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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 106 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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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
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky reddish-brown color. The head is one inch in height, firm, and recedes rather slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grape fruit, pine, and hint of citrus, but with a sweetness that I don't like to preceive in a DIPA. The taste is even sweeter than the aroma. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a sweet beer. It is just that I prefer DIPA to focus completely on the hops, and have very little malt flavor. This one has too much malt. There is a nice bitterness in the aftertaste, which I like. The mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are better ones out there. I could drink this again, but it is not high on my list of beers to repeat.

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

"If the prayers of dogs were answered, bones would rain from the sky."


Rich ochre that becomes glowing rich ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. Thanks to the use of chocolate malt, Double Dog resembles an American barleywine more than a DIPA. The pale toffee colored crown is thickly creamy and looks like it's chock full of hop resins. Something is causing gorgeous sheets of thick lace to stick to the glass. Not quite 'best of show', but definitely a contender.

Given the... uh... interesting malt bill, I'm not a bit surprised that caramel dominates the nose. Dominates might be the wrong word since chunks of candied grapefruit and orange peel are never very far away from the action. Dry-hopping with Columbus and Cascade will do that.

My biggest problem with Double Dog DPA falls under the heading 'brewing philosophy'. Once again, there's so much caramel (and chocolate!) malt relative to pale malt that hops don't have a chance to shine as brightly as they might have. Not only that, but alcohol is too prominent at this stage in the beer's life. Aging it would, of course, dull the hops.

Actually, if blinded, I would have guessed that I was drinking a barleywine. That 'cherries soaked in Jagermeister' flavor just cannot be ignored. It really doesn't matter that a few tons of hops were used since their flavor is hamstrung to a considerable extent. Their bitterness sure isn't. An IBU count of 85 seems conservative.

The mouthfeel is full and rich. The creaminess of all those malt sugars are complemented nicely by the minor buzzsaw from all those alpha acids. Even with a laid back amount of carbonation, when it comes to mouthfeel, this dog has both bark and bite.

Since I never got the chance to try the original 'Wild Dog' Double Pale, I'm glad Flying Dog has begun brewing it on a regular basis. I haven't gotten around to drinking my bottle of Horn Dog yet, but my guess is that this beer is closer to being the American barleywine equivalent of that beer (an English barleywine) than it is a true DIPA. It's still an enjoyable sipper that I'm glad is available locally.

Photo of clemtig76
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one on tap at Backwater Brews, in Murrels Inlet, SC. Served in a 16 oz pint galss. Arrrived with an amber/orange color and a medium head that fell fast leaving just a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - citrus and pine all over the place. The flavor is full of citrusy, piney hops. The malt backbone is barely apparent through all of the pine and citrus flavors. The body is on the thick side. As is the case with most beers, this one is much better on tap than bottled.

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

A: Pours a muddy orange with decent off-white head - thin lacing

S: Alch. and resinous Citrusy cascade overwhelming hoppiness. Theres a hint of malt in there, but it's hidden rather well by the massive hop-attack.

T: almost astringent hoppyness, with mild malt masked by the hops and alcohol. Flavors muddy with each other, nothing seems to stand out and overall, everything is just a tad muddy. Too many strong flavors clashing and dragging each other down.

M: rounded out mouthfeel is the one soft characteristic to speak of - I fully appreciate a big in your face DIPA, but this is slightly harsh and out of balance.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Mild hazy brown color. Nice off white head with decent recent and strong lacing.

Smell - Rich grapefruit and orange. Piney hops and caramel malt. Mild alcohol.

Taste - Malty caramel and hops are present initially. The citrus moves in next balancing bitterness. There's a mild spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick body and medium carbonation. A little sticky on the tongue.

Drinkability - I love DIPAs and this as a great example. The alcohol is high but very hard to taste.

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

A: A nice crisp orange/copper with a decent layer of head. Pours nicely, and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Hops are the first smell - citrus and pine flavors dominate. Aroma is sweetened a bit by the malt.

T: The hops lead off with a nice bitter hit of pine. This is quickly balanced by a nice sweet, caramel-like malt. Really well balanced. The alcohol provides some nice warming, but isn't overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvet like. Drinks like a good ale should.

D: This is a very drinkable ale, despite the high ABV. Goes down smooth and easy and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - dark burnt orange pour with very fine sediment floating in suspension. Very smooth and creamy-looking cap of maybe a finger. A thin even coating of lace behind.

Aroma - lots of pine and syrupy grapefruit. Alcohol vapors really crank up the intensity, you can almost smell the chewiness. A nice mix of fruit and snap.

Taste - an effective malt base that has some thickness. Sweet and citrusy at the outset, then turning mercilessly bitter and sharp on the swallow. Plenty of alcohol presence, it's turning the bitterness a little too medicinal. The hops are concentrated in their effect to the point of blasting away the flavor in lieu of the harsh hop element. Finishes with a fraction of the hop dominance, but it has left its mark. Covers some of the bases but could use some balance, maybe via cellaring.

