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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double Pale AleDouble Dog Double Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1509
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%

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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Photo of OneDropSoup


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Soft golden-orange, transparent, with brass highlights under two fingers of lumpy, souffle head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of soft citrus (orange, grapefruit) with a sweetness like custard, like a piney creamsicle. A little bit of bread crust or pie crust, some zest.

Big taste going on here: again, big citrus flavor that's mellowed around the edges, not acidic or tart, & blends into a baked good kind of sweetness. Lemon meringue pie, or orange cake, big, round flavor. A bracing bitterness shows up toward the finish, like pith or pine, but also blends nicely, even a little minty. And then you notice the booze, the heat that dries it out & rounds it even further. Fruity to sweet to bitter to warming flow seamlessly, forming an orb of flavor. Really good, encompassing a lot with no harsh edges.

Full-bodied & soft, gentle. I feel like it actually fills & expands in my mouth. And with as much bitterness & heat here, I don't feel like it's punishing my tongue.

Gotta say I'm a real fan of this. "Double Pale" is right on - it's gone none of the abrasiveness of an IPA & the malt plays such a prominent role here. The booze is definitely a big component as well, but it just melds so smoothly with the other notes. Maybe I was just in the mood for this, but this really hit the bullseye for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 16:07:51 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Greenmachine07

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light and clear, i would hesitate to say boarderline toasty looking

S-hops...yes hops, this was a great beer and i must have got it fresh. piney/resin and a good dose of hops

T-this is one of my favorite american double. This taste at first is hop bound and it is swept away by a slight malt finish that gives this beer a great balance/character.

O-this was a great beer and my only problem is the ABV% did not allow for more then afew before i had to move to lighter (6-8%) beer so i could stand the next morning.

This is one of my top doubles and it can stand up there with the heady toppers of the game and hold its own. i went back and bought a six of it to replace the two from my friend, this is one to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:35:07 | More by Greenmachine07
Photo of Cylinsier


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a golden amber, slightly hazy, with a two inch yellowish head. Good retention.

Smells of caramel and floral hops. Some honey and clover as well.

Rich caramel and molasses malts, some maple syrup as well, combined with strong floral piney hops and some light spiced notes.

Medium to full body with light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth, and a warming feeling going down.

Rich, potent, heavy sipper of a Double IPA, like a BW, quite good and enjoyable. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:47:50 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant golden orange with a 2 finger head and good retention, resulting in a nice, sticky lace.

Smell - Aromas are caramel and yeasty bread, a bit of citrus hops and some grain alcohol notes.

Taste - Starts with some citric and raisin notes with a touch of caramel... unfortunately the alcohol heat shines through and eats away the potential for a deeper flavor.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and slightly syrupy. Low in carbonation.

Overall - A beautiful looking beer with potential, but unfortunately saddled by the sheer dominance of the alcohol; there's simply not enough flavor to mask it. Probably won't buy again; there are better "imperial" beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:34:58 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a hearty amber color that is just slightly hazy and has a small amount of tiny carbonation bubbles working their way through the brew, pouts with a finger of head that is light tan in color with some medium sized bubbles on top, lingers nicely before leaving spotty lacing
S: nice scent of cereal grains with a bit of malty depth to them and a slight tingle of alcohol
T: interesting complexity and depth, actually pretty much exactly what i had expected given the ABV and the brewery, begins with a taste of dark fruits like figs or raisins, then moves into a bit of sweetness, and finishes with a tiny amount of alcohol character and an interesting bitterness which im assuming is due to large amount of hops thrown in throughout the boil to counterbalance the alcohol intensity
M: thick and viscus, slight alcohol tingle, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling sticky and dry
O: not the best beer ive ever had but i guess its not a terrible effort given the high ABV, pretty middle of the road, id go with something with a bit more flavor if i was gonna drink something with an ABV similar to this, perhaps the harpoon leviathan lineup

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:15:26 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of TheBrewo


