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

A - Pours rich amber in color with a foamy two fingers of head that dissipates into a thing layer that sticks around. Lacing is decent.

S - Very inviting and makes my taste buds water. Sweet caramel malts, floral hops, slight grapefruit.

T - Nice complexity. Layers of woodiness, pine, grapefruit citrus, sweet caramel malts, and a bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M - Medium to heavy, sticky, decent carbonation.

D - Really tasty, but be careful, a couple too fast and you'll end up drink, drank, drunk!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up this single 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Label stamped as VINTAGE10FF. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: A heavy pour gives a slowly building orange-tan head that eventually tops out at about 3/4". Brew is cloudy and has a warm brown color. Head settles to a thin layer with some larger bubbles and leaves a thick stable curtain on the glass.

S: Thick and very tasty. Brown sugar, melon, apricot, mixed citrus and pine hops. Smells like a hoppy orange creamcicle. As it warms a boozy medicinal feel comes out a bit but isn't offensive.

T: Big peppery alcohol blends in with the hops to give it a kick that cuts easily through the malt and sweetness. Otherwise pretty similar to the smell. Resiny pine and orange rind, caramel. Finish is long with pepper and pine. Alcohol is hard to ignore when I try to taste anything else.

M: Fairly creamy and thick. Finishes dry with a little resiny feeling in the back of the mouth.

D: Alcohol is the dominating force here, huge and overwhelming. Knock it back to maybe 9 or 10%, leaving some sweetness in there, and I think it'd be a much better and more drinkable beer. As is, it's rather harsh. There's no reason for it to be that strong if it ruins everything else. Even at 85 IBUs the hops don't stand a chance.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear, brown amber with little head. The taste is very malty with some hops and caramel malts lingering. This is a heavy duty beer and is definately a sipper. The alc% could be masked a little better. Not a bad beer overall, but I wasn't blown away by it either.

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

Picked up one of these at a 6 pack shop. Poured into a Goblet style glass. Cloudy amber color. Had little head yet the mouthfeel was thick. A nice citrus hop aroma. Intense hop flavor with an alcohol after taste created a bitter sweet after taste.

This beer was much closer to an Imperial IPA than the Double Pale Ale in the name would suggest. At 11.5% it was intense but flavorful. I like the Flying dog Pale Ale and I like this as well. As with most Imperials the drinkability was lower but you will still want another after finishing your first.

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

Enjoyed this beer poured from a nitro-tap at Magnollias in Purcellville, VA.
Poured a copper amber color with a small white head that dissipated into a ring with some lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel with hops.
Taste is sweet caramel, honey and ends a little bitter with floral hops and some smokiness, the alcohol is there but not dominant
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium body with a little alcohol warming.
Nice strong beer, to enjoy at a slow pace.

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Photo of juju7
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of those guilty pleasure kind of beers. Looking past the slightly awkward balance and somewhat overly sweet finish, this is a nice ball tearer for the hop heads. Really grippy bitterness and hop flavour in buckets, discreet it isn't, plenty of fun it is.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep copper-brown burnt orange colored brew with a thick two finger head, that eventually dissipates into thin wispy layer with a few clumps of island like head remaining. Leaves some nice clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Big earthy, herbal, flowery hops in the nose, with a nice caramel sweetness malt.

Woodsy, resiny, piney hop bitterness, midway through there are some citrusy grapefruit-like hops rounding out the bitterness. There is a nice mild sweetness as well. The bitterness is lasting on the tongue.

Medium in the mouth with good carbonation, dry.

A big yet not too big sessionable double IPA. Caseworthy and just good stuff.

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

Pours a dark copper/amber color. Has an off white head that is creamy and sits nicely. Head settles to an island lace and has a nice ring around the edges of the glass. Has nice lace as well. This brew looks very good.

Brew smells of floral, earth hops, piney hops, caramel malts. Has a earthy nose and a woodsy scent. Has a nice smell.

This brew tastes smooth and creamy; bitter finish. Can taste several hop charateristics; floral, fruit, piney. Has a sweet caramel taste from the malts. Very good taste. Has a warming effect for sure. Very good taste.

This is a very big brew, has a very flavorful taste, good looking brew. Strong tastes. Very good stuff.

