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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of sacfly
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, mysterious 07A stamped on the label in a place they could put useful consumer information.
Pours a murky brownish orange color with a thick off white/tan head. Aroma is strong pine needles. Taste is very bitter with the same strong pine character. Heavy, creamy feel in the mouth. Long bitter aftertaste. Noticeable alcohol presence. This one is clearly designed for hop heads that want an unbalanced, hop-heavy, high octane brew. Complex, this is not. If this sounds like you, then this is a clear winner. I rated it with this in mind.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kick-ass looking, slightly hazed amber colour wit ha big, rocky but creamy off-white head that lingers forever and also leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy, of course: pine, citrus, floral notes are all there, along wit ha bit of lingering dirtiness in the back of each whiff. There's some other general sweetness here as well.

The flavour is once again hoppy all around, as a double IPA should be, but it's balanced as well. Hops never overpower, but the pine flavour leads the way, with floral coming in next and citrus sort of taking a back seat in the flavour department, although there certainly is a juicy aspect to this one as well. Malt balances nicely to keep this one from being too overbearing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick and oily.

Good stuff overall. Flying Dog has some decent beers and some mediocre ones. This is definitely one of the decent beers that's beyond decent. It's just solidly good all around. A nice Double IPA for sure.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy carmel color with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a big citrus hop aroma with pine and malt. The taste is a real hop blast with alcohol,bitter hops,pine,citrus,and some sweet malt. A great tasting beer from a great brewery. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very strong and complex beer,but one that you will love.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unleased from the bottle, the Double Dog trots with confidence rather than just breaking loose and running full-speed-haphazard-about with its moderate carbonation and full dextrinous body only allowing it to raise a short head of frothy-then-creamy off-white foam. And that's a sign of things to come. It's not foaming at the mouth wild, but rather quite tame - despite its muscle and fangs!

The head holds quite well, and it leaves thin blankets and broken-walls of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass. The cloudy robe beneath has an orange cast, and it looks a bit like marmalade with gleaming golden highlights.

The nose is candyish with notes of ripe fruits (orange, grapefruit, and even pomegranite) and soft pine mingling over a bit of sweetly doughy and lightly caramelish malt. A touch of soft yeastiness and some alcohol rounds it out.

The flavor follows the aroma with an added edge of sweetish vanilla upfront, and more softly piney, grassy, and resinous hops across the middle. There's even a bit of crusty bread to the malt. The flavors come and go as it's such a big beer, and the hops and alcohol take one step forward, or one step back depending, at certain points throughout... it's pretty rich and strong with lots of girth! A solid bitterness backs it against the almost syrupy malt, and in conjunction with the cutting alcohol, the bitterness allows it to finish dry with a lingering edge of bitter citrus rind and resinous hop.

Bold and rich, but not overdone, the Double Dog is an exercise in stepping to the ledge and leaning forward but never quite leaping off due to some odd sense, or crazy-in-the-head balance. I loved it, and it's quite entertaining, but I double dog dare ya to have more than one without getting a little cock-eyed ;) Nicely done!

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with an orange hue. Thin head,with good retention, and nice lacing. Smell is of pine,and citrus,with some mild bready undertones. Body is thick, and smooth,with some carbionation. Taste is big, with a sweetness up front, followed by a nice touch of hops,an a piney finish.Excellent!!

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange/amber...hazy...nice 1/4 inch frothy white head

S-Inviting aroma of cannibus, tobacco, pines,and citrus fruits (tangerines, mandarin oranges).

T-Impressive balance...while the nose leads you to believe this will be a hop py motuh puckering type of brew the taste buds are met first with a nice caramel like maltiness...right behind that is the hop flavor which is similar to the aroma...weed....tobacco leaf....pines and citrus.. It all blends very nicely and is quite tasty.

M-Full bodied...smooth in the mouth though...big but never feels at all like a Barley Wine...alcohol is hidden very well..finishes dry and the most bitterness is on the long finish...I am guessing this is an IBU monster despite the relatively balanced feel to it...

