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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:
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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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 93
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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Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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