Double Dog
Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,276
Ranked #16,154
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Jul 13, 2022
Mar 08, 2007
Very Good
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Notes: If I were you, I'd consider logging off social media tonight. After all, Double Dog nights can get unpredictable...and the internet is forever. With an ABV over 12%, this wild, untamed Double IPA is seductively full-bodied, with a deep red color and subdued malty sweetness. Dried-fruit aromatics make it an ideal companion to hard cheeses that you'll forget you ate in the morning. As world famous artist Ralph Steadman put it so succinctly, Double Dog is, "For that night. That other goddamn night."
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Rated: 4.23 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank from the 19.2oz tall can. Aroma has notes of toast, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, some spice underneath. The taste is pretty balanced up front, spiraling more out of control as the beer moves through the palate. Biscuit malt comes through first with some sweetness, then comes some hoppiness - earthy, slightly fruity, resinous. Slight citrus and some brown sugar maybe. Finishes strong with some warming alcohol. Overall this beer is a good IPA that somewhat hides its strength. Would get again.
Jun 20, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by KT3418 from Colorado

May 03, 2022
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Rated by 4bstr4ct from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Surprisingly drinkable. Hoppy and Malty. Feels like one step between dogfish’s 90 and 120 minute IPAs. Bb 6/19/22
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Hazey92 from New York

Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 19.2 oz can:

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear and pours a large and impressively lingering creamy head.

A bit malty, syrupy sweet in the aroma. Smells like a big beer. Some candy-like aromas, with hints of cotton candy. So possibly some fruity hops working in with the sweetness.

Huge slug of initial malt sweetness to compliment some hop flavors (orange and pine). Overall flavor is intense, as would be expected. Some alcohol flavor midmouth on, but not overpowering. Finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.

Medium full body, and medium carbonation. No astringency, and fairly subtle alcohol warming for the ABV.

Seems more barleywine than DIPA to me, as the malt is more prominent than the hops in many ways. But a surprisingly drinkable huge beer.
Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a tall boy can. Dark red amber color with an off white foamy head that keeps for a bit. On the nose grapefruit pine and a nice bit of molasses sweetness. There is dark fruit sweetness balanced by Rosina pine hops. They balance the sweetness with a hop flavor that is not too rosin dominant. I like Doppelbocks and this brings that flavor to a more intense experience. It drinks easier than the 12% would suggest. If you want more flavor without blowing your head off with heavy hops, you best hop to it and try some.
Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by zotzot from Vermont

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best by 2/6/22

It look me long enough to get to their Raging Bitch, and even longer to get around to this one. I’m wondering if this one will also be Belgian inspired or if it’ll just lean into an aggressive WCIPA territory. Let’s crack it open and find out

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange with 3 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

Yup, that’s just straight up dank West Coast bitterness in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of piney hops, orange marmalade, caramel malt, toasted grain, herbal hops, burnt sugar, and a touch of black pepper

Oof, that’s intensely hoppy in taste, without even much malty balance especially for 12%. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dank weed, fresh cut pine, pale malt, pithy grapefruit, and light bread. The swallow brings notes of piney hops, black pepper, toasted grain, clove, pithy grapefruit, and resinous weed

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a beer that’s surprisingly smooth for the level of bitterness. Finishes off dry and exceedingly bitter

I know I didn’t exactly live through this period of beer known as the IBU wars, but it definitely feels like a product of its time. Not awful but not really my thing
Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Andrew_NYC from New York

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My grocery store in the Bronx is finally starting to stock more craft beer. They had this in tall boys.

Clear copper pour with a huge fluffy head that sticks sits on top of the beer for quite some time.

Dank and hoppy on the nose with a hint of... sourness underneath? I'm not quite sure what the undertone is. Maybe just bitterness.

Huge hoppy flavor full of dank pine and resin and also a decent amount of malt. Big bitterness clear through and a long, intense finish. You can tell it's high in alcohol but there's not a lot of alcohol flavor per se. A few sips will warm your face. Actually as the beer warms a little bit I do get a little alcohol flavor.

Feel is pretty typical for a west coast IPA. Light and frothy. Although it maybe has a little thicker mouthfeel than your typical west coaster.

Overall it's got a lot of flavor, but mostly dank and bitter. I'd buy it again if I want to get a buzz from my beer or if I just want to be blown away with bitter hops.
Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Look. i'm an 12-15 year professional (aren't we all) and I still have a hard time describing this, very good, NOT great, beer ... so I read other BA's reviews to get an better idea what I'm smelling, and tasting .,, and the consensus, is correct. Huge malt bomb, hops noted, very fresh, delicious, in your face, beer. Which I, NEVER, mind. But I certainly get NO grapefruit, pine, citrus, which I really don't care that much about, other than my all time favorite IPA'S, made by my OLD time favorite brewery Port Brewing, yes, Tomme, where are you these days? Because, you know what? your beer stinks now, these days ... the official review?

Beautiful color, smells muted, flavor very akin to an almost, hoppy, barleywine. Huge, smooth all day, would certainly have no issue drinking one, every day, after work. Fan of the brewery, looking forward to the Triple Dog 18% bomb any day now. Love the logoff social media comment, of course, we DO NOT social media.
Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2021
Rated: 2.62 by magikbagel from Wisconsin

Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.5%, 85 IBU. Amber colour, moderate off-white head. Strong sweetish aroma of orange marmalade, crystal malts, loads of American hops - and some alcohol. The flavour is sweet (orange marmalade again) and alcoholic, and very hoppy throughout, with a solid bitterness. Certainly not "easy drinking" - but when you finally admit that you have to drink this beer VERY slowly, it is not that bad. Just not Flying Dog’s best.
May 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Beertsipper from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Copper color with a tan head. Nose is caramel, malts, sweetness, pine and hops. Taste is very malt forward, but balanced with hops and piney notes. Not quite floral with sweetness, but close. Very west coast style, and a BB date of July 21/2021. Faint hints of a barleywine type middle and finish. A little boozy, but not really over the top. Just hints of booze. Tasty beer, smooth with a bite on the finish. Two or three of these can get you in trouble. Easy drinking for a 12%er.
May 02, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by BaniJet from Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I was leery of this IPA at 12%. But it is awesome. I am drinking it right now, it is strong, balanced and very enjoyable. A perfect finish. The high ABV is hidden in the flavors and smoothness. I don’t know why this isn’t rated world class. IF you can get it, TREAT YO SELF!

