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RATINGS: 1759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Double Dog Double Pale Ale Back by popular demand, our original "Wild Dog Release" is back, and this time its 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.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 No date on bottle. Pours a nice, transluscent coppery-amber color with an average, creamy, off-white head; longevity is decent and lacing is tight and sporatic. Nose is brash and potent and quite fresh; resinous pine and ruby red grapefruit citrus hops are dominant with lighter tones of floral and a touch of caramel. Wow, flavor is totally one sided but surprisingly quite intoxicating (not a pun); pink grapefruit, a sweet caramel, and a touch of a lighter pomme fruit (maybe mango) start the flavor but it is quickly taken over by a very high, herbal bitterness filled with pine resins. A slight roast note is found in there also, to go with a bold alcohol warmth that is a bit strong, but never hot or astringent. Palate is medium to full, slightly sticky, somewhat chewy, and soft after the initial prickle. Flavor is very long and progressive with all giving way to an all bitter lasting finish with some herbal notes. This is probably the most bitter beer I have had (ASA??, more like IIPA), but the flavors worked well together. It was bold, in your face, and quite potent but done fairly well. Hope you like hops!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2007
Pours hazy amber/brown with a nice beige head. Great biting hoppy aroma, with an undertone of raosted malt. Floral and soapy hop flavor, with an undertone of roasted barley malt. Palate is medium/full, dry, and pleasantly bitter. Definitely one of the better, if not best, flying dogs Ive had, but a bit unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2644) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2007
Draft. Copper pour below an off-white, creamy head. Citrus, grapefruit and straw in the aroma with notes of caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet and presents a moderate to heavy bitterness. Sticky texture and full body. Lively carbonation. Enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
Others have noted all the subtle flavors I tasted in the first instant this beer was in my mouth So I wont elaborate. However, there is an aftertaste of alcohol that makes it seem as though someone poured a shot of chhheeaapp liquor in every bottle. It ruined the beer for me, as I can mix a boilermaker on my own. I expected a nine dollar four-pack to be a lot tastier than this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Rated Blind. Pours a transparent, clover honey amber color with a thin layer of creamy, well sustaining, off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of fragrant blue spruce needles and pink grapefruit zest jump up and grab the nostrils. Some fruity peach and mango notes lie in there as well, along with some sweet, light caramel malty notes. A hint of alcohol detectable in the nose, but not overly astringent or sharp. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Full carbonation, but soft and supple feeling on the tongue. Some sweeter caramel malt and light honey flavors start out the palate with a squeeze of fresh white grapefruit juice. Very bitter, piney hop resins linger on the palate in the final smack, along with some more warming alcohol. Quite nice overall; big and bitter with some nice malt complexity. Alcohol burn is biggest weak point, but its not too high to be considered a major weakness overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2007
Draft @ Gravity Head: Fiery orange pour with little head retention. Moderate lacing. The nose is nicely balanced between oodles of flowery, perfumey hops and cereal and bready malts. A more rounded hop profile is presented in the body - peach, grapefruit, pineapple and well saturated throughout. Almost winey at times with lots of residual sugars.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
12oz Vintage 07B. Hazy caramel copper with a one finger creamy pale beige head that fades to a film after a couple minutes. Nose intense pine, tangerine grapefruit next, and a bit of caramel malts. No idea thus far as to why this isnt a double IPA. Flavor continues with huge pine and citrus unfortunately to the point of astringency, but Ill live. There is some caramel sweetness in there The alcohol is noticeable if youre looking for it, but the huge hops and astringency coming with it trick your mouth into not noticing it. I can tell this is strong. Pretty big bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a full body--as Hoppity said, this isnt very smooth. Not ungodly complex by any means, but pretty good except for the astringency--and again, I dunno why it isnt listed as IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4142) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle; Nose of piney hops with a faint hint of background vanilla sweetness; clear copper with a small beige head; flavor is hop bitterness with some pine and citrus notes; very good ASA could have been an IIPA if I had tasted it without knowing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2007
Had this one on tap. Pours a heavy deep amber. Major hops on the nose. Massive hop taste with a hint of pine. Nice finish with a hop flavor that does not go away.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Pours a deep copper with a touch of haze and thick mountainous head that fades relatively quickly (although a thin layer stays forever, keeping the glass heavily laced). The beer smells awesome - like fresh hops. The last fresh hops I smelled were Goldings hops - this beer smells like that but with a small chewable vitamin C tablet crushed in (probably a citrus-loaded american hop like Centennial...). There are some twisted malt aromas mixed in, too, and some yeast - but, holy smokes, is the aroma hoppy! I personally love the smell of fresh hops, so I am immediately enticed. The flavor starts delectably bittersweet - and big. Loads of pine and grapefruit balance loads of sweet malts, uncovering flavors of honey and caramel. The middle of the tongue is left quite dry after a sip, after being rinsed in nectar. The middle has a blast of pine and bitterness. The finish is pleasantly sweet and full of fresh hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy, but also quite sweet with a hint of smoke. The aftertaste, however, is almost all hops - albeit tinted with honey and alcohol. The carbonation soothes the tongue through the whole process, tricking the mind into thinking this beer is much less than 10.5%. The mouthfeel is quite rich and surprisingly creamy and thin for a beer of this great strength. The beer is exceptionally smooth and hides the alcohol quite well. You can detect alcohol in both aroma and flavor (particularly in the after-taste), but the quickness of the buzz is surprising nevertheless. Very good beer, but likely only loved by hop-heads.


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