D-A big surprise for me....this is a top notch DIPA....doesn't get a lot of hype (at least I haven't seen much) but this is a big hitter....truly enjoyable...

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
Vintage 2007.

Hazy, golden-tinted copper in color; clouded with a light dose of sediment and ridiculously active carbonation. Densely creamy, off-white foam that doesn't budge. Thick layers of ringed and condensed lacing with good strength.

Bright, citrus hops: lemon, lime, grapefruit with a thin whaff of oily, hop resin. Mild dough; airy toasted biscuit.

Lemon and lime citric hops up front; perfume-like, oily hoppish solvency. The hop profile turns spicy with a wave of young, aggressively slick alcohol. The bitterness is slick and oily, and lasts well into the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick, aggressive. This Double IPA is full of substance; and texturally, there's too much for the palate to take.

Some good flavors going on, but at 10% abv, the alcohol presence is too young to have more than a pint.

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Photo of beerphan
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> goblet
batch 07A

Pours a slightly murky copper with some golden highlights. A one inch lumpy white head floats gently before settling to a lopsided puddle of soap suds. Sporadic gobs of thin sticky lace. Carbonation is miniscue.

Nose: Pine, sugar, some maltiness but not much.

A bit of citrus fruit tickles quickly, then is tamed by a huge malt backing. Finishes with some sweet hop flavors, citrus, cherry, pine a smooth alcohol burn, and oh yeah just a little bitterness. Actually, bitterness is huge. The stinging bitterness jabs at the back of the palate, sinks itself in and hangs on and on.

Medium-full mouth that hits the dipa style right on the side of the head.

This is an easily quaffed brew even at 10.5%, if it wasn't so darn pricey. Glad to hear that its gonna be a regular.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the chalice this is a chill hazed deep amber colored beer with a definite reddish color to it. The head doesn't really form with this beer it is mainly wisps and a thin veil of white on top.

The smell is sweet and quite hoppy with a strong spicy scent. Very strong grapefruit aroma with fairly strong aromas of eucalyptus tree, cinnamon, menthol, pine, and toasted onion as a savory scent. The ethanol vapors carry a sweet flower nectar aroma that I can best describe as wild flowers in honey.

The taste begins with a very strong hit of hops that stuns the nerves in the taste buds. I can only pick out separate flavors in the long lasting after taste. This is quite strongly hopped; the first flavor to stand out is melon and a quite stout bitterness. Quite woody this is quite fruity after you adjust to it mostly cherry and orange. Alcohol carries hop aromas up deeply in to my sinuses this is a true hopheads beer.

The mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is higher than a 4 for a Hophead and less for a normal beer drinker, might kill Budweiser drinkers. A mighty and hoppy beer that really pushes the hop tolerance limits. For hops this is in Stone Ruination IPA's class as a hop bomb.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is a Doubler Pale Ale anyway. At 10.5% and with the amount of hops, go ahead and add the India to it. Smells of fresh grass, pine, Simcoe? hops. A bit cloudy and orange, mild head retention. More malty than other IPAs but definitely has the flavoring hops to it. Sweeter, fruity, some citrus. Easy to drink and enjoy on hot weekends like today. Not bad at all.

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a fluffy, 2 finger head of beige that slowly fades out into a mild cap of foam. Plenty of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is actually really nice. Lots of hoppy notes with nods to grapefruit, herbs, orange rind, pine resin, and a huge backing of caramel and sweet biscuit malts. There is also a mild brandy like aroma from the fusel alcohols, which, IMO, actually make this one a bit more enticing rather than offensive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a creamy vanilla flavor, and gentle fruitiness pulling through to push forth the balanced attack of pine and caramel. This one lacks the highly diacytel version of the Wild Dog Double Pale released a few years ago. If it's there, it's very mild and acceptable.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, chewy with a syrupy richness, warming, and a sublimely balanced bitter sweetness.
The abv is there but it was expected and I don't think that it's overkill enough to punish on a judging level. I enjoyed this much and I look forward to having more in the near future.

