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 wenkalman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +12.5%
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 -11.5%
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 +19.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +12.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +8.9%
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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Photo of OnThenIn
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a darker hazy copper with a slightly tan head of about a finger. The head stayed around for a while, and there was some lacing left over.

Aroma: Oh wow how I love this aroma. I mean it is just a sweet tropical awesomeness, with a bit of grapefruit on the side. There is definietly citrus in here and a bit of honey as well. Realistically, this is exactly what I want a DIPA to smell like.

Taste: I was getting a lot of similar flavors as I was getting in the aroma, but it seemed toned down in comparison to a piney bitterness that came out of nowhere. I really like the balance achieved with the malt, which adds a nice caramel flavor and a generally sweetness that combats the bitter finish. You really can't tell that this beer is 11.5% abv, I mean there is no warmth and not a hint of alcohol in the smell or in the flavor. If this had a little bit less pine to it and a little bit more tropical hop flavor, this beer would probably be getting a 5.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with the carbonation really helping out to make this a rather viscous feeling beer.

Drinkability: I would definitely buy this again. This beer is really solid and enjoyable. The viscousity of the beer makes it a sipper, but that works with the higher abv.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coppery amber colour, with a thick creamy off-white head, and a very thin carbonation.

Aroma: First thing that hits you is that big classic American hoppiness, thick resin and pine, and the faintest hint of grapefruit. This are touches of caramel under the surface, with a buttery sweetness that offers a base for the potent hops.

Taste: Insanely bitter from the start, the hops just brutalise your palete with thick resinous bitterness. The middle begins to mellow slightly, with some sweet bready sugars, and light toffee malts before bring back the bitterness to provide a long lived perfumy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth in the palete, with little in the way of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is hyper bitterness, at time it was a tad too much, and for me, hindered the drinkability a bit. However, this is beautifully crafted beast of a DIPA, well worth getting hold of.

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

Wowsers is this a big one from Flying Dog. Smell is quite hoppy with a bit of sugar. Taste is sweet but not overwhelmingly so, kind of like southern tiers imperial ipa taste wise. Has an extremely hoppy finish. While not the hoppiest I've encountered its up there in the top 15. Color is redish with whiteish/tan lacing on the top. Drinkability is ok but it is way too strong to drink more then one at a time and not a great idea to drink with other big beers (as I mistakenly did last night) Mouthfeel is medium bodied

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

A- Pours a dark copper color with a fairly billowy head that is about 1 finger. Lacing is fairly sticky.

S- Beautiful hop aroma including grapefruit. I can taste the bitterness already from the nose. Also a good malty sweet flavor is noticeable.

T- Wow. Bitter hop explosion in my mouth. Strong citrus flavors on the palate. For 11.5% ABV, the bite is fairly subdued in terms of the alcohol but I am sure its because of the insane bitter flavor.

M- Fairly bubbly and goes down smooth. Bitterness lingers on the palate forever.

D- Hard to drink this fast given the ABV but it is so flavorful. I could have a few of these if I wanted to finish myself off. If you are a fan of IPA's or double IPA's then get this now and you will enjoy it.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it is called a double pale ale, I assumed it would be hop-tastic... and I was right.

Color is medium gold, with a head that leaves a bit of lacing.
Smells floral and hoppy, to be expected.

Tastes phenomenal, exactly what I would expect from a double pale ale.

Bitter, and not too sweet. Makes me very happy to enjoy this beer. I think I could probably enjoy more than two in a night, which is not something I could say about some of the imperial IPA's out there.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of todays "hops help the hurt go away" event. Walking papers my ass!! Label says 11.50% and 85 IBUs; freshness dating of "vintage 09HH"? What's up with that? Anyhow...

Poured parts of two 12-oz bottles into my imperial pint glass. Color is a bright, clear copper, with a bit of a lean towards an apricot hue. Head is off-white, tight and fine, hanging tough with a thin layer of coverage. Lacing is very nice, with good sticking action in the glass. Aroma has some caramel and toasty action, with grapefruit and alcohol showing through. Velvety smooth on the tongue, with a very solid body as a bonus.

