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Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,612
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 52
Gots: 69 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007)
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Photo of jsprain1


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

A- Pours a rich garnet with a 1.5 finger khaki head and good lacing to it.
S- Smell is rather barleywineish. Caramel malt, with some citrus presence.
T- Caramel malt, hops are very subdued/overwhelmed by malt and the definite alcohol presence.
M- Full bodied, creamy, maybe a little syrupy. Carbonation was a bit underdone. Hot.
D- A good beer, one of those that touches the boundry of dipa and barleywine. All in all it's a tasty beer that has both the flavor and alcohol to make it bite, if you will.

12-04-2010 21:46:53 | More by jsprain1
Photo of SurlyMe


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from bottle into a duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a rich, deep amber/copper color. A light pour yields a fizzy one finger off white head which thins fairly quickly; virtually no lacing on glass as you drink.

S - HOLY HOPS! sweet, caramel, tiny bit of citrus, the ever so slightest scent of booze

T - Big hop profile up front then moves to a caramely, sugary, slightly sweet taste. finishes a little bitter with a lingering hop taste, also catch a hint of booze in the end.

M - full body, low to moderate carbonation, slightly resinous feel, pretty darn smooth for this much flavor and alcohol content

D - very good considering how high octane it is. they did a good job covering up the 11.5%... feel so lovely after one, makes you want to have another =)

Overall, this is a good DIPA, I typically like a bit more citrus/grapefruit flavors to detract from the massive hop bomb going off, but still definately worth trying. I havnt been impressed with anything from flying dog until i tried this.

12-04-2010 02:36:40 | More by SurlyMe
Photo of dwilson01


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, topped by 1.5 fingers of creamy off white yellowish head. Slow dissipation and thick lacing ensue. The body is an orange to brown thick malty looking brew.

The smell is refreshing; floral hops up from with a brown sugar malt sweetness in the background. I pick up some orange and tangerine as well as the brown sugar.

The taste is great, it reminds me why I love Imperial Ipa's. The hops are the dominant flavor here, fruity and piney bitterness which saturates the palate and leaves a hot spicy aftertaste which sticks with you for quite a while. The amount of malt they threw in here to balance that hop assault must have been immense, I get a ton of maple syrup brown sugar flavors combined with a thick malty almost chewy sweetbread. It's delicious, I could drink this as dinner.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a double ipa, thick with malt and creamy from a smooth natural carbonation.

Drinkable, from the previous lines I have written I think you may be able to surmise that yes, this brew is definitely drinkable.

12-02-2010 04:19:56 | More by dwilson01
Photo of woodychandler


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

I am on a CAN Break just to align some of my numbers. Yeah, this is ticking, but so what? I am tiring of the same ol' AAL in a CAN, which is what I have been (mainly) faced with. Sue me.

From the bottle: " Double Dog, double down, double agents, double dares, twins, things are just better when they are times two. This double recipe of pale ale has double the hops and double the flavor so your date will look doubly good."

The pour created a solid finger of deep tan head with excellent retention. Nose was piney hops with an underlay of caramel malt. Color was a hazy medium-brown. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a heavy pine flavor up front, scrubbing my tongue clean of any debris from the weekend. My initial swallow left a lot of sticky lacing behind in its wake. Finish continued with a pine-hop flavor along with a a bit of caramel sugariness on the extreme finish. Phew! I am out of practice for a heavy hitter like this. It was a nice change of pace but I could not make a steady diet of this sort of thing.

11-28-2010 22:55:53 | More by woodychandler
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer is interesting. I had it on tap and remember it being the predictable strong, syrupy style that you might expect from an imperial IPA. This time, however, it was awesome. It was sweet and more crisp than I remember, but it had a pretty heavy mouthfeel. I like the distinct bitterness; it tastes a lot like black walnut. It poured a nice peach color, and had about one finger of head, which is not bad for such a high ABV. This is, by far, the best and most drinkable imperial that I've had. Based on the taste and body, I could have another one...but that's just crazy.

11-27-2010 21:59:57 | More by beerdown77
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.
A - Poured a penny copper red with generous 2 finger head with sticky lacing.
S - Hoppy pale ale.
T - Syrupy but reasonably so for the ABV. Hoppy, sweet, a bit thick.
M - Pretty bitter, not the best in my mouth but one that I love none-the-less. Pretty rich and thick.
D - One of my favs from Flying Dog. The ABV is dangerously well hidden.

