Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy amber orange color, it tops with thick frothy off-white head that stands with good retention before gradually collapsing to an everlasting foamy sheet on the surface and leaving moderate amount of sticky lacing on the glass-side.

Very hoppy aroma of Cascade, it is rich with citrus, juicy, grapefruit, mango, floral, spice, pepper, grass, pine, and resin. Malt is also there with its bread and sweet caramel while alcohol slightly reveals when the beer starts to warm.

Loads of hop in the taste reflect by citrus, grapefruit, mango, peppery spice, pine, resin, and persistent bitterness. Malt is not sunken but stands upright with its sweet, bread, and caramel same time with a bold touch of warming alcohol. Finish with quite lasting bitterness and residual alcohol sweetness.

The body is rather full with some crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate, quite smooth through the mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Good DIPA, it is very hoppy with good malt bill to leverage. The alcohol presence is prominent but being distracted by its deliciousness.

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Photo of Nemesis1735
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- amber color, creamy off white foam with some lacing
S - slight citrus, piney, and alcohol
T - strong amount of bittering throughout. Strong alcohol taste
F - Good amount of carbonation and very dry,
O - I feel like this needs more malt flavor and more hop character to balance it out. I am getting a bit too much of the bittering and alcohol flavors in this one

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with an inch of creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. I smell a fragrant pine to citrus hop double IPA. I taste a tart blend of mostly citrus hops along with some piney hops and some light malt to keep things from getting out of hand. The mouth is dry and highly resinous.

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Photo of 0_0
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells excellent, Fruity elements great hops and amber in color. I expected more from the taste but the hops completely overshadows the other elements.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours clear amber with light copper highlights producing a 2” mousse-like cream colored foam stand that takes 5 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Fruit aromas with tangerine predominating, bread crumb, slight earthiness, light spice.

T: Starts with a rich maltiness with traces of caramel sweetening the tangerine. Ends with a hop drying astringency. The bitter finish lingers. Some alcohol flavor especially on the finish but it is not overbearing. More caramel flavors emerge as it warms.

F: Very creamy, medium full body, moderate alcohol warming, carbonation moderate to moderately low, very soft carbonation.

O: Very nice and repeatable – can stand in for a mixed drink.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 23A16 (best by August 23, 2016?) into pint glass. Pours a hazy dark amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is a quite malty, resinous, chewy DIPA with a significant bite and a lot of booze up front. Medium to thick mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth but you know you're drinking something over 10%. Slightly bitter aftertaste (oh, THERE are the hops) but the overall impression is malty booziness.
All that having been said, this doesn't seem like it fits in the DIPA slot. Maybe a Scotch Wee Heavy (of which I'm a huge fan) would be a better descriptor. I reviewed it in terms of my own person enjoyment, not in terms of the stated style.
It's good but you're not gonna drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, thin 1/5" beige head. Aroma was huge amounts of alcohol, but it is a huge beer.

Taste is like straight up a double everything. All that malt and alcohol. Its hot. Kind of reminds me of North Coast's Old Stock Ale, kinda like that, where alcohol is the main thing you feel/taste.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks the part of a well-made craft IPA, smells incredibly strong of alcohol and hops, it's just way too much. Tastes as strong as it smells, and it's really just not very good. A beer with this much alcohol is hard to pull off, and unfortunately Flying Dog created a bit of a mess with this one. I normally enjoy citrus hops, but this one tastes like boilermaker IPA.

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Photo of ktvton
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy copper color with one finger of head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Overwhelming boozy caramel malt sweetness with hints of tropical fruit - I'm getting some grapefruit, apricot, and mango.

T: Strong bitter, boozy malt backbone, yet not too sweet.

F: Medium body, drinks more smoothly than I expected.

O: Not my style of DIPA, but worth trying. This is a boozy one. Drink slowly.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a nonic.

See-through copper color with orange and amber highlights thanks to good lighting. A dense, billowy, linen-white colored cap holds up and leaves healthy lacing.

Sugary malts with some peek-a-boo citrus and earthy hops. Alcohol is evident.

Sweet malt and citrus hops. There are barely enough hops, that sugary malt is heavy.

Full body. Sweet and boozy.

A harsh drinker.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pretty good beer. Very intense flavor. That is to be expected out of a good double IPA with 11.5% ABV. Pours very dark for an IPA, almost an amber color. The flavor, wow! Very hoppy and very heavy mouthfeel. Definitely a beer that should be sipped an enjoyed!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, code 111A16 - poured into a Stella chalice - lazy, all the other glasses are sooten)

L: brilliantly-clear, medium-dark amber liquid... semi-dense, sudsy, frothy pad of foam with various bubble sizes... the head holds rather well, or at the least takes its time receding

S: mostly orange and lemon, but with a backdrop of pine... thin essence of alcohol, a bit obscured by the hops, and not hot or fusel in any way, though it does rise to the front by the end... little bit papery while the head stands tall... overall, the fruity, dry-cone scented hops are nice, but the intensity of it all is rather quiet

