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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

279 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 14 | 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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adamdarcy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27%

05-21-2013 00:23:44 | More by adamdarcy
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:11:10 | More by bubseymour
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Bustersuess

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-20-2013 23:56:12 | More by Bustersuess
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:32:08 | More by JohnnyMc
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-20-2013 21:45:32 | More by ChrisMon02
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-20-2013 02:30:48 | More by muletrane
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:49:39 | More by brentk56
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mtalley999

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2013 00:49:23 | More by mtalley999
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:42:07 | More by smakawhat
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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-18-2013 18:37:24 | More by DruRho
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Dirt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-18-2013 05:11:04 | More by Dirt
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-18-2013 01:40:51 | More by OldhouseRecs
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AL89BR

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-18-2013 01:31:30 | More by AL89BR
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Shogun730

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-17-2013 21:27:06 | More by Shogun730
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-17-2013 13:25:45 | More by Rollzroyce21
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charlzm

California

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 03:04:06 | More by charlzm
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-17-2013 02:17:02 | More by JeffTheJuice
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
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-

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:28:49 | More by kojevergas
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earlholman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-14-2013 13:30:40 | More by earlholman
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-13-2013 16:05:13 | More by leftstagebrew
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-13-2013 00:31:18 | More by Zimm
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anyother

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-12-2013 05:55:37 | More by anyother
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ljthockey7

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-11-2013 22:13:11 | More by ljthockey7
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leodarko

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-10-2013 07:07:30 | More by leodarko
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-09-2013 17:39:23 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.