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 rgrholmes168
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The bottle has the usual Flying Dog graphics on it, which are pretty wild, but present the bottle very good.

The beer pours a mildly dark amber and I had a one finger head on it.

The smell is a little more hoppy than the Flying Dog IPA. The hops come through the beer and I do get a hint of the malt.

Wow, the taste is really hoppy. A little more than my taste, but perfect for the beer that it is supposed to represent. I personally don't like the taste because it is a little bit too hoppy for me. However, I can rate it poorly because I respect what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells of big sweet malt aromas with piney and floral hops.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt flavors up front followed shortly by hints of mild pine and citrus. The bitterness hits pretty quickly and finishes off the sip along with a bit more citrus. I didn't realize the ABV was so high, it tastes more like something in the 7-8% range.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness with active carbonation that makes this beer go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I've already said the ABV does not hinder this at all. I polished one off pretty quickly and could've easily gone for another.

Overall this is one of the better Flying Dog brews in my opinion. Very nice balance throughout, give this one a shot.

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Photo of Bung
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with substantial white head that quickly disappated. Strong piney citrus aromas with some malt aroma. Hop bittering the focus throughout. Some citrus, biscuit, raisin but mostly the piney hops. Finishes a little sticky. A solid double IPA, albeit not my favorite style.

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Photo of deanwilson
2.46/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this as part of the Flying Dog 4 pack sampler. I was highly dissappointed by this beer.

A. Amber and clear, little head

S. Sweet, alcohol, fruit

T. Tasted overdone, more isn't always better. Too much sweet and alcohol taste. Hops did not blend well with such a thick, syrupy beer.

M. Average

D. One was enough. I will not purchase this beer again.

This could have been a good brew if it was not so overdone. Maybe with a lower alcohol content it migh have been better. The ingredients did not blend well for me, and definitely did not go with food.

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

Heavy malty daddy pured atop a dense, spicy biscuit. Damp hops remain an undertone, fighting for space with its balancing sweet syrup. A river of toffee and molasses disguise the high booze with a bunch of hops just to keep up. A sweet meal in it self.

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Photo of blklab2007
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured an amber in color with a one finger white head that laced down the glass well. aroma has hop resins, light pine and caramel malt. mouth feel is medium with good coating and high carbonation. flavor is fairly resiny, hefty caramel malt, and a little hot and boozy. more along the lines of a barley wine than double ipa.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at AJ's in late September for $2.79.

Beer poured an amber color with a very nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a blast of fragrant floral hops. Taste is of grapefruit hops nicely played with a generous share of malts, overall taste is pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated, and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. Aside from the first warming alcohol sip the abv is pretty well hidden. Would recommend.

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Photo of BigBen61
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am ruined! I have been twenty one for only a short time and one of the first beers I try seems to be one that will be difficult to top. I already knew I was a sucker for super hopped beers but this is just amazing.

I am not sure of appearance due to the fact that I had it at a bar straight out of a bottle, but kudos for the unique label art.

The smell, even from within the bottle, screamed citrus and grapefruit. This beer is powerful in every sense of the word.

The first taste was like heaven. Even with a massive amount of hoppiness the malt was still sweet and prevelant. Grapefruit dominated my palate, while the sweetness of the malt balanced perfectly making for a truly rememberable taste experience.

The beer was heavily carbonated, but due to the strong character of the hops the carbonation seemed almost neccessary. Hops and carbonation aside, this beer is exceptionally smooth, especially for having such a high alcohol content.

Being one of my first "good" beers, I will definately remember it for a long time to come and return to it some day.

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

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pours ruby red with a very thin light tan head that settles to a thin rim. Thin rings of stringy lacing along the glass.

The aroma is a sweet sugary aroma along with an abundance of citrusy hops. The alcohol is slightly perceived.

The malts don't do much in this one, only giving a bit of sugary flavors. The hops are dominant, giving lots of oily hop flavors and some acidic bitterness. Along with a little bit of grapefruit, some sweeter more sugary fruit flavors are in there, like strawberry. Full bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The hops linger for a long time after each sip. The alcohol shows up more and more as the beer warms.

This is a DIPA that could eaily be classified as a Barleywine. Lots of hops and full bodied (along with the reddish hue). An enjoyable beer and worthy of its purchase, with the drinkability being high for a DIPA/Barleywine. Recommended.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a amber color with a very small head and lace that dissapears quickly but lingers on the side of the glass

S: HOPS!!! And some hop oil type smell. wonderful

T: With the smell I expect a hop bomb, but it's very drinkable! Nice nad smooth throughout the drink and the bitterness is at a great level

M: There's a little harshness right across your tongue but it's a good harsh! The flavor it leaves is great

D: I would like to have two or three of these and see where I'm at. At 11.5% much more would get you in trouble fast, but it's doable for sure..

