Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
1,942 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of Masterson
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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%
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 +5.1%
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 -15.4%
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 +7.2%
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 +5.6%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 +27.4%
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 +3.8%
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 -4.6%
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 +9%
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 -9.5%
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%
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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Photo of artvandelay
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '08 on bottle... label looks faded, not sure how long it's been hiding in my stash. Let it sit out on the counter a little too long... maybe 60°F.

Pours a dark amber, almost copper (around 15 SRM)... somewhat cloudy. Creamy beige head... not big, but lasting all the way. Really good sticky lacing.

Nose is sweet off the bat... then the hops. Caramel, grapefruit, alcohol, some undiscernable esters.

Taste is lacking somewhat on hops but noticeably bitter. Definitely not 85 IBUs... they might be a little faded. Getting lots of malt, but well balanced with bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost syrupy... I'd say medium-heavy. Alcohol is well hidden, but since it's almost room temp, the heat is starting to come out. Finish is long and complex... mildly astringent.

This is an enjoyable big beer. It's nice for a long relaxing evening. The ABVs catch up with me after one, but I could have 2 bottles if the mood struck me.

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Photo of lstokes
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's funny, because I do like heavily-hopped beers, but this one didn't quite do it for me.

The caramel malt was the smell that jumped out at me the most, but then when drinking, the pine and grapefruit hops were the most prominent taste. I liked that part of the taste a lot, and thought it was nice that the malt character came with the hops, but as others have said, the finish was somewhat--metallic? definitely bitter with a big dose of alcohol--for me, and didn't leave me wanting to drink it very quickly. The taste left me thinking the ABV was higher than 11.5, and that's not a good thing.

The mouthfeel was also pretty thick, nearly oily.

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Photo of cnally
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

gosh, these beer labels are crazy!

poured a nice fluffy off-white head which laces a bit on the side of the glass. amber hues in the color of the bber, nice and bright with some orange tint.

really appealing malty scent. the malt rises up first, but don't forget the floral, appley, quality to it. sweet and divine.

oh my. what an amazing balance between hops and malt. the malt is powerfully caramel while the hops fill in their own taste. a bit of a hop bomb as the flavor lingers, but so balanced that it feels less punctuated. the alcohol is well hidden. grand.

a bit thick for my liking, a step behind being syrupy. however, for as hoppy as this is, it is barely dry.

no real roadblock to this being one of the finest beers I have tasted, excepting the slick feel. this is straight up the alley for lovers of this style. balanced, killer hops and that glorious malt flavor is truly divine.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nice head that recedes slowly to a soapy cap.

Aroma is of caramel malt and light hops. Very appealing tannic acid aromas make me want to just drink this one and not ponder the aroma.

Taste is up front fruity floral hops in the beginning, middle is nice sweet and bready malt. Finishes sweet and malty, not a bit of balance, but the hops are there. There is afruity malt note here that I can’t decipher, it is good, I just don’t know what it is, may be the HUGE grain bill to get the ABV this high.

Mouthfeel is heavy and oily. With perfect carbonation that’s begs you to drink more. Very good.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep rich brown with a thick off white/cream head. It's slightly unfiltered and medium amount of lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front, in the middle, and finish. It has a citrusy/sweet undertone as well.

T - Hop bitterness right up front which kind of mellows out but explodes in the after taste. The hops used are very nice bittering hops and not too rough, but combined nicely.

M/D - This has a pretty "big" body to it for a DIPA and a creamy texture, very nice. Not a lot of carbonation so it's smooth on the palate.

One of the better year-round DIPA's on the market. Not very complex in flavor, but all the hop heads will certainly love this one. The only thing better than this is the nitro-blend Double Dog available on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of ReDave
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double pale ale? What about the India?

Pours a little dark amber.
Nice cream head. Even lasts awhile.
Sticky lace down the glass.

Wow, nice bitter blast. And yes some sweet back end.

Not much aroma, bottle says 08 batch, so, maybe that's the reason?

Man this is alcoholic, whew, i can barely finish this review!

But i like it! Hoppy, fairly balanced, great aftertaste, hope it's available all the time!

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark clear golden in color. Little white head that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma: Nothing powerful. A slight citrus aroma and that about it.

Taste: An upfront sweetness followed by a piney citrus bitterness flavor which is then followed by a warmth sweetness. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and heavy upon the tongue. There is an unusual occurrence where the front of my tongue felt deadened that I would equate to a feeling one gets from Novocain.

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Photo of therica
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= Amber with a nice off-white foamy head.

S= huge overdose of northwest hops. I can't find the malt though.

T= massive northwest hops one-note (nugget, chinook, not sure) but that's about it. For someone who wants a massive hoppy beer, great, but for me this is very unbalanced and I'm still looking for the malts.

M= clean, some hoppy bitters residue.

O= sorry, this just impresses me as a singular and non-complex mass of northwest hops bitters.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a "Canis Major" mix pack. Vintage 2008 written towards the bottom of the bottle. Served at 55°F

Pours a hazy, deep amber color with orange hues. Almost looks unfiltered with lots of suspended sediment. Produces a cream-beige head. Initially as large as 2 fingers, reduces to a small pillow over a period of a few minutes. Leaves some impressive lacing.

Aroma strongly resembles a grapefruit, but the fruitiness fades as it warms, and the malt sweetness takes the foreground. Still a very bitter aroma coming off this. Just the slightest scent of alcohol towards the end.

The taste is more piney than the aroma leads on. The bitterness hits you at first, strong and in charge. The hops fade a bit allowing for the malt and caramel to peak through for a brief moment, before the bitter aftertaste kicks in. Not incredibly complex, but very impressive none the less.

Medium bodied and very smooth. I was actually incredibly surprised at how smooth it was. Just enough carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Honestly, I had this pegged for a 7% ABV, and was shocked to find out it had over 11%. This, to me, if not for the high alcohol content, would be a great session brew. I could drink this all night.

I would recommend this as a great brew for an intro to DIPA's. I've never been a huge hophead (at least not yet), but I find this brew incredibly drinkable, and supremely enjoyable.

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Photo of originalsin
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 'Bout a quarter inch of head on the pour, quickly settles, though, with a little lacing. A bright brown-orange...I'm licking my lips.

S: The first thing I noticed on the pour...before the head or color even, was an intense hop aroma that buried itself in the back of my nostrils. Closer examination revealed a bit of citrus..and maybe a hint of honey even.

T: A bitter beer, for sure. Right up front you're greeted by copious amounts of hops yet, true to the description on the bottle, the taste gives way to a sweet malted character. Caramel malt comes through. The alcohol doesn't come through as much as I had expected, and for that I'm grateful. A well rounded complex beer.

M: The mouthfeel is all kinds of smooth--just what I expected from a nice well rounded beer such as this.

D: Normally I would judge this by other criteria...but right now I'm thinking to myself "Could I sit here and finish the 4 pack as the afternoon winds down?" The answer...maybe. I've got a few other brews that I might need to intersperse throughout the evening of drinking.

Nonetheless, the Double Dog is another tasty tasty flying dog brew (why is the gonzo so hard to find by me????). As always, bonus points for Thompson quote+artwork.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with about inch of head that slowly fades. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hops stand out in the smell, some citrusy notes and a hint of honey in there as well.

T: Piney hop taste, slightly bitter but not too much. A bit of sweetness and a hint of malts at the end. Very well balance for the style.

M: Medium bodies with plenty of carbonation but still goes down smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. You almost don't notice it's 11.5% alcohol

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,942 ratings
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