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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial)

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35 Reviews

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 93
Photo of JG-90
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass

A - Clear golden color with a medium sized off-white creamy head with good retention, slowly recedes to a thin film on top. Leaves heavy lacing

S - Orange, Grapefruit, booze, light malt

T - Grapefruit and lemon, then orange, bread, alcohol bite, sweetness, and a little caramel malt, got very boozy as it warmed

M - Heavy and creamy mouthfeel, moderate/low carbonation

O - An interesting and enjoyable brew, a little on the sweet side. Began to taste a lot like booze as it warmed up

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange, one and a half finger fluffy white head, nice lacing.

S - Candied oranges, sweet malts, general citrusness, bitter hops.

T - Sweet caramel, pinet/resin, orange rind, moderate pungency/bitterness, grapefruit.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Decent


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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine brew with an eggy dry head. Sparse bubbles cascading to the surface.

Classic Centennial hop profile of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Alcohol is evident. 10% sounds about right where this nose is at. Malts show off a light caramel note. So far, proving to be a risky choice for a single-hop imperial.

Bristling hop bitterness with lots of grapefruit and pine. Some orange. Spine-tingling booze isa very warming. Malts are semi-sweet, yet paler than toasty. Lots of hops, hops, hops. One-note, because it's single hop. I liked El Dorado a lot more.

Mouthfeel is spicy hot with booze. Body is medium; carbonation, too. Not bad, sans the big strength.

Eh. So-so on this one. I'll take it over most beers, but there are just too many other good DIPAs out there.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) is a pleasant single-hop IPA. Brown sugar and hoppiness.

A: Yellow orange colour and 3mm head. 4.5

S: Hoppy with grassiness and a hint of chlorine. 4

T: Tangy citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit. Quite sweet: brown sugar. All over a nice tangy malt base. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Best by April 4, 2013. I think they date 140 days out, so bottled early-mid December 2012. Review 1 of this series (in bottles).

A - Pours a shiny copper color with a stable half finger of off-white head. After a few minutes, the head settles to a thin film, leaving behind a sticky lacing. This trend continues as I drink.

S - A nice blend of bold citrus and fragrant floral hops on the nose. Light caramel biscuit aromas remind me that there is malt to this beer. The floral and citrus hops are clearly the star of the show here though.

T - The same hop characteristics from the nose. A floral bouquet of flavors on the forfront, followed by a sweet toffee malt flavor. Bitterness on the back end with a hop linger that becomes more pronounced as I drink more.

M - Soft on the palate with a full body and carbonation fitting for the style.

O - Stoked to see this series is being bottled. This version showcases the floral and mellow citrus aspects of the centennial hop. There is a pretty pronounced bitterness on the finish that wasn't evident in the nose. I didn't get much alcohol at all and it is reasonably easy drinking for a double digit ABV beer.

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Photo of portijon
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a single bottle into your typical pint glass. Retained about a quarter-inch of head all the way down to the bottom, with some light lacing. Color of the beer itself is a very pale amber/bronze. Very clear.

S - Very flower-y hop aroma. Citrus, orange zest.

T - I'm asuming that my bottle is a month or so old - not too old, but not extremely fresh. The initlal taste was some strong, bitter hop taste - especially in the back of the palette.

M - The more I drank, the more the sweet and syrup-y-ness popped out and overrode the upfront bitterness. Not too heavy, not too light, and just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Solid IPA from a solid brewery. Smooth enough that the 10% ABV could be a little dangerous.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Centennial DIPA from Flying Dog is a bright golden shaded beer with some bright bronze tints. A nice firm cap of egg shell colored foam up top leaving some significant lace. Tight little bubbles, an nice looking active beer. Smell is a mix of earthy pine resin mixed in with light citrus. Some orange pops in with faint lemon and some juicyfruit scent. A puff of pale malt backing, faint caramel, and a smidge of alcohol with warming. This is a great DIPA, not being extremely impressed with many FD IPA's this is smooth with a mix of tropic fruit, pine, pale and crystal malt, a nice mix. Reminds me of Hop Wallop with some west coast influence and a bit more alcohol. Body is a big medium approaching full for the style, yet not syrupy. Carb is there and felt with some alcohol in the end. If I can find some fresh bottles of this I'll be sure to pick some up.

