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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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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 123 | 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 chodinheaven
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent clarity, golden orange hue with a big off-white head on top after a somewhat aggressive pour. Great retention, great lacing. The smell is of sweet booze, barley malts and floral and grapefruity hops. Not as aromatic as I would like it to be.

No doubt in the bittering hops department. At 85 IBUs and 11.5% ABV it really packs a punch in both areas, possibly the booze throwing it a little out of whack and cancelling out some of the complexities. Citrusy and good on the front and the mixture of malting and loads of hops give it a biscuity and bitter taste and feel in the back. Intense with these two flavors, added with a big boozy overtone that is for all intents and purposes well-hidden in the flavor, until it reaches the back of the palate where it is immediately identified in the mouthfeel and finish. Definitely not your normal "pale ale", drinking more like an imperial IPA, and a boozy one at that. Its not bad, just a little too boozy. Definitely worth the buy and try though for all you hopheads.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer ours a copper amber color with an off white head btw smell is piney spicey hops with a definite alcohol prince and a malt like sweetness. The flavor follows suit with quite the alcohol burn. The mouhfeel is thicker than it should be with lower carbonation. This beer itself over all isn't bad and would do well with some age but this does not seem very much like an ipa

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer puzzles me. I think as an American barleywine this would be better in my review of it most likely.

Has a pretty nitro look and lots of great spotted lacing on the glass, super smooth dark orange hue. Smell isn't totally present and has a little soap overtone to it and A little bit of unitergrsted raw hop. The taste has a huge toffee sweet malt note and some lingering dry bitterness. Caramel sweet and fruity almost. A little sickly and over alcohol-ed in a way that gets sickly on the palate quick. Has a marshmallow to it too. Wired and bizarre, seems like it's an iced pale ale or something, surely does not seem brewed to be a dipa.

Photo of isthatbeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip shaped glass.

A: Brownish, red color. 1 finger of tightly packed head which leaves a thin lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Rich, malty caramel with grapefruit pushing through.

T: Starts off with malty sweetness but that is quickly knocked back by the hops. Its got this bitter grapefruit rind finish that just keeps going. I would never guess this is 11.5% abv.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Finish is kind of chalky.

Fairly interesting brew but I think one is enough for me. Not into the bitter, chalky finish.

Photo of schoolboy
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm. I know I've had this before. I never forget a great scent. This one barks for all it's worth. A great dog with a serious bite.

This is my favorite style, with a perfect howl. A gorgeous lace fills my glass, and a hoppy warmness comes with it.

This is the double to pick (along with Double Trouble and some others) when you want perfect double satisfaction.

Photo of ryantho00
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a full orange umber auburn color with nice lacing carbonation and a thin film head throughout the brew.

This has a subtle smell of slight citrus, hops and some toasty sweetness.

Hops start this off, but aren't obliterating like some Stone brews or other DIPAs but nicely balanced with a deep malt sweetness that has some caramel, plum, slight hints of dark fruits, alcohol. There is a small toasty flavor throughout that is most likely the maltiness and alcohol blend. Despite tasting the alcohol, its not totally overpowering and is well blended together with the hops and malt, with some undertone of dark fruits, and a little citrus.

Its a full mouthfeel with a medium aftertaste that's quite pleasant.

Nicely done, would prefer it slightly more hoppy, but that's why its a imperial 'pale' ale!


Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful auburn and brown with a thin, airy, light brown cap. Incredible sheets and rings of lacing down the glass.

A strong, potent aroma consisting of sweet, caramel malt and pungent grapefruit and orange. Some alcohol heat as well, as can be expected at this ABV.

Though the beer looks incredible, and smells good as well, I can't stand the way it tastes. It's remarkably bitter and incredibly harsh with alcohol. The powerful alcohol and chemical taste is strong from sip to swallow. There's some bready and caramel sweetness hidden underneath, but very few enjoyable flavors are present. It's listed as a DIPA, though this beer seems to have far more in common with a barleywine. That being said, this doesn't make for a good barleywine, either. This is my fourth time having this beer, and my third different serving type, and I've never finished my serving whether it be from bottle, tap, or nitro.

