Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,700
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 53
Gots: 108 | 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 schmidtn
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

The beer is clouded orange-red amber, has an enormous slowly settling off-white head, leaves lots of lacing - and has curtains!

The smell is full of crushed grape-fruits, pine needles and cones.

Starting with toffee and caramel on oat bread, then some lemon and grape-fruit jam, some bitter oranges and then pine resin and wet grass with some nettles.

Medium carbonation, medium bubbles, soft, almost syrup-like, texture, a dry finish.

A lot of extra everything, should be enjoyed in small portions.

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

Electric copper orange in the glass; a bounty of citrus hops on the nose; big powerful presence on the tongue. Heavy malt backbone with some caramel and burnt sugar tastes rolling around. Flavour runs close to Barleywine territory~as does the ABV~~yikes! But his handles surprisingly well for such a wild beast. The finish is ultra-hoppy; scalding the tastebuds with a crazy hop attack and a long lingering semi-syrupy piney finish.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boxing beer tonight... picked this one up at Brewforia for a damn expensive $3.50...Poured into my trusty Delerium goblet...

Nice 1" off white head... the brew is very clear deep orange...

nose is pithy grapefruit zest and a pretty pronounced pale malt pick-up.. definitely not balanced one way or another... but still has a nice push to both fronts... with warmth, there is too much malty sweetness....

Big bitterness up front is pleasantly unexpected for a Flying Dog brew... flavor shows a less than fresh citrus hoppiness.. pale malts seem sorta like pie dough...

The body is about expected... thicker with good carbonation... very "East Coast"... the body is too much and so is the malty component..

Maybe this one could have been more "fresh", but oh well... I doubt it would have made that big a difference.


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

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of frothy leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the sweetness from the malts was the star of the show with caramel, citrus, grassy , and nice hop notes.

T: the grassy hops were more potent on the taste with caramel, citrusy, accents and a good amount of sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: this one was a pretty decent IPA with a decent hop profile and was pretty tasty.

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

A - Pours a deep brown with a little red. Pretty close to the color of the beer bottle. Thin off-white head that dissipates and forms a ring that stays throughout.

S - Nice hop bouquet with a sugary & alcoholic background. Hop character is perfumy & floral. The alcohol is definitely there as it is a bit hot to the nose.

T - Very strong malt backbone to this one and a lot of residual sweetness. I am noting a little bit of fruitiness to it. Good amount of bitterness to combat the sweetness. The alcohol is definitely there as this one seems a bit hot.

M - Viscous with a lower level of carbonation than I expected for a "double pale."

D - Downgrading drinkability a bit due to the hotness factor. Overall is a well-balanced offering that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 27 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressive, 1-finger head reduces to thin bubbly film, average lacing, color is cloudy red-orange with some floating sediment. Aroma of this beer is more like a red ale than an IPA/DIPA -- I'm positive of that. Aroma is of floral-hops and a little bready, and the alcohol doesn't seem all that hot for an 11.5% beer. Taste is described the same, but in addition, the hops are faded and bitter, and the malt profile is much more forward in this beer. Very late aftertaste of a little spice. The malts increase in flavor as the beer warms. Extremely drinkable beer....I would certainly choose this beer if I were looking in the store for something to sip.

Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours an appetizing transparent amber with 3/4 inch of bubbly off-white head. Leaves soapy rings of lacing.

S-Smells pretty damn good. Sweet. Some strong pineapple and citrus notes, pine needles. Promising.

T/M-Initially chewy and citrusy, but quickly fades off into dry, astringent piney hoppiness. Not a very balanced DIPA, but they somehow manage to mask the 11.5%ABV. There is an intense warming quality to this that warns you not to drink too quickly. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-One of the best I've had from Flying Dog. However, it has the same issues as most of their other beers. They are trying so hard to be extreme, and make huge, high ABV beers that they sacrifice quality and drinkability.

Photo of Derranged
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a reddish brown, with a thick white head and lacing on the glass.

The smell is powerful: Hops, malts, grapefruit, pineapple, molasses and candied sugar.

The taste wasn't the hop bomb I expected. There was some hops bitterness, citrus and sweet malts. It was very sweet and surprisingly mellow. There was a lingering bitter aftertaste. Towards the end of the glass there was an alcohol burn. But aside from that, it wasn't boozy.

