Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
07-29-2011 01:31:26 | More by schoolboy
4.76/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-15-2013 23:57:40 | More by bubseymour
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
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...
11-30-2013 03:54:59 | More by onedogtwodog
4.58/5 rDev +12%
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!
06-17-2011 02:52:02 | More by ReelBigwigFish
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
05-06-2011 11:42:17 | More by Daniellobo
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
09-05-2011 12:52:39 | More by Sevoking
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
09-13-2011 22:03:58 | More by dlbrockmiller
4.39/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-09-2014 02:52:06 | More by OneDropSoup
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
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