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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,619 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 53
Gots: 75 | 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 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
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

My first legal HG purchase in SC Woo Hoo!!

Poured a pretty clear nice burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

05-06-2007 23:39:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ghostmech007


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Nice biiiig wide glass makes for a very handsome brew.

Pours a thin but not disapointable off white and creamy head, left lots of lacing on my glass. The beautiful coloring of the brew itself is amazing! Orange casts and an off amber halo near the top, even my macro brew friends were impressed.

Smells just as good as it looks. Lots of fruits... oranges and the like. Caramel malts, hops, and a big whiff of the OH molecule.

Big flavor! Very sweet at the front, with lots of hops, malts, and alcohol in the middle, and very bitter all over. Very dry finish that has citrus notes and finishing hops in there as well. Drinks very well for a beer that is 10.5%, and the flavors do really interferre with each other. But you need to be careful with this one it will kick you square in the ass if you get outta control.

A very expertly crafted beer. And do note that this is the first Flying Dog beer I actually ever had. If the rest of there line up is like this I'll have to try a few more. Excellent job to the brewers!!

05-05-2007 19:39:20 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of phisig137


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a nice deep amber color, with a creamy 1.5 finger head. Somewhat decent retention leaves behind a touch of lace and a ring around the glass.

Aroma is definitely hoppy, chock full of citrus and piney hops. Very enjoyable hop aroma.

Flavor is excellent. Huge resiny hop flavors that stick to the tongue. All the usually "C" hop suspects are present in great quantities. The malt flavors are mostly overwhelmed by the hops, but retain a great full body. Finish is long and firmly bitter. Mouthfeel is big and well carbonated, aiding the hops. Drinkability is dangerously high.... this hides it's 10.5% extremely well. You could easily suck down a four pack of these and not notice it.

A fantastic beer from a brewery that I usually don't care for much. This Double Dog, along with the Gonzo are fantastic beers, while the rest of the line up is a bit lack luster. This one is approachable for a new BA, but is hoppy and complex enough for the seasoned hop head. Highly recommended, and worth seeking out.

05-05-2007 01:53:05 | More by phisig137
Photo of Hautacam


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head that drops to a film...some lacing.
Strong whiff of grapefruit and tangerine.
Instant blast of mouth puckering bitter hops. Citrus rind and fruit ..grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime. The malts open up after the initial hop assault...sweet caramel...a little metal....no match for the hops, though. Some alcohol pokes through,especially as it warms up a bit. Astringent hops are back for the big finish...they never went away, actually...lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is medium.
I liked it , but it's too intense for having a second....and at 10.5 %...one should do for now. My tastebuds are cooked.

05-04-2007 23:37:17 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a slightly hazy copper brown, thick off white head forms, nice lacing on the glass, great retention, keeps a real thick layer. Smell is super hoppy, nice resiny pine and floral, some caramel and citrus, bit of alcohol, lots of fruit, kind of barleywine/DIPA like, but nice. Taste is lots of caramel, pine and citrus, some floral, lots of fruit, insanely hot alcohol, almost like sherry, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, lots of heat. Little bit too big.

05-04-2007 23:32:36 | More by Viggo
Photo of hammer09


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Cloudy, caramel colored ale with a thick, rocky head. Lacing is thick and clumpy. Overall appearance would have rated better if the beer wasn't so cloudy, however. Hop aroma is a spicy evergreen balanced with a nice floral note that simply smells amazing. Taste is malty at the front with hints of vanilla and caramel followed by a hoppy and bitter flavor. Again, the balance of flavors here works extremely well. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit on the sticky side. Finish is very, very dry. This is an extremely drinkable beer, albeit on the strong side.

05-04-2007 11:55:01 | More by hammer09
Photo of blitz134


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours with over an inch of light tan head. Reduced to a dense layer on top that wraps its way up the glass with a strong hold. Cloudy orange, caramel body. Outside of the cloudy body this has superb head and retention for a beer of this size.

