Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to review a flying dog beer because they never really seem to fit into any style. How do you rate it, just if you like it well if that's the case I'd give this one a lot of 5s. But that isn't how things work so here's my review.

A: Cloudy and light brown liquid that has a good thick head on it. Marks the glass all over the place. Almost like a porn star.

S: Fire roasted malts that seem to give off a hint of caramel. A lot of hops that make even the nose bitter. All seems to be covering some sort of spice underneath, some indian type spice.

T: BITTER sweet. Big flavor and a little alcohol taste as well. Has a strong smoked flavor as well. Even a little sour aftertaste.

M: Very dry, medium body beer.

D: This is a beer that is bold. It will keep you awake and aware with every sip. If the party is boring grab one of these to spice up your night at least.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, cloudy amber hits my glass making more of a thud then a splash. Strong aromas of sweet malt sugars left over from exhausted, drunk yeast colonies swell out of the glass. The anticipation of immense sweetness is pleasantly put off by a bitter hop oil filled mouthful that is all but balanced by this serious malt backbone. Hop flavors add a different complexity to what would otherwise be categorized as a barley wine in my book. The thick appearance of this beverage is again misleading. While certainly being a full bodied beer, it is not syrupy. Very drinkable for a beer of this abv; no lingering sticky sweetness due to drying bitterness from hop oils and acids.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Today I found an IPA that surpasses all other. The double dog!

A - Pours a hazy amber color with with little head. Appearance taken from notes because this one was drunk from the bottle.
S - Piney harsh smells with citrus hops. Basic IPA smell
T - From my notes it was like a Arrogant Bastard only my ABV, but today as I drink it it's like citrus floor cleaner.
M - Dry and hoppy a definite palate cleaner
D - This was way too hoppy for me so I will stick to the snake dog (which I have 3 more bottles of)

Overall not a weak beer at all! With the ABV so high and the hops so dominant (if it wasn't too hoppy for you maybe you got an old bottle) this beer is dangerous!

BTW I love how the label says it ends with a hint of sweetness. Where was it??

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had the Double Dog. So now is the time. 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Clean filtered amber color. The hues range from orange to red, making to color a pretty site. Pleasant hoppt aroma. Head retention shows some stick. There is some tropical flavor and a little burnt sugar. The pure hoppiness aroma weaken a little given some time.

It's "moderately hoppy" tasting. Not quite as powerful as others of the style. A double pale ale sounds about the right description for this beer. Resin, pine, some pineapple, crackery malt, and a little alcoholic kick is what you're going to get, none really big in flavor. Not as heavy in feel given the high alcohol, and it's not harsh or thick doing down the hatch.

Sometimes you want the DIPA experience with a lighter intensity. Double Dog delievers that, despite the 11.5% ABV.

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Photo of Briken
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double dog pours a pale amber with what looks to be an orange tinge although at the bottom of the glass it appears much more yellow. A generous large bubbled head condenses to a fine mist with a great retention. A light hop/malt aroma is just a shadow of things to come. Their is a pleasant balance of hops and malts with, despite what the bottle says, the hops having the last laugh. The interplay of citrus hops and caramel malts makes you forget the almost astronomical ABV of this beer. Except as a retro-olfactory taste, the alcohol flavor is almost non existant.

This is a very good, strong beer that's easier to drink than most and very satisfying on both the hop and malt front.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright and clear apple red with a billowing white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Moderate hops attack. Floral and citrus notes as well.

T: Hops are at the forefront of the taste, and the finish is mildly bitter but more abrupt than I expected. Surprising sweetness is also tangible, but it seems like it's separate from the rest of the brew; doesn't quite seem to have a place or flow from bitterness to the sweetness.

M: Extremely oily and thick. Probably more so than any beer I've had. Quite a full brew; I think I like this aspect of the brew the most.

D: Decent interpretation of an DIPA, though I was expecting something totally different since it's labeled as a pale ale. Not something I would have more than one of at a time, but I would certainly have this again at another time.

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

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX shared with partner served in wine glass.

