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 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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Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of meltroha
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vbiliyar
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of will1256
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of bigchiefa
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Chugga06
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Clear and copper with a good sized sticky head. A really good looking beer.

The hops are citrusy and floral, and there is a lot of great hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon pith and early spring wild flowers.

The flavor is spicy, floral, earthy, boozy and the beer is thick. There is a good malt base and tons of hoppy flavors from beginning to end. Nice and warm alcohol as it goes down the throat and a nice balance of dry bitter hops and sweet malt in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of teyuders
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,967 ratings