Medium bodied with smooth, nitro-style carbonation throughout, though incredibly harsh with alcohol. Tough to swallow.

Not for me.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of sugars and grapefruity hops, with a noticeable current of toasted grains. In some ways, the extra hops, with the rosewater-like scent than can come with extra helpings in the brew, make this smell almost candy-like.

On the tongue, the extra hops are immediately apparent, coming across in bitter grapefruit waves that prove especially strong in the aftertaste. However, the extra malts are just as strong, providing a rich, malty background with notes of molasses, raisins, caramels, deeply toasted grains, and hints of port. So strong were the port and molasses flavors, in fact, that I had to check the bottle again to make sure I was reviewing the correct entry; for a "pale ale" (even a double one), this is far closer to a cross between a medium to high-strength IPA and a really flavorful nut brown ale.

Overall, I think the brew is marvelous, and loved the way the flavors slid across my tongue. It's definitely not what I was expecting, but in this case that proved a good thing.

Photo of beagle75
2.13/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very estery initially, suggesting mixed fruit including some prominent dark citrus. The presence of carbon dioxide vapors become heavy as the early fruit loses its edge, while grain complexity never really shows up save for a weak and monotone thread that suggests sweetness. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very sweet, with an intense combination of caramel and vinous fruit. Thick crystal malt and cherry fruit emerges as it warms. Early flavors yield to even more intense spicy acidity, resetting the palate in an unfavorable way. Astringency and volatile alcohol develop in the middle, repellant and medicinal. Bitterness starts off bracing in the finish, becoming oppressive as it lingers in relentless fashion. Aside from the bitter there is little in the way of distinctive hop flavor.

M: Medium viscosity, acidity burns aggressively on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Hardly a DIPA, this is more of a clumsy and challenging strong ale that is best viewed and passed over from a distance. While it has distinctive qualities, they are not the kinds that fans of pale ales generally go in search of. Consider drinking six ounces and moving on.

Photo of dannydetox
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be a bit of a let down, but maybe my expectations were set higher than they should have been. I did not detect much hopping in the nose; sweeter malt qualities dominated. That trend continued as I tasted the brew with a noticeable boozy heat as I swallowed. Some dryness on the finish, but mostly alcohol. I have consumed other high alcohol beers that are better balanced than this one (Shipwreck double IPA, Curieux, even Old Guardian).

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

A-Pours a nice copper orange or amber with little to no head and being off white with minimal lacing...

S-Very aggressive on the malts but very sweet, some lemon zest and some nice floral notes. very subtle on any flavor past the malts...has a piney and bitter smell as well...

T-Very sweet malts up front, has a nice floral and slight grapefruit mid with an alcohol finish...more than one of these at a time could get messy...taste more like a barley wine in my opinion. still quite tasty...very different but i like..sweet Hawaiian bread maybe...:)

M-Medium body, carbonation is high, very alcoholic and malty, has a strong warm finish...definitely can taste and feel the alcohol here...very strong beer

O-This one caught me of guard...very alcoholic and on the malty side, but i really like the taste and its characters...very sweet almost a barley wine sort of...a 4 pack on these are out of the question, one at a time...would drink again from time to time...

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poures a clear amber color with a creamy white head building about one finger high. Good retention and nice lacing.
The smell announces sweet caramel, honey and malt and alcohol.
The taste up front is very malty, caramel immediately kicking in to sweeten the palette. In the middle, honey is peaking the sweetness, and a sudden change is happening. A very strong alcohol taste takes over. The finish are bitter hops, which bring balance back to the beer.
Interresting beer, which has two extreme tastes, I do not know what exactly to make out of it, but who cares? I enjoyed it!

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, hops,

taste: alcohol, caramle, malts, pine, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty potent beer. definitely taste the alcohol. would prefer a more balanced beer.


