Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) - Flying Dog Brewery

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

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89
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 08-04-2012)
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

Photo of vandemonian
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.