Double Dog Double IPA
Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,456
ABV:
12%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,524
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 12.72%
Reviews:
1,015
Ratings:
2,012
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Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
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Photo of Lordhelmit
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from glass bottle to glass mug. Purchased at Wegmans in Raleigh NC. A beautiful pour - the color is really a gorgeous deep amber, almost a ruby tinge to it. Poured with a half finger white head. 10 mins later there is still a thin head and lacing on the glass. Strong beer as you already know! Aroma is strongly of pine/hops and citrusy fruit. Halfway through the glass and I smell a caramel or cream-like aroma too. Flavor - initial flavor is the classic IPA hops. As it rolls to the back of your tongue you taste the citrus (grapefruit?) and has a light caramel-like finish. Overall this is a great beer with high ABV. Will def buy again

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Photo of brandobeer555
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the perfect IPA. Problem is I can only drink about 2 of them at a time, lol! It's piney and earthy with a bit of that grapefruit sweetness in the background tempered with notes of resin and caramel. Reminds me a bit of New Glarus Scream IPA. Not as sickly sweet as as a lot of the West Coast IPAs out there with those dominant citrus and grapefruit notes. Even at 12% no boozy flavor detected. Will get another 6 pk soon.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with a massive fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells of pine, citrus, pepper and earthy notes. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, resin, pine, black pepper, hint of bourbon, a bit of malt and grass. Medium to full bodied, on the light side of medium carbonation, bitter and dry finish. This beer packs a punch and is a real sipper.

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Photo of fhellwig
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Double Dog is a strong ale, no doubt about it. With a 12% ABV, it's not something to gulp down on a hot summer day. That said, if you try this brew you will be rewarded with a golden amber color, a nose of rich (but not overpowering) hops, and that solid IPA taste that seems to be all the rage these days. It almost tastes as if they aged it in those old bourbon casks but nothing on their website indicates that this is the process. Maybe just the quality of the hops they chose. At any rate, it is a mouthful of a beer with an almost thick, caramel-like feel on the tongue. A bit bitter, but for a beer of this alcohol caliber, surprisingly drinkable. I can't decide whether I should sip it or gulp it down to have another. Of course, after four of these, none of this really matters! :-) But seriously, these guys know how to make a serious beer!

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Photo of B3lg1anBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the classic Flying Dog signature: A giant burst of flavor in the arrival, but not much finesse in the finish. But dang, what a finish on this one. This beer lingers in the mouth like a fine aged scotch. It takes forever to finish a bottle, but that's fine because it's 12% ABV.

I live a few miles from the brewery and Flying Dog taps and bottles rule this town. I have tried most of the lineup and this is the most satisfying. They really won me over with this one. Pick some up if you have a chance.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a dense amber with a solid head. The aroma is intense, with resin, pine, mint, caramel, cedar, and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor starts rich and sweet with caramel malts and even some rich nutty notes, which turn to bitter grapefruit and orange pith, pine, and loads of minty, resinous plant matter, and a bitter finish, with tones of marmite and barley syrup. The mouthfeel is very full and slightly syrupy, with moderate foaming carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer - almost like a very hoppy barleywine, and I just love it.

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Photo of IPA123Day
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Little strong but ABV makes up for the taste. It’s a one and done beer. That is it gets the job done after one. Has a good overall vibe but a little pricy.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - Pours an intimidating cloudy dark orange with a thick white head. Much brighter than a lot of other beers I'm used to.

Smell - Basic light piney hops, smells more like a session than a double. Lures you in with its quietness.

Taste - Hops immediately on the tongue, but the flavor quickly develops into a complex dark roasted malt flavor and ends on a peppery alcohol sting. A lot going on. Like drinking a west coast IPA and a Russian imperial stout at the same time.

Feel - Medium-thick body with a slightly tingly carbonation. The alcohol is definitely present and clears out the sinuses.

Overall - This beer doesn't hold back. It's incredibly in-your-face and full of interesting character. A lot to dig in to, but it's slightly intimidating.

