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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 turbine2475
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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
1.69/5  rDev -56.7%
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
1.44/5  rDev -63.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


Photo of Stoneman78
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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

This 12oz bottle, poured into a mug glass, makes for a cloudy, amber-colored beer with a substantial head on top, with good retention. The nose is full of hops, incredibly resinous--in fact, it's hardly different than sniffing pellet hops from a couple inches away. Good malt foundation, sweet and caramel, with a very high accompanying bitterness. Hop flavor is quite big, and uncomplex, but tasty, very piney and earthy. It's hard to find any other flavors, because these two components dominate so. Finish is dry and lingering.

Worth putting back a few of these. It reminds me of SN Bigfoot.

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

Aroma: Carmel sweetness up front with candied orange and tangerine in the background.

Appearance: Deep amber middle with golden edging. Frothy white head that retains like a champ.

Flavor: Carmel sweetness that is quickly beat down by powdery citrus hop resins. Pine flavors follow-up and the finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth left on the tongue.

Overall impression: A big, bold, hop assertive imperial IPA. The carmel malt sweetness keeps the "C" hops in check but not by much. The alcohol is well hidden but dangerous. Enjoy this slowly. It seems like Flying Dog does better with the high gravity beers. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my "new" Sam Adams glass. This DIPA poured a dark copper red. It was capped with an off white foamy head that stuck around. Each sip left a blanket of foam which receded into small cheetah spots of lace.

Heavy notes of pink grapefruit and herbal spiciness up front revealed a generous usage of Cascade hops. Pine resin and malt as well.

The taste starts with a huge dose of citrus rind. Grapefruit and alcohol fumes. Bergamot oranges and spicy hop notes. Sweet malt on the back end. I felt the dry hopping was evident, and made for a really hoppy brew.

The mouthfeel was slick with hop resins. I could feel a coating on my lips. A little thick in the body, but this is a big beer. A very nice offering and for it's size fairly drinkable. I wish it showed a little less alcohol.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally broke down and bought a 4-pack of this, after eyeing it for some time. The problem is I haven't enjoyed all that many Flying Dog beers, but the other BA's seem to like this one so...

I poured it into a pint glass, and was impressed with how little this looks like a pale ale. It was a thick copper orange with a sticky tan foam, looked like a glass of ass-kick. The smell was strong hops, as was the taste, but there was a significant malt bill involved too. This is almost barley-wine, I would say this most resembles Stone 10th Anniversary to me. Very agressive and tasty stuff, and high enough in un-tasted alcohol to pose some hidden threats.

Photo of ncvbc
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These Flying Dog brews just keep catching me off guard...

Nice orange-red tone similar to some iced tea. Thin head leaves nice lacing.
Big citrus aromas. Grapefruit and orange. Also some piney bite with caramel malts.
Taste is strong with bitter citrus hops. Sugar coated grapefruit and oranges. A little warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel is almost overly bitter. It is somewhat sticky and resinous, near dry.
Drinkability still pretty good considering the 10.5% in this equation. A couple are enough.
I see this as a mix between 90 Minute and Seeing Double...just not quite up to par with either. Still, recommended.

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot colored with the slightest bit of haze. A one inch high head of off-white meringue sits high and firm and leaves an oily ring around the inside of the glass.

Bright and fresh aroma of floral hops, a bit of citrus rides along. There's also sweet malt coming through, plus ripe fruit and cinnamon.

Flavor is initially just a bit sweet, rich malt emerges first. Grapefruit rind hops rise up next, followed closely by a warming alcohol tingle. The alcohol unfortunately mutes the flavors somewhat, but there is still noticeable hints of toffee and caramel. The 85 IBU's have to work hard to get noticed, but there are firm and understated hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, a bit tingly and sticky. It feels thick as it rolls around the mouth. Pretty drinkable for its strength.

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

Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is very good. Dark orange brew with a thick foamy head. Tons of thick lacing coating the glass.

Smell is good. Heavy aroma of juicy grapefruit and citrus hops. Light malt presence is detected in the background where it belongs.

Taste is good. Large grapefruit and tongue-numbing bitterness. This DIPA is all about the grapefruit and bittering hops. Alcohol and small caramel malt flavors come through in the finish. Barely any balance in this one.

Mouthfeel is good. Robust and full (for the style) on the palet with lively carbonation and an oily, slick finish.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have another few of these.