Piney, citrusy, and even some tropical fruits. It smelled strongly of pineapple when I first popped the top. Pretty strong aroma, lots of hops as expected. Little malting comes through.

Interesting flavor. Has a definate strong malt backbone which I have a hard time pinning down. Lots of hops over the top, floral and citrus. Has a little biscuit in the finish and then some pine resin finish.

Good medium to full mouthfeel. Slight carbonation level, could use a bit more to add a crispness. Coats the mouthwell. Flavor lingers, but not overly bitter.

Pretty good drinkability. Nicely hopped and pretty balanced overall. A good beer for sure.

05-04-2007 01:59:09 | More by blitz134
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Poured a delayed three fingers of dense head, surprising.. thick lacing and decent retention. Deep orangeish amber hue when held to light.

S: Smelled of floral hops and a pale malt base, with hints of sweet fruit and citrus in the mix.

T: An interesting arrangement of flavor. Starts off with a weak maltiness, slight caramel twinge, that is superceded almost immediately by an alcoholic kick to it, followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. All this is washed away gently leaving very little residual taste on the palate, which is kind of nice considering the massive flavor it hinted at. It sort of waxed and waned, which was pretty cool.

M: A creamy, silky mouthfeel with a generous amount of carbonation.

D: I would definitely sip one of these again, but would most certainly keep tabs on the ABV. Never had a "double pale" ale, even though it can be considered a Double IPA, though not overly hopped-out, in my opinion. Overall, not a bad offering from Flying Dog.

05-02-2007 03:32:28 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of mynie


4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

I used to just think that no beer looked bad if it had Ralph Steadman artwork on the bottle. This is true, but it goes beyond that, so far as Flying Dog is concerned. The brewery has always done a great job in presenting a bottle that doesn't just cool but also projects the feel of the beer inside. Heller Hound's bottle is that of a clear sky, blueness, and the only things that are jagged are the drunkards standing underneath it. That's what spring feels like, when you're standing in it and drunk. And that's what a good bock should make you feel like.

HH isn't the only example of this, but it's the easiest to describe. There's also Gonzo Imperial Porter, the skull-faced representation of the recently deceased Hunter Thompson coming off as vulgar but not at all creepy or mournful, dark and deep but still celebratory, not ponderous. In Heat Wheat shows a lightly golden, mild summer sky, pastoral except for the jagged bitch in heat in its center, attracting the tail end of a dozen suitors. It's peaceful and tame, but also drunk and raucous.

Double Dog Ale is no exception to this fine tradition. Its label is entirely brown and orange except for a few small spots but it does not come off at all as unbalanced or harsh. It is bunch of shades mixed together that are very hard to mix together successfully, and its mascot, a bediapered dog with a foot-wide tongue and a knowing grin, signals the same sense of wonderful, incomprehensible inebriation that a nightful of double IPAs is sure to result in.

The beer is a perfectly balanced mess of stinging west coast hops, citrusy, piney, dry, and dripping with nectar. Then there's the fresh, sweet biscuity and roasted nutty malt that's given a dryer backbone by a wonderful string of chewy yeast. It all tastes and smells strange and strong, like its cover, but it's strange and strong in the best of kind of way. Balanced to perfection, leading to nothing but joy.

Another winner from the most unfairly maligned brewer in the country.

05-01-2007 07:12:29 | More by mynie
Photo of neonbrown82


4.58/5  rDev +17.1%

This is an excellent IIPA. One of the best I've had, actually. Surprising considering how average I've considered Flying Dog to be in the past, with exception of the Gonzo.

The beer pours to a dark golden amber color. Almost appears plum-like in the shade. Has a moderate sized head with a nice cascading action. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

The smell is great. Smells like they used plenty of C-hops, namely Chinook. Lots of Centennial and Cascade aromas as well, but after brewing with so much Chinook, the smell is unmistakable. Piney, spicy, earthy, slightly catty, and a huge grapefruit blast. Not too grassy. I love Chinook used as a aroma / dry hop, even though it is usually utilized as a bittering hop.

