Wild Dog Double Pale Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

Wild Dog Double Pale AleWild Dog Double Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 8.2%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
70
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Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #5059.

Presentation: Dimple based 750ml green Champagne style bottle. Silver cage and a gold metal disc hold the unmarked Cork in place. A small folded label attached to the bottle neck states that this is ‘Wild Dog Double Pale Ale, 10th Anniversary Limited Release’. Listed as 9% Alc. By Vol. (not the 10% as listed) and 80 IBU’s. The tan colored main label repeats this information, together with some rather restrained black and red Flying Dog style text.

Appearance: Minimal noise as the Cork is removed. Pours with an oily viscosity. Polished light oak body, some mahogany hints. Creamy vanilla head that is 1” thick at first, this slowly partially breaks down to reveal a small floating island and a thick creamy ringed halo. Nice smattered lacing on the glass walls. Fine bubbled conditioning is welcome and helps to retain a very healthy head throughout. Excellent conditioning, this has a superb appearance in my Duvel glass!

Nose: I could smell the aromatic hops as soon as I cracked this one open. In yer face Hop Monster. Very pungent. Who would have thought that you could get a whole Hop Field into a Glade Plug-In!?!

Taste: Holy Hoppiness! Sheer Hops, hoppy, oily and bitter in the back end. Viscous, luscious thick and oily hops lubricate and lick the tongue. Fresh hops rasp with a raw biting bitterness that is slick in nature but tremendously bold. Tangy, lingering, pervading, all encompassing – the Hops are all here, and there, and everywhere. An Immense Double Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Massive oily slick slakes hop juices and raw bitterness al around the oral cavity. Huge body with an incredibly forceful feel that assaults the senses completely. No prisoners are taken here.

Drinkability: Well I had a 750ml all to myself, but this is most certainly not one to be knocking back, it does however makes a great companion for the rest of the night, it will see me through to Bedtime for sure!!

Overall: F**k me!! This is not the Flying Dog I have come to know and slanderously despise for their average ‘run-of-the-mill’ brews that so often under-whelm me. To be honest, I have not been that impressed with Flying Dog brews in the past, and I did think *very* hard about picking up one of these before dropping the coin on this 75cl. But this one is a clear winner. Not cheap, my bottle cost $12, but well worth the investment. Superb! Apparently they have more Limited Edition Specials lined up; I’ll be picking ‘em up if they are as good as this. And to think that this is only classed as a Double Pale Ale, I shudder to wonder what their Double IPA would be like?!?!

Nov 29, 2004
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Brent from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where we draw the line between the double IPA style and barleywine - this beer tends to muddle the distinction. Calling this a big IPA is an understatement - it is gigantic. Packed with bitter grapefruit peel with a big malt base creaking under the load. Sweetness borders on syrupy, somewhere between Dogfish Head's 90 (good) and 120 (undrinkable) minute IPA's. Blindfold me and give me this, and my tastebuds will be too shocked to do much style identification. Alcohol is still pretty raw - I don't know if time will temper this tempest in a bottle.

Jan 10, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper hue. Thick, bubbly and frothy white head crowns the beer. And it has great retention. Aroma is hoppy. As in grassy, medicinal, juicy and like pineapple. Pineapple is actually pretty strong on the nose. This beer is hop juice all the way. And while I like hop juice, I do prefer a hopped up beer to have a little balance, which this does not have. Pineapple and mango-like fruitiness dominate. Bigtime citrus notes....everything comes back to pineapple in this beer. The bitterness is not overdone, but a little on the raw side. And the malt foundation is just not big enough. "Where's the malt??" I'm looking hard, but just don't find much of it. The body is about medium or so and the carbonation is moderate. If I didn't like hops, this would be rated a lot lower. But this beer needs more balance.

I purposely prefaced this beer with a growler of Town Hall 1800 "Double" English IPA. There is such a stark difference it's not even funny. The Town Hall Pales and IPAs show such a great balance, as the 1800 did. This one paled in comparison.

