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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-04-2011)
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottle code.

LOOK: Tall head, golden orange haze

SMELL: Orange peel, kumquats, peppery, rose water, grapenuts, green tea, nutty, dragonfruit, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitter, tea, herbal, peppercorn, tropical fruit, warming alcohol, pineapple rind, resin, faint pine, blood oranges, bitter semi-dry finish

A solid example of a DIPA, very unique hops and they definitely work on their own. Personally hope they brew more with this hops / bigger crop next time around.

Jason, Jun 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a thinner but lacy white head atop.The nose is a little dissapointing really with faint citrusy fruity hops and sweet alcohol as the main components,the alcohol is bigger than the hops frankly.Caramel and sweet alcohol are big on the palate with some light resiny and tropical-like fruity hops,but again I think the sweetness wins out here.I haven't had El Dorado hops until this offering and I can see some promise there,this offering though is more of a sweet alcoholic bomb and very average.

oberon, May 28, 2012
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of daveshawley
4/5  rDev +3.9%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info, I purchased 2 single bottles, cuz the sixer was something like $18! (At Decicco's in Ardsley, NY)

Pours lighter amber, and mostly clear, until the late pours that add some yeasty sediment and the companion haze. Off white head, tiny bubbles and leaves a thick colar and fine film as well as respectable spots of fine lace.

Agressive hop nose, leads to a pleasantly hoppy DIPA, with citrus, pine and hop resins flowing all over the palate. Moderate head, with some lime and gin notes from the alcohol.

Enjoyable hop bomb, large and heady brew.

The beers from Flying Dog seemingly get better and better as each new offering comes out. (IE: Raging Bitch, Kujo, Wildeman and now this one in recent memery)

Billolick, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of ryhn0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jamisonspitzer, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev +3.9%

cclark67789, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of MTWood
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MTWood, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

whatname, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - hazy orangish yellow; soft white head; decent retention

S - oranges, citrus

T - citrus, orange, grapefruit, faint pine, warm alcohol

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

This is a fantastic DIPA. It has a tremendously orange-like hop character and a fantastic drinkability for 10%. It's smooth, balanced, and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

tdm168, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color, cloudy and showing off lots of white floaties with a solid white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is an herbal tea and citrus hop with a rice-wheat grain idea to balance. The hop is pretty sharp and a bit “dank”. The flavor delivers much of the same with sharp swampy pineapple and herbal citrus hops. Quite bitter and it lasts as it coats your tongue with thick citrus and fermented grain. Alcohol gradually takes more of a front seat here which hides the hop beauty a little. This stuff is just shy of being full bodied with a moderately cloying feel. The carbonation is sturdy and brisk. This started really good but somehow it ends up being somewhat more grassy and boozy. This may be one of those beers that hits you a little differently depending on the day and mood. But ultimately it’s really pretty decent, definitely worth a try.

WoodBrew, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Dduquette
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Dduquette, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed golden copper (with some suspended oils and a surprising amount of yeasty chunkies) and several fingers of foamy white head. This maintains a rich ¾ finger that soaps the sides of the glass with lacing that clings to the sides of the glass in a sticky latticework. The aroma has a strong grapefruit presence, with a fresh leafy feel and touches of pine, spice, herbal tones, and lemon zest here and there. Doughy sugars from the malts soften up the edges of the nose a bit.

The taste is zesty grapefruit flavor that is intertwines with herbal notes and a smack of tart lemon. This is balanced by a neutral bready sweetness that keeps the focus here on the hops. The finish is dry and very pithy with some light lingering resins. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation which matches that initially foamy pour. It’s not over carbonated but definitely fills the mouth up while an underlying oiliness from the hops that help keep this smooth on the tongue. There is moderate warmth present from the alcohol but this is overall pretty drinkable for 10%.

Not bad. I don’t have too much experience with the El Dorado hop but I like what this single-hopped DIPA showcased. Lots of grapefruit and lemon flavors with supportive notes of herbal and leafy character. Solid drinkable body on this as well. It gets docked a bit for the floaties in the pour but I’d definitely try this again sometime.

Kegatron, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of psuscott1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

psuscott1, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Travcofarms
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kwa357, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ConradKenney, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nimrod979
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ the Axe. Kinda dim in here to notice the color but I'd say it's a pretty clear copper color with a average sized white head. Aroma citrus hops and dried fruit. Flavor is a hops overload and I love it. Overwhelming Sweet fruity hops flavor with a sharp hop bite to finish. Medium body with a sticky texture and only a hint of the 10% it carries but I love this single hopped beer and I can't wait for flying dog to release the next one in the series.

nimrod979, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Mongrel
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, almost copper, with a nice finger of frothy off-white head. Head gives way to a soapy film that sticks around for the remainder. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is faintly sweet with good amount of tropical fruit at first pour. Strangely, the tropical fruit doesn't last long at all and the nose is pretty mild for the rest of the time, with hints of corn and bubble gum.

Taste is dank, bitter and dry. Almost too dry - it could use some more caramel sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol which combine for an almost Listerine-level of pine. Bubblegum and pineapple briefly peek through, along with a little honey. Overall the flavor profile is a bit flat and muted, and just very bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Dry. About what you would expect from a 10% DIPA with very little residual sweetness.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed by this one, especially after the enticing initial aromas that strangely just disappeared. If you're reaching for a Flying Dog DIPA, stick with the Truth, which has much more balance and depth of flavor.

Mongrel, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of trentbent
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I know I will be a bit higher than other reviewers on this beer. I bought a six pack of this while I had a few other beers on hand so I was able to drink it only when I saw fit. Others mention that the alcohol is too noticeable in this beer, but I felt that it went well with the sort of thin yet bubbly mouthfeel of the beer.
I found myself drinking this beer with pasta and so happy that I could do that. I usually can't find a good beer for pasta, especially with red sauce, and usually find that wine works better, but there is a subdued quality to this El Dorado hop that is different than the bright and fruity hop you get in a lot of DIPA's nowadays, and I think the alcohol works with this and makes it almost a 'wine of a beer'. Indeed, I found myself sharing 12 oz bottles among two or three people in wine glasses at meals. As for the components, I would say Jason's summary reflects very accurately what I got in the sixer I bought.

trentbent, Feb 27, 2014
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.