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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: 962
Hads: 1,809
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 66
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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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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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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden copper color with one-finger, foamy, creamy, off-white head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Fantastic lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Pine and citrus.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Caramel malt, pine and citrus, like the nose. Alchohol was mostly unnoticable which was surprising.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry.

O: A good imperial IPA. High ABV, but you couldn't tell from drinking it.

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

The color of this beer is dark gold. It poured from the bottle with a solid and heavy 1/2 inch head and left a heavy lacing against the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation can be seen in the beer.

Smells like very strong caramel sweetness followed by the pungent, heavy alcoholic scent. The barley and hope scent is mixed and the weakest of elements in the overall scent of the beer.

Taste is outstanding! Just like the smell, the sweetness is upfront (caramel, hint of darker brown sugar) followed by the alcohol, then the spices, barley and balancing hops of the beer.

The mouthfeel is very good as well. It is a strong beer so you are going to have the heavy alcoholic taste on your tongue, but the sweetness and the barley linger as well, creating a full flavored after-taste. Carbonation is not a factor as it is very subtle.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Strong and balanced, flavorful and unique.

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Photo of ToughGuy
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer in my favorite style (DIPA).

Poured into a Samuel Adams tulip glass, it has a three finger head, with a citrusy and a bit of a boozy aroma. The bitterness of the hops is somewhat mellowed by the sweetness of the malts, but the hop's bitterness, thankfully, win the battle. I find that the beer gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: medium deep amber beer in a nonic pint, nice and clear, finger of tan head, some lacing

S: pretty standard fare:some sweet malts under the cloak of hoppage, mostly of the piney resinous sort

T: again, pretty standard stuff here - the malts were sweet, caramel-like, some butterscotch and toffee tones; the hop action was resinous and pine, not so much on the citric side - overall this was a fairly sweet-edged DIPA, but with a nice bitter finish

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation; nice mix of sparkle and coating on the tongue, slightly tacky aftertaste

O: a serviceable DIPA, nothing to rave about but nothing to scoff at either; worth a try for the style fans and advocates

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Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear filtered amber, 3 finger yellowish head, moderate carbonation.

S: Citrus hops, floral, fresh fruit like watermelon, pine, sweet, cologne or perfume.

T: Sweet, fresh fruit, floral like a bouqet of flowers, perfume like obsession or something, bitter linger.

M: Syrupy, low carbonation.

O: Unique floral fragrant Imperial IPA. Really enjoying this beer. Balanced yet exteme in its display of floral and sweet and bitter aspects.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About a finger of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a sharp lemon with grapefruit. Very citrusy.
The taste is bold bitterness beginning to end. There's a peek of sweetness at the beginning.
The texture is crisp with a thicker body, moderate carbonation.
It's a bold, hopped ale.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This beer packs a punch! Drinking a pint at my favorite local in manayunk, couch tomato cafe. I'm a veteran enough of the flying dog to know that this is similar to their other IPA. As I sip down the pint of hazy golden brew it leaves rings of white lacing in the side of the glass. You've got the conspicuously hoppy flavor with grapefruit overtones on continual sips. Floral kind of honey smell. The alcoholic content albeit over 11abv cannot be distinguished in the flavor. Hoppy IPA almost like they made a raging bitch but as a double IPA. Great tasting, thick but golden semi sweet nectary finish.

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

Transparent amber color. Nice lacing. A blast of malt and hops hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Hops up front but a strong malty background and the booze is there. Nice, full and consistent smell is of dried fruits and currants. Medium bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with substantial carbonation.

Overall: A very high alcohol content in this brew is hard to disguise, but it’s fairly well contained in this DPA. The flavor is nice, well-balanced and the bitterness isn’t overwhelming. A little too malty. A solid brew, but only if you’re in the mood for something strong.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one I find to be quite an oddball, but very interesting and quite tasty. it's really quite blowing my mind right now, as it's not anything like what I expected. But then beer cannot be judged by expectations alone so...

Nice looking, copper to tannish orange and clear with a nice off white head that lasted and left nice lacing.

It's about halfway between a malt-bomb IPA and an "imperial" pale ale (if such distinctions can really be counted on to have much meaning). I think "american strong ale" would have been a better category for this one. But it doesn't matter that much because it's a good beer no matter how it's categorized.

Aroma wise there's tons of malts, lots of hops, and a pungent earthy component.

The taste is hot with alcohol almost to the point of being "spicy," but I quite like it. I wasn't expecting such a strong brew when I popped the bottle! (also I was too lazy to look it up first, lol). It's really a malt-bomb of an IPA in many respects. Lots of bitterness from the hops, lots of hops flavor, but the most outstanding points to me are the malty flavors, which are considerable.

There's a kind of dry, woody finish like so much maris otter got overtaken with a hops spillage and then they dumped in more malts and just said "brew it anyway." Carbonation is middle of the road and appropriate.

Kind of like a good hoppy pale ale recipe that accidentally got doubled. Very enjoyable, one of my favorites from this brewery. I would definitely like to find this one again and buy an entire four (or six?) pack of it.

Not for the faint hearted, BTW. Bud light drinker's heads would asplode upon their first sip. Craft beer drinkers will enjoy it thoroughly.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a 1.5 finger mostly white head. Not too much visible carbonation or lacing. Good color and clarity.

S: Nice fresh hop smell, I get a lot of citrus too like lemon and grapefruit. Hints of booze.

T: Pretty hoppy up front, citrus like the aroma. Still a fair malt backing. Fairly hot with some strong alcohol Leaves a lingering skunky hop between sips.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel, sort of nectary and sticky. Alcohol doesnt really make this too hard to drink despite being so high.

Overall a damn strong pale ale. I like the fruitiness of the hop. Certainly a sipper for a nice relaxing night.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very light amber body with a thin white head that fades quickly. Somewhat transparent with carbonation bubbles coming up from the sides of the glass.

S- Some citrus/pine hop aromas along with an abundance of sweet bready malt aroma.

T- Very similar to the smell, hop character comes through in the way of pine along with some citrus, to compliment the deep malt flavor. Alcohol comes through towards the end of the taste, which is to be expected from such a high abv beer.

M- Medium carbonation, syrupy and definitely a sipper. Leaves some residue in the mouth after each taste.

O- Good, bold beer. Was a little more hop-forward when I had it on tap, but the bottle is solid too.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Bottled just over a week ago.

A - Pours copper with a thin off-white head. Perfect clarity. Pretty good tiered lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of citrus, bread, and floral hops. The 11.5% alcohol is apparent on the nose, but in a way it adds to the complexity. The aroma has a malt bill similar to a barleywine, surprising for such a fresh pale ale.

T - Initially sweet with molasses and bready malts. Citrus comes through in the middle followed by a big, bitter hop kick. The alcohol is warming on the throat. The hops and booze linger for a while on the palate.

M - The high alcohol gives this a slick feel. Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - They can call this beer a pale ale, but I'm not buying it. I think it is probably closer in flavor to an American Barleywine (think, fresh bigfoot) or at least a DIPA. The booze is a little bit hot, but I really enjoyed this as a sipper. Big hops accompany a complexity of malts. To me, Flying Dog is an underrated brewery and this is one of their better beers. This is one I grab regularly when I want just one or two that will get the job done.

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