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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: 1,729
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 58
Gots: 136 | 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 vandemonian
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery Double Dog is a double pale ale that doesn't overdo the hops. This beer is amazingly drinkable, given the alcohol content.

A: Red-orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: Hoppy aroma with noticable, pleasant yeast smell and a hint of citrus. 4

T: Taste is surpringly malty with strong maple flavour and a little sweetness. There is some hoppiness there, but not as much as you'd expect from a double IPA overpowering. I like it. 4

M: Reasonably foamy. Maybe slightly soapy. 3.5

O: A nice and surprisingly subtle beer (given the ABV). 4

Photo of nickthegun12
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged this one for about 7 months!....

11.5% ABV wow! did not realize that!...doesn't drink like one!

the appearance is dark brown can't see through this one!...not much head...and the lacing is very nice...

smells very malty...not much hops in the nose

the taste is very much like the nose...malty...the hops have faded....the bitterness is not very present...but it does add some balance to the beer...

the feel is a good balance between dry and creamy

overall this is not a bad beer...one of flying dog's better beers!

Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a burnt orange w/ a beautiful 2 finger toffee head. Good carbonation and lacing. Head goes down to a sliver in a minute. Fairly clear, but slightly cloudy in appearance. Very nice for the style.

S- Caramel, chocolate, malt, hops. This smells really delicious on first whiff. Heavy chocolate coming through, it will be interesting to see if the taste follows suit.

T- Slight hops on the front followed by a giant malt monster. A big caramel chocolate malt monster. This tastes closer to a barleywine to me, but it's pretty good. 11.5% ABV, and I don't really taste much alcohol at all. I'd like a little alcohol burn on the aftertaste. Hops linger in the aftertaste. Nice tasting, just short of a 4.5....

M- Nice malt/hop combo in the feel. Smooth, but w/ an IBU of 85, you can't drown out the hop bite. Nice feel to this one, just not outstanding.

O- Flying Dog makes some good (and interesting) brews. This isn't one of my favorites, but it's a solid beer that falls just short of great. Definitely worth buying, and I'm sure I'll look for this one again. Cheers!

Photo of 3m3rson
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beer worthy of your attention.

There aren't many 11.5% ABV's out there that go down as smooth as this one.

The balance between hops and sweet malty flavor is perfect. It's basically a triple IPA. Overall it's similar to Southern Tier Unearthly, or a sweeter version of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Except more potent.

The experience is smoooth. You can tell it's a strong strong beer, but very drinkable. My wife had a sip and remarked it was extraordinary, and her sip didn't end with a sour face.

Try this once, and you'll be back for more!

Photo of mgoblue5743
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great local DIPA! Viscous and bitter... this can't compete with the top of the top (Hoptimum, PtE, Hopslam, etc.), but a good fresh bottle of double dog goes a long way. Well hidden ABV, very drinkable, will definitely have again! good work FF folks.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: A deep amber/red color with little visible carbonation. The head is light tan and disappears fairly quickly.

S: The strongest scent is far and away the hops. They primarily impart a pine smell to the overall flavor as well as sweet herbs. Despite the heavy emphasis on hops, there is a distinct sweet malt flavor which provides a bit of balance to the nose. Upon deep inhalation, I can detect the sharp scent of alcohol. Later as it warms, I can smell a bit of dry fruit.

T: As advertised on the bottle, the hop flavor here is incredibly bitter (85 IBU). It tastes of grass cuttings and bitter herbs. There is no citrus or sweetness here. Some caramel malt can be detected, but it’s just an afterthought. The hops and high alcohol content give the beer a spicy pinewood taste. Alcohol lingers in the long bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderately heavy and incredibly alcoholic. I can feel the burn from the alcohol for a long time after I swallow. Light carbonation complements the burning of the alcohol well.

O: This is one of the more bitter beers I have ever had and with high alcohol content as well, it loses drinkability as it warms. I recommend drinking this beer below 55F. With next to nothing to counterbalance the bitterness and alcohol, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

Photo of blackcompg
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my very first BA review, hope this helps some of you that are researching and looking to try this beer...

When I first opened the bottle, the smell was fantastic - is there such a word as "hopsplosion"? I can't wait to pour and taste this...and I love the wild label and graphics on the bottle.

Appearance - Poured almost a 2-finger head, billowy sandy-tan cumulus clouds which dissipated rather quickly. Color of the beer is a gorgeous, crystal clear warm copper-amber color. My first few sips are leaving incredible lacing on the glass.

Smell - When I first opened the bottle, the smell was fantastic - candied grapefruit peel, pine notes, and some cotton candy. More of the same in the glass, with grapefruit and piney hops becoming a bit more pronounced, and the sweeter scents diminishing a bit.

