Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) - Flying Dog Brewery
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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.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 04:12:07 | More by trentbent
District of Columbia
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.
A - 2/3 - amber- brown coloration, crystal clear on pouring from the bottle with a frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; large alcohol legs; carbonation reagutates on the swirl
S: 9/12 - some really unique fruit aromas - pear, green apple, stone fruit and watermelon; little detectable malt character on the nose
T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a moderate bitterness that pops the taste buds for the El Dorado to do their thing - more tropical fruit on the taste than on the nose but present remain stone fruit and jolly rancher flavors; there's a biscuity malt on the back of the tongue with some toffee sweetness; finishes moderately dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol at 10% ABV
M: 4/5 - full body, mild hop notes coating the tongue, alcohol fullness
O: 8/10 - overall a nice showcase of El Dorado, which has a unique flavor profile with lots of hanging Autumn and stone fruit instead of more typical citrus and/or tropical flavors; I happen to prefer the latter, so I think that's why I am not head-over-heels in love with this one and think that El Dorado might perform better in combination than isolation for me; regardless, this is a well-crafted DIPA for anyone interested in expanding their palate to taste an atypical and rare hop varietal
TOTAL - 37/50
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 20:31:02 | More by MNishCT77
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 21:42:23 | More by Mongrel
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
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