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 GregPearson33
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brew poured a dark, cloudy caramel-amber with a thick ΒΌ inch head that dissipated after about 45 seconds. The smell was a strong and complex combination of sweet and spicy - some sugary caramel notes but with the aroma of a fistful of hops poking through.

POW! No doubt this brew was packed with flavor, or that it was shy about showing its booze. Although some seriously spicy hop flavors dominated, they weren't citrusy in the same ways as other IIPAs. Instead, a nice round burnt vanilla aftertaste followed the initial hop-wollop, and was chased promptly by the familiarly warm sensation of potent alcohol.

Carbonation was medium, and combined with a pleasant medium body, the brew had great drinkability. Not too syrupy for sure. Bottom line: the look and flavor were great, the drinkability and smell pretty standard. Great brew all around. Good for a casual brew, or even better if you happen to be getting after it (11.5%!)

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

7oz sampler from the brewery poured into snifter.

A: Nice 1 finger head with with an amber orange slightly hazy hue

N: Nose starts with lots of heavy American hops, with some dark malts and slight caramel and touch of pine

T: Taste starts with a dark malt and caramel base with some interesting dark fruits, very rich, i get a touch of coffee and toasted malts, some alcohol starts to shine through towards the end

M: Its a pretty thick but thins with the high carbonation and sticks to the tongue and sides of the mouth

F: The finish is all bitter hops with some pine, a touch of citrus, some malt, touch of tanginess, it starts sweet but gets pretty dry as it evaporates and leaves the hops behind

Final thoughts: This is a great DIPA, large amounts of American hops, some pine, as well as lots of dark malts, coffee, caramel, and toasted, and finishes slightly sweet that dries quickly leaving the hops behind. It covers almost all bases on a DIPA.

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Photo of TLove
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had both in bottle and on tap on numerous occasions, but most recently (yesterday) on tap. I must say that, without a doubt, though I really like the rest of the Canis Major offers from Flying Dog, this is by far the best in my opinion.

Huge on the alcohol, but not as prominent as one might expect for an 11.5% ale. Nor is this really a pale ale, but more an Imperial IPA structurally. Color is a really nice amber-mahogony with a sleight head. Fruity, malty, well-hopped and well-balanced. Green raisins, fig, caramel, and yeast. Woody, grainy, and soft. Complex and full-bodied. Not really easy to finish, because of the huge alcohol presence, but otherwise really nice.

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Photo of david18
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one once and it was great. Found it in six packs on Montauk and have not seen it since. Very good flavor but the alcohol sneaks up on you. I often complain about strong alcohol flavor but at least with that you can more easily watch how much you drink. Enjoy this but be careful.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

7oz. sample bottle poured into an imperial pint. Vintage08ME printed on the back label.

(A)- Pours a cloudy amber. Heavy off-white foam dissipated down to a light layer. Some lacing present.

(S)- Very creamy citrus and pine aromas. A little spice and barnyard funk of hay/straw.

(T)- Tons of hop bitterness up front followed by a malty background. Very little citrus in the flavor. A mineral taste on the finish.

(M)- Fairly thick mouthfeel. Rather bitter and malty. Good carbonation level. That mineral finish is rather distracting and harsh.

(D)- A basic DIPA with not a ton of balance or complexity to it; its just really hoppy and sweet, but thats it. Still enjoyable to an extent though.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received double dog as part of a trade full of other IPA's and IIPA's. It's chilled up and I have just finished playing tennis on a hot humid evening. An 11.5% beer isn't what I'd normally call for after such an activity but this is what fate had me pull out of the fridge.

It pours a really beautiful amber colour with golden highlights. Strikingly good looking color. The head however, dissipates rather quickly a tepid ring of foam.

The smell is all fruit flavours tempered by some smell of alcohol and hop presence. It's good and very fruity. The taste is a decent balance of hops, sweet malts and fruits. Unfortunately I think the high alcohol cuts through most of it and takes some of the enjoyment out of it. If this was a 7-9% beer I think it would be quite a bit better.

