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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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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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Photo of slowhand429
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with a good frothy white head, not sure why this is called a pale ale when it is obviously amber in color. Smells like Cascade hops, glorious Cascade hops, and a good light amount of honey maltiness. Taste is unbelievable, first you get Cascade hops and citrus, then the malt body comes through which is in perfect balance and then Columbus hop bitterness comes through on the backside and lingers on your tongue for 5 minutes. This is a big beer at 11.5 abv and the mouthfeel is big accordingly and your tongue and teeth are coated in hops and malt. Drinkability is very good for such a high gravity beer, I finished off the entire 4 pack in one night without even trying.

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

A deep copper, reddish beer with an ivory colored head. The carbonation seems aliive. The lacing throughout was supurb. Smells quite strongly of sweet, tart fruits, hints of hops, and hefty alcohol. Not suprisingly a strong, boozy flavor but not unpleasant at all. Big, sweet maltiness. I taste the hops in there. The alcohol and malts are nicely balanced. A warming mouthfeel. The bitterness aftertast is just right.

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Photo of DMBoSox11
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review #3 - 12 ounce bottle (Vintage 10DD - other than 2010 I'm not sure what this information provides) in a snifter.

A: A cloudy, darker red with a dark off-white frothy head. The head consisted of tiny bubbles with light retention. Great lacing.

S: Big alcohol attempting to cover citrus and peppery hops. The malt background is a sweet dark fruit.

T: The alcohol is not hidden, but also not overpowering. Very well done with an 11.5% ABV. Big grainy, sweet biscuit malt to include a grainy finish. The strong hop bitterness is able to overcome the maltiness, but the hop flavors are not.

M: Medium body with a nice heavy carbonation.

D: Certainly solid, but a bit too on the grainy malt side.

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Photo of velosuds
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Vintage 10EE. Single purchased for $2.55.

A-Poured a deep amber hue with a two+ finger head with modest retention and scant lacing.

S-This is an imperial pale so I didn't expect DIPA aroma. Aroma is predominantly toasted malts. Hops are faint and in the background. Aroma was disappointing.

T-Taste improved as it warmed, but tasted a little more like a barleywine than a DIPA or imperial pale ale. It is sufficiently bitter from the hops at 85 IBU, but it is a bit too sweet from the malt bill and there is a slight alcohol aftertaste. The hops used don't seem to contribute much to the taste, or the aroma. Odd.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

D-This went down easy enough, but I would not readily reach for another. Not really a DIPA and besides the high ABV (11.5%), which was masked fairly well, there isn't enough going on here to make this a repeat.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head with ample lacing. The appearance is dark amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops and toasted malts. The taste is bitter with strong malty sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine example of a double IPA with a degree of smoothness, richness, and warmth that matches the imperial Russian stouts.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what to expect from a 'double pale ale' and at the end I still wasn't sure how it was different from a DIPA. Served in a sniffer. The head was thick and dense but fell fast, and left some huge lacing. Color is a slightly hazy copper.

Aroma and flavor are both as expected from a DIPA. Sweet and bold hop aroma followed by a strongly bitter yet thickly sweet flavor. The malty sweetness is certainly there to back up the hops as the label claims, but there's nothing that really sets this one out from the other DIPAs out there. Maybe I'm becoming immune to the style.

Carbonation is just right and the sweetness dries up nicely. Overall it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of zoso493
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. The dating only offers the fact that this is an "09 Vintage," so let's see how this one has held up.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy red-amber color that lacks the expected amount of haze to it. When held up to the light, the beer turns a bright blood red, and the bubble of carbonation are abundant. Atop the beer is a thick two-finger head that sticks around for a little while, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass as it subsides.

Smell: The hops in this one are extremely subdued, which leads me to believe that this bottle is fairly old (though I know it's at least 4 months old). If you leave your nose in there long enough, you can get a whiff of some piney, cannabis-like hops, though they are few and far between. The key actors are the sweet malts and alcoholic esters, which are very unexpected in a DIPA.

Taste: The taste more or less mirrors the scent, as the hops are pretty absent from the taste. I get the sense that they might have once been there in earnest, but no more. The malts and esters have done a good job of holding up, though, and they give the beer a sweet, barleywine-like feeling. Regardless, I can't say that this a well put-together example of a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Double Dog is certainly a thicker DIPA, probably because it suffers from a severe lack of balance in the form of hops. The most disconcerting aspect of the mouthfeel, however, is the sticky, cloying aftertaste that leaves an unwelcome lingering sensation on my palate.

Drinkability: The alcohol is this brew is extremely poorly masked, it must be said. As a result, it's taking me an eternity to get through this 12 oz. bottle. I can't imagine that the brewers intended to leave this much of a taste of alcohol in the brew.

