Double Dog Double IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Double Dog Double IPADouble Dog Double IPA
1,940 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

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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-08-2007

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double Dog is an extremely well crafted DPA (DIPA). Strong and finely drawn flavor and pushes the style. A beautiful amber glow with streaming carbonation makes for a delightful sight.

Up front the beer has an overall consuming effect on the palate. Lots of extremely fresh piney and resinous hops with a splash of citrus and melon - underlays of dark foresty driven malt add to the balance. A great original and malt to hop balance of that of a Pale Ale. But, regardless still identical to a good DIPA as well, and at 10.5% this beer is a beast. What I really love this beer for is the rawness. Lots of woody underlays with focused precession. The raw and unrelenting hops stick to the palate and progress with time - leaving a smooth, sleek, yet maintains it's whole citric hop profile, leaving the drinking time increased while providing possibly to most a more slow sipper on the mouthfeel.

I really appreciate this beer. It's extremely well crafted, pushes style and sets standards - and provides a good overall experience.
I have had this both on Tap and Bottle. This is the Bottled Version, yet I can say the On Tap the beer is a lot smoother with a lower hop profile. Still tasty, with a bit more agressive malt balance.
Hands up to this beer, it's definitely delicious and proves itself.

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Photo of crizmo2352
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, clear, amber with some red hues and cedar like tones producing a thick white head. The head stuck around for a few minutes before falling into a thin pad. Moderate web like lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrusy, floral Cascade hop spice. Caramel/chocolate malt is also present in moderate amounts as well as a bit of enthanol heat in the nose. This brew is medium bodied on the palate. Initial flavor is more citrusy floral hops. Hop flavor is at the forefront, but well supported by ample warm caramel malt with hints of chocolate and toffee. Ethanol heat on the palate is quite detectable, but subdued by malt body and flavor, as well as bittnerness. This brew finishes a bit bitter and clean, with a lingering reminder of the ABV. I am not very familiar with the double pale ale style, but overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable brew. The high ABV of this beer may limit quaffability however. As a side note, the 4 pack of 12oz bottles I purchased has the ABV printed on the bottle as 10.5% while the website lists Double Dog at 11.5%. I picked it up in South Carolina though as I live in Birmingham and Alabama still has some silly rules forbidding so many delicious brews, so perhaps there is some variation in regional distribution.

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this on cask at Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village. the chalkboard said that it was double hopped. i'm not a huge fan of beers from a cask, but this one blew me away!

it looked a bit cloudy, like lemon iced-tea with a bubbly head that thinned quickly.

the aroma was awesome! smelled floral and citrusy with grapefruit and bubblegum.

the taste was incredible! all kinds of things going on... grapefruit, papaya, fresh flowers, grass, complete with a malty sweet backbone. the bitterness crept up on me and stung like novocaine. my mouth started to feel numb. it had a zesty spiciness, almost like jalapeno peppers.

it was absolutely perfectly balanced.

this beer was unbelievable. the closest thing to perfection for a hop lover that i've ever found.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a caramel & citrus sweetness both hitting hard up front, but the two balance each other out quite nicely. The malt character is hearty and there's a significant alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer with some complexity that is good to drink a few of, but there are other 2IPA's that I would pick first.

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

First sampled at the CBF, June 2008. This review is for a 12 oz bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Appearance is red-orange, sticky off-white head.

Nose is concentrated citrus and caramel malt. Really nice.

Flavor is creamy caramel malt garnished with candied grapefruit. A wonderful and powerful balance. ABV is noticeable, but not off-putting or overwhelming. From the first sip, you just know that this brew is somewhere well north of 9%, and it's a good thing.

Mouthfeel is tart, slightly drying and hop encrusted. This is a chewy mouthfull of hopitude.

Drinkability is very high. This is a big beer, and deserves respect, but I could sip it all night long.

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

A clear, brown, copper beer with a thin head.

Smell is sweet caramel, with a citrus hoppiness. Heavy on the malt, dark flavors, caramel, wood, oak. A typical American Chico ale yeast, which is clean and heavy at the same time.

Taste is strong alcoholic, combined with a huge bitterness, which is citric, notes of lemon and orange zest. This beer gives me goose bumbs every sip I take. Mouthfeel is sweet and chewy, making drinkability a bit less.

