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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 81 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is excellent, being both citrus-y and crisp in flavor, despite a very ugly-duckling appearance.

This beer pours a murky, cloudy, dull appearance with good head formation. It is the ugliest beer I've liked...ever.

Aroma is very bitter with lots of pineapple sweetness. Flavor is more delicious over-ripe pineapple with lots of dry bitterness. This beer is very crisp for the style; mouthfeel is not at all sticky despite lots of sweetness. This beer also has a substantial warming presence. Excellent.

BeerBelcher, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours clear and amber, with a nice thin white head and visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Various aromatic hops with a hint of malt sweetness.

T and M: A veritable hop explosion annihilates my palette. Interestingly enough, there is a pervading malt syrup texture that provides a bit of a buffer against the hops. This ale finishes warm and leaves a bitter knot in the back of my throat.

D: One is enough for me. This is definitely a sipper, held back by intense bitterness yet not so much by the high ABV.

An interesting brew that is worth a try.

jkaufman, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

love the review contrast here.. 4.3 to 2.8, up and down the scale.. what is it here that polarizes people? I set out to find out..

orange pour.. clean, clear, and overflowing with bubbly goodness. the head here is one-finger tall and standing strong with billowy cushions of carbon dioxide. lacing is all-encompassing, firey crust which leaves no square inch of the glass unpatterned.

this beer smells.. well.. hoppy. and a nice balance of hop selection exists as well. footy sweat hops mingle aggressively with grapefruit rinds and lemon-soaked sweatsocks. so many different hop essences appear here that a hopgeek is sure to be satisfied. rarely do i encounter so many botanical wonders as i have in this brew.

yeah, its boozy and bitter. drinkability suffers as an abrasiveness equaling raw dirt appears all over my palate with the first sip. this beer shoots for the moon hop/alcohol-wise, and brings to fruition a huge beer which is difficult to quaff. what did you expect, flying dog?

i like the flavors, and in small sips this beer falls into flavorful double ipa ranks with beers like hopslam (do you not taste the similarity?).. only this beer cares not about balance and blew its load waaay too early. a noble effort, for sure, but one that needed just a tad more puppetry to bring about a successful big brew. recommended, cautiously, with the knowledge that further refinement would create a world-class dipa.

goodbyeohio, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. Vintage 07c. Modest head faded to an off white collar. The body was clear and richly copper colored.

Smell was somewhat soapy. Pine sap and caramel sweetness. Husky, fresh grain appeared later as it warmed further.

Taste was syrupy bitter. Jacked up pale ale caramel sweetness and the expected parching bitter hops. Alcohol appeared late.

Mouthfeel was full/medium bodied. Slight oiliness. Syrupy without becoming cloying.

Cresant, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Roasty, hazy bronze with a solid, wall-climbing, satiny French vanilla head. Great retention and rings of webby, sticky lacing

Smell: Pine, herbal hops, geranium, lemon, loads of tropical passion fruit and sticky mango with a round, golden pineapple sweetness, brown sugar, and vodka. A bit thin on the malts but the hop profile is killer, almost reminiscent of some sort of tropical fruit-infused liqueur.

Taste: Badass. Sharp and spicy up front, with a flare of alcohol and a slap of hops to get your attention - citric, earthy, resiny, (almost woody) and oh so alpha acidic. Whoever entered this beer into the database was wise to classify it as a DIPA, because the malts are decidedly in the background here - this is all about the hops. There is some apple-like juicy sweetness with a light nutty, toasty base note and a touch of caramel, but certainly nowhere near enough to make this syrupy or to even so much as distract from the hops. Finish is thick at first, then bitter as a motherfucker. This is the DIPA I've been waiting for.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and slick, smooth on the palate but very well carbonated and zesty from the hops and alcohol. Finish is mouthwatering, giving a slightly syrupy feel.

Drinkability: This is a great, big, extreme beer in the spirit of Stone or Lagunitas. That said, it isn't the easiest beer to drink but it is one of the most fun. The first beer from Flying Dog to really impress me. Well done.

soulgrowl, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep reddish amber with a decent eggshell head and admirable lacing.

S- Lots of pine with a little grapefruit. Typical IPA smells, little else.

