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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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Reviews: 974
Hads: 1,852
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 65
Gots: 226 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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: 974 | Hads: 1,852
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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Photo of Father_Raybob
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Copper-orange with a golden hue. enormous bone-white head that fades slowly.

Nose - Grapefruit notes from the hops but blended nicely with caramel and butterscotch notes in this beer. Fresh hay and caramel corn comes to mind.

Taste - Huge alcohol as I have not aged this beer at all. After the booze lingers for a bit the malt and hops come through moderately in a sweet collaboration and yet a bitter hop finish. Strong burn in my throat and chest.

Overall, this beer is crazy BOOZY. I am going to age the six-pack that I purchased over the next few years and see when the malt character starts to dominate. Probably going to take a long time.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip.

Appearance: A slight dark transparent amber with heavy bubbles on the body with a thick off-white head that rose to just about a finger's length.

Smell: light floral aroma with deep grapefruit notes. The problem I'd that it comes and goes wish it was more potent.

Taste: heavy pine feel you can feel alcohol and the bitter floral feel. It's complex with just about a little but of everything going on. Lacks some other qualities; one of them being wish it had that sweet undertone some DIPAs have.

Mouth: Medium feeling a slight heavy, smooth like scotch (if that's possible).

Overall: Very good brew, could use some slight tweaking but shouldn't make you shy away. I'll definitely buy another six pack, drink up and enjoy....Salud!

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Photo of mrchrisray
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a big wine glass. very nice two finger head, nice retention, and some good lacing. Amber-yellow in color and very inviting, "drink me" it says.

smells very resinous and piney, with some citrus notes. this is my first (that i've seen and tasted) double apa. It smells like a big ipa.

not as hoppy in taste as the smell and has a strong malt backbone. tastes like slow roasted pine needles, pine cones, and sappy resins.

you can definitely taste the 11% but it quickly fades or balances with the malts and hops. for all the complexity it is well balanced and smooth. probably a bit too drinkable for the abv. it was pretty bubbly in the beginning but now is very calm in appearance.

good beer. not my favorite but I'd buy it again.

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

Pours a pale copper with a finger of foam. Pretty good lace retention.

Smell is not as hoppy as you'd expect - mostly floral with just a little citrus. Also sweet and boozy on the nose.

Upon tasting, first you're smacked with floral hops and, like the nose, just a touch of grapefruity citrus. It's almost too bitter for a while, but this beer really shines as it warms and a big, caramel malt backbone balances things out. Theres also a touch of peach, and everything plays out across a herbal backdrop. Alcohol remains pretty prominent throughout, which paired with the bitterness, can be a little abrasive.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Creamy at first, but thins out quickly and leaves your mouth slick with alcohol.

Pretty good DIPA overall. Not outrageously hoppy and changes to reveal new flavors throughout.

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Photo of jhartley
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint, nice 1 finger white head, plenty of tight tiny bubbles.
Dark copper/amber colored body. Leaves A TON of beautiful lacing in the glass.

The hops really jump out and are pretty prominent, but the alcohol and malts are prominent as well.

Bitterness up front with a nice full mouthfeel in the end. Malts don't really sweeten it up too much, but a dryness makes you go back for more. Alcohol was pretty hidden to me, even at 11.5% abv! Really liked the taste of this!

Was really impressed with this one, not that Flying Dog doesn't make quality beers, but it does seem that sometimes they are more concerned with the label/image than making quality beers. This one is really delicious, was only going to have one, but as I sat at the bar...well the lasting flavor made me have another. Really tasty brew, give it a try! Cheers!

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Boy it's been ages since I had one of these.

A real nice bronze body color, crystal clear with a big copper sheen to it. Head is creamy light tan and foams nicely four fingers. It leaves nice clumps and whipped up top, it looks like vanilla ice cream in my glass. Foamy whipped collar with some thick suds. Quite impressive.

Nose is large thick sugary malts, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Some nice herbality comes off of this if muted in the hop angle. Very much like an orange tea of sorts. A hop blast no, but a big hint of warmth seems to be coming.

Very nice creamy mouthfeel, large quite a bit but in control. Mouth fills with earth quality and a nice pine hop coating angle. Good amount of caramel and sugary icing like malt flavors to match. Surprisingly not as boozy tasting as anticipated with some good hidden control on a very high abv. Aftertaste seems to give out some juicy fruit orange character as well.