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Photo of Maestro
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not quite transparent, orange with a bubbly, tan head.

Smell: lemons and biscuits

Taste: This is the strong point. There is a very complex malt profile with some citrus hops and a bit of a bourbon taste.

Mouthfeel: Kinda sticky, but overall not too bad.

Drinkability: Hard to notice that this one is over 10%. The alcohol is wel-masked.

Nice ale!

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

My tour through Canis Major continues tonight with Double Dog.

It pours a deep, orangey amber color with a slim lid of fine lemon-cream fuzz.

The aroma is potent and delishious. Its heavy sweet caramel and cookie dough malts with an equally heavy load of fresh orange and pineapple and some piney gin-ish alcohol.

Flavor mimics the smell with heavy malts and sweetness, bushels of fruit, a solidly bitter punch, and warming alcohol. It is super full bodied and resiny / oily smooth, with a tingly, sharp carbonation.

This is a heavy hitter, for certain. As others have noted it has a maltiness that borders on barleywine, and though this sight lists DD at 10-5, my bottle boasts 11.5 %. Mine says 08 vintage and I'm glad I tried it fresh. This Bad Dog is deviously delicious. Try and drink a 4pack I double dog dare ya.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed copper, topped with a thick, fine bubbled, creamy head. Lace sheets down the glass in clumps. Very nice.
Smells huge, and very hoppy. Enough caramelized, toasty malt for balance, but hops are the star of the show. Citrusy, oily and piny. A bit of booze, along with caramel apple and dried papaya.
The flavor opens up huge, thick and oily on the palate. Initially very sweet maltiness, like sugary Portuguese bread. Granny smith caramel apple, mango, papaya and assorted, dried tropical fruits. Citrusy, resiny hops take up most of the finish, along with a bit of alcoholic heat. A pleasantly bittersweet, orange juice hoppiness lingers in the aftertaste. Overall on the sweet side, nicely balanced for such a big beer. Quite the sipper.
Much maltier than your average double IPA, but since this is a double pale ale, I guess that makes sense. The hop flavor is amazing. Deep and luscious. Certainly worth a try. This Canis Major four pack seems to be good stuff so far.

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

Brownish orange color, strangely dark for an IPA. Lightly tanned head is nice and thick, with good retention and the lacing is terrific: very sticky and full.

On the nose the hop bill would seem to indicate some citric zest, sweetened, with the malts providing mostly a sweet, thick caramel aroma.

Quite hoppy, again mostly sugared grapefruit, as its rather bitter, but the hops are more than matched by some fairly assertive malt flavors, not just the caramel from the nose but also a darker but not quite roasted malt as well. The alcohol is pretty hot, but acceptable for style esp. given its large footprint.

Nice mouthfeel, just about right given the large abv and IBU numbers. Finish is creamy, not too carbonated so a little sticky but it does allow the alpha acids to sort of hang out and play for a little longer. Not overly bitter.

Hm. Interesting. This one sort of straddles the line between American Double IPA and American barleywine. Since their barleywine is definitely English in character, I'll take this as a nod to both styles.

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

Poured a nice dark and slightly hazy amber with a thick creamy light tan head, very sticky with good lacing.

Had a sweet malty smell with some underlying hints of citrusy hops.

The flavor was very bold with a big semisweet malt quality mixing with a long and even juniper bitterness running throughout. Bits of alcohol and dark fruit flavors are also evident along with some nice grapefruity hop resin.

Mouthfeel is very thick, warm, and oily.

A pretty good drinking double IPA, a little heavier on the malty and alcohol sweetness than most.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 08DD, the bottle suggests an 11.5% ABV. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. An offering from this year's Canis Major pack.

Appearance- For a DIPA, this beer surprises me with a less-than-exciting presentation. The color is orangey/amber and it's only slightly hazy, even with a solid swirl in the bottle this looks a bit thin. On an honest pour, we get only two fingers of head and minimal lacing.

Smell- The huge sweetness on the nose brings back memories of Volcano Rocks and Nerds candy. I'm loving it, but where are the other elements in the aroma? Simple like delving your nose into boxed candy... not much else.