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Photo of monkist
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dann! I didn't expect it to be 11.5% ABV... I screamed after having popped the bottle open and seeing the label - on a Wednesday night. No it's not THAT night, I said, refuting the quite on the sleeve...
I started sipping it while cooking dinner on an empty stomach of course and it almost got the best of me - but I guess it's because it's quite easy to drink. When it warms up though it tends to pick up some barley wine-esque qualities... but overall it kind if reminds me some of the classic Stone Anniversary series like the Citracado? with that thick hop-honey-dew-infused-alcohol quality - which I love of course! Feels awesome! This is how a true WIPA should be like! All hardcore, pedal to the metal style. Definitely sone serious shitness going on.
Of course in the end it would never be a Stone but it is as good as it would get with booze, hop intensity, semi sweet malts and good spirits.
Hey, maybe it's like the bottle said, maybe it's really one of those nights after all! Because it's all in the bottle...

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a clear, orange-reddish / copper hue with a decent sized satin white head that fizzles away quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: Very gentle for an 11.5%er. . . The nose is akin to sweet, red d'anjou pears, peppery and somewhat savory, funky, pine resin oriented hops and mellow caramel custard.

Taste: Baked, savory, caramelized, maleae and apple tribe fruits drizzled with honey - particularly syrup glazed pears, candied apples and mild strawberry/blackberry tarts. While it's well balanced, the beer retains enough spicy, tree sap bitterness so as to not be cloying.

Feel: Dry/Sweet. Low carbonation. Mid/Light body. Oddly drinkable, goes down effortlessly.

Overall: An incredibly good example of a double digit ABV IIPA that isn't obnoxiously alcoholic or one dimensional in it's malt and hop bill.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is copper/light amber, head is off white to light tan with mixed bubble sizes, head presents 1/3 inch thick and then lingers with a frothy top with some side clinging on the glass.

Smell starts slow with light honey like sweetness, then piney bitterness with some grapefruit/citrus rind.

Taste begins as moderate malt with some honey and light caramel sweetness quickly balanced by the bitter pine and grapefruit, flavor transitions to a strong bitter and pithy flavor; lingering flavor is some boozy heat. At first i had some barleywine like qualities but that booziness seems to overpower, still fairly drinkable for 11.5% abv.

Mouthfeel starts smooth with low to moderate carbonation, hop bitterness and boozy flavor creep in in the back of the mouth and throat.

Overall a good boozy brew - interesting flavor development with malty, honey like, and quite bitter flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About 30 days past it's best by date. Pours a crystal clear amber with a quickly receding head, no lacing at all. Piney hop aroma with a hint of citrus. I like big beers and this qualifies. I think that if I created this beer I'd call it an American Strong Ale. No matter what you call it it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper colour and off white head. Very hoppy aroma you would expect from a double IPA. Strong piney/grassy taste and citrus peel undertaste. Very bitter with a lingering aftertaste. If you like your IPA's strong you should enjoy this one. Prost!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle [poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep copper. Thin white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

S---Piney. Seriously hoppy.

T---Pine & hops from the nose are clearly present. There's also some serious balance presented from the malt side of things. There's some caramel and bread as well. There's a touch (maybe more) of bitterness, that some might object to, but that I find quite good for the style.

F---Definitely heavy (it's an alcohol bomb after all). Carbonation is light. Feels more like a barleywine than an IPA.

O---An excellent dipa. Strong, but not without its subtleties as well. I'd definitely go for another if I was at home. I'd be careful if I was on the road.

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Photo of BJB13
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Clear and deep copper in the glass. A thin off white head hangs for just a couple of minutes before fading to a
thin film.

A weak nose features only faint citrus zest. A fairly heavy and bitter double. Taste is mostly bitter zest with some heavy caramel and alcohol, not boozy but it definitely has some heat. The sharp bitterness builds as I go. Not bad but not for me.

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Photo of undulatingfrequency
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried my first in a tulip glass. Was hoping for a lighter, crisper feel. This is somewhat heavy with a lingering, bitter aftertaste. Not a smooth drink. Somewhat harsh. 11.5 ABV, but not boozy at all. Not a bad IPA, but I've had better.

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Photo of F1Rumors
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy IPAs, including the double and imperial variations. Unfortunately, this one was not for me. Way too sweet (did the sugars finish converting?), throwing it out of balance and proving itself unworthy of the alcohol content.