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

Body is a very hazy orange, with red highlights. Topped with three fingers of rocky, fluffy, just-a-shade-off-white froth that hangs around well. Very good random lacing.

Enticing aroma of pine and citrus (oranges, grapefruits, maybe a bit of apricot).

Initial taste lays down an impressive caramel flavored sturdy malt base across the tongue. The hops waste no time building up, and scaling that foundation. Fruity (a barrage of oranges), bitter, and bracing, the hops conquer the malt, if never quite destroy it. Aftertste is fruity, bitter, and tingly, with a remaining undercurrent of sweetness. Alcohol is unnoticed.

Solid medium mouthfeel, just what you want for the style, strong enough to convey some balance. Excellent drinkability (especially for something that comes in a four pack).

The Flying Dog kennel has been hit or miss with me, this is definitely in the hit category. May not be best in show, but certainly deserves to be in the ring.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Thick just off white head on a cloudy dark orange/amber body.
S- First sniff and get slammed with hops! Pine and citrus hops blend together to really make a hop bomb. Sweet caramel malt is found underneath the hops. Smells just incredible.
T- Huge hop flavor, the malts are not lost in it though. Big pine and citrus hops, grapefruit rind and juice come out in this. Big sticky hops all over the mouth and gives a nice warming from the alcohol. Pine, rind and a light sweetness stick in the mouth for the aftertaste.
M-Thick sticky body with low carbonation.
D- I am loving this beer. Hopefully it will start to show up around Vegas and if it does I will have to keep myself stocked up on this for awhile.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small tulip it forms a meaty loose eggshell white head that leaves chunky lace behind. Shiney copper body.

The nose is robust with citrusy hops and a slight candied essence. Flavor follows suit. Huge amounts of resiny citrus hops. I thought the alcohol was pretty strong but that was to be expected. Kind of hard to hide 10%+. Extremely bitter and just to my liking. Tons of grapefruity acidicy and bittering with a mix of orange rind and lemony zest.

Notes: Loved this offering. Unbridled hops in every way. Enough malted backbone to keep this drinkable. It hovers on being one sided but pulls it off perfectly. Yummm.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Around $10 for the 4-pack.

Appearance: A dirty, hazy, dishwater copper color with a nice amount of spotty lacing stuck to the glass and slowly disappearing head that keeps hanging around the edges in all its foamy glory.

Smell: An onslaught of ripe peaches and pine and grapefruit from the soaked hop resin and oils. Not sure if the fruitiness is coming from the malt or the hops (probably the latter), but it's nice, and reminds me a bit of what I got from my samplings of the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. The alcohol aromas end up fairly prominent by the end, but there's still enough hops and balance to quell the insanity.

Taste: Almost all hops, but the edge is balanced by the peach flavor, along with some cherries, though it's mostly citrus, the pungent and soaked grapefruit flavors along with some orange zest. The finish is not only long, but the flavors linger on the tongue and provide some magical balance and a reason to continue smacking your lips.

Mouthfeel: Nicely soaked without being too heavy or syrupy, with a medium to full body. Still, it feels like you get a lip-smacking hop oil attack more than anything, which contributes a lot.

Drinkability: I do wonder what would happen after some time in the cellar, as the malt and fruit presence has a chance to become possibly remarkably balanced, but at the same time, you won't get the hop assault you'd have fresh. A complex and fierce sipper for sure, and one I'd suggest.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

S: Sweet hoppy scent, nothing too big, little grapefruit and a little alcohol, very nice.

A: Head! Foamy, big, even from a standard non head getting pour and perfect lace that still hasn't gone even after this has settled. Dark amber with orange and light carbonation. I want to dive in.

