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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 53
Gots: 91 | 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 shark262
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange/copper with a solid inch of fluffy white foam on top. The head slowly dissipates and leaves a creamy cap on top of the brew along with substantial lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells are very citrus focused - high hop rates (85 IBU) and scents of lemon/orange/pine.

Creamy mouthfeel that quickly gives way to a bitter hop bite and alcohol warmness. Bitter aftertaste remains on the palette for a while after sipping. I would like a little more malty backbone to stand up to this high alcohol, bitter double IPA.

I'm sure 12-24 oz. of this potent beer will good for one sitting. Very drinkable, but in smaller quantities.

shark262, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a brilliant orange tinged gold, with a fluffy two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving behind layers of rings in the glass.

Smell; lots of citrus upfront, with lemons and oranges. There's also a bit of pine tree, and a nice caramel maltiness rounds out the nose.

Taste; once again there's a bunch of citrus hops that's a more oranges and gapefruit. The malts do a pretty good job of balancing out the hops, but there's a fairly significant alcohol presence that kind of wears on me a fter a while.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty damn creamy, but the drinkability suffers due to the very strong alcohol content.

RedHaze, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 07B
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear ruby color. Carbonation is visibly sparce but a nice creamy, off white head tops this with beautiful tracing. Aromas start with a big hit of resinous pine followed by grapefruit, pineapple and some black tea. The malts are barely able to come through this hop craziness, with a slight toastiness and faint cinnamon there. On the palate it is simply wave and wave of hop flavor. It starts fairly aggressive, lots of that pine and grapefruit (Columbus, Chinook, Magnum?). The body is quite heavy, but no syrupiness, a nice level of carbonation (medium) and a good alcoholic kick in the middle towards the end. It finishes very bitter and very "ruinous" on the palate. I wish I could drink this everyday, it's almost a stepped up Bigfoot if that is possible.

dreadnatty08, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm pale and crystal malt scent along with a very bitter hop aroma. It has a wondeful caramel feel with a warm nose. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite up front followed by a mild caramel malt taste and a warm finish. The alcohol really presents itself. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but definately one to sip on. The hops really grab you as well as the powerful gravity.

WesWes, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of bobbyc881
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper, decent off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy.
Smell is loads upon loads of citrusy hops. Absolutely a hopheads dream.
Taste smacks you in the face with piney American hops. Sweet and sticky up front... bittering later in the end. Leaves a pleasantly hoppy & sticky mouthfeel behind. Very well balanced for a beer of this strength. Hides the alcohol very well. Easily one of the best I've had from Flying Dog. Rather affordable, too.

bobbyc881, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this one at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat clear copper hue with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head that takes a while to die down. Stickiness is all over, holds on to the glass forever. Smell is very nice. Clean mix of a citrus and pine hop but somewhat weak. Taste...hmmm, I expected more. Way too much alcohol on the tongue. After getting by the powerful booze (kinda vodka-ish) flavor, I sense some pine flavors with a tiny bit of bready malt towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Low drinkability because of the intense alcohol taste even for a 10.5% abv. Decent, but I wouldnt' seek it out if I were you.

BeerTruth, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown with a large head which leaves copious lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by citric hops with sweet fruit trying to break through but not quite. While hops dominate the flavor with a shot of piney citrusy bitterness, there is a balancing shot of malty sweetness which makes this a really enjoyable DIPA. The finish returns you to the bitter side, but in a good way. The alcohol is not overwhelming in the flavor, but 10% is still 10% and one does tend to feel it. Nevertheless this is a very drinkable beer for the strength. This is easily my favorite of any of the Flying Dog beers, one that I'll keep buying.

kwakwhore, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick honey golden, very clear. Rocky light tan head, creamy bottom and airy top. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Great smell of caramel and spicy hops. Strong and intense with abit of the alcohol coming through.
Taste is just a good as the smell. Intensely spiced and powerful malts and hops wrestle for control resulting in a good balance.
Long spicy and hoppy aftertaste.
Full body with plenty of coating and residual sugars.
Highly drinkable, delicious and full of kick.


oelergud, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa, NJ.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass...