Overall: One of the better beers Flying Dog makes. An enjoyable DIPA that hop-heads would enjoy.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This "pale ale" ain't all that pale; it's a rusty amber sporting a creamy, billowy head. Retains well and leaves trails of lace as it slowly lessens.

Huge fruity aroma, pretty much all citrus with a distinct grapefruit edge. Sweet sugary malt appears in the background, as does a bit of brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste: WOW. Wow! Hops. HOPS. Big and juicy and fruity. Citrus rind is bold, a little brash, but well-balanced by a creamy mouthfeel like melted chocolate, toffee/milk sweetness, a glowing hit of warmth from the alcohol, and a cinnamon sharpness in the finish. Superb.

This blurs the line between a DIPA and a barleywine. Fine by me. An awesome entry by Flying Dog, probably their best yet. Perhaps a bit too intense and high-alcohol to consider regularly, but anything that sits up there with comparable beers by Stone and Great Divide must be looked into.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was released several months ago but it is still not widely distributed in Colorado. I picked up a 4-pack and paid about $9. The beer is a dark orange-brown color with a good two-finger head. The smell is hoppy and pleasing. The taste has a very nice hop punch to it with a good malty flavor in the background. My big complaint is the mouthfeel. This stuff had some serious astringency to it leaving my mouth prickly and dry. This obviously affects the drinkability. Good flavor but overall I'll be passing this one up. If they could keep the flavor and tone down the alcohol astringency they would have a winner. This is still one of the better Flying Dog beers I have had.

Photo of Ratman197
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper with a large lasting amber head and good carbonation.

The nose was full of hops. aromas of pine, citrus and earthiness with a touch of carmel maltiness.

The hops are the first thing you taste with flavors of grapefruit, light orange, some earthiness and pine with just enough carmel maltiness to balance.

If it was'nt for the high alcohol this would be my idea of a great session beer.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger tan head that has excellent retention and leaves very good lacing. Body is a hazy orange tinted amber.

Smell - pine resin and grapefruit, more pine resin. Where's the malt? Medicinal alcohol.

Taste - malt backbone shows up on tongue as apples, which is totally awash in the hops' pine resin and grapefruit, and there is medicinal alcohol, and yet more pine resin on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, very slick from hop oils, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good, but its high abv limits sessonability.

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

Even before I poured this, I could smell the floral hops aromas wafting from the open bottle on the kitchen counter. Like a freaking bouquet. Sheesh!

So, on to the pour . . .

12-ounce bottle into a 0.4 liter chalice, at about 45 degrees; moderate pour yields a huge light tan reverse-cascading head -- could not pour the whole bottle in. Head slowly fades to a frothy solid cap, leaving ample lacing. Body is hazy dark amber. Very appealing to the eye.

Smell is huge. Floral hops and biscuity-caramely malt. Then pine hops, then metallic hops. Then a nutty aroma: sweet-walnutty rich. Like liquid sharp baklava. I can smell this from three feet away. In fact, that's all I can smell from three feet away. If it tastes half as good as it smells, this is one great beer.

Well, it does taste fine, though not quite as fine as the smell. Loads of flavorful hops: flowers, citrus, pine, pepper, not just bitterness. That's good: too many DIPA's and IPA's go the easy route of just loading up on bittering hops, so they can claim outrageous IBU's; but neglect the more subtle flavoring hops. This one has it all. While I'm still getting used to hops-dominated beers, I like this one. There is enough complex malt foundation to balance the overt hop load; AND, the hops aren't just all bitterness. They must use some interesting yeasts, as well, because I detect a Hefe-weizen-like spiceyness in the background: pepper, clove, butter. I can't believe I'm giving a Flying Dog beer these kind of numbers for taste.

Mouthfeel is rich and sticky from that deep malt foundation, then crisp and peppery, hoppy and dry.

Drinkability if very good for a DIPA. I truly can't believe this is 10.5%. I'm not sure I would call this "sessionable," but I could have more than one.

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy copper body. Thick, off-white 1" head. Great retention. Left thick lacing everywhere.

S: Not just straight citrus hops - fruitier & maltier than most DIPAs - grape or raisin & even caramel to go w/ the grapefruit/citrus. Very good.

T: A bit of a hop bite up front as expected, but enough malty sweetness for good balance. Definitely sweeter than your typical DIPA - maybe a bit off style, but still pretty enjoyable.

M: Medium to full body. Fairly high carbonation. Dry, slightly sour, warm finish.

D: The 10.5abv doesn't disrupt anything at all, but combined with the hops, this is a sipper only. (but an enjoyable sipper)

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