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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87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2011)
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Photo of Halcyondays
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod to amber with a light white head, good retention, no lace.

S: Aromatically challenged, some honeyed malt with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Booze city, this is a booze bomb something I've found with Double Dog as well. The underlying hop character of grass, pine and tropical fruit is nice, but it's just hard to cut through the booze, it was a chore at times to get through the glass due to this.

M: Full-bodied, huge solvent chracter and boozy as I've said. Quite resiny as well.

O: If the ethanol dies down we could have a enjoyable beer here. As for now it's just tough.

Photo of DIPAFAN
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of codymartin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of twowheelssoar
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 jacewg
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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 JG-90
3.56/5  rDev -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 yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz small pint at PP Georgetown.

Cloudy copper color with a creamy off white head. Aroma is mild blend of floral hops and even lighter citrus. Body is medium thick and chewy. Flavor is dominated by floral bitterness and some light pepper and earthiness in the finish. Very little sweetness. Overall balanced, but boring.

Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Marty30
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Centennial) from Flying Dog Brewery
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