Photo of DovaliHops
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber-red color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a lot of caramel malt with faint hops. A lot of booze as well. There are hints of dark fruits as well. Taste is bitter hops and a TON of alcohol. Subtle dark fruit and sugary malt. A very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit on the syruppy side. Drinkability is fair to average...Overall, this beer is very boozy and a bit much. I ordered a pint of it and was really wishing I only had an 8oz pour. A pint of this stuff is WAY TOO MUCH. It's not a horrible beer, but I will not be purchasing more of this stuff.

Photo of hmph
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this review includes combined experience directly from bottle and also poured into pint glass from bottle.

A - really transparent amber with a darker short lived head. Nice lacing but nothing too much

S - big caramel is more present than the hops initially but citrus, very orange hop, with a slight alcohol hint as well

T - bold, but well done, you shouldn't be drinking it if you aren't looking for something that is a bit abrasive. But I feel like its balanced well, and the ABV is hidden well enough to drink a few.

O - really enjoyed it both from bottle and poured from bottle. Drank some sitting on the beach, can't say I believe the 'IPA' portion of this brew but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of MightyCasey
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep reddish/brown.
S: Nose is of citrusy American hops.
T: Heavy on the palate, tastings of character malts, hop flavor and resins, and a medium sweet finish. A full-flavored example of a pale.
M: Really nice mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a great and very strong interpretation of an American style.

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting is from a 12 oz bottle. It has a very nice copper color with about half inch head of foam. I’m picking up malts and hops in the smell, but nothing very distinctive --- maybe a touch of caramel and a hint of the strong alcohol that is coming. The taste is a wonderful, oily mixture of hops and malts that blends together wonderfully. Not as bitter as a traditional pale ale, but a very full bodied beer with a touch of Scottish ale characteristics. You can taste the whiskey like 11.5% ABV in it. I pick up the bitterness and some sweetness is the aftertaste. I could drink this beer often! It’s very good, but strong alomst a Barleywine --- not really a pale ale (or double).

Photo of corcoranjc
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: amber and pretty clear for such a hoppy brew. little head and little to no lacing.

smell: hops and sweet malts in almost even doses. citrus and resin hoppy aroma....biscuit malts as well as dark fruits....nice aroma overall, but i tend to go for the huge hop and tropical fruits in my DIPAs. i could get used to this and would like to come back to it sometime, but only if i could have my other favorite DIPAs also.

taste: lots of bitterness, but also lots of sweetness....interesting. almost like a highly hopped and thinner barleywine. there is a slightly boozy quality for sure as well. don't think i could drink more than one of these.

mouthfeel: not too much to report....huge flavor and tastes a little thin....i think it's a bit too dry with all that alcohol.

overall: i'm glad i tried this beer, but i probably won't be going back for more. it's an interesting take on the style, but it's not my favorite rendition. all the alcohol in this makes me want to suck down a couple crisp, low abv session beers

Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, no real date but its a vintage 11AA.

The appearance is a reddish / copper color with an off white foam head about 1 finger thick, it has pretty good retention. The smell is of citrus hops and malty sweetness. The mouth is medium the hop bitterness is present along with some heavy malts. The taste is a mixture of hoppy goodness and sweet malts, this is pretty dual flavored and the sweetness is higher than expected and isn't overpowered by the high hops, there is a present alcohol burn on the way down and a bitter after flavor. Overall a good beer but, I prefer a little less malts, its a hair too sweet for me.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a pleasant copper red to orange with a sand thick sand color head that leaves pretty nice lacing.

Surprisingly malty given the style of beer. Smells of dried fruit, caramel and a bit of orange. I am looking forward to tasting.

Again I am surprised that malt is so prominent. Caramel is the first flavor with a fair amount of alcohol and dried fruit.

Body is thinned out a bit from the high ABV with good carbonation.

Overall the beer is enjoyable but fell a little short of greatness.

Photo of JayAre46
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12oz bottle with another gawdy flying dog label which i have so many mixed feelings about, pours a transparent amber color with a 1 finger head that recedes and show good retention but i feel like i've gotten better from previous times.

A - a very sweet citrus aroma that is swallowed by the beast of sweet caramel malts, you can tell how frightening this beer is upon first whiff along with the huge abv that has already punked you.

