Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) | Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo)

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by davet100 on 03-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a straw gold color with thin foam. I get a toasted straw note with some candied citrus peel aroma, matched by the taste of a light piney citrusy character. It's strong--10%!-- but it doesn't show.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's something about showcasing a single hop in a hoppy ale which attracts beer lovers. I'm one of the victims. Here's comes 12 ounces. On to the beer:

An inch of soapy suds rests on top this candied orange beer. The retention of the head is very good, biut the mounds of lace it gives off around the chalice is eye candy. One smell shows how potent the liquid can be, very strong and hoppy, albeit with rough edges. It smells sweet with resin, bittersweet grass trimmings, spicy alcohol, vegetal.

The rough edges of the aroma have been given a sanded edge. It's a little smoother than I was expecting, though at 10% ABV this is no picnic. It's still hoppy enough to respect. It starts of sweet and resiny. Then the bitterness hits and seems to briefly numb the palate. Grapefruit with a dusting of sugar comes around. A little of the alcohol shows itself, though the beer does manage to possess some drinkability for its size. Bitter with a bite of toffee and grapefruit in the aftertaste.

A reasonable Imperial IPA that can grow hair on your chest.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/12/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite hoppy and boozy in the taste.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Super dark transparent gold, with heavy bubbles rising to about notch above a finger's length. Thick tillyou take a sip and settle with a slight uneven lacing

Smell: Strong piney/hops scent that might overwhelm some people. Has a scent that might come off a bit spoiled. I know what this smell is, it's like when you visit a brewery and that hard yeast and hops scent sitting next to the barrels.

Taste: Not as complex as I like them but does the job, straight hops and straight bitterness that will raise your eyebrow on it's palate tangy feel. A little sour note it, feels like a bit of lemon was added.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation with an ultra grapefruit citrus skin feel.

Overall: Not a bad brew but Flying Dog has made better, when you have had Double Dog and then you have this it feels like you're downgrading and literally paying more. Obviously an experiment gone wrong or up depending on what you feel.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- golden, not very hazy

S - a little citrus, not much, and some grass

t - more grass, not a lot of citrus. A little bit of sweetness and malt...but not too much. The 10% ABV is very well hidden.

m -pleasant

o - not bad. I prefer hops with more citrus flavours.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Consumed in a Speigelau ipa glass.

A: Big frothy milky white head of one inch proves to have a lasting visual effect leaving thick, clumps of lace behind. Quick release of macro-effervesce mixes with a soft release of micro-bubbles of light to medium density.

S: Lemony-grassiness that finishes out with a lightly dry citric-graininess. Quickly depleting aromatic strength is its one drawback, light in delivery with some dried barley-grassiness on the end.

T: Flavor was spicy and citric, lemony grassiness with some fresh orange peel. Dry toasted sweetness, barley, with warming grassy hops compliments of the 10%abv which was very well mannered. Spicy citrus toast, clean flavor, sharp spiciness with a sweet toasted, dry hop finish. Nice level of intensity from the hops.

M: Thick malty substance, grassy-alcohol notes of warmth, light to medium rate of carbonation with a spicy, dry citric finish off the tongue.

O: Overall really nice single hop representation, just the right amount of alcohol that is easily manageable and shows the vast complexity and range of the amarillo hop. Solid 4.0 flavor and drinkability factor and definitely one of the better amarillo single hop varieties that i have had. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of psumjl269
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is the one of the best IPA I've ever had. Looks great, tastes a little sweet on the front end and super bitter on the back end, smells like kettle corn, and is extremely drinkable. I've had this on tap and on bottle and it doesn't matter - it's an all time great.

I recommend trying this very strongly. It's great and at 10%, it'll buzz you after a few beers. AMAZING BEER!

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 220 (August 8) of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a light honey golden body with a thick white head.

Smell: Tropical hops and caramel malts. Inviting.

Taste: Delicious orangey flavor from the Amarillo hops. Now this is what I would describe as grapefruit/melon/etc. Slightly sweet caramel flavored malts and maybe the ever so slightest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light for a 10% ALC/VOL imperial IPA. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Very delicious. I think Amarillo is one of my favorite hops and one with which I plan to do a single hop pale ale homebrew later this year. If any complaints are to be made of this beer, it is perhaps a little too malty (at times) and maybe a little too one dimensional, which is logical, since this is a single hop DIPA. Overall, I like it!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear copper orange body with a full bubbled light off white khaki head, forms fine speckled lacing down my chalice. Aromatics start off with mango/pineapple and quickly turn toward a tart citric, crushed aspirin, cat pee ammonia sharpness that is unique to those Amarillo hops. When blended with other hops, this one tends to perform better however this is a single hopped 10% DIPA from Flying Dog. The flavor hits with a nice upfront malt profile, biscuit/honey tones quickly wiped away by bitter hops and waves of hop flavors including some quite unpleasant astringent character like onion/herbal vegetable, again cat pee, just pretty much a booze ridden finish equates to a really bad experience in this glass. I can't picture finish the rest of my six pack there are only four bottles left but it's going to feel like a marathon.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold and clear, ivory head of fine bubbled foam

