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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange golden color with a two finger light tan tight bubbled head that holds well and nice sheets of lacing to the finish. fruity pine hop aroma with a fruity sweet taste followed by intense hop ending and lingering after taste. mouthfeel thick, chewy, carbonation good. just as advertised intense hops and intense flavor and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. The label lists the abv and IBUs of the beer, and features the usual Ralph Steadman Flying Dog artwork. The dog featured seems to be wearing briefs, which is a little odd. According to the label, this is of “Vintage 07G.”

This poured a dark honey color, with a big, creamy-looking off-white head, with lots of lace. The head took it’s time settling.

This had a piney hop scent, but oddly enough, I also got what smelled like hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste started off as a brash hop slam to the tastebuds. Then a spicy, sugary taste kicks in that doesn’t quite match the piney hops. This tastes more like an attempt at a strong ale or barleywine than an IPA or a “double pale ale.”

This is medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both prickly and oily.

Not really a session beer, more of an after-meal sipper. An interesting beer, but not what I was expecting. I’d be interested in trying this after it’s been cellared for a while, to see if things meld together better once some time has passed. I'd pass on another "fresh" example, though.

Photo of Thanby
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears like cloudy honey, with yeast sediment. Solid three fingers of head (surprising for the ABV), light tan, creamy, minimal lacing. Mild active carbonation.

Smells primarily of potent hops, backed by wheat, apple, pear, sage and a hint of nutmeg.

Initial taste is a freight train of hops that plows through the mouth and makes it difficult to taste anything else. The apple and wheat are still present, especially in the aftertaste, as well as the nutmeg. Despite the powerful hops, it's exactly what you'd expect from this style of brew. It isn't so hoppy that it's undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with the milder flavors of pear and yeast meandering around in the mouth as if they didn't realize the rest of the flavor is working double-time. The carbonation is just right, enough to add a hint of spice and lighten it up, but not enough to intrude on the flavor.

Overall this is surprisingly well-rounded for something I thought would just be balls-to-the-wall hops. The malt balances the whole flavor out well and the hops keep it fresh. I can hardly tell it's 10.5 ABV from the taste. Obviously not a session beer because a six-pack would put you on your ass, but despite that it is very drinkable. One of my new favorites from Flying Dog.

Photo of belgaridub
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a translucent dark red to brown without a huge head, had to push it a little to get a good one to form. The aromas escaping as soon as I started pouring were awesome--all dark pine-y and floral with some bread, maybe wheat bread. Taste hits first with a load of hops, but dark pine-flavored hops, not really getting any of the bright flowery taste that some hops bring. The middle and back of the palate get hit with some of the sweetness and underlying breadiness of the beer. Finishes with a dryness and a little of the more floral lightness that I am used to in IPAs. This thing seems like it has a lot of malt backbone, it has some sweetness to it and a good medium-to-full body.

I really like the darkness of this beer. It is definitely a hop bomb, but a slightly different take on it with more malt and much darker than I am used to seeing and tasting. Very good beer, if a little too intense to drink more than once in a while.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, cloudy. Single layer of bubbles after an initially modest head. Little lace.

Relatively mild aroma for the style. Very little fresh hop smell. This is a surprisingly malty smelling beer. There's also a little bit alcohol warmth.

The flavor belies the smell in that this is very complex and interesting. It starts off with lots of malt, but dry. The body is very rich, which mutes the alcohol warmth. The ending is predictably hoppy which lasts long after the swallow.

Ultimately, the taste is what I seek. This is not as extreme a beer as I would expect. Notably, this is a double pale ale, NOT a double IPA. I don't know what 2x pale ale is, but this is not an over-the-top hoppy ale. One of the nicest attributes is this beer's balance.

Photo of tronester
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, hazy, with a thin tan head. Smells of citrus hops. This is a hopheads beer! The first thing you taste is a fantastic citrus taste, with a bit of earthyness to it. There is also some sweetness too it, but perhaps it is a bit unbalanced. Even so, it is still a very good beer. The bitterness from the hops stay in your mouth long after taking a sip. The carbonation levels are good, and the beer has a rich, full body. As a double (triple?) IPA though, it's drinkability is somewhat lower. It would be difficult to drink more than one, as you would get too full.

Photo of Scoobydank
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Caramel Amber Color with a nice thick off white head
S:Great citrus/grapefruit smell.
T: Good sweet candy peach with hops coming through on the back and they linger
M: Round full carbonation with thick consistency
D:Pretty big beer, but easy enough to enjoy

Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chips in KDH, NC.

A: The DIPA has orange color, bright with a few hues of brown to darken things up. The head was thick and fluffy on pour and has left abundant lace throughout the glass.

S: The nose is thick and resiny, there is no way to confuse this for anything other than a DIPA. The aroma is full of citrusy fruits and sticky sweet pine.