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

A - Pours a dark amber with a 1 inch head of big bubbles. Nice lacing.

S - Big toasted malt, sweet caramel, hop resin, apples, plum, sugary spice, alcohol.

T - Sweet malt rushes in big time, then turns to more of a grainy hard toasted malt as the hops slowly start the bitterness into a nice resiny finish. The alcohol is there but really is unnoticeable.

This was a staple in my fridge last summer and this review is the first one I've had since Sept. This one seems to be more malt driven than the previous. I was expecting the big hop finish but it wasn't there like the last time. This one is a little unbalanced for a IDPA. Although it is an extremely good beer! I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (vintage10ee) into a snifter glass. Pours a dark reddish/orange with a nice fluffy head with good lacing. It also has some sediment floating around with low carbonation. It took a few sniffs to sense some citrus hops in the aroma, not much in there. Intense dark fruits, caramel malts, and citrus round up together and finish with alcohol warmth. Big full bodied mouthfeel that finishes high and dry. This is a very big DIPA that will take some time to finish. Big on taste, small on smell.

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Photo of klikger
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden-hued with some orange; great head and lacing

S - Caramel, floral hops, and honey

T - Honey, citrus, and load of malt are tasted immediately. The booze stands out in the middle and is joined by some hop bitterness and lots of caramel in the end.

M - Pretty heavy with decent carbonation; grows more syrupy by the minute

D - 11.5% - hot, but not horrible.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, having not had a Flying Dog beer for several years. Although I'm way more into hop dominance than sweets in my pales, this beer didn't offend. Well done, Flying Dog - I'll be sure to try this one again.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not that big of a big beer fan, but I really liked this one. Very well made.

Pours amber with a 2 finger brown head. Good retention. Very nice looking in the glass.

Aroma of hops [citrus] and some fruits in the background.

Taste of hops [grapefruit, pine] and some pear. Malts make a strong showing. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is medium+ bodied and cleansing.

Overall, I was very impressed with this offering from FD. Wonderful, very delicious and refreshing. Drinkable considering the ABV.

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

A - Amber/copper/brown hue. A bit cloudy, with a small around of head that impressively stuck around for the entire glass.

S - All I could really seem to pick up on was the hops. Pine and floral tones, but none of the malt that the description had hinted at.

T - This beer had a lot of flavor complexity. I love a beer that changes as you drink it, and this one delivers. If it's just come out of the fridge (or in my case, cooler), expect a lot of hops. It'll hit you fast and hard. But as it warms up a little bit the hops get put on the backburner and you pick up on the malty flavors more. Even a little bit of sweetness that I wasn't really expecting. You'll definitely notice the alcohol more as it warms up as well.

M - Like any DIPA, this puppy is pretty dry on the finish. This is pretty much unavoidable for the style, but I still wasn't really a fan. However, pleasant amount of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't want bottle after bottle of this stuff (too dry), but I'll definitely revisit it from time to time.

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Photo of TrebleStauter
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Yellow Brick Pizza into a Chimay glass.

Great lacing on this glass and a slight head that retains its hazy top. Pure amber in color. Very nice presentation.

Immediate hops presence with a fruity sweetness. I don't find this to be too bitter considering the initial powerful flavor. Definitely alcohol present, but I feel it is well balanced in the mouthfeel. It has the thickness of a barleywine.

I really enjoy this beer. One at a time. After the first, the second will leave you leaning a bit. I find it to be very drinkable in spite of the 11.5%. A great way to get sideways if you are not careful!

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear rich amber-orange which borders on red. Small but persistent off-white head and nice lacing tendrils.

Smell: Cascade hops (orange, grapefruit) and caramel malts. The caramel becomes more evident as it warms, as does the alcohol.

Taste: Well, this depends on how cold it is. Out of the fridge it is fairly heavy on the hops, with orange grapefruit and a long lingering bitter finish with lots of pine. There is a caramel malt counterbalance that moves to the forefront as it warms, plus tons of alcohol and even some dark fruit nuances. All of a sudden, it turned into a Barleywine!

Feel: Moderate carbonation, full smooth body that is very creamy in texture, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice late night sipping beer. Plus you can pick if you want a DIPA (drink it cold) or an American Barleywine (let it warm up).