S: orange groves and flowery fields, some suggestions of spice

T: hop flavors from the nose carry over, bringing citric and orange-flavors to the fold, with spicier notes mixed in with the floral elements; sweet and clean malts underscore the affair

M: moderately chewy, somewhat dense, medium-full body, mild carbonation on the tongue

O: a drinkable beer, probably a surefire hit for fans of the hop, worth a try for the general population

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Flying Dog, my first of their Single Hop IPA series of beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy citrusy orange colored body with about two fingers of frothy khaki head. Lots of sticky scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is very nice also. Bright floral / citrus hops. Piney and skunky. Bready honeyed malt to keep things balanced. There is some pungent yeasty sort of aroma distinct in there also.

T - Taste follows the nose - very bitter grapefruit, pine, bready honeyed malt. Fairly simple, but nice. Fresh, juicy, tropical, and lightly floral.

M - Feel is bready bitter and dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA from Flying Dog, definitely one of the better and more memorable beers I've had from them in a while. I look forward to trying more of their Single Hop IPA's.

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) ---4/5.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Copper/Amber in color, pours an impressive multi finger head with limited retention but solid lacing.

S- Not overly powerful but pleasant. Certainly within the imperial IPA spectrum.

T- More sweetness present than bitterness but certainly not in a problematic way. The 10% ABV is well hidden.

M- Leaving behind a nice IIPA stickiness, not overly dense in body.

O- I'll put this high on my second tier of IIPA's but only because I've had so many good ones lately. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of hops202
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into spiegelau glass

A - pours dark golden orange color with decent transparency

S - Tropical fruit and grapefruit with some pine in there as well. There is definitely some papaya and mango hiding in there along with some pineapple.

T - Starts off with a fruity blast then followed by a slight bready/doughy taste with some good piney resin flavor. Not too resinous though.

M - Decent mouthfeel - a little thick but also has lots of carbonation and I don't think its the glass doing that.

O - very good single hop

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright, sun yellow with orange hues and pours thin.

Definitely notice the amarillo hops giving this a nice waft. Also smells of pepper, spices, and slight fruit notes.

Taste has some 'heat,' if you want to call it that, most likely coming from the hints of pepper and other spices I got in the nose. Very bitter, but not overwhelmingly, an overall palate pleaser.

Mouthfeel is not really my cup of joe. A bit too peppery bitterness for me.

Overall this is a decent IIPA, but would not go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at local Heinen's. No born on date, but brew received in store two days prior.

Orange-honey elixir poured into SA glass. Huge, white thick head, copious lacing.

Huge spice and orange aroma predominate with dank, earthy undertones.

The spice is large here, lending almost a rye flavor throughout the tasting. Some tropical fruit and alcohol.

Medium to full body, sharply carbonated, tangy.

Decent brew but not in the class of other single-hopped Amarillo brews.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a nice 2 inch foamy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Dank hops, yeasty sugars, bread malts, some orange and lemon. A little simple, one dimensional but being a single hop I figured as much.

Taste - Starts out with a big punch of dank, mango and orange flavored hops. Some sugars and light malts are present but totally overpowered by the hop. Sugary yeasts come out in the finish but this is a straight hop kick beer.

Mouthfeel - Hops nail the tongue with bitter dankness. Palate gets more of the same with a little yeasty sugar note and some minor malts. Aftertaste is bitter, a little warm and danky.

Overall - It is what it is, a single hop featuring Amarillo hops. Big bold hop flavor, strong and not worried about balance of any other flavors. 10% beer is not as harsh and warm as expected. A nice beer to feature this hop. Worth a drink.

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a crystal clear light amber orange.

The aroma has extremely ripe pineapple, mango, sweet orange peel, a bit of sour guava, sugary malt and breadiness. A hint of alcohol in the back.

The flavor has a huge bready malt in the front with medium plus sweetness and lots of alcohol riding throughout. The hops flavors are of orange, orange peel, bitter grapefruit, reasonably sweet citrus, a slight tropical, with medium plus bitterness of resinous pine and grapefruit.

There’s even a bit of green jalapeno flesh in the flavor, more so on the aroma.

In the end, there could be more hop flavor instead of the alcohol and malt sweetness in this beer.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Piss golden but very appropriate for an IPA.

