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Double Dog Double IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber with some red hues. Pours with a big head that fades to a covering, moderate carbonation, and a bit of lace.

S - Lots of citrus and pine up front with some sweet caramel on the follow through.

T - Hop blast up front, but a nice load of malt to go with it. The hops continue throughout and there is a nice alcohol bit on the finish.

M - This is a deceptively large beer. This could easily be syrupy and a bit heavy, but I think it has a nice moderate body and the carbonation and alcohol make for a nice clean finish for such a big beer.

D - This beer is big, but I think remarkably drinkable. It finishes much cleaner than something with a 11.25% ABV. This is a straight forward and very good beer.

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

Pours a brown amber with a two inch head (heavy pour). Splotchy lace.
The smell is very balanced, caramel, citrus, not too complex but still pretty nice.
The taste follows suit with a bit of an alcohol burn. Not too off-putting.
The mouth is a bit hot but still pretty smooth going down. I like it, but one is enough for sure. I can think of quite a few more drinkable DIPAs, but have no regrets on buying this 4-pack.

Photo of jsulko
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Poured a dark cloudy amber with an off white head

Slightly sweet hoppy smell

Taste is slightly hoppy with a slight alcohol burn

Not as hoppy or bitter as I expected

They paint this as a double pale not a double ups

Good but nothing too special

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It was a hazy, cloudy brownish coloring with no head. The nose was a semi-sweet caramel-malt type aroma with a blast of piney hops. The beer has spicey sweet and sour malt flavors, with characteristics of a Barleywine, almost. A very hoppy background to balance the flavors, too. The beer has a slightly crisp and sour aftertaste, with a lingering finish that puckers and films the mouth at the same time. The strong, almost overpowering flavors make this one a tough beer to drink lots of.

Photo of schmidtn
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the wine glass it has a nice amber color. I was wishing for that slightly green color that come with some of its competitors

I like the smell, both strong hop and malt.

Taste is OK. Alcohol finish is strong. Cools the mouth. Very dry, especially for all the malt in it.

Mouthfeel is good, but dissapates to quickly, perhaps due to the abv.

I would like less abv and a fuller beer, 2 is this beer's limit for me...now where am I?

Photo of TheSaboteur
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy, golden-amber with an inch of lightly toffee colored, rich and velvety head. Lacing is surprisingly minimal as not much seems to be sticking to the sides of my tulip.

Smells of sweet caramel with hints of grapefruit rind and some oranges.

The caramel is at the forefront and the alcohol is at the finish. Somewhere in between I think I may have gotten a hint of citrus. I know something has been used to make the beer a bitter one, I just really can't taste the hop profile.

The mouthfeel is quite nice: luscious, velvety, creamy and sticky. Coats my mouth with sweet goodness and then scrapes my tongue off a layer. Clearly the highlight of this brew.

It goes down well, but as far a the style is concerned, this one is just too malty for me to consider a fine example. If you feel like sipping a high ABV brew that has a kick to it, this will fit the bill just fine.

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

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Orange-gold coloured beer with a tall, large bubbly off-white head.

S. Sweet clementines, buttery notes, some pepper and spice.

T. Medicinal notes, peppery spice, a nice hop character.

M. Medium bodied.

D. I can't agree with all the acclaim this beer gets. Yes, it is good but seems to be lacking the qualities other high abv beers have. Had quite a few Flying Dog beers now and those that I was expecting to be good sadly let me down.

Photo of smbslt
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very, very clear yellow orange. Initially had a very lively carbonation which slowed to a crawl but managed to continue thru until the end. Head was a finger and a half, creamy with larger oily bubbles in the center but was in a real hurry to make an exit which detracted from its overall appearance.

Smell was flowery but not unpleasant. Not as strong as as you would expect with the head breaking up as fast as it did. Possibly should have smelled it sooner or used a tulip to concentrate the smells.

Hoppy but not an overwhelming blast. Maintained thru to the finish where it gave way to bubble gum and some pine.

The feel was very good - sappy and syrupy and viscous. Held the flavors well. It seemed to really contradict the clarity which was a pleasant surprise.

Definitely drinkable however the alcohol does sneak up at the end and demands too much attention.

I am interested in how it will stack up next to Hop Wallop

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Ale and Witch.