Beer poured a beautiful glowing amber color- burnt orange/brown color. Looked amazing in my pint glass given the massive head produced including intricate spiderweb lacing- head was a creamy brown color and added to the beauty of the appearance. Smelled of citrus/pine/grapefruit/caramel (sweeet). Couldn't stop smelling this bad boy- if this tastes as good as it smells..this would be one damn good beer....

AND IT WAS....an amazingly tasty double IPA (my favorite). Huge hop presence- bitter- citrus- perfect malt contrast- still burning my throat as we speak but the alcohol is extremely tolerable. Didn't leave my mouth dry as other DIPA's have- creamy texture adding to the pleasurable taste.

This is one of the best I have ever had. I have heard rave reviews from most of the people on BA and it lived up to the hype. A pleasure to sip. This is one that I will be recommending to plenty of people.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of pieper
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


First off, I give props for being able to smell the aromas of this beer (I have a poor sense of smell). Nice citrus and a bit of floral smells.

Taste is good - strong alcohol taste (and after taste) - nice malts and hops (not sure which kind though -- I am still learning). I think I am finding subtle hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - great

Drinkability - good, have to understand its 10.5 a.b.v. , so not really a session beer.

pieper, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of BitterLover
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an English pint pub glass. This glass rocks for 12 ouncers because the glass flares right where the head forms, allowing the beer to spread out and exhale. Plus, the flare helps you hold onto it after a couple of DIPAs. :-)

A - Pours a deep reddish copper color. The exuberant, almost two finger ivory colored head made of tiny bubbles died down after a few minutes, leaving very intricate lacing around the entire glass, reminding me of a garter around a woman's thigh.

S - I knew this was going to be good when the aroma hit me as soon as I began pouring. Strong citrus nose, especially oranges and grapefruit, with pine resin thrown in to keep the olfactory entertained.

T - Anything but subtle. The big hop bitterness (85 IBU) assaults your taste buds initially, then there's a brief flash of cinnamon red hot candy and some malty sweetness mixed with alcohol heat, but then the bitterness rushes back in to remind you who's boss here. Enjoy the long, lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick with a small amount of carbonation.

D - At over 10% ABV you would have to be an NFL tackle to drink more than two in an evening and not wake up in your neighbor's front yard the next day. That, plus the extreme flavor of this beer made me knock the drinkability down a bit.

Really a great beer! I'll lay one or two of these down for a year and see how they age.

BitterLover, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light brown with a huge head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is heavy of hops. The taste is strong of hops initially, but the malt soon makes its presence known. This results in it being a bitter beer from the hops but a light sweetness to keep it from being overbearing. The mouthfeel is full bodied. Overall, this is a very nice beer and the malt makes it a drinkable delight.

barefootbrewer, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, now that's a hop bomb!

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin off white head that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is a solid piny floral aroma with a sweet malt background.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is aggressively hoppy, well carbonated and complemented by a nice malt character.

The flavor is primarily a grapefruit with a lingering bitter after taste.

Quite drinkable - the 10.5% ABV is present, but not distracting. Recommended.

jjayjaye, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness indication. Pours darker almond amber, cloudy, nice creamy long lasting tiny bubble head and thick film, gobs of fine knit lacing/sheeting. Yummy resiny hop nose. Whole wheat toast malting under a more then healthy hop crunch....yee ha I love DIPAs, and this one did not dissappoint. Resiny, pine sap, grapefruit rind....etc etc. Fine brew, prolly my fav from Flying Dog...well worth the $9.99 for a four pack...

Billolick, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of onehomesickalien
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beware: This is not a beer for everyone, but I can not quit buying them lately. This is like a barley wine or double IPA without the overwhelming hops. The only negative this causes is the alcohol becomes more present.

