Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo)

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davet100 on 03-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by CaptCleveland:
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at local Heinen's. No born on date, but brew received in store two days prior.

Orange-honey elixir poured into SA glass. Huge, white thick head, copious lacing.

Huge spice and orange aroma predominate with dank, earthy undertones.

The spice is large here, lending almost a rye flavor throughout the tasting. Some tropical fruit and alcohol.

Medium to full body, sharply carbonated, tangy.

Decent brew but not in the class of other single-hopped Amarillo brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear copper orange body with a full bubbled light off white khaki head, forms fine speckled lacing down my chalice. Aromatics start off with mango/pineapple and quickly turn toward a tart citric, crushed aspirin, cat pee ammonia sharpness that is unique to those Amarillo hops. When blended with other hops, this one tends to perform better however this is a single hopped 10% DIPA from Flying Dog. The flavor hits with a nice upfront malt profile, biscuit/honey tones quickly wiped away by bitter hops and waves of hop flavors including some quite unpleasant astringent character like onion/herbal vegetable, again cat pee, just pretty much a booze ridden finish equates to a really bad experience in this glass. I can't picture finish the rest of my six pack there are only four bottles left but it's going to feel like a marathon.

Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright, sun yellow with orange hues and pours thin.

Definitely notice the amarillo hops giving this a nice waft. Also smells of pepper, spices, and slight fruit notes.

Taste has some 'heat,' if you want to call it that, most likely coming from the hints of pepper and other spices I got in the nose. Very bitter, but not overwhelmingly, an overall palate pleaser.

Mouthfeel is not really my cup of joe. A bit too peppery bitterness for me.

Overall this is a decent IIPA, but would not go out of my way to find again.

Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale orange with remarkable clarity (probably filtered) and a sudsy white head. Good lacing. Quite a nice looking beer.

S - smell is musty, yet bright. There's some tropical fruit and peach, but overall the nose is a bit murky and indistinct.

T - like the nose, the flavor of this beer starts out bright and fruity, but indistinct. There's a honey sweet center and copper penny bitterness running through it. Decent at first, but it gets much better as the beer warms and its flavors distinguish themselves. There's peach, grapefruit and just a little pine. Juicy, just as you would expect from Amarillo. Not as dry and boozy as other single hop IIPAs I've had from Flying Dog.

M - fizzy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes really dry in a way that helps the hops shine.

Overall, this is a must-try for fans of Amarillo hops. Reminiscent of DirtWolf with its light, dry body with a lot of soft, juicy peach. It's plenty bitter though -- this one's for hop heads only.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (220A14)

A: Crystal clear copper body with decent lacing but with a minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: This is one clearly fruity DIPA. Lots of straightforward citrus flavors including oranges, tangerines and a bit of the tartness of grapefruit.

T: Its been a while since I've had one from their Single Hop series. Decently balanced with a bit of resin on the backend. Sweet malts with lots of citrus from the hops. You taste this one forever, the taste really lingers since your is just completely coated like you are sucking on a hop candy (but not as sweet).

M: Very prickly/rough/coarse with lots of forceful carbonation initially that slowly mellows out as it goes to the back of your throat. That all disappears as it warms leaving it with a nice foamy feel.

O: Another great entry in the Single Hop series. This is just a really tasty DIPA and makes me want to really try some other single hop beers, like Mikkeller's but those are super old now. I wish they would stop repeating, especially the El Dorado. I would love to see the Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace and Centennial from before. I swear I couldn't find the Sorachi Ace or Simcoe at all last year, like they didn't release it but they were supposed to.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Consumed in a Speigelau ipa glass.

A: Big frothy milky white head of one inch proves to have a lasting visual effect leaving thick, clumps of lace behind. Quick release of macro-effervesce mixes with a soft release of micro-bubbles of light to medium density.

S: Lemony-grassiness that finishes out with a lightly dry citric-graininess. Quickly depleting aromatic strength is its one drawback, light in delivery with some dried barley-grassiness on the end.

