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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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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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

Found a four pack at Binny's in Orland Park, IL.

Pours a deep amber color, smells bitter and sweet (not as hoppy as I would have expected). Medium head with strong lacing.

Well balanced hop-and-malt flavor, sweet aftertaste, some citrus flavor going on.

Felt nice in the mouth -- not heavy, not light.

I don't think I would have guessed it was this strong -- very nice beer, and I will definitely have it again if I have the chance.

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Photo of blakesell
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 8oz tiny bottle (so cute!) into a standard pint glass.

Appearance beer pours a solid yet clear orange with a fluffy finger and a half of head that slowly fades to a fine white murk across the top with a light green hint. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass and I'm sure only a very hot wash will be getting that sticky lacing out. Tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Grapefruit and ample citrusy hops a bit rusty and metallic, but the scent on this beer is still pleasant overall. Light lavender floral hops hide in the background and the malt still does it's work providing ample sweetness on the nose hairs.

Taste- This is very flavorful, clearly one of the best flying dogs I have ever had. Bitter grapefruit sweetened with ample malts, possibly even some light roasted malt in there for good measure. Yeast is hearty and contributes as well with a coating mouthfeel that only the best of the double IPA's have.

Mouthfeel- Medium high carbonated, mouth coating, nearly cloying but not quite, warming, and full bodied.

Drinkability- Great for an 8oz bottle, but I would be just fine with a 12oz or a pint if I wanted to go whole hog with this one, and I do!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a mildly drinkable double pale ale. Alchohol content is high without being apparent in taste. Hops basically overrun the alchohol taste IMO. - this is a good thing

Nice copper color, decent head that will dissipate with time.

Rich sugary malts, bittering hops, caramel, floral hops, toasty.

More caramel, toasted malts, one heck of a hop wallop, some slicht citrus and florals, and slight alcohol.

Thick but smooth, not nearly as dry as some IPAs that I love, sugar sweetness overrides the alchohol flavor.

Pretty good for a strong high alchohol content ale. Hops are strong, the dense sugary taste almost makes the beer syrupy.

Flying Dog did a good job with their double ale here, I would get it again based on my first impression. The beer is relatively syrupy , but not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/12/2007 (bottle):

Pours an amber light brown colored body, very clear. Has a big foamy off-white head, with good lacing, is somewhat lasting. Very hoppy aroma, piney. Stron piney-malty taste, very bitter aftertaste. Very unbalanced taste.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an initially good head, but the head resides too quickly and doesn't leave much lace. Both the smell and the aroma are initailly winderul and hoppy but they end with an astringent-metallic note that kinda ruins the awesomeness of it. I'm usually not a fan a flying dog but this is their best beer I've had...still not great, but worthy.

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Photo of adamette
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my gold rimmed clean clear Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Opaque orange brown body which glows nicely with direct light behind it. Nice one inch head that lingers for a minute or two with good lacing on the glass.

S Moderate hops but a sweet hops presence to the nose due to malt inclusion.

T Grapefruit hops but they are not extreme. The sweetness suggested in the nose carries through into the taste and the hops do not linger annoyingly into the aftertaste. A very solid taste and true to the style.

M Full with grapefruit hops, high ABV, big malt sweetness that lingers. Appropriate to the style.

D Not really that high for me. This is a one and done.

Notes: A good beer that delivers on the style nicely.

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Photo of techcommdood
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, pours with a solid 2 fingers of foam that slowly breaks down over time.

Rich sugary malts, caramel, citrus, floral hops, toasted grains.

More caramel, toasted malts, one heck of a hop wallop, some slicht citrus and florals, and slight alcohol.

Thick but smooth, not too dry, a tiny bit of alcohol burn but quickly covered by the resident sugars.

Quite good for such a strong, thick ale. Hops are strong but not overpowering, and the dense sugars really clean up nicely. I actually enjoyed this one faster than I should have, or was expecting!

