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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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964 Reviews
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Reviews: 964
Hads: 1,826
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 66
Gots: 217 | 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

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Reviews: 964 | Hads: 1,826
Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I got Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall on my speakers and I notice this empty Tripel Karmeliet goblet staring at me from across the room… there is only one way for this to end… I reach into my fridge and behold! There’s that month old bottle of Flying Dog Double Dog that my buddy Joseph gave to me. Thanks, Joe!

So into the glass it goes! I can immediately smell a hefty malt and citrus hop presence leap out of the glass as I pour. A head of various sized bubbles springs up and begins to settle, leaving a bit of lacing atop the muddled orange beer. (As I drink the Double Dog, the lacing reveals itself to be spotty and fun to watch.)

The smell on this is quite bold, but basic. Sugar, lots of it, a strong citrus hop nose and more than a hint of alcohol rise from the glass. The hops are all over the place… resiny but mostly citrus and acidic. The website proclaims this is “dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops” and they ain’t kidding. The sweetness brings to mind something thick and syrupy, perhaps an Eiswine or Madeira, I dunno. But enough sniffing around, time to taste this thing…

Well. After a huge gulp of this, I can say that Double Dog is one of the more warming beers I’ve had in a long time. This stuff goes down smooth and tingles, eventually settling to a warm glow on the back of my tongue and all the way down my gullet. Pretty impressive. “But” I hear you saying “what does it taste like?” Well, for starters, a truck-load of citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit, lemon and a leafy hop character smack the palate around a bit before revealing some caramel and honey-bun like sweetness. The malt is there, but mostly the raging hop flavor kicks everything else out of the way to assault your mouth. The finish is dry and quite bitter, nearly medicinal like quinine or something equally unpleasant. Exhale and you’d think you’d just been munching on a handful of hops. The Flying Dog website proclaims 85 IBUs, but whatever they have in here, it’s super bitter. No session beer here…

The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but well carbonated and thankfully not harsh. The hop flavor coats the mouth and packs a bitter punch. If you love hop bitterness this is going to be right up your alley. Did I mention the bitterness?

Less drinkable than say, Dogfish 90 minute, this is a rough, wild, bitter hop bomb. Ultimately tasty, but certainly not a session beer and not something I’d strive to keep on hand. Double Dog is basic, but what it does it does big. Recommend for the hop-head. I think I'd like to have another... in a few months.

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Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. As with all Flying Dog brews, the label is by Ralph Steadman. I don't pretend to understand what he is trying to portray, but this one appears to be some sort of large dog in tighty whities.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange color with a nice head, just a bit off white.

Smell: Smells great - piney hops and a nice malt sweetness. Very well balanced and appetizing.

Taste: Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Hops win the battle for dominance, but just barely. Plenty of malt backbone. Hops are dominated by pine, but there is a bit of grapefruit in there too.

Overall impression: Very nice to see this in four packs - it is definitely similar to the old Wild Dog offering, but it has been too long to say if it is exactly the same.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this has been re-released or what but on tap at the Boston's Bistro. A cloudy, not nearly opaque mahagony. Large creamy, thick off white head has great retention and leaves a thick lace down the glass.

Great nose on this DIPA. Citrus hops is what it's all about. Grapefruit pucker, lemon, tangerine, with flowery aspects. A backbone of caramel malty-ness rounds things out.

This is a damn good DIPA and I can see why Flying Dog would brew this beer again as it's by far their best I've tasted. Rich bubble gum with smack your lips grapfruit flavors, totally citrus hop dominated. Hops are thick, and resiny. A floral mid with hints of pine. Toffee, and caramel malt add depth and complexity. Hops are high, and delicious. Alcohol does show through in the mid palate and is slightly warming on the finish. Finish is half way to forever.

Mouth is full in your face and readies you for another drink.

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Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at about 45 degrees into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark amber color with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops and malty alcohol. Smells quite refreshing!

T: Mmmm, delicious. Tons of malt - very much on the malty side of the double IPAs! But, there is a significant level of hops to counter those malts. Citrusy, flavorful hops finish the sip. Basically, this starts nice and almost sweet with alcohol soaked caramel malt (although there is also a nice initial burst of bitterness. Upon swallowing, any sweetness disappears and is replaced by the quite tasty hops - and while being bitter, they definitely focus more on showcasing the flavor of the hops. These hops then make themselves at home on your tongue, and don't leave for quite some time. Also, as noted above, it is definitely alcoholic. While this is sometimes a problem (fresh Firestone 10 comes to mind), it works perfectly here - the alcohol nicely matches up with the hops, and the hops keep the alcohol from detracting. Nicely done!

