Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
1,940 Ratings
Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of Hanger
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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 +13.3%
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%
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 -5.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +15.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +11.5%
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 +8.2%
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 +7.2%
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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Photo of Casey10
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this one is really strong and somewhat bitter.

A - pours a reddish orange with a small head when pured into a glass.

S - Picking up sugar candy and slight orange and pine.

T - Better than average not extremely smooth either some citrus as it warms up.

M - I actually like that bitting kind of feeling with this beer it's telling you its strong.

D - I like them strong so I would definately have again.

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Photo of Intimidtor
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer but different than most IPAs. Heavy malt characteristics. Poured a nice golden color with one finger head. Smell is sweet. Taste is bitter with strong alcohol burn but good. Moutfeel is thick syrupy and what I like. Drinkability is low,cold maybe drink 2 in one sitting. Summary: This while bite you with its bitterness and then knock you on your backside with the high ABV. I like it for the price.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a small 7oz bottle. looks like it is the 08 vintage. wish i could have had it fresh. oh well... a bit ruby reddish, with little head. barely any foam what so ever, but not really suprising based on the age. still remmanants of the hoppy monster this once was, with a hint of grapefruit and lemon. most dominating scent is brown sugar though. taste is quite layered with different flavors, however there seems to be a poor transition from flavor to flavor. first is a grapefruit twang, then comes some brown sugar, the out of the back comes a residual sweetness of honey. the grapefruit bitterness comes in for the finish. mouthfeel is syrupy. light in carbonation.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice - this is an 08, I believe. Not much foam, reddish-gold.

S - OK, so it's not the blast of hop it probably was fresh, but there's still some nice hop in the aroma. Grapefruit and a little lemon zest, with some alcohol presence. 11.5%, that is one strong "Double Pale Ale," so it doesn't surprise me.

T - Also not surprising, based on that aroma, this has assumed the guise of an American-style barleywine. Sweet malts have become more assertive, but there's still enough hop going on here to balance it out and then some. Slight tropical fruit-nail polish remover alcohol on the back end, but not enough to make it unenjoyable, and fairly standard for a barleywine.

F - Feel is full and a little syrupy as you might expect. Not a lot of carbonation, though, it sits on the palate easily.

D - The small Canis Major bottle is all you need. Would like to get a fresh bottle to compare, but this year-old bottle isn't bad, either. It seems to have aged better than some drink-it-now hoppy beers.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of the double dog in a whim today, I was out grabbing big beers to age and decided, what the hell. Ive had it a few times before, and always found it delightful.

It tastes maltier than I remember, one of the thickest imperial pales I can remember. The IBUs are high, a stated 85, but the hops are not as powerful as the number would make you think.

The 11.5% etOH is big, and probably not the best choice for my evening of chopping firewood and studying biochemistry. that said, its a splendid beer. Fit for snooty functions, child births, and final exams.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with super impressive head. I mean wow this head is perfect. First sip gets you hooked. A hop heads dream. The high 11.5 abv is masked with hops hops hops. As you sip, a picture pefect lace is left around the glass. It doesn't get any better than this. I would have gave this a 5 for drinkablity if it wasn't for being 11.5 abv. After 3/4 the glass I was like WOW! 2 of these would have you just stumbling (as fast a I drink anyways). Overall probably my FAVORITE hop bomb so far. Super good aroma, flavor, and drinkablity. He high abv is a bonus. It really drinks like the dogfish head 90 minute with a kick. Which I just love. If you have such luck to find this, do yourself a favor and get it!

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Photo of wenkalman
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Flying Dog beers. I recently got their mixed 12 pack and had nothing bad to say about any of the beers. This one isn't my favorite of theirs, but was still very good.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Pretty golden color, with a good 2 fingers worth of head. Head was slightly off white and wasn't as thick as I would have expected from a double IPA. Lacing was there, but didn't last long which again was a surprise.

S - Smelled great....really could smell the cascade hops. Strong floral and citrus notes.

T - Very, very bitter...and I loved it. This beer is in the 80's in the IBU area so it should be bitter. Wasn't well balanced, but then again, I don't think many DIPA's are.

M - Wasn't as thick as many DIPA's are. Low carbonation which was nice.

D - Like most DIPA's, I wouldn't recommend having too many. With an ABV of over 11, I would say the drinkability was good considering this beer could put most people on their butts quickly.

Would recommend, but not over their traditional IPA.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Double Dog purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Poured into a Spiegelau Tulip.
appearance - deep red with a bigger than expected head that recedes quickly but still substantial for a big beer.
smell - hops! Citrus, raisins.
taste - Hoppy blast balanced with plenty o malt. Tastes like a war between the 2 that ends nicely.
This is amazingly drinkable. I love these big beers that manage to tame the sting.
According to the FD site, "Double recipe of our Pale Ale, dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and
Columbus hops"

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

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer is a deep amber/rusty orange that glows when held up to the light. There is a thick white foamy head that fades to a tight ring, leaving moderate bubbly lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet caramel malt? Not a big hop character in the smell at all. This one is sweet caramel, followed by resinous pine and a definite boozy aroma.

