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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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Dark brown bottle. No freshness date noticed. Served in an Orval goblet.
It pours a deep coppery color with a rich foamy beige head which leaves loads of sticking, webby lacing.
I was half expecting to be knocked over with a big alcoholic aroma blast at 11.5% abv, but instead was mildly surprised to inhale lots of sweet malty bread notes and citrusy hop smells. There is a nice rummy fuminess rising up and lasting throughout, but it is in its place.
Tastes of brown bread and spiced rum cake and grapefruity citrus are potent. Sweet honey and a mild taste of oranges follow. The rummy alcohol taste reminds me not to go too fast with this one. Peppery and clovey spices are noticed in the finish.
A tingly effervescent body is another surprise here. I expected more of a rounded and buttery mouthfeel.
It is what is is. A really strong brew for sitting by the fire while enjoying some smoked almonds and cheese and crackers.

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Photo of RossCain
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an undated 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours with a pretty standard profile for a Double India Pale Ale: opaque, dark honey color with a foamy, 1" head. The head fades in a minute or so down to a small cap with tight lacing around the edges of the glass which leaves behind small amounts of splotchy webbing.

S: A sweet hop aroma full of citrus is the first thing to hit the nose; oranges, tangerine, and apricot with moderate notes of grapefruit. Possesses a mild, earthy resin character upon the end of the waft. You can definitely pick up on the high abv as the beer warms and unfortunately it eventually becomes the dominant note (actually, it kind of smells like a barleywine at this point).

T: A robust, hop forward beer for sure with very dominant notes of bitter grapefruit mixed with a slightly sweet tangerine profile. The slight sweetness is complimented by a caramel malt backbone nearing the finish. However, a very bitter profile is the dominant one all the way through alongside a spicy and definitely noticeable alcoholic astringency that lingers in the finish for five to ten seconds after sipping.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and moderate carbonation with a certain sticky mouthfeel lingering in the finish. As previously noted, there is a large helping of unmasked alcoholic warming that coats the back of the throat with a certain astringency.

D: Not unpleasant to finish as it was not lacking in flavor. However the hop bitterness really dominated this beer which was compounded by the way that the heavy booziness impacted the finish. For 11.5% abv, I guess you can expect that character to rear its head but I can't help not to say that it detracts from the overall beer experience. Definitely a sipper that was very rough on the palate. I could not drink more than one for sure.

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Photo of Elimination
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I dont know when exactly this was brewed, but I know its not a fast mover in my area, let alone at the store I bought it at.

Into a tulip, a light copper orange, very creamy head, thin bubbles hugging the sides tightly. Light hues are visible, shines bright, almost a color you could only pick from a sunset.

Burst of grapes, citrus, orange, grapefruit, a bit of white pepper, scents of a bit of sweet grain, no distinct hop melody, but more of a joining and combination of great hop presence.

Taste is strong red wine, grape, citrus, a background of hearty grain, almost a artisan bread, a good amount of alcohol, not sharp in anyway more of a fine brandy. A play of sweetness, candy like but toying on the lines of caramel, werthers maybe. Leaves a very grapefruit aftertaste, with a bit of cereal lingering.

Mouth feel is a very thick, molten concoction of sticky alcohol. Has a bit of a sharp sting at first, tingles on taste buds, only when swallowed leaves a dry, tart, sticky palate.

This is a heavily drinkable 11.5, remarkable honestly. I wouldnt put it in the category of DIPA at this point. I have had more fresh and though great, with age it really seems to be more of a barleywine.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip. Nice hazy amber body with a one finger head. Good lacing

Nice aroma. A little citrus in the hop aroma, but some sweet notes of peach and apricot. Inviting.

Great flavor balance of bitter citrus hops and sweet malt. I like the balance in a DIPA like this.

Overall solid brew. Will be looking for this in the bottle to bring home.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap Pour at the Bulldog in Uptown Minneapolis just a few blocks stumbling distance from the house.