Jan 05, 2005
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maxpower from Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a hazy glowing amber-copper with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Fresh hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pineapple and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, nice.

Jan 29, 2005
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cokes from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dull bronze underneath a well-kept beige foam.
Pine-fueled aromatics, all full of sap and resin, with a tarter, grapefruit edge. This is essentially templatic American hopping amplified to the 10th power. The tiniest bits of honeyed biscuit malts lie below. This smells attractive, but there is no room for nuance behing the billowing curtain of hops.
Enters the mouth with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness, then migrates towards (but never reaches) toastiness as it warms. At the intersection between malt and hops, an encompassing pineapple pigment is manifest, bringing forth both juicy sweetness and tartness. Hops are huge in flavor, with electric pine needles, rusty iron, and reefer-hued resin. Bitterness is surprisingly modest, compressed by the lingering, sugary malts. Traces of powdered sugar dusted shortbread and black tea on the finish.
Full bodied, oozing towards syrupy, but remaining light enough to down with its fine-textured, light carbonation.
Loudness needn't be mistaken for intrigue or complexity.
This is good, but blunt.

Review done, rant started....

Why not call this a hop-forward barleywine? (ok, ok, it not quite malty enough, but the intent is basically the same). I've had enough of all this "double" bullshit.

And as for the price - $11 / 750mL- I don't think I'd pay $11 for a CASE of any of Flying Dog's regular offerings (except maaaayybe Heller Hound), nor would I shell it out again for this one.
It may be worth trying, but absolutely not worth revisiting in lieu of all the other, similar, and much less expensive versions.
If it were $11 for a six pack... well, then it's a crapshoot.

Dec 16, 2004
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aracauna from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer. I'm far from being a fan of Flying Dog. I'm usually disappointed by every beer I have from them, but this one is actually really good. It's got a hefty body that's a bit sticky. The flavor is malty, but not overly sweet and it has a nice hop aroma. The bitterness is there, but not too pronounced. It ends up being very drinkable for its size.

Nov 15, 2004
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Dogbrick from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Boston’s Bistro in Dayton. Hazy reddish orange color with a thick light tan head. Sticky rings of lacing. Lots of citrusy fruit in the nose along with hops. Medium-bodied and soft around the edges with muted but tasty hops, pine and more citrus flavor. The finish is zesty with peppery hops. After quite awhile of not bothering with Flying Dog I have been pretty impressed with the Gonzo Porter and now this.

Jul 06, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I was impressed by this beer, especially since I've not been particularly keen on the rest of Flying Dog's line-up. But this one rocks! In fact, alot of smaller breweries might call this a barleywine! Juicy hops (seemingly Simcoe) seem to be it's main purpose for being, but there is more to it. It pours a murky russet body with orange highlights and a crimson cast beneath a tight and creamy light tan head that recedes to a thin surface covering but leaves some nice spots and splashes in memorium each time you swirl the glass or take a sip. The nose is brimming with fruity and spruce like hops (Simcoe and Chinook... Centennial perhaps?) over a caramelish malt. There are hints of grass, cut leaves, soft melon, delicate pineapple, malt extract, bugglegum, and even banana; Man, I love this nose! In the mouth its creamy, smooth, and dextrinous with a medium-full body and very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue and awakens the tastebuds. As it warms it becomes more malty in both the nose and the flavor, but the fruitiness still remains, and a mild vinous note appears, probably spurred by the alcohol which becomes noticeable but unoffensive. It's caramel-soaked maltiness really works to lend a sweet backbone to it, and enhances the juiciness of the hops. It's very well-balanced, however, by a solid American high-alpha-acid hop derived bitterness. It finishes with a spritz of alcohol and a combination of malt and hop that's drying but falls towards sweet, although some dry hop bitterness does eventually rise. Nicely done!

Mar 31, 2005
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mzwolinski from California

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking 750ml bottle -- corked and caged. A 9% "double pale ale," whatever the hell that is.

