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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

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964 Reviews
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Reviews: 964
Hads: 1,826
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 66
Gots: 218 | 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

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Reviews: 964 | Hads: 1,826
Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 357A14.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt aroma comes through solidly in the nose with some hop fume trailing behind it. Notes of brown sugar, caramel and a bit of booze.

T- Definitely more malt forward with lots of continuing sweetness. The hop bitterness is noticeable but drowned out by the high sugar content. It actually kind of teeters on barleywine territory but lacks the complexity of the style. Earthy aftertaste and the booze is actually quite well hidden.

M- Slightly sharp from the alcohol with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though it's not something I would buy repeatedly, it's a nice beer to try and tie one off due to it having a high drinkability as well as high ABV.

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Photo of cavanagh
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

while new to this rating system id descibe this beer in taste a lot like BJ's Brewmaster's Reserve Goliath Imperial Red Ale though really did like that beer while a bit hoppy the overall taste is great what can i say other then i was surprised by its taste i was honestly expecting to only taste the alcohol considering i mostly drink beers in the 4-6% range and this is 11.5 it went down easy flying dog made a local happy

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark orange. 1" head that lasts a few minutes, with some lacing.

S - Piney and aromatic.

T - A very well-balance ale. A little sweet, piney, herby, hoppy. ABV is well-hidden.

M - Not much carbonation, but it's a very smooth and mellow feel.

O - a nice ale, quite drinkable.

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Photo of JG-90
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Double Dog pours a clear amber head with a moderate head and heavy lacing. Aroma has dark and caramel malt with earthy and musty citrus hops.

Tastes starts with burnt toast and toasty caramel malt, with a dark bready malt and citric finish. Has a slightly above average body with an average carbonation for a DIPA.

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Photo of SebD
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, faint grapefruit, some pine and a fairly strong presence of sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine resins, a light grassiness and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. A bit on the sweet side but all in all good.

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Photo of bman13
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5


S- Not much scents. I mainly smell a generic hop smell and some light booze. Faint faint faint smell of citrus? (Maybe?)

T- much of a letdown. Not mad at flying dog because I love their other beers. But wtf is up with this? It tastes like a very cheap generic hop like taste and booze. That's it :(

M- same as taste. Lingering alcohol and generic hops. DONT GET ME WRONG. I SEEK AND I MEAN SEEEK high alcohol brews but this tastes awful I'm sorry. Harsh and just kind of generic

O- I mean don't get me wrong. If you want to get hammered get this beer. I drank 3 and feel great but it was somewhat of a struggle to drink them. I almost had to chase it with something it is that harsh. This is not a go to beer for me and is not enjoyable. But ur is a great value at $16 a 6er being 11.5% alcohol by volume. But that's about it. Not a good example of a double IPA at all. If you want to get hammered get this because of the value but for gods sake and again I'm not dissing on you flying dog please improve this beer for next year. It is very hard to drink :(.. and that's crazy because I love love love IPA beers. They are my FAVORITE style. I love hoppy bitter beers but please improve this :(

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of threeviews
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By date of Julian date of 170B14...so bottled in mid-late February) into a 12oz globe.

A- Pours a crystal clear copper with 1-finger's worth of a white, soapy head. (4.5)

S- Not terribly complex, but sweet citrus (orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit) and pine are followed by a bit of caramel malt sweetness...reminiscent of Lagunitas' Undercover Shutdown-Investigation Ale yet significantly less sweet than the latter (and more enjoyable by my palate). (4.5)

T- Although the nose is not overly complex, Double Dog does not disappoint and proves to be one aggressive beer. A sweet, caramel backbone is quickly pummeled into submission by the hops. Significant grapefruit citrus and pine bitterness dominate, however the malt keeps it from ever becomes astringent. (4.75)

M- Solid, medium body and noticeable carbonation contribute to this (despite the elevated ABV) being a substantial, yet highly quaffable brew. (4.75)

O- For the Double (better yet, Triple) IPA style, you cannot find much better for the value (~$16 for a 6'r). Although the aroma is not particularly overwhelming (as is the case for many beers when an IPA breaks the 10% barrier), this is one flavorful and aggressive Imperial IPA. If you can get it fresh (as it will afford the best experience), this is one to not pass up. (4.5)

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Photo of antott0523
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours an attractive rich copper color with moderate amount of carbonation. The beige head dissipates. No lacing.

Smell: There's not much at all to the nose. Generic hop citrus notes, and some minor alcohol notes. Some caramel malt backing. For an 11.5% ABV beer, the alcohol is a barely noticeable.

Taste: There is no depth to this beer at all. Again, generic hop bitterness that barely manifests itself through notes of grapefruit, some pine. The finish is long, sticky, and dominated by bitter notes of grapefruit pith. Again, for an 11.5% ABV beer the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A bit sticky.