A good one to fall back on that I probably take for granted. But probably can't have too many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beautiful deep orange with a nice off white head.
Smell - malty and alcoholic, I really prefer more hops but it's still fine for the style.
Taste - you can definitely taste the alcohol and some spicy/herbal hops. Correct amount of bitterness for a pale. Wish the alcohol was hidden a bit more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity to this copper amber beer. It has gentile carbonation under a smallish beige head.
I got mostly malts here in the aroma with really only a suggestion of hops.
I get a barley wine taste. Very malty and boose with light hops but big hop bitterness.
Finishes thick on the palate with a boozey bitter finish.
Over all I didn't really care for it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep copper colored with a large off white head, clear

S: floral hops, fruit, mango, pineapple, sweet malt

T: huge hop presence up front, sweet fruit, caramel malt, bitter finish

M: full bodied, lower carbonation, slight alcohol

O: good DIPA, nice elements of fruit flavor mixed with big bitter hops

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours almost glowing copper-colored with a massive and compact redish brown head that is both tall and massive. The dissipation sure takes it's time, but after a long time there is fantastic lacings.

S: Rich sweet malty smell, it's very rich and full. Dark dried fruits galore!!! Some rye notes but also hay. But it smells more like an Barleywine than a DIPA.

T: The taste is a little more DIPAy but still this is to me very Barelywiny. Dark dried fruits but in the taste there is a very strong bitter hoppyness. Malt dominates, and man is it sweet and full.

M: A syrupy full body and very low carbonation. Aftertaste is short, and very sweet.

O: As DIPA, not fantastic, perhaps the date of experation date (three months from now) in combination with the delivery across the Atlantic Ocean have messed with the hops. Maybe a fresh one is more like a DIPA than this. Well to me this is more like an American Barleywine, and as such this is fantastic (and would have got way higher ratings).

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangish amber; very effervescent; huge frothy head, long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: Sweet malt with huge aroma of citrusy/piney hops

Taste: Up front you get hit with alcohol, and it stays with you; overpowering taste and warmth of the 11.5%; you can make out the citrus in the hops, though; finishes crisp and slightly dry/bitter

Remarks: Decent, but not great; definitely good for a buzz

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Jimmys
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. some sort of coding. 247A13.

A: a rich amber hue. relatively clear. slightly off-white frothy head. retention is very foamy, but good.

S: smells like a little bit of oxidation going on here. hoppy, but definitely not a floral nose. a bit piney, but unfortunately the hop aroma is a bit muddied.

T: starts bitter than gets super chewy. plenty of caramel flavored grain. bitterness isn't just at the start, it is throughout the whole drink. sweet malts and bitter hops.

M: rich and viscous. full bodied for sure.

D: overall a tad unimpressive, just muddy and tired. a big bodied brew, but definitely not flying dog's best work.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - One of the best looking beers I've seen. Dark amber, perhaps a fair amount darker than most DIPA's. A nice, thick head that kept itself almost the same size throghout. Lot's of carbonation rise visible, even when the beer was almost gone. Lot's of residual left behind.

S - Not unlike most IPA's. Could notice the alcohol a tad, but it wasn't unpleasant. Also noted some pineapple and perhaps lime. Of course, plenty of pine.

T - Whew!! This will add some hair to your chest! Lot's and lot's of hops. Almost juicy. Had a very slightly fruity taste as well. Noted the same fruits as noted in the aroma, as well as perhaps a bit of sourness. Outstanding.

F - Not bad. Might be a tad rough for those not used to a DIPA. Could feel some of the alcohol warmth. Carbonation felt good. Little dry going down, though.

O - A damn good DIPA. Not for the faint of heart. Lot's and lot's of hops and an 11.5% ABV leads to an intimidating, but damn good beer. Highly recommend this to any IPA and/or extreme beer fans.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Cloudy deep orange with a thin white head that fades quickly leaving a ring around the edge and some lacing. Smell is a bit boozy, spicy fruit hops with a clean malt in the background. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with hops slamming in and finishing bitter with warming alcohol. This is a big beer, definitely a sipper, but delicious.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright thin head that dissapated quickly, leaving a nice lacey ring around the glass.
Golden amber color thats almost clear.
Defintiely captured the Malty smell, not so much on the pine and citrus that others have noted (maybe the bottle is a bit old?)
Very malty initial taste with a nice level of bitterness. Was hoping for a bit more of the citrusy notes.
Great creamy mouthfeel. Would never have guessed the higher abv...

Good early evening starter!

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.