Wild Dog Double Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Double Pale AleWild Dog Double Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 10-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 5004.

Pours a clear red to brown brew with a mild chill haze.

Smell is a complex witches brew of hop scents. Tropical fruits mostly Pineapple and Papaya hit first with a tasty sweetness. The alcohol scent brings scents of brandy and whiskey to the nose. Exceedingly fruity scents to this one, a match for Belgian Brewers mastery of beer.

Taste is sweet and full with a solid accompaniment of Hop flavors. Citrus and tropical fruit tastes dominate the flavors, but there is a solid malt backbone to this as well. The bitterness shows up after a while just to let you know this is a 80 IBU brew. BRAVO the USA has most definitely mastered the art of the HOP!

Mouthfeel is very full for the type.

Outstanding sipping beer, I am glad I saved this for new Years. This brew shows what correct hopping types and levels can do.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, orangish-amber color. Smell is okay, mostly of tropical fruits. Taste is outstanding, with some grapefruit, but mostly apricot/peach and candied oranges. A bit of pine comes through as well. Quite hoppy, but also with a fairly sweet maltiness, and a great, full mouthfeel. It took me a very long time to drink this one, and it was tasty even when at room temperature three hours after I started drinking it.

Overall, well done Flying Dog! Great Double Pale Ale (wink, wink), and a perfect beer to ring in the New Year's with. Sadly, this is probably the only time I'll have it (even if it wasn't a limited edition, the cost is prohibitively high). Nevertheless, this is a one-night stand I'll remember for a very long time.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a cool 750 with raised lettering on the label. Bottle# 8737. The stubborn cork comes off with a small pop. Bright reddish orange pour with a huge thick, pillowy three finger head on top. Sticky patches of lacing emerge as it slowly falls. The color is great and vibrant. Citric, piney, herbal dank hops lead the way here. There's some sweet candy caramel in there too with some doughy, bubblegum scents. Inticing.

Citrusy, herbal, piney sap resiny hops lead the way with a good bitterness backed up by some sweet caramel, bready, fresh dough maltiness. The residual bitterness is nice and it's a tad dry on the finish. Quite a tasty Double IPA...simply bursting with hoppy goodness. The alcohol is hidden in the taste, but warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin to me, however it has a good creamy, slick aspect. A bit more body wouldn't hurt here. I'd have to say this is a tasty brew and I'll enjoy the whole 750. Obviously price keeps this from being a regular (I got mine for 4.99 as it wasn't priced yet)...but it's an enjoyable brew and well worth trying if you find it. I look forward to future Flying Dog special releases!

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Photo of blitz134
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2057...I bought this over a year ago...

Almost didn't even get into this thing. The cork was really stuck.

Huge three finger light beige head on the pour. Reduces slowly in rocky, pillowy mounds and coats the sides of the glass in a nearly solid layer of lace. Body is clear and a golden, crimson color. This is truly a beautiful brew.

Aroma is loaded with citrus. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine with some apricot hints. A good floral kick as well. A very nice aroma and quite strong. Has some hints of sweet alcohol to finish it out.

Taste is really nice and has a good kick to it (although fresh on tap a year ago it was stronger and in its more preferable form). Taste is sweet with lots of citrus. Not as much grapefruit as in the smell but more orange and tangerine. Has a good caramel malt aspect to it which makes this pretty balanced. The year cellaring this beer really calmed the bitterness down. A year ago this would have probably received a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is divine. Creamy, thick and oily on the tonge. Coats every corner of the mouth. Drinkability is very good as well. Well hidden alcohol and a nice hop flavor. Thick mouthfeel that still sits light on the stomach. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle # 1981. Pours a hazy copper with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

Its aroma is sweet and spicy malts with some pepper and some fruitiness (maybe pear or apple) and some candy like sugar and a small hint of floral hops. More of a barley wine aroma than a DIPA.

The flavor is sweet caramel and sugary malts with some melon fruitiness initially. It is followed by a strong hop bitterness that leaves a lingering oily aftertaste. There is a smoky alcohol present as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, one of Flying Dog's better beers, but I thought the sweetness and bitterness was a little harsh and unbalanced; the sugary melon and hop bitterness just didn't blend well to me - it was tough to finish. I kept thinking of Young's Old Nick as I drank this. I got it for $8.50 on sale, which is too pricey for me to get again.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this big dog by. Bottle # 7414
Pours a clear amber body with a dense, two finger, beige head that retains very well. Massive sticky lace gets left all over the glass.
Aroma begins with fruity grapefruit and orange, with some pine resin backing it up. A hint of caramel malt in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a mild alcohol and hops bite.
Taste opens with a mouthful of hops flavors, as citrus rind, pine cone, and a grassy note remind you this is a "double pale ale". Solid malt backbone, with caramel and some apple and pear notes. Not as hopped as most double IPAs, but a very well balanced ale.
By far, the pick of the litter in the Flying Dog line. Hope they put this one in their regular rotation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, corked and caged, with a hanging info card. Opened without much of a "pop" and initially looked pretty flat, the carbonation/head showed up slowly but surely. Pours hazelnut amber with a very fine off white head, leaving fine and well developed lacing and sheets of lace/froth. malty nose with intense grainy hop notes also picked up. this is a full bodied brew, strong and tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, full throttle malt with a very healthy crunch of concentrated hops. Well worth seeking out this hearty, big and bold brew. Bar far the best I've tried from FDB.

