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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: 47 | FT: 0
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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 ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of kevanb
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 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 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 mpyle
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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 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 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 chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 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 Vonerichs
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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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 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 charlzm
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 ChrisKayler
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

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