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the cask at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic mug. The brew gave off a dark amber hue, and held a half finger tall head of egg-colored bubbles. This had poor retention, leaving only little flecks of spotted lacing around the glass. There was a mild haze throughout, but no sediment was noted. The nose was bold, with lactic sours, faint oak, and a lemon freshness. Booze was stinging, holding clove, mint, and licorice tight to its breast. The licorice spiciness came even further forward with warmth. Our first impression was that the booze was not well hidden at all, but it still had room for a nice woody flavoring. As we sipped, burning fusel booze hit hard. This was mildly cut by honey and fig sweetness, woody dryness, and a spicy mustard seed. Caramel sugars came in late, with notes of cotton candy sweetness mixing in at the peak. Soon after, ripened red cherries and mango came forward, with honey sweetness and citric hops. The finish continue with this sweetness, bringing more cherry, pineapple, and mango in to cut the now bright citric hops. The aftertaste breathed with more of those hops, Lysol cleanliness, a phenolic bite, and an enormous booziness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was low. The abv, and huge booze character made this a very warming brew. With each sip there was decent slurp, but little cream or froth. The beer was easy drinking, but was a sipper due to that initial boozy punch.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the sweetness nicely balanced out the heavy booziness through the middle and end of the flavoring. The spice in the nose was equally as nice, but in the end, this was just too boozy for our liking. Having had this brew from the bottle numerous times before, the cask was a nice treat, and proved a superior brew to the standard bottled format.

Serving type: cask

06-06-2012 19:00:46 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy orange hue with a moderate effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Quite nice.

Smell: very sweet malt aroma with a mild but enticing cast of earthy and floral hops. A nice combo.

Taste: somewhat complex malt which is mostly sweet with some biscuity character in the background. Hops are floral and citrusy in character but are somewhat overwhelmed in flavor by the malt. Bitterness is quite high, especially early in the flavor. Not perfect, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation yielding a silky, creamy mouthfeel. This guy is not only big in ABV, but big in body as well; bigger than most DIPAs I've tried.

Overall: strong but tasty, this is a nice sipper. It has a strong malt component that balances (perhaps over-balances) its hop presence and bitterness. I rather like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 04:32:25 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Johnnyfacelift

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer "style" since you would think that a double pale ale would actually be an IPA, but I now understand the subtle differences between the two. They literally double the exact recipe (I'm guessing) of the pale ale which makes the beer a bigger beer but does not accentuate the hops either in the aroma or in the taste of the beer. It's balanced and leans toward the side of sweet specialty malt with a bit of roast character. There's a bit of haze to the beer and is a light amber color. Not a huge head but enough to lace the glass on the way down. The aroma is balanced between malt backbone, hops and alcohol... which is not overpowering. The beer is rich but not thick and syrupy, again quite balanced. Overall this is a great sipper that even the entry level beer lover can appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:03:26 | More by Johnnyfacelift
Photo of quasar77


5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, is remarkable!! At 11.5% ABV, it has an incredible taste.
At that alcohol %, one would think it would taste a lot like a barley wine. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I highly recommend this beer. :o) This DBPA, in fact, EVERYTHING I've tasted from Flying Dog, has been REMARKABLE!! Looking forward to trying their better than 9% Porter!!!

P.S. BEER ADVOCATE, IS THE B E S T beer review site, on the Net!!

Thanks, BA!!!! :o)


Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:00:10 | More by quasar77
Photo of colforbin73


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

whoa... this isn't just a double. it is a double double. they poured in tons of extra malt and hops for this. IBU has to be 100. this is a full-on assault. -- i think the comparison to DFH90 below is worthy. if you want a thick, heavy, ultra bitter IIPA, then look no further.

pours a dark orange/amber with thin white head, leaves a little lacing.

the smell is good and rich with maple and pine overtones. the taste follows suit: very full oily ale with a dominating hop presence. leaves a slick down your tongue and throat -- slight burn, more than slight really -- it drinks like a HALF WHISKEY.

this is a serious beer. proceed with caution.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:53:39 | More by colforbin73
Photo of SiriusBock


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber/dark straw color slight head, clung to the glass
S: was not as hoppy as I expected. First pour was of sweets, as he glass warmed up, all I could smell was grain, like a steeping kettle of mid-color grain
T: malty start, bitter finish. I was expecting more of a hop bite, or at least a distinctive hop to punch me in the face but not so much. The high alcohol content was masked. No hot tones for me, only a grain bomb.
M: smooth, but not cloying. Perfect balance of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer l. You can't have many of them without hiring the floor, but I think it is a god competitor for DFH 90 minute

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:10:29 | More by SiriusBock
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber; quarter of an inch of foamy, white, dense head; great retention

S - bread, sweet, birthday cake, grapefruit

T - bready malt, citrus, floral, grapefruit, birthday cake, sugary sweetness, mild hop bitterness in the finish, strong alcohol warmth

M - very warm, smooth, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This beer has great flavor even if a bit boozy. It has all the malty, hoppy characteristics of a solid, impressive DIPA. If you like strong, potent, full flavored DIPAs, you have to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:52:07 | More by tdm168
Photo of DARIVA


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice bright orange beer with a small head.