Creamy, amber, hazy awesomeness. Leaves a good off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little but not a lot of lacing.

Also smells awesome. Just enough malts to balance the hops. My mouth starts watering and I can't even smell the 11.5%.

Tastes wonderful. Again you can't even taste the ABV, good job Flying Dog. I love how this pairs with spicy foods, but I hate how easy it goes down.... I have had this on a few occasions when I let them sneak up on me(again you can not taste the 11.5)

This is in my very top DIPA's and is my go to beer when I can find it. If there is one thing that is at fault about this beer it is it's drinkability. If I drink a four pack look out its gonna be a wild ride. Great beer for sipping and having something with ton's of spice.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada Snifter

A-Clear Amber, 1 finger head that lingers and leaves behind some lacing

S-Floral and citrus hops, grapefruit and orange to be more precise

T-Very sweet to start, with floral, citrus and grapefruit flavors. End has some bitterness the 85 IBUs does not really come through. The bottle says a hint of sweetness and it comes through.

M-Medium, creamy and some carbonation

D-Drinkable, the 11.5% abv is masked well but is still heavy.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy amber.. nice bright white head and decent lacing. This is a pretty floroal DIPA, I'm picking up alot of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, other citrus notes. There's also a slight amount of pine and resin in the mix, but it's not overshadowing the citrus. Tasty and straight forward. Finishes nice, slightly dry. Well carbonated, smooth and refreshing. At 11.5% abv, this is insanely drinkable. The alcohol is well masked, making for great drinkability.

Flying Dog does a great job with this one; this is one of their best offerings. This will definitely satisfy your hop fix. Recommended.

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Photo of shand
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint. Review 100!

This is an exceptional looking beer! The head overflowed my bottle, and retained and laced absolutely perfectly. The beer itself is a pale amber color, rather hazy. The smell is also quite good. Citrus hops dominate, but there's some floral aspects, a bit of malts, and a bit of booziness. The taste is pretty solid. It's a balanced DIPA, with a decent amount of malts to balance out the citrus hops. Just a bit of booziness shines through, which is to be expected with the 11.5 ABV. It's overall a good tasting DIPA, just nothing standout.

The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, it really coats on the way down. Not really pairing up with the taste. And the drinkability is good, considering the ABV, but I don't think it's really all that downable. Overall, a solid DIPA that's worth drinking.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7oz bottle poured into a tulip. Vintage 08

A-- Poured a cloudy orange amber color. No real head at all, just a thin layer of light brown film. On swirling the beer the head woke up. Got a half a finger of head that showed some resiliency. Stuck around for a bit before retreating back to film. Did leave a couple of rings of lacing with it. Color and head show full bodied and low carbonation.

S-- Candied raisin, candied dates, candied citrus. Smells more like orange to me but get a bit of grapefruit. Very sweet and alcohol smell to this.

T-- Very sweet in the front on the taste, followed by a rather large pine kick that did not last too long. Second and third tastes get a lot more of the pine and grapefruit. More it warms up the Carmel kicks in as well.

M-- Low carbonation and very full bodied. As it warms up the classic DIPA tastes come in. Carmel, Grapefruit and Orange. Dates and raisin drop off. Hops have held up well for the age and the IBU's are quite there. Very big and very aggressive. Big bitter pine and citrus finish, quite acidic finish to this.

D-- Alcohol is well hidden when drinking this. Will feel it though. Think of this more as a barley wine than a DIPA, due to how well it has aged and the hops have held up well. Not sure I could do a 355 ml of this. 207 ml is perfect and would not scare me off from wanting another in a few days. This was the 8 pack Canis Major pack that have been floating around Australia for over a year.

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

A- Pours a deep copper color with a one and a half finger head that leaves lots on lacing.

S- Caramel, fig, deep hop notes

T- Lots of caramel followed by piney hops that lead into a strong hop bite on the back end.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This is an excellent beer. Flying dog is quickly becoming one of my stand by breweries.

