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 salvo
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper into a flute with a quarter inch of quickly disappearing head. Light lacing in the glass. The nose if malty sweet and medicinal hops.

First taste is sweet followed quickly with black pepper alcohol burn. The tannins in the hops slowly emerge with tea, medicine, astringent dry and bitterness. The taste is fabulous and complex.

Mouthfeel I wish were just a little thicker. creamier -- I'm envious of the reviewer writing about the nitro tap! Drinkability, at 11.5%, is low, but appropriate for the style.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im amazed this beer pours an amber color with light crystal malt! There is a caramel taste. The smell is citrusy with almost a fruity side to it. The head is thick and lasts a long time. Mouthfeel is thick which im guessing is from a lot of crystal malt. All in all a great double pale ale!

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Photo of nickhiller
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy copper with little visible carbonation, a brief head, some lacing.

S: deep, sweet malted barley, mineral-y and tangy, some aroma hops that lend a nice apple cider smell, and fruity esters.

T: sweet notes--burnt sugar, caramel, strongly resembling the taste of a caramel apple, a wine flavor like a Riesling--contrast nicely with the strong pine-y and spicy bitter hop profile. Equal parts bittersweet, it ends with a really nice whiskey and oak and warming alcohol dry finish.

M: full bodied, with mild carbonation and a sticky, syrupy consistency, yet finishes dry. I am blown away by how high the ABV and how well the alcohol is masked. I would have pegged it in the 8 to 9% range. Apart from core warming feeling you're left with, there's barely a hint of the punch it's packing.

D: The perfect Fall ale, warming, sweet and spicy, they got everything right in the taste department. I find it really interesting that they were able to balance out so many disparate parts: full bodied and sweet with a dry finish, sweet sweet malt with bitter bitter hops and an extremely high ABV that leaves you warm but not gagging. I will be drinking a lot of this this Fall and Winter.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Dog nitro-tap at Max's Taphouse in Bawlmer, MD.

Appearance: Nice dark caramel-deep orange color. Hazy but slightly transparent. Incredible head, very white and frothy and bubbly. Beautiful thick lacing. Love nitro pours!

Smell: Very subtle, as in most nitros. Citrus, some hops. Sugar and malts. Toasty breadiness too.

Taste: Sweet, followed by bitterness. Alcohol dominates, as in the regular draft version.

Mouthfeel: Creamy of course. A little hot and boozy. Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, a somewhat unpleasant burn in the back of the throat as it goes down. A bit dry.

Drinkability: Higher than the regular draft, but still a sipper at 11.5%. This is one of my favorite beers, and I'm glad I tried it on nitro. Cask is my last!

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

a: Pours a nice hazy amber with 2 fingers of thick, foamy head. Was surprised at the color of the beer. hHead lasts a long time and leaves a nice lace behind.

s: Very hoppy and sweet with a good citrus feel. Grapefruit like with a nice sour bite.

t: Very hoppy, a real punch in the mouth. The alcohol is very present as it should for the 11.5% ABV. Hops are the most present flavor by far but its very smooth.

m: Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and lets the flavor really come out.

d: I really like this beer. Nicely hoppy and and a smooth drink

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Photo of climax
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 7oz bottle.... It pours a ruby red grapefruit color to the light, cloudy caramel under normal circumstances. The head is up and gone quickly, 11.5% ABV will do that I suppose.

The aroma is certainly hop massivet. However, this one has excellent complexity. Oak aged bourbon and wine are reminiscent of a barley-wine. The hop profile isn't too soapy, but is definitely astringent. The alcohol is not hiding, and with the detergent-like hop assault, it gives the nose a fair warning that this is gonna be sharp!

The flavor is exceptionally smooth at first, soon giving way to alcohol and cornucopia of flavor once the palate can make sense of things. White grapefruit, wine-like grape tannin, rhubarb, bourbon, and a sweet cherry-filling finish are to name a few. Complexity not lacking in here.

The body is full without being filling, syrupy. The carbonation is spot on, not distracting, but it doesn't get flat as several in this realm do. The finish is bitter sweet and dry, keeping me sipping constantly. Awesome beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours blood orange with lumpy off white head that craters and laces. Nose is berries, barrel, some spearmint bark, cognac and overripe fruit. Cookie dough and Black Forest cake malts backed by juicy pear and berry, then citrus juice and ginger sting. Long prickly linger. Medium body, some sticky, chewy, and a definite burn.

