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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thain709 on 11-09-2010)
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Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

bum732, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of pinkysup
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

pinkysup, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

bark, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

earlholman, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ConradKenney, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Moses_Malone, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of jmslade7
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

IrishColonial, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Mattias, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Archimetez
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Archimetez, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

wvsabbath, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

DaveHS, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

AdamBear, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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

brentk56, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Adkins1203, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Adkins721, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Klebe
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

madtrixter787, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

vfgccp, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jmbot4371, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ColdWaffles, Nov 18, 2013
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.