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 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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured burnt orange with a decent head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by earthy piney hops. The taste was also dominated by piney slightly grassy hops, there was a slight burnt caramel malt backbone, but it was dominated by the hops. The 10% ABV reallly grabs you up front and going down.

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Photo of larsee01
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck poured into glass goblet

A--Aggressive pour (lesson learned) provides modest yet foamy head. Cloudy, iced tea appearance. Conventional but appreciated.

S--Hops providing nice florals, but let's not ignore the carmel malt sweetness here.

T--Floral, bitter, oily hop for sure. Again, bitter, but not a "Hop Bomb". Thank goodness, cuz I'm not into that. Phenol fest. Herbal/floral bitter is crushing any 11.5 ABV (WOW!) booziness at first impression. Warming starting already. Is it hot in here? At the same time, I repeat, not boozy. Well done. Bitterness is a bit of a challenge for me, but I like this beer. Enough sweetness for my malt sweet tooth.

M--Crisp and yet full-bodied for the genre. I got this out of a variety 4-pack. This and the Gonzo are definitely the most challenging and the most rewarding. Thanks for not pulling punches on this one...but it's not an obnoxious freak either.

D--For an 11.5?!? Yes. However, this one will put you to bed. Welcome to wine country.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy copper. The bubbles have a hard and sluggish time pushing through the thick liquid. No head. The aroma is a tanned orange peel with hints of anise and bread. The taste starts with thick rye and white breads with a blast of citrus and flowers. Like eating a grapefruit in a flower garden. The palate is warm and thick. Well integrated alcohol as well as hop bitterness and bready, baked malts.

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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2" cream colored head with excellent retention and thick lace. Amber-orange color with a steady stream of carbonation rising and some yeast in suspension. Aroma of citrus (orange peel), pine needles, some tropical fruit and big, sweet malt. Huge slap in the mouth of hops. Bitter peel. Malt just as big keeps it in check. Full of flavor and large. Some alcohol warming. Full bodied, low carbonation...round mouthfeel. Super drinkable big beer.

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Photo of Biggness
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to an amber/orange color with little to no head. I bought a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles of this beer. The smell of this beer is outstanding and I knew this was gonna be all I was hoping upon my first smell. The taste is... beautiful, for such a high abv I can barely taste the alcohiol and everything meshes well together. Another well done ale by Flying Dog seems I gotta hit my distributor and grab some more :)

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Photo of Tolann
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta have a good brew as I continue through my first home brew. Got some Italian brats on the grill and baseball on the TV. Life is good.

A - Clear not cloudy. Not a lot of head and it quickly clears up. Really orange in color. Its a pretty beer.

S - Enjoyed right as soon as you start pouring. Sweet and citrus. Oranges I think, maybe lemons?

T - Love it. Great taste. Bitters hangs on my tongue and at the back of the roof of my mouth. More citrus than piney hops. Love citrus hops!

M - Not sharp with carbonation. real enjoyable aftertaste. Given the high alcohol content it does not have a big alcohol taste.

D - Its good that this beer slows you down with a great aftertaste so the abv doesn't sneak up on you with a real dog bite.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark amber color with some hints of redness. The head is rich, white and clings strongly to the top of the glass.

The smell is very strong hops, alcohol, malt sweetness and some faint citrus notes. Not too powerful.

Holy sh*t! This is a seriously strong pale ale. Instantly warming and instantly mouth puckering. Its actually quite smooth for such a strong beer. Very sweet, slightly syrupy with a lot of hop presence to balance things out. The aftertaste reminds me a bit of a "greyhound" which is grapefruit juice and vodka.

If you haven't had this one be sure to give it a try and don't plan too much for the rest of the night!

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