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 Irish7r
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Supergenious
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Disease
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy orange hue with a moderate effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Quite nice.

Smell: very sweet malt aroma with a mild but enticing cast of earthy and floral hops. A nice combo.

Taste: somewhat complex malt which is mostly sweet with some biscuity character in the background. Hops are floral and citrusy in character but are somewhat overwhelmed in flavor by the malt. Bitterness is quite high, especially early in the flavor. Not perfect, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation yielding a silky, creamy mouthfeel. This guy is not only big in ABV, but big in body as well; bigger than most DIPAs I've tried.

Overall: strong but tasty, this is a nice sipper. It has a strong malt component that balances (perhaps over-balances) its hop presence and bitterness. I rather like it.

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

This is an interesting beer "style" since you would think that a double pale ale would actually be an IPA, but I now understand the subtle differences between the two. They literally double the exact recipe (I'm guessing) of the pale ale which makes the beer a bigger beer but does not accentuate the hops either in the aroma or in the taste of the beer. It's balanced and leans toward the side of sweet specialty malt with a bit of roast character. There's a bit of haze to the beer and is a light amber color. Not a huge head but enough to lace the glass on the way down. The aroma is balanced between malt backbone, hops and alcohol... which is not overpowering. The beer is rich but not thick and syrupy, again quite balanced. Overall this is a great sipper that even the entry level beer lover can appreciate.

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Photo of ZooFuze
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of quasar77
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, is remarkable!! At 11.5% ABV, it has an incredible taste.
At that alcohol %, one would think it would taste a lot like a barley wine. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I highly recommend this beer. :o) This DBPA, in fact, EVERYTHING I've tasted from Flying Dog, has been REMARKABLE!! Looking forward to trying their better than 9% Porter!!!

P.S. BEER ADVOCATE, IS THE B E S T beer review site, on the Net!!

Thanks, BA!!!! :o)


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Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

whoa... this isn't just a double. it is a double double. they poured in tons of extra malt and hops for this. IBU has to be 100. this is a full-on assault. -- i think the comparison to DFH90 below is worthy. if you want a thick, heavy, ultra bitter IIPA, then look no further.

pours a dark orange/amber with thin white head, leaves a little lacing.

the smell is good and rich with maple and pine overtones. the taste follows suit: very full oily ale with a dominating hop presence. leaves a slick down your tongue and throat -- slight burn, more than slight really -- it drinks like a HALF WHISKEY.

this is a serious beer. proceed with caution.

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Photo of ShadyJay
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of bvlaminck
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

A: light amber/dark straw color slight head, clung to the glass
S: was not as hoppy as I expected. First pour was of sweets, as he glass warmed up, all I could smell was grain, like a steeping kettle of mid-color grain
T: malty start, bitter finish. I was expecting more of a hop bite, or at least a distinctive hop to punch me in the face but not so much. The high alcohol content was masked. No hot tones for me, only a grain bomb.
M: smooth, but not cloying. Perfect balance of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer l. You can't have many of them without hiring the floor, but I think it is a god competitor for DFH 90 minute

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Photo of drtth
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The mostly clear copper beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a 2" white head that recedes slowly but doesn't leave much lacing.

The aromas have lots of caramel malt supplemented by pine from the hops and some touches of fruitiness.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with caramel malt sweetness up front with some fruits, some pine and some grassiness in the roles. The bitterness is surprisingly rough given the amount of sweetness from the malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

On the whole this beer doesn't quite work for me. I prefer the hops more up front with a noticeable malt backbone. For me the whole flavor profile doesn't show a lot of complexity. Worth a try but not a beer I'll be having again.

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Photo of HungarianCount
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber; quarter of an inch of foamy, white, dense head; great retention

S - bread, sweet, birthday cake, grapefruit

T - bready malt, citrus, floral, grapefruit, birthday cake, sugary sweetness, mild hop bitterness in the finish, strong alcohol warmth

M - very warm, smooth, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This beer has great flavor even if a bit boozy. It has all the malty, hoppy characteristics of a solid, impressive DIPA. If you like strong, potent, full flavored DIPAs, you have to try this.

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Photo of Jerry
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DARIVA
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice bright orange beer with a small head.

S: The smell of lime and citrus.

T: The taste of delicious beer, bitter and a slight taste of grapefruit.

M: Good carbonation and a good ratio.

O: Delicious long finish, nice body and quite drinkable.

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Photo of TheGrunt
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost copper coulour, clear.

Smell is really fruity with light hops.

Light foam after pouring.

Taste: Medium carbonation, though foam came lightly after pouring. Even though smell has not that much hops in it, it has hops in the taste. And quite strong i must say. Fruits come along with the hop nicely and give nice aftertaste. Alcohol bitterness is also present, which is no surprise considering the percentage. It is no way too aggressive and bad, like it is with some cheap strong lagers, but instead it gives nice kick to the taste.

Overall I really like this strong Ale. Bottle sticker is a bit tasteless and I expected something worse, but this has really great flavors in it. Truly a magnificent beer, one of the best in its class I've tasted.

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Photo of FreshZ
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 4/14/12. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper after everything settles, topped with a rigid finger of smooth and creamy white head. This pretty much stays this way during the duration of the glass, just drenching the sides with thick sticky lacing. Grapefruit, spice, and pine are quite bold here in the nose, being tempered a bit my light tropical fruit notes, a touch of dankness, and some sweet malt across the back. The high alcohol really adds some intensity to this but is at least more restrained than it is in the taste.

Speaking of which, the taste here is STRONG, with bitter grapefruit, pine, and an assertive spiciness cutting across the tongue and lingering HARD in the finish. Lighter tropical fruit, herbal tones, and malty flavors of caramel and bread do their best but are barely keeping the hops in control. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and while I appreciate the smooth creaminess of the carbonation from the nitro-pour, the high alcohol just brings too much of a heady warm bite to this that amplifies all of that already aggressive hop character.

I haven’t had this in a while and after revisiting, I remembered why. Just too much damn alcohol gives this a boozy and overly fierce nature that I just can’t find enjoyable. Cut this down to around 8% or so and this would be really decent. Not even the nitro could save this one.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,974 ratings