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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) - Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook)

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89
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%


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 08-04-2012)
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StJamesGate

New York

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Against the Grain, Dublin.

Glowing dark amber with creamy beige film that rings.
Gooey nectar nose with toasty hints.
Granola, candy corn and marmalade up front, with a Seville hop hit.
Piney herbal finish and resiny linger that also has a powdery Berocca orange quality.
Medium-light, oily, well-attenuated.

Cali hops redux. I know Chinook to be pine more than citrus, but also don't see it as aroma much, so I'm guessing that's why the orange notes are a surprise. The 10% is *very* quiet.

Lean and sly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 15:46:41 | More by StJamesGate
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hey Mikkeller. Suck it.

Looks nice on the pour. Good head. Flavor profile is a bit boozy really. But the hop character that is there is earthy and consistent. Somewhat muddled, but it's still distinct. Feel is smooth. Kind of a sipper from the boozy tone, but I like it.

This is how a single hopped beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 03:04:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like bitter orange zest, with some sweet caramel malt and candied apricot.
T: It tasted like orange zest and candied apricot, with some copper hops and sweet caramel. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent 2IPA, interesting to better understand Chinook hops. But otherwise nothing spectacular in the scent or taste or body. It had a fairly hot finish, so it was not the easiest to drink. Nice to try once, but not a super impressive brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:26:05 | More by Pencible
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial (Chinook) isn't the best of the flying dog single hop imperials. It's spicy and has some chlorine flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 3 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: Sweet hoppy smell as well as some chlorine aroma. Some pine aroma. 3.5

T: Malty with some sweet and spicy flavours. Juicy orange and strong alcohol. Some chlorine in the finish and some bitterness. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:42:15 | More by vandemonian
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Light golden-orange body under two fingers of lumpy, cream head. Transparent.

Smells of a sweetly creamy orange, like orange soda almost. Slightly more bitterness with a good inhale, like some peel, but not much more. I'm cool with that.

Some more juicy orange but coupled with a brisk tea-like leafiness & a little pithy bitterness. Super citric, with a sweet orange soda note lasting into the aftertaste. Very pleasant.

Smooth, surprisingly light-bodied for an imperial, with a combination sticky sweetness & resiny bitterness in the after.

Really digging these single-hop IPAs - even if it's not my favorite beer, I appreciate the educational experience. And this one was a pleasure to boot, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:59:45 | More by OneDropSoup
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was trying this beer for th first time after a Flying Dog Brewery Tour. Nothing like straight from the Factory flavor. Our tour guide said this beer was brewed in the same fashion as the Raging Bitch, but only using one hop variety "Chinook" unlike Raging Bitch which uses three different varietals in the brewing process.

The beer pour golden and is translucent. Ice cold. Carbonation was moderate to heavy like most Flying Dog Beers. During their process they force carbonation adding a little extra zip.

As for the aroma this compared to the other Single Hop Imperial IPAs was the smoothest. I thought it was the most floral and least bitter between the two others I tried Centennial and Citra. The taste was light in respect to other breweries that focus on Ales and was very crisp. I ended up buying a growler of this Single Hop Imperial IPA as I thought it was the best of the three. By no means am I a hop head or IPA guy, I prefer Belgian strong ale and this seemed the most mild of the three in bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 00:54:59 | More by Ryanm1
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow in color with an amber hue and slight haze. Poured with stiff white foam that reduced to a thick cap with lots of sticky lacings. Citrus aroma up front followed by resinous pine hop aromas. The hops aromas are a bit subdued with sweet malty and boozy notes in the background. On the heavier side of medium bodied for a DIPA with ample, creamy, rich carbonation. A touch of citrus hop flavor up front on the first sip but after that this is pine hop bitterness smacking you in face with every swig. Strong boozy flavors kick-in toward the end making this a sipper. Finishes with a touch of citrus hop flavor but mostly lingering pine hop bitterness and alcoholic heat. This was a bit boozier than I care for – even for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:41:01 | More by IronLover
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Roose13

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear orange. Thick, two-finger creamy head that hangs around. Kinda look like clouds sitting on top of the beer. Pretty neat. Laces beautifully.

S: Citrusy, piney, some pineapple

T: Citrus, fruity, piney, hoppy. All the good stuff.

M: Medium body, creamy, smooth. Well-balanced with the carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. I can taste some subtle uniqueness to this beer. A definite must-have for hopheads. Kicks butt at 10% too.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:20:20 | More by Roose13
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear orange/copper with a two finger white head.

S- Pineapple, some tropical fruits, citrus, some pine.

T- Not as fruity as the nose, more pine and resin, very bitter, citrus hops, a little bit of pineapple, some alcohol.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is a solid IIPA and very easy to drink. Will pick up again and hopefully wi be able to try others in the series.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:47:12 | More by larryi86
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Gold with 2 fingers of head. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple juice, lemon juice, papaya, tangerine, caramel and sugar cookies.

Taste
Pineapple juice, tangerines and papaya. Hints of lemon zest, grapefruit zest and resinous pine needles. Caramel backbone with handfuls of crushed sugar cookies.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, oily and dry.

Overall
This beer is full of tropical fruits, most notably pineapple. Moderate bitterness is balanced by a sugary maltiness. 10% abv is well hidden for a smooth drinkability. This is a win for Flying Dog!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 18:37:43 | More by justintcoons
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers and thanks go out to Kegatron for gifting me with this. 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears with a mild haze through a light golden copper colored body. A finger of rich, creamy off-white head sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some stringy patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is mildly lemon-like with herbs and earth. A bit of catty quality is present mixing with a mild vegetative quality that is somewhat dusty at times. More smells reveal a bit of rindy pulp and zest with an increasing presence of fruity alcohol esters that blends into a bit of melon/cantaloupe.

