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
87
very good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old this is since they brewed it once and Carnivores has a bunch in the mix and match section. Never had it so I picked up one.

A - Pours a bright clear amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.

S - Well being a single hopped beer there is little noticeable malt but a great bit of sweet pineapple and citrus hops.

T - Ok so it's a tad old so the hops are not as pronounced ad they should be. Still quite good with some lemon and citrus rind bitterness, cracker malt, and a well covered ABV (most important part)

M - As stated this beer drinks with a medium body.

Overall these imperial IPA's are brewed quite well and should be made again/fresh. Even aged they hold up well next to the competition.

Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright and glowing burnt orange with floaties suspended throughout...the head was white and stood two fingers tall...the retention was nice and good lacing was left behind

S - The nose is bursting with notes of bright citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon)...there is a mix of fresh pine lingering in the nose as well...this is a single hop beer for sure, seeing as there is only a little malt backing

T - Citrus flavors are present, but they come across with a fruity rind flavor and they aren't very fresh...I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just different from the nose...the malt adds some bready notes that help to balance (briefly) out everything on the palate...piney notes join together with the bitter citrus rind to create a long, bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...chewy, bitter, long lasting, alcohol burn

O - This is the third in the Single Hop series that I've had and I would rank this second...much better than the Centennial version, but not quite as good as the Simcoe one

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange with a thin white head

S-very citrusy. Not a strong scent though. It's mild.

T-comes in with a pretty decent taste of tropical fruits and grains. It's a very hoppy taste. It's a unique and refreshing ipa. Good matching after-taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is actually a pretty decent ipa. It's a fun ipa to drink. I wouldn't mind having more of this.  I actually also can not believe this is 10%. There's no way. It drinks like a single ipa.

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden tangerine color with a sparkling white head of two fingers that holds like a rock. Lacing all down the sides of my tulip glass. Exceptional look.

The aroma on this one is interesting. It smells bitter with muddled pine and citrus notes. Nothing really stands out. Nothing really jumps at you. For a single hop IIPA, this one is pretty evened. It's slightly floral with some hidden grapefruit suggestions.

Oh my! Burningly bitter, but short of astringent. Rugged leafy hop flavors that carry floral and mild pine notes out front-and-center. Never enjoyed an all-out floral IIPA such as this one as much before. The malts are way overpowered by the hops, and it'd be an understatement to call this one hoppy; but there's an agreeability and frame on this beer's flavor that is understated in its self.

Drinks kind of thin, but with a great bubbly presence. A little biting and boozy. I'm still sold.

Boosting the score on the overall, because I'm seriously impressed. Well-made and fascinatingly hoppy without the obvious citrus or fruity notes. Packs an almost-saturated level of bitterness to threshold, but as a single hop IIPA, you have to respect this one and only hop.

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear orange gold, off white head at two inches retains well, fluffy.

Grapefruit citrus, piney hop resin, some floral hop aroma.

Slight honey malt sweetness rounded out with grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. Some bready maltiness in there too.

Fuller body with soft carbonation over the tongue. Some hint of an alcohol warmth.

Really good strong ipa with nice flavor profile. Would be drinkable year round I think, although its really hitting the spot with the warm weather. Strong bitterness will appeal to hop heads while the citrus and malt will allow others to enjoy it as well. I'll come back to this again and will look to try to the other hop versions.

Photo of jhartley
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on June 3, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande glass. Julian dating used best before October 1, 2012.
A-Golden-orange body with a haziness, unfiltered. Thick fluffy-foamy head that lasted a long time. Not much lacing.

S-Oranges, grapefruit, alcohol starts to show once it warms up.

T-Grapefruit, mango, citrus hops. Nice sweet finish.

M-Full bitterness on the tip of the tongue and a nice amount of malts to even it out, not overly agressive.

O-Delicious DIPA. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, considering the 10% ABV.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish in color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light, and small orange citrus hop. In the taste, orange citrus, and a mellow pine in the end. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Not much nose, but nice hops and ahides the alcohol quite well.