T- Well, this is pretty much all hops. Pine sap dominates with a little orange rind in the background. Lots of bitterness with hardly any malt to back it up. I thought I might have tasted a little bit of biscuity malt in the aftertaste, but that could just be my tongue playing tricks on me. Alcohol is also evident, although it's not too strong. Obviously balance was not a priority in the brewing of this beer.

M- Fairly thick mouthfeel, almost a little syrupy. Carbonation is at about the right level.

D- Not bad tasting, but the lack of balance and high alcohol limit the drinkability quite a bit. No more than one, please.

This was a pretty average DIPA. I used to be all about the hops, but I've come to appreciate a well-balanced IPA. This is not a well-balanced IPA. The hop profile wasn't all that great either. This beer needs more malt and more hop flavor. I doubt I'll be getting it again.

vtfan77, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass a surprisingly clear dark amber. Little to no head but foam ring around edge leaves moderate lacing down glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some sweet carmel malts. Taste is hard to pin down. Pine is the dominant flavor with carmel and grapefruit in the background. Excellent blend. Not as sweet as most DIPAs, which is a plus. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Scary drinkable at ABV. Excellent DIPA.

Duster72, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thick and fluffy 3"+ head that sticks around a while. Some nice lacing develops.

Smell: pine and caramel are most dominant tones picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruits, pears, honey, and a bit of alcohol are nicely balanced. The malt and strong bitterness levels play well together. Dry and warming throughout.

Mouthfeel: light crisp and dry at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Super long aftertaste as bitterness and alcohol stick to the tastebuds. Medium to heavy in body.

Drinkability: the alcohol levels really knock this down a notch. Otherwise this a slow sippin' brew that is quite enjoyable.

Gavage, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed amber-brown with a dense eggshell-orange head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Boisterous bouquet of citrus and pine, as if a stuck my nose into a fresh mound of hops. Slightly grassy and boozy as it warms.

Huge hop flavor upfront, big blend of the usual IPA suspects. Gives way to a sweet maltiness that is quickly hammered by a load of IBUs. Finishes with a long lingering hop taste and bitterness.

Full body, a little too syrupy. Well carbonated.

Very good smell and taste, but the syrupy body really detracts from the drinkability. Would not be able to drink more than one in a sitting.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright crimson, well-cloaked, with a big, ebullient, staying head of creamy foam. Very nice.

Nose effuses booze and fruit. Barleywinish. grape and cherry burned into brandy. cognac with orange drippings. red wine with a slice of lemon.

juicy on the tongue, a blast of flavor, forceful, but delicious. Deep stuff, full bodied. Fat malt, and plenty of hops, rich and rewarding.
Doesn't taste like 10.5%, but we're not done yet.
bracing bitterness on the palate is just fine with this hophead, and mixes well with the pronounced malt bill. nice balance for such a huge brew.
I'm liking this...I'll have to try and find more!

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big hopppy beer made my week! Big amber/ orange color with a thick tan head and large lacing patterns down the glass. The nose was a huge blast of piney/ grapfruit hops mixed with fresh grain bread and honey. The first sip smacks your tongue around with no remorse. Then the roasted malt and caramel smooth out this huge hoppy monster. Fresh picked hay and hints of dried apple dipped in honey really give this beer a nice mouthfeel. The high alcohol level is intergrated very well. The price is reasonable at $8.99 a 4pk. for such a powerful brew.

athensbeermaster, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange garnet is color with a thick head of beige that retains and clings like Cool-Whip, coating my chalice in layers of lace.

Aroma is INTENSE grapefruit and crushed citrus peels with hints of Ceder pine and light florals. The malt comes through as scorched caramel with light butterscotch notes. Oh man this smells so good as it warms up a bit, really a masterful nose on this one boys, all about the hops!

Thank Budda that it tastes as good as it smells. Oily grapefruit and candied orange peel notes rip across your palate, leading to light wildflower honey and caramel that add perfect balance. A perfect marriage of hops and malt, one of Flying Dog's best.

Body is big, dense, and chewy. The alcohol is so well concealed, you would never guess it was 10.5%. Dangerously drinkable cuz it's so damn good, seriously.

