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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 08-04-2012)
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Photo of Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Shnanign, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Roose13
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Roose13, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

tln13, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

larryi86, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -0.7%

AndrewMichael, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

razorsdescent, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -25.6%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

justintcoons, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of MLark
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

MLark, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

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!

stakem, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hessian257, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Hopfenpeter, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of CoinOp
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

CoinOp, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Arithmeticus, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of squidrobot
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

squidrobot, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

Chaney, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

KushBreakfast, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

mendvicdog, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Gatordaddy, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

harrisjohnson, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Mikegsparks
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Mikegsparks, Aug 11, 2012
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Chinook) from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.