A fairly subdued pop of the cork is the harbinger of sparse carbonation to come. The beer pours in an attractive auburn color with a love thick, creamy off-white head. Very lacy.

Big hop boquet -- piney, spicy, with a hint of citrus. The malt plays a purely supportive role here with a restrained bready character.

Bits of candi sugar flavor start off the sip but are quickly overshadowed by a immense, juicy, oily hop character. All kinds of spice and herbal notes here, with a really unique overall flavor profile -- and I've tried a lot of "double" I/PAs. Malt base has a nice toasty character and backs the hops up well.

Creamy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish, and hella drinkable.

Jan 13, 2005
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shippos from New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 6059

cork popped with a faint pop and poured with a struggling cascade that develops slowly into a dense head on a nice deep amber copper body. fruity aroma with some citrus and delicate malt presence...bit of a salty minerally note and some slight hints of pine. mild taste upfront...seems aged/well matured or balanced. sweet chewy bready malty body with a chewy dense center with a balanced spicy hop character to balance. very very well brewed and hard to believe it's 9%, drinks like a regular pale ale.

Jun 29, 2005
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Shiredave from New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is definately like a beast let loose. Great package , if rediculously overpriced. The neck tag mentions a Flying Wild dog witnessed by the brewery founders when once in Nepal, no doubt while smoking on the Temple steps.

I cant remember seeing a more impressive looking glass of beer. A thin stream of tiny bubbles rise from the "D" in the bottom of my Duvel tulip, through a dark amber, slightly hazy liquid to support a very impressive, tall, rocky white head. This foam is so dense it appears you could float a quarter on it. The pocked lace that was finally left behind had to be removed with steel wool the next morning. Head retention you say?? It took me 3 hours to finish this bottle and it had remnents of foam to the ( very!) bitter end.

The aroma is awsome. Huge blast of fresh hop - sugared oranges and crushed flowers is enough for me to want more; I love dry hopped beers, but the malt comes thru a bit lending some honey slathered bread notes. The 9% alc/ vol on the label tells me I should be smelling some, but it seems to be swallowed up by the perfume of the hop.

Flavor is initially sweet malt on the tongue, but that soon changes. Intense hoppy bite starts off and builds as the beer moves through the mouth, gripping the back of the tongue with savagly jagged teeth. Strong flavors of grapefruit and tangerines dominate but malt body provides a thick, full bodied medium to coat the entire mouth in a hoppy glaze. A raw grain character is about the only expression of malt presence besides the heavy body and mouth feel. Rich and syrupy but bitingly bitter.

The finish is all acidy hop burn and alcohol. This beer just gets more and more bitter as I drink it. As it warmed, the malt did not step forward but slunk to the back and wimpered. I was enjoying it untill the finish where it was just a bit too ... well... feral. I had to razor a layer of skin off my tongue the next morning just so I could taste my coffee.

A bit green I think-, even if this was bottled in 6/04,( bottle# 6104). In time, this may be one of the best "extreme/ double " hop giants of them all. All the componants are there, it just needs more time for all those flavors to meld. It reminds me very much of an Old Crusty in hop intensity and flavor, and those are best drunk 1-2 years old IMHO. Definately worth laying down for a year or so for a special occasion, and a great start for Flying Dogs Limited series. I look forward to the next edition. Woof!

