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
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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is quite boozy and has a somewhat harsh hop bitterness that lingers after each sip.

Photo of bark
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2. Best before August 27th 2011.

The colour is gold with hints of red - brighter than their pale ale is which was a bit unexpected. The liquid is clear. The two-finger thick warm white foam is durable and compact; it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The scent is not as strong as I hoped. It is surely noticeable, but it does not fill the room like some DIPA can/should do. I note a sweet tone somewhere between honey and resin. A soft yet strong bitterness, notions of alcohol and bitter orange. A most unexpected note of onions and garlic are also present in the background. I fould some pineapple and pickled apricots, too.

The taste is classic American DIPA: Sweet citrus fruit, tree sap and exotic fruits, a solid (if not overwhelming) bitterness and some alcohol. There are big flavours, at times a little heavy. The sweetness is quite strong, but soft and balanced. It is at all balanced, and nothing stands out: Very well done for a single hop beer. Slightly earthy notes in the aftertaste, like some fresh garlic that comes and goes. Perhaps the bitterness feels a bit tired after a few sips. Otherwise it's mandarins, limes and oranges in a nice mix. In the finish the dry tones of alcohol and honey.

Carbon dioxide is moderate, the many small bubbles soft. The liquid is medium-light and the somewhat sticky.

A very well crafted and complex single-hop DIPA, that may have lost some bitterness during the time since it was bottled, but it sticks together well.

Photo of Archimetez
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Clear light amber with nice head.

S: Mild floral aroma, hint of alcohol

T: Moderate bitterness, mild hoppy flavor, finishes with mild malt and the hint of alcohol

M: Smooth, moderate body

O: Not bad, was hoping for more of the floral aroma to come through.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, with a 1 inch creamy head, and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Straight forward orange, grapefruit hop kick. A little pineapple along with some minor herbal notes.

Taste - First sip is very strong bitter hop punch. Lots of pineapple, orange and grapefruit along with a lemon and herbal flavor. Very warm, alcohol is picked up from first to last drink. Some caramel malts come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big hops coats the tongue along with alcohol. Palate picks up more hops, some herbal notes, and some malts. Aftertaste is hops, and alcohol.

Overall - Pretty much as expected. All hops and alcohol. Not much else only minor malts are noticeable. Impressive that its a one hopped beer and yet so strong and aggressive. Don't look for a balanced, multi flavored beer with this one.

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

Clear, golden/peachy hue, slim, soon-gone head.

Bright, crisp, vibrant aroma, bursts with potent pine and serious citrus. Lemon, lime, grapefruit aplenty.

All those flavors jump on the palate, explode in the mouth. Big, powerful melange of hoppitude. There is some imbalance, as the alcohol rides a bit too high in this. 10% rings in too loudly, too soon.

I love Simcoes, and enjoy the flavor, but I can't go with the temptation to have another. Not ready for that headache. Will have to save those last 2 bottles for another day.

Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-yellow-orange with a sticky cream colored head

S-citrus and weeds with a bit of booze to it. it has some strength to it, but no one flavor really comes out strong. it really just smells like it has a high ABV.

T-comes in with a good bitterness and flavor of aged hops. the bitterness really sticks for awhile. it has a good lasting after-taste of fresh hops. definitely has a kick to it as well.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely a strong and interesting IPA. I love the concept of using a single hop. even if I'm not the biggest fan of this beer, I do enjoy drinking better understanding the simcoe hop. i would recommend others to try this, i just wish i was able to try all the series in one sitting to get a better understanding.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange/amber color with a sturdy two inch head; nice stickage, with a few shards of lacing left behind

Smell: Very piney with some caramel tones underneath

Taste: A rather malty start, with shortbread and toffee elements; in the middle, the Simcoe hops drop a bomb on the taste buds bringing waves of pine; after the swallow, the beer gets really bitter and resinous, with a lot of fusel alcohol in the finish; the aftertaste takes it up yet another notch

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I was expecting to really enjoy this beer but I am not a fan of the extreme bitterness and the high ABV level of this one

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 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 dar482
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear orange amber color with a fluffy big two finger head.

The aroma is hits first of sweet orange citrus, and then rolls in a biting garlic and sweet onion in the back along with tons of cat pee. This is surrounded by some sweet bready malt.

The beer hits in the front with grapefruit, orange, tropical sweet peach and fruits, it then strips the tongue with onion and garlic. The finish then becomes astringent and aggressive pine and earthy bitterness. The fruits are accentuated from a sweet bready malt.

It's a bit too aggressive for me, but the base beer is still fantastic. The Citra is truly exceptional.