The taste is a super balanced blend of pine/citrus hop and sweet caramel malt. The resinous pine hits first, the sweet caramel dominates, and the juicy citrus hop character finishes the taste off. There is a very present alcohol sweetness throughout the flavor.

The beer is well carbonated and the beer isn't too heavy in the mouth, but the boozy sweetness is a bit over the top and the alcohol burn is lasting. This is a sipper, and a bit too sweet for an american dipa in my opinion. This is a beer that I would love to try on draft, but out of the bottle it just misses for me.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy grapefruit innards color w/ an ivory crown that fades to a mere film in a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing in it's wake.

S - tons of grapefruit, candied fruits and booze soaked cherries(i love that smell)citrus and resiney hops.

T - cake-like sweetness 'balances' the excessive hop onslaught consisting of the mentioned flavors.a bit of alcohol heat, but not enough to overpower the other flavors. this drinks more like a BW than a DIPA. but who cares what it's labeled as. great beer is effing great beer! and this one is a winner.

MF - full, thick and just the right amount of carbonation to keep things from getting to sticky or oily.

D - wow! this one is a damn fine entry from FD. goes down too easy for the ABV being as high as it is. I am interested to see what aging this 'puppy' would do.

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

Slightly cloudy copper body, thin white head. The aroma is primarily caramel malt with notes of fruity hops. The flavor is malt driven as well. Caramel malts with a touch of sweetness, floral, fruity hop provide balance. Hops are clearly not the focal point, but they do provide for a bog, long finish. The bitterness is not as heady as one might expect from a DIPA, but this beer clocks in at 11.5%, so it would take a ton of hops to really overtake the malt. Surprisingly good. Malty with a good hop flavor, long finish, and full body.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Double Doug poured a brilliantly clear copper with a frothy, off-white head that left ample lacing down the glass. The smell consists of citrusy and spicy hop notes, along with some biscuity and sherry notes.

A burst of sweetness at the beginning. A fascinating combination of dark sugar, caramel, a cherry/plum fruitiness, and subdued alcohol. Spicy hop presence cuts through the malt for a wonderful balance before drying out in the finish.

Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Sticky and bitter on the palate, yet very smooth. A very complex and drinkable beer, even despite the high ABV. Very enjoyable.

My 7 oz bottles from the brewery mean I can enjoy this in the appropriate quantity for a very long time.

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

355ml bottle, served slightly chilled

It pours with a rich lively red hued amber body. Frothy nicotine stained head, lots of tight little bubbles on top forming
a creamy rich head.

Huge whiff of rich brandy alcohol on the nose, christmas pudding and alcohol soaked fruits. There's also a lovely citric hop character, lemon and orange rind and a little bit of muscavado sugar too. Sweet, syrupy malt character also

Smooth rich silky alcohol drenched fresh cascade hops. Caramel and toffee malt pushes back against a dry, quinine bitterness from the hops. A few tannins floating about in there too. A touch of fresh herbs and lavender in there too, permeated by a whack of crisp lasting bitterness on the finish. Little bit of alcohol on the breath but not in anyway overpowering, deceptively quaffable.

This has enough depth and flavour to stick around on your palette for an eternity, you'll have fresh dry hopped cascade breath till the cows eventually get their asses homeward. Its a pretty well balanced brew considering, the hops don't overpower things as the malt bill and alcohol ensure things stay in control.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber. Nose is very hop forward...surprise, surprise...but is not a complete kick in the nose. There is that noticeable citric hop presence with a syrupy sugary back tone. There is a meaty hop presence, but it seems more well rounded. Subdued and relaxed, yet still strong enough to make an impression. Feel is good. Seems like the appropriate level of bubble on the tongue and a thick character on the liquid, but not so thick that it approaches syrupy. I have to say that this one is highly drinkable, even though the alcohol hits you - even though it is very well hidden on the flavor.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice deep amber color with 2 finger head. Lacing clings rather nicely to the sides.

Smell: Hops then malts then hops again and a bit piney. Also smells a bit boozy that kind of detracts.

Taste: Ah what a taste. Some people might complain the alcohol taste is a bit much but it grows on you. Nice sweet malts to back up the bitter hops. Not puckering like most DIPAS. Taste a lot of pine it in to. Almost like a SN Celebration I had recently. Not the least bit balanced but that is what I like about it.

Mouthfeel: I feel it is a bit too carbonated. Be better if it was mellowed out a bit but doesn't detract from how much I enjoy it.

Drinkability: Way too high abv to session obviously. Great sipping beer. I can never finish a 4 pack in one sitting even though I have high tolerance. Also very filling.

This is my favorite DIPA to date. I haven't had a regular beer in about 2 years. But this keeps finding its way back to a lot lately. Very nice price for a 4 pack. The hops are unforgiving and I love it! Second hoppiest beer I have had since DFH 120. Sadly I only like 2 flying dog beers. This and Doggie Style but this ranks up on the top of my list. Highly recommended.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,940 ratings
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