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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ColForbinBC on 01-26-2013

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4.07/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Colin32
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Dilbert65
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Getting gritty in the city tonight. Drinking another Local Brew *gasp*! I was good with the Citra single hop, yet I didn't like the Amarillo single hop. I hope this one is a winner. Guess what, it is. This brew looks outstanding for a DIPA of it's stature. Crystal clear golden honey body with a tight bubbly white head. This smells pretty good. Nice peaches fruit with a subtle resinous backend. Malts are sweet like potato bread. My mouth is watering! The flavor is peaches up front with an underlaying unripe mango. Then polishes forth with spearmint and sweet malts with some booze. Finishes very dry, smooth and a little alcoholic. Bitterness is clean and lingers after the swallow. A nice lingering leafy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel on this brew is medium bodied with kinda harsh carbonation.

Overall: I went in on this one with a little expectations, just to find out...it's not bad. Actually, I could drink this again and recommend this brew. It's boozy but at least the initial flavors mask it for the foremost. The booze is only evident after the swallow, that causes an alcoholic astringency on the palate and some heat in the back of the throat. This brew is balanced, high octane and recommended!

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.