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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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. At first, a large beige head forms, and sticks around for a few minutes. Some good sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus, grapefruit and hop oil aromas. A lingering malty sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. A heavy bitterness. As the flavor lingers on, the slightest amount of malty sweetness comes out. Plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated with a nice snap on the tongue. There is a huge amount of alcohol, and it is noticeable. Combine that with the heavy bitterness, and this is hard to finish a bottle.

Not a bad Double IPA. It seems to follow the style. Besides the hot alcohol burn, I would recommend this to any hop head.

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Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from the mday, thank you..

Poured into an oversized wine glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber/orange color with copper hues. There is one finger ivory head that is creamy. A lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to a tad hazy. There is some of head clingy to the glass.

Nose: A vibrant citrus, pine, and grapefruit followed by a nice malt. The malt is has a nice sweetness with a wallop of alcohol.

Taste: A very deep pine, citrus and grapefruit flavor. There is a very nice malty backbone with hint of sweetness and caramel.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, slightly astringent, and creamy. The body of the beer is medium full and the finish is bitter, but clean. I was kinda scared to try this beer because I have heard some interesting rumor about that dog biting back. This beer has a wonderful depth, flavor, and consistency. It is a very nice DIPA, although the dog does nip a little. The alcohol is there but, dammit it is hidden also. I really like this DIPA

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Photo of mempath
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


wow. i didn't notice when i bought it...

ok, pours magnificently, thick, creamy, a bit hazy (my favorite look) and some great rorschach lacing all around, settles in slow motion against all quantum odds...leaves a thick veneer of off-white.

smells, deep rich cereally-hoppish, great balance, not overwhelming (wish it was!); sure the alcohol is there, but lurking, being a supporting actor to all the true flash (thus far)...something more subtle i will have to return to and solve...i love that. perhaps (3rd big sniff), burnt maple syrup but from a mile away? NICE

ok, taste, wow, there is that (not burned, but) carmelized maple or dried plums...not too sweet, perhaps due to the complex hop tsunami. i mean it, this is deep, rich, alot going on, much like Nugget Nectar (the latest benchmark) but the alcohol depth and the cereal/hop-bill is simply more complex. can't compare to other greats. this is just another GREAT brew. greatness is even greater when difference abounds!

aside from all this weight there is a snappiness to this, carbonation hinting at some sort of bourbon or rye sense...i don't get that lasting 'finish' from most brews. maybe it is the alcohol making the flavor/vapor trails just linger that much more.

yeah, you can't session this IF you are smart. IF you can control your urges. but it can't be denied, this is very palatable, so much flavor going on, i forgot about focusing on hops. VERY drinkable. scarey, too.

another sniff and i catch freshly sliced anjour pear...this is amazing and surely the best Flying Dog has done. at least for me. i have never found such a wonderful blending of malts and hops. the label is totally accurate here.

i can't deny it. exceptional across the board. i will return to this, despite the coast. this is premiere craft brewing.

the aftertaste is the lingers on in the memory. the echo fades, but i can still taste it...

edit addendum:

ding dang i can't stop talking about it (to myself)...another swallow and i am catching odd grilled tangerine. things like that. etc...

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: reddish copper brew with a frothy white head. leaves nice lacing and head holds well.

S: grapefruit, orange, and piney hop smells. also a malty sweetness. hardly a trace of the 11.5 abv.

T: good malty sweetness up front with a slight fruit taste. fades into a minty hop aftertaste that leaves the mouth very bitter.

M: velvety smooth on entry then leaves your mouth bitter, gritty, and dry

Overall, this beer is alright. If it didn't leave my taste buds completely useless and fried, I wouldn't have too much of a problem with it. The aftertaste ruins it.