T: I said this was going to be a "tough" beer when I saw it, and I was right. "Tough" as in "rockin, great stuff" and this was BAM! Licorice starts the flavor pile overloading with alcoholic numbness behind a flowery hops wall . As this warmed a bit, it was defining itself as a sip and enjoy beer. Raisin and even a touch of rye whiskey came around. Damn, this was the first I've had and way better than a IPA/Double IPA and well, it's gotta earn a 5 for me because I haven't had anything else more enjoyable.

M: See taste. Thick, great aftertaste, chewy. 4 spot.

Yep. This is one of those special, end of the night warmers. Like the Gonzo Imperial only more enjoyable to hop heads that love a balanced and complex brew. I haven't been too kind to FD products in the past, but this was outstanding and was worth every penny. Bravo!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky looking deep copper appearance. Thin creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty good and sticks around for the duration. On the nose I get a big blast of hops. They are floral, resiny, pungent, grapefruity, grassy and citric. The flavor is really outstanding. It's got enough of a caramel based malt foundation to add another dimension to all the great hoppiness going on. The bitterness is nice and lingering and fairly clean. The hops provide a mouth full of flavor. Everything I noted on the nose (see above) and more. Dripping pine sap, juiciness and cannabis. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium-full body and appropriately carbonated. And the 10+ % a/v is extremely well hidden. This is really good. A nice little gem. What a nice surprise.

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Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I got Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall on my speakers and I notice this empty Tripel Karmeliet goblet staring at me from across the room… there is only one way for this to end… I reach into my fridge and behold! There’s that month old bottle of Flying Dog Double Dog that my buddy Joseph gave to me. Thanks, Joe!

So into the glass it goes! I can immediately smell a hefty malt and citrus hop presence leap out of the glass as I pour. A head of various sized bubbles springs up and begins to settle, leaving a bit of lacing atop the muddled orange beer. (As I drink the Double Dog, the lacing reveals itself to be spotty and fun to watch.)

The smell on this is quite bold, but basic. Sugar, lots of it, a strong citrus hop nose and more than a hint of alcohol rise from the glass. The hops are all over the place… resiny but mostly citrus and acidic. The website proclaims this is “dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops” and they ain’t kidding. The sweetness brings to mind something thick and syrupy, perhaps an Eiswine or Madeira, I dunno. But enough sniffing around, time to taste this thing…

Well. After a huge gulp of this, I can say that Double Dog is one of the more warming beers I’ve had in a long time. This stuff goes down smooth and tingles, eventually settling to a warm glow on the back of my tongue and all the way down my gullet. Pretty impressive. “But” I hear you saying “what does it taste like?” Well, for starters, a truck-load of citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit, lemon and a leafy hop character smack the palate around a bit before revealing some caramel and honey-bun like sweetness. The malt is there, but mostly the raging hop flavor kicks everything else out of the way to assault your mouth. The finish is dry and quite bitter, nearly medicinal like quinine or something equally unpleasant. Exhale and you’d think you’d just been munching on a handful of hops. The Flying Dog website proclaims 85 IBUs, but whatever they have in here, it’s super bitter. No session beer here…

The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but well carbonated and thankfully not harsh. The hop flavor coats the mouth and packs a bitter punch. If you love hop bitterness this is going to be right up your alley. Did I mention the bitterness?

Less drinkable than say, Dogfish 90 minute, this is a rough, wild, bitter hop bomb. Ultimately tasty, but certainly not a session beer and not something I’d strive to keep on hand. Double Dog is basic, but what it does it does big. Recommend for the hop-head. I think I'd like to have another... in a few months.

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Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. As with all Flying Dog brews, the label is by Ralph Steadman. I don't pretend to understand what he is trying to portray, but this one appears to be some sort of large dog in tighty whities.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange color with a nice head, just a bit off white.

Smell: Smells great - piney hops and a nice malt sweetness. Very well balanced and appetizing.

Taste: Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Hops win the battle for dominance, but just barely. Plenty of malt backbone. Hops are dominated by pine, but there is a bit of grapefruit in there too.

