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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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88
very good

1,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 53
Gots: 80 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mebuzzard, May 16, 2007
Photo of gotbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

gotbeer, May 16, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wagenvolks, May 15, 2007
Photo of jp62099
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jp62099, May 12, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HopDerek, May 12, 2007
Photo of rodrot
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

rodrot, May 12, 2007
Photo of John1985
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

John1985, May 12, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

saintwarrick, May 10, 2007
Photo of johnnydollar
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

johnnydollar, May 10, 2007
Photo of tweeder263
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tweeder263, May 10, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Matthew, May 10, 2007
Photo of Nesued
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Nesued, May 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, May 07, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

ghostmech007, May 05, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

phisig137, May 05, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hautacam, May 05, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Viggo, May 05, 2007
Photo of hammer09
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

hammer09, May 04, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

blitz134, May 04, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CharlieMopps, May 02, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mynie, May 01, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

neonbrown82, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oberon, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sacfly, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SixpointJMH, Apr 29, 2007
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,629 ratings.