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 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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Photo of fjordhook
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a golden color with a minimal head. Nice opaque body. Smells are dominated with hops, but not overpowering. Has a nice taste that is hoppy, but just as the smell was wasn't overpowering either. It has a good evenness between the alcohol content and hops. I expected this to be a bit more hoppy because of the name, but now I know it's because of the punch. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single ( thank goodness). Slightly hazy amber coloured ale with a good sized ( half inch) off white thick creamy head. Strong pine like hop aromas backed by a healthy bready maltiness. Taste starts off good with a heady mix of tumultuous hop and strong roasty malts but kinda disintigrates as the alcohol takes hold near the end..actually becoming cloying. Palate was good until the cloying end..alcohol really present here. This was an OK beer but one has to ask why this amount of alcohol? It destroyed a good beer..7-8% would have been better suited.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather hefty and bitter packed ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Iconic and perennial Ralph Steadman label illustration with a monster dog throwing up two jars of beer, and the perfunctory quote from Gonzo (Hunter S. Thompson). Offers a brief playful side label description pointing to the main character of the brew. Notes vintage date (08GG), IBUs (85) and Alc. by Vol. (11.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber with a small hazy note. Generous head with fine retention and lacing.

S - Hefty malty graininess woven in a bitter hoppy coat, piney, a bit citrusy.

T - Taste picks and expands the nose with a hoppy sense dominated by bitterness that works rather well over a good malt background. Pine resin, and a boozy note.

M - Full body, with a creamy feel that ends with a raspy texture.

D - Almost a sipper, but rather drinkable if one likes the style and knows this is an assertive bitter-hoppy brew. A pleasure in any case.

Notes: Glad to revisit this one after a pretty long while and knowing it is holding so well. This is probably one of the earliest DIPAs that I tried not even knowing what I was getting into. And at the time it had me dropping the jaw to the floor. After all these years I do not think it is a top notch DIPA but remains a tasty and very hefty brew, not so much a very notable DIPA. For my liking it lacks some floral hoppy notes and lingers more on a bitter side. However its bitterness feels rather stouty and well rounded. I´ll come back to this Double Dog any time...

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

I got a little 250ml bottle, regretting not getting the larger.

A - Burnt orange hazy body with a crisp bright white head that reduces to a sturdy ring.

S - Biscuity/honey malt notes supported by some bitter and resiny hop notes.

T - The palate matches the aroma, very clean with very balanced malt and hops. Heavy on everything but in the right ratios. Resiny hops, stick to the mouth a bit but its a good after taste.

M - Easy drinking the body is just right, slight stickiness afterwards.

D - Way too drinkable for 11%.

Awesome beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

nice little 7oz bottle i got from my canis major mini 8 pack. at cellar temp poured into a 8oz. goblet. has a wonderful bright copper, orange color. nice smooth looking biege off white head. fades to a nice thin layer with a nice ring on the edges. delicious looking sticky lace.

fragrant flowery piney hops. boozy, but this is to be expected at 11.5%. nice malt balance. caramel sweetness. the aroma does little justice on how big this beer really is.

boozy! but you gotta expect this. some nice resiny piney flowery hops. this is quickly taken over by a huge maltiness that really takes over the palate. definately on the more malty side for a DIPA, but to there credit, i guess they claim it to be more of a double pale ale, which our hoppy DIPAs that tend to be more on the malty side. you get caramel, crystal malts that seem to burn you from all the alcohol. leaves a bitter sweet caramel maltiness with some pineapple from the hops.

huge heavy mouthfeel. big heat with resiny, oily stickiness. really warms up your throat and kinda knocks out your teeth as they say. feels kinda like its stripping the enamel off your teeth. subtle carbonation. serving this beer in the right glass at the right temperature (that of your cellar) will do good things for this beer.

this one 7oz. bottle is about all i need for this one. obviously not a sessionable beer, but a good one to enjoy with some friends nontheless. ill be interested to find out what some age does to the alcohol sensations in this beer. i predict some mellowing out of the alcohol so the malt profile really stands out. get this if you can. if your in buffalo, youll only find it at the merchant village.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cute little 7oz. bottle into a 12oz. weizen glass on 1/14/10.

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange/copper-tinged body with just a sliver of patchy off-white head that settled into a wispy retention, leaving minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Huge caramel aroma with toffee and sugary notes as well as a slightly burnt aspect. Nose is moderately to assertively boozy (as it should be for an 11.5% beer), but the hops are rather subdued and impart a faint perfumy character with the slightest hint of sappy pine.

T - Initial taste is alcohol-soaked caramel candy with a hint of burnt sugar. Hops impart a sappy, sticky pine character with some perfumy notes, especially toward the backend and into the finish, when the bitterness really opens up and sticks to the tastebuds. Unfortunately, the alcohol is a bit too obtrusive, giving the hops a somewhat burnt character.