The taste is wonderful. The first sensation is earthy, woody, and spicy hops, and then it finishes with a huge grapefruit and pine. Catty aftertaste. The malt profile is nice as well, but hidden beneath the hops. Tastes like a mix of American 2-row and Maris Otter, possibly others. Doesn't have too much of the [boring] crystal malt caramel taste. Excellent. For a one-sided hop bomb of a beer, this sure seems to have quite a bit of complexity going on.

The mouthfeel is fairly sharp with carbonation, and the bitterness is a bit rough for as "low" as 85 IBU. This can probably be attributed to using Chinook for aroma, but it's worth it. After all, I'd much rather have a sub-100 IBU tongue bruiser full of flavor such as this than a typical West Coast grass bomb clocking in over 100. It just tastes like I'm drinking fresh pureed Chinook leaf hops. Very drinkable considering the rough cohumulone and 10.5% ABV. I only wish I bought some of my own, but alas I bought more beer on my Dark Lord Day excursion than I probably should have. I'll have to convince my roommate to share one more of the 2 left in his pack, which shouldn't be hard considering how many goodies I brought home to share.

04-30-2007 07:18:32 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

I admit I have been kind of a harsh critic on Flying Dog in the past but this beer erases a bit of that,poured a light copper color with a big fluffy 1one finger white head. If your a hophead like me the aromas are sublime deep resiny pine and grapefruit rind not much else just intense hoppy goodness,the flavors are not as intense but its still a hop driven palate no doubt very resiny like in the nose big pine elements with the citrus somewaht taking a backseat malt well its there but its in a dryer form and pretty well hidden.Iam burping hops so thats a good thing a good brew from Flying Dog.

04-29-2007 22:23:36 | More by oberon
Photo of sacfly


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

12 oz, mysterious 07A stamped on the label in a place they could put useful consumer information.
Pours a murky brownish orange color with a thick off white/tan head. Aroma is strong pine needles. Taste is very bitter with the same strong pine character. Heavy, creamy feel in the mouth. Long bitter aftertaste. Noticeable alcohol presence. This one is clearly designed for hop heads that want an unbalanced, hop-heavy, high octane brew. Complex, this is not. If this sounds like you, then this is a clear winner. I rated it with this in mind.

04-29-2007 17:51:14 | More by sacfly
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a kick-ass looking, slightly hazed amber colour wit ha big, rocky but creamy off-white head that lingers forever and also leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy, of course: pine, citrus, floral notes are all there, along wit ha bit of lingering dirtiness in the back of each whiff. There's some other general sweetness here as well.

The flavour is once again hoppy all around, as a double IPA should be, but it's balanced as well. Hops never overpower, but the pine flavour leads the way, with floral coming in next and citrus sort of taking a back seat in the flavour department, although there certainly is a juicy aspect to this one as well. Malt balances nicely to keep this one from being too overbearing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick and oily.

Good stuff overall. Flying Dog has some decent beers and some mediocre ones. This is definitely one of the decent beers that's beyond decent. It's just solidly good all around. A nice Double IPA for sure.

04-29-2007 03:31:24 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of jmz62565


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a cloudy carmel color with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a big citrus hop aroma with pine and malt. The taste is a real hop blast with alcohol,bitter hops,pine,citrus,and some sweet malt. A great tasting beer from a great brewery. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very strong and complex beer,but one that you will love.

04-29-2007 01:03:50 | More by jmz62565
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Unleased from the bottle, the Double Dog trots with confidence rather than just breaking loose and running full-speed-haphazard-about with its moderate carbonation and full dextrinous body only allowing it to raise a short head of frothy-then-creamy off-white foam. And that's a sign of things to come. It's not foaming at the mouth wild, but rather quite tame - despite its muscle and fangs!