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

A: The color of a light caramel, thin layer of frothy head over the surface of the beer, some spots of sticky resin on the side of the glass - 4.25, S: Malt is upfront though with a generous dose of hops - mostly pine aromas, the malt aroma that comes through is on the side of caramel - 4.00, T: I approached this beer as an IPA, and though there is a generous amount of hops, the malt is what really dominates, less of an IPA and more of a barleywine, some heavy fruitcake flavors and brandied fruits, significant alcohol presence - 3.75, M: Medium bodied with a slightly silky feel - 4.50, D: I recall having this beer in the past and thinking it was a fine specimen, I do enjoy it and would drink it again but not necessarily if I was craving an IPA - 3.50

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

a: pours a nice amber color with very minimal head maybe a quarter inch if generous. not much lacing because of lack of head
s: sweet caramel malt aroma with floral and citrust hop bitterness
t: amazing. nice floral and citrus hops balane a sweet caramel malt backbone hides the 11.5% abv well
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this was a fantastic brew, really loved it

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

Appearance: Poured a brown/reddish amber. Moderately cloudy, some very fine suspension can be seen Very little head, that diminishes to almost nothing quite quickly (gentle pour). Decent lacing.

Smell: Very intense fragrance of darker fruity hops. Very sweet and syrupy nose, and some of the alcohol is also evident.

Taste: Very intense hops up front, definitely a good amount. Decent sweetness, but not as much as I would have expected; the balance with the bitterness is not quite there. A nice piney bite comes out also, with everything lingering for a while. The alcohol is definitely present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied beer. The sweetness and the fullness give it a slight syrupy feel, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: A pretty good double IPA. Definitely has quite the hop punch, with a decent balance of sweetness. Similar to the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, but not quite as good. A very good beer to enjoy slowly and in moderation, however, as the fullness, hoppiness, and ABV make it hard to drink too many in one sitting.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Amber brown with some light amber foam. Nice color.

S - Very nice sweet malt aroma with strong floral/spicy hops bouquet

T - Flavor starts with a wavelike swell, malty sweet, floral, honey-caramel. The bitterness sets in strong enough to balance. Hops flavor is an excellent rush like the breaking of the wave. Lingering bitter and sweetness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Full-bodied

D - This beer is too drinkable for the alcohol content. Beware.

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

It's a nice orange-amber, clear and has a nice off white foamy head.

Intense floral hop aroma, slightly sweet...hints of citrus and freshly mown grass.

For a double IPA this is fairly balanced. The hops bitterness is very high and hits at the back of the tongue, but the malt seems to reveal itself almost in the after flavor. Specifically that malt after taste reminds me of lukewarm sweet tea. The sweetness isn't strong, but it is there. There are some floral characteristics in the flavor, but those are fleeting.

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

One of my favorite imperial IPAs, though it must be approached with respect - it is smooth and well balanced, which hides the brain-frying ABV level almost too well.

Pours hazy copper with lots of carbonation and a big fluffy head. Smell is perfumy and sweet, with lots of citric hops. Flavor is grapefruity and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, highlighting a delicious citric hop bitterness. The beer is thick and hides the alcohol punch behind a nicely balanced malt and hop combo.

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Photo of magnj
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger head with a yellow tint. Hazy amber/orange color. Little lacing and low head retention.

S - Pine and citrus hop aromas in addition to a little bit of roasty toasty smell. Alcohol is a little hot.

T - Typical big hop flavor, pine, citrus, spice. Sweet malt backbone comes through as it warms offering a great balance just as the bottle suggests. Alcohol masked quite well.

M/D - Pretty full mouth feel but not too thick. Tasty, but at 12% you could only have a couple before you'd be in trouble.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is truly an exceptional ipa. From beginning to end this double ipa lets you live the great wonders of hops, hops, and more hops any time you need.
Pours mid-orange with a one inch off white head that drops to a foamy top that last the whole 12ozs. Leaves nice lacing letting you know that this beer has body.
The smell is of piney hops, rich malts and alcohol.
The taste is similar to the smell but has an excellent balance allowing you to enjoy the hoppy goodness and still get the buzz of the 11.5% alcohol content it carries.
Very easy to drink for me mostly because i love a ipa in any standard, but i think others will enjoy also.

Great double ipa! I have had many and will have more!!

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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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