islay (2660) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2007
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
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 (2585) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
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
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
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 (2222) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2007
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. alexsdad06 (10276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium white head. Aromas included piney hops, citrus, and some malt. I get a little more citrus in the flavor than in the aroma. The malt is present but a bit dominated by the hop bitterness. Finish is dry and bitter. One of the better flying dog brews. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle: Pours dark amber in color with a pretty sizeable amount of white head. Smell is very piney and earthy. Taste is pretty similar, piney, earthy, but with some maltiness to it, almost caramel like. This is a pretty good beer overall. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Pours dark amber forming a medium sized foamy head. Aroma of strong piney hops, malty sugars. Flavor is of strong yummy hops with a particular malty and bitter finish. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours copper with thick off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma, a little sweet cotton candy, with a slight alcohol bite. Strong citrus bitterness with a bit of toffee smoothness. Nothing incredibly original, but delicious nonetheless.