Dec 19, 2004
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UnionMade from New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorking this bottle was quite a chore, definitely well seated. The beer pours a blurred, tawny blonde, with a rising cap of ivory foam. Excellent head retention, keeping a thick covering over the brew all the way through. Incredible lacing, exactly what I want from this sort of beer, sheets of belgian lace all the way down.
The aroma immediately displays thick, juicy, rindy hops. More hops beneath that. Very chewy smelling, with that depth that you look for in a good double IPA. Plenty of malt to back up the hops, lending a sweet, sugary toastiness. Some booze adds a floral tint, with brazen hints of apple, pear and subtler oak.
The flavor opens with a monster wash of sweet, toasted malt, not quite cloying, but not far from it. Massive fruitiness in the middle. Tons of apple, pear and white grape, with the alcohol creeping in early, adding to the sweetness. The finish is a bouquet of hops. Rindy, syrupy pine sap mingles with grapefruit peel and vitamin C acidity. The malt picks up wih a candy-like sweetness, couterbalanced by the hops. Some soft cookie/bready notes from the yeast, definitely adding to the body. A slight wash of alcohol on the swallow. Some lingering hop acidity on the tongue, with a sweet pine sap thickness lingering on the tongue. Thick and syrupy...an almost milk-like body. Super smooth going down, with a very rich, creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly good beer.
Reminiscent of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, but with a cleaner, bolder flavor and snappier hopping. Less alcohol flavor, as well. This stuff is really fantastic, and the folks at Flying Dog really outdid themselves. It retains that pale ale balance, even with the double shot boost. Nice and hoppy, with a solid malt profile and excellent balance. Frighteningly drinkable for it's strength. I could do a 750 ml bottle myself, no problem, although the results would be a bit sloppy. An awesome brew. I'll certainly get another bottle before it's gone. Maybe the only beer that lived up to it's packaging that I've had all year. No complaints here...at all.

Dec 06, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Blake St. Tavern, attached to the Flying Dog brewery. It was listed simply as "Flying Dog Anniversary Double Pale Ale."

This "double pale ale" poured a hazy/cloudy amber-red color with white foam that settled. The smell was piney, resinous hops backed with sweet malt. The taste was sweetly malty and very hoppy (piney and resinous hops). Nice, and well balanced. The mouthfeel was sweet and smooth up front with a dry somewhat dessicating finish. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable beer.

Dec 07, 2004
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Gusler from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3629:

The beer withdraws from the 750ml brown bottle a glassy deep mahogany color with a mountainous head that is light tan in color and the texture semi-creamy, after its eventual demise the lace leaves a thick and sticky sheet to cling mightily to the glass. Nose has a delectable hop floral aroma along with a sweet cotton candy like tone, fresh and crisp, makes your mouth water. Start is quite sweet, not cloying mind you with the grain profile pronounced; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops are delightfully spicy and the 9 percent ABV is felt in the aftertaste and the tummy as it warms you through, a fine drinking beer and one I found delightful to drink, wish I had bought more.

Apr 11, 2005
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle #1620

Appearance - a darker caramel and orange beer. Thick and creamy cap, light orange in color and very sticky.

Aroma - rich bouquet of orange, lemon, and pine.

Taste - full, boozy feeling right away. A rush of orangey citrus flavor kicks in, followed quickly and strongly by dry, piny flavors. The harsh alcohol never really goes away and stands out a bit too much. The finish is dry, bitter, and lingering. A lot of flavor but tastes like the intent was to accomplish something extreme, almost brash.

Mouthfeel - moderately heavy body, good carbonation level, on target.

Drinkability - a hop head's delight but it can deliver a wallop the next morning. I like trying the style, but this isn't one I would generally pursue.

Jan 22, 2006
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #7213

Deep bronze color with a creamy tan head. Nice amount of lacing too. The aroma is piney, citrusy, grapefruit & pineapples...can you say Amarillo hops? Nice solid malty backbone balances out the aroma. The flavor is sweet, and caramel malty, a bit buttery. The fruits come out as well...pineapple and grapefruit. It is medium in body with a oil, buttery texture, and somewhat creamy. It flows to a nice bittering dry finish. This is a very well balanced brew. Top notch...love it.

