Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities) - Flying Dog Brewery

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

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 364
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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 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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sully's
Crystal clear solid golden color with a good sized bone white head that shows moderate retention. Huge grapefruit and lemon citrus on the nose backed up by hints of earth and pine with a bit of crackery bready malt beneath. The flavor is light crackery maltiness with plenty of pink grapefruity hop flavor with some earthy resin playing a supporting role. Light mineral water flavor bugs me a bit, but that seems to be common to these new session IPA style brews. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation. I keep trying, but I still can't get into this genre. I always feel that these are somehow flawed ipa's without enough body to back up the hops.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface
S: Light aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of grapefruit. Only a slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and perfectly sessionable, but both the smell and taste seem muted.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Champagne blonde with pocked white froth that trails. 4
Oyster crackers and lemon zest on the nose. 4
Saltines up front, big grapefruit, kumquat, and pith hops. 3.75
Lemsip finish and numbing linger.
Light, fizzy, crisp. 3.75

-- Lean and mean. No crystal + real IBUs = punching above its weight. Better than Hipster or ones cut from the same cloth. At the same time, would I drink this all day? A bit watery and light on aroma in the end. 4

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of coded bottling date on the label. The new session IPA from Flying Dog, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a golden yellow-orange body, semi-clear with two fingers of bubbly soapy white froth for a head. Doesn't leave behind much lacing, but it looks good nonetheless.

S - The aroma is pine, resin, citrus rinds, grapefruit, oranges. Herbal, grassy, & pithy. A pleasant aroma for a session IPA.

T - Taste follows the nose - grassy, herbal, & citric. Grapefruit, orange, lemon rinds, pine needles, resin.

M - The feel is crisp & clean - lightly bitter / resinous on the finish. Light-bodied and somewhat watery for the style, but it works well enough for a session IPA.

Overall, an easy-drinker, but a little low on the hops. Not a session IPA I would seek out again.

Flying Dog Easy IPA -----3.5/5

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear straw-gold with a short head of white that retreats to a partial skim coat. Some moderate lacing for the duration.

Tropical fruit and pine lead off the nose. Apricots, mangos, peach fuzz and a hint of pine sap. Bright and fairly pungent.

Light bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Ripe citrus fruit starts the palate. Zero malt and bitterness is minimal.

Finishes clean, juicy, and dry.

Tasty and seriously crushable but it could use more hops.

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Easy IPA (Brewhouse Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
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