Mouthfeel was thin and had very little carbonation. Left some stickiness on the lips and numbed the lips just a little.

It was pretty easy to drink but the abv definitely limits it. I was able to finish the 4 pack.

I don't see this around very often but I would try this beer again.

Photo of Neecee513
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured: bottle into pint glass

A: Medium amber/reddish, huge head w/ good retention, clear

S: Citrus/hop aroma

T: Very bitter, hops are def present, citrusy

M: Minimum carbonation, low body, smooth finish

D: Very bitter, not too dry, but enjoyable!

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

12oz Dark brown bottle. No freshness date noticed. Served in an Orval goblet.
It pours a deep coppery color with a rich foamy beige head which leaves loads of sticking, webby lacing.
I was half expecting to be knocked over with a big alcoholic aroma blast at 11.5% abv, but instead was mildly surprised to inhale lots of sweet malty bread notes and citrusy hop smells. There is a nice rummy fuminess rising up and lasting throughout, but it is in its place.
Tastes of brown bread and spiced rum cake and grapefruity citrus are potent. Sweet honey and a mild taste of oranges follow. The rummy alcohol taste reminds me not to go too fast with this one. Peppery and clovey spices are noticed in the finish.
A tingly effervescent body is another surprise here. I expected more of a rounded and buttery mouthfeel.
It is what is is. A really strong brew for sitting by the fire while enjoying some smoked almonds and cheese and crackers.

Photo of RossCain
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an undated 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours with a pretty standard profile for a Double India Pale Ale: opaque, dark honey color with a foamy, 1" head. The head fades in a minute or so down to a small cap with tight lacing around the edges of the glass which leaves behind small amounts of splotchy webbing.

S: A sweet hop aroma full of citrus is the first thing to hit the nose; oranges, tangerine, and apricot with moderate notes of grapefruit. Possesses a mild, earthy resin character upon the end of the waft. You can definitely pick up on the high abv as the beer warms and unfortunately it eventually becomes the dominant note (actually, it kind of smells like a barleywine at this point).

T: A robust, hop forward beer for sure with very dominant notes of bitter grapefruit mixed with a slightly sweet tangerine profile. The slight sweetness is complimented by a caramel malt backbone nearing the finish. However, a very bitter profile is the dominant one all the way through alongside a spicy and definitely noticeable alcoholic astringency that lingers in the finish for five to ten seconds after sipping.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and moderate carbonation with a certain sticky mouthfeel lingering in the finish. As previously noted, there is a large helping of unmasked alcoholic warming that coats the back of the throat with a certain astringency.

D: Not unpleasant to finish as it was not lacking in flavor. However the hop bitterness really dominated this beer which was compounded by the way that the heavy booziness impacted the finish. For 11.5% abv, I guess you can expect that character to rear its head but I can't help not to say that it detracts from the overall beer experience. Definitely a sipper that was very rough on the palate. I could not drink more than one for sure.

Photo of Elimination
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I dont know when exactly this was brewed, but I know its not a fast mover in my area, let alone at the store I bought it at.

Into a tulip, a light copper orange, very creamy head, thin bubbles hugging the sides tightly. Light hues are visible, shines bright, almost a color you could only pick from a sunset.

Burst of grapes, citrus, orange, grapefruit, a bit of white pepper, scents of a bit of sweet grain, no distinct hop melody, but more of a joining and combination of great hop presence.

Taste is strong red wine, grape, citrus, a background of hearty grain, almost a artisan bread, a good amount of alcohol, not sharp in anyway more of a fine brandy. A play of sweetness, candy like but toying on the lines of caramel, werthers maybe. Leaves a very grapefruit aftertaste, with a bit of cereal lingering.

Mouth feel is a very thick, molten concoction of sticky alcohol. Has a bit of a sharp sting at first, tingles on taste buds, only when swallowed leaves a dry, tart, sticky palate.

This is a heavily drinkable 11.5, remarkable honestly. I wouldnt put it in the category of DIPA at this point. I have had more fresh and though great, with age it really seems to be more of a barleywine.

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

On tap in a tulip. Nice hazy amber body with a one finger head. Good lacing

Nice aroma. A little citrus in the hop aroma, but some sweet notes of peach and apricot. Inviting.

Great flavor balance of bitter citrus hops and sweet malt. I like the balance in a DIPA like this.

Overall solid brew. Will be looking for this in the bottle to bring home.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.