T: Don't let the label fool you, this is a triple IPA on par with a barleywine. The malt bill is over the top, strong and grainy to the point that it is tartly sweet. A big hop presence stands up to, and exceeds, the maltiness with a thick bitterness that could easily could your whole mouth with pine and citrus notes. Both elements build off of each other, creating a large mouthfeel that easily overwhelms.

M: The mouthfeel is intense, fearlessly throwing big malts and big hops at you without letting up. The is on par with Weyerbacher Eleven and Founders Devil Dancer.

D: I'm probably not gonna finish this glass, the flavors are too intense for a post-brewfest drink.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, brownish-amber body with a plush, off-white head.

Smell: Nicely fragrant aroma of caramel and toasted sugar with pungent hop scents of juicy citrus fruits and resinous pine. Maybe a pinch of spice in there, too.

Taste: A brief taste of caramel, oven-tosated sugar and spices with a decent dose of sweetness before the hops roll in with flavors of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. A hefty, aggressive bitterness follows, but the malty sweetness upfront helps to temper it somewhat. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and a hint of earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Nicely warming.

Drinkability: Bold and brash, it'd be a fine choice for a nightcap. It's doing fine as a late-afternoon beer, too!

Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4 pack of this, and lo and behold, a flying dog that's pretty decently rated on BA?!? Flying dogs were my transition brews from macros to micros in college, and have a special place in my heart for that reason. That notwithstanding, the line of beers is regularly knocked around these parts.

Well the scent hits before you can even notice the appearance. Sick-wit-it hops come flying out of the glass. Whoo whoo. Dark copper color body, big tan colored head. Scent is all sticky-sap hops. As for the taste, a caramel malt front is dominated by a piney, floral, bitter hop onslaught. Alcohol is well-blended, but evident nonetheless. Kick ass beer. Not sure what a "double pale ale" is, but try it.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured caramel with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Super sticky lacing & great head retention

S: Some herbal hops & doughy notes

T: Rich malt, brown sugar & earthy hops up front. Piney & herbal hops come to the fore as this warms, along with some breadyness Finishes a little too dry, with resiny hops, cakeyness, a little smokeyness & grapefruitty hops

MF: Rich & oily with low carbonation

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice DIPA, this needs to be part of the yearly rotation

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thin head and wispy lacing. The smell is waxy, spicy hops with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is similar with some sharp hops up front, some twangy malt, and a long waxy bitterness with some apricot notes. Slightly spicy as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and maybe a little viscous. One of their better beers.

Photo of goochpunch
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a copper amber with a thick and sturdy frothy head that stays all the way down to the glass and leaves sheets of lace. Hop aromas are resinous and end up fighting for prominence against the heavily toasty malts. Alcohol is pretty well heard in the mix. Flavor is extremely sweet with hop flavors bringing lots of orange oil flavors to the fore along with heavy fruity esters. Gets toasty in the middle, and, as the finish comes around, the alcohol shows itself in heat and mild medicinal flavors. Astringent bitterness comes in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and almost numbing from the booze. The booze definitely needs to mellow out on this one. This beer is just messy all around.

Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Vintage 07G, 10.5% abv. and 85 IBU. Standard warning that alcohol may impair your ability to operate your living room.

Aroma: Nice sugary base supports a load of fresh west coast hops. My guess is Cascade (FTW! Ok, with Columbus).

Appearance: Murky amber glass holds a creamy yellow tinged white cover a solid quarter finger that laces like grandma.

Flavor: Sugary sweet malt base just sets you up for a surface burning hop napalm that I can feel all the way down to the navel. I know alcohol must play a role in all the numbing power, but any alcohol taste is beat down by the sugar hop assault and told to give up it’s lunch money.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body triggers small chews, oily and grainy texture. Makes me go phlegmy.

Overall Impression: Who took all the water out of my Pale Ale?! This beer reminds me of 120 minute from DFH. Hiding alcohol with massive sweetness and a boat load of hops. It’s a bit of a mess, but I can’t help liking it.
Double down, it’s a safe bet.

Photo of BBM
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the outset, I could tell this Double Dog meant business. It poured a copper-orange color into a snifter, with almost no head (presumably due to the high ABV). Aroma was slightly sweet, and very hoppy.

Taste followed that same pattern. Although there was a good amount of sweetness to be found, there was no mistaking this for anything other than being a hophead's dream. Big flavors of pine, citrus, and herbs clashed with the sweet caramel malts and biting alcohol. Those familiar with the DIPA will feel at home with this one. Finish was dry. Overall this is a solid DIPA, and a good night-capper to be sure.

Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper brown with a fluffy eggshell head that dissipates slowly.

Nose is more balanced than one might expect for a brew of this style. Hops, oh yes, but not overwhelming.

Taste is again, more balanced than one might expect. Strong grapefruit hops taste, but there's enough malt awareness to let you know it's there too.

Smooth, creamy and palate coating.

Pretty drinkable stuff if you can handle the ABV, which is a bit concealed considering how high it is.

