freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another supremely hoppy imperial IPA disguised under a different name. Potent alcohol, strong whiskey notes, and uber-bitter grapefruity hop finish. Is it good?: yup. Is it groundbreaking?: no way. Enough of this already. There is more to beer than being "extreme". As good as this is (and it is good), it bores me. Typical of the "over-the-top" American beer movement. Iím more impressed by branching out (gruit!, double white ale!!) than attempting to leapfrog countless others who have tried their hand at an uber hoppy monster ale.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a white head. Aroma is of some malts with citrus hops. Flavor is malty with a moderate bitter hop finish.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass a surprisingly clear dark amber. Little to no head but foam ring around edge leaves moderate lacing down glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some sweet carmel malts. Taste is hard to pin down. Pine is the dominant flavor with carmel and grapefruit in the background. Excellent blend. Not as sweet as most DIPAs, which is a plus. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. Scary drinkable at ABV. Excellent DIPA.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this surprised me. im not the biggest flying dog fan.....but they managed to make a good IIPA. the beer looks great. crystal clear dark golden body with an everlasting thick white head that leaves lacing clinging all the way down the glass. aroma pine and quite a bit of earthy caramelized malt. strong bittersweet spicy pine flavor. loads o hops. the sweet malt comes through for a minute but is quickly washed away by the spicy black pepper hops. very spicy dry finish with a hint of sweetness. full body. nice soft carbonation. a lot better than expected. well done.
islay (1376) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Strongly hoppy aroma features grapefruit and pine (standard American pale ale fare) as well as sweet malt scents that hint at maple syrup. Pours a slightly hazy dark tan / amber with a golden hue and a small to moderate amount of relatively short-lasting, fluffy, yellow-tinted, beige head. Produces good lacing, especially for a beer without a huge head. Sharply and bitterly hoppy flavor. Alcohol evident. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit in the taste. Mint and pepper flavors, reminiscent of a rye whiskey. Double Dog definitely leans toward the hops in the balance. Just today, I was saying that I havenít had a truly bitter double IPA, as most are fairly sweet due to the high malt concentration. Well, this one comes close. Long, bitter aftertaste. Full-bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Good bite, again reminiscent of an American whiskey (but of course much more subdued). Easy to drink for a beer so thick and high in alcohol. I have been very tough in my ratings lately, so a 3.7 is something of a rave. Double Dog is a strong, mean hop machine. It stands as my first beer of the 2007 baseball season, and I opened it at the beginning of the Minnesota-Baltimore opener to celebrate the long-awaited return of American League baseball. Go Twins!
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown and clear with a tan head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. The flavor and palate, while good, were not anything uncommon. Double Dog is a good drinking experience, but Double Bastard is still the standard.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent sized head from a soft pour. Light beigy orange in color. Very dense bubbles. Huge pine and spruce aroma from the hops. Some caramel malts and buttercream in there also. Hint of roasted nuts in the background. Pretty complex aroma actually. Color is a cloudy, dark mahagony brown. Very bitter and hoppy flavor. Grapefruit rind and pine. Lots of pine sap. Good roasted grain balance in there along with plenty of sweet caramelly malts. Noticable alcohol presence that makes the gums tingle. Finish is hoppy and bitter and warming. Dry yet sweet and malty. A pretty darn good ASA or IIPA. You could probably throw it into either category that you wish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dottle. Hazy iced tea color with nice tight white head. Great pine hop aroma. Rich and malty taste with sweetness also .Massive lacing all over the glass. Very good citrus hop flavor throughtout with strong hop finish. Very good.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 12 oz bottle from Leopold Stotch. Thanks Brandon. This was a complete surprise for me. Personally, I didnt care for the Gonzo or IPA from this brewery, so I didnít have much hope for this one. This beer is superbly dry hopped with lots of nice hops, which I presume to be Centennial and Simcoe. Palate and appearance are nearly perfect. Alcohol burn is a little strong, otherwise, this is a world class IPA that would hold itís own next to anything from the likes of Pizza Port or Russian River.
milewide (1672) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Amber color. Medium body. Grapefruit up front with lingering bitterness---which I like. Only the "amber-red" color and name seperate this from a DIPA, IMO. ABV over powers all other flavors.