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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of RobH
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

A: Attractive golden-amber color with generous head.

S: Inviting hops joined by an aroma-smoothening dose of malts.

T: Very nice example of an American Double IPA. Certainly a hops-forward beer, but well balanced by a tasty malt bill. Nice!

M: Goes down smooth with an expected and nice hop bite.

D: I found this to be quite enjoyable and drinkable and I am not a huge IPA fan.

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Photo of Sperzel
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy copper-orange color with a thick off-white head. Settles to a film and leaving sticky, spotted lacing.

The smell is big and hoppy right off the bat with a fruity sweetness.

Big hop punch with a bitter/sweet taste of grapefruit and orange peel. Alcohol is present warming the belly, followed by a malt sweetness. The bitterness of the hops really sticks around. The hop oils really fill the mouth in this big, juicy, medium bodied ale.

Not a beginners IPA being an Imperial. If you enjoy a kick in your beer, this one is perfect. Very well rounded and a great 'comfort' beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a orange brown color into an oversized wine glass. One finger head quickly shrinks. Not much lacing to be had.

S- Big hop smell followed by sweet malt and some yeast. Reminds me of DFH 90 Minute. Also some Belgian notes. Caramel, toffee, raisin and fig. Some alcohol taste.

T- Some nice hops, big thick sweet malt. Initial alcohol taste which fades away midway through. Hints of fig, burnt caramel and leather. Boozy aftertaste.

M- Thick and chewylike texture. Velvety smooth carbonation.

D- High alcohol and tasting it makes this one a sipper. Maybe two of these in a night.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a major suprise. So far i have only had one beer by flying dog that i liked, the gonzo imperial porter and i loved it. Seems they have no middle ground, either i love em or hate. I love this beer. Huge upfront piney hop assualt, but a good sweet malt back. This is exactly what i am looking for in a dipa. I think i like it better than pliney or 90 minute, well a three way tie at least.

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

On-tap at Sawmill Taproom served in a standard pint glass a slightly murky dark orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malts. The taste is a nice blend of caramel malts and bitter pine hops. The beer is fairly heavy bodied with plenty of sticky alcohol. This one is a fairly enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Breedlove
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured in to my Sam Adams uber glass. Huge head on this poor. Lacing already! Very nice red / copper color. Great looking beer. Really I wish I could post a picture of this thing.

S - Very nice pine aroma. A hint of malt come through as well.

T - The front of this beer is all hops, then some hops, plus a dash of hops. However it is backup nicely with some tasty malt. Very balanced beer. Way to go Flying Dog.

M - Just about perfect for a "double pale ale" nice and thick.

D - I had NO IDEA this was an 11.5% beer. I knew it was higher alcohol but it covers it so well. This is a dangerous beer. Great taste and big alcohol. Great beer. Pick this one up. That is all

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Photo of Magpie14
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber caramel colored body soaked with orange hues. The creamy top is dingy white with sizable pieces and streaks of lace. The lace provided a nice display

S: strong caramel smells wallow freely with faint toasty pale malts. Pulped grapefruits, lemons, and oranges tickle the nose as well. Sweets hold the most in the nose and things are shaping alright

T: the flavors are ever so sweet and pulls at barleywine notes. I gather flavors of spiced cherries soaked in caramel with a few sugary crusted malts. The bitterness towards the back is far from subdued and slaps the tongue nicely with citrus bite. Things feel a little warm down the hatch as well. This is a loaded Double Pale Ale to say the least

M: lush and delicious, creamy and bold. The body is a good medium and reminds me of a very thin syrupy feel

D: very enjoyable beer. Rich and tasty without any over kill. This beer is a bruiser and has my vote for tasty

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Photo of Masterson
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A rich hazy reddish-brown pour with thin head. Good head retention with lots of lacing and fine bubbles. Looks sticky!

S: Mmmm... Cascade, such a versatile hop. There is definitely a lot dry-hopping going on in this one.

T: A little sweet, a little bitter. Very well balanced with malt to hops.

M: Sticky. Cloying. Exactly what I expected from this beer.

D: I downed this from a 7 oz. bottle. I think I spent more time looking at it than I did drinking it. I think you have to drink this out of a snifter.

Overall a great brew. I have one more bottle. I am going to keep it in the back the beer fridge for a few months and see if the flavor and aroma changes.

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Photo of Shaw
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, deep amber in color with a sticky frothy head that leaves massive lace in my glass.

The aroma is hoppy with big alcohol notes.

Like Flying Dog notes on the bottle, this is a bitter beer, not extremely, though. It has a big, sweet malt backbone, more so than other Double IPAs. Lots of warming from the high alcohol level. Citric hop flavors abound.

The body is slick and oily from the hops and alcohol.

This is a fine beer for special occasions, thanks to its 11.5 percent alcohol level and sweetness.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky raw apple cider. Respectable head leaves to disk. Cascading bubbles at edges, legs, coating lace.

S - Nose in the mash tun. DEEP malt and booze.