Overall impression: Very nice to see this in four packs - it is definitely similar to the old Wild Dog offering, but it has been too long to say if it is exactly the same.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this has been re-released or what but on tap at the Boston's Bistro. A cloudy, not nearly opaque mahagony. Large creamy, thick off white head has great retention and leaves a thick lace down the glass.

Great nose on this DIPA. Citrus hops is what it's all about. Grapefruit pucker, lemon, tangerine, with flowery aspects. A backbone of caramel malty-ness rounds things out.

This is a damn good DIPA and I can see why Flying Dog would brew this beer again as it's by far their best I've tasted. Rich bubble gum with smack your lips grapfruit flavors, totally citrus hop dominated. Hops are thick, and resiny. A floral mid with hints of pine. Toffee, and caramel malt add depth and complexity. Hops are high, and delicious. Alcohol does show through in the mid palate and is slightly warming on the finish. Finish is half way to forever.

Mouth is full in your face and readies you for another drink.

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

Served at about 45 degrees into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark amber color with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops and malty alcohol. Smells quite refreshing!

T: Mmmm, delicious. Tons of malt - very much on the malty side of the double IPAs! But, there is a significant level of hops to counter those malts. Citrusy, flavorful hops finish the sip. Basically, this starts nice and almost sweet with alcohol soaked caramel malt (although there is also a nice initial burst of bitterness. Upon swallowing, any sweetness disappears and is replaced by the quite tasty hops - and while being bitter, they definitely focus more on showcasing the flavor of the hops. These hops then make themselves at home on your tongue, and don't leave for quite some time. Also, as noted above, it is definitely alcoholic. While this is sometimes a problem (fresh Firestone 10 comes to mind), it works perfectly here - the alcohol nicely matches up with the hops, and the hops keep the alcohol from detracting. Nicely done!

M: Nice and rich and boozy. This is one beer you won't find lacking in body. Perfect carbonation level too. Finishes nice and dry.

D: As strong as this beer is, the overwhelming positive flavors and kick keep this tasty enough to overcome what would otherwise be attributes that would really hurt the drinkability.

Highly recommended for those who love malty DIPAs. Flying Dog is often middle of the road for me, but this one here is a winner!

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Photo of westweasel
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a new Sam Adams tasting glass. The appearance of the beer was a hazy, dark apricot, dirty amber color, with a 1/4 inch white head. The head quickly dissolved, and belgain lace was left on the glass.

The smell is dominated by citrus hops: grapefruit and lemon. The taste was like buttermilk biscuits that is quickly overcome by strong grapefruity bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full, with bitter, dry finish.

The drinkability is quite good - I could easily drink too many of these...

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer, with a massive two finger, steady cream colored head and a translucent body bordering on opaque, with tons of sediment and carbonation to muddy the reddish amber waters. Lacing is sticky and everywhere. Nose is a grapefruit/pine hop assault that shows a hint of what I expect when I toss this bad boy down the hatch.

Yeah, the hop action is there in spades, but the bitterness is pretty manageable.
The expected alcohol siege is mostly ineffectual, the hops keep it at bay without completely drowning your taste buds. Mouthfeel is carbonated but okay. Not an everyday beer but worthy among hopheads and challenging Gonzo for the brewery's finest beer.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce imperial "tulip" style pint glass.

A - Nice reddish golden amber with a finger and a half of white head.

S - Nice hop smell. Grass, grapefruit. Some sugary smell as well.

T - Lots of sweetness surprisingly. Not as hugely hopped as I hoped. A nice sipper though, just a bit sugary sweetness.

M - Nice coating mouthfeel.

D - Not what I was expecting from the smell. Still good for a sipping brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wildly hoppy! Color is rich cloudy brown, promising an excellent brew. The very aroma is loaded with hoppiness and has hints of evergreen. Flavor is very hoppy and will overwhelm anyone not used to such a beer. Surprisingly, it is not super-bitter, but very drinkable if you like your beers hoppy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

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Double Dog Double IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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