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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)

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345 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-06-2012)
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Flying Dog goblet (Got it 1st day on the shelf - 234A13: best by 8/22/13)

A: It is a beautiful transparent light golden brown bronze. The head is thick on the pour but diminishes quite rapidly to leave a film with excellent lacing on the walls.

S: This smells very citrusy but there is a twist there that I can't quite place. I get a lot of pineapple with like a strong flavored tea or yogurt scent that mellows the citrus scent down. It reminds me of a toned down Enjoy By.

T: The taste seems to be mask of pine and resin that covers and colors a deep citrus taste. The aftertaste is primarily citrus and very tasty. However, I get a bit more pine and resin in it and the aftertaste after it warms up a bit.

M: There is a fairly large amount of carbonation in this IPA, which makes it very crisp with the copious amount of bubbles you get when you take a drink. It is like a mild scouring that carries the flavors nicely.

O: I wish I had had a bit more of the Centennial, since that had been my favorite so far. I also seem to have misplaced my notes on Galaxy. However, this is another great entry into their single hop series, which is fresh unlike Mikkeller's series which are still on all the shelves here. There are subtle changes in each one and I really like this one. The entire series is top notch and you can see that in the slight waverings from 87 to 91. So far this is probably my favorite.

gillagorilla, May 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Jake's Billiards here in GSO a few days back.Poured into a goblet a deep burnt orange with a clingy half finger slight off white head atop,it just looked menacing...in a good way.Ctrusy hops,sugar,and big alcohol in the nose,the hops are not sharp more of a tropical emelent to them,the sweetness and alcohol are pretty big.Overripe tropical fruits provide not only hoppy notes but some residual sweet flavors,there is again a hefty does of alcohol but it's not to overly sweet,as it warmed a little it became more of a sipper.This is a big brash beer with bigtime fruity hops as well as alcohol,a really nice sipping DIPA.

oberon, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

aszatk01, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of andyfrancis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale copper, maybe a little lighter than I expected. Nice frothy head clumping in piles on the surface.

Pretty much smells like citra hops. Actually, there is some caramely malt along with it.

Like drinking a bitter IPA, mixed with astringent grapefruit juice. A little bite, but doesn't seem like 10% abv.

I love that there are more and more of these beers you can use to train your nose and palate, not to mention discover what is really behind the notes you like or don't like. So for that, it's great...but if I was trying to enjoy what I'm drinking, I probably wouldn't buy this again.

andyfrancis, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

csmartin6, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DWolf, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

megamass, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright golden hue, sufficient lacing. Grassy, orangey, catty, pineapple, cake batter, rose water and peppery alcohol in the nose. Smooth, bitter, semi-creamy, very warming, bready malt, faintly nutty, grassy, orange peel, meow, pineapple, leafy. Bitter semi-dry alcoholic finish

I get it, still a part of the series ... big ass base beer with a ton of a one type of hop carefully throw at the brew. If you love Citra this is for you ... any real hop head should give at a go as well. Bold but still drinkable.

Jason, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Prospero, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

virinow, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

sourdog, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jtladner, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a bright golden tint to this otherwise medium orange brew. It's thick and completely opaque. The just barely off-white head is small and dense before it fades to foam. That foam sticks around and drops some webby lacing in moderation.
Citra is a beautiful hop. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits are aided by some grassiness, a little spiciness, and a not-quite sugary sweetness to balance. Something that reminds me of Simcoe (the unoffensive ammonia-like note) is in the aroma too, though not as evidently in the flavor.
A medium body holds a strong carbonation and offers enough of both crispness and smoothness to keep it easy-drinking.

Brenden, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

InfernoBoss, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Hopcycle, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

kgammell1, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DStoked, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JPBCrown, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drinking12many, Jun 08, 2013
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.