M: Nice and rich and boozy. This is one beer you won't find lacking in body. Perfect carbonation level too. Finishes nice and dry.

D: As strong as this beer is, the overwhelming positive flavors and kick keep this tasty enough to overcome what would otherwise be attributes that would really hurt the drinkability.

Highly recommended for those who love malty DIPAs. Flying Dog is often middle of the road for me, but this one here is a winner!

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Photo of westweasel
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a new Sam Adams tasting glass. The appearance of the beer was a hazy, dark apricot, dirty amber color, with a 1/4 inch white head. The head quickly dissolved, and belgain lace was left on the glass.

The smell is dominated by citrus hops: grapefruit and lemon. The taste was like buttermilk biscuits that is quickly overcome by strong grapefruity bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full, with bitter, dry finish.

The drinkability is quite good - I could easily drink too many of these...

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer, with a massive two finger, steady cream colored head and a translucent body bordering on opaque, with tons of sediment and carbonation to muddy the reddish amber waters. Lacing is sticky and everywhere. Nose is a grapefruit/pine hop assault that shows a hint of what I expect when I toss this bad boy down the hatch.

Yeah, the hop action is there in spades, but the bitterness is pretty manageable.
The expected alcohol siege is mostly ineffectual, the hops keep it at bay without completely drowning your taste buds. Mouthfeel is carbonated but okay. Not an everyday beer but worthy among hopheads and challenging Gonzo for the brewery's finest beer.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce imperial "tulip" style pint glass.

A - Nice reddish golden amber with a finger and a half of white head.

S - Nice hop smell. Grass, grapefruit. Some sugary smell as well.

T - Lots of sweetness surprisingly. Not as hugely hopped as I hoped. A nice sipper though, just a bit sugary sweetness.

M - Nice coating mouthfeel.

D - Not what I was expecting from the smell. Still good for a sipping brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wildly hoppy! Color is rich cloudy brown, promising an excellent brew. The very aroma is loaded with hoppiness and has hints of evergreen. Flavor is very hoppy and will overwhelm anyone not used to such a beer. Surprisingly, it is not super-bitter, but very drinkable if you like your beers hoppy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is excellent, being both citrus-y and crisp in flavor, despite a very ugly-duckling appearance.

This beer pours a murky, cloudy, dull appearance with good head formation. It is the ugliest beer I've liked...ever.

Aroma is very bitter with lots of pineapple sweetness. Flavor is more delicious over-ripe pineapple with lots of dry bitterness. This beer is very crisp for the style; mouthfeel is not at all sticky despite lots of sweetness. This beer also has a substantial warming presence. Excellent.

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Photo of jkaufman
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours clear and amber, with a nice thin white head and visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Various aromatic hops with a hint of malt sweetness.

T and M: A veritable hop explosion annihilates my palette. Interestingly enough, there is a pervading malt syrup texture that provides a bit of a buffer against the hops. This ale finishes warm and leaves a bitter knot in the back of my throat.

D: One is enough for me. This is definitely a sipper, held back by intense bitterness yet not so much by the high ABV.

An interesting brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

love the review contrast here.. 4.3 to 2.8, up and down the scale.. what is it here that polarizes people? I set out to find out..

orange pour.. clean, clear, and overflowing with bubbly goodness. the head here is one-finger tall and standing strong with billowy cushions of carbon dioxide. lacing is all-encompassing, firey crust which leaves no square inch of the glass unpatterned.

this beer smells.. well.. hoppy. and a nice balance of hop selection exists as well. footy sweat hops mingle aggressively with grapefruit rinds and lemon-soaked sweatsocks. so many different hop essences appear here that a hopgeek is sure to be satisfied. rarely do i encounter so many botanical wonders as i have in this brew.

yeah, its boozy and bitter. drinkability suffers as an abrasiveness equaling raw dirt appears all over my palate with the first sip. this beer shoots for the moon hop/alcohol-wise, and brings to fruition a huge beer which is difficult to quaff. what did you expect, flying dog?

i like the flavors, and in small sips this beer falls into flavorful double ipa ranks with beers like hopslam (do you not taste the similarity?).. only this beer cares not about balance and blew its load waaay too early. a noble effort, for sure, but one that needed just a tad more puppetry to bring about a successful big brew. recommended, cautiously, with the knowledge that further refinement would create a world-class dipa.

