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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

223 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 223
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-04-2011)
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Photo of flyingmick
3/5  rDev -22.1%

flyingmick, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dsshuck, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

hollywood_15063, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of GeddyLeeRocks
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GeddyLeeRocks, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4/5  rDev +3.9%

hardcor33, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Poucher86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poucher86, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

troysoy2, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of smonice
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

smonice, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Stobin
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Stobin, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Jammer42
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jammer42, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of PittsburghHopHead83
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PittsburghHopHead83, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold, leaning more towards yellow. 2 fingers of light cream head. Not much in the way of retention, but laces well enough. Doesn't say bottle conditioned, but quite a bit of particulate matter in the glass. Guessing that's remnants of the hops.

Nose is relatively strong with hop esters and malt backbone. Decent pine component. With it being a single hop, I'm thinking that's all you can ask.

Nice robust flavor with pine, resiny hops, mild tart tangerine, and a tart dry finish. Alcohol is very present.

Feel is resiny, oily, and pretty delicious. Maybe the best part of the glass.

beer2day, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GeoffreyM, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of MysticRuler
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color. Nose is musty an round with an dollop of booze. Taste is very different from most Imperial IPAs in that the hop profile doesn't have many of the tropical, resiny elements typical to the style. All in all a good effort, but could throttle back on the alcohol.

MysticRuler, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Honey-gold body with what I thought was loads of nucleation but turns out to be loads of sediment floaters, under 2 fingers of dense, rolling head that retains very well.

Aroma is orange bubblegum, a combination of simple citrus & a clear sweetness. Or Orange Julius, like a creamy, yogurty kind of sweetness. Simple, but good.

Smooth, mild sweetness starts off, like a muffin, then grows into some orange flavor & a little bitter pith, then sweetening again into that orange bubblegum character, turning boozy in the finish & holding up a long, lasting bitterness into the aftertaste. Nowhere does the bitterness get too assertive, remaining present but restrained.

Full, creamy mouthfeel, dries out toward the finish but far from a palate wrecker.

I'm a fan of this one. Though it's not what I expected, much milder & sweeter, it's neither cloying nor punishing, like many DIPAs. I'd put this more in the Double Pale Ale category, if that existed.

OneDropSoup, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kylehay2004, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

JJStorm, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall lager glass

A: cloudy dark orange; thin head (creamy); very nice carb action
S: sweet, aromatic with hops dominating (pine, bubblegum overtones)
T: very hoppy, boozy IPA; nice balance of intense bitterness against intense malt (medium level of roast); semicomplex

Nice, decent beer; good way to have two IPAs at once.

Arithmeticus, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

bubseymour, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of fitz284
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

fitz284, Aug 11, 2012
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.