T - Beautiful mix of sweet malt, warming alcohol and bitterness. Doesn't get much better.

M - On the heavy side, almost but not quite cloying. Thick and yummy.

D - At this ABV and big flavor, not an all nighter.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky tea color with a nice tan head.

Hops galore on the nose. Citrus and pine dominate, but there is a hint of sweetness.

On the palate, an awkward woody sweetness and biscuity malts over a background of oily hops. Sticky mouthfeel.

I'm not a big fan of the way this tastes, and it's got quite a bit of alcohol, so having more than one is out of the question.

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

Got this 8oz bottle in the 8-pack of their Canis Major beers....

this brew pours up murky copper color with a great off whte head. great lacing on yo mama's glass. the nose is piney hops, faint grapefruit, butterscotch, subtle honey, subtle sweet malts. the taste is a blend of floral and piney hops, nice not over the top bittering, again grapefruit and honey, very delicious! kind of a medicinal bitterness in the finish. alcohol just hits you quick on this one. full bodied, medium carbo. I dig it. Either you love it, or you love it...

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Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 7oz. bottle, part of the "Canis Major" mixpack.

Dark copper with a big sudsy sand colored head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Lemon zest, dark sweet fruit and savory spicy hops in the nose. Crazy good resinous hop flavors (columbus and cascade) balanced by a big hit of pineapple and sweet malt in the finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden for such a big beer. This brew is far better that other FD offerings I've had in the past. Highly reccomended.

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

pours a nice golden brown color with a creamy head and good lacing thru-out..the smell is malt first then hops citrus and alcohol..the taste is good malts edge out hops at first but then they meld together for an enjoyable double.... malts and hops are equal in the mouth feel and it is well balanced..almost an imperial amber? its very drinkable and the alcohol @11.5% is well hidden it just does not have the hmmmmph/taste to push to the upper level of doubles in my opinion... still a great one to sample and buy singles of

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish orange color. Smell is heavy malt, hops, and pine. Taste is heavy on both malt and hops but obviously tends toward bitterness.. pine and grapefruit present in large quantities. Alcohol comes out very strongly in this one, but not so strong to really hurt anything. Mouthfeel seems to be heavier than most of the style.

It's hard for me to differentiate this from most others in its style, but it is in general an average to above average double IPA.

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Photo of 100floods
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy golden caramel with a white cream head that slowly fades to some lacing and a thin layer of foam. The smell of this is very earthy, lots of pine aromas, like i'm smelling a fresh tree. The first sip is a shocker: full on hop attack, very similar taste to its aroma. The hop execution is very good. What makes it so good is the malt back bone. flying dog does what perhaps only Marin's IPA does (but on a different level), match the hops with almost as much malt. This is a hophead's dream beer. The malt gives is a sweet coating, mostly for texture. It's big a thick, like syrup. The malt doesn't take over the flavor, but eases the pallet. This beer is extremely refreshing even if it's hoppy and thick, and for almost 12% you can feel it down the road, but it doesnt let you know that it's big. Such a beatutiful thing this beer is.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2008

pours clear amber orange with a big pillowy 2+ head that leaves notches all down the glass

smell is fruity hops and a little piney and sweet malts

taste - this beer is very similar to 2009 SN Bigfoot with more hops - very good blend big citrus hops and sweet carmel malts

mouthfeel is pretty heavy for a dipa - i feel i need to brush my teeth after this one - sticky

drinkability - the alcohol is not hidden to well but @11abv i am not going to drink to many anyways

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

A - Brown, clear, light.

S - What a hop bomb! Lot's of alcohol bite, but it's balanced by the bitter hop smell.

T - More hops! Alcohol bite, but balanced by the hops. Teensy-tiny malt in the back. Bitter beer - but then, you know that going in, don't you?

MF - Astringent, hot, not watery at all.

D - This be sippin' beer, unless you're tolerance can handle the high alcohol level.

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

Hoppiness of this double IPA identified the beverage quickly from the first sip. The dark amber color make this beer very appealing. Let's double down and drink another. This dog rank up with many other imperial IPA's I've enjoyed. Another great beer from my local brewery.

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

Pours a decent mid-copper color with some good initial, and decent following, head; not much lacing, though. Nice scent, hoppy, but not near as strong as I would've thought for being a double, just a small nose of American citrus hops (Cascade? Columbus?). Decent hoppy flavor, although not overwhelming, not much balance, but that's to be expected for a DIPA; still, not as hoppy as I would've expected and it's a bit short on maltiness, considering there was enough to get it over 11. There was a noticable alcohol taste and burn, as well, hurting it's mouthfeel, but it could've been worse for its strength.

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Photo of chaz410
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

WON this beer at the Charlotte's Beer Club Flying saucer party in charlotte nc.
Pours orangish amber. Nice white froathy head.
Smell is extremely hoppy. Floral citris and piney hops. Not very grassy but nicely tart and crisp.
Taste is similar, not very malty background but still has some sweetness in the background.
Mouthfeel is average and Im sure this beer will age fairly well.

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