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Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. Vintage 07c. Modest head faded to an off white collar. The body was clear and richly copper colored.

Smell was somewhat soapy. Pine sap and caramel sweetness. Husky, fresh grain appeared later as it warmed further.

Taste was syrupy bitter. Jacked up pale ale caramel sweetness and the expected parching bitter hops. Alcohol appeared late.

Mouthfeel was full/medium bodied. Slight oiliness. Syrupy without becoming cloying.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Roasty, hazy bronze with a solid, wall-climbing, satiny French vanilla head. Great retention and rings of webby, sticky lacing

Smell: Pine, herbal hops, geranium, lemon, loads of tropical passion fruit and sticky mango with a round, golden pineapple sweetness, brown sugar, and vodka. A bit thin on the malts but the hop profile is killer, almost reminiscent of some sort of tropical fruit-infused liqueur.

Taste: Badass. Sharp and spicy up front, with a flare of alcohol and a slap of hops to get your attention - citric, earthy, resiny, (almost woody) and oh so alpha acidic. Whoever entered this beer into the database was wise to classify it as a DIPA, because the malts are decidedly in the background here - this is all about the hops. There is some apple-like juicy sweetness with a light nutty, toasty base note and a touch of caramel, but certainly nowhere near enough to make this syrupy or to even so much as distract from the hops. Finish is thick at first, then bitter as a motherfucker. This is the DIPA I've been waiting for.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and slick, smooth on the palate but very well carbonated and zesty from the hops and alcohol. Finish is mouthwatering, giving a slightly syrupy feel.

Drinkability: This is a great, big, extreme beer in the spirit of Stone or Lagunitas. That said, it isn't the easiest beer to drink but it is one of the most fun. The first beer from Flying Dog to really impress me. Well done.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep reddish amber with a decent eggshell head and admirable lacing.

S- Lots of pine with a little grapefruit. Typical IPA smells, little else.

T- Well, this is pretty much all hops. Pine sap dominates with a little orange rind in the background. Lots of bitterness with hardly any malt to back it up. I thought I might have tasted a little bit of biscuity malt in the aftertaste, but that could just be my tongue playing tricks on me. Alcohol is also evident, although it's not too strong. Obviously balance was not a priority in the brewing of this beer.

M- Fairly thick mouthfeel, almost a little syrupy. Carbonation is at about the right level.

D- Not bad tasting, but the lack of balance and high alcohol limit the drinkability quite a bit. No more than one, please.

This was a pretty average DIPA. I used to be all about the hops, but I've come to appreciate a well-balanced IPA. This is not a well-balanced IPA. The hop profile wasn't all that great either. This beer needs more malt and more hop flavor. I doubt I'll be getting it again.

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Photo of Duster72
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass a surprisingly clear dark amber. Little to no head but foam ring around edge leaves moderate lacing down glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some sweet carmel malts. Taste is hard to pin down. Pine is the dominant flavor with carmel and grapefruit in the background. Excellent blend. Not as sweet as most DIPAs, which is a plus. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Scary drinkable at ABV. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thick and fluffy 3"+ head that sticks around a while. Some nice lacing develops.

Smell: pine and caramel are most dominant tones picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruits, pears, honey, and a bit of alcohol are nicely balanced. The malt and strong bitterness levels play well together. Dry and warming throughout.

Mouthfeel: light crisp and dry at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Super long aftertaste as bitterness and alcohol stick to the tastebuds. Medium to heavy in body.

Drinkability: the alcohol levels really knock this down a notch. Otherwise this a slow sippin' brew that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed amber-brown with a dense eggshell-orange head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Boisterous bouquet of citrus and pine, as if a stuck my nose into a fresh mound of hops. Slightly grassy and boozy as it warms.

Huge hop flavor upfront, big blend of the usual IPA suspects. Gives way to a sweet maltiness that is quickly hammered by a load of IBUs. Finishes with a long lingering hop taste and bitterness.

Full body, a little too syrupy. Well carbonated.

Very good smell and taste, but the syrupy body really detracts from the drinkability. Would not be able to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright crimson, well-cloaked, with a big, ebullient, staying head of creamy foam. Very nice.

