Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
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Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of claminat420
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -27.4%
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 -3.8%
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 +13.3%
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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Photo of erikm25
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed infused orange topped with smoked copper hues. After a viscous pour the head is slightly off white and minimal. The little retention holds and leaves sheets of tightly bubbled lacing.

S: Watermelons and pine hops wrapped in cotton candy that is roasted in brown sugar. The sweet and cherry candy aromas are powerful and lush but balanced with earthy qualities. Caramel makes a strong appearance.

T: This beer throws a vicious citrus hoppiness and honey sweetness combo punch. Grapefruit hops coated in kiwi juice and brown sugar. Tangerines dipped in toffee and melted with buttery resin. I was expecting to be floored by booze but it only seemed to become a factor as this started to warm.

M: Syrupy and full with solid carbonation. Astringent.

D: Despite the huge tastes this is deceptively drinkable. I prefer IIPA's to favor the hops bitterness but liked the fact that this finished with sweetness. This intense beer couples well with the new Black Cobra album.

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

Bottle reads: Vintage 08

Pours a clowdy orange color with a light semi-orange tainted head that does not have much retension. Quite a bit of lace on the glass while I swirl it around to take a sniff of the big malt, sweet nose. Hops bring in the rear of the aroma. Nearly syrup-like mouthfeel with low carb. Taste is a bold amount of malt sweetness along with a hop induced bitter finish. For a bottle reading 11.5 abv, it hides the alcohol quite well until the warmth of the finish. The entire package is well put together, solid balance overall and really enjoyable.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage '08

A - A deep, yet glowing red-orange off white head forms and falls just a little to retain the entire glass...becomes rocky...nice lacing

S - There are a lot of caramel malts in the nose...they almost come to the point of dominating the hops...but the hops are present and have a citrus and pine aroma to them

T - Wow for being at least a year old this one is still hot...the taste of alcohol rushes over at first sip...I was a little taken sip brought on what I picked up in the is where the caramel malts come through and battle with the hops...the hops present themselves with more piney flavors with underlying citrus tones...the malts start strong but they die off towards the end and a big rip of bitterness comes on...but it again mixes with the alcohol

M - Medium bodied...very sweet...sticky...and that alcohol taste

D - This is a very big beer...a little on the sweet side but the hops do shine...the 11% ABV is very present...a decent DIPA to give a try

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Photo of dgilks
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden colour with a tight, creamy off white head. Good head retention and average lacing.

Big hop aroma with pine, passionfruit and tangerine all present. Quite sweet.

Lots of bitterness here masking the underlying hop flavours. I get hints of tangerine, game and pine. A reasonable malt backbone but it certainly isn't balanced. The harsh bitterness lingers a lot. A bit over the top.

Solid, thick mouthfeel which is slick, robust and works well. Carbonation isn't too high.

This isn't the sort of beer that was ever going to score high on drinkability. A tongue buckling, bitter monster of a DIPA which deliberately makes it difficult to drink.

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

poured into a pint glass. two fingers of fairly thick white head that disappears quickly and leaves spotted stringy lacing.

smell is very powerful with alot of sweet malts and a bit of alchohol coming through. a powerful hop smell is definately in the background but isnt very distinct when put up against the malts .

taste: an almost perfect balance of malt and hops. as sweet as most double ipas with a presence of piney hops. much alchohol in the after taste but the hop oilyness in the mouthfeel quickly takes care of that.

i like this beer alot and would recommend to fans of ipas or double ipas.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a massive three fingers of white head with some big bubbles in there. Settles down and etched the glass with lacing. Deep hazy copper color. Looks good.

S: I like that this smells a little boozy. Reminds me of a rougher version of unearthly. Big malt nose for a double IPA. No real citrus or anything like that just tons of bitterness.

T: Again I like the fact that this beer has zero balance. All hops and booze. Tons of sweetness. When I need that hop fix I often go to this beer. It is a brute of a beer.

M: Super thick and syrupy.

D: Despite everything still drinkable. On tap this is probably too drinkable. For the price of 9.99 a four pack not bad at all.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish amber with a moderate head that faded to a blotchy skin. The aroma was hops and alcohol. The taste was citrus and malty sweet, aftertaste was a little bitter. The feel was medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This is the best I've had from the Winged Pooch.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Double Pale Ale 11.5% alc/vol IBU: 85

A: Beautiful hazy amber color that glows in the light. The lacing sticks to the glass from the moment I pour it.

S: The smell is sweet with a hit of hops and bitterness. The smell of the 11.5% alcohol just lingers in your nose and begs for you to have another sip.

T-M: The taste is close to the smell. A sweet, hoppy, bitterness taste with a kick of the alcohol. Kind of has a citrus hint to the taste also.

D: The beer is very drinkable. It is a really strong pale ale and is recommended for hard beer drinkers. If you really enjoy beer this is the beer for you.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jason's in Ellicott City, MD. Man, this is 11.5%? So that's why I was so drunk! I figured it was a 7-8%er.

