The second review in June’s FLYING DOG THEME WEEK is their Double Pale Ale, DOUBLE DOG.
Flying Dog’s Double Dog Double Pale Ale is just what it claims, a hoppy beer (85 IBUs) with a massive 11.5% ABV.
Back by popular demand, our original “Wild Dog Release” is back, and this time it’s for good. Double Dog Double Pale Ale is a generously hopped ale with a deep red color and pours with a nice frothy head. The abundance of hops will conjure some provocative aromas with hints of raisins and citrus.
Double Dog pours a light copper color with golden highlights on the bottom and auburn hues at the top. The head is massive and stays for a few minutes, before relenting to a slight foamy covering. Lacing is sticky and hangs for the duration.
The nose is heavy with pine and sugary sweetness. Hints of alcohol, strawberry and peach are dancing around in the background.
An alcoholic bite greets you before you even taken a single sip. The warmth is waiting for you, biding its time. Hops are the name of the game with this one. Piney/floral flavors fill your mouth and run all the way down your throat. This is an overpowering beer and definitely not for the faint of heart…and by that I mean people that aren’t used to the hops. Sadly none of the fruit scents that appeared in the nose are actually present in the taste.
Although the beer itself is light, the mouthfeel is sticky and has a distinct warming taste throughout.
You definitely have to be in the right mood to enjoy the Double Dog Double Pale Ale. I’m learning to love the hop-bombs, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I’m not going to buy it again anytime soon, but maybe I’ll give it another shot sometime down the road.
Overall: 4 out of 10
As an AMERICAN DOUBLE/IMPERIAL IPA: 5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Stone RUINATION IPA, Dogfish Head 90 MINUTE IPA, Avery MAHARAJA