Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
04-05-2012 18:27:29 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
08-14-2011 23:33:15 | More by movingtrain
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
09-13-2011 03:35:54 | More by smakawhat
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-12-2011 19:43:56 | More by mcallister
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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?
12-12-2012 01:29:40 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-20-2012 00:50:00 | More by Ryanm1
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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...
10-29-2011 15:12:06 | More by Daniellobo
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-18-2011 20:49:00 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-23-2012 04:09:06 | More by BARFLYB
4.04/5 rDev +3.1%
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
02-19-2013 02:06:40 | More by Rickythejeweler
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) from Flying Dog Brewery
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