A - Pours a hazy deep reddish-amber with a thick, creamy beige head. Very nice lacing.

S - Caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops.

T - Very intense with sweet caramel malt, balanced by lots of citrusy C-hops, with a little alcohol noticeable but well-hidden.

M/D - Body is full and the palate is sticky and syrupy, which hurts the drinkability a little. Buy hey, it is 11.5% ABV, so you sort of expect it. Great stuff overall.

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Photo of shieldsy
1.46/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

As for appearance, this beer is a nice amber, with a light head. The smell is a bit hoppy and filled with alcohol- gives a bit of a tingle to your nose. This beer tastes like it is 11.5% abv and that is not a good thing. Instead of strong and complex hop flavor, I got medicinal tastes likely from the high alcohol content. The mouthfeel was sticky and aftertaste lingers on the tongue. You want to open your mouth after you take a sip if that makes any sense. I found this completely undrinkable and I generally like the style.

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Photo of jpweisel
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on nitrogen tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.
Pours a clear amber. Amazing citrus hop smell. Not overwhelming. This was a hop bomb but also has some malty sweetness as well. On a nitrogen tap so it had a creamier mouthfeel and taste. High alcohol but drinkability is great.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Two finger medium-thick off-white head with good retention. Deep Venetian red, clear with medium carbonation. Nice film ring remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Pretty nice.

SMELL: Caramel malt, pale malt, a touch of citrus grapefruit and some pine notes in the background. Not overly spicy, but a touch. Decent nose.

TASTE: Caramel malt, pale malt, and some dark fruits, mostly raisins and dates as well. Lots of spiciness, coriander and tyme, and a healthy dose of spicy alcohol. Very alcoholic; they certainly don't try to hide it. Hot hot hot for sure. Lots of bitterness at the end. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is spicy and bitter with lots of alcohol to boot. Certainly no mistaking this one. Kind of misses the typical grapefruit notes common to these IIPA, though quite enjoyable non-the-less.

PALATE: Full body and medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy, goes down a bit rough with a distinct alcohol bite at the end; a big scratch at the back. Finishes crisp with a touch of stickiness. Nice full body, but a little rough around the edges.

OVERALL: An interesting brew, tasty and complex, but quite harsh and rough going down. Very hot and boozy; they don't try to hide it at all. Misses the grapefruit notes, but is still enjoyable enough and surprisingly drinkable for what it is. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of mckajd03
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I made the mistake of sipping this beer before smelling it. That was a mistake because my palette is now so totally wrecked (in a good way) that I can't distinguish any smells. That might mean that there wasn't much of a nose in the beginning, considering I can usually smell hoppy beers after tasting them. However, the taste of this double is what is so interesting anyway. Not only is there an assasination of hops on the front end, it also leaves you with a literal bitter/sweet finish. The malt background is less in the background than with other doubles I've tried- and it's very sweet. The last sip I had was about three minutes ago, and I still have a strong aftertaste going. Quite interesting.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard about this beer for a long while now, see it on the shelves for just as long and finally getting around to reviewing it now.

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a peachy, slightly hazy amber with a thick and pillowy inch and a half of almost pinkish white head. Perhaps it's the alcohol but the head fades away and doesn't even have the decency to leave behind any lacing.

S: Peachy pine, heavy and heavenly hops still sticking around after a few months in the fridge but certainly seen diminished and a bit muddled overall.

T/MF: Sugary and syrupy, wet hops, booze, dried mango dusted with sugar, earth, dried spruce and cotton candy. A dry, sugary, boozy amalgamation of flavors with a heavy and still quite hot feel even after some time in the bullpen. Everything is muted though, take all the above and turn the volume knob on these flavors down a couple of notches and you will have the overall taste of this beer.

D: Could be so much better if it didn't taste so fake, maybe this is a result of some age on this beer but overall not my cup of tea for normally one of my favorite styles of beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger off white head. Body is honey orange in color. Head retention and lacing are above average.

Smell is of sweet citrus hops. Slightly bitter and also of caramel malt. Nothing out of the ordinary

Taste is dominated by the hops. Lots of different flavors from the hops are there, first sweet citrus, then floral hops, and ends with some bitterness. Malt is subtle in the background and alcohol is pretty tame for being 11.5%

Carbonation level is good, not too much. Head was present in the mouth feel for half the glass but sadly faded. Body is light but smooth with some texture. Bitter taste coats the mouth for some time after I've finished the bottle

Drink ability is good for such a high abv beer. Could drink acouple at a time. I dont know if its just me but this beer tasted similar to a barleywine like many other DIPA's do to me. Would buy again