T: Flavor was spicy and citric, lemony grassiness with some fresh orange peel. Dry toasted sweetness, barley, with warming grassy hops compliments of the 10%abv which was very well mannered. Spicy citrus toast, clean flavor, sharp spiciness with a sweet toasted, dry hop finish. Nice level of intensity from the hops.

M: Thick malty substance, grassy-alcohol notes of warmth, light to medium rate of carbonation with a spicy, dry citric finish off the tongue.

O: Overall really nice single hop representation, just the right amount of alcohol that is easily manageable and shows the vast complexity and range of the amarillo hop. Solid 4.0 flavor and drinkability factor and definitely one of the better amarillo single hop varieties that i have had. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold and clear, ivory head of fine bubbled foam

S: orange groves and flowery fields, some suggestions of spice

T: hop flavors from the nose carry over, bringing citric and orange-flavors to the fold, with spicier notes mixed in with the floral elements; sweet and clean malts underscore the affair

M: moderately chewy, somewhat dense, medium-full body, mild carbonation on the tongue

O: a drinkable beer, probably a surefire hit for fans of the hop, worth a try for the general population

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Flying Dog, my first of their Single Hop IPA series of beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy citrusy orange colored body with about two fingers of frothy khaki head. Lots of sticky scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is very nice also. Bright floral / citrus hops. Piney and skunky. Bready honeyed malt to keep things balanced. There is some pungent yeasty sort of aroma distinct in there also.

T - Taste follows the nose - very bitter grapefruit, pine, bready honeyed malt. Fairly simple, but nice. Fresh, juicy, tropical, and lightly floral.

M - Feel is bready bitter and dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA from Flying Dog, definitely one of the better and more memorable beers I've had from them in a while. I look forward to trying more of their Single Hop IPA's.

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) ---4/5.

Photo of BB1313
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent golden orange with a huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very nice lacing. This is truly a great looking beer. The aromas are nice. Lots of ripe fruit. There's subtle hints of orange and lime. Some garlic and onion notes. Some rubber. The flavors really match. Some caramel malts in the mix blend well with the Amarillo hops. More lime with hints of lemon zest in the finish. Some fresh grass. This is pretty earthy. There's an extremely subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not boozy at all or anything. It's actually dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy drinking.

This is a very solid DIPA. They do a good job of showcasing Amarillo hops. It's fun to drink, I like it. It's somewhat unique, so for that it gets extra credit.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Copper/Amber in color, pours an impressive multi finger head with limited retention but solid lacing.

S- Not overly powerful but pleasant. Certainly within the imperial IPA spectrum.

T- More sweetness present than bitterness but certainly not in a problematic way. The 10% ABV is well hidden.

M- Leaving behind a nice IIPA stickiness, not overly dense in body.

O- I'll put this high on my second tier of IIPA's but only because I've had so many good ones lately. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Tangerine, clementine, candied orange, and pineapple.

Grapefruit zest, orange rind, and hints of tangerine pith. Thin candy sugar backbone with additional notes of aspirin and onion. Dried pine needles linger on.

Full bodied, oily, bitter, dry, and resinous.

Smells fantastic but the bitterness really takes a hold of the flavor with citrus zest and onion losing some of the juicy qualities.

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- golden, not very hazy

S - a little citrus, not much, and some grass

t - more grass, not a lot of citrus. A little bit of sweetness and malt...but not too much. The 10% ABV is very well hidden.

m -pleasant

o - not bad. I prefer hops with more citrus flavours.

Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a crystal clear light amber orange.

The aroma has extremely ripe pineapple, mango, sweet orange peel, a bit of sour guava, sugary malt and breadiness. A hint of alcohol in the back.

The flavor has a huge bready malt in the front with medium plus sweetness and lots of alcohol riding throughout. The hops flavors are of orange, orange peel, bitter grapefruit, reasonably sweet citrus, a slight tropical, with medium plus bitterness of resinous pine and grapefruit.