Smell: ahhh nectar of the Gods, citrus, very ncie

Taste: Citrus with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering though

Mouth feel: Not extremely thick but very smooth, not thin , not thick but just right Goldielocks

Overall: Great beer, smooth, and the Amarillo hops I believe is a neat nice touch

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice clear golden orange with one finger of white fluffy head, nice thick lacing.
S - Tangerine, orange, astringent alcohol, some sweet malt, kinda lacking, this really isnt doing anything for me.
T - Pine, a little grape, tangerine, orange juice, very soapy bitter spicy hop bite mid way, biscuit malt.
M - Chewy soapy lingering bitterness.
O - Just ok, this series as a whole is hit or miss, every one of these could be way better with less alcohol content, it just burns through the flavor every single time.

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Photo of BB1313
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent golden orange with a huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very nice lacing. This is truly a great looking beer. The aromas are nice. Lots of ripe fruit. There's subtle hints of orange and lime. Some garlic and onion notes. Some rubber. The flavors really match. Some caramel malts in the mix blend well with the Amarillo hops. More lime with hints of lemon zest in the finish. Some fresh grass. This is pretty earthy. There's an extremely subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not boozy at all or anything. It's actually dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy drinking.

This is a very solid DIPA. They do a good job of showcasing Amarillo hops. It's fun to drink, I like it. It's somewhat unique, so for that it gets extra credit.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde with a rich heady foam top. Carbonation bubbles sticking below the cap along the glass walls. Laces good.

Spicy hops, orange citrus, pale maltiness with a touch of sweetness. Musky fruits and earthiness.

Very spicy with cherimoya and orange fruits. Distinct custard apple and floral tea. Quite happening! Depth of flavors are awesome. Maltiness breathes with ale sweetness, and the alcohol is unforgettable, also. Has a sting, but I love it. Carbonation is permeable to a hefty creamed body. Awesome sauce.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale orange with remarkable clarity (probably filtered) and a sudsy white head. Good lacing. Quite a nice looking beer.

S - smell is musty, yet bright. There's some tropical fruit and peach, but overall the nose is a bit murky and indistinct.

T - like the nose, the flavor of this beer starts out bright and fruity, but indistinct. There's a honey sweet center and copper penny bitterness running through it. Decent at first, but it gets much better as the beer warms and its flavors distinguish themselves. There's peach, grapefruit and just a little pine. Juicy, just as you would expect from Amarillo. Not as dry and boozy as other single hop IIPAs I've had from Flying Dog.

M - fizzy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes really dry in a way that helps the hops shine.

Overall, this is a must-try for fans of Amarillo hops. Reminiscent of DirtWolf with its light, dry body with a lot of soft, juicy peach. It's plenty bitter though -- this one's for hop heads only.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't want too big a beer right now, but I still went with this monster, and I have no regrets. It is huge, but it is also interesting and almost subtle. I think the alcohol is going to hit me really fast and hard, but it's worth it.

It is a very pretty thing, all dark golden, clear and lacey. The aroma is unique and skunky. I like it a lot.

The taste is crisp and clean, hoppy and unique. It's a little syrupy and thick but yummy.

The aftertaste is also thick and hoppy, and I think two of these will put you out of your misery (three will definitely do you in). Nice one from those proudly unique flying hounds.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Tangerine, clementine, candied orange, and pineapple.

Grapefruit zest, orange rind, and hints of tangerine pith. Thin candy sugar backbone with additional notes of aspirin and onion. Dried pine needles linger on.

Full bodied, oily, bitter, dry, and resinous.

Smells fantastic but the bitterness really takes a hold of the flavor with citrus zest and onion losing some of the juicy qualities.

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Photo of username
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. in glass stein.

A - Light, honey-amber. "Perfect" head. Much carbonation/bubbles.

S - Mainly grapefruit on pour gives way to a funkyness that can only be described as 'jalapeno'. Not your normal jalapeno however. This is like jalapeno pickled in diesel, which, to its merit, this beer makes more appetizing than it sounds.

T - Predominantly jalapeno/diesel, backed by grapefruit. I want to re-iterate that just because this review contains the word diesel in relation to taste, it's not as bad as one would think; tastes better than it smells.

M - Slightly oily/viscous giving way to a respectable finish. The taste lingers slightly, and mellows dry.

O - Since this is a single-hop brew, it was interesting to cross-reference it with the Hops Chart profile of Amarillo. In my opinion the Hops Chart profile matches this brew, while the brew reinforces the representation on the Hops Chart. While this may be trivial to most, I find it:
Comforting; that the hop is accurately represented (on chart, and in brew).
Reassuring; that future beers can be more intelligently chosen based upon established profiles/data is good & fun.
& just a bit...
Surprising; that whatever constiuients outside of myrcene/humulene/caryophyllene exist in Amarillo hops, could supposedly be responsible for the very interesting jalapeno/diesel/grapefruit smell/taste of this brew, is simply amazing in it's own right.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Amarillo) from Flying Dog Brewery
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