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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

216 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-04-2011)
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mechamifune

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw/gold color with slight initial murkyness. A 1 inch foamy head develops and lingers. Looks very very carbonated, far more than one would expect to see in this style.

Smell is slightly sweet in the front then follows with sort of a stale hop smell and the slightest bit of citrus.

Taste is almost medicinal at first to me, almost a mouthwash type of taste (makes me think of the stone green tea IPA). It follows with what I guess we will call hop flavor (presumably this is from the el dorado hop... can't say i'm especially familiar with it). To it's credit it is at least not overly bitter and it's stringently alcoholic, despite a relatively high abv.

Mouthfeel is awful. Very over carbonated for the style, to the point where it essentially tastes foamy and ruins whatever potential might have existed for this beer.

This just feels like a beer that went wrong somewhere along the way, but they but they kept going forward with it anyway. The taste/smell profile is average at best but not overly offensive. The mouthfeel though just takes it all down a couple notches.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:03:42 | More by mechamifune
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Dduquette

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

04-07-2014 21:09:15 | More by Dduquette
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fehrminator

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

06-25-2012 18:38:50 | More by fehrminator
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle $2.59. Nice orange color, great clarity, lots of lacing, looks very appealing. Aroma is dead malts and just a boring hop character. The flavor is more old malts, deadness, not a nice beer. It tastes oxidized, smells like dog food, maybe the only thing they took from Denver was notes of the Purina factory. Pitiful as far as IPA's go. Maybe they moved because the standards are lower in Maryland and they couldn't keep up I'm CO.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 05:42:31 | More by ArrogantB
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lot of single hop beers floating around these days, El Dorado would not be my first choice. Beer is a little orange, hazy, wispy head, served in a goblet.

Aroma is sweet and a little fruity.

This beer is sweet, then almost nothing, then it hits you in the back of the head with a frying pan made out of hops. Really bitter and dry finish, shockingly dry really. Harsh. Hard to drink. The separation of the sweet start and the harsh finish are shocking and palate wrecking. In a phrase, not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 17:39:34 | More by drabmuh
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-21-2013 23:43:08 | More by mikeburd1128
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flyingmick

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-03-2012 03:46:33 | More by flyingmick
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-18-2012 15:40:04 | More by nmann08
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JLapadura

New York

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-30-2013 01:31:40 | More by JLapadura
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mhbarber

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-22-2013 22:45:49 | More by mhbarber
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:40:33 | More by oberon
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Lunch

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a cask at Rustico during my maiden voyage. Not the biggest fan of really any Flying Dog beer that does not have the word Gonzo in it, but I like DIPAs and I really like the idea of these single hop series that a select number of breweries have done in recent times.

Not sure if I have ever had a beer which contained El Dorado hops, but here we fucking go. Very interesting nose that has a lot of booze and some interesting citrus notes going on. Not my favorite smelling DIPA, but certainly unique and fruity and I do respect that. Tastes is also kind of boozy, especially as this thing warms. Again citrus dominates the palate and I appreciate that there really is not a huge malt presence at all. Mouthfeel is a touch thick, but carbonation is nice.

Can't say that I'm hating the motherfucker, as it does have some redeeming qualities, but this is kind of a one and done (she also said that) beer for me. Looking forward to trying more in the series to get a better grasp on what different hops bring to the table. I'm trying to think of a way to splice in a crude Cadillac El Dorado quip, but I would feel bad shitting any more upon this beer as wise man by the name Thorpe429 shared some insight painting the El Dorado hop to be one that does not really shine in the same beautiful way as many of its brethren.

Serving type: cask

04-01-2011 04:57:10 | More by Lunch
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-23-2013 02:16:15 | More by VeganUndead
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

08-11-2012 16:35:26 | More by bubseymour
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-07-2012 03:19:10 | More by IPAchris
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-06-2012 12:29:46 | More by AngusOg
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jk3

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-07-2013 02:03:22 | More by jk3
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smonice

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

09-03-2012 21:26:14 | More by smonice
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-16-2014 14:41:56 | More by ncstateplaya
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-28-2014 20:51:15 | More by atrocity
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FireEmt37

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-23-2014 20:01:19 | More by FireEmt37
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-20-2012 21:17:47 | More by BigTrubble
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recommendation from loads of people.

Pour is hazy yellow, with a nice 1 inch head. The smell is too powdery for me, but I get nice bit of resin and fruit. Kind of like a resinous Two-Hearted.

Very leafy hops, but the malt just takes over. I want more of the leafy, dank, resinous whole leaf hops, but its just not there. I do like everything there (the grapefruit, resin, and honey sweet malt), but the first two just arent there in the quantities I want them to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:26:00 | More by VncentLIFE
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Pencible

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like faint citrus and biscuit.
T: It tasted like faded citrus zest and sweet honey and bready malt. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a pretty mild scent and taste for a modern 2IPA. The body was ok, and the alcohol was decently hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not an impressive brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:26:42 | More by Pencible
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light apricot color with a really great white head and an incredible amount of lacing. The nose hits with quite a bit of hops and zero malt. It is a bit tropical with light citrus and herbal characteristics lingering in the background. I will say that after having a few El Dorado beers now, it's not a great hop. The character is there throughout, but I don't really enjoy what it brings to the brew. It's not too bad, but certainly not the hit that Citra is. The flavor is just about the same as the nose--the flavor is all hops, but the hop character isn't my favorite. This is a good effort, and I can't fault them for anything other than selecting this hop to make a beer with. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation for the style. A bit too hot as it warms, with the alcohol becoming a detraction.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2011 00:30:40 | More by Thorpe429
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.