Nov 19, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unscrewed the cage...broke the cork, trying to twist it off...ugh! what gives?!? There we go! Ah...beautiful bottle, lovely label, now to get at the beer, eh?
dusky auburn hue, hazy, and capped with a serious 1/2" ring of creamy, dotted beige foam...impressive appearance.
And highly aromatic, even just sitting on the table, so far from my nose...let's go in...ah, there it is! fruit aplenty, grape and cherry, grapefruit, tropicals, and more, smooth and luscious, ripe, fresh, alive and appealing.
On first sip, the palate is impaled, a pike is thrust on the tastebuds, the senses have to reckon with the enormity of this intrusion, and it gushes a juicy, hoppy deliverance that instantly translates into supreme deliciousness.
Again, with every meeting on the lips and off the tongue, the massive mouthfeel, the tang and twang, rich, robust, fullness in extremity, tasty to the point of no return. I almost don't feel the alcohol, but, once again, I speak too soon, it comes roaring in...this is the Imperial IPA squared, the hop monster meeting the beastly barleywine, and this 10% brew feels almost judicious and restrained...but this is definitely a party-sized package, for I'm only halfway into the bottle and feel near-satiated, and the night has just begun!
So much of the Flying Dog line is pedestrian, it's thrilling to taste what they can do when they take the gloves off and get down and dirty!
Excuse me, now, while I luxuriate in the remainder and re-do my budget to allow for the purchase of a case, to cellar and to savor!

Nov 23, 2004
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Ahhdball from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told when i picked this up I had bought the last one in Ohio and I'm glad i got a chance to try this! Coked 750ml witha the number 3435 on the side.
Most of the time I like Flying Dog but am usually not overwhelmed like the case for the Wild Dog - good stuff!
Rust orange color topped of with a heavy beige head. Sticky lacing indicated some reside.
Hop aroma but not huge like I'd expect from a Double IPA. Orannge, malt and good pine nose was evident.
Oily hops followed by a pine, then malt backbone to finish. Pepper, citrus then pine as well.
If this comes out again next year I'll pick it up. After trying this I may look into the Gonzo Porter. I've been hesitent but I may now be convinced.

Nov 04, 2005
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cncbofh from Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not just copper.

Tasty Bubbly Copper.

Harsh to the nose, sharp to the pallette, but oh so smooth and tasty when it goes down the hatch. An excellent tasting Double Pale that has truly changed my mind about the Flying Dog Brewery. This is a real muscle of a beer and shows the serious side of the oftentimes immature brews that make their way from this brewery.

The only low score (4.0) it recieved was the drinkability. It's tasty, yes, but the 10% and the overpowering hops can really put a man down.

I'll take another ride on the Flying Dog with this one!

Oct 30, 2004
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jakester from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from someone who shouldn't have.

This is in a 750ml champagne bottle, with a neat tag that has 1994-2004 10th Anniversary on it. This is the first of the Wild Dog series, limited release beers. I saved this for the perfect time to review it. Label says Double Pale Ale, but it is truly a DIPA. I drank this in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze) deep amber, with a 1-1/2" huge, rocky, cream colored energizer bunny head. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Big fruity aroma, strong, pleasant old grapefruit and oranges, earthy/grassy hop smell as well. Huge toffee/caramel malts, with an alcohol presence as it warms.

This is an absolutely HUGE beer packed to the gills. Monstrous malt immediately blitzed away by intense bittering. Grapefruit, oranges, and dark caramel candy cover the tongue. There is a big hop character duking it out with intense sweetness for domination of this brew. Definite warmth from the 9% alcohol.

Luxurious mouthfeel. Cask conditioned-like carbonation. Tongue gets coated with hop resins, lips get stuck together. Aftertaste is surprisingly short for a beer this big. Great burps!!

If this beer wouldn't knock my dick in the dirt, I could drink it all day and never be bored. Great DIPA!

Jun 27, 2005
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn jello murk. Massive cascade of foam races up the sides of the glass after the pour creating an impressive sized crown of big bubbly outlet cover white. It sits at length before slowly diminshing to a hefty skim. A storm of lace nearly blankets the entire top of the glass with gooey curtains of foam. Beautiful.

Aroma has a supurbly delicate nature to its heft with a lovely array of tangerine skins, pineapple pulp, lemon skins, and orange pith. Those citrus tones keep a good amount of the action going while a semi coating of sprucey pine and bold caramel decorate the back. Very fresh, very soft, and very juicy, all while keeping an adequate amount of bulkyness.