M - Pretty full-bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and boozy warmth. Lots of residual sweetness swoops in during the finish, resulting in only slight bitterness on the palate. However, the bite lingers on the back of the tongue for a while with a slight burnt hop aspect.

D - A double pale ale, eh? Sounds like a marketing ploy. No matter how you paint it, it's still an IPA. Of course, this bitch drinks like a DIPA, although it is a tad too malty and sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of EricVB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G - Generic 'party goblet' from Target. Actually an excellent glass for aromatic beers.

A - Pours a hazy gold-amber color with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Pine and pineapple on top of significant maltiness. Has an elusive spiciness to it. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

T - Big malty sweetness at first quickly followed by the hops flavor. Strong bitter finish; maybe a tad too much for my taste, but not enough to stop me from drinking another in the future. Sweet but nowhere near cloying. The alcohol is subtle for 11.5%

M - Thick, full, nectar-like. Perfectly acceptable in a beer this rich and strong.

D - Tasty to the finish. Ranks up there with some of my favorites, but 11.5% alcohol limits this brew to one or two at a time.

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Photo of marvin213
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The few millimeters of microscopic bubbles present like a traditional macrobrew. Though the foam cap has impressive staying power, there is nothing distinguished about it. Its relative darkness gives this double pale ale a malty mug. For what it's worth, this head looks like it would last forever were it left undisturbed....

As I cram my nose into the snow-like sop, I smell a much hoppier concoction than I see. It's not like a traditional India Pale, and there's certainly no citrusy pineapple California in this one, but its nose IS a hopped-up pale ale. True to its label description, though, there is a malty sweetness in the scent. It reminds me of a DFH 90min.

The taste is surprisingly good. The body is light like its translucence and hopped-up with a malt-kiss like the smell. It's exactly what it purports to be. If you give bonus points for subtle or hidden alcohol, this one seems far from the 11.5% it reportedly carries! I'm venturing into mouthfeel here, but this beer is like a hoppy rice cake--if rice cakes were enjoyable and satisfying. What I'm getting at is that there's a great juxtaposition here between the light look and airy feel of this liquid as compared to its hop presence and 11.5-ness. Editor's note: wifey just took a sip and said "Whoa. How strong is this?" Ascertain for yourself my inherent biases. To me, it tastes great and is less filling.

When I inevitably saw the A- rating here (I still wish I could somehow avoid that just before a review), I thought I'd negatively skew the average. Maybe I should get off my high horse and quit buying only singles at my fancy wine & craft beer store. $8.99/4-pack at my local Teeter, this jewel seems delightful. I might actually be compensating too positively because of expectations, but this is really a well-balanced, relatively easy-drinking double pale ale. Having read the label, however, I'll refrain from having a session with the Double Dog.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark golden orange, amber color, with 1 finger white head.

Aroma is big, huge, sweet caramel malt.

Taste get that big caramel sweetness, is this a bigfoot? could be.

mouthfeel is thick, sticky and creamy. really nice.

overall, this is an excellent barley wine, too bad its listed as an DIPA, but, i think that of most DIPA's, but this one is honestly the closest DIPA i have had to an American Barley wine.

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Photo of Hanger
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A - Amber colour with a tinge of orange, 3-4 mm head dropping to a fine lacing

S - sweet with pine aromas and hops, rather complex

T - strong bitter hoppiness with sweet malt body, quite interesting and complex

M - heavy bodied and bitter, syrupy

D - quite good. complex and enjoyable flavours but definately a one at a time beer

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Mad Elf Snifter

Bottle says "Vintage 08DD" December 2008?

Pours a cloudy reddish orange color with one finger of foam. The beer looks sticky and viscous in the glass.

Smell is complex and aromatic. Floral hop aromas with sweet crystal malt aromas finished with a hint of booziness.

Taste is interesting. First is an immediate rush of sweet crystal malts. Next is a wave of spicy alcohol flavor. Finally, it finishes with a substantial hop bitterness. All together, it is really pretty good. This is listed as a double IPA, but it has the sweetness of a barleywine.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and smooth. This beer does a great job hiding the 11.5% ABV, very drinkable for what it is.

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

This beer pours a dark amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that hangs around with a ring of lacing,the aroma is strong passionfruit and fruity bitter hops,it has a nice full mouthfeel with a strong fruity bitter kick and i mean bitter the taste is mainly passionfruit with some peaches dipped in alcohol and the finish is warm and bitter,this is definately a big beer that is enjoyable and a nice change just wouldnt want too many off these in a row at its ABV.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7oz pottle poured into an 8oz snifter... perfect fit!

Pours a deep cloudy golden/pale color with almost no head at all. Nose is sweet, and slightly bitter, I'm thinking an IIPA here, there may be a hint of booze but for 11.5% it's hardly there.

