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 jeremyd365
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium coppery brown with a little white head and is lowly carbonated. The scent is a very strong blend of sweetness and hops. It's both bitter and sweet on the tongue with an extra burst of the same at the finish. The delicious hop bitter remains afterward. Although lighter in color, you can really feel the medium to slightly heavy body in your mouth. It's very drinkable and I would definitely suggest this to my fellow hopheads!

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

Ahhh...this is the stuff. Looks a light, very cloudy copper with a 1" thick white head with lacing that didn't want to go away. Halfway through the glass, the lacing from sip one still lingers. Smells very hoppy, with citrus and pine mixed in and just assaults the nasal passage. It's a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and no stick. Tastes nice and hoppy like a good double pale ale should and really socks a "bite." For a 10.5% abv, the alcohol isn't all that powerful, although you do notice it. I like higher abv beers and I like hops, so naturally I like this one. I sip, I swallow, I smile.

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Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, bright copper/amber with plenty of fine particulates floating around, nice amount of foam that left some decent lacing for such a high ABV brew. Smell of piney, citrusy hops, backed up by plenty of caramel malt goodness. Waves of caramel malt on the tongue, some slight hints of chocolate, a little nuttiness, and then the big-time 85 IBUs of hop deliciousness strike the taste buds and make you remember what you're drinking here. Nice balance between the malt and hops, just an overall delicious brew.

I don't consider this to be a DIPA, but it's close. Just too much malt at work here to be considered such, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

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Photo of ewright
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy orangish color with little head forming. Small amounts of lacing left from the minimal head.

S: Nice rounded aroma of grapefruit and floral hops with a bit of earthy malt backing. I'd like a bit bigger aroma from a double though.

T: Slight fruityness up front immediately gives way to a large dose of bittering hops. Hints of grapefruit rind and spicy mint ride on top of the hefty malt backbone. Very little alcohol presence in the flavor.

M: Thick and creamy with a nice bite from the hops. An excellent texture.

D: Drinks like an overly hopped IPA in the 7% range, not the double dog that it is.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber, half finger head.

S- Lots of citrusy hops with a suprising amount of malt sweetness behind it.

T- Caramel malt sweetness lending way to warming alcohol notes which sets up for the dry hop finish.

M- Thick and robust.

D- Okay, maybe it'll grow on me.

I'm not really sure what this is trying to be, big ass pale, malty IPA, strong ale? Not bad at all, but I won't be triping over my self for annother one either.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber-copper with a crisp white head.

Aroma is very resinous with spicy citrus hop and a toasted caramel malt base. Alcohol burn comes on strong.

Taste is piney and resinous initially, then the sweet toasted malt brings a touch of counterpoint along with brown sugar. Leafy green spicy hops with a bit of tobacco.There is a definite ripe fruitiness that exerts itself along with the strong alcohol to offer a brandylike quality. Dark fruit, orange and melon notes. Finish is dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Plenty of hop oil to coat and create a rather slick, syrupy feel.

This is a big aggressively hopped beer. The malt is massively stacked, but is still eclipsed by the generous hops. Alcohol comes on strong in the flavor profile. A hophead delight. I'm truly surprised at the strength of this offering from Flying Dog (not my favorite brewery). A tasty treat.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually do not seek out IPA's, but was really pleased with this brew.

A: It is a decent amber color with an off-white foam head. Foam head is about 1 finger.

S: A decent scent of citrus, caramel, wood and biscuits.

T: I was very impressed with the flavor. It will push me towards trying this style of beer more. A bitter beer with a good balance yet complex flavors of bread, lemons and caramel.

M: A medium body beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A high ABV, makes me limit the amount that I would have, but it is an excellent beer. Very smooth.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Vino100 in Cathedral City. Review is from chicken scratch notes and hazy memory....

My ASTDM notes only had the AS listed so I have to improvise a little, but I did write the words "pretty good" at the bottom.

Nice caramel color. My wife said "dirty water." Wives! Who needs 'em? Oh yeah, I do. Anyway I thought it looked fine.

Notes say I smelled some oranges/mandarin. Wife says "mandarins are oranges." Wives! Who needs

The bottle says IBU=85 (that explains the wifes discontent, Daddy loves me some 85+ IBUs). I think the IBUs were all in the aftertaste.