It is the bomb!!
Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
1/29/21....clear copper with very low foam layered on top. Light resin filled nose. Grassy too. Sharp taste. The oily resins come through. Bitter backed. Smooth with a sharp finish. Ok.
Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Rogerlb from California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a quarter inch head and lots of bubbles running up from the bottom, a clear yellow/dark piss color. Not hazy, not really amber. Aroma is malty without too much hops.

Taste is a strong IPA, pine, bitter hops, approaching dank but more fruity/plummy than earth as previous reviewers have said. Body is leathery, stickiness. Not too bright and also not as bitter as most DIPAs which are usually heavier on the bitter, even though this one rates around 85. It feels a bit "boozy" without the hot of it, they've managed to mask that pretty well but you would not be fooled into thinking this is a 4.5% lager. 12% DIPA ladies and gents.
Mar 09, 2021
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A beer without excesses, balanced in its style. I liked it, I found a very well brewed beer, made with craft. Tasting an ipa without excesses and well done is a pleasure
Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by machfive55 from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
For a double ipa this is a very boozy beer, it is sweet with some malty graininess, and the maltiness drowns out the hops but there is a significant bitterness
Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mostly clear, deep amber appearance with a medium size, cream colored head and very good lacing. Pine, and to a lesser extent, citrusy hops bounce off the caramel malts in the aroma. All the citrusy, piney, resinous hops are right up front with the first sip followed by modest sweetness and a firm malt backbone right in the middle and curiously, a little licorice in the background. Aftertaste is bitter with a noticeable alcohol kick. Long, lingering finish trails the full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.
Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 17, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Kettle1 from South Carolina

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.36 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin

Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by DrBrewPhD from South Carolina

Aug 23, 2020
Rated: 3.86 by generallee from Virginia

Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Yaroslav from New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
My numerical rating for this beer is very high like the ABV. I love a high ABV. I love alcohol. I don't usually drink IPA's. I initially considered that Double Dog would be a bitter medicine to swallow. The only reason I considered it in the first place is for when my non beer advocate wife may urge me to have only one or two.

Joking aside, actually it is far better than I thought it'd be. Such a positive experience may well be related to the effects of high ABV. I might score it less in the morning if I had more than two... or three!

I find that this is a good cool weather brew. It warms and comforts as you sip. Almost as you would with good spirits. Gulp or guzzle at your own peril!

Again, in this case it's all about the alcohol and it is not a bad thing sometimes.
Aug 09, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by DOCRW from Washington

Jul 15, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Argail from Louisiana

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Ryan15 from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
L: Dark caramel color
S: the smell is great very malt and fruity
T: Delicious, malty, slightly, fruity, and hoppy taste. Was not expecting this low bitterness for a DIPA. The IBU is 85 but it doesn't taste that way. Very heavy and rich for a DIPA. I was expecting a light-medium body but instead got a medium-heavy body. Never had a DIPA like this.
F: fantastic feel, rich, thick and well blended. Malty smell enters the nose when you bring the bottle to your lips.
Overall: Its a great beer. The alcohol is extremely well blended and this is one of the most delicious malty beers I have tried. I bought this expecting a bitter, hoppy and fruity beer typical of DIPAs. I didn't get what I was expecting but liked it anyway. Great beer, prepare to be surprised!
Jun 17, 2020
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Reviewed by GTC138 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Double Dog – Double IPA – Flying Dog Brewing, Frederick, MD
This beer reminds me of a time during my undergraduate studies when one too many of these mixed with FIFA and NBA 2K had me face first in a trash can by the end of the night. Lightweights consider yourself warned. The Double Dog is a 12.0% Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewing with 85 IBUs. The Double Dog has a very similar flavor profile to the Raging bitch. There is a big grapefruit hop backbone in this one which has not been my favorite style, but I make an exception here. This beer’s self-described flavor notes: citrus hops with sweet malt and subtle alcohol burn. Relatively easy to find, highly recommend. I will give the celebratory tenth anniversary beer from Flying Dog a 8.2 out of 10.0, and Beer Advocate gives this one a 7.9. As world famous artist Ralph Steadman put it so succinctly, Double Dog is, "For that night. That other goddamn night”
May 30, 2020
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Rated by TeamHam

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer packs a punch. Still has a great taste for such a high alcohol content.
May 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus from Vermont

May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Will come back to review this in more depth later, but this beer has a marketing and labeling problem that will probably turn of a lot of folks. The beer itself is fairly good, but that's not the issue here. It calls itself a Double IPA, but it really isn't at all. It's very hoppy yes, but also intensely malty, and resembles and American Barleywine more than anything else. Do not buy this if you want a typical refreshing but complex Imperial IPA. Go for "The Truth," by Flying Dog if you want that. Buy this if you want a sipper that will last you through the evening. I like this thing, but I have to deduct points for how misrepresented it is by the Brewery. I mean, they even have a Barleywine on rotation with a LOWER abv than this monster.
May 14, 2020
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