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Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear honey-orangey-amber with a sudsy 1-finger whitish head that retains well. Some good thick legs of lace on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt is surprisingly the dominant characteristic on the nose. Also some orangey citrus, but that's about it.

T: Sweet caramel malt foundation with some bread dough malt as well. Orangey citrus and some alcohol at the finish remind me of Southern Comfort. Also Stoudt's DIPA comes to mind with the orange flavors. Despite initial sweet impression, it finishes with a decent lemony hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palate as a slightly drying sensation as it battles with the sweeter tones. Heat from ABV felt in the belly, but for 10% it doesn't overwhelm on the palate.

M: Slightly syrupy; call it medium in heft with a thick, low-carbonation feel.

O: Pretty good. At times it reminds me more of an American Barleywine than a DIPA given all the sweetness, but a good, dry bitter finish brings it back to DIPA-land.

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

12oz brown bottle

LOOK: Clear shiny bronze, beautiful sudsy head

SMELL: Orange zest, vague mint, fresh cut grass, spicy, papaya, clean esters

TASTE: Light smoothness, slightly creamy, medium bodied, very orangey, peel, zest, pith, pulp, bread crust, ample bitterness, tropical fruit, nutty grain, hoppy drying finish

Love when breweries do single hop beers, here you get a full on attack of Centennial with a great base 10% abv beer and only balanced to style so it is very hop forward.

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

I really like the nose on this one; nice and pleasant. Flavor profile is smooth and easy going. Nice hop tones that never sway into obnoxious territory. Somewhat floral. Very mild sweet accents. Carbonation is mildly biting. This is a really good beer. I like this one a lot. Unfortunately, a lot of these single hopped beers really such (Mikkeller!!), but this one is bringing it proper. I dig. Where can I get the other ones?

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

A good hoppy beer, recent purchase from Capone's. Very orange citrus,with some lemon, up front hops, yet not a palate eraser. The malt adds to the taste. Good drinkability, above average mouthfeel. Orange coloured body. Nice hop aroma.A little boozy.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear amber with one-finger, white, fizzy and creamy head that lasted a minute. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and citrus hops. A bit mild at first, but wakes up as it warms.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. The Centennial hops add really nice floral notes. I want to say this beer has an almost tea-like quality to it. The hops hide the 10% ABV really well too.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp.

O: Solid Imperial IPA all around. I like that it contains Centennial hops exclusively.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was trying this beer for th first time after a Flying Dog Brewery Tour. Nothing like straight from the Factory flavor. Our tour guide said this beer was brewed in the same fashion as the Raging Bitch, but only using one hop variety "Centennial" unlike Raging Bitch which uses three different varietals in the brewing process.

The beer pour golden and is translucent. Ice cold. Carbonation was moderate to heavy like most Flying Dog Beers. During their process they force carbonation adding a little extra zip.

As for the aroma this compared to the other Single Hop Imperial IPAs was the most pungent. I thought it was the most bitter between the two others I tried Chinook and Citra. The taste was light in respect to other breweries that focus on Ales and was very crisp. I ended up buying a growler of the Single Hop Imperial IPA but preffered the Chinook.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goldenrod with cratered creamy foam that trailers an lots of little floaties.
Honeysuckle and orange jam nose - juicy and pure Centennial. Honey and a whiff of booze, too.
Mango and Golden Grahams then big orange rind and nectar hops.
Pink grapefruit rind finish and bitter linger. Medium, chewy, sticky, a bit hot.

Yup, that's Centennial. Does this hop need to be showcased at this stage? And does it need a 10% beer to do it? IBUs aren't really there, partially because I think this is not a true dual purpose hop. And it is pretty sweet and boozy, so in the end hits too hard for the intricacy of the hop.