At this ABV, how is this not a barleywine? Juiciness and big malt connect it to Snake Dog. Wish there was more hop character, rather than just IBUs, to balance all that malt.

*from notes

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Photo of haddon
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy copper color with nice frothy head. nice lacing throughout the glass

very sweet and malty on the nose. light trace of hops trails but brown sugar and candy dominates

bitter hops start but give way to boozy alcohol taste. ends like it starts... strong bitter aftertaste that lingers

full bottle that leaves a velvety feel on the palate

I enjoy a strong ale with a high abv but this one feels a little imbalanced. the alcohol dominates and takes away from what you might expect from a dipa... strong hops with a malty backbone, but somehow the mix seems off.

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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 JDizzle
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. I bought a 4-pack for $9.99.

It smelled nice. Malty, sweet and boozy. With an aggressive pour it had a decent sized head that was off white and very flagrant. Lacing hung around for a while. The taste is malty with a sweet hoppy bitter finish.(very bitter)
There is a boozy afterburn, but it's nice. Overall, it's my favorite Flying Dog beer that I will enjoy time and again.

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Photo of BamaViper1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I poured this beer a little aggressively, but it poured amber brown with an off-white head of about an inch. The head dissipates slowly, and against the glass it forms a little bit of lacing as well.

Initially I could smell grapefruit, citrus, and hops. There is also the slight aroma of a malty sweetness.

Immediately I'm hit with bitter hops and grapefruit upon tasting it. It mellows into a smoky/oaky roasted malt flavor with a slight tinge of fresh bread, although the alcohol makes it's presence known here. The finish is bitter and long, but very pleasant.

This is a pretty full bodied beer; medium-full. There is also good carbonation, forming a pleasant froth when swishing the beer around.

This is a big beer, and although I wouldn't drink more than two or three in one sitting, I find myself coming back to it. Overall this is probably my favorite Flying Dog beer, and a very nice choice for a DIPA (was a craft beer tailgating choice as well).

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured heavily from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass for maximum head creation.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear and beautiful reddish-amber color. Almost burnt sienna. Three-fingered slightly dimpled light-beige head which recedes to a solid 1/2 finger head which never goes away. Heavy lacing all the way down. Looks caramelly.

Smell: Very floral with a touch of citrus tones. Hops are nearly perfect here, as the bitterness is detectable in the scent but not overwhelming. Mild to moderate alcoholic undertones. Slightly (yet unidentifiably) sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Whooaaa...the hops pull no punches here. Bitterness is through the roof (bottle says 85 IBUs, I beg to differ); it would be too strong for some, I'm sure, but it tastes great to me. It's like a Secret Garden in my mouth. Once the initial shock wears off, heavy malt character takes over, supplemented by a subtle kind of fruitiness. The alcohol is well-hidden within the bitterness and sweetness. Beer changes character as time progresses; goes in thick, expands with carbonation, goes down light. Leaves behind herbal/hop remnants.

Drinkability: Too strong to be a regular/daily drink, or to have more than a pint or two in a night. Great tasting beer, but definitely a sipper.

The bottle said "unrelenting hop bitterness." It was right.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into shaker

A - Dark copper, slightly off white fluffy head. Great retention and lacing

S - Citrus hops, lemon. some dessert sweet caramel

T - Grapefruit, bitter hops, citrus fruit. A surprisingly sweet malt backbone

M - Crisp, dry, medium body. Alcohol heat then tacky sweetness on tongue.

D - A sipper. Strong beer with bold flavor and the alcohol heat all up front. Very close to being too sweet.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orangish bronze color with a large, foamy, creamy, fluffy, slightly sticky, off-white color. Decent retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Fairly good amount of sweet caramel malt for the style. Citrus, pine and floral. Some alcohol is present as well, reminds me a bit of a barleywine in the aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a very barleywine like taste. Very strong and bitter hop presence with floral and citrus hops. Some fruity (especially apple and cherry) that tasted as though it was soaked in some kind of liqueur. Slight fruity and syrupy sweetness on the finish. Some caramel malt is in the background and provides a bit of a base, but this is really covered up by the bitterness and alcohol heat.