Taste is nice and sharp, a bit of booze for sure but it still has a lot of hops as well as rich sweet maltiness to back it up. Very drinkable and a really unique IIPA, I would certainly call it a double pale ale if that were a style.

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Photo of blackdog1101
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A- Pours an amber orange color. A hard pour creates a very temporary 1 finger head. Not much in the way of lacing or rings on the glass.

S- Hops, pine, citrus. A bit like pineapple. A little boozy.

T- Sharp hops taste when the glass is still cool. But offset by plenty of depth from the malts. As the glass warms it becomes much sweeter, and the pineapple becomes much more pronounced. A bit of honey and butterscotch too. Very "big" tastes, boardering on cloying, but it all works together.

M- Syrupy, low carbonation, heavy in the mouth. Sticks to the tongue.

D- I like this, but for me it's definitely a "one and done" beer. The 11.5% abv is well hidden, but overall it's such a big beer that I would not enjoy a second one right away.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my Chimay glass. Poured 1 finger moderatly dense head died to solid 1/2 finger slightly hazy. Dark reddish/orange amber with some lacing but minimal. Retains well keeping in mind the ABV.

Strong hoppy nose with sweet caramel and maybe honey. Just a slight alcohol aroma. Its nice. Sweet and hoppy.

Pretty powerful hoppyness. Great pale ale with good hop aftertaste low hop bitterness thats not over whelming. Very hoppy but not very bitter.

smooth, strong, full body simply amazing for 11.5% you would never guess.

I think I could finish this 4 pack by myself. Its creeper, Dont really taste it but once you finished the first you start to feel real nice. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Great drinkability its just delicious.

Ive been a fan of flying dog since the first beer I tried from them (Not to mention I love their label art.) This is their step up, and I have to say by far this is the most impressive.
I would definiatly buy this again. If you get the chance try this.

Nothing Perfect but its pretty damn close.

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

Poured from the bottle into a flared tulip.

Pours with a furious blood orange colour topped with a cream colured head. An aggressive second pour triples the head in size. The head recedes and leaves impressive lacing on the sides. Boy, the look is inviting.

The smell is eventful. Lots of caramel malts, pine oils and candied fruit come into the forefront ending finally with smell of burnt sugar while the aroma fades. Though I cannot identify what hops are used, that particular aroma is very pervasive.

The flavour is massive ! Sweet and toffee like upfront, a little boozy (just a little) with a bold bitterness sidetracking throughout the variety of tastes that come through. Fruity and caramel sweetness and a bitterness that grows on you with each subsequent sip. The taste moistens your palate to such a degree that you could drink this beer as an aperitif. The flavour cuts right through the carbonation - making it seem inconsequential, but I believe that it is at an optimum level, supporting the bold flavour all through. The alcohol is well concealed considering that it is 11.5% - Be careful !!

I love Flying Dog - bold beers and catchy artwork. Although you don't need it to promote a beer, but who minds it ?

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Photo of alkemy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a clear amber/orange hue. I noticed some other reviewers had a cloudy appearance, but this was not the case with mine. Head was rather thin, but enough remained to act as a veil till I reached the bottom of the glass. The hops are definitely there in both the smell and taste, but I really noticed the caramel malts in both areas. This was unusual for me in this style. Generally, I prefer to simply be assaulted by hops, but I found this malty sweetness to be quite pleasant. Despite clocking in at 11.5%, I found this to be pretty drinkable. Soothing mouthfeel with a warming alcohol sensation on the way down. I'll be having this again.
*Re-review: I've now had this a few more times and I really like it. I knocked the drinkability up from 4.0 to 4.5. I just got home from some time in Florida and this was my go to "winter warmer" when my father-in-law was complaining about the 50 degree weather (gasp, it dove into the 40's a couple nights on our visit) he had to suffer through!

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Photo of BarrelO
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Ruby red body with a decent head.

S: Absolutely glorious. A huge rush of piney hops. I think I'm in heaven.

T: Dominated by hoppy bitterness and grassiness. The caramel malt in the background keeps things in balance. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M: Thick, syrupy, and sticky.

D: I haven't been too impressed with Flying Dog's offerings in the past, but this was very excellently done. Recommended for hopheads.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one, and I am surely glad that I did. Pours cloudy amber with a thick, foamy off-white head and great retention. Some thick-ish lacing dries and sticks to the top part of the glass where the thick head used to be.

SMELL Huge floral and slightly fruity hoppy bouqet with rich malty backing and not too much booze hits hard up front. It loses some stregth, but is still there at the end, with a swirl.

TASTE caramel malty sweetness and rich floral and piny hop flavors meld and blend deliciously. Add moderate bitterness and some booze before the drying finish with lingering bitterness.

FEEL rich full body, medium viscosity, moderate warming, dry bitter finish.

OVERALL pretty damned tasty! Booze is not close to overwhelming. A sipper, but an enticing one.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,930 ratings.
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