Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) - Flying Dog Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
03-28-2011 00:30:40 | More by Thorpe429
3.71/5 rDev -3.6%
A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of alcohol also become detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is mostly citrusy with flavors of grapefruit and oranges. This is coupled with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer has nice citrusy aromas and flavors, but the presence of alcohol is a somewhat detracting.
03-21-2013 01:53:10 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear orange copper body. Very malty with a stronger booze presene than I like. Citrus and candy sugar as well. Flavor borders on barleywine bitterness and maltiness with orange peel, earthy hops and metallic finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The drinkability isn't what I want for the style. I like barleywines but when I want a DIPA that's what I want.
08-16-2012 03:05:27 | More by kylehay2004
3.58/5 rDev -7%
This beer poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. There was a good amount of floating specs in the beer. The retention and lacing were really good on this. The smell of the beer had a decent hop aroma with a bit of malt in there with some booze on the nose too. The taste follows along the same path as the nose. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, nicely carbonated also. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, A little too much booze heat but other than that it was good.
10-19-2012 00:23:53 | More by Knapp85
3.15/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
05-28-2012 20:40:33 | More by oberon
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
Nice looking pour. Light amber with good clarity. Thick creme head. Nose is heavy pine and resin. Flavor is much of the same with a punch and burst of bright pine and woody tones. Earthy with a salty kind of thing on the back. Pretty smooth feel. A nice drinker. Even though it's consistent, I wouldn't say it's entirely balanced, since the flavor profile seems to lean to one side.
04-07-2013 22:51:13 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-26-2012 02:12:18 | More by Jason
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-11-2012 19:29:00 | More by Kegatron
2.8/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
04-24-2011 17:39:34 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Had on cask at Max's in Baltimore. Absolutely smooth and delicious, I might be biased because of the cask freshness... but this was a damn good IPA. Enough bitterness to satisfy my inner hophead, but enough malts present to make it well balanced and still tasty. Superior drinkability and a top notch IPA, a great beer to have on cask to top off a night.
06-24-2012 21:42:04 | More by oriolesfan4
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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)
06-06-2012 03:52:37 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
Flying Dog Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.00 %
LOOK: Pours a bit syrupy and in an orange glow with a small, yellowish head and plenty of lace. Looks like a big mean double IPA.
SMELL: Citrus, melon, tropical fruits, honey, brown sugar, booze. Smells sweet and intoxicating.
TASTE: Follows the nose with some mango, orange, herb and pine notes; with a solid bitterness as well. Alcohol is present but not distracting. Piney, mildly tropical, bitter and tasty. A more than worthy double IPA.
FEEL/IMPRESSION: This full bodied ale really packs it in with hop flavor. Well carbonated, flavorful and strong. Whats not to love?
07-14-2012 17:53:00 | More by Stinkypuss
3.58/5 rDev -7%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a honey gold color with pretty good head retention and fair lacing. Really don't get too much on the nose, just some dank earth and light honey. The flavor profile is better, but this is still not a strong effort from Flying Dog. On the palate, I get considerable honey and vanilla, which is then pushed aside by an impressive wave of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, very bitter finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, but the combination of honey, noticeable alcohol and considerable bitterness on the finish is just not a great one.
While decent, this is just not one of the better beers I've had from flying dog. The simcoe version of this beer was much better.
03-04-2011 21:35:57 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +13%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A bit of a hazy orange amber, but a real nice fluffy and off white head on top, three finger deep with lots of retention and space. Big bubbles in the head, but really frozen solid and going nowhere. There are some yeast chunks though floating around.
Juicy nose, mushy filled with citrus and a great spirtzy Italian orange soda sense. Fruit basket filled, and citrus zesty of orange goodness. Impressive!
Creamy palate, cream malt sensations oozing to a good thick malt body. Finish brings lots of hop orange, and a controlled juicy mush that lingers on. Texture is rich and creamy, not prickly and not syrupy. No sense of alcohol heat on this at all. Small astringinet squeezed lime bitterness ever so slight on the finish.
Overall, woah I did not expect this beer to be that good, but it is, really liking this, it's almost a marriage of a good cream ale (Anderson Valley Summer Solstice) and a solid orange hop citrus bent melded together. Great JOB!
07-13-2012 03:12:23 | More by smakawhat
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
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