Overall, Double Dog misses the mark in my opinion. I'm sure this is an older bottle (I can't be sure because of the poor dating on the bottle), but regardless, it is not a great DIPA. Even if I couldn't get a grip on the hops, which I can't, there is not enough to salvage this beer for me, and I will not have this again.

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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy and copper-colored with a one-finger off-white head. Pretty good lacing. I love beers that look like this.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy at the same time, each in fairly equal measure. You can definitely tell that they didn't slouch on the malts here.

Taste: Very bitter at first - love those hops! Towards the end, though, those malts I mentioned come forth, striking a great balance. If you hold the beer on your tongue for a few seconds, the caramel-ish malts are even more noticeable, but as it travels back the bitterness bursts out one more time. Quite excellent. Too, the alcohol, of which there is much, is nice and warming.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the thick/thin road, which is just right for this. It's kind of tingly as well.

Drinkability: All too much, I'm afraid. These come in a four-pack, and I'd have no problem enjoying them all one right after another, but my stomach probably would: 11.5% alcohol is no joke.

If someone asked me to point to the best beer Flying Dog has to offer, they'd most likely find my finger indicating this beast. Their Horn Dog barley wine is up there, too, but the sheer hoppiness of this wins out. Canis Major, indeed.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color, with a nice, creamy white head. Big hoppy aromas of bubblegum, mango, papaya and tangerine. On the palate, nice flavors of caramel, toffee, some citrus and warming alcohol. Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a lingering, somewhat bitter, drying finish.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy tangerine color with over a finger of tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but is leaving some great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hops, pine, malt, subtle grapefruit. All the smells meld together yet stand out uniquely the more I smell the aroma. Very inviting! [edit] There is a slight alcohol tinge to it also once it warms up a bit.

Taste - Bitter yet sweet. The initial gut reaction is that this is a more toffee/caramel/sweet beer but as soon as that thought begins it ends because there is a bitter, hoppy kick to this beer. It is an odd profile because it is not a "sweet hoppy beer" or a "hoppy sweet beer" but more of a "hoppy beer and a sweet beer". I know that sounds strange but there seem to be two distinct tastes going on here. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - Extremely creamy, decent carbonation, an almost oily quality to it.

Drinkability - For the high abv it is relatively drinkable. There is slight alcohol presence in each sip and definiate warming of the throat. To be honest, I won't repurchase this most likely, still, I'm glad I tried this.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- love the look, golden amber, almost completely opaque, about a finger of head, nice lacing on pint glass

S-good hoppy smell

T- Full taste, quite a bite at the end of the swallow, a lot going on here!

M- Its got a little bite to her!

D- I was surprised by the alcohol taste.

Overall, pretty good beer. I really like the way it looks!

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Photo of kaseydad
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with a murky bronze/copper colored ale with not much foam at all. Maple syrup, candy and some hoppy goodness is present. A chewy taste with hops, bitterness, and a nice malty backbone to even it out. All the ingredients needed for a good Double IPA....though there are some Barleywine characteristics as well. There is a noticeable alcohol presence to keep me honest. At 11.5% this is a definite sipping beer but very easy to drink and multiples were attained during the session. A nicely done DIPA that is worthy of your attention.

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Photo of DubbelDown
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This particular beer has been one of my favorite "non-dark" beers since I discovered it. It's a great example of a good Double Pale Ale.

I poured this on in a standard beer glass.

A - Appearance is murky amber, with a short head (if poured normally). The head sticks around for the entire experience, leaving a lacing down the glass as you drink it.

S - Fruity hops comes through strongly. There's likely more to this, but at the moment, allergies have rendered my sniffer a bit dysfunctional. But even handicapped for the moment, I can tell this is not an average beer.

T - Well balanced on the front, and surprisingly little alcohol burn for a 11% beer. Medium citrisy hops on the back end that slowly fades between drinks. This is a very good balance of hops and malt. Sweet, but not too sweet, with a bit of bitter balance. Nice. A surprisingly well-balanced beer for something this strong.

M - Nice carbonation zing without being fizzy. Sits full, but not too heavy on the pallet. Not exactly a normal pale ale feel, but not a barley wine type of feel, either.

D - This one is scary drinkable, and can really sneak up on you. If you didn't realize what you were drinking, you could put a few of these down pretty quick. Of course, you'd soon realize your error. ;) I was torn on the rating for this, but decided to go purely with how easy it goes down. But in reality, this is a one and done sip and enjoy beer (or two and done, topps).

