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
90
outstanding

61 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 172
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
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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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (706 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (871 characters)

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. (392 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the nose on this one. Strong pine and some resin on there as well. Really hypes my anticipation for the flavor; which is firm. Pine and resin are definitely in there with strong and boisterous tones. A bit much really in that it lacks balance and brings more a punch to the mouth. The punch is still good, but it is an overbearing beer to some extents. The feel is thick and almost syrup like. Carbonation is aggressive. A good example of a simcoe-only beer, but screams and shouts as opposed to bringing balance. (518 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/29/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. 14 oz. pour in a tulip for $8 at their Flying Dog night.

a - Pours a somewhat clear deep amber-red color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, pine hops, lemon, and grapefruit. Lots of citrus here, nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and some floral hops. Taste has no real bitterness, which I enjoyed.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No bitterness, very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer; honestly one of the best beers I've ever had from Flying Dog (up there with the Fear and maybe the Roggen for me). Lots of citrus and fresh hops to it but no bitterness at all, which was surprising for a big DIPA. A really nice DIPA I'd have again. (867 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (629 characters)

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. (957 characters)

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... (682 characters)

Photo of bark
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,486 characters)

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! (880 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,851 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (717 characters)

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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (777 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

True amber color with a thick finger of head. Great clarity. Great lacing.

Spicy, dank citrus, pithy grapefruit, tart apricot, woodiness, hop leaf, and evergreen needles; all in the beauty of the Simcoe. Light toastiness with a dry, but furtive, pale and caramel malt backbone. Hoppy and serious. Booze factors in, as it would.

Greatly hoppy and magically bitter with a dry citrusy slice of crispness. Fresh orange, sans sweetness, toasty pale malts, dankness, grapefruit, grassiness, and hints of lemon. Booziness is big and reaching. Phenomenal single-hop Simcoe show.

The body is okay, but the way the carbonation elevates the feel makes 10% feel amazing. Great feel.

Probably my favorite of this series. Recommended. (724 characters)

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. (367 characters)

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. (608 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (662 characters)

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. (572 characters)

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