After a strange journey of finding this beer, after finding more about this company from Beer Utopia and the following them on twitter, I finally got the Canis Major Pack, and I could not be happier. First off, let me note, I am not generally a fan of beer with a LOT of Hops, but I will always try most beers. I have NEVER had a bad Flying Dog Beer, Never!

So what he have today, the first out of the Canis Major pack for me. Is Double Dog Double Pale Ale

Flying Dog says, “Double Dog Double Pale Ale 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.”

Color/Clarity : Double Dog Double Pale Ale is a grand looking beer with a pleasant clarity to it. It has a great amber tawny color to it ,which light shines through it nicely.

Smell hop aroma: A great uber-hoppy smell comes off the glass, with a light citrusy smell to it and a fantastic smell which I have a hard time describing, almost a malty sweetness combined with dried fruit.

Body : The body of this beer reminds me of the energy I feel when I listen the song Deer Dance by System of a Down. Double Dog plays in your mouth like a really good song. It’s a beer that can push the weak around.

Sweetness: The sweetness of this is just right for the amount of hops involved in this beer.

Spiciness: The hops make this beer pleasantly spicy, and I don’t usually like hoppy beers.

Lingering bitterness: The bitterness is actually great in this beer, if you read the description of this beer, it’s what you would expect.

Flavor: For a hoppy beer, there is a lot of flavor here, nuff’ said.

Balance: This is a well balance beer it was done well enough to let you enjoy the super hoppiness without killing your tongue.

Complexity: This beer is complex, if you take your time with it, it will make you think.

Alcohol feel: Um , don’t drink this beer on a empty stomach, please, that is all.

Drinkability: This beer should be drunk, but with good food, good people and with due respect.

What about the packaging? The label Fits this beer, it really does

Pairings: This would be good with a good German smoked sausage, Cajun chicken, and a good cheese.

Comic Pairings: ! CRISIS: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS, Written by Geoff Johns; Art and covers by Shane Davis and Sandra Hope.

The prelude to “The Blackest Night” begins here! They come from a place of great anger and hatred. They are the Red Lanterns and they will have their revenge against the greatest Green Lantern – Sinestro. That is, unless the Guardians have theirs first.

Some info from the brewer

Brewed by: Flying Dog brewery

http://www.flyingdogales.com

ABV:

11.5%

Plato:

24

IBU’s:

85

Specialty Malts:

Light Crystal Malt

Hops:

Columbus, Worrior, Cascade

Process:

Double recipe of Pale Ale dry hopped with an insane amount of Cascade and Columbus hops

Nutritional Information: Carbs/15.0g  Calories/292