Taste- Whoa... *heavy*. Immediately upon entering the mouth, you can feel the weight of this beer's character. With a mouth full and a good swishing, the massively bittering hops are complemented with sweet, rich malts as the label proclaims. There are some complex fruity, spicy surprises that add interest midway through this tasting. One minute later and the burps are coming, fast and furious... but never intrusive. The alcohol is noticable more in the body than on the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A solid, enjoyable texture that reinforces the gripping hop bitterness and sweet malts. Smooth after giving it a chance to explore the tongue completely. For the style, I'd go elsewhere for a more satisfying DIPA... this isn't at *all* bad, just not Flying Dog's home run.

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Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly opaque caramel in appearance..head dissipates quickly.
Smell is a nice blend of sweet malt, resinous hop notes with a light hint of yeast. Taste is initially sweet with a quick shift to a hop blast that stays throughout resulting in a dry finish. Mouthfeel is mainly dry, very nice. For the high abv above average on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of mikeepeck
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This, light head, dark amber color, head disappears quickly
S: Hoppy! Sweet, bitter hops, very American
T: Double Pale Ale? Could've easily called it an IPA. Hoppy and bitter, with some floral hops, but mostly just bittering. Some grainy malt at the beginning, but the hops drown it out.
M: Medium to heavy bodied, but the active carbonation helps it go down smooth.
D: Still pretty drinkable for an IPA, I could have about 2 bottles.

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

Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-18-2008

Deep reddish orange with a true white head that fades quiet quickly.

A sweet malty hop aroma. A warm caramel scent hits the nose near the end.

Lots and lots of hops, caramel malt and chocolate malts with a large over tone of alcohol. This beer needs to mellow out a little bit. They of course would smooth out the hops.

It's a thick mouthful. The hops are just so overwhelming that this one becomes a tough one for the stomach to handle on a hotter day.

I could have a few of these. Especially with dinner. Thankfully this brew comes in a 4 pack. I couldn't handle 6 of these puppies.

BTW: Shells with meat sauce!

New Review:
Deep amber orange with a nice tick ring around the edges. Great sticking.

Smells of back woods forest pine, deep burnt oak with notes of caramel and brandied cherries with a slight hint of orange peels, lime peels and some tiny tiny hints of grapefruit.

Thick, juicy pininess like a hot, humid day in the woods. Definite flavors of oak, lightly charred. Very bitter and balanced by the citrus peels, caramel malt and brandied cherries.

Huge hop flavor keeps the mouth feeling full and the lower level of carbonation and the apparent thickness keep this beer flowing smoothly into the mouth and heart. The ABV is so unapparent that this beer is totally balanced. Incredible.

This is a very delicious beer but the ABV makes this a mean MFer. A little to smooth for its' ABV and the fact that it's only a 4 pack.

Yeah once again, shells and sauce.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Justin: This if my favorite beer of all time in terms of: price and ability to find. Whenever I want this beer I can get it. Every time it's delicious and never disappoints. It deserves an A+ but Wiseman Nick disagrees and I respect his wishes.

Appearance: Cloudy, Orange Amber, Great Off-White FROTHY Head. Looks like a glass full of beer that needs to be consumed.

Smell: Straight up citrus hops in your grill. If they could make oak into a syrup to put on your pancakes that is what this would smell like.

Taste: More of the oak syrup taste, warm sweet and then alcohol, the alcohol really compliments the tastes. There's a ton of malt to compliment the loads of hops! Dark berries, caramel, nuts, citrus, and even green apple. Flintstones vitamin cough syrup; delicious! After taste is definitely citrus and it clings like my ex-girlfriend. I'm still tasting this and I'm starting to get a buzz, call me a light weight but I like. This is a delicious high alcohol beer.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy, not like stout thick, but more like cough syrup. This sounds bad but it's not, like molasses. Slow moving, great coating. Strong after taste.

Drinkability: Not for the faint of heart, this is a strong beer that will hit you even if you have a full stomach of Nacho Supreme de Acapulco. I drank two of these a couple of weeks ago and was toasty. The drinkability of this beer is limited by only your alcohol tolerance.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a thin off white head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is hoppy! Pine, resin, citrus abound. Very faint caramel malt in the background. Taste is all hops, more pine and tart citrus that lingers on the throat and tongue. Body is medium, carbonation is crisp. Descent brew, but not my favorite double ipa. I would have liked a bit more malt, but definitely drinkable.

