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 UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Bottle #4135

Provided by rajendra. Thanks Raj!

Pours a lightly hazy deep copper. Huge, dense, deep ivory head. Intense lacing, big and chunky. Aroma is lots of citrusy bitterness. A strong biting grapefruit smell wafting up from the foam.

Taste is HOPS. Lots of big, citrusy hops. However, the big fruity maltiness cuts through from time to time to remind you this beer is 10% ABV. A slight rough alcohol burn that fades as you make your way through the glass. Long hoppy burn as it goes down the gullet. Mouth is surprisingly creamy and smooth for such an assertive beer. Bitter citrus aftertaste, like orange rind. Full bodied and bold. Oh so tasty. In the words of RCM, "Good God Almighty! Yes indeed!"

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

Cork pulls out after hooking it up to 4 oxen...sheesh..

Pours out orange brown and sits a lightly hazy, deep copper-amber in the glass with a cascading, thick foamy off-white head with superb head retention and gorgeous lacings up and down the glass. Spot on in every mark.

Smells extremely fragrant, loads of floral and citric hop aromas. Thick grapefruit in the core surrounded by tangerines and and lemon with some minor fruity esters of pears and canned peaches. Underneath it all lies a malty core of toasty malts and sweet doughy goodness.

Tastes thick, sweet and malty up front. Full of brown sugar and caramel flaovrs. Hops intrude with light dose of cirus flavors of oranges, lemon zest and grapefruit rinds. Nice balancing hop bitterness continues well on into the finish. Sour-dough laced with oranges builds upon the malty core. Finish is well bittered but far from intense. Lingering malty sweetness and plenty more brown sugar with a the lifting heat of alcohol.

Extremely smooth and creamy. Thick and gooey with a light carbonation that makes no attempt to interfere.

This beer was excellent up to the mouth. Feel and body are wonderful. Could have offered more in terms of flavor, but was not out of place. Would drink again, on someone else's tab.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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?!?!

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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 tenant
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Is it true? Am I really the first person to review this on-tap? At first glance, nothing fancy: a tap handle covered by a piece of paper with Wild Dog Double IPA written in marker. This beer arrived in a tulip glass with substantial head that quickly collapsed, lingering by way of some of the thickest lacing I've seen yet. First sip was all floral hops as if I was somehow drinking hop-scented air. I may be in heaven. As it warmed slick, oily hops showed themselves to be supported by an adequate malt backbone with a warming alcohol sensation slicing through it all. Trying to pair this beer with food is surely futile, as the palate is wonderfully stung by this giant brew.

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Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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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 kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 3192 thanks to clvand0. This beer departs the bottle dark tea color with a 3 finger cream colored head that won't quit. The nose is all full of grapefruit hop with some hints of the dirty hop from an APA in the background. Damn that smells good. What an interesing take on the style. This is definately not a double IPA, but more like a big ass APA. The flavor is mostly the earthy hop from APA, but with a good background of grapefruit hop and caramel malts to hold it all together. I dig it. The beer is thick and thick and thick. What a nice feel on this beer. The drinkability suffers from the size. The sweetness is a bit up front in my face. Overall a well built beer and I'm glad I tried it.

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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 BeerBuilder
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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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 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 rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer marking the 70th Birthday of Flying Dog Brewery (10th in human years) was purchased in an elegant Champagne bottle with cork and a wire cage (Bottle # 750). Freeing the beer out confinement resulted in a satisfying pop, followed by nice gunsmoke. One sniff of the bottle revealed the unmistakable sweet sour smell of ripening mangoes, taking me way back into my childhood days in India.

The beer was poured into an Imperial Pint glass, and looked very nice, with a deep hazy copper tone and a tall fluffy beige head that stayed on for eternity. The aroma was very malty with the aforementioned mango smell, supplemented by caramel, grapefruit, and apples.

The taste was very well balanced between citric and sweet. Once again I was reminded of the mango flavor profile. This did not feel like 80 IBUs, no way. I would not classify this into an American Double IPA at all. If there was such a thing as an English Double IPA, this would be it.

Mouthfeel was thick and roasty with the 9% ABV not playing any part of a spoilsport. This felt quite delicate and elegant, with a restrained warmth, and this coming from drinking it well after dinner. With food, this beer would slip quietly under the radar screen of detection.

A wonderful entry from this brewery that seems to be becoming the next Sierra Nevada. Happy Birthday, and I look forward to the rest of your anniversary selection.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

September 2004 Release, Bottle #3734, Sampled November 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber-red color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head that is pretty thick. The aroma smells about right for a Double Pale Ale, it is redolent of malt, particularly of the crystal kind, with notes of biscuits and caramel. The hops are also here, witch combined with the malt form a sticky sweetish aroma of citrus fruit (grapefruit, and tangerine), and pine. The hop aromatics are not as strong as say the most aggressive Double IPAs, but I would not expect that in a beer billed as a Double Pale Ale, the hops are definitely here though.

Wow the hops are a bit more evident in the taste of this beer, though not enamel melting though. The beer is a little lighter (definitely a full mouth coating quality to it though) and not as sweet (though it has a definite sweet malt character to it) as I was expecting from the aroma either. The taste is thick with hoppy notes of ruby-grapefruit, tangerine, orange, an astringent herbal component, and pine. There is also some nice malty notes here, which mostly serve to pick up and accentuate the flavor hop additions in this beer, I get notes of sweet caramel, crackers, and biscuits. This has a nice low carbonation to it, which compliments the heft of this 9% alcohol beer nicely. The finish is solidly bitter, though not hugely so, but it strikes a good balance with the residual malty sweetness that is found in this beer.

This is quite a nice beer, certainly not something I could drink a lot of, but I highly recommend a 750ml bottle, especially if you can share.

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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 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 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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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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