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 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 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 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 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 thain709
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A lighter shade of copper with a slight haze to it...a two finger creamy head that showed decent retention and left decent lacing

S - The aroma is light but not lacking...earthy tones of fresh cut grash and straw but there is also some citrus notes of grapefruit

T - There is a real earthiness to this beer but it's not what you would expect from an IIPA...there is an underlying malt backbone but it's not in the forefront or overpowering...the hops are the star in this one...again fresh cut grass and straw are the flavors I'm picking up...they finish with a nice bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth...dry...great lingering bitterness

D - This is supposed to be a new series of beers for Flying Dog...they are going to make single hop beers showcasing a different hop with each batch...I was excited to be the first to try this...and I would have it again

Photo of tbrown4
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in this in the Alpha Dog mixed 12 pack from Cindy's in Elkridge, MD for about $21. Includes three each of Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. I've long been a fan of their brews. Bought this pack for this new Imperial IPA.

12 oz bottles stamped "227A11" -> Pirat tulip. From what I can figure that means that it is "best by" August 15th, 2011 and bottled on March 28th, 2011, making this bottle about 5 weeks old at the time of this tasting. This appears to be about one week fresher that the Snake Dog bottles in this pack.

A - Almost clear light copper/faded orange, fine bubbled fluffy white head, constant carb streams, very heavy sticky dispersed lacing, decent head retention through the tasting.

S - Smells creamy, almost of sweet dairy. Faint bitter notes. Another IPA from Flying Dog whose aroma does not impress me one bit.

T - Surprising balanced flavor profile here. At 70 IBUs I wasn't expecting this to be a super bitter bomb. The bitter and sweet is superbly balanced, hiding all flavors of alcohol. At 10%, this is no small feat. The hop bitterness appear up front, settles in creamy and sweet and fades away leaving a light reminder of what was just had.

M - Thin to medium, zero alcohol feel

O - I'm impressed with this beer. It feels extremely well balanced. The stats on this beer would lead you to believe that it will punch you in the face with bitter hops and alcohol, but it doesn't. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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

Single hop beer from Flying dog, interesting. Beer is copper and clear with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves som lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is hoppy, piny and some surprising citrus. Simcoe can get this harshness to it, almost earthy grassiness but I don't get that here.

Beer has a decent but not overpowering backbone of malt. The hops are present in the mid and late palate regions, moderate bitterness, nice moderate finish and some fruitiness in the midpalate. The double simcoe from weyerbacher was much more piny than this. Its almost citrusy in the palate. Its a decent IPA.

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear deep gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, thin lacing.
S - Alcohol, big juicy citrus, some pineapple, bright grassy tones, pine, sweet orange.
T - Big and juicy citrus flavors, a bit too sweet, some alcohol burn, pine dankness, lots of really sweet candy like malt.
M - Too much alcohol heat, really scorches the palate, very soapy bitter too.
O - I wish the whole Single Hop Imperial serious would be re-evaluated to about 7% instead of 10%, the alcohol burn and taste detracts from the hops way too much. That being said its still a good display of Simcoe, just not enough to show all of its angles.

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 homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe glass.

A: Appears a pale orange with tints of yellow, minimal head with some spotty lacing, decent clarity

S: hops are there and big, not the aromatic simcoe deliciousness that I was hoping for, this hop profile is much more resinous and piney than I'm used to from Simcoe, some floral notes in there, booze is evident on the finish

T: starts more fruity than the nose suggest, quickly bitters and becomes very piney with notes of sap , pine, and caramel, finishes out spicy and bitter, pretty nice balance considering the hefty gravity

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

O: pretty nice overall, plenty of flavor, doesn't quite deliver what I'd expect from a single hopped Simcoe brew, hoping for more tropical character and less bitterness

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange amber color with little bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring, there is a one finger white head that has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a grapefruit and floral smell. It also has some nice notes of herbs and a bit of pine. A spiciness and some bready aromas are there as well giving a rather hopped and drier malt smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and malty taste with hints of caramel and tangerine sweetness. From the start there is a rather strong level of grapefruit as well as some herbal flavors. As the taste advances the caramel initially fades while the grapefruit and herb grow stronger. The sweet however makes a comeback more toward the end of the taste with more tangerine and a light resurgence of the caramel coming to the tongue. Along with these flavors though, comes some new hop flavors of a pine and floral nature with a good deal of a spicy flavor as well. The floral taste remains very light, but the spice and the pine get rather strong at the end. The flavors left at the end of the tongue are all joined by a slightly burning boozy taste to leave a somewhat hot and spicy bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body and lower carbonation level really accentuate the mix of hop flavors, and with the hot alcohol and spice create a very warming feel to the brew.

Overall – A rather nice double with a nice spicy flavor but a bit too big of a boozy bite and a little imbalanced. Overall though it is well worth a try.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
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