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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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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. The simcoe comes right out of this and hits you in the nose. If you are a hop head, this is for you. If not, stay away.

This is my style, and I can be critical of ones that are not really good. This one is really good. It needs no excuses. It is everything an American Double should be and more. Well done.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really like this beer... Picked up a six of this Imperial Simcoe IPA and Flying Dog Truth at Riverside Liquors in Frederick on my way home from work Friday... Lets just say I had go back Sunday pre-game for two more... I have always enjoyed FD product but I found these two to be exceptional... For a 10.0 beer the taste is wonderful and hoppy without being too medicinal as you may find in some beers in the 7% and above range...

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich Simcoe DIPA, not particularly hefty but with a nice sense of rich and braggy balance.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Back to an identifiable and unavoidable Ralph Steadman label illustration with a bat-winged Gonzo skull. Brief side narrative going over intent and brewing spirit. Notes vintage 2011 and batch code (237A11), 70 IBUs, and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber/orange pour. Rich and tall frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and elegant lacing.

S - Great Simcoe hoppy nose with strong resin, pineapple, and grapefruit notes, malty caramel in the back, lingering as it flows…

T - Great expansion of the smell with a strong and very palatable hoppy bitterness, resin, grapefruit shining under that malt caramel.

M - Medium to medium/full body, soft carbonation with a somewhat sticky and smooth range that finishes on a nice long and lingering hoppy dash.

O - A great and rich flow of a well made Simcoe DIPA.

Notes: Nice special release offering from Flying Dog. Pretty fresh and it shows. I'd love to see this as a regular/seasonal offering.

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Photo of Sevoking
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of dlbrockmiller
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine back east sent me a bottle of this to try and I must say that I greatly enjoyed it.

Cloudy yellow, pretty light color

Intense piney smell

Pretty thick mouthfeel

Pretty hoppy, nice bitterness a little citrus but not too much

Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber with sparse sustaining head and decent lacing
S: little earthy, bready, with a hint of honey and maybe nutmeg
T: honey-nut malty forward taste, smooth at the beginning. Bitterness takes over with a sweet fruit taste, papaya or mixed pineapple/pine, evolving to a resiny juniperish finish
M: when the bitterness starts, it's a sweet coating feel. As the taste evolves, the pull becomes drier, and lingers.
O: I have enjoyed the single-hopped FD offerings I have tried to date. This one is no exception. It meets my style of malt-forward, dry end quite well.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= deep golden with a fair head and lacing, pooling and rimming that never quits.

S= Glorious hos florals! Subjectively, it brings back memoroes of rain puddles in clay earth--- odd. Very floral yet earthy-musty. I say that in a positive way. Plenty of nose-wrenching sniffing here. Sweaty t-shirts after a great workout. Very plentiful earthy hops florals.

T= nice malts and extrenely nice Simcoe hops, not overly pine or grapefruit as publicized on their website. Much as I describe in the scents.

M= thick malts and extreme Sincoe hops working together, something to savor.

O= a very powerful brew, very hops dominated yet generous malts in balance.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of CDAtkinson
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the new mixed pack. Pours a nice orange/yellow, great hoppy aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, nice bitterness to it. Great creamy mouthfeel. I've had a lot of "imperial" IPAs in the past, this was definitely on the higher end of the scale. Can really taste the strongness on the swallow, but it's well balanced and well masked. Nice job Flying Dog, this one is a winner in my book.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: perfect; buyant head; dark orange; great hop action; lacing good
S: freshly mowed grass, almost pine-sol in its aroma
T: very bitter, astringent; sharp piney/sappy taste; the simcoe hops help in the transition from the first bite to the aftertaste, but be warned that this is a very sharp, bitter beer

This is definitely, as advertised, an alpha dog; way to go FD.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle code D76A14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma citrusy, primarily grapefruit
Head large (8 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to a 2-3 mm layer with thick froth islands
Lacing abundant but irregular
Body medium yellow with some hop haze
Flavor begins with a burst of slight astringency typical of pink or red grapefruit, although the grapefruit flavor is absent; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. The astringency quickly fades to a chalky finishing feel. A slight alcohol glow begins in the stomach.
Palate is light to medium body, watery but refreshing, with soft carbonation .

Overall, an easy drinking IPA with the potential to sneak up on one.

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Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no dating.

Golden body with a bone white head. Great lacing.

Peach and spice on the nose. Wild flowers. Biscuit malts. Somewhat subdued aromas.

Thin at first, with muted flavors, mostly of honey and biscuits. Slowly opens up, revealing a nice bitterness with some spice and fruits. Very dry.

Subtle, especially for the style, and hides the alcohol well. Nice flavors and easy to drink. And I totally dig the single hop DIPA; we need more of those!

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Photo of davet100
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release, big fan of the imperial single hop series so happy to get come across this. Pours a clear amber colour with a small head. Aroma is pleasant, dank pine and some citrus. Taste is interesting, plenty of pine, accompanied by some grapefruit, booze, and earthiness. The bitterness stands out with this beer, full bodied and a little boozy too, although pretty well balanced by a decent malt backbone. All in all, this is a solid imperial ipa, although nothing out of this world. It does a nice job of profiling the simcoe hop so if you are a simcoe fan, you will not go wrong here, nor will you if you like your beers hoppy and bitter. Always like trying single hop beers so I am glad to try another in this series, the citra and Nelson sauvin still lead the way in my opinion though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of Lothore
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an orangey hue with a big, chunky head that leaves lacing on the way down.

s- nose is a shot of simcoe hops and mild wheatiness

t- big bold simcoe flavor grabs and takes hold of your tongue delivering a deep bitterness on the back end.

m - thick with ample carbonation

d - very drinkable iipa.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber, tall creamy off white head, fantastic lacing, very cloudy. Better than average head retention.

Aroma: Grapefuit, pine, grassy.

Flavor: Strong, bitter hops. Some grapefruit, but mostly pine. The bitterness doesn't linger too long, the finish is pale/amber malt. 10% alcohol and no hint of alcohol, goes to show how strong the Simcoe hops are.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit of astringency. Seems almost oily at the start, but quickly turns to the dry side. Medium carbonation, which helps to lighten up to impact of the bitter hops.

Overall Impression: They went out on a limb here to make a single hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, one of the more bitter varieties. There is surprisingly good balance here. It is bitter upfront, but changes to sweet malt. Imperial IPA's are one of my favorite styles, but I couldn't see drinking more than 12 ounces of this brew in one sitting. Bell's Hopslam I could drink all day. Right from the get-go I put this in the experimental category, so in that aspect it lives up to my expectations (and then some).

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.