A - Nice golden amber. Head retention is excellent.

S - Citrus, hops, malt & Alcohol.

T - Strong bite with a even stronger lingering aftertaste. Strongest Pale Ale I have ever had. Leaves a bit of a alcohol feel, but this does not mess up the taste.

M - Fairly thick and perfectly carbonated.

D - This once again is a one and done beer for me. I just keep drinking them night after night, which makes it qualify as drinkable.

onehomesickalien, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost an amber with rootbeer highlights to it. Much darker than I would have expected with a good amount of chill haze to it. Head is lively, oatmeal colored and full.

S: Candied oranges, kiwi, skunk, strawberries and cantelope.

T: Begins sort of dull and uneventfull. The flavors are nice but subtle. Interesting mix of green melon, old oranges, artichoke and watermelon. The alcohol rises next, not well hidden at all. Not only does the alcohol hit the nasal cavity, but you can really taste it. Bitterness follows suite, but it seems fitting and balanced for the amount of sweet and alcoholic flavors going on. Finishes grassy with mild strawberry sweetness and mineral aspects.

M: Medium body, full across the palate with a softness to it.

D: This beer smelled much better than it tasted. This wasn’t a bad beer but I was anything but impressed.

Westsidethreat, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to warriorsoul for the hand-off.

Pours a very cloudy peachish almost burnt auburn color with a one finger foamy white head. Creamy yet sticky thick lacing forms down the glass. Grapefruit hops with a resinous piney coating. Excellent bump of sweet malt swells up like a huge wave. Spicy hop notes rounds out the hop profile, which is the most dominant player in this brew.

Thick and resinous right from the get go. Grapefruit and pine notes with hints of orange peel. Sweet malt backbone lends a bit to the thickness. Sharp alcohol bite follows the malt flavors and prickles the tongue a tad. Bitterness is there, but not pronounced and sort of lingers towards the back of the mouth. A drinkable beer, but I'm still not sold on this style. A good one to try if you can pick it up.

bjohnson, May 30, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07 Pours a cloudy brown orange , decent head , some lacing. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is citrus grapefruit.

Taste is primarily bitter, with a lot of grapefruit bite. Alcohol warming. Very little maltiness coming through.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with the drying/bitterness.

Drinkability of this scores somewhat low due to the high ABV , and high hops rates. I bet I'll enjoy this one more with a little age on it.

Edit 9/08 , review from the cellar. This was marked as a 2006.
Slight soy oxidation. Some grassy/hay notes are left over from the hops. Decent amount of malty sweetness. This wasn't the best idea to age, but is still drinking decent.

shroompod, May 30, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #150!!!!

A - Hazy, opaque, dark orange appearance. Rocky bright white head fades to a film. Strong lacing.

S - Rich citrusy, piney grapefruit hops and definitely some alcohol detectable.

T - Creamy and malty to start, quickly moves into a spicy hoppy bitterness and HOT alcohol which sticks around to the (bitter) end, similar to SN Bigfoot. Alcohol presence reminds me of their barleywine, which I wasn't crazy about, not as bad with this one though.

M - Thick consistency and medium carbonation.

D - I think I enjoy this one differently depending on the situation, just because of the alcohol presence. Sometimes (usually late at night) I'm okay with strong alcohol but I drank half of one these during the daytime and I don't think I enjoyed it as much.