Mouthfeel is fairly average for the style and drinkability the same. It's a good beer but another is out of the question at this strength.

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

Pours a red-tinged apricot colour with a nice haze, very resilient beige head, sticky and dense and fluffy. Lacing is a very thick, sticky curtain. Apparently there was a reverse cascade effect when poured, though I didn't pour it. That's a pretty white-hot beer.

Nose is delectable, with pungent floral hops releasing their goodness together with orange sherbet, pineapple and vanilla aromas tantalising my olfactory. A slight booze character as well, maybe rum, delightful and sweet; if anything it just needs stronger hopping.

Taste is strong and phenolic, with an odd sickly sweet character, vanilla or maybe butterscotch - in a non-diacetyl way - permeating in an incremental fashion. A long herbal character with mint, anise and coriander having a go with the hops. Rich malt base with a burnt toffee edge, more bitter than sweet. Lots of bitterness throughout, really.

Feel is nice and slick, not as full as it could be but very good for gliding. Quite good flavours; while the bitterness permeates and hangs, there is a very nice tang and sweetness for the most part. Hang is a bit out there for drinkability since it's a slightly ashy bitterness, but otherwise, very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale poured a dark copper with a moderate one to two-finger head and nice rings of sticky lace. A nice dark color for a pale ale.

The smell and taste are primarily malty and sweet, reminiscent of dried fruit. There is a strong hop presence, up front, and a full bitter feel; however, the sweetness is what lingers. The alcohol level provides a heavy warm feeling that is very nice, but calls for slow going.

Double Dog Double Pale Ale is a delicious spring or autumn sipper that manages to pack a strong punch of both bitterness and sweetness.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark Orange to Amber. 2 fingers of head that stuck around for a while. Fairly translucent for such a dark ale. Fantastic lacing.

S - Nice hop aroma, that's about it.

T - A hophead's delight. I'm getting citris hops including some a solid amount of bittering hops. Did I mention hops?

M - Thick to the mouth with good amounts of malt and a very well balanced beer.

D - Got dinged a little because 11.5% has a little bit of a burn that took away from all that fun malty, hoppiness.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark amber, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and orange, even a little malt is detectable.

Taste - When I drink American IPAs and Double IPAs, the most important thing for me is that there is enough fruity flavour to ensure the bitterness is not overpowering. Unfortunately this beer does not quite succeed in this area. There is a fair bit of grapefruit and kiwi fruit flavour, and a surprisingly high malt level (probably the reason why they call it Double Pale Ale instead of DIPA), but the main character of this beer is bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a little cloying.

Drinkability - You'll definitely want to drink this slowly, and I doubt that anyone would want a second.

Overall - I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as the amazing Feral Hop Hog. I'm sure I'll try an excellent Double IPA one day, but Double Dog is a couple of levels below what I would call "excellent".

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A--Nice copper pour with two full fingers of sticky head in my Dogfish Head signature glass

S--Citrus and floral hops, bold but not stinging...there is definitely a strong caramel malt backbone keeping this one in check

T--Ahh, the nose didn't lie. The malt really comes through when this beer first hits the tongue, and also in the aftertaste. But smack dab in the middle is a blistering barrage of bitter pine/floral hops. This is one flavorful brew, but might be a little too much. Hop bombs are fine, but this one doesn't have as tasty of a flavor profile as I would like. Still, it is one big beer that does its best to impress

M--Smooth as hell, nice

D--I can see why some people speak so highly of this. There is a distinct flavor profile that has the potential to be very polarizing. Somehow I remain middle of the road, but one thing is for sure...this isn't very drinkable for me. Although both the hop and malt profiles are big, they seem to be competing rather than working together. Makes for a bit of chore to get through the bottle. Still, I would recommend this beer for the simple fact that it has the potential to be a hop lover's dream