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I entered the bar there were a few guys going ga-ga over this particular beer, so instead of starting with one of the other lighter Flying Dog offerings at the promo, I started with this guy. Maybe my expectations were way too high, but I just wasn't that impressed. The pour, into an American pint glass, was hazy amber/orange, with a decent head that didn't last very long. The aroma was dare I say a little jagged; sharp earthiness against sharp sweetness. I found the flavors to collide rather complement themselves in my mouth, and furthermore left me with a slightly sour finish. Not what I would expect from a good double ipa. The body certainly was malty full with very soft carbonation, but not that sessionable, given the aftertaste.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a deep orange/reddish. When held up to the light you can really see the color and notice it is hazy with what may be some small orange/grapefruit zest floating in it. This beer has an off-white colored foam head with phenomenal lacing to it, that lasted the entire session. The smell is quite potent. Where you can see the citrus in it, the pine hops dominate the smell with some floral and citrus notes to it as well and maybe some caramel malts to it. Taste is also very strong, again the hops take most of the flavor followed by some roasted malts and a slight alcohol bite at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Has a slight alcohol bite too it, not as strong as I expected considering it's 11.5%, not full bodied, fairly lite. I sipped through most of it with a small meal, but this beer is very drinkable and refreshing. Great IPA for a nice summer day/afternoon/evening.

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

Appearance: Cloudy and about the same color as clover honey. Typical DIPA appearance.

Smell: These Flying Dog ales always seem to have a very crisp aroma. This beer almost has a sweet smell. Reminded me of a granny smith apple, but not as tart.

Taste: Very hoppy, but with enough malts to even out the overall effect. This is a good beer, and it doesn't leave you feeling like it is missing anything.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slippery. The bitterness sticks to your lips and mouth, you can still taste it for a while after you are done.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that sort of assaults your taste buds. One is typically enough to satisfy. However, it is balanced enough that it goes down pretty fast. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Notes: From a comparison standpoint, a beer I've had that is very similar is the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale they put out only around Christmas. I'm glad to finally be able to try this beer since I assume it is available year round! You want to try this one if you are a hophead.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This beer is gorgeous! The body is a thick, rich, darkish orange shaded in a pleasant brown hue. The head is enormous but not overly foamy. It is off-white and would have stayed the night had I let it. When I finally started sipping it down it left a heavy film with beautiful latticework on the inside of my St Bernardus glass.

Smell - This malty beast has an abundance of smells. The malt is a combination of heavy maple syrup and light chocolate over top a backbone of thick, rich grain. The hops are huge but somewhat hidden by the malts. There's a stiff resiny pine followed quickly by a strong aroma of tangerine. The grand finale of this bouquet is a lovely collection of fresh fruits led principally by raisins and figs.

Taste - I hate to say that this isn't hoppy, because the hops again are huge at the taste, but this malt profile is a monster. It comes off just as it did in the nose, so ditto from above.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied and slippery on the tongue with a bitterness that would be overpowering except for the abundance of sweets. I don't really think that there's any alcohol in here because I can't taste any. They just put that 11.50% rating on the bottle to entice the college kids to buy it.

Drinkability - If it's possible to make a high-alcohol DIPA chugging ale then this is it. I mean, this goes down so quickly it's irresponsible to brew. The folks at Flying Dog should be tried and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

Update - Well, kind of a backwards in time update. I bought a case of this stuff two years ago and cellared some of it. I never wrote a review on the fresh bottles I drank so although this review is in Aug 09 I first tasted it in 2007 and this bottle I drank same-day as the fresh one was two years old.

Since this was such a malty DIPA I figured all the hops would be gone after two years, but surprising there was still a good amount left. They had blended more with the malt, but what surprised me was the rise in spicing. I picked up some light spices in the fresh bottle, not enough to really mention or even identify in my review, but after two years in the cellar they really came out. There's a nice herbal aroma like a mild oregano and some deep peppery notes along with some exotic spices that you'd find in an Indian or maybe Mediteranean dish. Overall though I'd say the ale was a little too broken town to be enjoyable and that this Double Dog, like most DIPAs, is best drank fresh off the shelf.

Update - Had the opportunity to try a fresh 2010 and it is exactly along the lines of my original review. It is one of the most beautiful beers that I've ever seen, definitely a 5 in its Appearance, and incredibly drinkable again with a 5 rating. The 4.5's that I gave it are agonizingly close to 5s.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

man i tried this beer for the first time just the other day i had been searching for it for some time and man i was not dissappointed it was everything it was supposed to be and then some it weighs in at a hefty 11.5% and i had two and man they are good and the price is ridiculously cheap i paid 8.99 for a 4 pack beat that

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass The Dog is cloudy burnt orange with slight golden highlights. The head is two inches of off white creaminess. Plenty of sticky lace left on my glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of caramel malt and hops. Not overly aggressive in the hop area. For a double pale ale. The flavor is rich malt and bitter grapefruit. Hints of pine but, rather smooth and balanced. The high ABV can be felt with every sip. The warming effects are awfully nice. Full bodied and moderately carbonated. I was thinking this would be a sipper but, I'm almost done with my glass and I haven't even finished my review.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,953 ratings
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