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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

366 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-06-2012

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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 67
Reviews by reebtaerG:
Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Poured hazy light amber with a one finger white head. Above average lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, caramel, aromatic hops.

T-Flavor is creamy caramel malts, strong citrus hops, with a bittersweet finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

O-Overall a great showcase of Citra hops. I think it's FD best IPA yet. Will buy a sixer now

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of McMatt7
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Real good

Photo of Vonerichs
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear gold body with a tall fluffy white head. It leaves a shit ton of cascading lace all the way down.

I really had to strain to pick up the trail of aroma. Orange peel and grass with a lot of bready malt.

Same with the flavor. The citra isn't given much of a chance behind the bread and grain. There is some orange and grass but I want the citrus big and juicy.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation.

An ok beer, but if compared to most of the citra IPAs out there it doesn't stand up.

Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright, tropical fruits, passion fruit, pineapple, some sour cherry, dankness

L: Amber, with a creamy white head that dissipates slightly, solid lacing.

T: Sweet, candy-like hops with loads of passion fruit, tangerine, dankness. Medium high bitterness with some melon like sweetness. Hops dominate throughout. Finishes dry with kumquat like resin. Long, lasting finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Just great, definitely tastes better than it smells, a rarity. Just superbly balanced with just a enough sweetness to support the assault of hop flavors. One of the better beers I've had from Flying Dog.

Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost a pure orange. Pretty clear since Flying Dog filters their beers. Decent soft white head with little lacing.

S - Smells like big, juicy tropical fruit -- peach, pineapple, mango, orange peel... There's a dank, pissy "forest floor" element too.

T - Taste brings much of the tropical fruit hinted at on the nose. Really juicy up front, with soft peach following, and a concentrated, almost caramelized/candied fruit center. Big, round and resinous, but goes down somewhat smoothly considering the huge ABV. There are some indistinct grass/pine/marijuana notes, but the overriding flavors are peach and apricot.

M - Mouthfeel is on the heavy side for an IPA, alternating between soft, peachy, fuzzy dryness and resinous, syrupy heaviness.

Overall, a really enjoyable tropical DIPA that packs a BIG punch for $13/sixer. Boozy, but much less boozy tasting than past versions highlighting other hops.

Photo of gillagorilla
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.

Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark orange with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Lot of sweet citrus on the nose: pineapple, oranges, and tangerines mostly with notes of apricot as well. Quite nice, though not as pungent as I would like.

T: Citrus dominates here as well, though with more grapefruit and pineapple along with some rind and earthy pine flavors. The finish has a light alcohol burn with a decent amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer has an oily feel to it.

O: An enjoyable DIPA overall. Not as pungent as I'd like and a bit lacking on the body, but other than that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to Colm for this brew.

A- medium orange type of color with a foamy frothy head with a patchy lacing on the pint.

S- pineapple aroma? with dry citrus hops. grassy aroma as well.

F- floral hops come through in the flavor with the pineapple and citra coming out as well.

M- hoppy and heavy bodied for an IPA. almost drinks like a barleywine.

O- not bad brew by flying dog. I would buy a sixer of it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice clear body, bronze orange and gleaming, with a small slow rising carbonation in the middle. Head billows up uniform and off white, thick with a big three and a half finger cap and settles to a big one finger large puck. Real impressive and solid looking IPA here.

The nose hop angle hits at mellow notes of fruit tropical orange and citrus. It's forward but not overkill, in fact there is not much of a sweet malt presence here either. Sometimes simplicity just works better. Very solid and controlled DIPA so far.

Palate hits with a nice mixing juicy quality. Pine bitterness in the mid palate then mixing in with a nice pineapple and tropical fruit juice quality while finish. Extremely long and lingering hop bittering finish with a measurable sweetness. Hints of controllable black pepper quick heat on the swallow, hinting at dank earth. Carbonation is fairly moderate but has plenty of density, almost getting thick but luckily not sugar sweet rushing.

Overall this is just one of those examples where simple just turns out real good for a single hop brew, and at ten percent abv this drinks real easy surprisingly without any boozy qualities, with the exception of some stomach warmth. This might be the best Flying Dog beer I think they have made to date (that I've had).

Photo of Walshwi
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid DIPA, one of the better East Coast IPAs. The best IPA I've had from Flying Dog.

A: Light, golden. Pours with decent head, which disappears quickly.

S: Citrus, hops.

T: Great taste. It has a similar taste of many of the great West Coast IPAs. The balance just isn't there to make it world class. The Citra hops give it a bolder flavor.