There's some strong caramel-toffee action going on here, leaving a slick, lightly-sugary coating on the tongue. Right on the heels of the malts comes a boatload of hops. They are oily, with a pine-cone like resin, adding to the flavor layers on the palate. The aftertaste hits you up again with more toffee characteristics, and some citrus lingering long and hard into the night. A touch of alcohol-induced warmth is simply an added treat to todays festivities. At $7.99 for a 4x12oz pack, this is a worthy investment.
Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4


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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small head that clung to the glass as I consumed. It is clear and amber in color. It smells nicely balanced. I get light hop notes and some caramel malt. The taste is excellent. It is not overly hoppy but is there. A very nice beer. I am impressed. I didn't think that it would be this good. I guess that's why I try 'em all.


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Photo of dfillius
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of tight eggshell colored foam with great retention. Hazy peachy-red liquid.
S: Alcohol, sherry :-(. Some tropical esters, and hops lurk but are overwhelmed by sherry. More hops please. Not bad, but too much sherry.
T: Alcohol is almost smoky. Decent bitterness, but too much alcohol. A lot of fruit from alcohol. Not very enjoyable.
M: Too warm. Bitter, a little oily.
D: No thanks.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Canis Major mix pack of 7 oz. bottles. "VINTAGE08MM" poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep muddled amber, hazy and with a thick topping of off-white foam that lingers for quite a while, sticking mightily to the walls of the glass as it falls away, showing off thick patchy sheets of lace.

Nose is ripe with a floral, fruity, slightly citrusy hop bouquet, playing with a layering of sweet malt notes. Very enticing.

A medium-full body holds a moderate carbonation that keeps things from becoming sticky. Dry and bitter is a simple yet apt way to describe this hell hound, with a mostly stingingly straight-forward hop bitterness that pounds the palate for the duration and beyond, lingering afterward; up front peeks some refined sugar and black tea, but the bitterness hammers that to pieces, drying things immensely with a big hit of alcohol at its aid.

This is one delightful taste bud destroyer. Quite easily drinkable but still hefty enough to drown the senses. Even after a year or more of aging, this one certainly hasn't mellowed a bit.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on September 23, 2009.

Dark copper color and slightly veiled. The head is creamy, the beer looks great and almost perfect for my eyes! I think I'm in love :)

Hops, Hops and more Hops in the aroma... miam miam... I'm thirsty. I get grapefruit in the aroma. The foam sticks very well to the glass. The taste is pretty intense... Hops with some caramel notes from the malts. It is very bitter but so easy to drink. Round, mellow but still intense. I good Imperial IPA.

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Photo of andrewsporter
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass - noticed a surprising amount of head right away. The swirling and churning inside the glass as the head receded was quite pleasant actually.

Appearance - Amber color, mysterious, semi-opaque. The lacing really

Smell - I could smell was grapefruit and hops, enjoyable and refreshing.

Taste - When it hits your tongue it is almost too sweet when it hits the front sweet receptors on the tongue. But then the bitter/citrusy flavor overpowers the initial sweetness. As the beer warmed up towards the bottom of the glass, the bitterness seemed to mellow out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated. Very heavy on the tongue, almost syrupy. Definitely my one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

Drinkability - I wanted another, but it's so damn alcoholic at 11.5% abv, you have to watch yourself. I've only found them bottled in packs of four, which makes sense...

Overall, definitely a hard hitter.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber/red color with a 1 finger off-white head probably due to me

using a snifter. Some fine bubbles on the lower portion of the glass.

Aroma: Some nice caramel sweetness from the crystal malts. Not too much bitterness in

the smell, but there was nice pink grapefruit, peach, and other inviting fruit aromas and


Taste: Surprisingly nicely balanced. The bitterness was mainly in the aftertaste. Not as

much maltiness in the taste. The more recognizable flavors were the fruits.