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a brick red color with one finger of white head. Smells of spice and malt. Tastes of malt, spice, cinnamon, a decent dose of hops, and a slightly sweet finish. A great combination of flavors. Carbonation is on the money, and it's drinkable as hell. I had no idea the ABV was so high until I saw it listed here. A damn fine beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orangish color to it, with a two finger head that disappears but leaves a good lacing to it. The smell is of hops with a slight hint of citrus to it. The taste is of hops and citrus. The hop taste is strong but not crushing. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Overall the drinkability is higher than with most IPA's do to the smoother hoppy taste, not as bitter as most IPA's.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this before the barbecue yesterday for 4th of July. Poured a gorgeous golden amber color with frothy white head that dissipated slowly and left good lacing. Smelled very hoppy with hints of caramel malt. Tasted of earthy hops with notes of citrus and light malts. Incredibly smooth, especially considering the high alcohol content and hoppiness. Even with the high alcohol, I was left wanting more, and would have drank more if I had more.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, lightly orange color with white whisps of head.
Smell is incredibly floral with some citrus and bready character to the aroma.
Taste has notes that are on the brink of overwhelming bitter, but the citrus mitigates this to keep it within drinkable standards.
Finish is very crisp and the hoppy after-taste remains and is powerful.
For all of its hoppy flavor, there is little boozy bite here which keeps the drink smooth for an 11.5% er.

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

Hazy copper with Dark amber core. 1+ finger tannish head with decent lacing. Loads of Floaties

Smelled of sweet caramel and spices, alittle toasty/oaky. Hops were mild apricot/grapefruit like.

Tasted like it smelled. A bit overly sweet, with toasted caramel malts. Not as hoppy as I expected the double dog to be. But the hops were pleasant, giving a mild apricot and citrus flavor and a sour tangy bitter aftertaste. Alcohol was very present, warming and somewhat countered by the big sweetness.

Med-heavy bodied. Light carbonation. Lots of sediment floaties. Sweet and sticky and dry.

Decent brew, but was overly sweet in my opinion, and the hops could've been turned up, but then it would've been more of a DIPA. High alcohol, heaviness, floaties, and over sweetness drops the drinkability in my book.
Would like to try this one on tap.

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

Pours a glowing orange-red with a one finger beige head. Oily, wet lacing spots the sides of my glass and slowly slides down. Appealing color, to be sure.

Carmelly sweet aroma is backed by a vapory scent of alcohol. Lots of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

Flavor is explosive. Lots of the stuff from the aroma; really carmelly and lots of tropical fruit, but not as sweet as I expected from the smell. Intense bitterness pervades, and other hop elements are present. Pine overwhelms before the final hit of bitterness takes over. The bitterness sticks around on your tongue forever.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bubbly with tiny bubbles all over the tongue. Medium body with a slick, oily finish, and a puckeringly bitter end that sticks around for a while. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability is good considering the size of this beer. Not overwhelmingly sweet or boozy, which is especially surprising given the 11.5% ABV. Nice.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a four pack of these with a friend while watching a baseball game. The beer poured a small, one finger, white head. The itself was amber to orange in color with no haze. The aroma was dominated by hops. Pine and citrus notes were everywhere, but there was more than a slight malt backdrop, lending some caramel and molasses notes. The flavor was everywhere. Hops and malt in good balance. Hops dominated mostly, but there was more than enough flavor from the malt. I definitely think BA got the classification as a DIPA correct. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated with a little dry finish, which worked great from the beer. Drinkability may have been a bit below average due to its high ABV, but the booze was well hidden. I had two and could have had two more, although I would have been wasted.

Overall, a great beer. Not a traditional DIPA but a unique brew that is certainly worth procuring.

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Photo of theopholis
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an amber/copper color that continually effervesces for quite some time. Has a wonderfully creamy, off-white head with good staying power and it leaves behind a nice sticky lace.

Smell- Nice, hoppy aroma without bowling you over like some DIPAs. Some maltiness and malt sweetness come through, along with some pineyness.

Taste- Much hoppier than the aroma would lead you to believe. Some citrus notes to. good blend of maltiness and malt sweetness. Nice, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- The first impression is very velvety. It slides down your gullet like warm syrup without the stickiness. Carbonation is perfect. Really pushes the hops into your taste buds.

