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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) - Flying Dog Brewery

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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

216 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 07-06-2012)
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MATT0404

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 04:09:29 | More by MATT0404
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 03:04:57 | More by AdamBear
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 19:21:42 | More by oberon
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color. Not much lacing after the head subsided.

Isolated Citra hops are lovely. Tropical fruit, dank citrus, and light woody pine. Pale malts and booze. Nice.

Follows the aroma. Dank citrus, pine, well-voiced pale malts, lingering sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, and woodiness. Drier finish. Wet feel. Carbonation is great; bright, but never overbearing. Light burpiness. Works well.

Good single hop DIPA. Better than the Centennial.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 03:53:15 | More by thecheapies
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 07:12:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color. served with a minimal head. Little lacing. Pleasant citrus hop aroma. Flavor is Sweet and citrusy. Citra is really showcased here (more so even than ZD). Low malt character.
Medium body and carb. Mild bitterness. A nice beer, that shows off the Citra hop quite nicely, but as a beer in totality, I just feel as if something is missing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 22:45:54 | More by Florida9
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Walshwi


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid DIPA, very close to Pliny the Elder, but not as refined. The best IPA I've had from Flying Dog.

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

S: Citrus, hops. Fairly simple, yet sweet smell.

T: Like I said, VERY close to Pinly the Elder. I have bottles of Pliny in the fridge and I can barely tell the difference. Citra isn't as refined and has a slightly bolder taste, but it would make a great substitute to Pliny when it isn't readily available. Aftertaste is not as amazing as Pliny, but still good.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 01:39:15 | More by Walshwi
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 03:36:34 | More by Rifugium
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kicked the keg of this at the leaf, got the beer for free whic is always awesome. The pour was decent, there was a light amount of head, more of a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer is heavily hopped and has a nice citrusy aroma to it. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced between sweet and hoppy. The mouthfeel has a good semi-thick feel to it, as well as a slick stickiness also. Overall it's a damn good Imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 04:10:30 | More by Knapp85
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 16:53:17 | More by kylehay2004
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey, this is an OK IPA. Beer is copper / amber and clear wtih a white head of small and medium bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and citrus, floral like hop candy.

Medium in body, moderate bitterness on the finish, lots of hops on the palate, it is a decent ale showcasing the citra and hiding the alcohol behind a mild palate of malts. Nothing too earth shattering but it is good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 15:14:42 | More by drabmuh
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 21:53:21 | More by oline73
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 22:58:45 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tmm313

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light amber color with 1 finger, creamy head. Awesome lacing and trailing.
S - Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, pepper, a little bit of caramel, and some booze.
T - Follows the smell. Bitter grapefruit, orange, a fair amount of pine, a little pepper, caramel, and booze. Grapefruit rind aftertaste. Pineapple becomes more noticeable as it warms.
M - On the lighter side of medium. Feels light on the tongue. Somewhat creamy, oily, and drying.
O - I enjoyed experiencing Citra on its own for the first time. I'm already having flashbacks of other beers where Citra had to have played a big role. This was a good beer, but I don't think I would drink it very often. It did its job of exposing me to the Citra hop as a stand-alone very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:57:38 | More by tmm313
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Musty. Has some notes of a bubble gummy Belgian brew. The hops are not hit-you-over-the-head in nature and still works as a hoppy beer. Grapefruit and pine, Has a bit of a spicy mixed drink going on about it. Pretty refined for a Flying Dog brew as far as my experience goes.
A solid, focused double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 06:43:09 | More by ommegangpbr
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andyfrancis

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 05:37:25 | More by andyfrancis
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Murphey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:45:35 | More by Murphey
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bum732

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:51:55 | More by bum732
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ckollias

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 03:35:41 | More by ckollias
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n2185

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 22:31:52 | More by n2185
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beergoot

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 21:13:13 | More by beergoot
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kevanb

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet.

The beer pours a fairly clear golden, copper color with a nice 2 fingers of cloudy, white head that has decent retention and leaves a nice web of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, light citrus and fruity hops, a touch of pine but not much else, this is a massively malt forward nose that really hinders the citra hops. The flavors are very similar, lots of sweet malt, sugary alcohol, light citrus and fruit with a bit of floral character and a bit of pine. The body is thick, a bit chewy, with moderate to low carbonation that has a bit of a creamy finish that is hardly dry.

Verdict: A bit of a miss from Flying Dog, heavily malt forward that really doesn't let the Citra hop shine. The sweet and almost cloying malt bill and alcohol is really unappealing and the lack of complexity, balance and pizzaz renders this to be a boring IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:51:20 | More by kevanb
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice gold color, one finger of white foamy head, medium Lacing.
S - This is the best part. Juicy citrus fruits, some pineapple, and some piney notes with a little sweet syrupy malt.
T - The good fruit flavors only come out in this when at room temp, but even at that there is an assertive bitterness that is overwhelming, lots of grass and dry pine, and too much sweet malt.
M - Palate bomb, the aftertaste is kinda the same when you eat something that was burnt, its too bitter.
O - I was really expecting more, this isnt smooth by any means. The citra hop is one of my favorite hops, and while this highlights its best qualities in the aroma, it leaves a lot to be desired in taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:56:25 | More by Omnium
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, I think I paid $2.79 but I'm just glad I did not purchase an entire six pack. Bright orange yellow color, good head, looks good. Aroma is muted hops and alcohol. Flavor is a bit of hops, not much bitterness at all and while the alcohol didn't really burn for such a big beer it was definitely noticeable in the flavor. Overall this was a very average showing and while they still sell beer here in CO at least we don't have to claim them as a Colorado brewery anymore. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:25:55 | More by ArrogantB
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 19:14:22 | More by Brenden
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
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