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
90
outstanding

64 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 368
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-dark hazy gold with a foamy cream colored head

S-pretty decent scent of grapefruit and hops. Actually pretty awesome.

T-ooo wow this comes in with quite a bitter bite! The hops really come in for this. It's basically just a blast of hops and bitterness, in and out. Nothing else to it, nothing else needed

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's not every day you get to try a new IPA that really rocks your mouth. I mean it doesn't really even settle as you drink it, every sip is another kick. Go out and find this of you can! (544 characters)

Photo of MATT0404
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear orange color, much like other beers in the style.

The aroma has huge citrus, tropical fruits, melons.

The flavor has peach, sweet orange, citrus, then a bitterness, and then a sweet caramel malt. There is almost even a pine finish in there with the bitter grapefruit finish. The finish doesn’t linger too long and it is a very drinkable Double IPA.

This beer really helps me appreciate how good Citra is. The beer really also is wonderfully drinkable at a big 10% for a Double IPA. It’s really surprisingly how drinkable and fruity this beer is. Highly recommended. (599 characters)

Photo of Murphey
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my introduction to the Citra hop. It was good enough that I modified my IPA recipe to include it.

Very "in your face" hop - bitter, with a nice citrus smell that isn't quite as prominent as, say, Cascade-West Coast IPA, this is not. But, that doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable brew! The beer itself was not as balanced as something like 90 minute - that hop bill definitely overpowered whatever malt flavors are there. But, it did a pretty good job of masking that big 10% ABV.

Not my favorite Imperial IPA, but it certainly is in my top 10. I'll definitely be trying it again. (595 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a white frothy head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Hoppy and citrus aroma.

T: Bitter hoppy aroma with a definite pine and citrus backbone.

M: Pretty boozy – medium body and carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial ipa – more hoppy than a lot of imperial IPAs. (359 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I love Citra hops!

Pours out a very clear and bright golden orange with 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is packed with citrus and sweet tropical fruit notes; mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, orange peel and just a hint of bready malt.

The taste is extremely hop forward. Tons of a sweet orange right up front followed by mango, peach, pineapple, apricot and a bit of a floral quality. There is a bit of bready malt in the background, but it's barely there.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp. This drinks incredibly smooth and the ABV is almost completely hidden with just a hint of warmth as it goes down.

This is a great way to showcase different hops and this one is a great example. Big hop taste, not much malt and hides the 10% well. Definitely worth checking out. (790 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit, slight lemon tinge, and a mild melon aroma greet the nose. Golden body with a lasting, thick and white head make for an eye-pleasing appearance. Crisp malt sweetness with a well-tempered, very forward hop bitterness.

Nicely balanced with an excellent complexity, especially considering it's a single-hop brew. And the grain and hop flavor and aroma characteristics do a very admirable job of keeping the fairly high ABV in check. An all-around single-hop masterpiece! (480 characters)

Photo of Walshwi
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (427 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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). (1,349 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, a bit hazy (dry hopping?) Pours a nice white head, creamy and with good retention.

Powerful hop aroma, with grapefruit and pine, and overall a fruity and sweet aroma.

Malt sweetness melds perfectly with the huge citrusy hop flavor. Intensely hoppy, but not intensely bitter. Some clean alcohol from midmouth onward contributes to the flavor. Finishes with hop flavor, a little hop bitterness, and some lingering alcohol.

Medium-full body, and medium carbonation. Unmistakable alcohol warming, but isn't harsh and isn't out of style here.

Overall a really nice showcase for the Citra hop, with a wonderful hop flavor. Surprisingly drinkable for a Double IPA - kudos to them for not making it an IBU-bomb. (723 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Citra hops. That being said, this beer fully exemplifies what I expect an India IPA to live up to utilizing them. It is juicy and fresh with notes of lemon, orange, pine, and a slight hint of pepper. All working together in a great harmony! It has a medium body with juicy citrus flavor and a slight herbal notes that keep it tasting fresh. (347 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light reddish
S: Pleasant citrus aromas, pleasant malt aromas
T: Front end tastes malty, middle is citrus, finished with balancing bitterness and slight warming.
M: Low carbonation, medium body.
O: Well balanced hops/malts (228 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature goblet. Label coded 234A13 = bottled on April 4, 2013.

A - Pours a clear golden amber. About a finger of off-white head sits atop the bubbly body. Thick lace remains around the inside of the glass after each sip.

S - Fragrant guava, kiwi, and an abundance of citrus. Grapefruit hops and a generous amount of sweet malts. Biscuits and honey along with some indistinguishable grain.

T - Unsurprisingly, citrus dominates from the get-go. Twang of juicy grapefruit, along with apricot sweetness. Some biscuit malts and caramel balance the hop assault midpalate. Quite bitter on the back end with big hop linger. Big flavor in this huge IPA.

M - Medium to thick in body with fitting carbonation. Goes down slick and easy for a 10%'er.

O - I have really enjoyed this beer on tap over the last year and I've been awaiting the release in bottles. Citrus from the citra is the most obvious component, but there is a nice sharp bitterness on the back end. This is a single hop beer, but is not singularly hoppy. Very balanced for a beer showcasing the hops. I highly recommend it if you like citra and live near MD. (1,154 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Work in 3 hours. Can I wait until after work to try this beer? No.

Looks great off the pour. Took a whiff right after opening it and man, citrus indeed. Flavor is punch in the mouth citrus. Just a ton of it. Seems to be minimal pine in there as well. Resin going on too. On the flavor and the feel; as in, it's a bit syrup-like. This is a citra bonanza. Probably could be rounded out a good bit, but for the hop heads and citra lovers, I'm sure they're more than happy with this. (480 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: single finger head with scattered lacing on a bright golden clear body.

S: lots of aroma with this one. Herbal, earthy and citrus as expected from the hop variety.

T: very light on the malt. The citra hops and their candied fruit, citrus and candy sugar are in full force but the bitterness isnt overdone.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think citra provides some of the best all around degrees and quality of aroma and flavor. For a single hopped IPA, this one was good. (725 characters)

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