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
86
very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 5.47%
Wants: 5
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 93
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
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! (1,054 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (701 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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? (427 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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... (1,446 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (329 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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%!!! (566 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of portijon
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Pinocchios in Media, PA. The beer pours a cloudy, hazy amber with a healthy two-finger, off-white head which dissipated to a coating. Lacing was ample and lasting. The nose is citrus, as you would expect (especially orange and grapefruit) but there were floral and pine notes as well as some pepper. The taste was sweet with honey, mango and peach predominating but with plenty of hop bitterness to balance it well. This single hop is not replete with one of those super bitter finishes. Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. There is very little hint of the 10% ABV, so beware. All-in-all, I liked this. Flying Dog has made a brew that was refreshing and I would go to it again. (704 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Marty30
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is copper and clear with a tight white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is weak in comparison to the simcoe but I get some floral / citrus notes out of it.

Beer is medium in body and a little sweet but overall it is a nice experience. The hops are subdued a little in the midpalate and the bitterness is a little light overall. Simcoe is my favorite out of this series so far. (407 characters)

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) from Flying Dog Brewery
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