Overall: This beer is below average. It is not that it lacks balance between hops and malt. The issue is that it just lacks. It tastes like a bitter, thick beer. Nothing more, nothing less. It lacks the complex hop aromas and flavors that I have come to love in DIPAs. Considering this beer is 11.5% ABV, and I want to try a couple other IPAs/DIPs tonight, I will be pouring this one out.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head that lingered for a decent amount of time. The nose had both grapefruit and hop notes. The flavor profile is relatively well balanced between malts and hops. The big flaw of this offering is the finish. The alcohol bite is far too obtrusive and unfortunately dampens the whole tasting experience.

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogs are a man's best friend, so I must respect the Dog.
I agree with the negative reviewers somewhat when tasting the first beer. No debate about first impressions being wrong. :) Where you coming from? Oh I come from 11.5% Oxygen planet, not easy to create with a Beer eh? So as the story goes, for some reason the second beer<which is really the 3rd beer> takes on a new refined scotch like life. Either I have changed or the beer has. This is problem with reviews. Tastes one beer and write it off, I don't. Do you like the smell and real taste of a hardcore batch brewing? This is better than a Blooding Mary for beer drinkers in the morning. Anyway a really good double IPA doesn't initially "taste" good to some. But if you admire the effort and craft you must admire this beer. Two dogs are better than one, they keep each other company.

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright copper color with a thick head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with fresh notes of grapefruit and orange peel, a bit of toasted malts and a light pine. Very balanced, the type you don’t get tired of sniffing it.
Flavor start with sweet toasted malts and then slaps your face with a bold spicy and bitter mouth. Notes of grapefruits, peppery yeast, some peat, pine, earth and maple syrup.
Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Full body with medium carbonation of tiny bubbles. Sticky feeling. Alcohol of 11.5% abv is incredibly well hidden considering its strength, though it numbs a bit your gums.
Quite bitter DIPA, made me sneeze a couple of times (ps. This is my internal IBU thermometer). This got to be fresh, it is a shame that most US brewers insist in not give such key information. Very assertive beer, that is why I wouldn’t classify it as a Barley Wine, though appears so.
This beer knocks you down for a good night sleep.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma very faint citrus
Head Large (7 cm), frothy, off white, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, rings about 1.5 cm wide around glass
Body nice medium yellow, clear
Flavor starts without any hints of anything, just somewhat bitter; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Leaves a chalky aftertaste
Palate medium, watery, carbonation soft.

Disappointment. No distinct flavor, just a light bitterness. Not a particularly good offering from an excellent brewery. I last tried this in 2009 – still not very good, just OK.
Somewhat better than BMC offerings.

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Photo of Big-Frog
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm always concerned that any beer over 10% ABV is going to start to taste like cheap barley wine. Double Dog dodges that stereotype. For your money I will say this, I still think that Raging Bitch, though lower in ABV, is still the better tasting Flying Dog brew; however, three of this beer on an empty stomach, will cause any illiterate person to write poetry.

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Photo of olilitewu
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I usually don't write overwhelmingly negative reviews, but for this one i feel compelled to.
This beer is the second beer I tried from this brewery (the other being raging bitch, which i didn't like either). This beer is available from my bodega.

This beer looks ok, and smells ok, and the good news ends here.

With a complete lack of aroma, this beer is fully bitter, with harsh alcoholic under tone. Although the bitterness is overwhelming, there is a lack of distinguishable profile (e.g sierra nevada). Also, the bitterness is not supported by the beer's lack of body. I guess one can say there is a hint of orange peel (?), but it is complete overwhelmed by the bitterness and alcoholic content.

Verdict: drinking this beer is like eating under-seasoned meat at a fancy restaurant; I really don't get why this beer gets such a favorable review thus far. (well, I guess it is admirable for an IPA to attempt an 11.5% alcohol content...But if I wanted abv, compared to this, I'd rather drink grain liquor)

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Photo of Sark
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- thimbal of eggshell white head, little carbonation

Smell- earthy notes and plenty of malt, and a note of wet dog?

Taste- sweetness balanced by hops of more forested notes, boozy warm on the back

Mouthfeel- medium full body with slightly crisp finish from alcohol

Overall- I was expecting better from this beer, not very aromatic but the flavor is definitely there. Could round out a bit nicer.

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Photo of jdb288
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Winberie’s. Golden pour with heavy white head. Smell is pine, citrus, bread. Taste incorporates lemon, toffee, watermelon rind against the yeasty, malt notes. Clean finish here. Medium bodied beer with lingering warmth. Perfect for a cold, snowy night!

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Photo of AwYeh
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, bright amber color. A finger of loosely frothy off-white head, sparse lacing.

S: Apricots, plums, pine, tropical fruits, and booze. Booze is pretty big, but that's not really surprising given the size of this one.

T: Big and sweet, very malty. Loads of caramel, with the fruits from the nose adding flavors as it goes down. Alcohol noticeable, but not too much of a negative.

M: Very thick, very sticky. Lightly carbonated, but that takes a back seat to the syrupy throat coating this beer produces.