Nose effuses booze and fruit. Barleywinish. grape and cherry burned into brandy. cognac with orange drippings. red wine with a slice of lemon.

juicy on the tongue, a blast of flavor, forceful, but delicious. Deep stuff, full bodied. Fat malt, and plenty of hops, rich and rewarding.
Doesn't taste like 10.5%, but we're not done yet.
bracing bitterness on the palate is just fine with this hophead, and mixes well with the pronounced malt bill. nice balance for such a huge brew.
I'm liking this...I'll have to try and find more!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big hopppy beer made my week! Big amber/ orange color with a thick tan head and large lacing patterns down the glass. The nose was a huge blast of piney/ grapfruit hops mixed with fresh grain bread and honey. The first sip smacks your tongue around with no remorse. Then the roasted malt and caramel smooth out this huge hoppy monster. Fresh picked hay and hints of dried apple dipped in honey really give this beer a nice mouthfeel. The high alcohol level is intergrated very well. The price is reasonable at $8.99 a 4pk. for such a powerful brew.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange garnet is color with a thick head of beige that retains and clings like Cool-Whip, coating my chalice in layers of lace.

Aroma is INTENSE grapefruit and crushed citrus peels with hints of Ceder pine and light florals. The malt comes through as scorched caramel with light butterscotch notes. Oh man this smells so good as it warms up a bit, really a masterful nose on this one boys, all about the hops!

Thank Budda that it tastes as good as it smells. Oily grapefruit and candied orange peel notes rip across your palate, leading to light wildflower honey and caramel that add perfect balance. A perfect marriage of hops and malt, one of Flying Dog's best.

Body is big, dense, and chewy. The alcohol is so well concealed, you would never guess it was 10.5%. Dangerously drinkable cuz it's so damn good, seriously.

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

Pours an amber/orange color with a thick foamy one finger beige head with really good stick and thick patches of lace drape the inside to the bottom. The nose display some sharp bitterness, spicy piney hops, charcoal grain, and some mild citrus. Somewhat thick mouthfeel that is very smooth and creamy carbonation fullness and leaves an oily coating on the palate. The hops are very spicy, bitter, and sprucey while the a pineapple fruit is very fresh and other tones of roasted malt, earthiness, smokey, and toffee. An alcohol burn is definite, but it does mix well and doesn’t detract from this beers flavor. A lot of hot spice and alcohol carries over to the finish with some sour twang and malty tones stay for the duration.

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

Flying Dog hit the DIPA style square on the head with this one. Poured a slightly hazy copper/apricot. Pungent hops aroma. Jaw-clenching smack of hops bittering right from the start, with an appropirately moderate sweetness that did not venture into the syrupy range. ETOH evident, but not overpowering. Touch of pine resin in the hops. This is on par with Stone's Ruination Ale and Dogfish Head's 90 Min. IPA - well done.

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Photo of Neehan
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy, light copper with a medium-sized head and a very slight bit of retention. The cornerstone of this is definitely the smell, as it is outstanding. Wow, hops coming at you from every angle with tons and tons of scents from floral, to grapefruit, to less citrusy fruits with a slight hint of barley. The taste was actually a bit disappointing because of the smell. The bitterness of the hops dominate and it doesn't have the same complexity of the smell but is still decent nonetheless. It doesn't have the same attempt at balance with sweetness as say, a DFH 90 min but is just an overall in-your-face hops experience... which I know some will love. Good, solid balance in the mouth and gains drinkability as it warms and you orient yourself to the hops.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper with an almost white head that settles to a single layer with mild lacing.

S- Piney, hoppy, sweet, alcoholic, citrusy, faint hint of clove. Wonderfully balanced aroma.

T- Initially sweet, finishing bitter on the back of the tongue, with some warming alcohol that lingers with the bitterness. Orange peel from the hops, and pineapple ester. Very complex taste. Taste is strong in the sweet, bitter, and alcohol categories, and is well balanced and tastefully done.

M- Thick with medium low carbonation, and very slight astringent in the finish.

D- Due to the balance, it is highly drinkable for the alcohol content, but I could still only have a couple.

Altogether, a good, well-balanced and strong beer. Cheers!

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Photo of mortarit
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy Head from a hard pour but stays around a couple of minutes.

Amber in color, hazy

Balanced hoppy taste of a IPA^2

I would like to try to match this up with the others I have tried to see where it falls.

Lacing does appear but light in formation

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.