Photo of domtronzero
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper brown, with a creamy tan 1 finger head. head retention is short, but lacing left all over the glass. Aroma is hugely hoppy with fruity malts in the background. Tastes of ctirusey and piney hops. Fruity esters and a definite alcohol presence. Caramel and toasted pale malts are heavy and sweet. Alcohol warming in the aftertaste is immediately noted. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, and gets thicker as it warms up. Overall, this beer is too bold for me. Although it is a well-crafted beer, I'm glad it only comes in 4-packs; too much of this will make me an angry drunk, rampaging about the house. I'm speaking from experience here...

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Hazy, orange/peach in color, with an off white head of little substance. Great lacing however, which seems a bit weird due to the lack of head.

Aroma is filled with citrus and earthy hops, malty goodness, and alcohol. Caramel in aroma, with the huge hop backbone consisiting of grapefruit and grassy hops. Standard for style, I suppose.

Nice flavors. Alcohol is definitely evident, but so are the caramel malts and the bittering hops. Even some flavor hops thrown in there for good measure.

A nice DIPA. Certainly not the best I have had, but nowhere near the lower half of the category. This was one of my dad's gateway beers (seems weird to fall in love with a DIPA after drinking vodka and wine) so this one holds dear in my heart. Definitely worth a try but I wouldnt go through any hardships seeking this one out.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow brown with a small head and thin, broken streaks of lacing.

S - Strong grapefruit and pine, caramel malt and peppery alcohol.

T - Peppery alcohol with pine and herbal hops. Aftertaste is a powerful bitterness (pine) and lingering white pepper.

M - Smooth, medium to thin bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Not too shabby. The hop combination is pretty intense.

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent trip to Spokane, as I've never seen it anywhere in Oregon. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright orange color, topped by a pretty finger's worth of creamy off-white head that leaves some seriously thick lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of bitter floral hops and a good dose of pale and caramel malts.
Palate is super hoppy up front, with a sharp, bitter, floral character that's just outstanding. Sweet caramel malt emerges mid-palate to balance things out, amplifying both the bitterness of the hops and the thick sweetness of the malt to a new level. Finish is a mild sweet biscuit character accompanied by some warming alcohol.
Body is somewhat thick and just a tad sticky, but overall very smooth and a touch creamy. Overall, a very nice strong pale ale, sufficiently hopped but not over the top. I hope Flying Dog sends some to Oregon soon.

Photo of ttu94
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As one who is a big fan hoped up brews it is with trepadation that I write this review. I realize that it is a Double IPA but this is is out of whack and overdone. It looks ver;y nice poured into a glass (ugly flying dog bottle aside). A cloudy amber color with a big thick staying head. The smell has tons of citrus hop tones to it but the alcohol is noticable. Very little harmony with the flavor. Hard core hops which I usually like but the alcohol kick in the ass afterward makes me cringe. When people talk of over the top beers this should be one of the first mentioned.

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted cool into a snifter.
A - A hazy deep amber w/ a 2 finger smooth tan head. The head does a good job of sticking to the snifter's sides w/ tenacity.

S - A huge scent of citrus hops. A candy-like malt scent full of sweet sugary tinges.

M - Full feel, bitterness is moderate - the malts are slightly bigger than hops w/ a sweet almost cloying finish.

T - A big sweet taste kicks it off w/ a juiced up hop taste. The flavors are intensely citrus w/ a bit of pineapple/bitter orange. The maltiness is intense and sweet like a sugar cookie. Light spice w/ a perfumey hop accent as it warms. The warmth of the 10%abv becomes apparent in the last sips - A nice mellow burn of bitterness and booze as the nectar becomes history.

D - A very well made Imperial IPA, but slightly on the sweet side. A lot of nice hop flavor w/ a boozy sweet feel. This beer has a lot of finesse. Calling this a big ale is putting it lightly. I chose to end my night with this strong IPA. I could definitely appreciate this on more than one occasion.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JAYW for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, some nice little islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, malty, grapefruit, pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is big on hops, slight malts, a very good dose of grapefruit/pines, a good touch of caramel. There is a nice sweetness to this brew, and finishes bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty DIPA, highly recommended for hop heads.

Photo of crayphish
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The brew pours a dark copper color, with a big fluffy uneven head. Some lacing. The smell is all piney hops. I tried to find fruit elements but couldn't. A small amount of sweet maltiness is noted as well. Taste is a huge piney hop blast, hot alcohol as well. The malt tempers the astringent hop features just a but with a sweet fruit element. Mouthfeel is big and thick, but the alcohol cleans it up nicely. Due to the alcohol heat and ABV this was just a moderately drinkable brew. Enjoyable.

Photo of meechum
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy coppery pour into a mug with a robust head that lingered and left a dominant lacing around the mouth of the glass

S - Very big nose on this with a citrus and piney hops scent

T - Crisp with a malty start and then going big time into some hop bitterness leaving a hoppy after taste on the tounge with just a bit of warmth of the higher gravity finishing out

M - Creamy and smooth with a balanced carbonation

D - A nice beer for the end of a session, it's higher ABV certainly makes it one to sip on but it's good

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.