Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

171 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: thain709 on 11-09-2010

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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by facundoCNB:
Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean golden/light copper pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. slow dissipation, great head retention. aroma of pine needles, grapefruit, a HINT of the cat pee you normally get from simcoe (probably still too fresh to get that weird scent full on). the flavor is dead on with aroma, but with quite bit of alcohol present. a nice malty caramel body with tons of simcoe hop. a lovely tasting beer realy, but the alcohol needs to be muted a bit. a medium body beer, creamy and sticky on the lips, modest amount of carbonation.

this has a lot going on for being a single hopped ipa.. complex hop feel, which is just a fantastic use of them - great job by the brewer. definitely worth checking out, and i can't wait to try more of their single hopped beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Nothing but Simcoe hops (70 IBUs) in this brew, which are used for both bittering and aroma-enhancing properties, and known for their often fruity, piney and woody characteristics. Cloudy golden with a massive creamy white head and impressive lacing. Dank, musty, pine-laden, citrusy nose that has a calming effect if inhaled deeply. Super creamy and light on the palate. Biscuity sweet malts. Earthy. Woody. Warming alcohol. Sticky, oily hops. Tons of pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus rinds and spice. Sticky as hell. Bone-dry with a hint of chalky aspirin. Leafy finish. This is a must-try for hopheads and standout amongst other “single hop” attempts.

Photo of Sevoking
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber color w/ good lacing into a non-descript tumbler that i found in the back of my bro's kitchen cabinet. I wasn't gonna complain of the lack of glassware since he was supplying me this tasty Simcoe treat.

S: Glorious hop aroma. A citrusy floral bouquet. One of the best I've had.

T: In your face, citrusy, piney hops, but w/ a good balance of sweet malts. Bitter finish, but not overly bitter to were you could drink more than one. But @ 10% ABV, a 2nd may kick your butt w/out even knowing it until too late!

M: Medium body feel.

O: A great hop-bomb! Love the single-hop idea. This beer regained my trust in Flying Dog as a quality brewer. Definitely will try this again if I can find it.

Photo of Soonami
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks BrewerDan23 for sharing this.

Hazy apricot with a thin ring of foam. SIMCOE! Pine, orange and a little grainy sweetness. None of the onion-y, catty, stinky Simcoe aroma that I dislike. There is an aggresive bitterness with a lingering hop resin. Grapefruit peel flavors adds astringency in the finish which is also very dry with a rubber band kind of aftertaste. This is a slightly sweet beer at first then very bitter in the end.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super fresh DIPA single hopped with Simcoe no less, the drink before date is 076A14, drink before the 76th day of 2014 I can handle that. Pours a deep crystal clear copper/orange hue with white head brilliant and shining with the light. Perfect intricate lacing left behind. Aromatics give me orange zest, tropical fruit, a touch of alcohol presence and sweet candied malt sugars. Flavor brings layered alcohol with grapefruit notes, big malt presence of sweetness and drying hop layers, it's intense and wonderful at the same time, the 10% alcohol by volume can't run and can't hide. Sugary hops, big hop flavor earthiness, bitterness, rough alcohol seem to collide on the palate with the first few sips and this has no plans on letting up in fact it wants to add some orange/grapefruit peel zest to the mix. Kind of like brushing your teeth with Pine Sol in a good way...I'm in, and I'm drinking and enjoying it. Mouthfeel is full bodied resinous hop oils from the front to back, ample carbonation carries it way too well. Overall a big hoppy single hopped beast of a beer from Flying Dog most will enjoy few will be able to get past the huge beer aspects this brew has to offer.

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy Crabbicuss.

Poured a light golden bronze color with quite a bit of fluffy eige head on it.

Smell is full of hops. Great aroma!!!

Taste is very hoppy throughout with some citrus and pine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a really good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of nickthetick
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear amber gold into my DFH snifter with two fingers of off white head with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: floral and citrus like. Good malt base.

T: strong hop flavors over bare the tongue. Citrus and grass and flower like. There is no hiding the alcohol, its out there and loving it.

MF: heavy resin like body with great carbonation and a bit warm.

O: GREAT IIPA! Love the flavor but hate the mouth feel.

Photo of bum732
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Pine resin, grapefruit pith, bready malt with a caramel backbone.

L: Light hazy, light orange, dusting of white head, good lacing.

T: Sweet bready malt with a subsquent pine backbone. Medium high pine-sol like bitterness leading to a caramel sweet backbone.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Ok IPA, pretty ordinary to be honest.

Photo of nimrod979
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with an average-sized white head.

Aroma is huge skunky piney hop aromas. I'm even sensing some floral and even fruity notes. Weird, considering this is a single hop and should have a defining characteristic.