AlexJ, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/orange color with a thick foamy one finger beige head with really good stick and thick patches of lace drape the inside to the bottom. The nose display some sharp bitterness, spicy piney hops, charcoal grain, and some mild citrus. Somewhat thick mouthfeel that is very smooth and creamy carbonation fullness and leaves an oily coating on the palate. The hops are very spicy, bitter, and sprucey while the a pineapple fruit is very fresh and other tones of roasted malt, earthiness, smokey, and toffee. An alcohol burn is definite, but it does mix well and doesn’t detract from this beers flavor. A lot of hot spice and alcohol carries over to the finish with some sour twang and malty tones stay for the duration.

cabsandking, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog hit the DIPA style square on the head with this one. Poured a slightly hazy copper/apricot. Pungent hops aroma. Jaw-clenching smack of hops bittering right from the start, with an appropirately moderate sweetness that did not venture into the syrupy range. ETOH evident, but not overpowering. Touch of pine resin in the hops. This is on par with Stone's Ruination Ale and Dogfish Head's 90 Min. IPA - well done.

Brent, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy, light copper with a medium-sized head and a very slight bit of retention. The cornerstone of this is definitely the smell, as it is outstanding. Wow, hops coming at you from every angle with tons and tons of scents from floral, to grapefruit, to less citrusy fruits with a slight hint of barley. The taste was actually a bit disappointing because of the smell. The bitterness of the hops dominate and it doesn't have the same complexity of the smell but is still decent nonetheless. It doesn't have the same attempt at balance with sweetness as say, a DFH 90 min but is just an overall in-your-face hops experience... which I know some will love. Good, solid balance in the mouth and gains drinkability as it warms and you orient yourself to the hops.

Neehan, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper with an almost white head that settles to a single layer with mild lacing.

S- Piney, hoppy, sweet, alcoholic, citrusy, faint hint of clove. Wonderfully balanced aroma.

T- Initially sweet, finishing bitter on the back of the tongue, with some warming alcohol that lingers with the bitterness. Orange peel from the hops, and pineapple ester. Very complex taste. Taste is strong in the sweet, bitter, and alcohol categories, and is well balanced and tastefully done.

M- Thick with medium low carbonation, and very slight astringent in the finish.

D- Due to the balance, it is highly drinkable for the alcohol content, but I could still only have a couple.

Altogether, a good, well-balanced and strong beer. Cheers!

khiasmus, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of mortarit
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy Head from a hard pour but stays around a couple of minutes.

Amber in color, hazy

Balanced hoppy taste of a IPA^2

I would like to try to match this up with the others I have tried to see where it falls.

Lacing does appear but light in formation

mortarit, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Mdog
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange with a really big head, nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus.

Taste: Aggressively hoppy, starts resiny then progresses to a sweet orange and pink grapefruit before finishing quite bitter. Decent amount of sweetness to balance the hop attack.

Mouthfeel: Lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a strong one, but is well hidden. My glass was empty before I knew it.

What's that on the shelf? A double IPA that I haven't had? Before I knew it I was out the door to try this offering from Flying Dog. I really enjoyed it, it met my hop cravings to a T. Excellent!

Mdog, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully thick, lush, creamy head forms atop a murky, deep auburn body. The aroma is thick with sugary, resinous, floral and citrus hop flowers...oily and pungent with a hint of alcohol. There's a surprising amount of complexity in the flavor: melon, oranges, apricot, citrus rind, and pine resin, all candied and laced with booze. This is an ass-kicking ale! The bitterness comes on slow and suddenly attacks the palate, latching onto the tongue and not wanting to let go. Not too heavy with the right amount of carbonation and heats the throat a little on the way down.

This is a really good, monstrously hoppy double IPA, that I feel can compete with some of the best. The word "ruinous" comes to mind. Satisfies the need for hops and then some...yields deliciously hoppy belches as well. Way to go Flying Dog! This is by far the best I've had from them.

wedge, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of meatyard
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a big, fluffy, white head that leaves excellent lacing as it falls.
The smell is very resinous and grapefruit hops, potent.
The taste is grapefruit followed by a dose of bitterness and ending with a slight, sticky sweetness from the malt though not enough to balance it to my taste.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with just the right amount of carbonation.
It's a very drinkable beer with all of the qualities expected of such a beer. Couldn't drink many but most hop lovers should enjoy this beer.

meatyard, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just saw this offering at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham. The thing about Flying Dog is that you've seen all their packaging, any new color catches your eye. Very clever! I cut my teeth on this brewer's DoggyStyle Pale Ale, and although it's been some time since I've been enthusiastic about Flying Dog beers, I thought I'd give this a try.

