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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 -7.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 metter98
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 brentk56
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

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Huhzubendah for this 12-ounce bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a tawny-amber color with a clear body and a three-finger head. Good retention of the off-white head with plenty of lacing on the way down.

The nose brings some citrus and tropical notes, which are layered atop a malty base of bread crust and caramel. Very fruity and sweet in general. The flavor starts with a strong bitterness beating out the background sweetness. There is some citrus rind and a faint tropical character, but the majority of the flavor is sweetness contrasted against the 85 IBU bitterness. Some booze in the background.

Overall, this is a bit of a muddled mess. Not terribly impressive and the booze grows as it warms. Medium body that is too chewy. Too boozy, even for the 11.5% ABV. Not terribly impressed.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I have been kind of a harsh critic on Flying Dog in the past but this beer erases a bit of that,poured a light copper color with a big fluffy 1one finger white head. If your a hophead like me the aromas are sublime deep resiny pine and grapefruit rind not much else just intense hoppy goodness,the flavors are not as intense but its still a hop driven palate no doubt very resiny like in the nose big pine elements with the citrus somewaht taking a backseat malt well its there but its in a dryer form and pretty well hidden.Iam burping hops so thats a good thing a good brew from Flying Dog.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled stamped "VINTAGE 11CC"

Pours a nice reddish amber, nearly clear, with a short-lived but creamy tan head.

Aroma: both hops and toasted malt evident. High ABV partially hidden, especially before warming. Floral and woodsy with a hint of citrus. After warming a bit it has a very boozy aroma.

Taste: imbalance of bitter over aromatic hops, with a pungent bitter quality that hits almost immediately and is all that remains in the finish. FD says IBU = 85 but it seems even higher. High ABV is all too apparent in the flavor. Aged bottle was smoother and more palatable.

M - smooth; medium body with good carbonation ... but the 11.5% ABV adds an unpleasant burn.

O - I had this immediately after finishing an excellent Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. A striking difference, with pronounced bitter hoppy flavor in the FD as well as a less attractive and LESS hoppy aroma. The FD is certainly challenging and seems unrefined by comparison, even allowing for a minor style difference.
There's nothing average about this beer, but that's where my overall rating of it ends up.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 4/14/12. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper after everything settles, topped with a rigid finger of smooth and creamy white head. This pretty much stays this way during the duration of the glass, just drenching the sides with thick sticky lacing. Grapefruit, spice, and pine are quite bold here in the nose, being tempered a bit my light tropical fruit notes, a touch of dankness, and some sweet malt across the back. The high alcohol really adds some intensity to this but is at least more restrained than it is in the taste.

Speaking of which, the taste here is STRONG, with bitter grapefruit, pine, and an assertive spiciness cutting across the tongue and lingering HARD in the finish. Lighter tropical fruit, herbal tones, and malty flavors of caramel and bread do their best but are barely keeping the hops in control. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and while I appreciate the smooth creaminess of the carbonation from the nitro-pour, the high alcohol just brings too much of a heady warm bite to this that amplifies all of that already aggressive hop character.

I haven’t had this in a while and after revisiting, I remembered why. Just too much damn alcohol gives this a boozy and overly fierce nature that I just can’t find enjoyable. Cut this down to around 8% or so and this would be really decent. Not even the nitro could save this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a caramel & citrus sweetness both hitting hard up front, but the two balance each other out quite nicely. The malt character is hearty and there's a significant alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer with some complexity that is good to drink a few of, but there are other 2IPA's that I would pick first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, brownish-amber body with a plush, off-white head.

Smell: Nicely fragrant aroma of caramel and toasted sugar with pungent hop scents of juicy citrus fruits and resinous pine. Maybe a pinch of spice in there, too.

Taste: A brief taste of caramel, oven-tosated sugar and spices with a decent dose of sweetness before the hops roll in with flavors of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. A hefty, aggressive bitterness follows, but the malty sweetness upfront helps to temper it somewhat. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and a hint of earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Nicely warming.

Drinkability: Bold and brash, it'd be a fine choice for a nightcap. It's doing fine as a late-afternoon beer, too!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"If the prayers of dogs were answered, bones would rain from the sky."


