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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 59
Gots: 146 | 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 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)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!


Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - citrus and pine all over the place. Very hoppy aroma. The flavor is full of citrus hops. Hop flavors all around. The caramel malt backbone barely shines through all of the pine and citrus flavors. The body is on the thick end of medium and the drinkability is ok.

Photo of EVLguy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog, while not a brewery I favor, have impressed me with the Double Dog Double Pale Ale.

Appearance: The color really is quite nice, a medium orange with just a touch of haze. However the head stated slight (not even one finger) and ended in only a film, too typical of many mass produced American beers.

Smell: There's a hint of caramel but hops definitely rule the aroma of this beer, citric and piney.

Taste: This is where the double dog shines. Big hops are everywhere giving the beer a orange-like flavor followed by a dry finish. There is some caramel backbone as well, balancing this hop bomb just barely (but i don't mind).

Mouthfeel: The reason this can be called pale ale is because of this characteristic. It is, despite the alcohol content on the bottle, very light and crisp on the palate. When I first had this beer I expected it to have more of a double ipa or an over hopped barleywine kind of mouthfeel. However, this is probably the lightiest bodied high grav ale I've ever had.

Drinkability: It is because of the lightness in body this beer has that I give the drinkability such a high mark. Anyone could go through several pints of this beer without ever feeling weighed down. A clear winner as a high grav session beer.

Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Temperature in DC almost hit 100 degrees today. Too hot for a big IPA? Never! Then again, I'm drinking indoors.

The Double Dog (now brewed in the new Flying Dog satellite brewery in Frederick, Maryland, thank you very much) pours a brown copper color with a nasty, sticky off-white head that clumps up in the middle and leaves a clinging lace all around the glass. Cool. Gives off a bright orange hue when held up to natural light (via my window). The rich nose provides us with aromas of malty caramel, piney hops, vanilla, prunes, strawberries, pears, and orange rind. A strong, complex aroma that really surprised me because it's not over-the-top-hops that dominate. It's a nice blend of a variety of smells. The taste is well-blended as well, combining the hoppiness of a double IPA with the richness and malted sweetness of a barley wine or an old ale. Again, heavy caramel and vanilla notes up front, with a pleasant lingering bitterness to finish things off. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fans of strong IPAs will enjoy this beer, but I would also recommend it to fans of big malty beers too... just be prepared for the hop kick. This would go great with an artisinal bread and cheese platter and an olive tapenade. Mind the high alcohol content (10.5% ABV) and off you go.

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

poured in a pint glass, tapered dark orange, with creamy head 2inches. Head remains throughout the session.

Smell is sweet, and hoppy.

Taste of caramel, molasses, hoppy but balanced.

Leaves somewhat of a bitter mouthfeel, with mild stickyness too.

Enjoyed the beer, but it might have been too early in the day, and my palate was not up to par.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what a double Pale Ale should be, if there really is such a thing.Nice amber coloring in the glass with a full finger white head that melts to sticky lacing.

Aromas are slightly sweet amber malts but predominately bitter hops...especially on the tail-end.

Taste is immediately double citrus hops but the malts are still present to sort of balance things out....bitter citrus peel hops does predomidate, however. All in all, it is still a very balanced beer, albeit 'big' and you never forget how big this beer really is.

Read the label. Double Pale Ale. That is what it is....totally...and purely. Double Pale Ale.

Good job, Flying Dog.

Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a rich amber color with about a half inch of beige head. A few bubbles flutter to the top and a thin but persistent lace remains, while smoe splotchy stick hugs the sides of the glass. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Big whiffs of grapefruit and pine hops, caramel and honey malt fill the nose. A hint of alcohol, also.

Taste is of overwhelming hop bitterness from start to finish, with an occasional burst of hop flavor, malt sweetness and alcohol. Like the nose there is some grapefruit and pine hop flavor, but hop bitterness rules the day. There is some caramel malt sweetness there, too, but you have to fight through bitter hops to find it. Bitterness is overdone, imho, and it leaves the beer very singular and unbalanced. Nevertheless, the taste isn't half bad - it is a DIPA, after all, so it's not like I didn't expect bitterness - it's just not great. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, chewy, and the beer finishes dry with a bitter (surprise!) aftertaste.

One is enough for me. There are far better DIPAs out there that display more hop flavor as opposed to bitterness and provide much more balance. Hop bombs like these are one timers as they completely destroy the palate. Give it a try if you like hopbombs but if not, I'd say stay away.

Photo of MrHolland
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 4-pack and poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance is good, a very dark golden brown color thats leaves a pretty thick lasing around the glass.
The smell is very flowery, with a crisp hoppy smell with other fruity esters lingering around.
Taste is very hoppy, very bitter, and no real hint of alcohol considering it is 10.5% which makes it to be very drinkable . A very good brew, al I can say is I am glad SC popped the cap ;) .

Photo of Glazed144
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Mahogany if you will, deep amber if you wanna be a d*** about it. I drank a 22oz stone imperial russian stout and then this, and it got me toasty so it has that going for it. Actually very good beer. Aroma is a piny hops. Piney? piny? Has a nice hops character, not too much of an alcohol burn considering its 10.5% although you do know its there. Nice strong hops flavor, piny flavor to it. Like I said, you do know the alcohol is there, you cant taste it... but it doesn’t burn so I’m happy. Marginally cool bottle although no tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. Anyway, all in all I would say this is a quality brew and I’d be glad to get toasty off of it anytime.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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