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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
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 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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Photo of RedChrome
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body was a murky copper colored liquid. A fluffy white head was an inch and a half and shrank slowly over a few minutes. Small amount of tiny carbonation can be seen rising. Lacing in sheets.

A very bitter hops aroma. A citrus quality seemed to strong. There is a bitter coffee aroma that blends with an alcohol scent. Bitterness and alcohol combine for a strong burning sense.

A very gritty dirt taste. Hops flavor was nice on the tongue, and finished with a citric acid flavor. Lemon taste was slighty grainy. Overall bitterness and alcohol coated other flavors.

Nice and thick body. A decent amount of carbonation to help this one tingle on the tongue before it goes down.

A nice beer. Would be a great beer to enjoy with a plate of chedder cheese. A nice beer surprise I picked up when a friend was cleaning out his cellar.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pure, uncut, raw aroma of English hops giving notes of Pine, herbs and grass along with a little malt in the nose.

The fresh, bloddy, English hoppiness in the flavor was quite the treat as well. Just rare I guess. But lets not forget what this beer is, an amped up version of their Doggie Style Pale Ale. Nothing more. But, it works. The caramel and biscuit like malts balance well compared to the massive, medicinal English hoppiness.

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Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Discovered in my cellar. Crap...how old is this hoppy beer? Take my review with a grain of salt.

Pours a 1.5 finger light tan head over a nearly clear amber-brown liquid. Some particulates suspended. Smells woody and piney american hops. Malt sweet is gentle with soured caramel. Taste is malty sweet with piney hops. Darkened sugary caramel. A bit of citrusy (tangerine) and a touch of alcohol sting. It's clean of grassy hop character and rougher alcohol fusels. Fruity esters mix with the hops quite well and come across as pineapple. Md-thick body and modest carbonation. Decent, but nothing I'm eager to revisit.

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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 doubleipa
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this in the cellar for well over a year. I expected this beer to lack some of it's great hoppiness it had when I had a fresh bottl. However, the aroma certainly indicated that the hoppiness did not diminish. Unfortunately, while it smelled very hoppy, it sure didn't taste very hoppy, at all. The head was great for a year old; it lasted forever and had excellent lacing. While the aroma was much hoppier than malty, the taste was the exact opposite. There was still some hops left and the alcohol had lessened quite a bit.

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

A clean dark amber/copper beer. Has a big foamy off white head with some great lace. The aroma was at first a peppery hop quickly followed by a more assertive piney hop note with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Each mouthfull brings a slightly different hop character foward (piney then grapefruity then tea like) but intertwined with a constant gentle sweet malt backbone. About half way thru the glass the alcohol starts to warm your tummy.

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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 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 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 maxpower
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 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 bigbelcher
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, Finally a good Double IPA in a bottle. It blows Stone Ruination away. Not in bitterness but in overall drinkability. Too bad it is only a one time deal though. Each bottle is hand numbered. At 9% alcohol it packs quite a punch. It would be difficult, but not impossible to drink 2 bottles at one sittiing. Nice copper color. Average head. Aroma was incredible. Pure hop bliss. I thought the beer was a little thin for a Double IPA, I would have liked it better if it had just a little more body. This is another beer that I am getting that I am going to let age for a year or so.

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Photo of rocketmotor
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #8239, dated September 2004.

Pours dark amber with a killer, thick head. The head laces the glass very heavily. The smell is outrageous, you are immediately whacked in the face with the smell of hops. Great dry hopping, just like opening the fridge at the homebrew shop. My wife, while drinking a stout, commented I was contaminating her beer with the smell of mine. The aroma is spicy, pine like, and also of mango, there is no grapefruit here. I would guess they use Fuggles for dry hopping.

Yes, the taste is dominated by the hops, very spicy and intense, great stuff. The alcohol is also very evident in the finish of the beer, but it works well to with the hops, in fact, I didn't perceive it at first. The malt flavor is maybe a bit weak, as others have suggested. Mouthfeel is more rather heavy and syrupy, I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

Plenty drinkable for IPA lovers. Has a long hop finish, but not too bitter.

By far this is Flying Dog's best beer. If you enjoy strong IPA's you should like this one. And yes, as others have suggested, this is no "Double Ale", more like an out and out Imperial Pale Ale.

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Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange/red with thick white head. That stays and laces the entire glass

Smell: Pine/Grapfruit with a lot of hops. Faint alcohol in the aroma as well.

Taste: Deeper taste than usual IPA's. Not a full out assault of hops. Carmel, malt, and pine taste. Grapfruit as well. Alochol sting at the end, but for a 10%er it could be worse.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy for an IPA, yet smooth and the right amount of carbonation

Drinkibility: This is definitely a beer you can have a few glasses of, but at 10% abv not much more. It's very complex for an IPA, and heavy as well. The alcohol sting also limits the drinkibility slightly.

Overall it has very nice complexity for an IPA. Though not the hoppiest, it is definitely full bodied, and just a massive beer.

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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 Shiredave
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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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 ramrod666
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brew pours a dark amber with a small head even after a hard pour. hops abound in the nose and on the palate. very citrus witha slight pine note. very big and very delicious. alcohol is detectable but, at 10.00abv is nicely masked into the backround of the huge hop flavor. nice ale. had on draft in denver at the brewpub....even better. will seek out again.

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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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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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