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: 171
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 4.68%
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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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 Archimetez
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear deep gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, thin lacing.
S - Alcohol, big juicy citrus, some pineapple, bright grassy tones, pine, sweet orange.
T - Big and juicy citrus flavors, a bit too sweet, some alcohol burn, pine dankness, lots of really sweet candy like malt.
M - Too much alcohol heat, really scorches the palate, very soapy bitter too.
O - I wish the whole Single Hop Imperial serious would be re-evaluated to about 7% instead of 10%, the alcohol burn and taste detracts from the hops way too much. That being said its still a good display of Simcoe, just not enough to show all of its angles. (650 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 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 onedogtwodog
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really like this beer... Picked up a six of this Imperial Simcoe IPA and Flying Dog Truth at Riverside Liquors in Frederick on my way home from work Friday... Lets just say I had go back Sunday pre-game for two more... I have always enjoyed FD product but I found these two to be exceptional... For a 10.0 beer the taste is wonderful and hoppy without being too medicinal as you may find in some beers in the 7% and above range... (439 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an orangey hue with a big, chunky head that leaves lacing on the way down.

s- nose is a shot of simcoe hops and mild wheatiness

t- big bold simcoe flavor grabs and takes hold of your tongue delivering a deep bitterness on the back end.

m - thick with ample carbonation

d - very drinkable iipa. (307 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean golden/light copper pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. slow dissipation, great head retention. aroma of pine needles, grapefruit, a HINT of the cat pee you normally get from simcoe (probably still too fresh to get that weird scent full on). the flavor is dead on with aroma, but with quite bit of alcohol present. a nice malty caramel body with tons of simcoe hop. a lovely tasting beer realy, but the alcohol needs to be muted a bit. a medium body beer, creamy and sticky on the lips, modest amount of carbonation.

this has a lot going on for being a single hopped ipa.. complex hop feel, which is just a fantastic use of them - great job by the brewer. definitely worth checking out, and i can't wait to try more of their single hopped beers. (798 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 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 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)

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 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 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 davet100
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release, big fan of the imperial single hop series so happy to get come across this. Pours a clear amber colour with a small head. Aroma is pleasant, dank pine and some citrus. Taste is interesting, plenty of pine, accompanied by some grapefruit, booze, and earthiness. The bitterness stands out with this beer, full bodied and a little boozy too, although pretty well balanced by a decent malt backbone. All in all, this is a solid imperial ipa, although nothing out of this world. It does a nice job of profiling the simcoe hop so if you are a simcoe fan, you will not go wrong here, nor will you if you like your beers hoppy and bitter. Always like trying single hop beers so I am glad to try another in this series, the citra and Nelson sauvin still lead the way in my opinion though. (793 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 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)

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
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