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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy)
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ColForbinBC on 01-26-2013)
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Photo of Colin32
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Colin32, Saturday at 10:58 PM
Photo of bubseymour
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Another solid, big single hop IPA from Flying Dog. This one is smooth and not bitter in the finish, but the taste and smell profile is subdued. For Galaxy hops I was expecting a bigger citrus pop but it wasn't there.

bubseymour, Saturday at 01:43 AM
Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Daniellobo, Friday at 12:48 PM
Photo of Ngntjp
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Ngntjp, Friday at 04:38 AM
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with an almost orange like hue. Upon pouring there was a two finger white head that faded relatively fast to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was bready and malty with a fruity smell being mainly of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and pineapple; but also containing some nice notes of apricot and peach. Along with the fruit and bready aromas comes hop smells of a light grapefruit smell as well as a decent showing or a grassy aroma. A little bit of a yeasty smell is there as well producing a rather nice sweet and fruited, lightly hopped aroma overall.

Taste –The taste begins with a doughy and slightly bready flavor with tons of sweeter tropical fruit tastes of a tangerine and mango nature. Soon after the initial taste, even more fruitiness comes to the tongue with the apricot and peach as well as a bit of orange that were detected in the nose, all hitting the tongue. Upfront in the flavor profile, there is also some grapefruit and a bit of grass which are quite light, but which gain strength as the flavor advances. All the while, the sweeter flavors persist, but with the bready flavors fading a bit, it allows for the sweet and hop to really stand out more. Other hop flavors of an earthy and light pine flavor join the taste more toward the end, blending nicely with the sweeter flavors of the brew. While at 10 % abv., only a trace of alcohol flavor is present, with the total of flavors left at the end of the taste, leaving a fruity and more moderately but nicely balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the slightly chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation really nicely upheld the more moderate hops in light of the sweeter maltier flavors of the brew and made for a great sipping style.

Overall- As to date I think this is one of the top single hops in my mind. It seems to have a very nice balance, all while keeping any one flavor from becoming the dominate and while hiding the alcohol level very well. This is a delicious brew.

Darkmagus82, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Dilbert65
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dilbert65, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ZachKelly
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Dirtyhands
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Dirtyhands, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of MNishCT77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle gifted from drabmuh (thanks!), label reads "34A15" in lower R hand corner, drank over an hour out of my NEBCo Gandhi-Bot snifter glass

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, clear enough for style, initial creamy white head settles into glass lacing that picks up again with reagitation, moderate carbonation with tight white bubbles coalescing into the carbonation; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - bold tangerine, peach, earthy, grassy character; slight breadiness and alcohol to kick; no DMS/diacetyl

T: 14/20 - mild bitterness on the front of the front of the tongue; the middle of the palate features classic Galaxy hop flavors - grassy, earthy, peach, tangerine and passionfruit; a bready/biscuity dominated sweetness provides balance on the back of the palate; on the finish, there is alcohol and a moderate residual sweetness

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-bold body with hop oils, malts and alcohol; low-to-medium carbonation appropriate for style and enhances drinkability

O: 8/10 - above average-to-very good single hop Galaxy beer that I enjoyed more than other Galaxy-forward beers including Pipeworks' Galaxy Unicorn; I think that Galaxy can be easily overdone as a single hop - an out-of-balance admixture of tropical and earthy notes that I find unpleasant; the bold malt and alcohol content of this beer prevents it from reaching these levels; maybe the best (with Citra) in FD's Single Hop DIPA series --> recommended

TOTAL - 39/50

MNishCT77, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Quick note for me, not a review:
Bottle dated best by 02/03/2015.
Peach and mango fruitiness with a grassy back. Looks wonderful if a bit clear, nice head and lacing. Taste follows nose, alcohol perceptible. Maybe just a tad sweet.

cjgiant, Oct 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Runofthemiller, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

rjp217, Oct 08, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

JStewart00, Oct 08, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%

stephenjmoore, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DrStiffington, Oct 05, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

sjones5045, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Dduquette
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Dduquette, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jack_Frost79, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

bcheng, Oct 03, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

Vogt52, Oct 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

psumjl269, Oct 03, 2014
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.