11-22-2010 02:51:04 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of afinepilsner


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz brown bottle

Double Dog Double Pale Ale was hazy and amber in color. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was citric hops and sweet malt. The taste was loads of citric hops with plenty of sweet malt to help balance. The high alcohol content is well hidden at first but starts to become quite evident before too long. The finish semi-dry, full of hop flavor and bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a full body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a very good beer and well worth trying.

11-14-2010 23:00:05 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of WTBash


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

The beer pours a deep copper color with a thick off-white head. It smells sweet and quite hoppy. The taste was not nearly bitter as the 11.5% ABV would suggest (IBU 85) and is sweet with hints of fruit and malted barley. The brew feels tick and creamy but quite smooth. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer considering the high ABV. A really good beer!

11-12-2010 03:31:31 | More by WTBash
Photo of salvo


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours copper into a flute with a quarter inch of quickly disappearing head. Light lacing in the glass. The nose if malty sweet and medicinal hops.

First taste is sweet followed quickly with black pepper alcohol burn. The tannins in the hops slowly emerge with tea, medicine, astringent dry and bitterness. The taste is fabulous and complex.

Mouthfeel I wish were just a little thicker. creamier -- I'm envious of the reviewer writing about the nitro tap! Drinkability, at 11.5%, is low, but appropriate for the style.

11-11-2010 03:29:29 | More by salvo
Photo of arboristfish


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

Im amazed this beer pours an amber color with light crystal malt! There is a caramel taste. The smell is citrusy with almost a fruity side to it. The head is thick and lasts a long time. Mouthfeel is thick which im guessing is from a lot of crystal malt. All in all a great double pale ale!

11-05-2010 03:31:03 | More by arboristfish
Photo of nickhiller


4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

A: hazy copper with little visible carbonation, a brief head, some lacing.

S: deep, sweet malted barley, mineral-y and tangy, some aroma hops that lend a nice apple cider smell, and fruity esters.

T: sweet notes--burnt sugar, caramel, strongly resembling the taste of a caramel apple, a wine flavor like a Riesling--contrast nicely with the strong pine-y and spicy bitter hop profile. Equal parts bittersweet, it ends with a really nice whiskey and oak and warming alcohol dry finish.

M: full bodied, with mild carbonation and a sticky, syrupy consistency, yet finishes dry. I am blown away by how high the ABV and how well the alcohol is masked. I would have pegged it in the 8 to 9% range. Apart from core warming feeling you're left with, there's barely a hint of the punch it's packing.

D: The perfect Fall ale, warming, sweet and spicy, they got everything right in the taste department. I find it really interesting that they were able to balance out so many disparate parts: full bodied and sweet with a dry finish, sweet sweet malt with bitter bitter hops and an extremely high ABV that leaves you warm but not gagging. I will be drinking a lot of this this Fall and Winter.

10-31-2010 04:29:22 | More by nickhiller
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Double Dog nitro-tap at Max's Taphouse in Bawlmer, MD.

Appearance: Nice dark caramel-deep orange color. Hazy but slightly transparent. Incredible head, very white and frothy and bubbly. Beautiful thick lacing. Love nitro pours!

Smell: Very subtle, as in most nitros. Citrus, some hops. Sugar and malts. Toasty breadiness too.

Taste: Sweet, followed by bitterness. Alcohol dominates, as in the regular draft version.

Mouthfeel: Creamy of course. A little hot and boozy. Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, a somewhat unpleasant burn in the back of the throat as it goes down. A bit dry.

Drinkability: Higher than the regular draft, but still a sipper at 11.5%. This is one of my favorite beers, and I'm glad I tried it on nitro. Cask is my last!

10-28-2010 20:30:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of whisperjet


4.38/5  rDev +12%

a: Pours a nice hazy amber with 2 fingers of thick, foamy head. Was surprised at the color of the beer. hHead lasts a long time and leaves a nice lace behind.

s: Very hoppy and sweet with a good citrus feel. Grapefruit like with a nice sour bite.

t: Very hoppy, a real punch in the mouth. The alcohol is very present as it should for the 11.5% ABV. Hops are the most present flavor by far but its very smooth.

m: Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and lets the flavor really come out.

d: I really like this beer. Nicely hoppy and and a smooth drink

10-27-2010 18:54:33 | More by whisperjet
Photo of climax


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

From the 7oz bottle.... It pours a ruby red grapefruit color to the light, cloudy caramel under normal circumstances. The head is up and gone quickly, 11.5% ABV will do that I suppose.