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Photo of russwaddell
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double dog is thus named because when I double up on bottles of these I see double.

a: looks thick and syrupy, which it is

s: real boozy. lotta hops, mostly bitter and a little sweet.

t: when i hear "double pale ale" i sort of assume the pale ale character will be lost in the "double" part and leave me closer to an IPA or something. not so here. it tastes like what it is - two bottles of pale ale concentrated into one.

m: thick, somewhat sweet and heavy, considerable staying power. really bitter and dry finish that sticks around for quite a while

d: what can i say, a drinkable double seems a pretty big contradiction. for as thick and hard hitting as it is, i can definitely drink a few of these and that's why it gets a good.

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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Pours a pale amber colour with a head that fades too quickly. Smell of citruses, caramel, dark fruits, some coffee, but it's hard to separate them, kind of too "one complex thing". Bitter is the most you get on the palate, but it has some sweet things going. You get again the dark fruits, caramel, citrus, molasses, coffee, and again most of all is bitterness. It's a complex, excellent beer, IMO it lacks of some development.

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Photo of Metuo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro-tap into an 8 ounce snifter.

A: Honey/Amber Color with a wonderful creamy head that laces very well.

S: Raisens, various citrus fruits, flowery hops. Not entirely complex, but still very pleasant.

T: Intense hops on the first sip, then mellows with the raisens being very present.

M: Unsurprisnly smooth considering the nitro.

D: Very nice sipper, the alchol is present though.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caught my eye as i liked their IPA. Poured with a small quickly receding cream colored head that settled to a cap with spotty coat of lacing on the glass. Pure clear copper colored body.

Smell at first hit me with a ton of fruity sweetness as it was pouring, but as it settled i felt like i was assaulted with a dull pine with noticable alcohol.

Taste isnt very impressive. Might be problems with my pallate but nothing jumps out at me. Just bitter with darker notes.

Mouthfeel is great and very smooth. Drinkability is mixed with low carbonation and lots of smoothness. But alcohol burn galore.

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Photo of mkostuch
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Color is dark copper almost red. Not much foam.

This is a very bitter beer up front. There is a sweetness in the middle with a very distinct alcohol taste at the end.

I like the bitterness but the alcohol at the end doesn't do it for me. With the amount of alcohol in this beer it is a one and done. You definitely feel it.

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

Let me start by saying that I'm not a big fan of Flying Dogs artwork. Onto what matters most...what's inside the bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a one finger cream colored head that is barely covering the top of the beer after about ten minutes or so. Pretty good lacing for a beer so high in alcohol.

The aroma is a nice mix of citrus, pine, earthy malts and alcohol. The citrus smell is most dominant. Impressive aroma for a beer with this high of an ABV.

Nice hop bitterness up front. Earthy and malty flavors pop out in the middle with a slight sweetness. But this bad boy finishes with hop bitterness on the back end just as advertised.

Medium to full body with a low carbonation level.

Great drinkability for 11.5%.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer succeeds at living up to the claims on the side of the bottle. I've had several beers talk a big game on the label, and then fall a bit short. Not this Dog. It's bite is as bad as it's bark. More of a winter DIPA in terms of alcohol and body.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich garnet with a 1.5 finger khaki head and good lacing to it.
S- Smell is rather barleywineish. Caramel malt, with some citrus presence.
T- Caramel malt, hops are very subdued/overwhelmed by malt and the definite alcohol presence.
M- Full bodied, creamy, maybe a little syrupy. Carbonation was a bit underdone. Hot.
D- A good beer, one of those that touches the boundry of dipa and barleywine. All in all it's a tasty beer that has both the flavor and alcohol to make it bite, if you will.

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Photo of SurlyMe
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a rich, deep amber/copper color. A light pour yields a fizzy one finger off white head which thins fairly quickly; virtually no lacing on glass as you drink.