S: The smell of lime and citrus.

T: The taste of delicious beer, bitter and a slight taste of grapefruit.

M: Good carbonation and a good ratio.

O: Delicious long finish, nice body and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 11:19:19 | More by DARIVA
Photo of TheGrunt


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost copper coulour, clear.

Smell is really fruity with light hops.

Light foam after pouring.

Taste: Medium carbonation, though foam came lightly after pouring. Even though smell has not that much hops in it, it has hops in the taste. And quite strong i must say. Fruits come along with the hop nicely and give nice aftertaste. Alcohol bitterness is also present, which is no surprise considering the percentage. It is no way too aggressive and bad, like it is with some cheap strong lagers, but instead it gives nice kick to the taste.

Overall I really like this strong Ale. Bottle sticker is a bit tasteless and I expected something worse, but this has really great flavors in it. Truly a magnificent beer, one of the best in its class I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 17:06:09 | More by TheGrunt
Photo of Kegatron


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 4/14/12. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper after everything settles, topped with a rigid finger of smooth and creamy white head. This pretty much stays this way during the duration of the glass, just drenching the sides with thick sticky lacing. Grapefruit, spice, and pine are quite bold here in the nose, being tempered a bit my light tropical fruit notes, a touch of dankness, and some sweet malt across the back. The high alcohol really adds some intensity to this but is at least more restrained than it is in the taste.

Speaking of which, the taste here is STRONG, with bitter grapefruit, pine, and an assertive spiciness cutting across the tongue and lingering HARD in the finish. Lighter tropical fruit, herbal tones, and malty flavors of caramel and bread do their best but are barely keeping the hops in control. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and while I appreciate the smooth creaminess of the carbonation from the nitro-pour, the high alcohol just brings too much of a heady warm bite to this that amplifies all of that already aggressive hop character.

I haven’t had this in a while and after revisiting, I remembered why. Just too much damn alcohol gives this a boozy and overly fierce nature that I just can’t find enjoyable. Cut this down to around 8% or so and this would be really decent. Not even the nitro could save this one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-18-2012 19:17:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of SuperSpy


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and copper with a good sized sticky head. A really good looking beer.

The hops are citrusy and floral, and there is a lot of great hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon pith and early spring wild flowers.

The flavor is spicy, floral, earthy, boozy and the beer is thick. There is a good malt base and tons of hoppy flavors from beginning to end. Nice and warm alcohol as it goes down the throat and a nice balance of dry bitter hops and sweet malt in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:27:55 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a frothy and dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing running down the sides of the glass..
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops with notes of caramel malts; alcohol is also quite noticeable in the finish. There’s only a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer seems to be more like a hybrid between a double IPA and a barleywine. It’s rather drinkable (except for the alcoholic taste and burn in the finish) but is really something that needs to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:01:21 | More by metter98
Photo of C20Percent


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review taken from notes*

A: Amber red with a dirty white head.

S: Hoppy. Fruity. Floral. Boozy.

T: Strong fruity flavor. Heavy -- boozy. A cutting taste; a bit spicy. Flavor getting better as beer warms.

M: Light-medium body.

O: This is quite a boozy beer. Definitely something to sip. But, a flavor that gets better as time goes on. Very drinkable for such a high abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:36:32 | More by C20Percent
Photo of exodus1369


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-Brown color, not much of a head but pours nice. Hops for sure, very strong hop taste but masks the 11% alcohol really well till the end. A pinch sweet over all very good, is a bit thick but still not bad at all. Just watch out this will bit back.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:47:40 | More by exodus1369
Photo of Arborescence


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber/yellow, slight haze. Pours a nice but modest head, not very thick.

Aroma: Alcohol and malt, contrasted by an elaborate mix of hoppy aromas.