O: I love this DIPA. It doesn't have an oaky funk or overpowering bitterness. It has tons of hops but is balanced nicely by the citrus sweetness. Definitely worth a try and the best I've had from Flying Dog. Well done.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber beer, clear; pillar of off-white head will slim but persist

S: juicy fruits and flowers, citrus and rain; flashes of something sweeter and chewier, like caramel

T: lean and tight Citra fruits, motes of orange, lemon, maybe mango - tropical and citric hop action across the malt base; chewier notes of caramel and malt

M: medium-weight, faint coating, crisp and clean for a DIPA; building bitterness

O: great showcase for the Citra - packs a wallop but without any sloppiness - fresh, bright, and crisp

Photo of jmaharaj
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite flying dog beers so far. Very orange with minimal head. Aroma is unmistakably citra, mango and papaya with some faint garlic and a sharp hint of peppermint. Taste is much of the same, although this beer is big on malt too and that comes through on the tongue. Nice resinous mouthfeel with understatec carbonation

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Alewife Baltimore. Poured into flute. Dancing bubbles collect for a thick remnant head that lasts. Golden pilsner looking, so no real big points for looks.
Smell is of obvious citra grassy hops and citrus.
Taste is smooth grassy (citra) hops, citrus and nice malt balance. Can't even notice the abv in this one. Its slightly bitter but otherwise very smooth.
I usally don't like flying dog IPA's but this one is really nice.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: A strong presence from the juicy citrus peel hops. The smell reminds me a bit of apricots. There is a malt sweetness that backs up the bitterness.

Taste: Juicy apricots and citrus peel hop bitterness dominate the flavor. The background is sweet with an alcohol presence. The bitterness increases to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer had a great hop profile and very nice balance. I would have this beer again.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle - clear orangish-yellow with lively carbonation yielding a solid 1-inch thick creamy-white head with decent retention and leaves rings and splotches of lace.

N: Well, what were you expecting? Grapefruit, passionfruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine and floral notes rise to greet you.

T: Green juicy herbal and grassy with some catty and peppery spices. Orange zest and bready malts round this out.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat bitter and slightly dry finish.

O: I feel the ABV is well hidden here, but is present nonetheless. Great aroma. Impressed I am.

Photo of MATT0404
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft at U Pick 6 in Erie, PA. This was my first encounter with a single, citra hopped IPA. I loved the complex, fruity aroma and taste. The appearance was hazy copper with a nice head and lacing down to the bottom. I will definitely seek this one out again...or maybe brew a clone.

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - mid range orange hue with semi-transparency. 1 finger head, fizzy and quickly disappears. For a double IPA, a below average appearance.

Smell - An extremely citrus and floral hop bomb fragrance. Wonderful.

Taste - Citrus hop bomb certainly. Extremely flavorful with citrus hops prevailing, slight pine notes, but nothing too bitter or lingering. Malt balances this out well.

Mouthfeel - heavy ABV is noted with the thick butter tecture on the sip and palate.

Overall - One of Flying Dog's better made brews. This one can be ranked with some of the exceptional craft Imperial/Double IPAs made in US. Nice job Fredneck homeboys.

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours your typical golden, slight haze but transparent, fluffy white head fades slow and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are great and really get you excited. Lots of watermelon, mango, pineapple, and lime zest. There's also some orange peel and grapefruit rind in the mix. The aromas aren't aggressively in your face, but smell extremely pleasant. The flavors aren't exactly what I was expecting based on the nose, but they're not bad by any stretch. Everything seems dialed down just a notch. The hop bitterness comes out more than the hop flavors. There's some grapefruit juice in the mix. I'm also getting some pine resin. Earthy flavors. There's really no heat or booze. There's subtle alcohol notes in the flavors, but it adds to the depth and doesn't diminish the flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, it's a little light but still full-bodied; creamy and smooth. It's pretty easy to drink.

This is a good DIPA. It kind of leaves me wanting more and thinking of what this could be, but I appreciate it for what it is. There's more than enough to keep it interesting.

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cask at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Nice creamy foamy typical cask head, nice lacing, hazy golden honey color.

Nose musty slight resinous hop, some citrus and very light tropical fruit but a guava or papaya like fruit, some citra hop aromas, very faint malt base.

Taste nice fresh leafy hop characters, fresh musty very slightly resinous hop, tropical fruit brings papaya and guava again but little citrusy tropical fruit. Light grassy floral taste too, then nice light malty balance, good cask feel. Finish is dry and fairly bitter but it never gets too bitter, lingering nice citrus like character and grassy flavors.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb for cask, booze is hidden very well if it really is 10%.

Overall quite nice tasty, and good cask impression too.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Clear, golden-amber pour with a pinky finger or so of white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of fresh citrus zest, grass. Taste is pretty much dead-on for the style, juicy citrusy hops, notes of pine and grass, ubiquitous bitterness, subdued malty sweetness. Finished dry and bitter, in palate-wrecker territory if you're not drinking water. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of charlzm
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed May 16th, 2013 at 50 degrees F in a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer pours a lighter shade of burnished yellow than expected. Brilliantly clear with a one-finger white head that becomes a crown of sticky white foam fast.

Aroma: Ah, yes. Citra hops. Melons and mellow tropical fruit and a clean, lemony note. Not especially pungent but lovely.

Flavor: a little caramel malt and then a burst of the same notes as the nose (honeydew melon and light lemon). Big bitterness follows and finishes things up. Finishes a bit dry which puts a button on the bitterness after each swallow. Tiny amount of white pepper. No hint of 10% ABV in this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little smooth and slightly thick. As mentioned, finish is somewhat dry but not excessively so.

This is a fine DIPA and I would be happy to have one of these any time I see one. Not quite mind-blowing but very, very solid and well-crafted.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.