Taste is also quite soft, fresh, and yeilding with a mild orangey tone of multi-layered hops and a moderately present caramel pitch. Fluffy and full of citrus parchment along the sides of the palate. Partial leafyness is aquired within the hop character with a general agreement between orange skins, grapefruit skins, and tangerine pith. But I tend to think and taste oranges here. Big and juicy. The chewy caramel backing smoothes out letting a fittingly, late enduced, spruce coating emerge from the back. Gets much sweeter on the tooth as it sits, gaining a sugary hop juice candy echoing the orange/grapefruit/tangerine with a bit more squeeze in a souring slant late in the finish. Leaves a generous heep of hopified orange soaked spruce across the entire palate after each sip and seemingly begins to build a home on your palate. This really grew on me. The build up of hops got better and better as I went. Very nice.

Feel is just over medium with a certain beefynees to its hold and character. Balanced more to towards the hop end, which I didn't mind as its overall softness and juicyness made for what I've come to like out of a Double IPA. One things for sure, it certainly turns your mouth to an orange-like cotton candy over time. Beautifully present, leafy, and citrufied juice layered hop housing from start to finish. Don't forget the caramel chaser. Which actually doesn't do much good as the orangey stuff just drives right through it like a snow plow through a dainty 3 inch snowfall. Wild dog is a big hop juice induced dreamsicle. Coming across with an orangey barleywine-like attitude that masquerades its aggressiveness very well. It's Polite, but not letting go once you've engaged in its friendly game of bitterness and sweet citrus.

A big, round, and juicy thanks goes to the mentor-monk connection for a chance to bark with the Wild Dog. By far one of the better brews to come from Flying Dog.

Jun 12, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool bottle. Number 3192 shared with kmpitz2. Pours an amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy and very strong - I could smell it well before it was poured. Scents were citrus, pine, grass, grapefruit. The flavor was much the same as the aroma. Lots of hop flavors of pine and citrus, but has a solid caramel malt backing. The mouthfeel was nice, right where it should be and the drinkability is good.

Nov 23, 2004
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to see this at Boston's on tap! Dark, cloudy amber color, off-white head. Big, thick creamy head that stayed around for quite some time. Huge amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. Big notes of citrus, pine, and grassy hops. Big caramel malt balanced well by the hop bitterness in citrus and pine flavor. Very sticky and sweet. Medium body, moderate carbonation. When I heard "Double Pale Ale", I thought, isn't that just an IPA? No, this is pretty balanced, like a pale ale should be, there is just more of everything. Very solid beer. Probably the best offering from Flying Dog that I have had so far.

Jan 22, 2005
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mikeys01 from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a large champagne style bottle. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Wild Dog and it’s double pale ale designation, but I must say I was impressed, and based on this I’d like to see Flying Dog stretch a bit more from their usual beers. This dog poured out a peach opaque color, covered in a thick and foamy white head. Aroma was a slightly odd combo of fruitcakey bread and citrus, and a fair dose of malt sweetness. Tasting yields a good solid bitterness, and a prolific bold and flavorful bounty of fruit and malt splendor. Seems much fuller and bigger than I would expect, even in a double/imperial. Flavor brings you biscuit flour dusted mango and orange citrus, some and crème brulee caramelized malty sweetness as you ease into this one. The bitterness, which bodes more towards a double IPA IMO, sticks with you the whole way. Finish is just a bit spicy hot with alcohol, sweet, and bitter on the sides of my tongue. Delicious stuff, worth trying for sure.

Jul 12, 2005
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WesWes from New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are also some floaties present. The aroma is perfect. It has great balance. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a kick ass floral hop aroma. The hops smell awesome! The taste is great. It has a very bitter hop flavor that is floral and very rich in the aftertaste. The malt bill is also very sweet and powerful. It has a smooth amber flavor with a warm finish. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one hell of a beer. It has f#cking great malt flavor and awesome hop character; an awesome drinker.

Mar 30, 2005
Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 70 ratings