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

The beers pours out a dark copper colour with a good centimeter height for the head. It has quite good retention as well.

The nose on the beer is filled with citrusy hopes and a hint of caramel malts. This beer is very piney with hints of citrusy hops at first then after a huge bitterness. It's quite tasty as well, the hop taste is done well. The malt in this beer is sweet and has perfect mix of the citrus and pine. It's not as aggressive as other double IPA, but fucking solid. The mouthfeel is what I'd expect with some creaminess. I think this is pretty drinkable.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a dense amber with 3 cm of foamy off white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of citrus, alcohol, and malt. Initial flavor of slight sweet malts and tons of hops. Ends with nothing but citrus hops and alcohol. Moderate lacing, light carbonation, medium body, long aftertaste, obvious alcohol presence. Great beer, but after a few you could be in trouble with the alcohol content, so keep an eye on it.

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

Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head with decent retention and little bubbley lace.

Aroma is nice. Some piney and citrusy hop profiles with a nice malty sweetness in the background.

Taste is also nice. A decent hop profile showing some piney hop notes. A touch of alcohol, but pretty well masked. A really nice malt backbone runs through this beer. A slight bitterness is also present. I generally enjoy a really unbalanced ridiculously hoppy beer, but the balance is a welcomed change.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a gentle carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is high, but flavors are good making for easy but limited consumption.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/copper with a two-finger tan head and steady carbonation up the center of the glass. Thick rings left with each sip.

Smells of caramel malt, toasted biscuits and resinous hops.

Taste starts off with a quick bitter hop bite before giving way to some sweet caramel and doughy biscuit flavors. Piny, floral hop flavors lead into some warming alcohol (almost too hot) and a slightly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, but with the ABV and slightly hot finish, one is enough per sitting. Very enjoyable though.

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

Pours medium amber with tan head.

Nose has fruits such as grapefruit & fresh orange. Some bread-like aromas too.

Big alcohol on the palate. Malt is significant too, but the enormous hops take over soon enough. Again the grapefruit comes forward, but there's more malt than expected.

Very slow drinking. Alcohol level is easily noticed, perhaps suggesting it is higher than what the bottle indicates.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly silted dark bronze with a sturdy and steady beige capping.
Pineapple juice and spruce needles on the nose, backed with chocolate doughnuts and rusted tin.
A very firm, almost aggressive maltiness manifests first. That notion of chocolate doughnut is real (think Entenmann' they still make those? God, I used to love those things...anyhow). There is also a gooey caramel glaze over everything and heavily syruped peaches and pears. This is a big, dominant malt load for a DIPA, and it begins to stray towards barleywine. Then the hops hit and make a person remember what they came here for. Juicy, juicy, juicy notions of orange preserves, pineapples, and mangoes. Edged with metallic/alum bitterness. Sticky with pine tar and wet conifer needles. Alcohol appears periodically, but is lost again quickly in the melee.
Medium-full in the mouth with stunted, steady carbonation. It's enough to levitate it across the mouth and into the stomach without feeling anywhere near its 10+%.
This might be as close to "balanced" as a DIPA gets (without truly becoming a barleywine). This has it all: big textured malts, and big juicy hops with big resonant bitterness.
Without question, this is the finest of the Flying Dog litter.

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

A - poured clear reddish with 1/4" tiny head that left a ring. Light sediment is apparent.

S - extreeemely hoppy. Grassy, malty overtones, lightly fruity and floral. A hint of herbal tones

T - Hop supreme, holy crap!! This is a strong tasting brew. Very very tasty. Strong hops and malts all over the place. Very bitter and somewhat citrusy. Alcohol is well covered until you feel it warming your throat.

M - medium/full bodied, medium carbonation

D - decent, this is very strong and should be enjoyed slowly

Overall - This is an extremely tasty and strong brew, perhaps a little more than expected. It is most fitting for the hop head. I would recommend having this with a meal, not by itself. Enjoy with caution.

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Photo of RomanW70
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small tan head that disappears to a ring. Strong aroma of sweet malts, with some noticeable hops. Taste cloyingly sweet with a huge malt backbone and huge bitterness at the finish. i would like to see more citrus and pine notes. Full mouthfeel. Has some nice components, but not really one of my favorite DIPA's.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,940 ratings
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