Taste - Wow! I've had quite a few other IPA's recently (and a few DIPA's), and I expected a pretty powerful punch with an 85 IBU, and the grapefruit-pine hop bitterness is absolutely there, but it is perfectly harmonized with cotton candy and malt sweetness. Something else there in the middle, perhaps semi-sweet apricots. This is a perfect symphony! The start is grapefruit juice, which quickly sweetens so briefly with malted cotton candy and apricot, then the pine and grapefruit rind assert themselves, and during all of this there is an alcohol warmth that gently builds, not offensive in the least, not a "burn". Your tongue is left literally sticky with semi-sweet grapefruit and pine hop resin, alcohol warmth, and carbonation tingle...and before you can set your glass down you are taking another sip...this is delicious, and downright fun! The alcohol is hidden pretty darned well, you really don't pick up on the 11.5% ABV in the taste, the alcohol asserts itself much more in between sips.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, this truly is like liquid silk! Excellent mouthfeel, moderate carbonation tingles the tongue, the end is both bitter and just slightly sweet, I'm telling you, the harmony is beyond description. I Really like this beer.

Overall - I can't recommend this beer enough - I love a good bitter IPA/DIPA and the malt sweetness that typically counteracts the hoppy bite...but this particular beer is so extremely well balanced, I find myself thoughtful after every sip, the flavor profile is incredible, all the sweet and bitter notes playing major roles, so well balanced! I guess the only downside is that the insane 11.5% ABV makes this a very un-sessionable beer, but makes this the PERFECT nite-cap...or the best and tastiest way to get a QUICK buzz ;) IMHO this is a must try, just ask your local liquor store to order it for you - I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 1000

Appearance-Copper with a 2 finger creamy off white head, leaves a nice amount of lacing, that remains for a decent amount of time for 11.5

Smell-Immediately punched in the face with hops. I get alot of malty sweetness as well.

Taste-So I immediately get slapped with a boozy almost bourbon taste, but that taste never returned again. Like the aroma alot of malty sweetness. Some citrus and piney hops balanced with just enough malt to make this 11.5% IIPA actually go down fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, but still a little hot going down. pretty potent. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall-Hesitated buying this but pretty reasonable so gave it a shot, I had this awhile back and remember it just being too much. I'm actually going to try againg this beer, may make it better.

Photo of Shrews629
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer had a clear, dark, burnt orange/copper color. An off white head of decent size and retention. Smooth looking, but did have a few large bubbles around the spot of the pour. (I poured straight down the middle). Some pretty good lacing left behind.

Smell - A nice fragrance of hops. Grapefruit citrus. Somewhat restrained, but still nice. More malty than citrusy from how most other "Doubles" are. Caramel and a toasty biscuit. Balanced well. Small churned butter note. Minute fragrance of alcohol at first, but picked up considerably as I went along.

Taste - The malt and hops are balanced well. Again, more malt than what I was expecting, but that's ok, it's still godd. A substantial burn at the back from the alcohol. Some piny notes. Grapefruit. Resinous. I don't really taste the alcohol, only feel it. Caramel and toastiness abound, however it's not real sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full, creamy, slick mouthfeel. Velvety almost. Tons of flavor left on the palate. Feels good. Almost chewy. Nice burn that lasts the duration.

I liked this beer. Very good in all aspects. Great mouthfeel. A "BIG" beer that may be a bit strong for some. Tremendous alcohol burn. The high ABV would make the drinkability not so high.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - very pure amber look to the color, clear, with about two fingers of off-white, almost khaki colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy like an IPA, also a little bit of a sweetness, probably from the malts used.

Taste and Mouthfeel - lovely and bitter and hoppy flavored! Can't quite ID the hops...maybe at least Cascade, plus others. Bitterness lasts throughout entire taste and into the aftertaste along with a slight hint of sweetness. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - very bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Good taste and fun to drink.

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice amber color with a white one finger head that seems to want to stay, good lacing is left behind. Very clear

Smell: Piney resinous hops up front, with some sweet caramel malt on the back end

Taste: A very hoppy brew, but impressively balanced with sweet malt. Hops are mostly piney and resinous, good bitterness, but not in your face. Not boozy at all, which is impressive with 11.5% ABV. Some hints of grapefruit in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty good, the description on the bottle got me to buy it. I enjoy the good maltiness. I don't know if I will buy it again, but I know I do enjoy it.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles
A - crystal clear coppery amber with some head.
S - hoppy alcoholic malts.
T - not as alcoholic as I expected but it is there. The malts and hops are well balanced and present in good proportions althoug more than a normal IPA.
M - smooth carbonation with a nice tingly hoppy feel.
D - very drinkable until the alcohol finds you!
Overall a beer I would buy again.

Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A half pint on nitro at Urge Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Dark amber, clear, with great head and copious lace. It doesn't get better than this. Aroma is malty, caramel sweet, and a touch of citrus. Very soft carbonation and medium body. Flavor is bold coffee roast with a noticeable amount of alcohol come middle. The finish is bitter without the typical chocolate tones. The worst that can be said about this beer is that the alcohol is on the high side and may be a bit hot.

Photo of jowilant
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper / orange, very clear

S - Just what you would expect from a traditional pale ale - an earthy hop aroma. In addition, the surprise here is the slight alcohol aroma that you get if you smell carefully. This is of course an unexpected yet pleasant aroma coming from what otherwise smells like a pale ale - but it's 11.5 % abv!!

T - The alcohol taste comes at the end, disguised by an upfront maltiness, finished by dry hop to evaporate off of the tongue.

M - Very nice carbonation. With a beer of this abv potency I am expecting a richer, more viscous feeling beer. However, this one achieves what it is - a Double Pale Ale - give you that somewhat watery (not in a bad way) feel that a pale ale is, combined with the malty notes necessary to achieve the high abv and the alcohol finish.

O - A very unique beer in my opinion. I expect something totally different when going for a high abv beer. However, I really appreciate drinking beers that are pushing the limits with creativity and high alcohol. This one meets that criteria for me.

Photo of oneaday
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer does an amazing job of hiding 11.5% alcohol... until you're about 2/3 of the way through your 12 oz pour. It's really well balanced, and has a nice combination of hop bite up front, and long drawn out malty sweetness at the end. I'll look for more of this one.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Beautiful looking copper body is topped off with an off-white, creamy head. Carbonation feeds the head giving it good retention, and leaves a droopy lacing all of the way down the glass. Excellent pour!

S - Nice mixture of citrus fruits and hops. The former gives a sweet, pleasant aroma... It's just too damn faint, though, especially for an IIPA.

T - Hits the tongue with a barrage of hops, which melts away into a much more citrusy flavor. Grapefruit, with a malty sweetness coming along for the ride. Not noticable at first is the deadly bitterness that will give a harsh kick at the back end. Rough, balanced. This one's a real kick in the teeth.

S - A full, creamy body with smooth carbonation. Finish is clean, if a bit bitter. Alcohol hits the gut, but not the tongue. Fun to swish around a bit!

Overall/notes - About as good as the first one I had the other night. Other than a pretty faint nose, the beer does exactly what it advertises: nails you with all-hop flavor and bitterness. If you try this one with others, make sure you finish with it. I can't taste anything but Double Dog when I take the last sip.

Photo of CMB2012
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with Vintage 11 FF where date code should be. Served in 16oz stemless snifter.

A- Pours a very clean, but dark red/orange, closer to a barley wine than a DIPA. Without much vigor it produces a half finger, creamy, off white head. This doesn't stick around long and leaves a thin bubbly lace with one large continent. Lacing sticks fairly well for the high alcohol.

S- The nose isn't as strong as you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I get some citrus fruit up front- grapefruit and orange. Then a big slap of oniony, garlic, vegetable-esque alcohol smell (unpleasant at this level). There is some sweet caramel malt in the middle, but you have to search for it. Not much hop presence here, and I don't think the beer is that old.

T- The taste almost completely allows one to forgive the unruly and imbalanced aroma. Sweet and fruity up front, I get nice amounts of grapefruit and orange, followed by big caramel malts, some bubblegum, and then a powerful but pleasant bitter and dry finish. Some complain about the heat on this one, but hey, it's 11.5%abv, and it isn't so bad all in all. The earthy, piney, resinous, and bitter ending actually melds well with the alcohol that finishes this brew off. The linger is mild and flavorful with woody notes.

M- The mouth feel is possibly the most accurate for the trend of this style. It is medium to medium-full with a resinous, sticky character. Somewhat chewy and pretty darn juicy to boot. The carbonation is low, but the tight bubbles it does have work well with the bitterness giving off an overall creamy effect.

O- I am revisiting this one after a good three years hiatus due to many diverse tangents. I remember loving it for its extreme nature, and I still do to an extent. The nose is nothing to boast, in fact its a bit egregious (for the same reasons I disliked Olde Gnarly Wine), but the flavor is everything I wanted (unlike OGW). This beer would be a great candidate for some cedar and/or oak barreling. I would try that beer!

Photo of bpw28
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apppearance: Finger off white head, Amber with Copper edges (About a 19 on SRM Chart), Awesome Lacing

Nose: Light Roast, Pineapple, Spicy, Light Mint, Walnut, Ashes? Like a cold grill smell (Not a bad smell, makes me hungry), Brown Sugar

Taste: Medium Roast, Spicy, Bready, Alcohol, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Dark Fruits

Final Thoughts: It's not a bad beer. If only this wasn't such a whap in the face with the alcohol it would be better. But really, not a bad beer at all.

Steak, Lamb, Strong Cheeses. (Not alot I can list. This one is a by itself type of beer.)