Taste: You sip a beer like this expecting quite a kick, and that’s what you get. The malt takes over then, but only for a moment, before the hoppy characteristics appear. That doesn’t last long either though, because the aftertaste is a mixture of warming malt liquor and pure alcohol. Fairly tasty, but a bit strong!

Mouthfeel: Strong alcohol, sharp on the tongue.

Overall: This is one of the ‘Canis Major’ special edition, extra strong beers. The Double Dog is a good beer, but the alcohol is too much for me. I feel like the delicate mixture of hops would have much more to give if you could actually taste it; now the alcohol and strong maltyness are a bit overwhelming. Still, it’s tricky to pull of beers with this kind of ABV, and this is certainly not one of the worst attempts, it’s an enjoyable beer that will not leave you cold during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:06:53 | More by Arborescence
Photo of Supadup21

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- dark orange/caramel

S -- fairly hoppy scent to it, definitely can smell the abv! All flying dog have the same smell to them....which I really enjoy

T -- it looks like a xxipa, but isn't a hop bomb, fairly smooth. Booze comes through on the back end.

O -- Not a session beer, but def a nice treat. Unique, as I haven't come across too many imperial pale ales. Another solid brew flying dog... I wish they made it year round.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:49:42 | More by Supadup21
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear reddish copper color with a 1.5 finger eggshell color head. The head is really impressive for the ABV, with surprising retention and lacing.

S: Strong combination of citric and piny hops, but not quite as big as I was expecting. There's also a little alcohol, as well.

T: The taste is a mixture of caramel/toffee malty sweetness, massively bitter hop notes, and some booze. The flavors come all at once, rather than in layers, and ultimately, the hops win out in the end. Still, it's not completely imbalanced...just mostly imbalanced. Do I like it? In small doses, yes, yes I do. It's an impressively big beer, to be sure, but it's a bit bloated in its structure and a little too boozy on the back end.

M: A little syrupy and thick, but given its ABV, that's not really a surprise. It also brings the most out of both the resiny pine finish and the warming alcohol sensation on the back end. In fact, it might even be more of a palate wrecker than Stone Ruination IPA.

O: Piece by piece, it's only 'solidly good', but altogether, it just works somehow. I'd definitely get this stuff again...but not anytime soon. To me, this is a hell of an experience that should only be enjoyed once every few months.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:37:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl.-oz. bottle. Purchased at the brewery gift shop. Best before day 157 of 2012 (June 6). Stop number four on my day-long tour of Flying Dog ales (Golden, Classic Pale, India Pale, and now Double Pale).

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very thick off-white head.

Smell: I can definitely smell the alcohol in this meaty 11.5% ABV beast. Metallic hop aroma. Almost smells of, dare I say, wet dog.

Taste: Biscuity, grainy, earthy, caramel, molasses...sensory overload. Almost too many flavors at once. Not as hoppy as I would have imagined (label lists 85 IBUs). Balanced with a fair amount of malt. Can definitely taste the alcohol. This one is bordering on barleywine territory in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full-bodied and heavy. Almost syrupy. A sipper for sure.

Overall: A very good DIPA. Less hoppy than most. As I stated earlier, this could be packaged as a barleywine and I would not know the difference.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:41:22 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of XanderCruz


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored with a little lacing on top
S: Citrus notes from the hops
T: Amazing, its starts hoppy but has a nice malt profile to finish almost sweet, and for 11.5abv very little booze taste
M: Smooth, crisp, very palatable

Overall: Not my favorite dipa but one of my top 5
It has a good balance and two beers and I'm good for the night

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 23:06:52 | More by XanderCruz
Photo of Treebs


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this during dinner at Big Bowl in Schaumburg. Very excited to see about 10 legitimate craft options on available. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear solid amber with an off-white one finger head. The body is nicely carbonated with a ton of bubbles and the head has very nice retention. Leaves some great sticky webbing down the entire glass.

S: Light citrus fruits, some pineapple with some malt and pine on the backend.

T: There is some mild citrus rind with a little malt, but there isn't much life to the taste. The only thing attacking my palate is the noticable alcohol on the backend. There is slight bitter resin flavor as well, but nothing really lingers.

M: Medium bodied and with a sticky mouthfeel and some lively carb. The lingering alcohol flavor knocks it down a peg.

O: Very imbalanced in the taste with it being mostly a booze bomb. It still had some decent flavors, but it just never came together.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:09:41 | More by Treebs
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