Also it was hazy. Just following my notes. I must've liked it. For that tasting I had a 13.0 and this one, which was a 10.5. I love my hobby!

Overall: "pretty good"

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Photo of spointon
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This was a decent enough looking pale ale. It poured a bright orange color with a thin white head that lasted forever and loads of carbonation release. Tiny bit of lace down the glass.

S= The smell of this ale was dominated in a heavenly way by floral and piney hops. I really enjoyed the hop aromas in this beer and would love to know which hops were used (I'd bet anything it was an array of several different varieties). Slight bit of malt in the nose and of course alcohol when swirling the beer.

T= All citrus and pine hop flavors up front and then...a really understated bit of caramel malts. Unfortunately unbalanced in the shortage of malt flavor compared to those lovely hops. The finish was decently dry and had a solid alcohol dryness to it. Left a warming feel in my chest.

MF= Feel was slick and oily with a medium carbonation level. Body was lighter than most DIPAs I have encountered.

D= I liked this beer but wished it had a bit more malt balance like some of the better DIPAs possess. Having said that though, I did appreciate that this beer was deliciously hoppy, had a butt-kicking ABV, and was not syrupy on the tongue. In all fairness though, the brewer does not call this a DIPA, they call it a double pale ale.

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Photo of bobhits
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. Deep amber, served in a stone IPA glass. Not much head, but it seem to stay and linger well.

S. Not much here. Seems to overwhelm with almost a sweet malt smell. A bit of a stale aroma going on as well. Perhaps some hops are involved in that as well. Almost a vanilla/caramel smell coming here. Not enough hops imo, but the taste is the question.

T. This is an interesting beer. With a big IPA you get a strong malt finish to balance a strong hop character. Here there is an overwhelming amount of malt, a lot of caramel with a slight hop finish. Piny hops much like a stone barely wine, but the malt comes on a bit stronger and lingers at the end instead of the hops.

M. Thick...really really thick. The carbonation is almost overwhelmed by the THICK beers.

D. This is a sipper but for some reason it doesn't jump out as that by the flavors given off.

I've always felt that double IPAs were more balanced than IPAs. They often have huge amounts of malt and ultimately imo are at least close to balanced. I haven't had their barely wine yet, but this tastes like one to me. It's got too much malt without the hops to really blend it together. It's hard to judge a "double pale ale" as i think this is the only one I've tried, but it doesn't work like it should. Worth trying? No question! A great beer? Sorry this one seems to fail.

11.5% alcohol is well hidden, but that's thanks to way way too much sweet malt. They took the idea of not being overly hoppy way too far. Sad as their seems to be far too much potential in this beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orangy/copper body with about two fingers of off-white head. Some great retention; this head sticks around for awhile. Leaves some nice sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells of some bitter and floral hops. Some sweet malts in the background.

Citrusy hops are in the beginning, giving way to some sweet caramel malts. The finish is pretty boozy, a little warm feeling. Leaves behind a nice bitter after-taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily.

Fairly drinkable, a good DIPA.

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

Pours orange with a good head and pretty decent lacing.

As expected, piney hops are front and center in the nose. I'm not picking up much else.

Piney hops up in the taste as well, but supported by malts behind it. This beer has a nice depth of taste. A bite of bitterness that fades to let some of the other flavors shine through. Good balance for a beer with a hop kick.

Mouthfeel nice and substantial, carbonation seems about right.

This was very nicely done. After having this and the imperial porter, I am definitely going to be seeking out the rest of Flying Dog's big beers.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces a large billowy cream colored head that leaves tons of lacing and looks very sticky. The body is a cloudy orange and deep amber.

Smells quite malty with pine, mint, and apricot on the nose.

Taste is odd at first. A weird sort of tea and mint like quality from the hops go along with the typical citrus notes. Maybe some tobacco like qualities as well. The hops dominate, but never really wow the palate compared to some double IPAs out there. The malt character is sweet and brings some ripened dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with slight carbonation.

