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 BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -13%
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 +4.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +14.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +9.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +1.8%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 +14.5%
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 -5.9%
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 -8.9%
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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Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber body with a nice, thick, white head with solid retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with some welcoming and balancing grapefruit undertones.

T: A nice, earthy, hoppy taste that was very nice. Some grapefruit notes in the aftertaste did well to balance the earthy, hoppy taste. Definitely a solid brew overall.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel that was a little thin. Probably one of the first things I found wrong with this beer.

D: A nice, drinkable beer with the excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Despite the high alcohol content, that did not take away from the beer at all as it was not too evident. While I could feel it as I drank it, I could not really taste it, so it could not screw around with my palette. Definitely an excellent and lively brew.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber body with finger thick head that slowly disapates to a lacing ring.

Smell is of big malts and potent hops. Imagine if you condensed two better beers into one, this would be it. Heavy caramel malt with big piney hops give a sence of what the brewery was like one the day this was made. Taste is good. This is not a cugging beer at all. Very heavy taste of caramel malt and piney hops. Both try to compete and overwhelm each other. Feel is where it should be, I was hoping a little thicker and stickier.

Not a bad beer at all, If you want more of a meal with your DIPA, this is it. Big, warm, and worth getting.

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

It's been a while since I had the Imperial IPA. They are hard to get in Iowa.

This one pours a bright bronze with nice head. The nose is grapefruit and pine.

Taste is good with grapefruit, sweetness, malt and hops. Good balance of all the above. Medium carbonation and strong finish. Alcohol is not overwhelming despite the strong ABV.

A truly good beer I will seek out again.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep, cloudy amber with a white head which subsided a bit and then stuck around

S - citrus, grapefruit, sweet maltiness

T - citrus and grapefruit shine through initially; strong, bitter finish backed by a subtle sweet backbone. Hops are the star of the show, however. Alcohol is present as well.

M - thick, full bodied, sort of coats your mouth, and not a lot of carbonation. Not a bad thing, but this is a mouthfeel that's certainly desirable for certain occasions. See below.

D - wow, this is a beer of extremes. If you're not too full and it's not too hot, this is a really enjoyable DIPA (I know it says Double Pale Ale, but c'mon.) Big taste, big ABV, and big body. I couldn't do more than 1 of these in a sitting, but it's still enjoyable. Not sure I'd buy another 4 pack though, as there are DIPA's I like more and the price of beer going up is not making my wallet happy. Still, I'd say give it a shot if you're a fan of DIPA's or big, hoppy beers in general.

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Photo of beermebeerman
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber, clear beer with a moderate head. Smelled of hops and malt as soon as I cracked the bottle. Taste is hop forward, then malt, then a sweet finish. A little too busy for my taste in this style, but it IS a double... Mouthfeel is solid, definately not a watery beer. Overall not bad, but short of my expectations for my first taste from Flying Dog.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass and received a brown body w/ ruby tints and a two-finger head that left a few lace patches. Floral and grass notes with this hop smell, and something like caramel w/ a dash of cinnamon or even just sugar/yeast. Add some grapefruit into the equation also. A fuller body with some bubblegum sweetness on the tongue, than an impressive but not overpowering (or just overusage) hop backbite for a dry aftertaste. Goes down extra smooth, even a little slick, but still the hops and some roasted and sweet malts give a great taste and hide the high ABV for the most part. Also detected minor fruit notes like grapfruit, but that could've just been me. At times the warming sensation almost burned (ABV), and also the fact that this is a sipper means it is not completely sessionable. Either way, a must try and definitely a nightcap.

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Photo of loren01
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy reddish orange color, decent sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet, way malty. Nice fruity sweet sceent. Some citrusy hop scent in there as well
T: Flavor is very full, starts off sweet and malty, strong but not overpowering citrusy hoppiness.
M: Mouthfeel is very thick almost stout like mouthfeel.
D: Pretty good beer very well balanced for such a big beer. ETOH is well hidden. Lots of flavor in this one. Tastes like a lot of barleywine's i've had before. Thanks to lvnloud for this beer via trade.

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Photo of drxandy
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Labeled vintage 07/11, assuming nov. 2007
Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours heavy, beautiful peachy golden color, nice head/carbonation

Smells hoptastic! sweet honey, citrusy, great smelling hop blend!

Tastes extremely bitter in a great way, the blend works great, floral and piney hop action, caramel maltiness, but the hops overpower everything. The bottle says double pale, but i'd say it's totally a dipa.

mouthfeel is thickish, bitter, spicy, dry hopped awesome

Amazing! one of my favorite flying dog offerings besides the gonzo porter.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Approx. 40-45 degrees

Pours a somewhat murky brown, almost like dirty water. It is not in an unappealing fashion, though. Nice 1" to 1 1/4" head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of hoppiness and your grandma's soap. Also, some iodine and bubblegum buried in there.

Despite the off-putting nose this is a drinkable beverage. It's got a nice balance to it that was unexpected. A little bit of sweetness in front that blends very nicely into the hops on the backside of it. Just a little hot on the end, though.

Feels quite nice in the mouth. A little on the creamy side, with a bit of bite from the hops.

As far as pale ales go this is very decent. If you're into the hops, I'd recommend it to you. Personally, I don't dig overly hoppy tastes. I could, and most likely will, drink many more of these. (As long as another bottle of stout doesn't get in the way.)

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