Photo of atowle25
2.17/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

The appearance on this beer is the best part. Poured it into a westmalle goblet, color is a nice amber color with a good sized head and lacing. The smell..well, I didn't get a whole lot from the smell other than a hint of grapefruit and a whole lot of alcohol. The taste is similar. A bit of grapefruit followed by some lingering bitterness and HEAT. My god, the heat. This is one hot DIPA. If you are into that sort of thing, you might enjoy this beer. It also seemed far too sweet to me, even for 11.5%. More malt than I like in an DIPA as well. I drank about half of the 12 oz bottle and poured the rest. I don't drain pour often, but I just did not like this beer at all.

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

Poured in to a pint glass. I didnt see a bottled on or best by date available on the bottle. However there was a printing that said " Vintage 1000".

A- Pours a nice a deep golden to amber color. Gave rise to an inch of solid tight foam head that was light tan in color. Dark and kinda hard to see through. Not fully opaque, but not fully transparent.

S- The smell bright and full of citrus. Grapes and lemon, citrus fruits, oranges, hops, resin, a bit of tobacco leaves with some nice grain and malts.

T- A nice hit right in the front that evens out and then leaves a tingly feeling all around the mouth that delivers a bitter hop presence. Hides the alcohol very well but is definitely a warmer thats for sure.

M- A full flavored brew. Hints of fruits and loads of hops. This is definitely one of the brews from Flying Dog Brewery that sings to me. It has a lot to it that makes it a unique DIPA, a lot of malt presence which seems to balance the brew out a whole lot.
O- I really like how it looks right up front. Compared to a lot of other DIPA's ive seen lately ( Myrcenary, and Double Trouble), this seems to reflect how a DIPA should look right out of the bottle.

Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Beer looks good. Deep caramel-amber color met with an equally inviting bouquet. Great balance, especially for such high alcohol content. Hops exquisitely subdued by sweet malt flavor (and vice versa). While this style isn't my favorite, it's probably my favorite of this style. *Note: This is a double pale ale that borders on a barleywine, not a double IPA as the info suggests.

Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger thick cream-colored head sitting upon a clear copper-colored body with a very light amount of rising bubbles. Thick lacing covers the sides of the glass as this beer is consumed.

Strong spicy hops are immediately apparent followed by caramelized malt notes. While decent, stronger aromas would have been preferred.

Dark malty flavors hit first but quickly give way to a warm burst of pine hops. A lasting bitterness mingles with a slight alcohol aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It coats the mouth well and sticks to both the roof of the mouth as well as the tongue, allowing the aftertaste to really stand out. However, a little lighter body would have improved the drinkability in my opinion.

The great bitterness is sure to please hopheads but is also nicely checked by both the malt as well as the strong alcohol. The "balance" of this beer gives it decent drinkability considering the heavy hops and high ABV of 11.5%. It is sweet, bitter, warm, and strong; a great interpretation of the style.

Photo of Snow81
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wow very nice mercy orange and red tint

Head: Big light tan head with nice lace on the sides of my glass

Smell: Dark citric hops with caramel and a little heat

Taste: Deep rich bitter hops that dissipates and a wave of heat washes over the palate, then the bitterness of the hops strike back and stick into the palate once again

Weight: Medium to heavy body and high to medium carbonation

Finish: Heat falls at the end but hops are so dug into the palate the bitterness last which seems forever and a nice stickiness on the lips

Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium red with a full finger's lace that dissipates to a nice, thin, foamy layer with plenty of bubbles up top. Very good carbonation and lots of bubble ascension even after a few sips.

S: Plenty of beautiful, pine hop notes, a touch of sweet malt, a touch of a floral aroma

T: The middle is a massive blast of piney hops, with a nice balance of sweet malt coming after it, but the aftertaste is a definite bittersweet, hopfest in your mouth.

M: Nice, solid mouthfeel with a bit of stickiness and a maple syrupy sort of consistency going down

O: This is a good one. I really like the hop blast followed by the malt balance, the only thing I would criticize is that the hops linger on the "back end" where the bottle advertises the malts dominate. Still, very drinkable, however 90 minute IPA and Maharaja are a step above this.

Photo of doucmehu
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured at 45 deg. into 22oz. snifter. Deep honey/amber, looks viscous, off white fair head

S: Strong malt, caramel, some sweet hops, i like it.

T: Strong sweet rich malt, solid pine resin hop finish and a little dry.

M: Rich, thick, viscous ale. Certainly a sipper, you can feel the alcohol burn

D: I could only have one, and would order for sure. Really enjoyable, complex sipping beer, at least compared to other FD and IIPAs.

More of a barleywine than a DIPA, especially the way most people know them. Love it, would buy on tap any day unless I had to limit ABV.

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,729 ratings.