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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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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 05-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ryanm1
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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%!!!

Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of JG-90
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of portijon
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From one of the Alpha Dog 12 packs.

Pours a copper-reddish color with small white head on top. The head is quite strong in terms of its longevity in that, even though it has faded in height, its remnants are still clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma here is a fine bouquet of fresh Spring flowers, sage, and wet wood. There is some heavy grapefruit aroma here, honey, orange blossom, caramel, tart apple, and cereal grains.

The flavor is creamy and strong. Hints of cherry, grapefruit, and orange peel all come to mind. The hop is central to this IPA, full of that fine bittersweet, syrupy pine flavor. The malt bill here gives a good backbone and sweetness to an otherwise astringent, bitter beer. Other flavors that come to mind are light caramel, honey, and lemon.

Overall, this is a remarkable single hop IPA. It is higher in ABV, and that is present in the taste, but only adds to the flavors and consistency of this beer. It is a good tasting, strong, well balanced IPA that highlights a solid hop variety.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy, hazy amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty floral, with considerable orange citrus, pepper and fruit cocktail. The flavor proifle replicates the nose, with an amazing mid palate of tropical fruit (mango, peach, etc.). Fortunatley, the beer has enough hoppy bitterness to counter the tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is full, rich and very long, with enough hoppy bitterness to dry this beer out on the finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile in this sizeable DIPA.

Tried this side by side with the hellhound and there's just no comparison (IMHO). An interesting and impressive effort from the guys at flying dog.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial)

Pours a deep golden hue, small white cap recedes to the edges. Smells of sweet malt, and a nice floral hoppiness. In the flavor, solidly bitter hops with grapefruit and rind notes, small earthyness, all over a honey like malt character. Alcohol peeks through but the hop bitterness does a good job of cutting any alcoholic astringencies. On the light side of medium bodied. A nice experiment, simple, but effective.

Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger head which gives way to a little lacing. The aroma was of citrus pine with big floral hop aromas. The taste has a little fruit taste up front and then the middle to the end is a big floral and piney hop taste. It is very earthy. The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation. Overall I was surprised with this. I felt that taste was good it was a little deeper and bigger than I thought it would be.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper showing lively carbonation. Robust pillowy head sticky and lasting.

Great floral, citrusy aromas. Resiny and like smelling the hop cone. Some light toffee malt character behind. But mainly the citrusy, grapefruit, lemon zest, flower bouquet of goodness you'd expect from Centennial.

Very nice, juicy, resiny, oily hop character. So fresh and in your face. Mouthfeel is amazing, big bitterness, and so visceral. Neutral malt really lets the floral, citrus of the hop stand at the front and be recognized. Some stone fruit flavors of nectarine, and peach. Just juicy and effervescent. Really like this. Could have done without this being imperial.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/24/2011

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.

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was dull, copper colored with some nice orange highlights...small, thin, white head that retained about the same...nice lacing was left

S - Aromas are very floral and bitter from the hops...there is not a big malt backbone...some slight citrus is coming through too

T - It's almost a little too big for itself...the hops are there throughout the beer...especially for being a single hop beer...they are more on the floral and spicy side rather than the sweet, citrus side...and the sweetness in the beer is kept at a minimum...the hops drown out everything and the let their bitterness shine through

M - Medium bodied...big, chewy, bitter, slight alcohol coming though towards the end

O - This is the second one that I've tried in the series...I enjoyed the Simcoe version a bit better...this one shows that it's big and the hops need to be toned down just a bit

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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?

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Marty30
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) from Flying Dog Brewery
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