Overall a good beer that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Flying Dog's Double Dog pours a very nice, hazy, honey-gold color with a small white head. The nose consists of piney hops, with underlying hints of alcohol, caramel, and dried apricot.

The taste start with some nice toasted malt character. This is followed by a wave of alcohol warmth, which fades to some hop bitterness, though the bitterness and the alcohol are not quite as big as I expected. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with low carbonation.

This is a pretty darn good IIPA, though the high alcohol keeps it from being super-drinkable.

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Photo of boogles
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from the Flying Dog variety 4-pack, which convinced me to buy another even with the mysterious inclusion of the Tripel.

Pours a dirty amber color--not just murky, but muddy.

Nose is the same. Plenty of hops, but not over-hopped, plenty of malt, some background notes of pine sap, brown sugar, honey, floral notes, a hint of anise, and ... and ... what's that--gym socks? I can't quite pinpoint the note, but there's some stink somewhere, like driving through an industrial complex at night.

The stink comes out in the taste as a good kind of bitter, fortunately. Rather than calling this a good balance, I'd say it's more like turning everything on your stereo's equalizer to 8 1/2, versus turning up the volume. The blend is a bit raw. But it's good, and I appreciate beers with character like this one.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and undercarbonated for my taste. But the drinkability is high. If it weren't for the alcohol or the pounds I'm trying to shed (from beer, no doubt), I'd be able to drink two or three with ease, and I want to revisit this one.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brewery continues to earn my respect and interest... part of a four-pack sampler of "brewmasters' choices"... cloudy orange brown bodywith a thin tracing of white head in a trappist glass--solid... sharp, aromatic bitterness--grapefruit/citrus accents with a sprcuey pine, presuming to mean hops dead ahead...and yet the wise label suggest an attempt at balance.... tongue-crunching, full-bodied hop presence with an aftertaste that is stoker-hot at first....alcohol dims and dulls any abrasiveness by mid-glass.... sharp, bitter and fruity taste--as the label promises, malts rescue the mouth fromchewing on a pine cone, instead rewarding the third sip and beyond with a rather smooth, strong presence... the double-barrelled hops continue to fire away, but thisdog is leashed... punchy, flirtatious ale that lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome; challenging at first, pleasantly sweet at the middle and end, this beer is appropriate on a slow night and a welcome surprise to those (like myself) who believe only Belgians and Brits can sophisticate smoothly and successfully...

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Photo of lawman834
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper. The slightest bit cloudy. Light tan head with some of the best lacing I've seen.

S - Grassy hops and caramel malts.

T - Very strong but nicely balanced. Strong hop bite with rich coffee like roasted malts.

D - Very drinkable, but it more of a sippin beer at 10.5 ABV.

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Photo of WillClark
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass a cool, murky amber with about one finger's worth of head yet decent retention on the edges. Big hops on the nose with a underlying sweet, almost brown sugar scent. Really big mouth feel and that earlier sweetness on the nose comes through and adds to the pot. Nice, non-overpowering bitterness and a remarkably smooth finish makes this high alcohol beer something that could cause a fair amount of trouble.

I like what Flying Dog is doing here. Love the silky texture of this beer and the nice balance of malt with the hop. A strong effort indeed.

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Photo of mrsoul12
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is malty with a bold hop scent in the back. Color is a deep rich hazy amber with good carbonation and a thin but tight head. Taste is big sweet and malty. Starting with a full body it goes down rich. Finish comes out sweet with a caramel malt taste and a gentle hop flavor. After taste is a little lbitter but it goes well with the sweet body. This is a great brew

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Photo of boralyl
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours one finger of off-white head that settles fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. It has a dark copper color that is slightly hazy.

S - Sweet caramel malt, citrus, grapefruit and piny hops make up the aroma. Excellent smell.

M - A medium bodied beer. Has a syrupy feel to it, with a good amount of carbonation.

T - Has a more of a malty profile, with the sweet caramel malts up front remaining pretty thick throughout. The hops hit towards the end with a citrus flavor and bitterness. It has a pretty alcoholic sting at the end and leaves your mouth dry.

It's pretty big at 11.5% alcohol and is more of a slow sipping beer. I wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber body, light, sticky, slightly off-white head with decent retention. Stylistically spot-on, if nothing outstanding.

