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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

351 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-06-2012)
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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Morey, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Tom-Peters, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

beergoot, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

outoffocus, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of JacobGumina
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JacobGumina, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

kevanb, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of bca115
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

bca115, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

lsummers, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

thecheapies, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Omnium, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Aschap, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -2.4%

DWolf, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

ArrogantB, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

eawolff99, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Brenden, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

randylangford, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

dar482, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of mpyle
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mpyle, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Evoforen, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

docrates, Jun 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Jun 08, 2013
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.