Orangish amber body, not clear, 1/2 finger head from measured pour, medium dissipation, good spider leg lacing.The nose and taste are very hoppy, spicy not bitter finish, with a fairly good dose of cherry-ish crystal malt for balance. Good active carbonated mouthfeel. Quite tasty and drinkable for this high of an ABV. This shit is dangerous, don't even thinking about having more than one!

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Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-amber. dark enough to warn you. light enough to confuse you.

s-smells great. imho, this is the best part of this beer.

t-strong. strong. strong. not for light-hearted. you can taste all three--malt, hop, and LOADS of alcohol! a great mix---for the strong. for the weak, you might have to train to drink this one. it's a BIG beer. an amazing big beer!!!

m-if you like the roundness of alcohol, this is one for you.

d-you can drink two and remember what you were doing. three might present a challenge. a GREAT beer all the same. HIGHLY recommended for one who loves the hop and alcohol aspect of beer...but not to say that there aren't LOADS of malt to give you a mix of every good thing.

a great beer. :)

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

12 oz bottle from 2009. The first bottle out of the 4-pack was flat, so this is #2.

A - Beautiful golden-orange haze. Poured enthusiastically, it gave up about a three-finger head, which stuck around for at least a half hour.

S - Hops in the front, definitely. Some sweet malt in the back, trying to work its way up. Not too strong.

T - Plenty of hops and caramel, nice maltiness, and that sweetness that I mentioned. I love it. I could taste this for the rest of the day and be happy, although I have others to move on to.

M - Thick; but not TOO thick. Plenty of substance and rock solid. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

D - With the high ABV hidden so well, I could probably have at least three of these before crapping out. Since I have two left, I might do just that. :)

Another outstanding Canis Major brew from Flying Dog.

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Photo of DanielRP
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rotary Pub, Gothenburg, Sweden. Served in a snifter, cellar-cold (6-7 degrees C).

Appearance: Dark, ruby red. Thick white foam, a cm or two, nice!

Smell: Wild hops, faint sweetness under the coarse bitterness. A sting with a promise of alcohol. Fruity, in some level reminding of a red wine. Two thumbs up.

Taste: Pleasant after all. A _lot_ of bitterness that lingers well long. Discrete fruity sweetness on top of the massive bitter undergrowth.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation. If one lets the beer stay in the mouth for a while, the alcohol shines through all to clear. If one avoids playing with it in the mouth it balances out great, but after this review section, I need some water to revive my mouth.

Drinkability: Feels fresh straight through the bottle. It can last a long time if one wants, but I've also downed them quick to jump start an evening. The evidence after drinking this bottle says that the drinkability is high since I've drunken it fast enough to feel the effects of the alcohol, without thinking to much about it.

It really is a top notch raw American DIPA. In its category, I haven't tasted much that rivals it; in its dimension lie maybe Stone Ruination, Great Divide Hercules, Southern Tier Gemini... Well, I'll stop there, but Flying Dog Double Dog is a brew I have chosen a lot of times, and will return to many times in the future. Thinking about it, I probably see it out-ranking the ones I listed in the hop-heavy alcohol-laden segment.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle in snifter

A: amber, raises a nice head that reduces to a ring of lace

S: lots of bready malts, with hops in the background.

T great stuff hoppy malty and alcoholic.

M: good body, the booze is there and lets the drinke know not to play with this one.

D: I think I would be good after 2 bottles those bottles will take a while to consume as this is a big beer and need to be sipped.

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Photo of kjyost
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy orange, but with stunningly minimal head with a stiff pour. The nose is quite nice with sweetness and malt dominating with a subtle bitterness along with aromas of apricot and caramelized sugars.

The taste is certainly not what I expected. The more I drink it though the more it grows on me. Initially I was taken aback by the upfront alcohol character of the beer killing all other flavours, now it reminds me much of a Barley Wine. Strong alcohol with a sweetness that balances the IBUs. Tastes nice, but not many distinct flavours in there other than the malt, sweet and bitterness. An alcoholic burning lingers, nice enough on a cool night.

