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Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities)Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities)

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 385
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 30.87%
Wants: 15
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2013

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/20/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color, with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly bready/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy, herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color. Nice smell. Taste was very good considering the low ABV. If you did not know this is a session IPA, you would not have guessed it.

I would buy this again if I was looking for a session IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent session IPA. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. Average head retention and some lacing on the glass. Good aroma of citrus hops and a little bitterness. Taste is citrus hops, a little maltiness and fairly good bitterness. Mouthfeel is light but not that watery. There are better session IPAs out there but this one packs enough flavor and bitterness to be worthwhile.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had out of bottle at a friends bbq. Really enjoyed this beer while outside having a burger in a hot humid day in MD. This was refreshing with a light feel on the palette that made it easy to drink 2 or 3 with no distinct after taste or bitterness left behind.....while providing the hops after nd resin upfront that made for an enjoyable drinking experience. Great beer for every day drinking....after nd many from this brewer that I have had are as well.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the Albert Heijn here in Holland.

From a can into a snifter
Session IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear amber orange body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring, while only the ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass. A little lack-luster looking by the end.

SMELL: Caramel malts, honeydew melon, lemon and some citrus aromas.

TASTE: Some caramel sweetness, with notes of light melon and citrus at the swallow. Medium strength finish of floral bitterness, citrus flavor and hints of melon. A little weak but still has some decent character.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes very dry.

OVERALL: This is alright. I'm not convinced the whole session IPA craze is warranted and this didn't really help in that department. There's definitely some character here, but it's just a little weak and understated. Still, a nice brew if you're looking for something light on a hot day.

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Photo of thebeers
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a couple fingers of bright white head. Some tropical fruit in the aroma, fairly light. Light, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Again, some tropical fruit hop flavor up front. Very little bitterness on the backend. Said it's easy drinking right in the name, but maybe too much so.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Floral, citrus, earthy, a little pine, and a touch of light malt.

T: Citrus, lots of lemon, a little grapefruit, pine, a bit floral, faint fruity notes, light crackery malt, and maybe a hint of sweetness on the finish to counter the bitter tartness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O: For a session IPA this pretty solid. Plenty of hop flavor, never watery. I think the tart citrus element could be reigned in a little bit, but as is it's a nice summer beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright pumpkin orange coloring, small haze with a quick, paced macro-effervesce. Pearl white head is foamy with good retention leaving an encompassing band around the vessel.

S: Aroma of grapefruit-grassiness upfront, a bit of sweet lemon grind with a relatively low awareness level and short duration, quickly fading to a some dry hay when things settle.

T: Flavor was grassy-dry orange, low to medium hoppiness, perhaps a low level entry pale ale level, slightly bitter with some dry hay. Dry orange citrus hopping finishes up with a noticeable metallic tang within the weak malt backbone.

M: Some crispness, thin creaminess, lightly dry feel with a adequate carbonation, but not crisp.

O: Overall a sub 3.00 ipa, ill go 3.00 considering intent of style as a session ipa with low abv%, but in the end doesn't mean its a good example or one that will satisfy, better examples are out there. This had a notiecable metallic tang, probably from the thin malting, hard to identify if its a batch or consistent issue, have to judge by others perceptions. The malt profile is very thin here, the hop complexity as well but to be expected to some degree, again, does not mean complete forgivness or acceptance as a drinkable option. I have had several so-called session ipa's, this would not be one that would draw me in or convince me to try more, as it is a hard style to satisfy for those accustomed to high hop levels, intent style or not. Easy ipa is an easy pass other then a few brief moments of hoppiness on the palate that again was rather shallow in complexity and layering.

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Photo of janubio
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour, with an averga head that fades leaving a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, pine, some citrus.Creamy palate, medium body and good carbonation. Taste of pine, resine, tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the end. good, but nothing really special.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2015. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a session IPA.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of mild grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, weed, sweet malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and stewed hops. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and sweet malt with a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, citrus, mild grass/hay, grainy malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and stewed hops. Somewhat sweet, followed by a crisp, spicy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and light hop action on the palate. Slightly insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, mild pine and sweet malt.

O: A tasty 'session' IPA that goes down nicely. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are satisfyingly hoppy. Underpinned by surprisingly sweet malt. Decent body; perhaps a tad too thin. A pleasant, easy-drinking brew that is worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- earthy and leafy piney hop, a bit dank, with a light malty sweetness underneath

T- piney and citrus hop up front quickly fades into a lightly toasted malt sweetness with a clean finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- ask drinking, the hops are there but not prominent, as expected for the style

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – An almost glowing yellow this beer has an odd look to the colouration, chemical almost. Head is minimal comprised of assorted sized bubbles and dies to a lace cover too quick for my liking.

Smell – There is some hop assertiveness but it is mild and leans towards the herbal and citrus like end of the scale. Some decent malt balance and no offensive odours.

Taste – Some decent enough bitter hops and a light malt presence but the whole ensemble is well enough balanced to be a good drinking beer.

Mouth Feel – Mild body and decent linger lightly drying but sound enough.

