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Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very glad to stumble across this beer. It has a whopping 11.5% ABV which is crazy awesome and something that I have been looking for. Most beers are for wimps and pussies, but this one is a real man’s drink. This beast will put some hair on your chest and if you can’t take it, then you will run crying to your mommy.

Look-It pours a beautiful dark amber color with light copper hues in the right light. The head starts out thick and foamy with huge bubbles mixed among silky miniscule bubbles. It then quickly subsides and dissipates into a vanishingly thin head. The lacing is drooping and fine. The clarity is noticeably clear.

Smell-It smells of Vermont pancake syrup, strong citrus hops, bread, yeast, mango, pineapple rind, and lemon with a malt forward and alcohol present aroma. These smells are unique in their mixture and begs one to take a big gulp.

Taste-It starts with a sweet smoky Vermont syrup based malt which is laced with a citrus hop-forward flavor that then gives way to the lemon, yeast, mango, pineapple, bread, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. The flavor is well-balanced and astringent. The alcohol burn is pleasant and to be expected with this whopping 11.5% beast. It quickly cuts the syrup sweetness and plays well with the carbonation which is present and amusing.

Mouthfeel-It has a mild syrup texture which competes with the tinge from the hops and carbonation. Each of these are defeated by the fatal punch of the powerful alcohol. Watch out Mortal Kombat players, you got a Fatality here! The aftertaste is sweet and bitter as well as resinous and pleasant. Take another gulp! Hell yeah!

Overall-I absolutely love this beer which I was almost afraid to try, but was pleasantly surprised. It is one of those beers that you need to drink slowly or else you’ll be defeated quickly by Shao Khan! Absolutely amazing flavors and aromas! BRUTALITY!!!

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Looks like a DIPA, nothing special
Smell: Not a huge nose, some pine, some citrus
Taste: Nice malt backbone, I tasted citrus and tropical fruits in the finish
Feel: Just what you'd expect for a 11.5% ABV beer
Overall: Solid effort, definitely a sipper

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Photo of BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A beautiful beer. Exceedingly clear, and dark amber in color. Lazy bubbles swim to the top to join the thick and creamy straw-colored head.

Smell: Tart, yet airy: a lemon orchard with allspice. But also sweet and breezy, with notes of pineapple and peach juice. The malt comes across as burnt toffee, just dark enough to balance the sugar. It's lovely, if a little too sweet.

Taste: Sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness all clamor for attention straight away, although in the end, they manage to get along. Malt flavors are of caramel and molasses, while the strongest esters are of apricot and cloves. The bitterness is medium-high, as it needs to be in order to not only balance the sweetness, but to also retain the IPA name. The hops are earthy and herbal, with a handful of grass in the finish. Very flavorful, but it would be much too sweet were it not for the darker malt and strong hop helpings.

Mouthfeel: Creamy to the point where it's almost chewy. It's the texture of melted butter, and the warmth is there too, once the alcohol kicks in (which is pretty much straight away). The carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum, which is perfect for this recipe: it ensures the beer is refreshing, but doesn't mask the alcohol so much that it feels mistakenly sessionable.

Overall: Some sips say it's a little too boozy. Other sips say it's a little too sweet. But my palate is very discerning, and this big beer is undeniably delicious. When it comes to the taste, I could do with more fruit and a little less candy malt, but that's not going to keeps from buying and trying this lip-licking alcohol bomb.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange with a creamy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Plenty of caramel malt sweetness, maybe even some light toasty notes, citrus, a bit fruity, pine, and a little alcohol.

T: Pine, a bit spicy, citrus, grapefruit and a little orange, fruity maybe even kinda tropical, faint herbal notes,

M: A bit towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation, and a little warmth on the finish.

O: For being 11.5% it holds its alcohol pretty well, better than a couple lower % DIPAs I've had recently. Not my favorite, but pretty solid.

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Photo of brap
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Suffering IPA fatigue so I probably rated this lower than I would have when I discovered IPAs and couldn't get enough of it. Kicked like a mule, really boozy for an IPA.

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Photo of muchos
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with a big head.
Sweet malt and alcohol in the nose.
Sweet and fruity right away. Melons, tropical, citrus, then piney. Booze finish.
It's a good huge dipa. And for the price I will enjoy it again in the near future.

