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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

169 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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 boralyl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. An inch of fluffy white head sits on top of a hazy golden orange liquid. The head retention is very good and it leaves considerable lacing.

S - The nose is predominately pine along with hints of citrus and caramel.

M - The beer is medium to full in body and nicely carbonated. It has a creamy feel in the finish.

T - It begins with some bready malts followed by traces of citrus and then a blast of pine. Right before the finish there is a grapefruit bitterness and some of the caramel malt. There is a small amount of alcohol that makes it's presence in the finish, but overall it's decently hidden for a 10% beer.

This is a great beer. I love the number of breweries putting out single hop beers. Being a homebrewer it really helps emphasize what flavors each hop produces. I'm interested in trying the Centennial and any other single hop varieties that come out.

Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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 Arithmeticus
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: perfect; buyant head; dark orange; great hop action; lacing good
S: freshly mowed grass, almost pine-sol in its aroma
T: very bitter, astringent; sharp piney/sappy taste; the simcoe hops help in the transition from the first bite to the aftertaste, but be warned that this is a very sharp, bitter beer

This is definitely, as advertised, an alpha dog; way to go FD.

Photo of robbrandes
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

clear copper color, nice head, with smallish white lace.

simcoes can be a tricky business, seems like even a little shelf life and the peppery notes overpower everything. no such problem here - very fresh keg and the hops were popping all over the place. another nice offering from flying dog.

Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 12 pack sampler. The bottle reads that this is "Batch 2" and is hopped with only Simcoe hops.

The beer pour a copper-orange color. Very light head on top, though good carbonation throughout.

The aroma is delightful and well-balanced. Citrus right off the bat, along with faint pine, honey, lilies, and wet grass. Quite rich.

The flavor is also quite rich. It starts off with a nice sweetness and flavors of honey and citrus. As it continues, there is a nice bitter bite on the back of the tongue, almost puckering. The finish is somewhat metallic, though not necessarily undesirable. The hefty hop flavor dominates the palate, but the beer actually tastes quite crisp with the 10 percent ABV hiding well underneath (though becoming more noticeable and warming on the way down).

Overall, this is a fine beer, and an excellent example of the style. I really like the single hopping (experiment?) that is showing up in these 12 packs (not sure if this is available outside the 12 pack). The flavor is rich, an the beer is wonderful.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

Photo of nickthetick
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear amber gold into my DFH snifter with two fingers of off white head with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: floral and citrus like. Good malt base.

T: strong hop flavors over bare the tongue. Citrus and grass and flower like. There is no hiding the alcohol, its out there and loving it.

MF: heavy resin like body with great carbonation and a bit warm.

O: GREAT IIPA! Love the flavor but hate the mouth feel.

Photo of therica
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= deep golden with a fair head and lacing, pooling and rimming that never quits.

S= Glorious hos florals! Subjectively, it brings back memoroes of rain puddles in clay earth--- odd. Very floral yet earthy-musty. I say that in a positive way. Plenty of nose-wrenching sniffing here. Sweaty t-shirts after a great workout. Very plentiful earthy hops florals.

T= nice malts and extrenely nice Simcoe hops, not overly pine or grapefruit as publicized on their website. Much as I describe in the scents.

M= thick malts and extreme Sincoe hops working together, something to savor.

O= a very powerful brew, very hops dominated yet generous malts in balance.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Crabbicuss
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd review this after my second Growler fill from my guy at Staples Corner. TY Jack and Co.

The first growler kind of snuck up on me so I thought I'd go back and try this one again. 2nd growler was poured to a pint glass (several times obviously ;-)

A - Pours a semi hazy golden orange with great carbonation and excellent retention. This left the glass with a well coated lacing as the carb dissipation affords a nice frothy head holding its own.

S - Heavy pine and citrus notes as to be excepted from the Simcoe but a late note of "honey" or sweet malt carrying the "whiff" to a inquisitive level for the next step/sip.

T - Exactly what I expected with the featured Simcoe upfront but nice carbonation combined with a respectful balance of sweet malt help carry this single hop over from start to finish in terms of featuring a semi aggressive hop with the ability to finish not to tart or "Hot." Being as this is the Simcoe I realize there was little malt hope for this one as a single but overall there was a very decent balance and most qualified finish.

M - Overall I found this one generally thin but well carb'd. Well done for an approach regarding the specified hop but a decent "weight" helping finish off the backside of of the palate.

D - At 10% ABV along with the nice balance I found this beer to be almost dangerous regarding it's drinkability. It didn't really back me off in the beginning in regards to being to tart or citral nor did I really get to much "heat" from the ABV. There is a nice transition from "Loud to Quiet" without anyone raising an eyebrow.

Overall, I'm glad they bottled this one as if it weren't for the single El Dorado batch, I probably wouldn't have tried this one. Nice brew and spot on for a single Simcoe.

My prescription: If you can get it, it is worth the price, especially regarding growler fills. I haven't seen the 12 pack offer so I don't know what else one has to buy to get three of these but I will attest that on tap it is well worth the investment.

TY to FlyngDogHybrid for renewing my faith in FD and Big Jack for filling my growler (twice).

Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of tbrown4
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer. Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is decidedly hoppy, and citrus sweet. I have brewed several batches with Simcoe, but didn't associate my results with the sweaty-sweet hop good-flavors of this beer...no matter, it tastes good, so I'll drink it.

A very drinkable 10% ABV beer.

Got this beer from their "Alpha" 12-pack, graciously delivered from MD by my Dad.

Photo of nimrod979
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden/amber/honey color with a thin, soft white head.

Aromas of citrus and pine.

Nice off-dry biscuity fruity flavor offset by a pronounced grapefruit and pine simco hoppy goodness. Further sips reveal some sweet citrus/ orange blossom/ peel that carries through to the finish.

For 10%abv this really masked it's strength well - I was fearing big hot alcohol flavors but found little to none. An impressive feat.

A little more alcohol comes out as you go along, but still very tame relative to the abv.

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 Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.