Double Dog
Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,770
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3.93 | pDev: 12.72%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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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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burnerfinger from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A Beautiful deep, GOLDEN hue that packs a hefty head which settles down and leaves nice heavy lacing.

S: sweet caramel malty aroma

T: nice complexity. someone else said it's much like a barely wine - no argument here. hoppy tartness along with a strong malty backbone.

M full body - more carbonation than a barely wine. a bit of a nice ABV warmth.

D: way, way too rich to guzzle. Enjoy this one in sippin mode!

Aug 18, 2010
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very glad to stumble across this beer. It has a whopping 11.5% ABV which is crazy awesome and something that I have been looking for. Most beers are for wimps and pussies, but this one is a real man’s drink. This beast will put some hair on your chest and if you can’t take it, then you will run crying to your mommy.

Look-It pours a beautiful dark amber color with light copper hues in the right light. The head starts out thick and foamy with huge bubbles mixed among silky miniscule bubbles. It then quickly subsides and dissipates into a vanishingly thin head. The lacing is drooping and fine. The clarity is noticeably clear.

Smell-It smells of Vermont pancake syrup, strong citrus hops, bread, yeast, mango, pineapple rind, and lemon with a malt forward and alcohol present aroma. These smells are unique in their mixture and begs one to take a big gulp.

Taste-It starts with a sweet smoky Vermont syrup based malt which is laced with a citrus hop-forward flavor that then gives way to the lemon, yeast, mango, pineapple, bread, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. The flavor is well-balanced and astringent. The alcohol burn is pleasant and to be expected with this whopping 11.5% beast. It quickly cuts the syrup sweetness and plays well with the carbonation which is present and amusing.

Mouthfeel-It has a mild syrup texture which competes with the tinge from the hops and carbonation. Each of these are defeated by the fatal punch of the powerful alcohol. Watch out Mortal Kombat players, you got a Fatality here! The aftertaste is sweet and bitter as well as resinous and pleasant. Take another gulp! Hell yeah!

Overall-I absolutely love this beer which I was almost afraid to try, but was pleasantly surprised. It is one of those beers that you need to drink slowly or else you’ll be defeated quickly by Shao Khan! Absolutely amazing flavors and aromas! BRUTALITY!!!

Jul 22, 2015
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 19, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Puts on a nice bubble show, with the head settling in at just over two inches; the liquid is copper and clear; the retention is excellent though lacing is sparse

Smell: Smells surprisingly sweet for the style, more like a barleywine, with caramel tones buttressing the piney hops

Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with the caramel tones dominating; by the time the piney and grassy hops make an entrance, the boozy character starts to impact the profile; aggressively harsh, after the swallow and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Surprised I haven't tasted this one before and it has been a long time since I have ventured in Flying Dog territory; love the artwork but am finding this beer to be harsh, unbalanced and somewhat one-dimensional in the flavor profile of both the malts and hops

Jan 10, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright crimson, well-cloaked, with a big, ebullient, staying head of creamy foam. Very nice.

Nose effuses booze and fruit. Barleywinish. grape and cherry burned into brandy. cognac with orange drippings. red wine with a slice of lemon.

juicy on the tongue, a blast of flavor, forceful, but delicious. Deep stuff, full bodied. Fat malt, and plenty of hops, rich and rewarding.
Doesn't taste like 10.5%, but we're not done yet.
bracing bitterness on the palate is just fine with this hophead, and mixes well with the pronounced malt bill. nice balance for such a huge brew.
I'm liking this...I'll have to try and find more!

Mar 29, 2007
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Gajo74 from New York

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 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.

Aug 18, 2017
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HockeyBrewmeister from New York

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Nice cloudy golden/orange with two finger off white head.

S: Huge sweet malts, alcohol, tiny bit of citrus and hops.

T: Very sweet, malty beer. More citrusy hops in the taste than the smell, but this is dominated by the sweetness and big alcohol.

F: Full.

O: I have a huge issue with them calling this a Double IPA. This is basically a malt-ball that severely lacks any substantial hop presence. More of a barleywine or old ale. It's a decent beer if you sit back and drink it for what it is... but the label and description is extremely misleading.

Flying Dog - The Truth is 100x better than this one if you're looking for a big IPA.

Jun 25, 2016
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

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.

Oct 08, 2017
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Blakaeris from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber-copper with a crisp white head.

Aroma is very resinous with spicy citrus hop and a toasted caramel malt base. Alcohol burn comes on strong.

Taste is piney and resinous initially, then the sweet toasted malt brings a touch of counterpoint along with brown sugar. Leafy green spicy hops with a bit of tobacco.There is a definite ripe fruitiness that exerts itself along with the strong alcohol to offer a brandylike quality. Dark fruit, orange and melon notes. Finish is dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Plenty of hop oil to coat and create a rather slick, syrupy feel.

This is a big aggressively hopped beer. The malt is massively stacked, but is still eclipsed by the generous hops. Alcohol comes on strong in the flavor profile. A hophead delight. I'm truly surprised at the strength of this offering from Flying Dog (not my favorite brewery). A tasty treat.

Aug 18, 2008
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bcgoldtoe from Michigan

1.44/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into tall glass.

A= Gorgeous amber/red color with frothy head and lots of lacing

S=Grapefruit scent, no malt detectable

T= Awfully overhopped, terrible aftertaste, and overpowering astringent alcohol flavor, as if someone spiked this beer with about three shots of nasty grain alcohol. The aftertaste is like you swished your mouth with rubbing alcohol. VERY skunky.