Excellent nightcap value

umustdrink, May 28, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber - textbook amber (to my eyes at least). Nose is mostly citric/ piney hops with some sweet malt. Flavor is dominated by hops again similar in flavor as to the aroma, with some chewy malts reminiscent of Irish reds behind it. They call it a double Pale Ale. Sure, whatever. It seems like the guys at Flying Dog finally tried other Colorado beers (Avery, Oskar Blues, Great Divide) and then realized that Steadman artwork and clever names alone don't make truly good brew. So now they have a proper hop bomb to put beside their other great beer: Gonzo porter. Next stop: reform the Doggie Style and Snake Dog.

dedrinker, May 27, 2007
Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle with the wacked out dog a burnt rust colour. a massive foaming head arrives and sticks around leaving thick rings of lace. massive hop aroma...citric...leaning towards grapefruit and mango. malty aroma too...but just choked out by the juicy fruit hoppiness. gotta love it. the taste is an unbelievable, tonge twisting, mouthwatering, bitter hop overload of epic proportions. holy shit is this bitter. spicy and hot. this might be the hoppiest beer i have ever tasted. it's beyond piney or citrusy or herbal...it's an enormous beer. just a hop bomb. out of balance and out of line. and i love it. the maltiness and spicy alcohol add a dimension of agreeability to the hop party. it's outrageous. anyway....the mouthfeel is slick and smooth underneath a massive body. sippability is insane...i find myself swishing it around in my mouth savoring every bitter nuance my tonge can handle.

quite delicious and savory. recommended.

budgood1, May 26, 2007
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
1.95/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Granted, being a beer lover in good ol SC meant waiting a long time before we could legally sample these high-octane ABV beers. So, maybe this review may come with a certain bias based in being naive to the style. Enough excuses, let's get down to business....the review. My friend warned me that this tastes like grapefruit. Well, yes and no. I think the taste was a bit better and I was happy to find it didn't taste exactly like grapefruit. What it did taste like was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. Very bitter too. After a few sips I wondered if I could drink another of these or even if I could finish the one I had. Let's say that the taste of this one I could pass on. The mouthfeel was thick and sticky with a VERY bitter aftertaste. Smell was so-so. Not bad but not really very inviting. I did manage to drink the one I had and managed to slug another one down, thinking maybe it gets better the more you drink it. Well, it doesn't. The only thing this has going for it, is the ABV which is high and will get you buzzed quickly, if that's your thing. Not a brew I plan on picking up again.

bigpatvoodoodad, May 25, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Vintage 07, served in a pint glass.

A - gorgeous, clear, deep amber color with a 2" tan head that settled to a thin layer, leaving very nice, 'tiny bubble' lace.

S - very nice hop, bitter pine, aroma, some malt smell, but the hops are extremely noticable.

T - GREAT tasting Dub, Dog!

M - medium bodied, bitter hops attack the entire inside of the mouth, warmth of 10.5% abv shows it's 'nice side'.

D - well, my take on this brew is, either you can handle it, or you can't!
Drinkability gets a high rating despite the abv, we're all adults here, know your limit, but it is very enjoyable to drink any number of this beer(s).
Good Beer - No Shit!

JoeyBeerBelly, May 25, 2007
Photo of trep
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to, and shared with Wagenvolks

Burnt orange body with a vanilla colored head. Nice retention that lasts throughout the beer. A little malt in the aroma. Nice robust citric hop aroma. A twinge of alcohol in there.

Grapefruit hops with a huge malt backbone. Very bitter aftertaste with a bit of alcohol. Delicious hops that really bite your tongue and won't let go.

Very thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Not very high marks on drinkability due to its heaviness and the presence of alcohol. Still, a remarkable beer otherwise.

trep, May 23, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber with a one-finger white head - Good retention for the abv - Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of tropical fruitiness. Sweet grainy/caramelish background. A touch of pepper.

The taste is of bitter hops upfront - citric and pine, almost resiny. Alcohol comes out, but not overwhelmingly so, giving it a warming peppery kick. There is plenty of sweet malt that struggles a bit to keep up with the hops and alcohol. But it manages to stay in there. Dry, bitter finish.

It's full-bodied, creamy - almost syrupy. Rather hot.

Surely a slow-sipper. There is a touch of raw astringency, even for abv level of 10.5%. Almost reminds me of a hoppy barleywine in some ways.

jwc215, May 23, 2007
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.