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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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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 372
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 372
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-tinged golden color; while the head is not huge, it does leave quite a few traces behind

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple and floral tones

Taste: Opens with the tropical and citrus elements found in the aroma and combines that with a touch of the sugary malts; in the middle, an oniony bitterness builds and lingers through into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The citrus and floral tropical fruit flavors in this DIPA are really delicious though I am a bit put off by the bitter onion character that lingers in the aftertaste; still, quite a good beer and one of the best I have tasted from Flying Dog

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10% ABV confirmed. 248A13 bottle code. Reviewed live. Self-identifies as an Imperial IPA on the label; I'm reviewing it as such. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with good label art and standard branded silver pressure cap acquired locally and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are strangely high; I've not been big on Flying dog in the past but I'm craving a good IPA.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger pleasant white colour head of nice frothy complexion, nice to good cream, good thickness, okay lacing (thin and inconsistent), and very good (~5-6 minute) retention for the high ABV. Appears soft and inviting. Body colour is a clear vibrant copper with visible ascending carbonation bubbles. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show per se. I'm excited to try it. Inviting across the board and spot on for the style.

Sm: Marvelous floral hop character - diverse and deep and pleasant. Fresh evergreen pine - natural and inviting. Pale malts. Light grapefruit citrus ester hop character. Light zest. Some bready malts. Light candy. Confection. Mango. Watermelon after suggested. Aromatic and intriguing, if not ideal for the style. It ventures a bit too far into those sweet confectionery and atypical tropical fruit notes for my tastes, but I'm looking forward to trying it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. The watermelon is very interesting; I'm curious if it'll actually manifest in the taste. A pretty strong, assertive aroma. Bold and gripping. It's got my attention.

T: Hm. It's got a luxurious fruity hop character replete with watermelon, mango, a bit of pineapple, a dash of citrus (mainly grapefruit), and assorted hints of other tropical fruits. It goes a bit south for me when the confection-y notes emerge, joined also by overly sweet distracting cotton candy (candy floss for ye Brits). Supportive foundation is comprised of pale malts, bready malts, and some graininess. Not big on the pineapple. Some floral character helps lend it further diversity. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's certainly a bold, flavorful build for the style; this one isn't timid. But not all the flavours work. I will say that in spite of my personal distaste for some of the flavours, it balances all of them well. Complex, but far from subtle. There's a lot of flavour packed in here. It's much more multidimensional than most IPAs I've had, and I like that.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and lightly oily. Clean. Not very creamy. Pleasant and approachable; not harsh or biting. Good carbonation. The oily character is a highlight, though it does seem to coax out the confection and cotton candy notes a bit more. Good thickness and body. It's not too filling. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, but the mounting sweetness of the notes I dislike would prevent me from wanting another. Still, I think there's a lot to like about this beer, and I appreciate what it does with the style. It's not chasing trends; it's trying its own thing. Hard not to respect that. Would I get it again? Sure. I'd love to try it on-draught. Probably the tastiest brew I've had from Flying Dog yet. Glad I picked this one up.

High B-

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for giftibg me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into an ipa glass, the brew appears a golden copper color with rich 3 finger frothy head that fades slow leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright with citra. A slightly tropical feel like pineapple blends to floral qualities before getting herbal and grassy. A touch of mineral/carbonic character is noticed towards the back.

The flavor is bitter and pithy with lots of fruity and floral hop character before transitioning to being rindy like orange/grapefruit. As it warms up it gets a little herbal but for the most part this stays within the typical fruity range that citra is noted for.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Nice and fresh hop flavoring with a pleasant backing of alcohol to keep things interesting. Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH tulip glass, no bottling date.

Pours a crisp, caramel color with a light head. The smell is the best part about this beer. hoppy, citrusy and earthy. its a very refreshing smell that gives you high hopes for the sip to come. the taste is a bit disappointing however - moderate hoppiness, not too much flavor at all really. refreshing though, and alcohol isnt apparent on the tongue. goes down smooth.

overall a good beer, one i'd have again but not one i'd seek out.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with an almost orange like hue. Upon pouring there was a two finger white head that faded relatively fast to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was bready and malty with a moderate hop punch of a citrus, pine, and earthy smells. Mixed with these aromas are some sweeter aromas of a fruity nature, being largely of tropical fruits as well as some honeydew.

Taste –The taste begins with a biscuit malt taste and a bit of caramel sweetness. There is a nice moderate amount of a citrus hop right up front with a little bit of pine hop flavor as well. As the flavor advances flavors of a tropical fruit and some flavors of melon come to the tongue. Soon the citrus hop seems to fade while the pine hop flavor gets stronger. At the same time so too comes some earthy and herbal hop tastes. The sweeter caramel fades from the tongue while the other hop flavors grow slightly more intense in the end, leaving a moderately bitter hopped but somewhat smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the slightly chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation took nothing from the flavors and helped to create a nice base for the malty flavors as well as more earthy, pine and herbal flavors to really stand on.

Overall- A rather tasty double and quite distinct from their other single hop variety I had by them (El dorado). A very clean drinking and nicely hop balanced brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a hell of a journey, hasn't it? With review #1000, I'm not going to be bringing out some whale...rather, I'll just do what I usually do - review a local beer. 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color. The head is around a finger high, and barely off-white in shade. Both a creamy texture and decent retention (for 10%) is featured, and the stream of carbonation also makes the head look bubbly. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The objective of any single hop IPA is to show of the hop in question, and this shows Citra off nicely. Notes of mango, guava, melon, and pineapple are backed up by a slight Citra stank (think cat pee), but the latter almost disappears completely. As expected for its ABV, sweet malt is fairly prevalent, with a very mild booziness. While I expected more pop given its strength, the hops are showcased well without being drowned out by caramel malts.

T: Better than the nose. Citra fruitiness immediately hits the palate - and yes, it's rather juicy - with a healthy pine bitterness on the backend. Sweet malts are sandwiched between the former and the latter. It's fairly sweet, but the sweetness covers the booze very well. This one is really damn solid: it's bitter in all the right ways, and sweet in all the right ways, plus dat Citra-derived melon flavor.

M: This goes down ridiculously well for the ABV - there isn't an excessively sweet linger on the palate, and the alcohol can only be felt going down (and even then, only slightly). As expected from a big DIPA, drinkability slows down after around half of the serving. Carbonation is a bit low, so it seems slighly syrupy (again, big DIPA, completely expected). Still, it's a 10% beer that goes down more easily than some of the lesser pale ales/IPAs of the world.

O: Fresh IPAs make me so happy. So naturally, this also makes me so happy. If the aroma was more in-your-face, it could even go toe-to-toe with the whales of the world. Still, this is definitely a great DIPA. More, please!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.