Plays a bit 2003 altogether. But what should I have expected from Flying Dog?

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with an off white head of foam that clings to the glass all over. The nose is a little light, but sweeter and hoppy. A very balanced flavor with a buttery sweetness and more of a mellow bitterness. Hops add some earthy and grassy flavors. Very smooth and full feel. A really nice double ipa. Nice complexity, good overall beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours hazy orange with a rather large white compact head that sets into awsome lacings.

S: Syrupy sweet rich malt; dark dried fruits - tart. The alcohol is there but considering the ABV, well hidden. Lots of fruits; apples, red and green and lemons (of course). Grain. I must be insane but i can find a very mild, but still present fish-smell. The insane part is that I don't think it's a bad thing...

T: The first thing that comes to mind is that nothing stands out - how well-balanced can a beer be? Everything (that should be there) is there (read the Style-description), but nothing overpowers anything else. I love this!

M: Full body, light carbonation and medium-long bitter but also sweet aftertaste. Some warmth from the alcohol, eventhough you can't find the booze in it...

O: This is a pretty darn awsome beer. Well balanced. The alcohol is only obvious after you drink a few and tries to stand up. The best part is that everything that should be there is present but nothing overpowers anything else. This is one of the best DIPAs ever!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour keeps right on rollin'! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, dark greens, light menthol, and very light lime. The taste holds notes of pine, buttery toffee, lime peel, and dark greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this beer just didn't seem to have turned out all that well. Especially when compared with the other Centennial single hop IPA today (Mikkeller's), this one just came across as a muddled mess, with too much malt blending with off hops. Not a fan, myself.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchills

A: Nice golden color with a slightly off white head.

S: A pretty nice floral hop aroma but it feels pretty faint to me. Not a whole lot else there except maybe a little citrus.

T: Some pine and citrus hops upfront with a bit of bready malt and caramel on the finish. The taste was definitely on the weak side and I was hoping for a bit more from this one.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Centennial DIPA, compelling and worth picking up.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Back to an identifiable and unavoidable Ralph Steadman label illustration with a bat-winged Gonzo skull. Brief side narrative going over intent and brewing spirit. Notes vintage 2011 and batch code (336A11), 70 IBUs, and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Barely hazy medium to deep amber/orange pour. Rich and tall frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and elegant lacing.

S - Nose is bizarrely floral.. It is not your typical Centennial… Maybe the hop, dash of orange and flowers is more so woven with the sweet malt… Pretty nice in any case…

T - Nice growth of the range in the mouth, fruity malty with a nice floral hoppy sense… touches of grass, candy and malt caramel.

M - Medium to medium/full body, soft carbonation with a somewhat sticky and smooth range that finishes on a nice long and lingering hoppy dash.

O - Enticing Centennial DIPA take… Maybe a bit melancholic on the resinous edge but it is what it is. And it works pretty well…

Notes Maybe a touch faded.. Dunno… Probably not… And in any case still holding up strong. Maybe it is just that I loved better the single Simcoe release in these series? Still well worth the try, and once this Alpha sample cases die out I´d love to see this as a release on their own. How about a mixed sixer with this one and the Simcoe? I´d be a fan...

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very light respectable head when poured from daught. The light body makes this beer impressive, considering high ABV beers, or even just your average IPA, run fairly dark. The neon yellow glow suggests some sweetness in a beer much smaller than 10%.

A - the sweet snap of Centennial pervades. It's such a welcoming scent, very floral along with the connsumate lemon rind smell. Something about it reminds me of bathroom disinfectant. It's not off-putting, just a little artificial. The down point here is that I'm also smelling alcohol.

T - Nothing mind-blowing, but Centennial holds up. Lots of malt and alcoholic heat hamper what might've been a great beer. Interestingly, while the beer is cool the first couple sips are very juicy before becoming just a heavy oily beer. It's not until the end that the Centennial returns. A lot of people will love a beer like this, but I feel more could have been done with less.