The aroma is certainly hop massivet. However, this one has excellent complexity. Oak aged bourbon and wine are reminiscent of a barley-wine. The hop profile isn't too soapy, but is definitely astringent. The alcohol is not hiding, and with the detergent-like hop assault, it gives the nose a fair warning that this is gonna be sharp!

The flavor is exceptionally smooth at first, soon giving way to alcohol and cornucopia of flavor once the palate can make sense of things. White grapefruit, wine-like grape tannin, rhubarb, bourbon, and a sweet cherry-filling finish are to name a few. Complexity not lacking in here.

The body is full without being filling, syrupy. The carbonation is spot on, not distracting, but it doesn't get flat as several in this realm do. The finish is bitter sweet and dry, keeping me sipping constantly. Awesome beer.

10-27-2010 02:28:23 | More by climax
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%

Pours blood orange with lumpy off white head that craters and laces. Nose is berries, barrel, some spearmint bark, cognac and overripe fruit. Cookie dough and Black Forest cake malts backed by juicy pear and berry, then citrus juice and ginger sting. Long prickly linger. Medium body, some sticky, chewy, and a definite burn.

At this ABV, how is this not a barleywine? Juiciness and big malt connect it to Snake Dog. Wish there was more hop character, rather than just IBUs, to balance all that malt.

*from notes

10-26-2010 20:19:54 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of haddon


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

pours a cloudy copper color with nice frothy head. nice lacing throughout the glass

very sweet and malty on the nose. light trace of hops trails but brown sugar and candy dominates

bitter hops start but give way to boozy alcohol taste. ends like it starts... strong bitter aftertaste that lingers

full bottle that leaves a velvety feel on the palate

I enjoy a strong ale with a high abv but this one feels a little imbalanced. the alcohol dominates and takes away from what you might expect from a dipa... strong hops with a malty backbone, but somehow the mix seems off.

10-26-2010 03:45:07 | More by haddon
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a high IBU beer, surprisingly high alcohol that's hidden, and yet understated and tasty. Not an in your face DIPA, its well crafted and balanced. No mistaking the C-hop that comes at you full tilt, there is the right amount tos weetness to allow terrific drinkability. Soft and above average mouthfeel.

10-24-2010 01:14:53 | More by Sammy
Photo of JDizzle


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. I bought a 4-pack for $9.99.

It smelled nice. Malty, sweet and boozy. With an aggressive pour it had a decent sized head that was off white and very flagrant. Lacing hung around for a while. The taste is malty with a sweet hoppy bitter finish.(very bitter)
There is a boozy afterburn, but it's nice. Overall, it's my favorite Flying Dog beer that I will enjoy time and again.

10-19-2010 02:59:17 | More by JDizzle
Photo of BamaViper1


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I poured this beer a little aggressively, but it poured amber brown with an off-white head of about an inch. The head dissipates slowly, and against the glass it forms a little bit of lacing as well.

Initially I could smell grapefruit, citrus, and hops. There is also the slight aroma of a malty sweetness.

Immediately I'm hit with bitter hops and grapefruit upon tasting it. It mellows into a smoky/oaky roasted malt flavor with a slight tinge of fresh bread, although the alcohol makes it's presence known here. The finish is bitter and long, but very pleasant.

This is a pretty full bodied beer; medium-full. There is also good carbonation, forming a pleasant froth when swishing the beer around.

This is a big beer, and although I wouldn't drink more than two or three in one sitting, I find myself coming back to it. Overall this is probably my favorite Flying Dog beer, and a very nice choice for a DIPA (was a craft beer tailgating choice as well).

10-12-2010 07:11:39 | More by BamaViper1
Photo of Lauthaha


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured heavily from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass for maximum head creation.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear and beautiful reddish-amber color. Almost burnt sienna. Three-fingered slightly dimpled light-beige head which recedes to a solid 1/2 finger head which never goes away. Heavy lacing all the way down. Looks caramelly.

Smell: Very floral with a touch of citrus tones. Hops are nearly perfect here, as the bitterness is detectable in the scent but not overwhelming. Mild to moderate alcoholic undertones. Slightly (yet unidentifiably) sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Whooaaa...the hops pull no punches here. Bitterness is through the roof (bottle says 85 IBUs, I beg to differ); it would be too strong for some, I'm sure, but it tastes great to me. It's like a Secret Garden in my mouth. Once the initial shock wears off, heavy malt character takes over, supplemented by a subtle kind of fruitiness. The alcohol is well-hidden within the bitterness and sweetness. Beer changes character as time progresses; goes in thick, expands with carbonation, goes down light. Leaves behind herbal/hop remnants.

