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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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wethorseblanket

California

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 19:40:01 | More by wethorseblanket
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear gold body with a tall fluffy white head. It leaves a shit ton of cascading lace all the way down.

I really had to strain to pick up the trail of aroma. Orange peel and grass with a lot of bready malt.

Same with the flavor. The citra isn't given much of a chance behind the bread and grain. There is some orange and grass but I want the citrus big and juicy.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation.

An ok beer, but if compared to most of the citra IPAs out there it doesn't stand up.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:39:03 | More by Vonerichs
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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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charlzm

California

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this one while hanging out with my family on a warm summer afternoon.

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Hazy yellow to orange. A finger of head from an aggressive pour. Head remains as a skimpy lacing on top of the beer for at least 5 minutes.

Smell: Citrus, a bit of pine, a bit of earthy/oniony-ness that I sometimes get from Citra IPAs, but it is not too strong or offensive. Overall, a decent but not super special smelling IPA. I approve.

Taste: This one is not as fresh as it once was, so maybe that is affecting the taste. Initial taste is bitterness upfront, followed immediately by some sweet tropical / citrus fruits, and then changing over to earthy malts with a tinge of onion that lasts for quite a while within the aftertaste. The potential is great, but even when I had this one a bit fresher, I remember the taste being roughly the same, though a bit less malty. Certainly better than many malt bombs for me, but it is hard to get over the onion flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. A little bit of oily residue. Good!

Overall: Maybe I'm one of the unlucky few that doesn't appreciate Citra hops as much as others, but I have a hard time getting past the onion flavor here. I bought a 6 pack and will enjoy them all, but I wouldn't repurchase this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:52:38 | More by ChrisKayler
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BB1313

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours your typical golden, slight haze but transparent, fluffy white head fades slow and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are great and really get you excited. Lots of watermelon, mango, pineapple, and lime zest. There's also some orange peel and grapefruit rind in the mix. The aromas aren't aggressively in your face, but smell extremely pleasant. The flavors aren't exactly what I was expecting based on the nose, but they're not bad by any stretch. Everything seems dialed down just a notch. The hop bitterness comes out more than the hop flavors. There's some grapefruit juice in the mix. I'm also getting some pine resin. Earthy flavors. There's really no heat or booze. There's subtle alcohol notes in the flavors, but it adds to the depth and doesn't diminish the flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, it's a little light but still full-bodied; creamy and smooth. It's pretty easy to drink.

This is a good DIPA. It kind of leaves me wanting more and thinking of what this could be, but I appreciate it for what it is. There's more than enough to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:52:13 | More by BB1313
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Flying Dog goblet (Got it 1st day on the shelf - 234A13: best by 8/22/13)

A: It is a beautiful transparent light golden brown bronze. The head is thick on the pour but diminishes quite rapidly to leave a film with excellent lacing on the walls.

S: This smells very citrusy but there is a twist there that I can't quite place. I get a lot of pineapple with like a strong flavored tea or yogurt scent that mellows the citrus scent down. It reminds me of a toned down Enjoy By.

T: The taste seems to be mask of pine and resin that covers and colors a deep citrus taste. The aftertaste is primarily citrus and very tasty. However, I get a bit more pine and resin in it and the aftertaste after it warms up a bit.

M: There is a fairly large amount of carbonation in this IPA, which makes it very crisp with the copious amount of bubbles you get when you take a drink. It is like a mild scouring that carries the flavors nicely.

O: I wish I had had a bit more of the Centennial, since that had been my favorite so far. I also seem to have misplaced my notes on Galaxy. However, this is another great entry into their single hop series, which is fresh unlike Mikkeller's series which are still on all the shelves here. There are subtle changes in each one and I really like this one. The entire series is top notch and you can see that in the slight waverings from 87 to 91. So far this is probably my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 23:02:13 | More by gillagorilla
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature goblet. Label coded 234A13 = bottled on April 4, 2013.

A - Pours a clear golden amber. About a finger of off-white head sits atop the bubbly body. Thick lace remains around the inside of the glass after each sip.

S - Fragrant guava, kiwi, and an abundance of citrus. Grapefruit hops and a generous amount of sweet malts. Biscuits and honey along with some indistinguishable grain.

T - Unsurprisingly, citrus dominates from the get-go. Twang of juicy grapefruit, along with apricot sweetness. Some biscuit malts and caramel balance the hop assault midpalate. Quite bitter on the back end with big hop linger. Big flavor in this huge IPA.

M - Medium to thick in body with fitting carbonation. Goes down slick and easy for a 10%'er.

O - I have really enjoyed this beer on tap over the last year and I've been awaiting the release in bottles. Citrus from the citra is the most obvious component, but there is a nice sharp bitterness on the back end. This is a single hop beer, but is not singularly hoppy. Very balanced for a beer showcasing the hops. I highly recommend it if you like citra and live near MD.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 01:27:37 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:45:40 | More by Axnjxn
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 01:19:35 | More by Jason
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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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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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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra) from Flying Dog Brewery
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