Flying Dog has a real winner here for the strong beer aficionados. It has all the characteristics you would expect of a strong ale without too much sweetness or too much burn. The beer is heavy, but not so much as to resemble light syrup. I'm sold, and will seek this one out again!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Nice hazy coppery amber color. One inch head which didn't stay around long.

S: Fairly malty for a DIPA with notable hops with citrus fruits.

T: Hoppy bite up front with some alcohol warmth at the end.

M: Medium body with medium feel.

D: With the ABV I would make it a sipper. One or two max no doubt.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. "VINTAGEO 800" stamped underneath barcode on the label.

A- Slightly hazy reddish / amber appearance. Minimal head, which fades quickly into a thin, sporadic cap. Some lacing noted.

S- Citrusy/grapefruit/pine sensations paired with sweet and slightly fruity maltiness.

T- Big bitterness right off the bat, with a grapefruit and citrus peel feel to it. A strong malty sweetness rallies to help balance things out. Alcohol flavors blend relatively seamlessly. Hop bitterness clings to the back of the mouth and lingers substantially.

M- Carbonation is moderately low and very fine. Slightly syrupy, and quite a bit of oiliness.

D- Fairly drinkable for its 11.5% ABV, though bitterness is so intense, it would be a bit much to drink more than one.

Future outlook: Hard to say. I won't be seeking this out again soon, but wouldn't mind running back into it eventually.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber in color, nice rocky size head with good balance of lacing and retention.

Smell: Lots of hop oil here, a bit on the darker fruit floral side, not so much citrus, almost chocolate in aroma. Esters are present letting you know this isn't your typical DIPA.

Taste: Wow, it's almost so hoppy it's kind of irratating, but the malt smoothness keeps it in check, nice bits of dark citrus flavors paired with a sweet malt presense. Alcohol is evident upon sipping, a touch of hop spice makes this one bleed the esters all over the place, very complex, and pretty bold.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, carbonated and smooth. This one stays firm on the tongue upon sitting, medium bodied and pretty bitter.

Drinkability: These Flying Dog brewers don't screw around, this is a slow sipper to enjoy early in your night. An excellent twist on the style with how strong it is, very well balanced hop to malt profile. Recommended.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Light brown. Off white head.

Aroma- A lot of malt a little hops. A lot of flowers.

Pallet- Nicely rich. No hidden alcohol flavor. The alcohol abundance in this beer is very apparent. When sipped is a very good brick in the foundation in this brew. Great brew to show someone what malt taste like.

Finish- Long peaks with bright bights of hops. Very long finish and complex. One could not ask for more.

Guzzle Factor Per Style- Drink this beer slow. It is not a quencher.

Texture- Moderately thick. Thicker than most ales. A little uncomfortable than most ales.

Extra: Most high alcohol beers try to be artistic in hiding the alcohol flavor. These Flying Dogs guys just don't care. In my opinion this is very bold and honest. They decided to brew a very strong tasty ale. They accomplished it. A no beat around the bush beer, it is what it is and it's good.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a opaque copper color with a one-finger off-white head.

S: Fairly bold and quite malty for a DIPA. Notable hops with citrus fruits (grapefruit mainly) Very appealing.

T: Very malty but enough hops to keep a good balance, I usually like stronger hops but the abundance of malt doesn't bother me, actually it makes it quite unique. The malts bring a sweet caramel flavor to the pallet followed by strong hops with grapefruit and a a strong bitter finish.

M: Pretty thick brew, crisp and fairly well carbonated though.

Overall: Very interesting DIPA, but I really enjoyed it, it's pretty drinkable for the thickness, so far the best I've had from Flying Dog, if you get a sampler pack make sure this one is in it.

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Photo of riored4v
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance had a hazy, copper color. 1 finger, off-white head.

Smell was sweet with caramel malts. Spicey and citrus hops. Mild amount of alcohol warmth.