M - Compared to other beers of equal strength, or even less, this beer is not exceptionally sweet or heavy. However, it is a 10% beer, so facets of the mouthfeel compromise that classic Centennial crispness. It gets a little chewy and even soupy as it warms.

O - It's impressively taut for a 10% IPA, however, hoppy beers should either be IPA's or Barleywines. This was the unwanted bastard of two beers who should have just stayed friends. Maybe a better attenuating yeast or Sugar in the grist might've yielded better results, but like a lot of Double IPA's this beer ffound hops and malt competing rather than one in the forefront and the other complimenting.

****I had this next to 90 Minute IPA out of a Randall. TBH, the 90 Minute had nothing on this beer. For all the people rave about the Simcoe-Amarillo combination, tastes foul compared to Centennial - P4P the best hop going. This yeast (Chico?) also did a much better job of cleaning up and throwing neutral flavors and aroma, while the Ringwood gave an impression similar to dissolved fiber.

Still, drinking this big beer can be compared to watching a past-his-prime legend of Boxing: the residue and memory of what had once been remain, but the extra weight he's packing on sadly leave something to be desired. High ABV is a great selling point, but I would have preferred Two-Hearted or Founder's Centennial.

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Photo of Marty30
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at D's in Monroeville.Served into a pint glass.

A. A clear copper colored body,with a good inch and a half white head. Looks well carbonated,leaves behind tons of lacing.

S. Smell is nice and fresh, piney hops,grapefruit,good floral notes.

T. Big pine and grapefruit a small amount of pineapple and some grass. I get a sweet taste reminds me of pixie stix. Some faint caramal in the end. Definately detect some alchohol.

M. Nice medium almost creamy feel. Sweet finish.good carbonation.

Overall pretty tasty and well crafted beer from Flying Dog. I would recommend.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at URGE.

A: Burnished gold with good clarity and an inch of dense white foam. Retention is good and lacing forms sheets on the glass

S: Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with some caramel and a dash of bread. Perfumy floral notes are present.

T: There's a smooth moderate bitterness in the flavor with lots of citrus flesh but little rind. I detect tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. There's just a little pine. The malt is noticeable and it provides just a little welcome caramel sweetness and balance, but this is not malt heavy. Nice flavor. 10%?! I hardly taste any alcohol.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A good Double IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a snifter as part of a group tasting at ChurchKey DC.

A super sticky ridiculous laced white head of off white color, sitting on a clear body of orange amber. Crystal clear with big huge impressive lacing.

Nose is sugary citrus hop, giving to grapefruit but more sweetness it seems in smell, with a soft malt body. Solid and inviting.

A chewy mild hop in the palate, with a mix of grass and citrus bringing even some dense malt body. Great texture and a hint of thickness without bringing oil slickness or syrup body.

Overall this is delicious and doesn't even feel like a high abv beer too. Really dig this chewy texture and this disappeared really fast for me. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bulls & Bears. Poured a sightly hazy orange/bronze color with a small but thick pillowy white head. Nice lacing as well.
Aroma is one dimensional but a nice citrus hop smell throughout.
taste is moderatley sweet. Orange and grapefruit flavors. Hoppy and a bitter finish.
It's chewy with a resiny finish that lingers with a bit more bitterness than the first few sips.
I like this better than Flying Dog's Simcoe but not quite on the level of the El Dorado.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Flying Dog Centiennial Hop Imperial IPA was on tap at our local watering hole. It is a big beer. The appearance was quite nice...only draw back was the thin head and missing lacing of the glass. The color was a clear rich amber. The smell was very "fresh" like being near a pine forest. The taste however carried more apricot/grapfruit taste. There was definite malt balance which kept the bitterness down...however, teh bitterness clung to teh pallet. The mouthfeel was tough because the Alcohol was absolutely present....not enough malt or hop to cover @10%!!!

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.