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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,698 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 108 | 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 Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
1.95/5  rDev -50%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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!

Photo of trep
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of cichief
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with most Flying Dog brews, this beer is over-rated.

It pours a deep copper color, with a thin white head. It smells of fresh hops, flowery and citrus. The initial taste is very sweet, but finishes semi-dry. There is plenty of residual malt for flavor, like a Beglian sugar candy. The hops are strong enough to balance this out, however, quite grapefruity. The beer is well carbonated, not too bubbly. It would be more drinkable if it weren't 10.5% ABV. Overall not a bad beer, just not as good as the ratings may infer.

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

Pours out a hazy nectarine. Head quickly disapates to a soapy film. Nose- fruity hops- smells promising! Taste- tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit). Has quite bitter finish- dry tobacco on finish. Mouthfeel- carbonation is fairly high. This beer becomes slightly astringent and a little boozy as I get into it. Very good beer- not quite up to Hop Slam quality, but worth seeking out.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first of all, let me explain the "not exceptional" rating for drinkability: high gravity.
that being said, it's a beer meant for savouring, not swilling. the flying dog brewery basically re-hashed their recipe for the 10th anniversary Wild Dog Double Pale Ale brew. that beer, in and of itself was spectacular, and i bet the constant begs and pleas for more brought them to create the double dog. this beer drinks much like the wild dog version, although it is a bit stiffer on the alcohol (dubby dog's 10.5 versus wild's 9%). anyway, coagulated spiderwebs of lacings, juiced coppery orange hues, with sweet/tart nosings. cedary grapefruit caramel start with a robust creamy dry alcoholic finish. beautifully beefed up beer.

the perfect setting for experiencing this beer: ice (don't chill the beer beforehand, you want it slightly cooler than room temp) the four pack down next to the bathtub, draw a hot, epsom salt riddled bath, playlist jupiter coyote's albums, and relax for several hours. brilliant!

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnished orange body with a two finger offwhite head. Lots of sticky patch lacing are left on the glass.

Aroma is fruity hops, mostly grapefruit and citrus. Aroma is very akin to Bells Hop Slam in the hops department.

Medium body and carbonation with a stinging hops bite.

Hops dominate the taste with a citrus fruitiness that is more bitter orange than grapefruit. Not overly sweet and the alcohol is hidden more than expected. Hop bitterness is a bit overly abrasive.

A winner from Flying Dog that shows their Gonzo Porter was not a fluke.

Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy amber orange with two fingers of white suds. Lacing is very good here.
Not smelling a lot of hops here, but can smell the yeast. Grapefruit and caramel and alcohol.
Taste is sweet at first. The alcohol isn't hidden very well. the bitterness is a refreshing flavor after having the very sweet initial taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet at first then a bitter dryness takes over.
10.50 is a bit too much for sessioning this brew but it still works if you want to drink the whole 4 pack at one sitting, and you better be sitting.

Photo of tigerdoc
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with hues of amber. Maintains about a quarter inch creamy head. The aroma is great, extreamly fresh. Strong hop aroma, citrusy some grapfruit, floral, and spicy. Carbonation level is medium/high which is apropriate low for the full body. The first thing that hits my tongue is a malty sweetness, than great citrusy hop flavor, balanced with strong biterness that lingers on the palate. The alcohol level is intense, not a beer you can drink pint after pint. Only complaint is that the bitterness is a little harsh.

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

12oz. bottle. Just sitting there saying "I double dog dare you...."

Here we go...

Pour is nothing special. Slightly hazy, amber liquid. Large, creamy, ivory colored head. Pretty good legs.

Aroma starts to growl a bit. Pine and grapefruit. Grass and earthiness. Not much sweet about this one!

Taste, well the bite is worse than the bark. Much more bitter than sweet. Grass and grapefruit. Decent amount of balance though, with a strong sweet taste seeming to hit me more at the finish. Alcohol is clearly present, and the hops linger nicely, continuing to gnaw away at your palate.

Medium to heavy in body (it is a double dog...). Lowish carbonation, but to be expected with ABV. Quite dry. Alcohol warming hits quick.

This is a bit of a pit bull, and reminds me a little bit of Devil Dancer. A nice rough and tumble beer, which I'll be sure to buy more of.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really makes the most of its 85 IBU's. I don't if I've had such a satisfying big hoppy beer under 100 IBU's before. The hops profile is a bit fruity with punch and pineapple as the main flavor that's rounded out by harsher (but nice) citrus rind hops. There's a decent caramel and fruit malt profile backing up the hops that gives hints of an American barleywine. Whatever the style, it's a pretty cool beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of gotbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of jp62099
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.