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Quite dark for a DIPA, a medium-dark amber color.

S: Lots of candied fruit and some caramel malt.

T: A very different DIPA. Lots of malt and it's quite sweet. The hops don't shine though as much as you'd like to see in a DIPA. Quite a bit of balance. A lot of alcohol as well.

M: Medium-full bodied.

D: An interesting beer and one that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

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

Double Dog Double Pale Ale, 10/22/08
Reviewed as an American Double / Imperial IPA (aka IPA on steroids)
Reviewed 10/22/08, bottle > tapered bottom mug.
cals = 292 p12ozs, bottle states 11.5% ABV, IBU as 85, BA says 10.5%ABV
A 5.0= Excellent head retention, lacing throughout entire beer, deep toasty caramel color.
S 4.5= All hops front stages, hints of malt backbone, it's a nice weighted but balanced dance, solid balance definitely tones down the dominant hop aroma.
T 4.0 = minor alcohol bite present, hops hit the palate hard but balances out well, hints of hoppy spicy-ness and cinnamon notes on finish.
MF 4.0 = mild carbonation, chewy solid body
D 4.0 = This is no session beer, but it's a good rep from what I can tell for a "balanced" version of an Imperial IPA. I would rink it again, but I may switch to something else after one.

Thanks to CurtDoggYo for the tasting sponsorship during our brew session!

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

Pours a dark golden color. Only a little froth with plenty of good lacing. Smell is wonderful and glorious hops. Taste is even better. It has a medium to full mouthfeel and a nice bitter finish. The alcohol is a little more apparent than I was expecting. Some definite warming going on with each drink. Not very sessionable, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown, clear as spring water. Nice lace at the top. Head is brief, but the lace sticks to the glass.

Great hoppy pale smell. Not too hoppy. Really excellent pale malt scent. Nice nice nice...

Bitter grapefruit hops. Mild pale malt presence. Hops are actually strong for only a pale. But this does have a nice malt/yeast base.

Dry and bitter. Quite the bite at the end. A bit fizzy, I guess. Stays on the tongue. Overall, it's a very nice dry pale. Lots of hops, but has a nice dry pale base.

****NEW REVIEW****

App: Big, thick and cloudy. A big finger of head. Dark orange, dark in the thick spots of the glass. It's beautiful and murky.

Smell: Wonderful sweet, woody, grassy West Coast hops. There are some grassy pale malts that compliment it tremendously. Magnificent, fragrant perfume hops. Nearly perfect.

Taste: Flowery, citrusy, bitter but sweet. The malts are roasted, and also bitter. The back of the tongue stays bitter throughout. The hops in this beer are very reminiscent of Stone Ruination for comparison.

Mouth: Creamy, fizzy, thick and lasting.

Drink: Again, very similar to Stone Ruination, and nothing wrong with that. This is a challenging, tremendous IPA.

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

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark copper with red highlights. Very thin white head that goes away quickly.

S - Strong alcohol and hops. Sweet.

T - Really crisp and clean. There is a lot of hops but not overpowering, really smooth. A little malt flavor comes through. Great hops.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer!

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

I got the sample pack and saved the best for last (in my view). Opened this bad boy and could immediately smell the hops. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Nice layer of head, that leaves a medium level of lace. Color is almost a hazy pumpkin colored orange. Very nice looking!

A very grassy/floral smell. Also a touch of citrus is in the aroma. The taste is absolutely crazy. There is just so much going on with this beer. The hops are so heavy and tasty. You can definately taste that the 10.5% alcohol level. I got a little hint of carmel out of it, along with the cirtusy floral taste.

Carbonation level is pretty decent, not overwhelming and not underrepresented. Mouthfeel is very smooth and there is just a hint of bitterness present.

Overall, this beer is amazing. I am glad I saved this one last, because it was worth the wait. I would recommend this to anyone!

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

I haven't yet run across a double IPA that I don't like, but this is only my fourth

A- Nice translucent orange-brown pale ale color with a nice head that leaves some decent tight-bubbled lacing.

S- Smell is that wonderful piney hop-oil smell that I have come to associate with DIPA. Also some alcohol which is expected in a 11.5%ABV

T- A powerful taste it may be, but not powerful enough for me. Not enough hops or malts to cover the destructive alcohol in this brew. The taste is good though, it has a load of potent hops backed up with some creamy malts.

M- It may be slick and oily, but it sure does go down smooth for a semi-potent liquor

D- Gets me drunk quicker than almost any other beer and that's impressive

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a good-looking dark amber color with very little head.

Smell is sweet floral hops, malt and a little bit of caramel.

Taste is complementary to the smell, hops, malt caramel and surprisingly a little bit of grapefruit/oranginess. Not a whole lot of alcohol flavor for the ABV, hidden very well by superb taste.