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Photo of jakester
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #7924-picked up at Jax north of Atlanta.

Pours a deep reddish-copper, a big, fluffy head sits on the top. Leaves plenty of nice lace down the glass.

The aroma is nothing but hops-potent pineapple aromas come out as do various citrus fruits and a bit of pine as well. HInts of caramel come out as well.

Body is medium-full, a bit oily with just a small bit of carbonation. The citrus hops steal the show but the malt provides balance and keeps the hops from being too much. A piney hop flavor shows up near the end, as do hints of caramel malt. The alcohol flavor is well hidden, but shows up once you realize you finished the whole bottle.

The best of Flying Dog's offerings, and a good double IPA.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #721, trade with Rajendra82.
Pours a light caramel and yellow with a big soap dish head that leaves big spooges of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet place and caramel malt and a big grapefruit hit with some sweet citrus in the background.
Flavor of sweet toffee, grapefruit concentrate and some piney and resined hops.
Mouthfeel is medium to light boided with a sweet liquor feel and some very tart fruity notes.
Drinkability is high. Tad too sweet for style but very thirst quenching and unique.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 7414 don't know why they chose green but nice looking bottle anyway. Pours a dark amber with a off white head that laces well. Aroma is hop laden malt lots of citrus with some pine also on a good malt background. This beer is labled as a double pale ale which is more correct then a double ipa on BA there are lots of hops but not to the extreme of a i2pa. Gummy bear juicy citrus hops grapefruity on a big lightly sweet caramel malt background big full of flavor. Finishes with light pine flavors that linger in your mouth. Mouthfeel is big right side of medium almost full. Drinkability is good a tastey little treat that is only prohibitted by cost. Flying Dog has done a good job with this anniversary brew hopefully they will do well with future ventures also.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle on 1/1/05, number on the bottle is handwritten 142. Pours out dark amber looking almost brown with a tall cream-colored head. Huge chunks of lace are left around the glass, as the head stays afloat. Big hop nose as expected with citric hops coming through the strongest with notes of grapefruit. A good amount of floral hops are present as is a big maltiness to balance this out quite nicely. Fairly balanced nose while tilted towards the hops, very appetizing. Sweet caramel and biscuity malt come through first. Big citric and piney hops notes. End with a bitter sweet finish. About medium body with a smooth feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff with no sign of the big alcohol. Well balanced all around, Double Pale Ale really describes it well. If it were a bit cheaper I would pick more up.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of aracauna
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of RoBotGod
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very sharp looking beer. The pour had an amber rustic orange look to it with a very tan head. The hops are very noticeable but no so much it’s in your face. Up there with one of the best pales in Colorado. Judging by the color I would have guessed it was more then 9% but im not displeased by it. I’m not so sure the shelf price matches the beer and I almost feel you paying for the fancy bottle. Overall an excellent beer!

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Photo of beerceller99
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review from 2006 so the brew was 2 years old at the time.
Clear copper color with a thick, frothy head.
Piney hop smell with a hint of sweet malts.
Medium bodied and smooth.
Strong flavor of ripe pit fruits and sweet caramel with a hop and alcohol bitterness to finish.
A pretty good beer here , tastes like an American Barleywine .

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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy copper color. Nice foamy, sticky head emerges and holds tight. Tons of lacing. Aroma is pure hops as soon as the cork came off. Lots of piney, resiny hops. Maybe some caramel sauce in there as well. Taste begins with a candy like sweetness, very sugary at the front end. But then the citric hops come out and are really quite juicy. Not too bitter. The flavor dries out towards the back and gets more piney. Long, dry finish. Acidity and bitterness really are limited by the excess residual sugars in this beer. The body was medium and a little rough, could have used more malt backbone or more of a yeasty precense. Good beer for the hop lover, decent beer for the beer lover.

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Photo of Portertime
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always like a good double and this is an excellent example. Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head. Smell of wet hops and a hint of juniper. Tastes well balanced with floral hops and caramel malts. Mouth feel is slick but full exciting the bitter taste buds and dancing the whole way down. Cheers!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 70 ratings