The head holds quite well, and it leaves thin blankets and broken-walls of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass. The cloudy robe beneath has an orange cast, and it looks a bit like marmalade with gleaming golden highlights.

The nose is candyish with notes of ripe fruits (orange, grapefruit, and even pomegranite) and soft pine mingling over a bit of sweetly doughy and lightly caramelish malt. A touch of soft yeastiness and some alcohol rounds it out.

The flavor follows the aroma with an added edge of sweetish vanilla upfront, and more softly piney, grassy, and resinous hops across the middle. There's even a bit of crusty bread to the malt. The flavors come and go as it's such a big beer, and the hops and alcohol take one step forward, or one step back depending, at certain points throughout... it's pretty rich and strong with lots of girth! A solid bitterness backs it against the almost syrupy malt, and in conjunction with the cutting alcohol, the bitterness allows it to finish dry with a lingering edge of bitter citrus rind and resinous hop.

Bold and rich, but not overdone, the Double Dog is an exercise in stepping to the ledge and leaning forward but never quite leaping off due to some odd sense, or crazy-in-the-head balance. I loved it, and it's quite entertaining, but I double dog dare ya to have more than one without getting a little cock-eyed ;) Nicely done!

04-28-2007 00:47:20 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a cloudy amber with an orange hue. Thin head,with good retention, and nice lacing. Smell is of pine,and citrus,with some mild bready undertones. Body is thick, and smooth,with some carbionation. Taste is big, with a sweetness up front, followed by a nice touch of hops,an a piney finish.Excellent!!

04-26-2007 01:08:19 | More by riversider76
Photo of ZAP


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

A-Orange/amber...hazy...nice 1/4 inch frothy white head

S-Inviting aroma of cannibus, tobacco, pines,and citrus fruits (tangerines, mandarin oranges).

T-Impressive balance...while the nose leads you to believe this will be a hop py motuh puckering type of brew the taste buds are met first with a nice caramel like maltiness...right behind that is the hop flavor which is similar to the aroma...weed....tobacco leaf....pines and citrus.. It all blends very nicely and is quite tasty.

M-Full bodied...smooth in the mouth though...big but never feels at all like a Barley Wine...alcohol is hidden very well..finishes dry and the most bitterness is on the long finish...I am guessing this is an IBU monster despite the relatively balanced feel to it...

D-A big surprise for me....this is a top notch DIPA....doesn't get a lot of hype (at least I haven't seen much) but this is a big hitter....truly enjoyable...

04-24-2007 04:46:23 | More by ZAP
Photo of NEhophead


3.48/5  rDev -11%

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
Vintage 2007.

Hazy, golden-tinted copper in color; clouded with a light dose of sediment and ridiculously active carbonation. Densely creamy, off-white foam that doesn't budge. Thick layers of ringed and condensed lacing with good strength.

Bright, citrus hops: lemon, lime, grapefruit with a thin whaff of oily, hop resin. Mild dough; airy toasted biscuit.

Lemon and lime citric hops up front; perfume-like, oily hoppish solvency. The hop profile turns spicy with a wave of young, aggressively slick alcohol. The bitterness is slick and oily, and lasts well into the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick, aggressive. This Double IPA is full of substance; and texturally, there's too much for the palate to take.

Some good flavors going on, but at 10% abv, the alcohol presence is too young to have more than a pint.

04-23-2007 15:04:27 | More by NEhophead
Photo of beerphan


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle -> goblet
batch 07A

Pours a slightly murky copper with some golden highlights. A one inch lumpy white head floats gently before settling to a lopsided puddle of soap suds. Sporadic gobs of thin sticky lace. Carbonation is miniscue.

Nose: Pine, sugar, some maltiness but not much.

