcohol note.

Taste is solid: alcohol note definately uninhibited, and a grapefruity citrus flavor pairs up with hops. Mouthfeel is low in carbonation and a bit syrupy, as an alcoholic kick combines with the hoppy bite to rock the tastebuds. Overall, Dbl Dog DIPA is an intricate, tasty brew, definately not one to be taken lightly! The high ABV and a rockin' mouthfeel, however, limits the drinkability to 1 or 2 at most. Nice job, Flying Dog.

05-15-2007 00:35:58 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of jp62099

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

I will admit high grav beers are new to me, been in SC for about 10 years and WV before that, so this was my first purchase of a Double IPA. That being said maybe I should have worked my way up a bit before jumping in to this much of a beer. Poured a burnt umber, nice head, good lacing. Smell was very hoppy, citrus and pine. I did let this warm up some, thank God for that. The taste was big grapefruit soaked in alcohol, OK like I said my palate may not have been quite ready for this yet. Not much balance here, but I guess that's good if you are into lots of hops. Drinkability, well I had 2 and hops were floating around the room.
I will come back to this style later after I get a few more tame HGs under my belt.

05-12-2007 21:55:20 | More by jp62099
Photo of HopDerek


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a cloudy rusted copper color with about 1/4 inch of frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing around the glass. Smells are primarily citrus and other fruits, grapefruit, lemon, orange followed by some pine. Taste is an abundance of grapefruit followed by forest pine flavors and then trying to balance out with a nice sweet maltiness. Medium in body with nice levels of carbonation leaving effervescence in your mouth and throat. A good double IPA that hides its alcohol very well.

05-12-2007 19:18:33 | More by HopDerek
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear, light amber color with a solid 1 inch head that lingers in the glass. Quite a large head for such a strong beer. Aroma is a huge assault of leafy, citrusy hops in the nose and alcohol. Taste is beyond hoppy. This is quite honestly the hoppiest beer I have ever had. The bottle states 85 IBU of bitterness, but it tastes more like 185 to me. Very citrusy and bitter with lots of fruit(peach mainly)and melon flavors. The malt is hiding in there somewhere, but it keeps getting overwhelmed by the massive hop flavor. The alcohol is also pretty hot on this one too, very noticeable. Methinks this beer may have been released too early. It's quite unbalanced, but I still like it. You see, I am an addicted hophead. Mouthfeel was medium-full. Drinkability is average. I couldn't have more than one or maybe two at a sitting.
I recommend trying one fresh just for the experience and aging the rest for at least six months to allow the hops to mellow out.

Caution: consumption of this malt beverage could result in a lupulin overdose, resulting in lethargy and general weakness. Do not operate machinery or drive a car after consuming this product.

05-12-2007 14:20:33 | More by rodrot
Photo of John1985


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pale ale pours a glowing amber with an inch head that dies down to a small white capwith nice lacing down the glass. Alcohol and hops are in the aroma. Flavor is dominated by hops, but the ale has a chewy substantial texture. Aftertaste is alcohol and bitter hops. For its style, I find this a little on the rough side but drinkable in moderation.

05-12-2007 00:26:16 | More by John1985
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Whew, this is a no-holds-barred double IPA right here. It pours a dark copper and the smell is nothing but hops, hops, hops with some pine, floral and citrus notes mixed in. It pours a very nice head that stays with you, leaving a nice lace down the glass. Spicy pepper hop bomb explodes in you mouth on the first taste, doing little to hide the alcohol content, you know where that 10.5 percent is hiding right off. Some caramel notes with a hint of a bitter chocolate aftertaste that you might find in some dark chocolate. A very good IPA, but much too big to drink too often.

05-10-2007 06:51:47 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of johnnydollar

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

high five pop the cap sc!

This is my first legal high gravity purchase in my state (south caroliona) and a very pleasing beer it is. It pours a beatiful pale orenge with not much head. The smell of these hops are driving me crazy! But I am a freak about hops. Some lacing on the glass. Unlike other reviews I have read, I do not notice much alcohol taste. But it's there. I kind of wish it weren't so high in alcohol, because I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these!

05-10-2007 03:04:09 | More by johnnydollar
Photo of tweeder263


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours out a copper color 2 finger head.Malty smell dominated by hops{like thats a bad thing}. Taste is ok , a little edgy slightly unrefined,, not as clean as i hoped it would be. My guess is centennial hops are used.Mouthfeel is pretty good,a bit chewy , i like.An ok beer , not as good as 90 minute.

05-10-2007 01:52:39 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Matthew


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle, pours a cloudy burnt copper color with a good 1/4 inch of frothy head, good amount of lacing around the glass.
Lots of fruity hops melded nicely with a sweet well rounded caramel like maltiness. The hopiness is best described as containing some mild typical citrus hops, orange, light bitter grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and some more hoppy notes that are more sweet like ripe grapes or pear.
Nice big wave of bitter oily hops that contains some nice grapefruit rind like taste, a good wallop of piny flavor that leads into a sweet maltiness that attempts to balance out the large hop bitterness.
Medium to full mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.
The 10.5%abv is hidden fairly well and doesn't really effect the drinkability too much.
This is a surprise from Flying Dog. This beer has a nice complex aroma, and less complex but still very tasty flavor. Fans of DIPA's should certainly give this one a try.

05-10-2007 01:27:12 | More by Matthew
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

This beer has the honor of being the first view of a high gravity beer purchased within South Carolina after we "popped the cap".

Appearance - Clear amber coloring with a think white head. Leaves a very pronounced lacing on the glass. Ample carbonation keeps going and going and going.

Smell - Smells like a fruit cocktail. Strong pineapple aroma with alot of fruity body. Lots of citrus.

Taste - Strong hop presence, be ready for it! Comes on strong with alot of hoppy bite. I would agree that the alcohol is felt more than tasted. At 10.5% the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel - Letting this wander around the mouth opens up the body alot. Very refreshing cleansing finish. Hops for days.

Drinkability - This is something you sip on during the final hours of the weekend. You really have to be prepared for the hoppy bite, but once you understand the purpose, you can indeed enjoy this beer.

05-07-2007 01:54:34 | More by Nesued
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.