Taste had a great amount of bitterness up front along with in the finish. Slight nuttiness in the middle. Medium amount of sweet caramel malts in the middle as well. Hop flavors were slightly spicey and citrusy. Maybe some earthy notes as well. Mild hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel had a medium body along with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and syrupy on the tongue.

Drinkability is ok. High ABV makes one that is highly drinkable due to slight alcohol warmth and a slightly syrupy.

Overall it was good. Smell reflects the flavor pretty well. At 11.5%, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A - Hazy orange body with medium-high carbontation supporting a 1-finger white head which subsides quickly. Lacing is about average.

S - Hops and citrus right up front. Very aromatic. I smell a mix of tangerine and lemon with alcohol in pursuit.

T&M - Much more crisp than I had anticipated. Highly citrusy hops up front followed by smooth and mellowing alcohol. Semi-sweet but with spicy notes. Bitter hop aftertaste that leaves my mouth feeling a bit salty.

D - Alcohol definitely affects the drinkability and at the end the salty feeling from the hops became a bit much. A definite sipper and I'd have a hard time having more than 1 a night.

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Photo of markskar
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just came in. Four-pack of 12oz bottles for $7.99. I [email protected]#king love it, it's wonderful. I've realized that I've mostly only reviewed beers I've enjoyed, so I think I may need to give some reviews to beers I don't like, but those don't tend to inspire me to review. At any rate, here is another glowing review:

A: Not much head retention after pouring, but with a beer this big (11.5%abv) that's pretty typical. The clarity is outstaning, however, and she has quite beautiful legs...*droool* This one is a looker!

S: Lighly roasted, warm caramel with a nice, citrusy hop aroma that lingers in the nostrils

T: Grrr...Rowlf! Good Dog, nice hoppy bite. Not overbearing, but just enough to let it qualify as a DIPA at 85 IBU's. WTF are those hops though, does the Flying Dog have a secret hop? I'm thinking a Yakima Gold relative, or perhaps Columbus? Dunno, but I want some for the homebrews. Fu*#ing wonderful hops.

*UPDATE: Just took some time to check out their website: "Hops: Columbus, Worrior, Cascade
Process: Double recipe of Pale Ale dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops." I have used Columbus for a DIPA homebrew--very high alpha (+/-15%) that creates a very distinctive flavor.*

M: Surprisingly chewey for a brew with this much alcohol. The hop character dominates, but the malty flavors are just wonderful for something this strong.

D: Extremely drinkable if you like big beers. If you're unaccustomed to Barleywines, Double Imperial Pales, or Russian Imperial Stouts, you may not appreciate this. However, if that sort of thing is what you're looking for, The Double Dog is a kick-ass DIPA and drinkable enough for a memorable (or, perhaps, blacked-out), quality beer experience. Grab it if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark orange with a slight amount of head.

S: A huge amount of hops, along with more hops.

T: Citrus and Hops. But rounds out into a nice fizzy hops like after taste.

M: Creamy, but properly carbonated.

D: A nice hoppy experience. I also get it for a decent price, which in my mind increases drinkability.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-6-09
2008 Vintage

Pours a dark and very cloudy orange color, with a very thin head that leaves behind foamy, short-lived lacing.

Smell is thick and earthy, mountains of hops. Not a ton there, but very strong.

Taste is all earthy malt, hops and alcohol. Bitter, sharp and ultra-strong. Not nearly subtle enough to have complex flavors.

Mouthfeel suits it well, mega-thick and syrupy.

Drinkability is good only if you're in a rock band.

Overall, a humongous beer, but not enough to be outstanding.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orangy amber with a thin head.

Beautiful smell of hops. Sweet pine and oranges on a sweet malt bed.

Bitter taste is strong. Some chalkiness, but the individual flavors are not as decipherable as I would like.

Big full mouthfeel, but not as drinkable as other DIPA. The abv is well masked.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells first of fruit (grapefruit dominates), followed by pine, and finishes with a strong caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of creaminess and carbonation. Grapefruit flavor comes through first, followed by caramel and bready-like malts while a bitter pine flavor mellows in the background. Finishes with a strong alcohol presence.