M - Pretty full body with a good level of carbonation. Full creamy thick feel that is a little syrup like.

D - Really big and bold bitterness and alcohol heat make this definitely a sipper. Seems a little much for me to be all that drinkable.

Notes: Seems much more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Full of big and bold hop bitterness and alcohol heat. Very strong beer and I could see being in the mood for it from time to time, but it just seems a little out of balance to me. Worth trying, especially if you want a big, strong beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my De Struise...Dark orange copper but clear, light head is gone fast...Medium strength aroma, tons of grain alcohol on the front like a strong dipa, nice light grass tries to balance but just doesn't quite get there. Very light pineapple on the front is interesting touch...Taste has less alcohol thankfully, but its still prevelant and dominantes a tad much taking this from a potentially excellent beer to above average. Caramel, pine resin and alcohol. I like this, so easy to drink.

A really good double pale ale, only one I think i've had, but a good start. Lower the alcohol a touch and this would be awesome.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Doesn't seem balanced to me -- too hoppy.

I really don't want to write anymore about this beer but the requirements of beer advocate require a comment to be at least 250 characters. Had I liked this beer I would have been happy to write much more about it.

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Photo of MBPChead
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally had this one last night, I've been looking forward to trying to try this beer as well as the other brews from Flying Dog's Canis Major series. So here's what I think.

Look: Poured into a 25oz brandy snifter. Lovely amber orange and red hues with a creamy texture and colored head. All in all just beautiful.

Smell: Mild hoppy and pine scents accompanied by a honey and ginger scent with Citrus aromas. Very nice aroma overall.

Taste: Very hoppy at the forefront with the flavors of grapefruit citrus, cranberries, pine, and tad bit of ginger, as it slips to the back of the mouth it finishes with a light malt sweetness and honey flavor. As the beer warms, the hop flavor recedes to the back end of the tasting notes whereas the forefront becomes maltier with the flavor of caramel. As the beer continues to warm the overall flavors of the beer become much more mulled over and overpowered by the taste and presence of alcohol. All in all this is a very tasty beer.

Feel: Quite smooth overall but just a tad tick with a very slight tingling on the tongue. Excellent feeling overall

Drinkability: All in all it's smooth, tasty and goes down quite well. But the level of alcohol is a huge deterrent. Its quite drinkable but one is plenty.

All in all its a wonderful beer, and if I ever need a good hop fix. I usually don't like the taste of hops but I have to say that this one is quite delicious and the hops are very enjoyable. Definitely going to remain a regular in my fridge. 1 Canis Major down 3 to go.

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Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to brown in color. Hazy from the yeast. Thin off-white head with lace patches.

Orange and citrus hop aroma. Cinammon spice. Can't smell any alcohol.

Hops dominate the palate up-front with a wide variety of flavors ranging from orange to pine to dish soap. Malt fights to get noticed with a solid biscuity character and caramel sweetness. Cinammon spice in the flavor too. Overall, well-balanced. Tons of flavors but nothing goes unnoticed.

Medium to full-bodied ale with low carbonation. Coarse, semi-dry texture. Hops add some heat! The only way to detect the 11.5% alcohol is by the drying and warming sensations.

Pretty solid double IPA. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of malloyca
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.

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Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into pub pint at 45 degree and am trying to focus during Texans-Redskins. Huge billowing cloud of a head that wants to jst sit there. Lovely glistering copper body, with marvelous, sustained, beautifully spaced carbonation, like a holiday snow globe. (and those bubbles never ceased until converted into immaculately sticky doilies that hung prettily from the glass).

Nose was cleaner than I'd expected, and maltier, balanced. The esters were there, as citrus - more lime than anything else - but offset/balanced by toasted multigrain bread. An attractive nose.

In the mouth flavor fulfills the promise of fragrance. A delightful mouthful - at once hoppy, mallty, chewy yeasty. Fabulously balanced. A wisp of sweetness in the lovely lingering finish.