Can't remember the previous time that I opted to stop drinking an IPA half way through, but that clock got reset today..

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Photo of Mandpasbury
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Alcohol....that is the one attribute of this beer that sticks with me more than any. It has a very strong aroma and the taste of alcohol is slightly overbearing. The the other underlying tastes amd aromas in the beer seem to be good but it is hard to decipher because the taste of alcohol is so mu h in the forefront. This beer is not for the weak of taste. I like it but it is best savored, at least in my case, in small amounts.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Moderately hazy golden-amber color with a modest off white head. Not much retention but some laces left in the glass. Bright orange and grapefruit zest on the nose with some caramel malt. The taste was big and bitter citrus. Mainly grapefruit with a bit or orange rind. Seriously bitter with a slight sweetness from the high ABV and the malt, which seemed well balanced. Slightly waning but not boozy on the finish.

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Photo of Hapajgv
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My beer of choice! Nice golden in color with a half finger of foamy head. Aromas of sweet malt and light citrus, refreshing. Tastes are of citrus with a good amount of alcohol feel, though not too much. Overall, feel is extremely decent, a touch of welcomed roughness around the edges, nicely bitter, but relatively clean on the finish and citrusy

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Dog pours a clear bronze color. It has a nice stately looking foam tan head that is about the length of a long thumb. Great retention, creamy film and sudsy lacing.
A whiff of tropical fruit hits the nose at first. After that, the aromas are malt forward, with brown sugar and caramel malt leading the way.
Going into my mouth it is immediately evident that this is a strong DIPA with a gooey, full bodied sweetness. It would seem at first that it is one of those malt forward DIPAs that emphasize caramel malt. However, it soon becomes clear that this bad boy...err...dog...has a high IBU count. The hops nearly burn the mouth with their spice. There is also a strong resiny and bitter pine finish. All throughout, the full malt backbone continues to display its sticky and chewy sweetness, always interplaying with the hops. However, it bears to mention that this is a high ABV DIPA that does little to mask the alcohol warming.
I enjoyed drinking this DIPA, although the strong alcohol content tends to overshadow and keeps this in the good but not great category.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: 08.19.17"

Appearance: The body is a nice dark copper color with hints of brown and dark orange. The body is has good clarity. The head is a short tobacco stained off-white color with a creamy texture and a short stature. It has very good retention and at "11.5% ALC/VOL" (as indicated on the label) it is simply amazing.

Aroma: There is a nice spruce aroma to the beer with somewhat of an oak wood scent. It has a very forest-like presence. The aroma strength is moderate. Overall it smells nice.

Taste: Up front there is this nice caramel flavor that transitions into a bit of a toasted toffee flavor. There is this bitter pine flavored backdrop which seems to line up nicely alongside the malt flavors. It is also important to note that there is no alcohol flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied and velvety smooth. It just has this oozy texture to it which coats the palate. There is a nice strong bitterness underlining the beer. It's enjoyable to drink.

Overall: It's an outstanding beer with a lot of great flavor and character. Although the aroma is pretty mild it is still very good and it adds to the overall quality of the beer. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a malty pine-forward Double IPA. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Lorgeous
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper caramel color. Very boozy smell for a beer with faint citrus notes. Malty taste with a strong boozy finish left on the pallet. Beer feels frothy and thick.

= A DIPA that will assault you. It feels better suited as a barley wine than a DIPA. At 11.5% the alcohol is evident but it's not too overdone. Enjoy one of these. If you hit them back to back they will put you in the dog house... I give this a high overall since the alcohol doesn't trump the taste in what I thought it almost certainly would.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Truth is I buy this one at the grocery store because of the high alcohol content which certainly is not masked by a balanced flavor. It's decent but not a must have. I do love the label art which is what drew me to this beer in the first place.

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Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Semi-deep golden in color with a half finger of fizzy head. Aromas of sweet malt and light citrus and a touch of soapiness, refreshing. Tastes are of citrus with a good amount of alcohol feel, just a touch too much. Overall, feel is decent, a touch rough around the edges, but relatively clean on the finish and citrusy

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2012 ratings