The low carbonation and the heaviness on the palate continue to parallel with a Barley Wine. Enjoyable, but a once in a blue moon sipping beer that will kick you in the face if you are not careful.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a brownish amber with a serious white foam head, great retention and lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity, oily hops all around. Taste was malty up front then fruity hops, grapefruit and apricot almost, bitter and oily finish with moderate carbonation. Great example of the style, incredibly drinkable for such a high ABV, barely tasted the alcohol at all. Definitely will be a regular on my shelf.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice

A: Beautiful orange to red color with some particles floating around. A yellow creamy small head which dissipates quickly leaving quite a lot of lacings

S: Flowery hops on the nose. Citrus, pine and pineapple. Quite skunky too. Alcohol is quite imperceptible to the high ABV

T: Fresh hops, basically. Very malty too. Honey and pineapple. Sweet caramel upfront followed by a dry hoppy bitter end. Extremely bitter, it's a 85 IBU and I would give it 100, I mean, delicious :)

M: Creamy heavy body. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Delicious beer. Good drinkability. Go for this one if you like a good and bitter American IIPA

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Photo of HopHooligan
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very little carbonation, light brown color with a touch of gold, cloudy appearance

S- Insane hop smell, really couldn't get any other smell from my glass, slight malt after finish. Almost like sticking your head into a copper kettle.

T- Smooth for the high alcohol, malty mix with a dry hop finish. Sweet tasting maybe a caramel flavor.

M- Overall a strong double pale ale, hitting the ALC/VOL at 11.5% Good mouth feel, leaves the mouth extra dry.

D- Another great beer from Flying Dog, they know their hops. This beer would go great with a steak or something along those lines,but I would limit yourself to just one or two, the ALC/VOL can sneak up. Cheers!

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Photo of vdread
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Dog Double Pale Ale pours dark amber, with very clingy head for this ABV.

smells are strong with grapefruit, sweet caramel malts.

there is a ton of caramel malt in the taste, fighting for supremacy with big juicy, spicy, citrus hops. the hops win, though it still feels like a 'light' barleywine. definate the most malt forward 'DIPA' i've had to date. the alcohol is very well hidden.

feels full, creamy, carbonated, with a long-lingering malty sweetness.

+ awesome beer, surprised since the wit was so mediocre. i had written off Flying Dog as a novelty, but not any more.

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Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, a touch of citrus. Nothing mild about the taste. This is a hop bomb. Overpowering taste of hops with some alcohol. Feels bitter in the mouth and one of these was plenty for me. Overall if you like extreme hops give it a try, otherwise avoid it.

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Photo of Zaplt
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into la chouffe tulip

Appearance - beautiful clear amber - nice head not best retention light lacing

Aroma - strong citrus hops, alc and syrupy sweetness apparent, yummy malt profile present

taste - wow - not for the faint hearted...this is a big beer. hops are aggressive and delicious - tones of caramel and maltiness, floral and decent amounts of syrupy sweetness. There's a sharp alcohol bite and a strange "spiciness" that I cannot place - maybe due to carbonation/alcohol/hops??? coming through as one strong bite? I'm not entirely sure but I don't dislike it.

Overall - For what they were going for I think this is an amazing beer, a bit hard to handle for those who aren't in the mood for a big beer.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack at Kroger in Richmond. Poured the bottle into a circa 1975 Coors 10 oz pilsner glass. Cranked up the hot tub to 105. Lit a Romeo and Juliet tubos. Sat in the hot tub and watched the snow melt. This is a surprisingly drinkable Double IPA. Pours a coppery tint with the lacing holding on for dear life. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Nice smell, can smell the hops and some citrus. Went ahead and shipped the other three back to my home in Korea. You know they eat dog there sometimes?!

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

had this beer on tap the other day. Review form phone notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy deep amber orange color. One finger creamy white head stays for a couple of minutes. Spotted lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink away.

S- Big citrus and bitter hops in the front end of this one. Bready malts bring up the backbone with some big whiffs of alcohol as it warms a little.