Drinkability- Only major hopheads will like this. I like it. I'm not really sure it's a DIPA or a barley wine, but Flying Dog has never paid any attention to style guidelines anyways.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. Recommendation from a friend; finally got around to it, and it was well worth it!

Poured a syrupy rusty brownish-orange color with a firm beige head that held good retention. A sticky lacing is left most of the way down the glass. Aromas of citrusy and floral hops fill the nose along with some sweet caramely malts. Huge up-front malt character - caramel and brown sugar - sweet and syrupy. Hop profile interrupts quickly with citrus rind and pine resin and finishes bitter, but the malt holds up well to the 85 IBUs. This seems to come across as a hopped up barley wine to me, but call it what you want - it's delicious. I think I mentioned syrupy a couple of times earlier - the mouth-feel is incredibly thick and chewy.

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Photo of tgdigital
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer on nitro as well as in bottles and on standard draft. I certainly prefer it on draft. The nitro was a little weird for a beer with this much hop character. This beer is a deep amber with a good amount of hops in the nose. It's got a nice white head that laces nicely around the glass all the way down. Overall this is yet another beer to get yourself into trouble with. Tastes more like a 6% beer or so. Sweet malty finish balanced nicely with the big hop flavor.

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Photo of Soneast
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with some visible sediment. The 1 inch thick, light yellow colored head is fairly creamy with some very nice retention.

The aroma doesn't quite have that hop punch that I have come to expect from DIPAs, but as they say on the bottle they are going for more of a well balanced DIPA, and judging by the aroma alone I would say they succeeded. An upfront malt sweetness predominates the aroma, with some booziness and a bit of caramelized sugar...more like a barleywine, really. In all fairness this bottle is dated VINTAGE008GG which I assume to mean it was produced last year, so clearly the hops will have faded.

Contrary to the aroma I do still detect quite a bit of hop flavor on the tongue, with some definite citrus notes, but strangely accentuated by some dark fruits and once again caramelized sugar. Quite a bitter finish but, as claimed, this is very well balanced. The complexity of the hops and strong malt character really help to hide the alcohol content of this beer.

Quite a heavy beer, and I am sure some of flavors have melded and maybe a bit more complexity and reduction in hop utilization has occurred due to it's age, but fortunately it seems this was stored appropriately at the beer shop, as I think the end result of this beer is incredibly tasty, albeit maybe more appropriately classified as a barleywine at this point. Either way I think it deserves good marks, and I hope to try some fresh.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber color with yellowish off-white head. After letting it sit a bit it really is quite orange. Smell is of course hoppy butnot as strong as you would expect for such a high abv. Its a fruitier hop, not so floral. Becomes sort of chemical-like, however, like cough syrup. Taste also isn't as strong as you'd expect for the abv. Sort of an earthy, deep hop profile thats not too biting up front. A deep, almost woody sweetness. Fairly acrid, though. Mouth is full-bodied, not really thick or light. A good balance for the style and the high abv. Overall, it becomes somewhat odd in places with sort of a chemical, unnatural character. High abv considered, though, its good sipping and enjoyable.

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Photo of jballeng
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, murky, ugly amber with a tiny foam head. This is to be expected for an 11.5% IPA. There was an aroma of strong hops, malt, and alcohol; a curious hint of olives and brown sugar. Flavor hits you with a big hoppy punch with a lot of dry bitterness. A definite beer for hopheads. The mouthfeel is thick with an alcohol burn at the finish. The usual IPA citrus accents abound, especially grapefruit with this one. Overly complex, delightfully so, and more so than many strong pale ales I have tried.

Overall this is a very good, very dry, high gravity IPA.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a crystal clear glowing copper color with a finger of off-white head that eventually leaves a fine ring around the glass. Aroma has piney hops, dried fruits, caramel malts and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front with malt and lots of earthy hops and ends with a biting bitterness with a strong alcohol sensation. Its medium bodied and is a bit syrupy. This beer smells like a barleywine which I'm told can be typical of DIPA's but this is the first beer I've been able to notice it. I wish some more of the barleywine flavors were present. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

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