O: Decent beer; not one of my favorites given all of the DIPA selections, but for the price and ABV it has its place.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong citrus and tropical fruits, nutty, herby, resinious, earthy hop notes. Appearance: copper/crimson with a thin foam top and decent lacing. Taste: thick and full bodied notes of cinnamon, earth, dirt, resin, caramel and booze. Other notes of herbs, spice, milk, continuous cinnamon, earth and syrupy molasses malts. Overall, this is a marvelous double IPA . It is so intense in thickness and alcohol. The usual fruit and citrus aroma's and flavors typically found in IPA's seem to be lost in the sea of thick malts and alcohol. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear deep gold with a finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Apple, pear, big caramel malt, slight alcohol scent.
T - Lots of caramel malt, then some apple and light citrus and pine notes, very rich flavor.
M - Alcohol burn, sticky sweet, full feeling.
O - Double Pale Ale is a pointless name. Its an Imperial IPA for sure, its a touch too boozy, 11.5% is a heavy hitter, though it does mask it fairly well. It still has some nice fruit notes to it, but its caramel sweet malt focused.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by July 29th 2013. So past its prime. Bought last June on a trip through Maryland. The last of my Flying Dog purchases from that voyage, left unmolested up to now due to its intimidating ABV and the fact that it calls itself a Pale Ale and I figured it might be best to save it for the autumn.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber with a huge white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Resiny hops up front in no uncertain terms. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue.

m: Medium, good body, very smooth, almost silky.

o: A high octane DIPA with the alcohol covered well by a lot of hops. Just wonder what the age on this did to mute the still powerful hop presence, if anything. Still would give any DIPA a run for its hop bite, not to mention its ABV. I'd definitely buy this again for its combination of hop and alcohol punch and drinkability.

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Photo of Norseman
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found FDDDDPA (thought I'd try it - maybe it will catch on?) on nitro-tap at Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL on 11/16/13. This is my first beer tastiing on nitro, and I'm looking forward to trying another.

Looks excellent, smell is resinous hop, piney with a hint of grapefruit. Big time bitter bomb once it hits the palate. The wife took a taste and couldn't hack it. But with the nitrogen it still has a silky smooth mouthfeel. If you're planning on having 2 or 3 beers, DO NOT go with this one. If you're looking for a sipping beer with a meal (exactly my application this session) it's a great one to try.

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Photo of Mr_Brewski
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok. Nice color! The smell is not overwhelming with alcohol considering the brutal ABV. Pours with a solid 3/4 in head. Far more drinkable than a lot of beers in the same ABV family. I would probably not buy it again, but I'm not mad that I drank it.

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Photo of dar482
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in this gorgeous deep orange color with a huge fluffy head.

The aroma is subdued of grapefruit, pine, but mostly alcohol and tons of bready malt.

The flavor follows with a lot of pine, grass, and then caramel and lots of sticky sweetness. The finish has a strong drying of pine, resin, and dried fruitiness of apple. The alcohol is decently hidden, though it hits in the back.

It's almost like an American barleywine or triple IPA. The flavors are a bit too aggressive for me without much balance. A bit too piney and malty.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber with a modest white head, slight scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very prominent caramel notes, some chocolate malt, as well as grapefruit and orange hops. In all, the aroma is well-balanced, and over-the-top.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate malt manage to overshadow the intense hop flavor, but only just. As the taste progresses, the sturdy malt bill vies with the hops for supremacy, which ultimately culminates in a draw. The sweet alcohol is also prominent in the taste from start to finish. The taste draws to a close with lots of caramel and bitter cocoa arrayed against a very strong hop presence and a notable undercurrent of alcohol.

Mouth feel: Very soft, smooth, full, with the slightest hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Spectacular and over-the-top, perhaps not true to the imperial IPA style, but excellent, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a plain twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Act25
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I am not a double IPA fan, as the alcohol can weigh down the aroma and the subtle hop flavors. Also I dont see enough gain in the greater alcohol content at all. This beer may be too alcoholic and green.

A: Best review point of this beer is the appearance. Great lacing , great ancient amber color. it's clear copper w light amount of visible carbonation. It pours a dense beige head that has good retention and lacing.

S: VERY strong aromas of alcohol coupled with citrus hops in the nose. Could be a martini. (*not for me, I rarely drink anything stronger than beer and wine). Who needs beer that's as strong as a mixed drink? Not much of an organic aroma, it's like a mixed drink.

T: The taste follows with alcohol leading and ending. (better the 2nd time around as the last beer of the night) IT has flavors of citrusy hops as next most dominant with notes of caramel malts; both coupled with sweet alcohol. Not enough bitterness. Green feel.

F: This is a sipper. The alcohol lessens any sense of body, weight, or bitterness. Not much of a finish except like an herbal martini with fizz, maybe with some bitters added. There is much warming from the alcohol in the finish.

O: As noted often by reviewers this beer is a cross between a double IPA and a barleywine. It’s not that drinkable (due to the alcoholic taste and burn in the finish) and it needs to be sipped. Last beer of the night, and good night!

Not for me. Maybe for aging, (probably will age me), can you age an IPA?

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.