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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
90
outstanding

64 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 368
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.21%
Wants: 37
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-06-2012

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (1,440 characters)

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