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Photo of Direwolf25
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average to limp head. Alcohol smell is very pronounced. Far too boozy a taste and dry as well - flavors not nearly as pronounced as they could be, but that boozy smell and taste are overwhelming.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber orange with two fingers worth of white head

S-tropical fruits, caramel malt, and citrus

T-citrus hops, caramel malt, grapefruit and light tropical fruits

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall strong flavors with alcohol warming that needs to be sipped

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mix a six poured into a tulip glass. Best by Sept 2, 2015.

A - Clear ruby red with a one finger head that moves quickly to a thin lace.

S - Bread/biscuit, pine, heat. Guessing Cascade is in the mix.

T - A mix of caramel and pale malts, bread, pine and grass, with a touch of heat on the finish. Warmness brings out more of the citrus, which is slanted toward the lemon variety.

M - Carbonation medium, the heft is medium heavy, and it gets more creamy and more bitter as it warms.

T - Good effort. I wonder if my taste buds need a rest, it doesn't seem easy to go West to East with this style. Worth a try for those not seeking on overly tropical fruity blast you in the face dank aroma, and can stand some more "English" in their IIPA.

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

Very nice iteration on cask, super dry-hopped for a ton of tropical fruit notes in the nose and to a somewhat lesser degree, on the palate. Still on the fence regarding cask treatment for a DIPA as I would have preferred a crisper body and slightly colder serving temp but this was still pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of GFM
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a clear dark amber color with a very light head. Very light lacing. Very light feel, no body or texture. The initial light sweetness (caramel with fruity undertones) in the taste is overcome by a strong bitter aftertaste that lingers. I wish the hop bitterness and caramel malt would merge more rather than take turns appearing in the taste. (7.5)

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/22/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of huge citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, resinous sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of do_ob
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. pours a very dark, hazy amber with a 1.5 finger head of white, creamy foam. Smell is somewhat weak, but has notes of grapefruit, pine, spice, and lemon. Medium weight, smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Big grapefruit/mango punch-in-the-face up front. Citrus, lemon, and spice follow. Slight hoppy bitterness and alcohol burn on the back end.

Man, this is a big beer. Lots of flavor, and quite boozy, which I expected given the abv. Very enjoyable in moderation. Plus, any brewery who puts a Hunter S. Thompson quote on their beer label is okay in my book.

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Photo of Nicked
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- lovely deep gold - honey colored. Thick head dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing.

S- sweet, malty nose. Agitating the beer yields resinous hops and some alcohol.

T- taste is well balanced for the strength. Astringent, but not unpleasant, alcohol burn. Pungent hop flavor, but with a sweet, mighty malt backbone.

M- thick, chewy, delicious. Moderate carbonation.

O- a strong, intimidating, but tasty DIPA. Letting it warm slowly unlocked more sweet malt and alcohol, but I still found this a pleasant, balanced experience despite the strength. One 12 oz. bottle per session though!

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by: 1.27.15. Drank 1.14.15. 12oz bottled poured into a 18oz Tulip.

A: One and a half fingers of fine, dusty, off white head. Deep and rich orange body with a slight oily appearance. A trace of fog through the body, but otherwise perfectly still and clear. Leaves a thick collar once settled.

S: Syrup levels of sweet malt, traces of dank hop oil, caramel, alcohol. Carries a certain musk of 'thickness', whatever that means.

T: Malt, followed by hop bitterness, and then another wave of boozy malt. Incredibly sweet, overbearing amounts of caramel/molasses/brown sugar.

M: Extremely heavy body for a DIPA, hits sharp, then fades into a pool of syrup.

O: I have no idea what this beer is trying to be, it certainly isn't a DIPA, and unless you like syrupy booze heavy beers, I can't imagine why anyone would speak positively of this beer. It does get a touch better as it warms, and my scores reflect that.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Puts on a nice bubble show, with the head settling in at just over two inches; the liquid is copper and clear; the retention is excellent though lacing is sparse

Smell: Smells surprisingly sweet for the style, more like a barleywine, with caramel tones buttressing the piney hops

Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with the caramel tones dominating; by the time the piney and grassy hops make an entrance, the boozy character starts to impact the profile; aggressively harsh, after the swallow and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Surprised I haven't tasted this one before and it has been a long time since I have ventured in Flying Dog territory; love the artwork but am finding this beer to be harsh, unbalanced and somewhat one-dimensional in the flavor profile of both the malts and hops

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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 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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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.