M=A little thick, but it's hard to keep this stuff in your mouth, period.

D=Impossible. This was a drain pour.

Aug 26, 2007
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xfactor9600 from Indiana

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark orange with a slight amount of head.

S: A huge amount of hops, along with more hops.

T: Citrus and Hops. But rounds out into a nice fizzy hops like after taste.

M: Creamy, but properly carbonated.

D: A nice hoppy experience. I also get it for a decent price, which in my mind increases drinkability.

Feb 08, 2009
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oneaday from Michigan

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

This beer does an amazing job of hiding 11.5% alcohol... until you're about 2/3 of the way through your 12 oz pour. It's really well balanced, and has a nice combination of hop bite up front, and long drawn out malty sweetness at the end. I'll look for more of this one.

Apr 19, 2011
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captainbearcat from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jan 19, 2013
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Seaba from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Feb 26, 2013
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ewvanconant from Illinois

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

Amazing double IPA. Great malty body with carmel notes and slight citrus undertones balance the hops that sting the front and back of the tongue. The hops pair with the carbonation and alcohol for a powerful mouth feel. Great deep and slightly translucent color adds to the experience.

Aug 04, 2015
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BillRoth from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dec 28, 2013
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adamette from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my gold rimmed clean clear Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Opaque orange brown body which glows nicely with direct light behind it. Nice one inch head that lingers for a minute or two with good lacing on the glass.

S Moderate hops but a sweet hops presence to the nose due to malt inclusion.

T Grapefruit hops but they are not extreme. The sweetness suggested in the nose carries through into the taste and the hops do not linger annoyingly into the aftertaste. A very solid taste and true to the style.

M Full with grapefruit hops, high ABV, big malt sweetness that lingers. Appropriate to the style.

D Not really that high for me. This is a one and done.

Notes: A good beer that delivers on the style nicely.

Feb 19, 2009
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DMBoSox11 from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review #3 - 12 ounce bottle (Vintage 10DD - other than 2010 I'm not sure what this information provides) in a snifter.

A: A cloudy, darker red with a dark off-white frothy head. The head consisted of tiny bubbles with light retention. Great lacing.

S: Big alcohol attempting to cover citrus and peppery hops. The malt background is a sweet dark fruit.

T: The alcohol is not hidden, but also not overpowering. Very well done with an 11.5% ABV. Big grainy, sweet biscuit malt to include a grainy finish. The strong hop bitterness is able to overcome the maltiness, but the hop flavors are not.

M: Medium body with a nice heavy carbonation.

D: Certainly solid, but a bit too on the grainy malt side.

May 31, 2010
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malloyca from District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, red-brown color with a pillowy off-white head. Aromas of citrus and a metallic component that almost went fishy, but was not off-putting. Made me want to drink this with oysters. This is a well-balanced beer, giving off plenty of hop flavors but they are well-balanced by caramel and toffee flavors. Good drinkability for a beer at this ABV.

Sep 21, 2010
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chicagogirlie from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jan 28, 2012
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangish amber; very effervescent; huge frothy head, long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: Sweet malt with huge aroma of citrusy/piney hops

Taste: Up front you get hit with alcohol, and it stays with you; overpowering taste and warmth of the 11.5%; you can make out the citrus in the hops, though; finishes crisp and slightly dry/bitter

Remarks: Decent, but not great; definitely good for a buzz

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 10, 2016
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Doomcifer from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 01, 2014
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sk8man121 from Maine

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Shipyard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/straw color and settles in with a thin, beige head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. When held up to the light, the beer is the color of a penny.

S: Smells very inviting. Very hop-heavy, creamy and fruity. Smells "fresh."

T: Alcohol hits you straight off, which can be a bit distracting at first but becomes pleasant as your palate adjusts. Taste is mostly of hops and apricot, with a touch of malty sweetness. Reminiscent of the Dogfish 90 minute IPA in terms of taste.

M: Typical carbonation. Very silky and mouth-coating.

D: At almost 12%, this gets you drunk - fast. That said, it drinks very well and leaves me craving another.

My favorite Flying Dog offering by far.

Mar 30, 2010
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Soft golden-orange, transparent, with brass highlights under two fingers of lumpy, souffle head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of soft citrus (orange, grapefruit) with a sweetness like custard, like a piney creamsicle. A little bit of bread crust or pie crust, some zest.

Big taste going on here: again, big citrus flavor that's mellowed around the edges, not acidic or tart, & blends into a baked good kind of sweetness. Lemon meringue pie, or orange cake, big, round flavor. A bracing bitterness shows up toward the finish, like pith or pine, but also blends nicely, even a little minty. And then you notice the booze, the heat that dries it out & rounds it even further. Fruity to sweet to bitter to warming flow seamlessly, forming an orb of flavor. Really good, encompassing a lot with no harsh edges.

Full-bodied & soft, gentle. I feel like it actually fills & expands in my mouth. And with as much bitterness & heat here, I don't feel like it's punishing my tongue.

Gotta say I'm a real fan of this. "Double Pale" is right on - it's gone none of the abrasiveness of an IPA & the malt plays such a prominent role here. The booze is definitely a big component as well, but it just melds so smoothly with the other notes. Maybe I was just in the mood for this, but this really hit the bullseye for me.

Jul 20, 2012
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