Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

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Ratings: 1,700
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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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 goochpunch
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of turbine2475
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to unchilled pilsner at a little under room temperature.

Deep color with a modereate amber head

Flowery hints with sour citrus notes to the smell

Slight malt start with heavy hop and citrus finish

Full bodied with a long palate

Great beer for any IPA drinker, def suggest taking this beer for a spin.

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

A-Big rocky off-white head tops a copper/brown hazy beer. The head lasts quite a long time and shows great lace as it finally begins to receed. The chill haze on this beer is serious though.

S-Pine and green hops abound in the nose of this baby. There is an underlying caramel sweetness in the aroma as well.

T-Big piney resinous hops hit right up front. Swee toffee and caramel hit in the middle. The big pine and green hops come roaring back with a vengence in the finish. Fusel alcohol sting is present middle to end. I think I detect a spicyness carried by the alcohol that comes and goes and reminds me rye, is there rye in this? The alcohol burn subsides as it warms and the malt flavors begin to become more pronounced. These leads to some dried fruit flavors like rasain and dried apricots.

M-medium body, smooth carbonation and an alcohol zing.

D-I don't think I would have another if I had one on hand. But I could be convinced to drink one again in the future, but I would let it warm up well above frisge temp before partaking to reduce the alcohol burn.

Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse

Poured into an old beer mug

After two of these I was ready for bed, very strong beer

Good Double IPA with lots of hops

Dark brown color with a fruity scent and a large white head

2nd best beer from this brewery

Buy a 4 pack next time you see it, you will not regret it

Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a couple bottles of Double Dog at an upscale grocery. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich copper/bronze color and is cloudy. A creamy off-white head forms and is very resilient with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is strong, pungent and acerbic. There is a strong pine aroma and some sour citrus sells.

The taste is not particularly good. It's got a lot of malt presence up front, but the finish is overly bitter, with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and cloying.

Not the most drinkable beer, and I think calling it a pale ale, double or otherwise is a disservice. It doesn't say IPA on the bottle, but that is probably more representative of the style. It's a really overhopped, dry, hot, hard drinking brew. It reminds me of Full Sail Wreck the Halls. I'd pass on this one again.

Photo of macster
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper-orange color under a dense, thick beige head. Superb retention throughout the glass with spotty lacing.

As expected the nose is nicely ruled by the hops. Strong and fresh aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange rind and grass take their place in the forefront backed by a tinge of caramel maltiness and spices.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, creamy and slightly oily with a subdued level of carbonation.

Flavor is also pleasantly dominated by the hops, but some malt sweetness is detected in the finish to balance things out. Lots of pine needle and citrus abound backed by a very warming alcohol presence. Although obviously a showcase for the hops, it is fairly well balanced with a nice caramel malt background. Well done indeed.

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

Nice fresh grassy aroma with a resin bite. Malty sweetness in background.
Pours with a nice dense off-white head. Cloudy amber of reddish-orange-gold. Stamina of head and lacing increases attraction.
Well blended and balanced for style. Hoppy bite and bitterness, but a good foundation of sweet malt character (with a touch of fruitiness). Hop flavors are grassy and resin, just like the aroma. The bitterness is grapefruit and pushes excess, but so far not crossing the line.
Appropriately heavy with some slickness. Carbonation is a bit filling, but soft enough in mouth and going down that it stays in the background.
This is a nicely done beer. The bitterness pushes it the more one drinks, mostly on the never ending notes on the tongue which starts to become astringent in time. Nonetheless, nicely blended flavors and a lighter feel that helps drinkability (but maybe making it too easy to go down).

Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy dark amber with slight white head and sticky lacing.
Smell is not overboard...hummmm? Certainly hops, sweet malts. caramel.
Taste is way over the smell. Lots of hops, mild citrus as in bitter grapefruit, pine, and grass. There is a good amount of malts, sweet caramel in the middle that really makes it thick. Some bready notes as well. There is a lingering bitter hoppiness in the finish that make this stick around for a while and you cant' wait for the next sip. This is dense and creamy.
Really well done and easy to drink.

