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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-05-2013 20:00:05 | More by jlindros
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's the other day.

So, I guess this makes the forth and final version of the single hop DIPA's from flying dog. I wish I could say it was the best of the lot, but IMHO, it's just not.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus, along a whole bunch of pine, light pepper and some light dank weed. This DIPA smells as if it will be fairly dry and quite boozy. Check on both counts, as I took my first sip. While there is a considerable amount of orange citrus in this beer, it's completely drowned out by the amount of pine I'm getting. Coupled with the nearly staggering amount of heat I'm getting on the finish from the alcohol in this beer, it was a chore just to choke down the sampe size glass I ordered at Max's. The finish is otherwise pretty dry, as the hoppy bitterness completely drowns out the initial sweet malt flavor sensation I got on my first sip. Mouthfeel is soft and fairly full, and the finish is long, but alcohol is so noticeable in this beer, it almost made me want to gag. In combination with the excessive pine flavor, this is just way too much of a good thing.

I don't know. Maybe this just isn't my style of DIPA, but normally I don't mind a goodly dollop of pine in my DIPA's. However, it just seemed overdone in this hoppy, bitter DIPA, and coupled with the noticeable alcohol, I just didn't like it.

Serving type: cask

07-06-2012 16:07:15 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Walshwi

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 15:40:14 | More by Walshwi
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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dar482

New York

4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 06:53:42 | More by dar482
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mpyle

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:34:32 | More by mpyle
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 16:57:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold. Smells of citrus. Pours a crystal clear medium gold color. Soapy white pillowy head forms and has well above average retention. Leaves lots of lace on the pint glass. Aroma of grapefruit and zested lemon. In the flavor, herbal and citrusy. Bitterness wins out over a pale and grainy malt body. Alcohol is present and is felt halfway though the glass. Medium bodied feel. Clean with a little hi-alpha influence in the finish. Overall this is a success. I can formally recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 22:27:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect clarity on a orange brew, foamy off-white head lingers for sometime... Spotty lacing.

Pine, apricots, pear, boozey.

Spicy, strong, nice pine hop bite, hidden heat, but you can tell it's strong due to the bite. Bitterness is very dry, oily, and mouthy. Carbonation is a bit too much. Not sweet and syrupy like some DIPAs.

A solid offering from Flying Dog, one of the first FB Brews I've had in many years...it sure surprised. I wonder what else is coming out from these guys?? Recommend @ $3/12oz

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:15:32 | More by chugalug06
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

The appearance is pretty nice with the combination of the orange amber beer and ligh beige head which is substanical.
Aroma is not as hoppy as I might have been expecting. The hops have a nice freshness and I'm getting floral aromas.
Taste is big bold and sticky sweet with a small amount of cloying in the aftertaste. At 10% not getting alot of booze in the taste. Finishes dry and bitter.
Pretty good. I'm not usually a DIPA fan with them tending to be more bitter then flavorfull but this one has some good flavor which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 11:07:02 | More by micromaniac129
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
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