Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
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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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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Ratings: 1,961 |  Reviews: 1,001
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a high IBU beer, surprisingly high alcohol that's hidden, and yet understated and tasty. Not an in your face DIPA, its well crafted and balanced. No mistaking the C-hop that comes at you full tilt, there is the right amount tos weetness to allow terrific drinkability. Soft and above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a crystal clear golden with crimson hued body. Some scattered lacing. All hops represnted in this one with floral, resin, earthy and citrus hops. This is a malt forward pale ale. Candied sugar with floral and resin hop character. Both sweet caramel and very lightly toasted malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I haven't had a double pale ale before. This one basically seemed like a malt forward imperial IPA. Either way, it's not terrible but it's too busy or something for me.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Canis Major mixed pack ($9.49/4)

A double pale ale.. not sure how that's possible, how is this not a double IPA? Semantics aside, a pretty good beer. I thought the weakest thing about it was the aroma. Way too much alcohol in the smell, almost makes you cringe because of the strength. It's hidden well in the taste though as it's masked behind all the hops. A very hoppy beer that is full bodied and tastes good, just the smell is a bit too alcohol heavy.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a frothy and dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing running down the sides of the glass..
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops with notes of caramel malts; alcohol is also quite noticeable in the finish. There’s only a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer seems to be more like a hybrid between a double IPA and a barleywine. It’s rather drinkable (except for the alcoholic taste and burn in the finish) but is really something that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium reddish amber hue, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which renders a bit of random lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of caramel and toffee malt, and soapy grapefruit citrus hops. The taste is tangy citrus hops up front, following shortly by a big dollup of sweet caramel malt, surrounded, but not outnumbered, by warming alcohol. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body full, weighty with sugar, smooth, and unctuous, and it finishes a grand ol' mess of booze, caramel, and zingy hops.

Whew! This is certainly a DIPA, in a nice, single serving, that still manages to dull the senses, while at the same time, flooding them with a happy twin assault of malt and hop.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite reminescent of their 20th anniversary Double Pale Ale. However, this beer seems very green and a bit too aggressive at this point. Very malty, but quickly dominated by strong and bullying American (Cascade) hops and hot alcohols. Lots of complexity, fruitiness, chewy-ness, and flavor. The malts range from caramel sweet to bready hearty-ness. The hops go from grapefruit and orage rinds to pine and grassy flavors. Alcohols are well woven into the malts and hops but show much aggression late, almost to heartburning levels. Though a strong contender with Hop Slam, this brew will improve over the next six months.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Impression from a bottle:


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10.5% ABV with 85 IBUs as stated on the label.

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a tan, creamy, two-finger head. It left sticky white rings of lace.

S - Smelled of tons of grasses and hops. It really smelled like a hop-bomb.

T - It was bitter hoppy with a light caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a fine beer. It is very hoppy but not overpowering. A pretty nice compliment of malt flavors make it very drinkable. One of Flying Dog's better brews.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/22/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, orange peel, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of huge citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, resinous, sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the sample pack and saved the best for last (in my view). Opened this bad boy and could immediately smell the hops. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Nice layer of head, that leaves a medium level of lace. Color is almost a hazy pumpkin colored orange. Very nice looking!

A very grassy/floral smell. Also a touch of citrus is in the aroma. The taste is absolutely crazy. There is just so much going on with this beer. The hops are so heavy and tasty. You can definately taste that the 10.5% alcohol level. I got a little hint of carmel out of it, along with the cirtusy floral taste.

Carbonation level is pretty decent, not overwhelming and not underrepresented. Mouthfeel is very smooth and there is just a hint of bitterness present.

Overall, this beer is amazing. I am glad I saved this one last, because it was worth the wait. I would recommend this to anyone!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unleased from the bottle, the Double Dog trots with confidence rather than just breaking loose and running full-speed-haphazard-about with its moderate carbonation and full dextrinous body only allowing it to raise a short head of frothy-then-creamy off-white foam. And that's a sign of things to come. It's not foaming at the mouth wild, but rather quite tame - despite its muscle and fangs!

The head holds quite well, and it leaves thin blankets and broken-walls of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass. The cloudy robe beneath has an orange cast, and it looks a bit like marmalade with gleaming golden highlights.

The nose is candyish with notes of ripe fruits (orange, grapefruit, and even pomegranite) and soft pine mingling over a bit of sweetly doughy and lightly caramelish malt. A touch of soft yeastiness and some alcohol rounds it out.

The flavor follows the aroma with an added edge of sweetish vanilla upfront, and more softly piney, grassy, and resinous hops across the middle. There's even a bit of crusty bread to the malt. The flavors come and go as it's such a big beer, and the hops and alcohol take one step forward, or one step back depending, at certain points throughout... it's pretty rich and strong with lots of girth! A solid bitterness backs it against the almost syrupy malt, and in conjunction with the cutting alcohol, the bitterness allows it to finish dry with a lingering edge of bitter citrus rind and resinous hop.

Bold and rich, but not overdone, the Double Dog is an exercise in stepping to the ledge and leaning forward but never quite leaping off due to some odd sense, or crazy-in-the-head balance. I loved it, and it's quite entertaining, but I double dog dare ya to have more than one without getting a little cock-eyed ;) Nicely done!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7oz sampler from the brewery poured into snifter.

A: Nice 1 finger head with with an amber orange slightly hazy hue

N: Nose starts with lots of heavy American hops, with some dark malts and slight caramel and touch of pine

T: Taste starts with a dark malt and caramel base with some interesting dark fruits, very rich, i get a touch of coffee and toasted malts, some alcohol starts to shine through towards the end

M: Its a pretty thick but thins with the high carbonation and sticks to the tongue and sides of the mouth

F: The finish is all bitter hops with some pine, a touch of citrus, some malt, touch of tanginess, it starts sweet but gets pretty dry as it evaporates and leaves the hops behind

Final thoughts: This is a great DIPA, large amounts of American hops, some pine, as well as lots of dark malts, coffee, caramel, and toasted, and finishes slightly sweet that dries quickly leaving the hops behind. It covers almost all bases on a DIPA.

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