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Photo of beerman207
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thumbs up to bamadog for recommending this beer to me. I have had a few offerings from Flying dog and have always enjoyed them but none to this degree.

A: Looks as I would expect a DIPA to look - a bit cloudy - dark orange/brown - good white creamy head that dissipates into a nice skim head that hangs around forever. Good.

S: Citrus comes through strong - malt in there a bit, pine hops, floral hops, perhaps even some mango? Definately smells spicy!

T: Wow - what a complex beer IMO. First wave on the tongue is a like a punch in the mouth and a kick to the groin - ouch it hurts - then it mellows a bit and the malt comes in. Sweetness - ahhhh. Thank you. Then there's a bit of a lingering burn that hangs from the alcohol presence that doesn't appear until the end. What a cool ride to try this brew - well done Flying Dog!

M: A bit on the drying side in the finish but it's ok and fits with the style

D: Wow - 11.5% will catch up to you in a hurry but man you would guess this one was about 7% based on how well hidden the alcohol is. It's there to warn you but not enough to keep you from drinking it. Well done!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of rocky light tan head, which lasts for a good spell. Body is quite clear, with hardly any haze and is dark copper in color.

Piney, Floral, Spruce in the nose.

The taste is quite grapefruit up front, and turns into bitter rind. There is a mild syrupy sweetness of caramel.

Prickly with carbonation, but still has a syrupy consistency. The oils from the hops are quite noticeable, which help to leave the palate moist. The warmth of the alcohol presence is very perceptible in the end too.

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Photo of surlyseth
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was good enough for me to actually review a beer, in quite some time.

Just the perfect look. Bountiful head. Cagney and Lacey going down.
Smells like a barleywine. Malty. With floral and citric higher notes.
Tastes balanced with a huge, oily mouth. Bittering lika a DIPA, but less Attack, more release. Gigantic, but balanced.
ABV prevents a drinkability, thankfully.

Halfway between a Hop Slam and a Big Foot.

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Photo of bamadog
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, I'm freaking impressed by this beer. Out of the scant few offerings from Flying Dog that I had up until now, none really stuck out... This one sticks out. Review is from notes taken on 6/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color and starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades quickly to an uneven skim; body is quite cloudy, but shows strong carbonation where you can see into it; scant streaks and spots of lacing are left in a couple of areas on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wow! Kick ass! Lots of big bitter and citric grapefruit hops; balanced well by a great caramel and sweet maltiness and a firm backing of a toasty and dry graininess; nose is especially powerful and really jumps out of the glass.

Taste: Fantastic! Really matching the nose almost to a "T" -- starts with the nice, big and bitter grapefruit and sticky hops followed by a great and candy-sweet caramel maltiness, a burnt/toasty graininess lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick, creamy and pretty smooth; carbonation is present, but comes across as soft in this thicker body; a tremendously thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is left pretty warm.

Drinkability: I'm really surprised by how good this beer is -- great flavors, solid balance, great smell and a mouthfeel that won't let you forget it; weight is a bit much and the ABV is high at 11.5%, but for as good as it tastes, I would gladly try to get through as much as I could in a night.

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

Drank this straight from the bottle at a party.

Appearance: Was a clear dark amber/brown from what I could see as it poured from the bottle.

Smell: Alcohol and sweet malts with a citrus hops undertone.

Taste: Sweet malts and bitter hops blend well for a good balance. The high ABV is noticeable, but not disconcerting. It's a tasty beer that tastes like a full-bodied Double style should... bold, malty and strong.

Mouth feel: Medium-to-Full bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A vary tasty beer, but probably a little too hearty and full-bodied (not to mention the high ABV) to session with. I enjoyed a couple of these, but moved on to Belgian Blond's afterwards.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good auburn dark color. Not a lot of carbonation. Aroma of alcohol and wood.

Taste, heavy. Truly a double. Double everything is the feel. More wood and hot alcohol taste. Not so much hops. Big malt body and alcohol are main stage. Mouthfeel just doesn't evolve beyond the just big ol mess of ingredients feel. This is one of the biggest beers I've ever had. Drinkability is tough because it isn't cheap, nor is it easy to drink.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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