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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:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 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)

Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of Crabbicuss
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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). (2,114 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,547 characters)

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