Overall – Well what can I say that is not covered above... it does what it sets out to do and is more than drinkable but not the best in style or from the range. I’d still advise other to have a wee gander at this one though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easy IPA is very dry and bitter as compared to other all day ipas. Pours a clear yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. Bitter hops steal the nose and dominates the taste, although there are hints of citrus on the back end of the draw. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-lemon,orange,tangerine,grapefruit,slight passionfruit and pineapple
-Follows the nose
-light body,slightly watery
Easy drinking IPA with a Hop punch

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

rating this one not as an individual beer in isolation, but against the crowded world of session ipas. this is pretty weak in comparison, although not a bad beer at all, it just doesnt have that defining element. not even close. a very blonde beer that smells of pilsener malt and not much more. some citrus forward hops in the flavor, but its more bitterness than anything else, and really pretty average all up. the hops do nothing new, and dont have all that much flavor. meanwhile the grain is more intrusive than it needs to be in taste, but super light in body to the point of almost being watery. carbonation is awesome though, and at the very least the beer is refreshing enough. i need more interesting hops, and i need a little more integration of the elements. its the same slightly off yeast profile i always get from these guys too, like they ferment everything a few degrees to warm. not a bad beer, but weak on the spectrum of american craft session ipa.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/15/15 (Bottle) -Golden slightly brown pour, mild carbonation, nominal aroma. Nice taste of citrus and hops, somewhat bitter but pleasant. Feel medium build, nice carbonation and kick despite low ABV. Overall good beer.

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Photo of BeerBob44
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly tasty. Was looking for a good but lighter ABV IPA and this is just what this beer delivers. After rating another Flying Dog on the low side I felt I should try another one in their lineup. Glad I did. Very nice citrus scent especially of grapefruit with a very on point IPA taste. Thumbs up to this one.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear gold with head full of randomly sized bubbles. Head receded to a ring which scattered splotchy lace on the glass.

Mild aromas of citrous hit my schnozz.

Taste was a heavy duty (for a 4.7 beer) grapefruit hops punch in the palate.

More body here than you might think with just the right amount of carbonation.

I could drink this all day. Good stuff!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Luckily tonight I am in the mood for lower ABV alternatives since I don't usually get session IPA's.

A - A very bright shade of yellow with no tint of orange or brown. Head is also minimal with just a 1/4 inch that sits to a mild lace ring.
S - Has some hop bitterness herbal yet citrus like. Good malt balance with no offensive odors.
T - Mild twang of bitter hops, good malt balance and as expected a bit light on flavor.
M - Has a good body for a session IPA not watery but decent.

Overall it's good and I am glad I picked on up.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Second City glass.

Next from my box o' miscell--wait, the hell is that on the label? It's like Dan Halen mated with a pig or something. *shudder* Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, very light biscuit, and a vague melange of citrus fruits and their respective peels. The taste brings in more of the same, the grass's green character adding a touch of stringency to the proceedings that melds with the acidity of the fruit (so to speak) in occasionally strange ways. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally enjoyable "session IPA", though not something I'm gonna be reaching for all that often.

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Photo of flixjones303
1.59/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Date code says 353A14, which I assume means the 353rd day of 2014, so his isn't very old. Unfortunately it gushed all over my countertop and smelled like butter. Second bottle from same six pack had the same problem. I've had good flying dog beers so I'm assuming it's not systemic. I'll try it again at some point.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail Deli, poured chilled into a willybecker.

The color is a golden shade with light haze and rocky white head w/ fine bead and visibily carbonated with speckles of lace left sticking to the sides of the glass. The smell is very good with lots of floral and citrus zest in the nose with hop aromas that have light tropical vibrance and mild yeast ester to support. The feel is very genlty bitter at first with subtle sweetness level and moderately astringent quality with slightly assertive bitterness that builds mid palate with medium carbonation and relatively dry finish.

The taste is tangy and has a slight grassy quality with semi-bitter hop presence and some lemon rind in the taste with mild malt in the supplementary taste and generally clean yeast taste with slight spice in the hop profile as the juicy tangy almost pineapple like acidity provides some resinous quality in the light finish. Overall -this is very full of hop flavor yet a little astringent: could be just the high alpha types used which bring a nice amount of aroma to this drinkable session style IPA. I consider this very good with good amount of juicy and tangy hop impact in taste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed yellow with a thin white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, cracker and tea-leaf.

The taste is of citrus, tea-leaf and cracker. Finishes with a mild bitter bite.

Light-bodied, it's not too fizzy, but it is somewhat watery. But, the finish does linger in a pleasant way.

A bit watered-down, but I suppose that is what they were going for. It is an "easy" hop-forward beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA is a dark yellow with a translucency that's close to opaque. It develops a thick, rocky, foamy pure white head that rises to one finger in height and shows moderate retention. It doesn't take too long to fall but leaves a strong layer on top for the full session and drops heavy lacing behind.
There's lots of a pithy, woody sort of bitterness to this IPA, with some herb and perhaps grassy notes along with a perfumey overtone. It flashes some malty sweetness in the middle, something somewhat bready with just a ghost of honey before the herb and wood kick back in.
The body is medium, leaning light but with heft and depth. There's plenty of consistent crispness biting nicely but not taking away from the softness. There's a very nice flowing creaminess that rides right along with the bite all the way.

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Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.