Big sweet/somewhat bitter pink grapefruit, peach, lemon, and plum

(basically a cocktail of delicious fruitiness). The alcohol was also well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium and not too syrupy as some double IPAs (or in this case a

"double pale ale") can be. The carbonation helps the high ABV stayed restrained in the

back end of the palate.

Overall: This beer was a lot more drinkable than I thought it would be. The 85 IBUs flexed their bittering muscles but lost in the end to the matured fruitiness of the hop/malt combination.

Food Pairing: Salmon, grilled lean meats, mild or sharp cheddar and blue cheeses.

If you get a bottle that's not too bitter I'd try this with a rich fruit cake or pie.

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Photo of claminat420
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a slightly dark amber color. off white two finger head which is great. medium lacing.

S- light sweet malt and nice hop scent.

T- a hearty double ipa with hop kick.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- i'm bummed i spilled a half a beer out of the four pack :(

Overall- i'm bombed right now writing this review. this beer is great if you're looking for a solid double ipa with a nice hop bite.

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Photo of Offa
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is ok, somewhat enjoyable but rather bland, extremely simple, one-dimensional, and a little rough. Ultimately, it's uninteresting, boring, and tiresome, heavily laying on a lot of heavy, cirtusy-syrupy blandness. Ramping up the alcohol without being subtle, and mixing a mass of sharp, citrusy hops in a sweet syrup does not equal a good beer to me, whether it's supposed to be a double IPA or not. To each his own, but this is a dud to me.

Pale copper, faintly orange, it has a medium-large pale tan head that thins steadily to a thin foamy top.

Aroma is caramelized orange, orange flowers, a little grapefruit, stewed golden raisins, and light hint of bread dough. It's fairly pleasant and full, but lacks any semblance of complexity or interest, is clearly crude and rough, and is is blunt, unimaginitive, and very standard.

Taste has strong, somewhat sweet, fiery alcohol up front like very bland, cheap blended Scotch mixed with a little simple syrup. Light orange, grapefruit and raisin then become evident, still hot and a little spicey, before a light aftertaste of bitter, slightly sharp grapefruit and sweetness. It's ok, somewhat enjoyable, but offering very little for the strength, etc. it beomces very tiresome very fast.

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Photo of Cfowler
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Double IPA's. The hoppier the better. And I like an ABV of at least 8% or 9% in this style, but higher is just fine with me. So when I saw Double Dog classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA, with an ABV of 11.5%, I thought "now that I gotta try"...

A - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Aggressive pour, but only produced about 1 finger of head, which receded to a sort of foamy film over the brew after about 2-3 minutes. Decent lacing. Color was deep copper, and very clear (I like a DIPA with a little cloudiness myself). Overall, a very average looking brew in the glass.

S - Starts off with a predominantly fruity blast, with hop aroma taking a back seat. Not nearly as hoppy/bitter as I anticipated. Upon deeper inhalation, some very sour notes come through, and hints of...spice...uh oh...smells sort of Belgiany....with hints of alcohol

T - This does not taste like a Double/Imperial IPA to me. The hops are overpowered by the sweet, malty character of the beer. Very syrupy sweet, though a bitterness does cling to the back of the pallet that is accompanied by a sour, spicey flavor that I can only describe as similar to belgian brews I've tried. The alcohol comes through in the finish, though it is hidden quite adeptly for an 11.5% brew.

M - A bit thinner than I expected.

D - This is pretty drinkable, especially, I imagine, if you like belgians. Though, at 11.5%, after you get about 1/2 way through the glass, this beer becomes your best friend.

Overall, I think this is a very well made beer. It just doesn't seem to fit the style for me. Hence my rating.


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

This poured out an amber (SRM13) color with a 1/2" off white head supported by moderate carbonation and light legs. Huge citrus/piney hop aroma with some malt sweetness in the back. Flavor is grapefruit hoppy and a leathery mouthfeel with enough biscuity malt to back it up. Big hop finish with warming from the alcohol.

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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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