Photo of 0tt0
1.63/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12-oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Color is a tawny orange and amber with a 1/4 inch medium density head. Head is a bit darker than a typical pale ale. (Doesn't this beg the question: Is a double pale really an ipa? Or, is a double ipa really a quad pa?) Sniff: Alcohol, alcohol, and more alcohol. Tiny bit of hop pungency but its all masked by all the sweetness. I'm unimpressed. First sip reveals turpentine and.... turpentine. There is no middle, no beginning, no end. Just one note pinesol, aspirin-like flavor and a boatload of alcohol heat. Yep, this will be in the drain before I hit "submit" on this review. What's the deal with Flying Dog. Other than their heffe, I can't think of a decent beer they make... A disgraceful craft brew and the epitome of everything that CAN be wrong with making big beers. I wouldn't shake the hand of the man who made this. Someone pass the coors light...

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

This was a very tasty brew. This is the second beer that I have sampled from Flying Dog, with the first being the Gonzo. I hope the rest of their beers are as good.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance – It is translucent golden amber orange in color, and produced a frothy 1 1/2 finger head. It left a lot of lacing the further along I drank. It is very murky.

Smell – Resinous hops and toasted caramel malt. Very grapefruity, with a touch of pineapple and pine needles.

Taste – Delicious. The toasted caramel malt flavor is fairly light and takes a backseat to the resinous oily hops. There is a touch of pine and a huge smack of grapefruit. Very tasty. The alcohol shows up as the beer warms to room temperature. The caramel malt lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Slightly oily with a medium body. The carbonation is slightly high but helps to ease the mouth into the bitter hop flavor.

Drinkability – Very good. It is a very easy drinking “double pale ale”.

Everything about this beer was good. I will definitely buy this beer again.

Photo of bcgoldtoe
1.38/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into tall glass.

A= Gorgeous amber/red color with frothy head and lots of lacing

S=Grapefruit scent, no malt detectable

T= Awfully overhopped, terrible aftertaste, and overpowering astringent alcohol flavor, as if someone spiked this beer with about three shots of nasty grain alcohol. The aftertaste is like you swished your mouth with rubbing alcohol. VERY skunky.

M=A little thick, but it's hard to keep this stuff in your mouth, period.

D=Impossible. This was a drain pour.

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

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a standard pint shaker glass. Reviewed 8/22/07

On the pour, you get a copper colored brew, with a nice sized off-white creamy head that holds up remarkably well. Sheets of lace on the glass add to the experience.

A bit light in the nose, especially for a brew with 85 IBUs. A light pine and citrus aroma is the first thing detected, followed by a dark fruit malt note.

The taste is decidedly hoppy. Not sure what kind of hops are used, but my guess would be that Simcoe is in the bill somewhere. I'm used to DIPAs, and this is as big as most DIPAs that I've reviewed. There is a surprising amount of character from the malts, which give the impression of dark fuit and rich dark bread. Mouthfeel is full, but not in the 'chewy' range. The 10.5% ABV hides itself well, so enjoy this one responsibly. I'd have no problem quaffing a couple of these, enjoyed over a couple hours, and accompanying some extra sharp cheddar. Very enjoyable.

Cheers.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Pours a cloudy and murky dark orange with two fingers of off-white creamy head, very lively bubbles, and excellent lacing
s- Beautiful aroma dominated by citrus and pine hops, sweet malts in the background, subtle alcohol
t- Taste is solid and follows suit of the aroma, initial taste is of bitter, grapefruit hoppiness that sticks around for a while, followed up by warming alcohol that dominates a long, persistent finish
m- Full-bodied with a slick feel that coats the tongue, balanced carbonation
d- Tasty and well-balanced DIPA that has a nice bitter citrus profile, the high abv does not lend to a prolonged drinking session, I would definitely pick up more bottles the next time I see them

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.