There’s even a bit of green jalapeno flesh in the flavor, more so on the aroma.

In the end, there could be more hop flavor instead of the alcohol and malt sweetness in this beer.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 220 (August 8) of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a light honey golden body with a thick white head.

Smell: Tropical hops and caramel malts. Inviting.

Taste: Delicious orangey flavor from the Amarillo hops. Now this is what I would describe as grapefruit/melon/etc. Slightly sweet caramel flavored malts and maybe the ever so slightest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light for a 10% ALC/VOL imperial IPA. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Very delicious. I think Amarillo is one of my favorite hops and one with which I plan to do a single hop pale ale homebrew later this year. If any complaints are to be made of this beer, it is perhaps a little too malty (at times) and maybe a little too one dimensional, which is logical, since this is a single hop DIPA. Overall, I like it!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/12/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite hoppy and boozy in the taste.

Photo of davet100
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New single hop imperial series release, brewed exclusively with Amarillo. 12oz bottle pours a clear amber color into my goblet . I have been looking forward to this for awhile, and with the exception of Gumballhead, I have not had many beers exclusively hopped with Amarillo so I expected something interesting, even though it features in so many IPA hop bills nowadays.

Straight of the bat, there is lots of orangey notes in the aroma, aromatic and floral too. The taste follows, plenty of tangerine and fruitiness, coupled with floral and some dank piney and grassy notes. Some grapefruit presence too and a little sweetness seems to creep in towards the end. The body is so clean and fresh and remarkably light for something weighing in at 10% making this deceptively drinkable and approachable. The bitterness is very present, and hoppy in a pleasant way that reminds you this is DIPA, but kept in check by a relatively light, yet sturdy malt bill.

All in all, a very enjoyable DIPA. Packed full of flavor and if you are a fan of amarillo, or perhaps you don't know it yet, give this a go as it is expertly showcased. Another fine addition to this single hop imperial IPA series, always look forward to these releases and it would seem we have plenty more to look forward to in terms of IPA's from these guys throughout the rest of 2014.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's something about showcasing a single hop in a hoppy ale which attracts beer lovers. I'm one of the victims. Here's comes 12 ounces. On to the beer:

An inch of soapy suds rests on top this candied orange beer. The retention of the head is very good, biut the mounds of lace it gives off around the chalice is eye candy. One smell shows how potent the liquid can be, very strong and hoppy, albeit with rough edges. It smells sweet with resin, bittersweet grass trimmings, spicy alcohol, vegetal.

The rough edges of the aroma have been given a sanded edge. It's a little smoother than I was expecting, though at 10% ABV this is no picnic. It's still hoppy enough to respect. It starts of sweet and resiny. Then the bitterness hits and seems to briefly numb the palate. Grapefruit with a dusting of sugar comes around. A little of the alcohol shows itself, though the beer does manage to possess some drinkability for its size. Bitter with a bite of toffee and grapefruit in the aftertaste.

A reasonable Imperial IPA that can grow hair on your chest.

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't want too big a beer right now, but I still went with this monster, and I have no regrets. It is huge, but it is also interesting and almost subtle. I think the alcohol is going to hit me really fast and hard, but it's worth it.

It is a very pretty thing, all dark golden, clear and lacey. The aroma is unique and skunky. I like it a lot.

The taste is crisp and clean, hoppy and unique. It's a little syrupy and thick but yummy.

The aftertaste is also thick and hoppy, and I think two of these will put you out of your misery (three will definitely do you in). Nice one from those proudly unique flying hounds.

