Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
1,942 Ratings
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 Lauthaha
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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%
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 -2.1%
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 +7.7%
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 -33.3%
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 +10.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -3.6%
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 +11%
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 +0.3%
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 -29.2%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -5.9%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
1.16/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got this cool seven ounce bottle from Chris in a recent trade. Thanks again for the generosity!

Poured this right down the middle into a tulip. Only a thin layer of head on top of a murky copper body. This has a very malty aroma and I can't really get any hops. The aroma makes me think of burnt spoiled citrus. Every time I stick my nose in this I feel like I'm punishing myself. Ugh! I'm not going to finish this. This seven ounce bottle is to much. I can taste a bit of hops with a heavy malt body. Spoiled candied orange. That's what this reminds me of. Sweet and spoiled. I generally try to find the good in beers but redeeming qualities seem to be tough to come by on this one. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with light carbonation and the drinkability is nonexistent. I took about two sips of this and I'm calling it quits. Flying dog is usually decent for me but this is an absolute flop.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Amber/red with a head that lasts but is somewhat small.

S-Strong scent. Very malty but the hops are there. Booze is present as well.

T-Too sweet for my taste. Super sweet syrup. Hop bitterness is somewhat overtaken by the super sweet malts. The high booze content isn't masked well.

M-Coats your tongue. Thick. Heavy.

D-Too boozy and sweet to warrant a very high drinkability rating for me.

Doesn't suit my taste but that's just me.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Vintage 10EE on label. It was a slightly hazy amber color with lots of tiny floaters. Few stray carb bubbles. It had a good sized head that settled into a good collar with partial film covering the surface. Thick, quick sliding sheeting but not much sticking.

The aroma was led by the sweet caramel malts with the grapefruit, citrus and pine from the hops close behind. Can smell the bitter to come. The taste starts out as strong bitter but is initially tamed a bit by the sweet. Over time though, the bitter builds up and the sweet loses it's balance so becomes a strong bitter throughout. The alcohol, which wasn't a real presence in the aroma, starts to burst through here as well. I liked the 1st half of the bottle a lot more than the 2nd half but scored to the average. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb. Heavy bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty good ADIPA but just falls short for me. Started out well balanced but then became too bitter for my personal tastes despite the labels promise of a non-bitter finish (scored more to style though to be fair). Do recommend especially if you like the more bitter ones. I tend to more of the balanced ones but this one is pretty good. Avail here in TX. Rotation - for now, one is enough but I'm going into the more bitter ones so will revisit this one in a year and re-score then if appropriate [O;O;BL]

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A Beautiful deep, GOLDEN hue that packs a hefty head which settles down and leaves nice heavy lacing.

S: sweet caramel malty aroma

T: nice complexity. someone else said it's much like a barely wine - no argument here. hoppy tartness along with a strong malty backbone.

M full body - more carbonation than a barely wine. a bit of a nice ABV warmth.

D: way, way too rich to guzzle. Enjoy this one in sippin mode!

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Photo of rtepiak
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the smell was the high point of this brew... didn't pick up a bit of the booze at such a large abv. come out with a creamy head of something a tad beige. stuck around til the end too. nose of honey bbq sauce and citrus pine. great malting with a nice walnut earth that was bittered in alcohol heat. nice and peppery clean didn't even warm the body that much. although half the bottle i had with curry, which blended perfectly. and held it own with any amount of spicing. although the abv becomes more noticeable then.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- amber red with small bubbles nicely streaming up to moderate white head, nice simple look

smell- nice balance of citrus hops with sweet malty tones aswell, good smell

taste- long slightly tame bitter finish lingers very long, the malt is noticed some what up front but really dominated by i strong bitter hop finish, overall decent balance but in the end the hops win out, slightly boozy flavor but not awful in that aspect, good but perhaps a little more hops then i expected was lookin a bit more malt

Mouthfeel- smooth soft and very light carbonation

Drinkablity- well certainly cant pound to many of these to quick very strong and will knock you on your butt, a little more hop then I usually like on beer of this much power, but overall decent balance and not a bad though slight boozy beer, decent not sure id buy again but all right

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Photo of chickencoop
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough one, seriously 11.5% and you want to talk about the finer characteristics of this beer. It was a big booze bomb slightly covered up by some sweet malts at the end. Figured i'd pop a beer and watch the game, didn't think a pop a beer, barf and pass out, just kidding, but the bottle says balance, not so much, booze with a boozy back, and then heartburn.

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

Whoa, 11.5% ABV....Pours nice and clear, very amber with one finger of creamy head, leaves good lace. Decent carbonation. Nose is jam packed with malt, hoppity-hops, fresh fruit like apples and pineapple. Smells crisp and fresh. Flavor starts off with a blast of licorice then quickly moves into a nice maltiness, punctuated by a lot of good hop bitterness. Defintely NOT an IPA or Imperial IPA, too well-balanced for that. Some alcohol permeates the whole flavor palette, but for the most part this is excellent beer. Long finish is bitter in a good way. $9.99/six-pak so REALLY worth tracking down.

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Photo of cheftasia28
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: It pours a glowing orange amber. There is not much head at all. It is cloudy, not translucent and not opaque. When held up to light, the yellow around the edges sunbursts into a dark and warm orange.

S: A strong hops aroma blossoms and finishes with citrus overtones. A mild breadiness finishes off this weaker smelling beer.

T: An extreme hoppie finish! Agent Munky claimed a ginger fore taste that is undeniable. Citrus overtones accompany the hoppie finish with a lingering bitterness.

M: A lot more carbonation than I expected given the lacking head! YUM

D: I am still trying to learn the art of drinking a beer that has a strong hops flavor. I recommend this beer especially to those of you who like hops a lot.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: A very thin head with a few tell-tale bubbles drifting from the bottom. Wikipedia's colour spectrum helped me determine that the shade of this beer is, in fact, sienna. There is a mild, murky glow when held up to the light. Nice lacing.

S: Heavy hops are crisp, floral, delicate, and stimulating...but a little overbearing. Some light citrus, but not much else.

T: It tastes like ginger!! This is the only thing that registers at first; right up front, before the hops kick in, the taste is ginger-spicy-smooth. The main taste is similar, but more subdued, with a hop-tinged sweetness. The aftertaste is long and chewy, sitting rather heavily, the malt (what there is of it) seguing into lingering bitter hops.

M: Smooth with a bit of bitter dryness. Not bad, but nothing special.

D: Allegedly this beer is 11.5%? Uh oh...Double Dog makes for dangerous drinking. I feel I could sip through a couple of these. A very good beer which misses the mark of greatness. Tentatively recommended.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter glass - vintage 10 stamp

A - Deep copper and auburn hues, with a light head which retains a slight layer over the beer. Lacing is minimal but definitely present.

S - Roasted malts, punchy hops, caramel and a touch of alcohol are all present.

T - This is definitely a huge beer, kicking off with a nice hop profile but slowly turning more towards sweet malt with caramel flavors. The alcohol burns through towards the end, warming the palate, but not quite overwhelming you. Dry, bitter hops linger for a bit, reminding you of the citric attributes.

M/D - There's plenty of tingly dryness from all the hops, especially once the alcohol kicks in, which slows the drinking to a snail's pace. 11.5% can become quite hot, making this quite a doozy of a brew.

Double Dog is a pretty boisterous, yet delicious DIPA, with boatloads of hops, sweet malt, and of course, alcohol. Drink with caution.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,942 ratings
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