Mouthfeel - appropriate heaviness, plenty of carbonation yet with good smoothness.

Drinkability - a little raw and bitter at this stage, I shoulda saved one for a time test, but this isn't one I'd hunt for.

Photo of GilaMinumBeer
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be an exceptional example of a Pale Ale. Flavor and Character were spot on. A strong beer while not alcoholic in it's presentation to the palate.

A first taste there are warm spice notes, pepper, mace, paprika. Then ever so smoothly and quietly the malt takes center stage washing the tounge with a sweet, chewy, syrup consistency. Once gone the citrus and spice hop flavors grab you by the tounge flap, throw a left hook to the incisors and scream "Take another sip you wanker!".

This beer give new meaning to an in your face Pale Ale. I enjoyed it so much I went back out and bought two cases. I could not in good concious give it the highest marks across the board (although I was tempted) as there are still so many Pales I have yet to try. This one has definitely raised the bar for me.

Photo of bboven
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Others have noted all the subtle flavors I tasted in the first instant this beer was in my mouth So I won’t elaborate. However, there is an aftertaste of alcohol that makes it seem as though someone poured a shot of chhheeaapp liquor in every bottle. It ruined the beer for me, as I can mix a boilermaker on my own. I expected a nine dollar four-pack to be a lot tastier than this.

Photo of dbatch
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle poured into a magic hat snifter.

A: Hazy orange color with a decent amount of head, maybe a finger, with little to no lacing at all. Carbonation is clearly visible as well. Nice looking beer.

S: Strong citrus aroma here, some sweetness, perhaps caramel, but not a very strong smell overall.

T: This beer is very alcoholic up front, but the hops mellow it out pretty well. The citrus flavor almost tastes a little stale, but I think that's how its supposed to be.

M: Very clean feel afterwards, but it does really warm the body up quickly. Some nice residual grapefruit flavor as well.

D: Not my first choice, and with the strength of the beer, I'd definitely stick to one and done.

Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Dog Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
07A jet ink on the side label
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a light brown with an orange colored tint. A fluffy head forms on top leaving nice trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

Intense nose with whiffs of citrus fruit, brown sugar sweetness and piney hops.

A juicy caramel malt presense provides the backbone with a candy sugar quality. A major citrus twang takes over on the finish with hints of orange, grapefruit and lime. A hint of honey sweetness and ripe plums give a pleasant touch to the complexity of this beer.

Oh yeah, this is a "real deal" double IPA with depth and a deceiving 10.5% ABV.

Photo of Blupoet03
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer came out orange/golden - almost honey colored with a beautiful foamy pillowy head.

Nose: very fruity hops smell with a strong citrus tone. Definite grapefruit smell comes through.

Taste: It started out thick and sweet, even a little syrupy. Once in your mouth, it fizzes and then smooths out with a warm alcohol burn on the tale. It finishes very dry and leaves you wanting more.

Great example of an American Double. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Night
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy amber with a copper tint. Nice creamy off-white head with excellent retention; sticky lacing leaves a lot of medium to large arcs. On the nose are hops, hops, and more hops: medicinal syrup mingles with spices, carrot-leaf, lemon, and distant tropical fruits. Yeasty earth notes here and there with a strong toasty malt backing. Alcohol is noticeable. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a touch of tang. Flavor is full of spicy, peppery hops, bitter pine resin, and caramel malts. Sugary notes here and there. Lemon, lime, and more pepper in the finish; warm, sour-bitter aftertaste lasts and lasts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First things first this is one of the best beers from Flying Dog, but it really pushes the envelope on bordering a barleywine with the 10.5 abv if you sampled this blindly you would swear it was a barleywine. Appears a deep caramel rusty amber hue with mild cloudiness head forms thick incredibly creamy tan head dwindles slow even speckled lacing very inviting visuals here. Aromatics contain a huge piney grapefruit edged hop bouqet, malty caramel flow with overly ripened fruit qualites like I said very barleywine esque mild tart raisin and plum brandy flow going on with brutally abrasive hops. Flavor definitely sugary swet caramel malts deep ripened fruit more of that plum and tart raisin combo mild tree bark piney herbaceous hop flow with some citrus peel bitterness working as well definitely a hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is full bodied creamy carbonation brings the mouthfeel together and the oily hop resins really make a mark on the palate one intense brew. Drinkability pretty hard to manage in number between the alcoholic hammer pounding it could bring to your dome and the intensity of the flavors I definitely enjoyed a couple but realized it was time to move on so I downgraded to the Green Flash DIPA at a mere 9 percent alcohol.

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

nice, real nice. i was pleasantly surprised. poured a nice dark amba color. very little head that disappeared quickly. some lace and nice carbonation.

a little less smell than i figured on but it was a pleasant citric pine.

taste, well it kicks ass! one of the better attributes with a smooth flava with a lil caramel and dryness! very good.

lighter in body which means i could probably drink all six in one sitting. i wont though.

very good choice. give it a try, i double dog dare ya!!!

suckem up and movem out!


Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.