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a straw gold color with thin foam. I get a toasted straw note with some candied citrus peel aroma, matched by the taste of a light piney citrusy character. It's strong--10%!-- but it doesn't show.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a tropical fruit aroma with some pine and grapefruit hops mixed within. These tropical fruit include tangerine citrus as well as a nice bit of papaya and mango as well as a hint of pineapple. Along with these aromas are some smells of a doughty nature as well as a little bit of caramel sweetness. With some lighter hop smells of a floral and grassy nature joining the other hop and more fruity and malty aromas, the overall smell is a nice blend of a big and robust of a fruity and nicely hopped aroma.

Taste – The taste begins sweet flavor of a fruity nature with lots of tangerine and some more caramel like flavors. Along with these, is a doughy taste that is combined with a nice bit of a pine hop flavor upfront. As the taste advances it remains rather sweet, but losses some of the tropical fruit flavors with them transitioning to a more toffee like flavor. Along with the change in the sweeter tastes, so too do the hop flavors transition. While the pine remains a strong hop flavor in the profile, other hop flavors of an earthy and grassy nature as well as a hint of a floral hop taste work their way to the tongue. In the end, with a bit of an alcohol flavor that comes to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat warming, sort of sweet and moderately hopped bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather nice for the doughy and sweet flavors of the brew all while holding up the hop flavors of the brew nicely.

Overall – Another rather tasty single hop DIPA by Flying dog. Big in flavor with it all the while rather drinkable, even with the slight booze and bitter grassy and earthy resinous flavors that are in the flavor, which actually help slow one down just enough in drinking it too fast in light of the 10 % abv.. A fairly nice drinking DIPA.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Super dark transparent gold, with heavy bubbles rising to about notch above a finger's length. Thick tillyou take a sip and settle with a slight uneven lacing

Smell: Strong piney/hops scent that might overwhelm some people. Has a scent that might come off a bit spoiled. I know what this smell is, it's like when you visit a brewery and that hard yeast and hops scent sitting next to the barrels.

Taste: Not as complex as I like them but does the job, straight hops and straight bitterness that will raise your eyebrow on it's palate tangy feel. A little sour note it, feels like a bit of lemon was added.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation with an ultra grapefruit citrus skin feel.

Overall: Not a bad brew but Flying Dog has made better, when you have had Double Dog and then you have this it feels like you're downgrading and literally paying more. Obviously an experiment gone wrong or up depending on what you feel.

Photo of psumjl269
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is the one of the best IPA I've ever had. Looks great, tastes a little sweet on the front end and super bitter on the back end, smells like kettle corn, and is extremely drinkable. I've had this on tap and on bottle and it doesn't matter - it's an all time great.

I recommend trying this very strongly. It's great and at 10%, it'll buzz you after a few beers. AMAZING BEER!

Photo of hops202
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into spiegelau glass

A - pours dark golden orange color with decent transparency

S - Tropical fruit and grapefruit with some pine in there as well. There is definitely some papaya and mango hiding in there along with some pineapple.

T - Starts off with a fruity blast then followed by a slight bready/doughy taste with some good piney resin flavor. Not too resinous though.

M - Decent mouthfeel - a little thick but also has lots of carbonation and I don't think its the glass doing that.

O - very good single hop

Photo of thecheapies
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde with a rich heady foam top. Carbonation bubbles sticking below the cap along the glass walls. Laces good.

Spicy hops, orange citrus, pale maltiness with a touch of sweetness. Musky fruits and earthiness.

Very spicy with cherimoya and orange fruits. Distinct custard apple and floral tea. Quite happening! Depth of flavors are awesome. Maltiness breathes with ale sweetness, and the alcohol is unforgettable, also. Has a sting, but I love it. Carbonation is permeable to a hefty creamed body. Awesome sauce.

Photo of bleedsblu
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Piss golden but very appropriate for an IPA.

Smell: ahhh nectar of the Gods, citrus, very ncie

Taste: Citrus with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering though

Mouth feel: Not extremely thick but very smooth, not thin , not thick but just right Goldielocks

Overall: Great beer, smooth, and the Amarillo hops I believe is a neat nice touch

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) from Flying Dog Brewery
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