Aroma: Sticky, sweet, resinous hop oils - citrus, tons of zest, pine - and lots of malts - a simple, sweet honey notes and a few caramel, lightly roasted grainyness.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but some harsh, leafy, vegetal notes detract from the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, tons of hop oil. A big, thick fluffiness (medium fluff), and very even.

Drinkability: High abv%, and the harsh, leafy bitterness (like arugula) does detract a lot of the flavor. The aroma is fantastic, though. A pretty well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-The first thing that comes to my mind is apple cider. It has the look of something that is perfectly thick and sweet. There is a white head the comes to the top and laces most of the way down.

S-A diverse combination of malt aromas hits your nose first of toffee and caramel. These malts are big and they hit hard. The hops are just behind they have a pine/evergreen smell. A good balance of hops and malt here.

T/M-Amazing. A good heavy taste of malts hits you first. There is just about everything in there; roasted grains, caramel, toffee, I even get a faint taste of apple. Then come the hops; good presence, but not overbearing. They taste just as they smell. The mouthfeel is starts off a little rough, kind of husky, but then smooths out and is complimented with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is exactly what I expected. A double imperial with big flavors and good balance between those flavors. Pick it up, but at 11.3% (at least that is what my bottle said) enjoy this one on at a time.

Until next time beer lovers...

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange- brown in color with a small head and not much lacing

S - Awesome caramel aroma to go along with a citrus feeling hop aroma

T - A nice sweet fruity taste to begin almost like a Fresca soda. A spicy citrus taste tantalizes the palate and there is a hop bitterness that remains throughout.

M - A full bodied brew that is very rich and creamy because of all of the malts. There is not much carbonation here.

D - Great overall brew.

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

A dashingly tawny body that is one part tangerine orange and one part mahogany brown. A misty haze seems to shade the beer even when held to the light. A casual drift of bubbles. The ivory white head now seems to have relegated itself to the beer's outer trim. It may be thin but is it ever persistent.

The bouquet has a fermenting citrus character, lime and lemon that have been left in the sun. This most simplest of citrus seems a little predominant over other notes of orange and grapefruit. The pine is strongest, and becomes especially potent being mixed in with the 10.5%.

This isn't so much a beer of hops, although it would seem it does have its share, this is a malt monster. The aroma is sweltering with caramel. If smelling this doesn't make your taste buds jump out of your mouth, then you should have your blood pressure checked...

Don't be expecting a DIPA, expect an American rendition of a Pale Ale; there is a distinction and it should be clear. It tastes American made, but it drinks - even at 10.5% - more like the English style. Bitterness is cracking and snippy; it does dry the mouth out a little but never overstays its welcome on the palate. Flavours linger, but only as much as necessary, and trust me, refilling sips are frequent enough.

The malt, pine, caramel, and booze make for a dangerous mixture of refreshing, delicious, and potent. Fruity citrus is like icing to the biscuit, cookie malt cake! The malts are most tasted but the hop presence is most sensed! The pine and caramel blend to perfection. This is most definitely one of the tastiest creations known to pale ales!

I first had this really fresh off tap and was utterly blown away. I promised myself I would revisit as soon as humanly possible and I'm glad I stuck to my word. The bottle says: "...things are just better when they are times two." No kidding, I wish I had second bottle!

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

10.5% abv with 85 IBU's. Labeled as a double pale ale.

A: Pours a clear and beautiful, bright copper orange color with a thin frothy light beige head.

S: very hoppy wih fresh sweet grapefruit and some fresh green pine scents.

T: very hoppy with pungent grapefruit notes hitting your right from the start. Surprisingly the citrusy bitterness fades very smoothly to a dry bitter grapefruit grind and floral hop fade. There is an extremely dry malt and flowery lacing on the tongue with some raw dry hops and pine traces to round things out. A extremely dry citrus grind and floral finish highlights this beer with some boozy notes (burbon) from the 10.5% abv.

M: moderate with a big flowery bitterness upon warming. The carbonation is soft providing for a smooth dry palate per style.

D: Truly a dry citrus hop bomb leaving your mouth bone dry anxiously awaiting the next sip.

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