A - Pours a deep amber-copper hue, quite radiant, and is capped with not so much head, but supplies seemingly endless lace as the glass empties.

S - The nose has a herbal, spicy and resiny-dank aroma, and the malt seems a bit spicy too, but in comparision to the taste the aroma is mild.

T - The spicy herbal hop is very prominent in this brew; it is almost a shock to the system. Besides exceptional bitterness, there is outright dominant booze. This stuff is hot. Despite my lack of positive descriptors, I still enjoy its rugged boozy bitterness. "It is what it is" is not only potentially the worst slogan in American history, it is also a fitting tribute to the flavor of the brew, and resultingly my vernacular has now been soiled by inclusion of this slogan. Thanks Flying Dog.

M - Big and viscous. It feels about average.

D - It is not bad - actually it is a little better than that - but it isn't very far from a big mehhh, either.

Photo of nelser01
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very picky when it comes to hoppy ales, but the first time I had one of these I fell in love with everything about it. The color makes me think of a rich sunset just before dark. The hops knocked me out for a few seconds then the maltiness hit and the finish was smooth. Hey, and who doesn't enjoy a good buzz after only half a bottle.

Photo of lechroy
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer was really one floral delight. Amazing aroma straight out of the bottle. Great light amber color and wonderful taste. Yes, it did taste opulent with alcohol. The grain bill was well balanced with the hops. One of the most memorable beers I've tasted. I lowered the drinkability score since it definitely needs to be enjoyed slowly, with caution...Yum!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with a good amount of haze throughout the bottle, decent sized head that sticks around longer than I thought it would, leaves a nice cap on top for quite awhile.

Smell has that nice blend of caramel malt with citrusy/piney hops, hint of fruit which is not unwelcome.

Taste is more on the balanced side of DIPA's as the caramel malt has a large presence, it does start out piney and resiny though so the hops can't be ignored, carbonation is on the higher side but doesn't distract, can be a bit much at times and the strength is evident, bitterness throughout but not in a harsh way.

Because of the strong caramel malt backbone, the strength, and the piney/citrus hops, I'd think this could age into a barleywine/DIPA hybrid, for those that are interested in such a thing. Look at Stone 10th and 1260 Triple India Pale Ale as examples.

Photo of heysuz
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: Growler, 64 oz. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Clear and deep and rich amber color. Almost a mahogany with good head and lacing and medium carbonation.

Smell: The smell was not strong but had hints of fruit.

Taste: Creamy full bodied flavor with a robust bitter tone.

Mouthfeel: Slight aftertaste with some oily coating but smooth going down.

Drink: Easy and smooth to drink, very enjoyable.

Conclusion: The growler seemed to be smooth and balance out the beer more than the bottled brew.

Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful deep amber, with a 3 finger off white head and some nice lacing

S - Soap, flowers, a tropical fruit basket and a huge molasses, sugar syrup linger

T - Nicely balanced. The hops, malt, grain and sugar all meet for an awesome taste orgy. The soap flavor is through and the and the hop bitterness is awesome and stays from start to finish and if I am not mistaken, maybe a bit of ripe banana

M - A little big. Carbonation, meets lots of bitterness and has a kid named sticky. It's nice but at times can be a bit much

D - This is not your every day beer, your every week beer or even your every month beer. This is a beer that when you have it on tap and want the crazy smell, taste and mouth feel

Final thought - I love this beer and also hate how jacked up I get off of 2, but, it is only $7.99 a 4 pack, beat that? I think not. The flying dog is a great brew

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

A - brown . off-white head.

S - hops, a little boozey,sugar.

T - malty,sweet on the end, some fruity flavor as it warms.warming alcohol.

M - syrupy, not much carbonation.

D - OK. flavors are well balanced. Alcohol flavors become more pronounced & hot as it warms.

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

A: poured a dark amber with a dirty white hockey puck on top that left these beautiful rings along with a nice lacing in between.

S: a lot of pine and grassy hops.

T: it starts out very hoppy and abrasive, a lot of pine and resin and grassy qualities up front. It smooths out a bit and I could pick some malt qualities. The alcohol is very noticeable and hangs on the tongue.

MF: heavy body and chewy, and warm.

D: I'd be hard pressed to buy this again, I wouldn't give it away if I got it in a mixed pack.

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.