Rich ochre that becomes glowing rich ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. Thanks to the use of chocolate malt, Double Dog resembles an American barleywine more than a DIPA. The pale toffee colored crown is thickly creamy and looks like it's chock full of hop resins. Something is causing gorgeous sheets of thick lace to stick to the glass. Not quite 'best of show', but definitely a contender.

Given the... uh... interesting malt bill, I'm not a bit surprised that caramel dominates the nose. Dominates might be the wrong word since chunks of candied grapefruit and orange peel are never very far away from the action. Dry-hopping with Columbus and Cascade will do that.

My biggest problem with Double Dog DPA falls under the heading 'brewing philosophy'. Once again, there's so much caramel (and chocolate!) malt relative to pale malt that hops don't have a chance to shine as brightly as they might have. Not only that, but alcohol is too prominent at this stage in the beer's life. Aging it would, of course, dull the hops.

Actually, if blinded, I would have guessed that I was drinking a barleywine. That 'cherries soaked in Jagermeister' flavor just cannot be ignored. It really doesn't matter that a few tons of hops were used since their flavor is hamstrung to a considerable extent. Their bitterness sure isn't. An IBU count of 85 seems conservative.

The mouthfeel is full and rich. The creaminess of all those malt sugars are complemented nicely by the minor buzzsaw from all those alpha acids. Even with a laid back amount of carbonation, when it comes to mouthfeel, this dog has both bark and bite.

Since I never got the chance to try the original 'Wild Dog' Double Pale, I'm glad Flying Dog has begun brewing it on a regular basis. I haven't gotten around to drinking my bottle of Horn Dog yet, but my guess is that this beer is closer to being the American barleywine equivalent of that beer (an English barleywine) than it is a true DIPA. It's still an enjoyable sipper that I'm glad is available locally.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured caramel with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Super sticky lacing & great head retention

S: Some herbal hops & doughy notes

T: Rich malt, brown sugar & earthy hops up front. Piney & herbal hops come to the fore as this warms, along with some breadyness Finishes a little too dry, with resiny hops, cakeyness, a little smokeyness & grapefruitty hops

MF: Rich & oily with low carbonation

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice DIPA, this needs to be part of the yearly rotation

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first legal HG purchase in SC Woo Hoo!!

Poured a pretty clear nice burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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

Decanted cool into a snifter.
A - A hazy deep amber w/ a 2 finger smooth tan head. The head does a good job of sticking to the snifter's sides w/ tenacity.

S - A huge scent of citrus hops. A candy-like malt scent full of sweet sugary tinges.

M - Full feel, bitterness is moderate - the malts are slightly bigger than hops w/ a sweet almost cloying finish.

T - A big sweet taste kicks it off w/ a juiced up hop taste. The flavors are intensely citrus w/ a bit of pineapple/bitter orange. The maltiness is intense and sweet like a sugar cookie. Light spice w/ a perfumey hop accent as it warms. The warmth of the 10%abv becomes apparent in the last sips - A nice mellow burn of bitterness and booze as the nectar becomes history.

D - A very well made Imperial IPA, but slightly on the sweet side. A lot of nice hop flavor w/ a boozy sweet feel. This beer has a lot of finesse. Calling this a big ale is putting it lightly. I chose to end my night with this strong IPA. I could definitely appreciate this on more than one occasion.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, cloudy. Single layer of bubbles after an initially modest head. Little lace.

Relatively mild aroma for the style. Very little fresh hop smell. This is a surprisingly malty smelling beer. There's also a little bit alcohol warmth.

The flavor belies the smell in that this is very complex and interesting. It starts off with lots of malt, but dry. The body is very rich, which mutes the alcohol warmth. The ending is predictably hoppy which lasts long after the swallow.

Ultimately, the taste is what I seek. This is not as extreme a beer as I would expect. Notably, this is a double pale ale, NOT a double IPA. I don't know what 2x pale ale is, but this is not an over-the-top hoppy ale. One of the nicest attributes is this beer's balance.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, light orang,e and grapefruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, very bitter citrus hops, grapefruit,alcohol, and fruity malts. Very bitter up front.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, but some bitterness up front.

d - I enjoyed the smell but the taste was just too bitter to me. Not bad, but not my favorite.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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