Taste is the same. Piney and resiny hops. Great bitterness that Simcoe is known for. and even some slight tropical/citrusy flavors creep in the finish. This beer doesn't hide the 10% as much as the El Dorado did but it might because of this being a little less complex with no malt backing, pretty much ALL hops. It's a good flavorful brew. Not overly sweet, Nice medium body, smooth, soft and has a long bitter finish.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #39
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Snagged this one from the Alpha Collection mixed 12 pack.

Look: A medium copper color. Very clear for an imperial (must be filtered). The head was a white fizzy film that diminished quickly. At 10% ABV – I can’t blame it.

Smell: Heavy pine notes with some sweet honey as I pulled away. Some alcohol was also noticeable.

Taste: This was an extremely drinkable imperial IPA. Started out with sweet honey notes and then strong pine that complimented the sweetness well. The finish was a pleasant bitterness. This beer reminded me of the Oskar Blues Gubna - but switch out the caramel and floral notes for honey and pine. Regardless, this is a well crafted and enjoyable Imperial. I am a huge fan of balanced beers and I think the excellent balance gives this beer a high level of drinkability for an imperial. Well done Flying Dog!

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A gorgeous deep crystal tangerine clear orange, with hints of supper shiny copper edges. Slow to medium rising cascading pinehead bubbles fill the glass, to make a tall four finger soapy big retention head. Island pucked top and soapy clumps of lace smash the glass all over. A real good looker we have here folks.

Nose has a hint of pine and juice like fruit, mostly earthy qualities but also a little muddy. Pretty solid, not much sweetness or imperfections going on here which is nice.

First sip is a large oily thick and syrup coat that hints at brown sugar, but finishes with a piney oil slick the whaffs up nicely on the swallow. Good moderate carbonation and no boozy off putting flavors either. Lots of chewy pine going on here, not much of a fruit angle in the flavor but seems to be trickery on the senses more than anything.

Overall, really do enjoy these single hop beer from Flying Dog.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few bottles in their latest variety pack.

A: Pours a golden color, pretty clear but with a slight haze in there. Small head receded down to a ring around the edges. Good lacing.

S: Glorious aroma of hops. Citrus, floral, pine scents... it's got that DANK smell, na'mean?

T: Very crisp, citrusy, floral. For all the hop aroma and flavor, the little bits of sweet malt that exist make it go down quite easy. Has a slight bitter dry finish. Grapefruit flavors linger after each sip.

M: Medium bodied and just a little sticky. Light carbonation, finishes just dry enough to make it great.

O: This beer has made me realize how good simcoe hops are. I was never a huge fan of the weyerbacher simcoe dipa because it showcases a strong malt profile, but this one really lets the hop flag fly. Make this year round!

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a store that sold a couple of singles but the only true way to get bottles is to obtain the variety pack.

A - Pours a nice amber tinted golden yellow with a full inch of fluffy white head. Has full on lacing.

S - Surprisingly it has a solid malt profile that resembles a bit of caramel coated gram crackers. The hop profile is subtle but smells dangerously bitter pine.

T - Wow what a clean hop taste! Not as bitter as I thought more of a grapefruit or tart orange peal hop that quickly balances with the gram cracker like malt. Flavor sticks to the tongue as well.

M - Feels medium bodied on the tongue but ABV is nice and high. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall I was impressed with this one and kind of mad I only could grab two. You would only get four if you got the case so I should consider myself lucky, so if your a hop head seek this one out at a singles shop!

Photo of bubseymour
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Nice copper clear color with 1 finger head that grew to 2 over course of several minutes. Great retention and carbonation

Smell - Wonder fruity apricot scented hops. Would have given it a 5 but I had a Heady Topper the other day and nothing beats that smell.

Taste - A hop wallop for sure, but very balanced with the malt backing and not much bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and buttery. Very pleasant for a double IPA.

Overall - I have to say Flying Dog has really found their stride lately with the super-hopped, high ABV IPAs. This one also is a tremendous beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. purchased in the greater Washington D.C. are, unknown brewing/bottling date, drank out of my FFF Teku glass over 30-44 minutes

Photo of DaveHS
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with 1/2 inch of creamy head.

S-Pine needles, sap, caramel malt.

T/M-Less intensely piny/resinous than most all simcoe beers. A little too malty sweet for me. This beer would be better served by a drier, less pronounced malt base. The finish is sweet, with a layer of astringent pine bitterness.

O-Good, but not worth buying the whole box set to obtain.

Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, floral hops, some pine, honey and sweet biscuity/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus/grapefruit, herbal notes, a piney bitterness and some sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Very nice for a single hopped DIPA.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Two fingers of lumpy, glistening custard head over transparent golden orange body with plenty of nucleation.

Smells of dank, pithy grapefruit, a little peachy, slightly minty, some clementine, with a subtle but sharp sticky sweetness.

Taste follows, with that thick grapefruit, woody pine, an almost waxy flavor like hard cheese rind, wrapping up with a quick sweetness like lemon cookie followed by stiff alcohol, verging on overpowering but not quite. Yeah, this leaves a dead zone on my tongue.