A bit of citrus fruit tickles quickly, then is tamed by a huge malt backing. Finishes with some sweet hop flavors, citrus, cherry, pine a smooth alcohol burn, and oh yeah just a little bitterness. Actually, bitterness is huge. The stinging bitterness jabs at the back of the palate, sinks itself in and hangs on and on.

Medium-full mouth that hits the dipa style right on the side of the head.

This is an easily quaffed brew even at 10.5%, if it wasn't so darn pricey. Glad to hear that its gonna be a regular.

04-22-2007 19:11:20 | More by beerphan
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

In the chalice this is a chill hazed deep amber colored beer with a definite reddish color to it. The head doesn't really form with this beer it is mainly wisps and a thin veil of white on top.

The smell is sweet and quite hoppy with a strong spicy scent. Very strong grapefruit aroma with fairly strong aromas of eucalyptus tree, cinnamon, menthol, pine, and toasted onion as a savory scent. The ethanol vapors carry a sweet flower nectar aroma that I can best describe as wild flowers in honey.

The taste begins with a very strong hit of hops that stuns the nerves in the taste buds. I can only pick out separate flavors in the long lasting after taste. This is quite strongly hopped; the first flavor to stand out is melon and a quite stout bitterness. Quite woody this is quite fruity after you adjust to it mostly cherry and orange. Alcohol carries hop aromas up deeply in to my sinuses this is a true hopheads beer.

The mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is higher than a 4 for a Hophead and less for a normal beer drinker, might kill Budweiser drinkers. A mighty and hoppy beer that really pushes the hop tolerance limits. For hops this is in Stone Ruination IPA's class as a hop bomb.

04-22-2007 03:55:11 | More by Zorro
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

What is a Doubler Pale Ale anyway. At 10.5% and with the amount of hops, go ahead and add the India to it. Smells of fresh grass, pine, Simcoe? hops. A bit cloudy and orange, mild head retention. More malty than other IPAs but definitely has the flavoring hops to it. Sweeter, fruity, some citrus. Easy to drink and enjoy on hot weekends like today. Not bad at all.

04-21-2007 23:45:52 | More by Backer2004
Photo of weeare138


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Appears an orange toned amber with a fluffy, 2 finger head of beige that slowly fades out into a mild cap of foam. Plenty of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is actually really nice. Lots of hoppy notes with nods to grapefruit, herbs, orange rind, pine resin, and a huge backing of caramel and sweet biscuit malts. There is also a mild brandy like aroma from the fusel alcohols, which, IMO, actually make this one a bit more enticing rather than offensive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a creamy vanilla flavor, and gentle fruitiness pulling through to push forth the balanced attack of pine and caramel. This one lacks the highly diacytel version of the Wild Dog Double Pale released a few years ago. If it's there, it's very mild and acceptable.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, chewy with a syrupy richness, warming, and a sublimely balanced bitter sweetness.
The abv is there but it was expected and I don't think that it's overkill enough to punish on a judging level. I enjoyed this much and I look forward to having more in the near future.

04-21-2007 03:02:49 | More by weeare138
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

Body is a very hazy orange, with red highlights. Topped with three fingers of rocky, fluffy, just-a-shade-off-white froth that hangs around well. Very good random lacing.

Enticing aroma of pine and citrus (oranges, grapefruits, maybe a bit of apricot).

Initial taste lays down an impressive caramel flavored sturdy malt base across the tongue. The hops waste no time building up, and scaling that foundation. Fruity (a barrage of oranges), bitter, and bracing, the hops conquer the malt, if never quite destroy it. Aftertste is fruity, bitter, and tingly, with a remaining undercurrent of sweetness. Alcohol is unnoticed.

Solid medium mouthfeel, just what you want for the style, strong enough to convey some balance. Excellent drinkability (especially for something that comes in a four pack).

The Flying Dog kennel has been hit or miss with me, this is definitely in the hit category. May not be best in show, but certainly deserves to be in the ring.

04-20-2007 19:47:40 | More by RonfromJersey
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.