Photo of tubeboy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very golden color with a cloudy unfiltered look. The head pours about 1 finger and leaves a thin lacing. I smell citrus and grassy hops. A little sweet taste in the front is followed by bitter citrus finish and a slight hint of alcohol. A good enough texture but not as velvety as I want in an IPA. I'm surprised by how well this beer disguises a 10% ABV. This is a fairly bitter finish that I like but that's just me. I'd like to find this on tap locally.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mildly hazy orange beer with thin lacing atop.

S - Sweet notes, pineapple, sugary citrus. Peppery and bitter with a green leafy backdrop, floral hops. Some alcohol present in the nose.

T - Bitter upfront and throughout. Pretty one dimensional hop profile with mostly bitter flavors. Dry hops and alcohol twisting through the beer, with a decent disguise over the 10%. Mildly peppery and spiced. The nose presents a more alluring medley.

M - Medium bodied, refreshing carbonation with a semi dry finish. The bitter mouth lingering a bit in the aftertaste.

O - A decent beer but only fair in the 2ipa category. Nothing much in the way of complexity or well roundedness.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #177
Served On: 06/22/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10%
Date/ Code: 275A12

This was as a 12 oz bottle from a sixer I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD. They always seem to have the rare Flying Dog offerings.

Look: Poured a hazy golden orange color with some crazy sediment going on. The head was a patchy layer of beige bubbles that created some nice lacing. Carbonation level was rather low.

Smell: Sweet grassy aroma. Orange rind and a resiny hop citrus were also noticeable.

Taste: First was a carbonated splash of juicy citrus. The middle was a tart note of mild hops followed by a quick bitterness. The finish had a creamcicle sweetness that slowly just faded away. The 10% alcohol was slightly noticeable, but worked very well with the overall palate that I was getting.

This one had some nice balance. This is probably my favorite of the single hop brews I’ve had to date. I find that a single hop approach often results in a completely off-balanced palate since certain hop verities are better utilized for bitterness than aroma, and vise versa.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA, hits nice notes with an approachable if a bit generic range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Back the an identifiable and unavoidable Ralph Steadman label illustration with a bat-winged Gonzo skull. Brief side narrative going over intent and brewing spirit. Notes batch code (279A12), and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium to deep amber/orange pour. Tall frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and fair lacing.

S - Nice nose, fruity, resinous, not very pungent but pleasing with some light tropical notes...

T - And the taste follows with a nice bitterness, mild but rich with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit, hint of resin, nice counterbalance sweet flow in the second plane.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation with a rather easy flow that masks well the Alc.

O - Slightly generic but rather pleasing… Not a hop bomb, but not a DIPA that lacks the character. Pleasing if one likes this bracket for the style.

Notes: As far as single DIPAs go this is nice, and sure enough a different animal from their Simcoe offering, so no point to miss it here… Are we going through another shortage this year? Not a substitute by any means but El Dorado makes for a pleasing DIPA, which probably will hold its ground on its own. And price-quality ratio around her make a six-pack of this ale rather attractive.

I have had the luck of having this one a couple of times on cask since this bottle review, and it sure shines with a longer complexity and feel. The hop profile is far more pronounced and stimulating with longer tropical notes. The grade goes significantly up on cask.

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark gold with a finger and a half of soapy head. Very nice lacing with lots of noticeable carbonation.

S: Sweet citrus and piney notes with a sweet malty background. Grapefruit also comes through.

T: Nose follows the taste. Sweet and full of grapefruit tones. The sweetness is on the verge of being too sweet, but it's still nice.

M: Medium carbonation with a long bitter finish.

O: Flying Dog is finally putting out good stuff. Wasn't really into their original brews but now they're making some pretty decent stuff. This one is worth a try.

Photo of littlelorib
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber brew, slightly cloudy, with one finger head that only slowly dissipates. Smell is of spicy, citrusy hops. Taste is so bitter that it nearly obscures the hop flavor. Alcohol is also very forward in the taste and interferes with my enjoyment of the brew. Finally a bit of malt appears almost in the after-taste.

Overall, not one of my favorites. May still be a too bitter for my palate, although i thoroughly enjoy ipa's i may not be ready for an imperial ipa. Then again, that very forward presence of alcohol doesn't seem to me to be supported by the rest of the beer.

Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.