Full-bodied, resiny, but surprising light & easy-drinking before leaving that tacky residue around my mouth.

I was really looking forward to this, & it delivered. Simcoe may very well be my favorite "spotlight" hop, & while this didn't have quite the catty note I was anticipating, it didn't disappoint. I've had a few of the Single Hop IIPAs from Flying Dog, & most have a cakey character that's not found here. One of the better DIPAs I've had lately.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

The pour is a nice copper color with a 1.5-finger white head and a pretty good dose of lacing. The nose is really nice, starting out with some citrus and pine hops. Later, as it warms, I get quite a few tropical notes which is a bit unexpected from a single-hop beer with Simcoe. Nonetheless, I get a fair amount of peach, reminding me of the Jolly Ranchers of that variety.

The taste is a bit more mild with some citrus and tropical notes as well as a slight malt backing. It's a bit hot with alcohol coming in here whereas it hadn't in the nose. Body is pretty dry and nicely bitter. Medium body. Really nice and interesting. I'd love to have more from what I hope will become a series.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this bottle!

Taking a small break from blinded beers tonight, so let's hit up some hops and such, eh? Or, in this case, one hop (and such). The hop container pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, leeks, dank greens, mandarin oranges, toffee, and a twinge of apricot spread over everything. The taste holds notes of caramel, light pine, very light leek, greens, grapefruit peel, and a dash of cilantro. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel, and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA from the Steadman-bedecked boys from Maryland. For once, I actually find the hop character a tad lacking, though I'm really not gonna argue with the pleasant balance in its place. Good times.

Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Mango, papaya, dank greens, tangerine and candy sugar. Has just a touch of cat piss.

Taste
Musty dank greenery, wintergreen gum and pine. Lighter notes of tangerine, mango and papaya. Thin candy sugar maltiness with notes of lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a lot of resin lingering on. Picks up hints of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, smooth and dry.

Overall
A great hop perhaps best used with other varieties. It tends to get pretty resinous by itself. Overall, this is still a well executed beer.

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 12 pack sampler. The bottle reads that this is "Batch 2" and is hopped with only Simcoe hops.

The beer pour a copper-orange color. Very light head on top, though good carbonation throughout.

The aroma is delightful and well-balanced. Citrus right off the bat, along with faint pine, honey, lilies, and wet grass. Quite rich.

The flavor is also quite rich. It starts off with a nice sweetness and flavors of honey and citrus. As it continues, there is a nice bitter bite on the back of the tongue, almost puckering. The finish is somewhat metallic, though not necessarily undesirable. The hefty hop flavor dominates the palate, but the beer actually tastes quite crisp with the 10 percent ABV hiding well underneath (though becoming more noticeable and warming on the way down).

Overall, this is a fine beer, and an excellent example of the style. I really like the single hopping (experiment?) that is showing up in these 12 packs (not sure if this is available outside the 12 pack). The flavor is rich, an the beer is wonderful.

Photo of Morey
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no freshness date. It does say 2011 on the bottom left corner of the label, but that's not good enough for me. This is an Ipa after all.

Poured hazy orange in color. It's topped by one finger's worth of fluffy white head. It's settled to a thin layer after only about 5 minutes or less. There is however, a pretty significant amount of lacing on the sides of the glass...especially for a beer that's 10%.

Initially (after the pour) I got a good dose of citrus hops in the nose. I'm still getting them a bit, but the malts, along with the alcohol are much more dominant in the aroma now. A bit of a metallic smell too.

Taste is malty and slightly metallic up front. Nice hop bitterness towards the middle. A little alcohol heat towards the end, but it's not overwhelming at all. I could use a bit more lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol and malts round things out for the most part.

Medium bodied with a relatively low carbonation.

A pretty good DIPA overall. Nothing worth searching out, but it's definitely a good beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: I really wish that I knew how fresh that this beer was. I'm guessing that it's at least a few months old. Would love to have a fresher bottle, but since FD chose not to date this, I reviewed it anyway.

**Note- drink this cold! The alcohol shows itself more as the beer warms, and the hops show themselves less.

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with skunky dry citrus, wet tobacco, and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just so much more of everything. There's some light sweet malt up front, but it's quickly overwhelmed by the simcoe hop goodness, which quickly dries this beer our. The finish is long, skunky, dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a smooth, somewhat creamy, intensely bitter finish.

Just an excellent DIPA, and one where the cask conditioning does not detract at all from the beer's flavor profile. Good stuff...

Photo of CDAtkinson
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an off white head which tipped off its malty taste.
S: Spicy banana and coconut biscuit
T: The above with overall spicy and savory flavors balanced by sweet malts
M: Spritzy and full, a little heavier than you'd expect on an IPA
O: Unique and intense taste, finishing with a refreshing hoppy bite. I will certainly reach for it again.

It pairs deliciously with spicy pepperoni pizza.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.