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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 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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 18, 2010
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
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

TMoney2591, May 20, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 09, 2013
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 drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.2%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.33/5  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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  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...

John_M, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

dmorgan310, Mar 18, 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 Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

vfgccp, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Evil_Pidde, May 29, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

DrDemento456, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -2.2%

IPAchris, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev -2.2%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -2.2%

ColForbinBC, Jan 26, 2013
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.