This beer drinks more like a barelywine and its alcohol presence makes it a drink to savored slowly.

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Photo of illidurit
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber with a small cap of beige head. Carbonation looks a little coarse. Brown sugar/caramel with big grapefruit and slight pineapple. Flavor is remarkably similar to eating ripe grapefruit. There are some accents of maple syrup and bread dough. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate, albeit with some astringency. Dry finish, body a shade over medium, no hint of alcohol. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 19 Oct 2008.

Shaker pint glass. Medium yellow head. Dark amber color, full of little floating particles. Caramel sweet aroma with citrus. Starts strongly citrusy but is balanced with a honey caramel sweetness. Ethanol very warming. Hop presence resurges in finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy dark orange, a bit darker than most DIPAs, with little bits of crap at the bottom. Two fingers of delicious, thick ass head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Hoppy as all hell (aka wonderful). Citrus foremost with grapefruit and lemon most noticeable. A bit woody, though not actual wood. Something more along the lines of Pine-Sol. Not a lot of malt in the nose, but something is lending to a mountain stream type of freshness.

3.0 T: Loads of hop flavor. Citrus (grapefruit and mandarin) and pine. Not sweet at all. In fact the malt character never really makes it through. Not bad, but no balance at all. The lack of complexity is a huge fault. Aftertaste is a bitter hop bomb.

5.0 M: Full bodied. Fucking incredible amount of creaminess. Good carbonation. A bit of warming on finish.

3.0 D: Like a Ruination, this will fuck your palate silly, but it's simply not as good and therefore not as drinkable.

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Photo of bark
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep copper; the finger thick head is beige. It leaves massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is fresh and sweet with lots of grapefruits and toffee. Some bitter notes too.

The taste is sweet and freshly hoppy with the expected citric grapefruit flavours. Butter and phenols blends with a robust but not aggressive bitterness. The aftertaste got notes of sweet caramel and an increasing bitterness that is added by a crisp sour note. Beef stock and citric acid in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh but a little short, the liquid is semi-smooth which is a bit lighter than expected.

I have now reviewed this beer on tap and bottle recently, and in my opinion the keg version is not as aggressively hopped as the bottled variant. It is surprisingly drinkable for a beer at this strength.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: coppery penny looking beer that is pretty clear. Has a nice 3 finger head that dissapates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smells very very off for the style. Very sweet and caramel notes came through, a litlte bit of old coca cola for some reason came through, maybe rootbeer.

Taste: Tastes very very strong. Its got a good alcohol kick but it hides the 11.5% very well. Its got some nice sticky piney sweet flavors. Kinda tastes like grapefruit mixed with date juice.. not on point with the style, but very nice.

Mouthfeel: Its got a nice mouthfeel, adequate carbonation, and a medium body. Its pretty sticky and coats the palate.. nice.

Drinkability: Its a decent drinking beer. I dont think its a beer to switch to after having a few other beers before but its a solid brew. Its very very strong and will kick you in the ass if your not careful so i cant give this a high drinkability rating.. but its good.

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

A - amber, fairly clear, light tan head leaves some creamy lace

S - fresh grapefruit hops, bitter rind, mild caramel sweetness

T - hops attack the palette on first sip, they say they use Columbus, and I think that is what gives it that nice bite. There is a lot malt backing it up, but the hop flavour is very strong. The bitterness is there, but it's not overly obvious in the finish because of that sharp hop flavour throughout.

M - med full body, very creamy, alcohol is quite drying (almost takes your breath away), low carbonation

D - this is a beast of a beer, fairly straight forward, but it sure slaps you around and makes you take notice.

A full on attack of hop flavour awaits in this very big "double pale ale." I quite like it, but I can see how it would be way too much for a lot of folks. The bottle description and website carry on about the wonderful malt underneath the hops, but you'd have to age it a hell of a long time to ever pick up on any malt complexity.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,949 ratings
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