Drinkability: Too strong to be a regular/daily drink, or to have more than a pint or two in a night. Great tasting beer, but definitely a sipper.

The bottle said "unrelenting hop bitterness." It was right.

10-07-2010 03:33:41 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

12oz bottle into shaker

A - Dark copper, slightly off white fluffy head. Great retention and lacing

S - Citrus hops, lemon. some dessert sweet caramel

T - Grapefruit, bitter hops, citrus fruit. A surprisingly sweet malt backbone

M - Crisp, dry, medium body. Alcohol heat then tacky sweetness on tongue.

D - A sipper. Strong beer with bold flavor and the alcohol heat all up front. Very close to being too sweet.

10-05-2010 20:32:16 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of FreshHawk


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Hazy orangish bronze color with a large, foamy, creamy, fluffy, slightly sticky, off-white color. Decent retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Fairly good amount of sweet caramel malt for the style. Citrus, pine and floral. Some alcohol is present as well, reminds me a bit of a barleywine in the aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a very barleywine like taste. Very strong and bitter hop presence with floral and citrus hops. Some fruity (especially apple and cherry) that tasted as though it was soaked in some kind of liqueur. Slight fruity and syrupy sweetness on the finish. Some caramel malt is in the background and provides a bit of a base, but this is really covered up by the bitterness and alcohol heat.

M - Pretty full body with a good level of carbonation. Full creamy thick feel that is a little syrup like.

D - Really big and bold bitterness and alcohol heat make this definitely a sipper. Seems a little much for me to be all that drinkable.

Notes: Seems much more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Full of big and bold hop bitterness and alcohol heat. Very strong beer and I could see being in the mood for it from time to time, but it just seems a little out of balance to me. Worth trying, especially if you want a big, strong beer.

10-03-2010 01:19:43 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of jrallen34


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

12 oz bottle into my De Struise...Dark orange copper but clear, light head is gone fast...Medium strength aroma, tons of grain alcohol on the front like a strong dipa, nice light grass tries to balance but just doesn't quite get there. Very light pineapple on the front is interesting touch...Taste has less alcohol thankfully, but its still prevelant and dominantes a tad much taking this from a potentially excellent beer to above average. Caramel, pine resin and alcohol. I like this, so easy to drink.

A really good double pale ale, only one I think i've had, but a good start. Lower the alcohol a touch and this would be awesome.

10-02-2010 21:27:39 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Vierenner


2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Doesn't seem balanced to me -- too hoppy.

I really don't want to write anymore about this beer but the requirements of beer advocate require a comment to be at least 250 characters. Had I liked this beer I would have been happy to write much more about it.

10-02-2010 21:06:58 | More by Vierenner
Photo of MBPChead


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Finally had this one last night, I've been looking forward to trying to try this beer as well as the other brews from Flying Dog's Canis Major series. So here's what I think.

Look: Poured into a 25oz brandy snifter. Lovely amber orange and red hues with a creamy texture and colored head. All in all just beautiful.

Smell: Mild hoppy and pine scents accompanied by a honey and ginger scent with Citrus aromas. Very nice aroma overall.

Taste: Very hoppy at the forefront with the flavors of grapefruit citrus, cranberries, pine, and tad bit of ginger, as it slips to the back of the mouth it finishes with a light malt sweetness and honey flavor. As the beer warms, the hop flavor recedes to the back end of the tasting notes whereas the forefront becomes maltier with the flavor of caramel. As the beer continues to warm the overall flavors of the beer become much more mulled over and overpowered by the taste and presence of alcohol. All in all this is a very tasty beer.

Feel: Quite smooth overall but just a tad tick with a very slight tingling on the tongue. Excellent feeling overall

Drinkability: All in all it's smooth, tasty and goes down quite well. But the level of alcohol is a huge deterrent. Its quite drinkable but one is plenty.

All in all its a wonderful beer, and if I ever need a good hop fix. I usually don't like the taste of hops but I have to say that this one is quite delicious and the hops are very enjoyable. Definitely going to remain a regular in my fridge. 1 Canis Major down 3 to go.

10-02-2010 20:49:27 | More by MBPChead
Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.