Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by Ryanm1:
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
11-20-2012 00:54:59 | More by Ryanm1
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3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-24-2012 19:30:06 | More by Kegatron
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
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
01-30-2013 05:42:15 | More by vandemonian
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-09-2012 22:57:27 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-27-2012 00:59:45 | More by OneDropSoup
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured into a tulip.
Gold with 2 fingers of head. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.
Pineapple juice, lemon juice, papaya, tangerine, caramel and sugar cookies.
Pineapple juice, tangerines and papaya. Hints of lemon zest, grapefruit zest and resinous pine needles. Caramel backbone with handfuls of crushed sugar cookies.
Medium-full bodied, oily and dry.
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!
09-26-2012 18:37:43 | More by justintcoons
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-04-2012 19:29:51 | More by John_M
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
08-07-2012 22:16:45 | More by Rickythejeweler
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) from Flying Dog Brewery
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