This is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable beer. This is my first adventure into Flying Dog and it won't be my last.

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Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Orange/brown body with a small light tan head.

Smell: Aroma of strong hops and strong alcohol. The hops smell a bit like over-ripe lemons and grapefruit.

Taste: The abundant hops help to take the bite out of the alcohol. Can't really taste the malts through the hops. The best way to describe this beer is as an overly-hopped barley wine.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle differs from what's pictured by having a slightly different label and a stated ABV of 11.5%.

Pours quickly and smoothly into the curvy sam adams glass with some head but not too much. It has a hazy golden-orange color with firm white head. The head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Nice citrus notes.

Flavor is intensely hoppy. In fact, with all of the imperial IPA I've had lately, this is probably the most hoppy outside of 120 minute. And it's good too! Some of the other standard Flying Dog offerings have been lacking but this one is impressive. Very hoppy but balanced well enough with some sweetness. I'm sure there were a TON of fermentables in this recipe if they got it up to 11 1/2 percent. The nice thing is that it's not too dry so they didn't just use some uber yeast to drop the TG.

Mouthfeel is good for something of this strength and it hides it's alcohol well. Drinkability is good for the same reasons but I'm sure I couldn't drink more than two.

Overall the best Flying Dog has to offer.

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Photo of fav920
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a nice dark caramel, smelled like the usual double IPA with an extra alchohol smell, first sip was fantastic, started to wear on me from there. The taste seemed to worsen and the alchohol was more noticeable as it warmed. By the end of my second bottle, I was wondering who I could pass off the last of the four pack to!!

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

A - .5 inch head-dissipates quickly. 90% opaque. Very orange.

S - oranges, nectarines, lychee, ALCOHOL.

T - alcohol, hops, oranges candy.

M - a little bite on the tongue from the bitterness. in between thin and medium. not bad.

D - Could drink no more than 1 at a time, but it was a pleasant and easy going down.

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Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head and some decent lacing.

S-Very appealing. Lots of caramel malt grabs you, then the citrus and pine hops kick in. Used to it being the other way around so cool.

T-A delicious brew with a great combination of flavors in excellent balance. Citrus and pine hops in the front are joined in the middle by a substantial, but not over the top, amount of caramel malt. Some nutty notes as well.

M-Creamy and rich with a nice lingering hop bite.

D-Would like to have one more but not when I am driving.

I usually am profoundly indifferent to Flying Dog beers. But this one, along with the Gonzo, keeps me interested in trying more.


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Photo of YankChef
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into la fin du monde glass... My bottle indicates 11.5% abv and vintage 08

Appearance: pale copper caramel color with an initially plumy head that comes down quickly, other times i have had this brew the retention has been really excellent and produced a lot of lace.

Smell: Juicy and fruity and oh so so hoppy. A little bit of citrus fruit like orange specifically, not rind just the fruit and maybe a little apricot. There is also some caramel or toffee like aroma that is not as apparent and maybe a little vanilla or nutmeg, and the HOPS oh the hops, this one smells like it might be from early in 08 but they are certainly still there in their piney glory.

Taste: This guy is all bitter at the first sip, right to grapefruit or other citrus rind bitterness that dominates. After the hops smack down your palate the malty flavors become more apparent. A lot of alcohol is also very present which is definitely a minus, ive had this on tap and this was not as apparent.

Overall: A tasty and over the top version of an IIPA. Significantly better than their single IPA but I wouldnt put this in the realm of elite IIPA's. Worth a try for sure, better on tap than in the bottle

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

What exactly is a double pale ale? And how does it differ from a IPA or Double IPA? Well, let's find out...

Pours very thick and syrupy. Slightly hazy mahogany amber colour, with a yellowish head of thick, thick, thick cream. Everything about this beer looks heavy and full-bodied. Lacing is also extreme. Looks very good.

Very nice sweet, floral, fruity hop presence on the nose. Big characters of pear, peach, pineapple and raisins. There's a floral note to it as well, and an undercurrent of copper, or something slightly astringent. There's a hint of sugary sweetness as well, but it's not overt, and may even be expected in such a heavy beer.

Excellent vegetative bitterness on the palate, a real explosion of resin and eucalyptus. Tasty and smooth, with that coppery heat just cutting through on the back palate. There's a note of that sweet fruit/citrus character throughout, but it just emphasises the hop character, rather than pulling it back. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, like a cask-drawn English ale. The feel doesn't get better than this from the bottle.

This is a fine beer; sweet where it needs to be, riproarin' raw where it needs to be. It may well just be a tad less aggressive than a top double IPA, and perhaps by omitting the reference to the subcontinent they've saved themselves from unfair comparisons. Overall, a very fine brew indeed.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,933 ratings.
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