T: very 'long' taste, that fans out slowly, and slides back down the palate... highly-resinous core, shimmering bittersweet citrus rind, humming medium-high level herbal bitterness... wouldn't say it's 'dry', as there's a nice balance of crystal malt floating on the floor, but combined with the resins, it's not nearly as dirty-junky as many I've had

F: resinous-ly blanket-y soft... muffled sting from the bitterness and alcohol, but the booze is wonderfully wrapped up in that blanket

O: as far as American DIPAs go, this is well-constructed, that's for sure... I don't drink a lot of this style of beer, but I would get this again, most certainly

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Dark clear amber, small beige head. Surprisingly, lots of malt in both aroma and taste. Hops add astringency. Nice tangy, bitter finish

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves ghostly lacing

S: Some citrus and pine backed up by a big caramel malt presence and some alcohol. Definitely on the maltier side for a DIPA (sort of expected at mid-11%)

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some citrusy notes, followed by very light pine and caramel notes. Some general fruitiness comes through with the alcohol, which is surprisingly sneaky. Some spiciness starts to accompany the fruity notes as it warms. Finishes with some light bitterness and hints of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.Doesn't really edge into syrupy ground, which is nice

O: A DIPA for those who enjoy malty, bitter, or resinous hoppy beers in favor of the juice bombs out there. Save this one for a night cap

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Double Dog is a big beer. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is bittersweet. The taste is a nice combo of sweet malt base with bitter top that carries pine resin and a touch of orange peel. There is also an alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a great beer but not sessionable.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had several years ago before flying dog decided to put on hiatus for several years. I really like it back then doc was excited to try agian. Over the years I have decided I'm not a huge fan of high alcohol and malty ipas. I prefer the more citrusy and hop ipas. This reminds me of double crooked tree and hopslam both of which I used to love but I guess my palate has chance over the years. If you like boozy and malty beers this is for u but I thought it was just ok.

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Photo of mirp1
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The review below this one nailed it. "Not sure I would seek another, but not sure I would turn it down either"! No doubt, this is one bombastic brew. Heads into the direction of Dogfish 120, however, more approachable. Here is the thing, if you want a full feeling brew before you go to bed, and don't have any Ambien left in your night stand, for 15 bucks per sixer, keep this on hand. To it's credit, it is a full flavor, fully satisfying beer moment. Not a hop bomb, rather kind of like a less refined Thomas Hardy's. How bad can that be? Giddy-up!

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Photo of Marraybay
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Orange; large white head; prominent glass lacing.

Smell: citrus and pine

Taste: A momentary glimmer of sweetness that gives way to a tidal wave
of boozy, vinous, syrupy grapefruit juice, with an over the top bitterness
that lingers on the palate.

Feel: Spicey and hot on the tongue.

Overall: An extreme pour, both in terms of the citrusy flavors and booze.
Probably one of my favorite offerings from "The Dog" to date. Note: Really
more of a barleywine from my perspective then a DIPA.

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Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I probably have held on to this one too long as far as hoppiness is concerned, but after looking at some reviews calling it a boozy alcohol-heavy brew, maybe I did the right thing. The bitterness level was very good and I detected only a mild alcohol presence. Pours a clear orange color into a pint glass with a big light tan head. Head retention is excellent and thick bands of lacing are present on the glass. Aroma is strong: citrus hops and bready and caramel malts. Flavor is more of the same with the hops more dominant but the malt still in a good balance. This does not taste like a barleywine, it is a strong, hoppy IPA. Bitterness level is fine, but I can only imagine what a fresh bottle would taste like. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter with a slight alcohol presence. A very good DIPA, but at at 11.5 you have to pick your time to drink it. This beer packs a wallop!!!!

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Photo of JDK
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a strong alcohol feel but at 11.5% that is expected. I keep buying it and the store keeps selling out so I would definitely say the is a very good beer. One your done!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: ripe, sweet pineapple is predominant;

T: earthy, caramel, and a bit of pine up front; ripe pineapple takes over in the middle and dominates through the finish; mild bitterness at the end - the pineapple brings a good deal of sweetness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a pineapple lovers dream;

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Photo of Glanzman
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous, clear, caramel color with a 1 finger, off white head.

Subtle hop aroma.

Big piney bitterness, slightly citruisy, strong alcahol taste. You can tell this is a big beer.

I don't think I could buy a whole pack of these but would definitely drink it from time to time.

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Photo of SnakeBeerGun
2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

To be fair I may be rating doubles and imperials low because my palette has changed and they are all tasting like alcoholic, carbonated syrup (with hints of oak and charcoal) to me right now.
I don't think I could drink two of these in a row, and not just because of the intense ABV.
Chewy and caramel-like are about right.
I don't pick up any of the fruit or other complexities mentioned by other reviewers except for an overbearing smokiness.
It reminds me of eating campfire s'mores and I am sure there are those who would serve it with a roasted marshmallow and graham crackers.
On the upside: I love the label art.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.55/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

-Slight haze dark orange
-massive orange peel, big malts, big alcohol
-So much alcohol, citrus peel
-Oily, dense, huge alcohol burn

-I can drink high abv beers, but this, was the strongest alcohol ive EVER had in a beer. Good flavor ruined by the alcohol massive burn like drinking hard liqour.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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