Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.39/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured into a shaker pint: Two fingers of lumpy, glistening custard head over transparent golden orange body with plenty of nucleation.
Smells of dank, pithy grapefruit, a little peachy, slightly minty, some clementine, with a subtle but sharp sticky sweetness.
Taste follows, with that thick grapefruit, woody pine, an almost waxy flavor like hard cheese rind, wrapping up with a quick sweetness like lemon cookie followed by stiff alcohol, verging on overpowering but not quite. Yeah, this leaves a dead zone on my tongue.
Full-bodied, resiny, but surprising light & easy-drinking before leaving that tacky residue around my mouth.
I was really looking forward to this, & it delivered. Simcoe may very well be my favorite "spotlight" hop, & while this didn't have quite the catty note I was anticipating, it didn't disappoint. I've had a few of the Single Hop IIPAs from Flying Dog, & most have a cakey character that's not found here. One of the better DIPAs I've had lately.
01-09-2014 02:52:06 | More by OneDropSoup
3.36/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
01-04-2014 03:06:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
A-yellow-orange with a sticky cream colored head
S-citrus and weeds with a bit of booze to it. it has some strength to it, but no one flavor really comes out strong. it really just smells like it has a high ABV.
T-comes in with a good bitterness and flavor of aged hops. the bitterness really sticks for awhile. it has a good lasting after-taste of fresh hops. definitely has a kick to it as well.
M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish
O-definitely a strong and interesting IPA. I love the concept of using a single hop. even if I'm not the biggest fan of this beer, I do enjoy drinking better understanding the simcoe hop. i would recommend others to try this, i just wish i was able to try all the series in one sitting to get a better understanding.
12-29-2013 04:08:29 | More by AdamBear
3.76/5 rDev -8.1%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Golden orange with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with low carbonation.
Mango, papaya, dank greens, tangerine and candy sugar. Has just a touch of cat piss.
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.
Medium bodied, oily, smooth and dry.
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.
12-18-2013 17:51:24 | More by justintcoons
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, with a 1 inch creamy head, and plenty of lacing.
Smell - Straight forward orange, grapefruit hop kick. A little pineapple along with some minor herbal notes.
Taste - First sip is very strong bitter hop punch. Lots of pineapple, orange and grapefruit along with a lemon and herbal flavor. Very warm, alcohol is picked up from first to last drink. Some caramel malts come out near the finish.
Mouthfeel - Big hops coats the tongue along with alcohol. Palate picks up more hops, some herbal notes, and some malts. Aftertaste is hops, and alcohol.
Overall - Pretty much as expected. All hops and alcohol. Not much else only minor malts are noticeable. Impressive that its a one hopped beer and yet so strong and aggressive. Don't look for a balanced, multi flavored beer with this one.
12-15-2013 19:46:52 | More by wvsabbath
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Pours a crisp yellow, standard for an IPA. Smells of grapefruit, light pine, and a hint of citrus. Taste is legit. A huge simcoe punch up front then a nice malt backbone with the sugar/caramel malt playing against the bitterness, and then the fresh pop of hops once again coming in on the finish. Mouthfeel was spot on. Light, crisp, just enough body to carry the flavors without being overy carbonated or oily.
A solid offering, one that I could get again. Not as good as the single hop citra, but still a solid offering.
12-12-2013 19:28:44 | More by taylor714914
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-09-2013 23:40:40 | More by RblWthACoz
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
12-08-2013 07:06:57 | More by WVbeergeek
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
12-08-2013 00:04:57 | More by Archimetez
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
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