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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
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
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thain709 on 11-09-2010

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 172
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 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 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 whatthehull
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - swampy orange, sediment, half finger white creamy head and little lacing

S - Citrus, pine, malt, slight yeast, dry wood, and green earth tons of hops and slightly sweet

T - Very bitter, wonderful simcoe taste, so smooth, malty, nice sweet malt and yeast, slight booze, lots of pine, citrus, flowers, wood, earth and fruit. There is some slight fresh cut grass flavor and very crisp water

M - Full bodied, well balanced, long finish, nice complexity and medium acidity

D - Great beer, easy to drink, tons of flavor, nice balance. Very crisp and fresh for a bottled beer. If you like hoppy beer, this one is great. Even with a huge ABV this beer is for all hop lovers

Final thought - Get the 12 pack with the mystery Imperial IPA and you won't be disappointed. Great deal at $14.99 a 12 pack (805 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 litheum94
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no dating.

Golden body with a bone white head. Great lacing.

Peach and spice on the nose. Wild flowers. Biscuit malts. Somewhat subdued aromas.

Thin at first, with muted flavors, mostly of honey and biscuits. Slowly opens up, revealing a nice bitterness with some spice and fruits. Very dry.

Subtle, especially for the style, and hides the alcohol well. Nice flavors and easy to drink. And I totally dig the single hop DIPA; we need more of those! (469 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 dlbrockmiller
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine back east sent me a bottle of this to try and I must say that I greatly enjoyed it.

Cloudy yellow, pretty light color

Intense piney smell

Pretty thick mouthfeel

Pretty hoppy, nice bitterness a little citrus but not too much

Overall a nice IPA. (267 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 DaveHS
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Sevoking
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber color w/ good lacing into a non-descript tumbler that i found in the back of my bro's kitchen cabinet. I wasn't gonna complain of the lack of glassware since he was supplying me this tasty Simcoe treat.

S: Glorious hop aroma. A citrusy floral bouquet. One of the best I've had.

T: In your face, citrusy, piney hops, but w/ a good balance of sweet malts. Bitter finish, but not overly bitter to were you could drink more than one. But @ 10% ABV, a 2nd may kick your butt w/out even knowing it until too late!

M: Medium body feel.

O: A great hop-bomb! Love the single-hop idea. This beer regained my trust in Flying Dog as a quality brewer. Definitely will try this again if I can find it. (712 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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! (888 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber, tall creamy off white head, fantastic lacing, very cloudy. Better than average head retention.

Aroma: Grapefuit, pine, grassy.

Flavor: Strong, bitter hops. Some grapefruit, but mostly pine. The bitterness doesn't linger too long, the finish is pale/amber malt. 10% alcohol and no hint of alcohol, goes to show how strong the Simcoe hops are.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit of astringency. Seems almost oily at the start, but quickly turns to the dry side. Medium carbonation, which helps to lighten up to impact of the bitter hops.

Overall Impression: They went out on a limb here to make a single hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, one of the more bitter varieties. There is surprisingly good balance here. It is bitter upfront, but changes to sweet malt. Imperial IPA's are one of my favorite styles, but I couldn't see drinking more than 12 ounces of this brew in one sitting. Bell's Hopslam I could drink all day. Right from the get-go I put this in the experimental category, so in that aspect it lives up to my expectations (and then some). (1,069 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 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 schoolboy
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. The simcoe comes right out of this and hits you in the nose. If you are a hop head, this is for you. If not, stay away.

This is my style, and I can be critical of ones that are not really good. This one is really good. It needs no excuses. It is everything an American Double should be and more. Well done. (313 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (818 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 nickthetick
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (434 characters)

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