It pours a nice dark amber, and the ecru head that formed was amazing; I measured three fingers in height, and a decent covering stuck around for the duration of the beer (about an hour). The aroma is big and mainly of hops, but there's enough floral and citrus accents to keep it interesting. Flavorwise, the bitter, oily hops dominate, but there is a nice dark malt in the background, and, like the aroma, there's a little bit of floral and citrus. It has a nice medium body, and the lingering aftertaste has more of the dark malts than at the front.

It's a nice beer: the flavors are complex yet subtle, the hops is certainly not hidden, and the alcohol is not readily perceived. This is probably one of the best Flying Dog beers I've ever had!

CWiggins, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of BaronVonHawkeye
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to enjoy this beer from the tap at Flying Dog's Tap Room.

The appearance was a delightful golden color with a little bit of typical DIPA haze. It had a nice, dense white head that stayed around till the end of the beer and left nice rings on the glass.

The smell was of faint malt, strong hops, and spicy hops. The smell was very similar to a typical DIPA, but with some light citrus tones that set it apart.

The taste was very strong with hops and alcohol on the first sip, but on later sips it really mellowed into a solid hops flavor with light malt taste.

The mouthfeel was the tart mouthfeel of a DIPA which quickly spread throughout the tounge and felt light, but substantial.

The drinkability of this beer is reduced due to its high alcohol content (10%), but after one, you want another one and a phone number for a cab.

BaronVonHawkeye, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite reminescent of their 20th anniversary Double Pale Ale. However, this beer seems very green and a bit too aggressive at this point. Very malty, but quickly dominated by strong and bullying American (Cascade) hops and hot alcohols. Lots of complexity, fruitiness, chewy-ness, and flavor. The malts range from caramel sweet to bready hearty-ness. The hops go from grapefruit and orage rinds to pine and grassy flavors. Alcohols are well woven into the malts and hops but show much aggression late, almost to heartburning levels. Though a strong contender with Hop Slam, this brew will improve over the next six months.

BEERchitect, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle. Crispy bready rich hop aroma of citrus oils, creamy fragrant pine and volatile florals. A great concoction of hoppiness. Lightly hazed pour of orange-amber, with a deluxe silky soap of banana-tinted cream. Sticky sheets of lacing. Flavor is a warming sweet glow of banana skin, lime peel, candied figs and pear nectar. It’s along the lines of the hop-heavy aroma, but melds nicely with the malt character and isn’t destructively bitter. The hop flavors were well built here and in combination with the malt, make a luscious light fruitness. Finishes a tough sticky sweet, but a mouthful of hop cones help dry it out. For 10.5% alcohol it’s extremely adept at concealing it! A very nice beer. Thanks Josh!

CharlesDarwin, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of beace
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewing Co. pours a thick 2+ finger twany head that sticks to the glass leaving sensual bands of Belgium lace. The copper-bronze hue is interesting and conjures assumptions of varying amounts of roasted barley, munich malt, and or crystal 90. Spiced spruce and bitter citrius resins fill the nose. Its semi complex and crisp; becons to be sipped and swirled around ones palate.

The dextrins are there but not in abundace. Hop oils saturate the middle of the tounge and roof of the mouth. Sides of the mouth tingle from an warm alcoholic glow. Nutty-roasted nuances define the malt profile of this hoppy libation. The finish is pleasent and filled with piney tones that comfortably fade away.

Not too bright and far from dull. This beer seems to be calculated from appearance to finish. The malt character is lacking to me. A slight caramel sweetness would have "wettened" this offering a bit. Delicious in many respects, but I feel that this ale is a bit too dry.

I enjoyed making my way through this 4-pack. Another interestingly hoppy concoction with that characteristicly evergreeny character I find in the "doggy style" pale ale. Pick it up... it will puzzle and tickle your palate!

beace, Mar 18, 2007
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.