T - holy shit there is nothing about this beer that is small, huge orange flavors covered in chocolate that is filled with caramel, definitely a joke calling it a imperial pale ale, the alcohol is very much present, i have no problem with big beers but this one is on a fine line of almost being overly cloying. all i feel it needs is to be more bitter for balance. fruity, malty, hoppy, boozy, bottom line.

M - medium to full bodied, minimal carbonation, not quite creamy but it tries and loses. not the easiest to drink and not a feel for the faint of heart.

O - sometimes you need something like this that slaps you around and reminds you that there are beers out there that can never be conquered. this beer is closer to a imperial red ale to me if that is a style, with its malt profile, its not bad but it just goes debo on you the whole time. the reason im rating it so low is because it is in the most competitive style with the highest bar and its not close to the best, makes me feel like river dancin' drink it ya twat

Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled stamped "VINTAGE 11CC"

Pours a nice reddish amber, nearly clear, with a short-lived but creamy tan head.

Aroma: both hops and toasted malt evident. High ABV partially hidden, especially before warming. Floral and woodsy with a hint of citrus. After warming a bit it has a very boozy aroma.

Taste: imbalance of bitter over aromatic hops, with a pungent bitter quality that hits almost immediately and is all that remains in the finish. FD says IBU = 85 but it seems even higher. High ABV is all too apparent in the flavor. Aged bottle was smoother and more palatable.

M - smooth; medium body with good carbonation ... but the 11.5% ABV adds an unpleasant burn.

O - I had this immediately after finishing an excellent Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. A striking difference, with pronounced bitter hoppy flavor in the FD as well as a less attractive and LESS hoppy aroma. The FD is certainly challenging and seems unrefined by comparison, even allowing for a minor style difference.
There's nothing average about this beer, but that's where my overall rating of it ends up.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Dark golden hue, with good lacing and retention.

S- Booze and citrus hops.

T- Toasted sweet maltiness with the citrus notes on the nose apparent in the taste as well. Big hop bite along with alcohol at the finish.

M- Thicker body with a creaminess at first fading to a drier aftertaste from the hops.

O- Liked this beer but not sure it's a DIPA. It almost tastes more like a hopped up barleywine to me, but still a solid beer.

Photo of brown2cu
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy brown with no head and no lacing.

S: A lot of fruit presence in the nose; nothing extraordinary but nothing too bad as well.

T: For such a mean looking bottle the taste is relatively tame. The hops hit the buds at first but a very assertive sweetness comes through mid way. However, for such a high ABV beer the alcohol is completely hidden until you swallow. Overall the taste is balanced but there is nothing overwhelming about this brew.

MF: The mouthfeel is interesting. Mild carbonation and the alcohol creates a pleasant burning sensation.

O: Pretty decent stuff here and well worth a try if you have the chance.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked Vintage '09 into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Very murky, dark orange amber beneath a dense, two-finger thick head of caramel-colored foam. Lively carbonation near head and nice, sticky lacing left in the wake of nice retention.

S: Buttery caramel malts and a rich, spicy, fruity aroma with notes of apricot, orange, applesauce and dates. Smells more malt forward, although you can detect some alcohol and muted, floral hops in the nose.

T: Huge doses of sweet, fruity caramel malt up front that lend of bit of toffee and orange rind to the palate before the hop onslaught hits. Spicy, bitter, herbal and citrusy hops swamp the taste with sticky resins and touches of burning alcohol before washing down a tad fruity and bittersweet with a full-bodied hop resin and alcohol burn.

M: Full-bodied and rich feel with loads of sticky hop resins and malt sweetness to go around. Lends itself as a sipper on par with a barleywine or Belgian Quad.

O: Very rich and flavorful, the hops have held up to cellaring these past 2 years and the 11.5% ABV certainly pushes itself through as well. At first sip, you might think Double Dog is a hot mess, but let it warm a bit and the subtle malt sweetness really begins to compliment and balance the 85 IBUs nicely. I'd like to compare a fresh one to an earlier vintage sometime.

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.