T- The citrus hops burst through the front of this beer. Some bready malts come into the middle of the beer. Light citrus in the ending. Alcohol very noted in the back end of the beer.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops on the palate and paired with alcohol in the aftertaste. Hop resin left all over the mouth including on the teeth. Almost a clean taste but there is a certain crispness that does this beer wonders.

D- This was a good tasting beer that I enjoyed. The higher alcohol taste on the back end of this limits the beer per say to one or two but good nevertheless.

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Photo of Sallerj
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an extremely bitter, very high ABV beer that's too intense and unbalanced to be more than a novelty. It smells like caramel, IBUs, and booze. It tastes like grapefruit rind and burnt sugar, with a long, very bitter finish with a hint of iron. I'd be curious to see what this tastes like in a year or two, but I'll buy more Raging Bitch and leave this one alone for now.

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Photo of wnh
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. (I didn't notice the 11.5% abv printed on the label until about a second and a half before popping the cap, and didn't think to pour it into a more appropriate glass.)

Pours a turbid orange-y copper topped by a thick, rocky and creamy long-lasting cream colored head.

Some relatively light but clean citrus on the nose, accented by leafy hops, with a rather big toasty and caramelly malt backbone. Not as big and complex as I'd imagine in a 11.5% abv beer, but then again this is a "double pale ale." Light honey and spice hiding underneath.

This beer is a different story on the palate. Sweet caramel entry--more caramel-like than perhaps any other beer I've described as having a "caramel" note--followed by rich, oily, resinous hops, then followed by faint and fleeting but clear milk chocolate, finishing with a touch of citrus pith and a big bitter hoppiness. Fades into pungent, spicy hops that linger and linger. Well balanced on the whole, with a well-developed, complex malt profile (somewhat old-ale-like as it warms, with the addition of toffee and earthy cocoa powder) that sets off the array of hop character.

Full bodied and moderately firm, oily and thick and tongue-coating. There's an ever-so-slight alcohol warmth on the finish which I may be imagining only because I know the beer's alcohol content.

A surprise, to be sure; well-made, complex, and tasty.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium reddish amber hue, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which renders a bit of random lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of caramel and toffee malt, and soapy grapefruit citrus hops. The taste is tangy citrus hops up front, following shortly by a big dollup of sweet caramel malt, surrounded, but not outnumbered, by warming alcohol. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body full, weighty with sugar, smooth, and unctuous, and it finishes a grand ol' mess of booze, caramel, and zingy hops.

Whew! This is certainly a DIPA, in a nice, single serving, that still manages to dull the senses, while at the same time, flooding them with a happy twin assault of malt and hop.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Magnolia in Lynchburg.

Appearance: Just the slightest haziness in this copper orange beer. Nice fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing. The head fades into floating chunks.

Smell: Candy sweet citrusy hops. Caramel malt and some ethanol. Good, not great.

Taste: The sweet and citrusy hops aromas are barely detectable in the flavor. The bitterness is definitely there, but the hops flavor leans more toward green and grassy, and is mostly tasted on the finish. The mid palate is a flood of big malt flavor and too-detectable ethanol. Finally, I'm left with a lasting malt sweetness and balanced bitterness. I like this beer, but its a bit of a screwy mess.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. Full, thick, slightly syrupy, a little creamy. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, this is not bad, just strange. In the DIPA category, its got to be pretty damn good. A nice stab at something different, but its too boozy, and just not very hoppy for a DIPA.

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Photo of Naugled
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an off white head and rich deep copper color body, head falls and has a nice silky surface, slightly hazy and a small amount of sediment was in the bottle.

Rich hop resiny nose, with a caramel sweetness, good balance in the aroma.

Bitter up front, but hop flavor is lacking, what there is is very earthy and vegetal. Malt profile is a bit grassy and sweet.

Mouth feel is a bit thick feeling with a long aftertaste

Drinkability is ok but not very refreshing, could be an old sample.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,924 ratings.
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