Unlike darker beers, which open up as they approach room temperatures, this one is pretty decent right out of the 'fridge. The hops kick sticks with you longer as it warms, and some of the malt flavors open up a bit, but this one is better chilled than at room temp.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours copper with one and a half fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing

S: Smells of piney, resiny hops, with some citrus as well. Some caramel malts are apparent as well as brown sugar.

T: Tastes of pine and citrus from the hops at first, followed by brown sugar, caramel, and breadiness from the malt. Finishes bitter with floral notes from the hops

M: Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture

D: ABV is too high to drink more than one, although taste says that you could. Definitely very drinkable for the abv

Overall, this is a very good DIPA, but it is kinda sweet though. I would have definitely preferred more bitterness, but this is quite good.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle vintage 09(MM).

Pours golden amber, some red in the glass, with a frothy off-white head, leaves some rings and legs of lacing.

Aroma is a nicely balanced, some floral and citrus hops with some caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, and bread.

Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, some floral and resinous hop bitterness. For 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, medium carbonation, medium body.

Dunno exactly how old this is, but it is certainly not fresh and despite the subdued hop presence, it holds up quite well and works for an American Strong Ale. Gonna be on the lookout for a fresh sample...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date on bottle. Beer poured into a goblet. Beer is hazy and orange / dark amber. Forms a thin broken head of tiny off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. carbonation is low.

Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of pine hops.

Full bodied, really syrupy sweet. Lots of malt and very late hop bitterness. Its one of those strong malt IIPAs. Really too sweet. Its just way too much.

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a powerful brew. It pours a golden color with a bit of haze and sediment. Beautiful, stable white head. The smell is hoppy...a resiny, pine-like, outdoorsy sort of hop aroma. There's a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Not quite as much malt as I expected in the smell. The taste is quite good and very forceful...hops...lots of hops. Hop oils and resins dominate. Some malt is present, pale malt mostly. Alcohol is notable in the taste. The mouthfeel is full and substantial. Somewhat sweet...once you get through the hops and booze. However, this one is surprisingly drinkable. Not bad.

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

From the 355 ml bottle marked VINTAGE10CC. Sampled on April 8, 2010. It pours an attractive copper-amber with about a half-inch of silky beige head and well laced. The hops are powerful in the aroma; even more appealing than Flying Dog's regular IPA. The taste is full of bitter hops but it is countered wonderfully by a rich sweetness of caramel. The higher ABV is well masked. This was very good.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper/orange color. Poured a 2 finger beige head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and orange peel. Hint of caramel malt (or maybe I imagined it?).

T: Alcohol right up front then slightly sweet malt and apricots. Resiny hops clamp down in the middle ahead of a sharp bitter finish.

M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Silky and coating resin.

D: ABV a bit daunting. Good one-and-done then back for another at a later date.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a sturdy, creamy head. The head looks very thick and carbonation runs high.

The smell is a caramel, piney, slightly citric aroma. For a beer with this kind of ABV, the alcohol isn't very apparent in the nose and the aroma isn't very strong overall. Quite subdued, actually.

Taste is almost an uber-British Style. Bold and solid malt backbone, some cracker-like qualities, some traces of pineapple. The beer has a ton of bitterness but also a ton of malts to offset it, it's really nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is heavy, especially for an ale. The lingering aftertaste can best be described as bitter citric crackers that coats the mouth. I think the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Drinkability - moderate only because it will kick your butt after two. Well balanced, and nicely brewed, I've always enjoyed this brew. Unfortunately, the smell knocked the overall score down a little bit, would love to see more going on there.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Shipyard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/straw color and settles in with a thin, beige head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. When held up to the light, the beer is the color of a penny.

S: Smells very inviting. Very hop-heavy, creamy and fruity. Smells "fresh."

T: Alcohol hits you straight off, which can be a bit distracting at first but becomes pleasant as your palate adjusts. Taste is mostly of hops and apricot, with a touch of malty sweetness. Reminiscent of the Dogfish 90 minute IPA in terms of taste.

M: Typical carbonation. Very silky and mouth-coating.

D: At almost 12%, this gets you drunk - fast. That said, it drinks very well and leaves me craving another.

My favorite Flying Dog offering by far.

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Photo of klkatz
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - poured into pint glass.

Dark honey color - off white, foamy head.

smell - has a very subtle hops/grapefruit aroma

Double Dog is advertised as being over hopped... the beer starts off smooth and has a very bitter finish. The bitterness sticks with you, giving it a good mouth feel. The slight alcohol taste helped to smooth it over a little in the beginning.

to me, the balance seems to be a bit off, almost as if the bitterness overwhelms the taste.

don't get me wrong, I like bitterness - but this wasn't up to snuff for me. Bad dog!

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,949 ratings
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