S - HOLY HOPS! sweet, caramel, tiny bit of citrus, the ever so slightest scent of booze

T - Big hop profile up front then moves to a caramely, sugary, slightly sweet taste. finishes a little bitter with a lingering hop taste, also catch a hint of booze in the end.

M - full body, low to moderate carbonation, slightly resinous feel, pretty darn smooth for this much flavor and alcohol content

D - very good considering how high octane it is. they did a good job covering up the 11.5%... feel so lovely after one, makes you want to have another =)

Overall, this is a good DIPA, I typically like a bit more citrus/grapefruit flavors to detract from the massive hop bomb going off, but still definately worth trying. I havnt been impressed with anything from flying dog until i tried this.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, topped by 1.5 fingers of creamy off white yellowish head. Slow dissipation and thick lacing ensue. The body is an orange to brown thick malty looking brew.

The smell is refreshing; floral hops up from with a brown sugar malt sweetness in the background. I pick up some orange and tangerine as well as the brown sugar.

The taste is great, it reminds me why I love Imperial Ipa's. The hops are the dominant flavor here, fruity and piney bitterness which saturates the palate and leaves a hot spicy aftertaste which sticks with you for quite a while. The amount of malt they threw in here to balance that hop assault must have been immense, I get a ton of maple syrup brown sugar flavors combined with a thick malty almost chewy sweetbread. It's delicious, I could drink this as dinner.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a double ipa, thick with malt and creamy from a smooth natural carbonation.

Drinkable, from the previous lines I have written I think you may be able to surmise that yes, this brew is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am on a CAN Break just to align some of my numbers. Yeah, this is ticking, but so what? I am tiring of the same ol' AAL in a CAN, which is what I have been (mainly) faced with. Sue me.

From the bottle: " Double Dog, double down, double agents, double dares, twins, things are just better when they are times two. This double recipe of pale ale has double the hops and double the flavor so your date will look doubly good."

The pour created a solid finger of deep tan head with excellent retention. Nose was piney hops with an underlay of caramel malt. Color was a hazy medium-brown. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a heavy pine flavor up front, scrubbing my tongue clean of any debris from the weekend. My initial swallow left a lot of sticky lacing behind in its wake. Finish continued with a pine-hop flavor along with a a bit of caramel sugariness on the extreme finish. Phew! I am out of practice for a heavy hitter like this. It was a nice change of pace but I could not make a steady diet of this sort of thing.

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Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is interesting. I had it on tap and remember it being the predictable strong, syrupy style that you might expect from an imperial IPA. This time, however, it was awesome. It was sweet and more crisp than I remember, but it had a pretty heavy mouthfeel. I like the distinct bitterness; it tastes a lot like black walnut. It poured a nice peach color, and had about one finger of head, which is not bad for such a high ABV. This is, by far, the best and most drinkable imperial that I've had. Based on the taste and body, I could have another one...but that's just crazy.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.
A - Poured a penny copper red with generous 2 finger head with sticky lacing.
S - Hoppy pale ale.
T - Syrupy but reasonably so for the ABV. Hoppy, sweet, a bit thick.
M - Pretty bitter, not the best in my mouth but one that I love none-the-less. Pretty rich and thick.
D - One of my favs from Flying Dog. The ABV is dangerously well hidden.

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

12oz brown bottle

Double Dog Double Pale Ale was hazy and amber in color. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was citric hops and sweet malt. The taste was loads of citric hops with plenty of sweet malt to help balance. The high alcohol content is well hidden at first but starts to become quite evident before too long. The finish semi-dry, full of hop flavor and bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a full body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a very good beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of WTBash
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep copper color with a thick off-white head. It smells sweet and quite hoppy. The taste was not nearly bitter as the 11.5% ABV would suggest (IBU 85) and is sweet with hints of fruit and malted barley. The brew feels tick and creamy but quite smooth. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer considering the high ABV. A really good beer!

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,953 ratings
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