The flavor of this brew is quite bitter with rindy fruit and pulp elements. Some bitter citrus and herbs flow into a bit of dirty melon character that is grassy and earthy. The alcohol really shows itself here with a solvent tingle and warmth down the back of the throat. Some grain makes itself known with a toasty appeal. AS the brew warms up, it has a bit of tea-like astringency and herbal flavor akin to tea when larger sips are taken.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. A really nice display of a single hop usage that allows for quite a bit of hop character depth to be shown. I think Flying dog did a bit of disservice here by having it be such a high octane brew, the alcohol is a leading player in this brew with just as much force as the hops. Regardless it is worth a try and I am appreciate for the chance to try it Heath!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:25:58 | More by stakem
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the color is a clear copper gold. A nice two finger high, creamy off whit head builds and dissipates slowly. Not to much lacing.
The smell is of citrus, pineapple, and flowery hops.
Tasting this beer there is hops all over the place. More citrus, fruity flavors up front, but quickly replaced by more flowery hops in the middle. At the finish there is mor bitterness added, by some earthy bitter hops. A very faint malt presence is noticeable throughout the beer.
Very nice Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:34:01 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in straight-edged ale glass @buzzlitebeer's barroom

A: very clear, copper; quite bubbly; fantastic lacing
S: hops, bubblegum
T: all hops -- fresh, vibrant, piney, and resiny; medium sweetness; very complex flavor profile

This is a very interesting change from the last one I had in this series, the El Dorado, which had very little finishing hops and was more meady and bitter

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 17:33:48 | More by Arithmeticus
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured a solid gold color, fairly clear with ever the slightest chill haze, and about a 1/2 finger head that added a creamy element visually.

S: I got a mild, pleasant fruity aroma on this. That is unusual because usually with a brew this octane, I get a strong, uber-saturated sugary, bitter mass of liquid.

T: This is a really nice sipper. It sort of reminds me of a slightly less robust "Hopslam," but without the honey. After a few sips, the booze started to heat up, but it was of the candy-coated variety.

M: I thought with this being Chinook that this was going to be one bitter mama-jama, but this was surprisingly disciplined in its approach. Sure, it had some bitter elements, but I thought the fruit measured up to the hops quite nicely.

O: I've been impressed with some of Flying Dog's Imperial Series brews in the last year or so, and this is no exception!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:54:07 | More by Chaney
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a couple fingers of slight off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy dollop of froth in the middle of the glass and swirling this fires up a thick finger’s worth of foam that slathers the sides of the glass with robust sudsy lacing. The aroma smells of grapefruit, pine and herbs, with is wrapped up in a fresh and flavorful feel, while malt and alcohol rise up from underneath with a warm and sweet push.

The taste is fresh juicy grapefruit bitterness and pine, which is undercut by herbal tones and balanced by a decently sized backbone of grainy sweetness. The finish is dry and resinous, with a strong pithiness that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big oily creaminess that fills the mouth. This does lightly prickle the tongue bit, while that 10% ABV gives this a warm spiciness that hangs in the back of the throat after each sip.

Like the other entries in this Single Hop Imperial IPA series, this was decently made and certainly did a solid job of showcasing its hop varietal but also like the others, that 10% is just a little too big with the alcohol to really make this enjoyable for me. It’s just interferes with the flavor and keeps the drinkability down more than I would like. It’s still worth a look though. I’d interested in what the final outcome of this series will end up being.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 19:30:06 | More by Kegatron
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is decent for a beer this big and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Hmmm. Interesting. I was expecting a ton of cat piss, but there's nearly none of that in here. I was actually kind of looking forward to it. Instead, I get a great smelling, animal-free nose. Pineapple with peach and apple fruitiness. Floral secondary. Clean with a light neutral maltiness.

4.0 T: Taste is as good as the nose. Strong pineapple with a light medley of other citrus fruits. Peach and apple again. A little bit of earthiness and spiciness and the faintest cat piss. Again, the malts are clean and offer a neutral sweetness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: This blew all of my expectations about what chinook can do. It's a really nice hop that I might use more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:57:27 | More by DavoleBomb
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with some lacing and retention on a slightly hazy light amber and gold body.

S: as expected lots of grapefruit hops. honey, pineapple and green apple as well.

T: candy suagr, citrus but lots of resin, grass and pine bitterness, especially in the finish lingering deep into the aftertaste. decent degree of caramel malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a little tough to drink at first. This one has a lot of flavor where as many single hopped chinock brews seem to smell better than they taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:50:59 | More by kylehay2004
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

333A12

A - Clear golden-yellow, 2 fingers of creamy white head, good lacing.

S - Hint of pineapple, pine-sol, bitter hops.

T - Bitter, grassy, sharp hops; lager-like maltiness; slightly mineral and metalic.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sharp, bitter through and through.

O - Chinook is a decent bittering hop, but not great for single hopping with.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:16:45 | More by Rickythejeweler
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.... I was under the impression (mistaken, obviously) that Flying Dog was only going to make 4 of these single hop DIPA's. This makes number 5 by my count.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness, as I get pepper, dry citrus and something of a dank earth aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's something of a perfumy character that is impressive as well. Also, it seems like FD had dialed down the malt a bit in this one (a good thing in my book), and the alcohol seems to be better integrated into the flavor profile as well (not much heat on the finish in this one). Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter, slightly alcoholic finish.

Not bad... probably my favorite of the series, after the simcoe.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 19:29:51 | More by johnmichaelsen
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