Mouthful is full and foamy, although I'm wondering where that 11.5 ABV is hidden. Two of these babies should have me on my ass. Almost a full bottle of wine? That"s the drinkability point: this brew begs to be consumed.

This one joins the list of favs.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first brew from the Canis Major sampler, bottle into a snifter.

It pours a deep amber with a one finger head that dies down into a really pretty 1/8" froth with great lacing. The nose is a lot of hops but it doesn't rip your nose off. In the mouth, it's definitely bitter at first but behind everything else there is a great, great chocolate note that I've never experienced in an IPA before. There is a spicy aftertaste that's a combination of hops and alcohol. In the mouth it's velvety and pretty thick. It's decently drinkable but at 11% you might have two before it wears out its welcome. Great brew, best of the few Flying Dog brews I've had. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the Canis Major sampler now.

EDIT - As far as "heat" goes: yes, there is an alcohol aftertaste. But beer is alcohol, so it's really no surprise that you taste it. It seems foolish to me to want to not taste any booze in a big beer like this. That's kind of the point.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single of this one as its a fairly new addition to my area...

This one pours a reddish golden... Quickly forming head that disappears just as fast... A bit of a haze to this one as well...

Lots of booze evident right up front in the aromas... The hoppiness that everyone else was getting is here but not as pungent as I was hoping... There's a caramel like maltiness to the aroma as well but I have to say that most of what I'm getting is the 11% here...almost like I'd thrown a shot of vodka in this.

Sweet toffee-like maltiness and booze on the first sip mingle with a sharp raw hoppiness that finishes long and bitter... The booziness really seems to be affecting this one... Were this 8%, the flavors of the brew might come through better but the fusel alcohol overrides everything else going on... Unfortunate... It really hurts the score on this one... At least to me...

Well... Not what I was hoping for here... The high ABV really knocked this one down the charts for me... I just couldn't get past the heat on this...

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Photo of bamojr
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 Oz bottle to a pint glass.
pours with a nice fluffy white head that holds for quite some time
It has a very hoppy smell with with a taste to match. It has a very strong flavor with notes of citrus in the back.
This beer has very strong alcohol flavor.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a really nice strong amber color with some orange hues . Very attractive .5 inch head that is very dense and slightly off-white with some ivory hints. Retention is very good. As it recedes it goes down to a thin mat.

S - Starts off with some nice grassy and fresh hop aromas. Nice and earthy with some good grapefruit sweetness and some nice pineapple in there as well. Caramel sweetness and some very nice boozy nose.

T - Starts off with strong hop grassy bitterness. Almost as strong as some barleywines. Very nice grapefruit sweetness is felt through the intense bitterness. Very citrusy flavors explode all over the mouth coating the tongue. Very nice and warm alcoholic ester coats the mouth. It finishes off nice and dry with some slight sweetness. This is definitely a hop bomb and not as balanced as other better DIPA's. Still enjoyable.

M & D - It is full and rich with great flavors all around. It is not as balanced. The ABV is pretty high so it must be treated with respect.

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Photo of silentjay
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

was expecting a "double pale ale" to be a bit more tame than a double IPA, yet looking at the bottle 85 IBUs and 11.5% doesn't tell the tale of a tame beer, yet maybe one a bit maltier than you typical IPA. interesting, we shall see.

pours an amber/orange with a small deep tan head that retains ok and laces better.

aroma is kind of faint, but of some piney, grassy hops, a bit of grapefruit, and some heavy malts that range from caramel and toffee, to white toast with some fruity esters and a heavy alcohol heat.

taste is not far off from barleywine territory. a hoppy one, at that. plenty of earthy, piney, grassy hops with a bit of citrus on the back end, but then comes the malt flavors. grainy and dirty with a bit of caramel and toffee, but more cereal and toast. some spiciness as well, especially on the exhale. booze is there in abundance, which adds some harshness.

rather full-bodied with a good amount of tight, prickly carbonation that accentuates the flavors rather than hindering them. warms the gullet and leaves a finish that is not unlike a cheap bourbon.

drinks ok. big, boozy beer. would rather this be labeled as a barleywine, but its decent if you can get past the harshness. reminds me of a light double crooked tree from Dark Horse.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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