Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)
Flying Dog Brewery

Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)
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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)
Notes: The experimental doesn’t always require using obscure ingredients or unearthing ancient beer styles. For our Hoppy American Wheat Ale, the goal was to develop a wheat beer that was not dominated by the yeast strain. Instead, this refreshing, late summer release has dominant tropical fruit hops notes of mango, papaya, and pineapple alongside the creamy wheat character we all know and love.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 61
Photo of BWED
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Almost a year later, from my rediscovered notebook.
12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A-Hazy pale gold. Head retains well, a little rocky. Off-white in color. Sticky lumps of lacing.

S- Bright citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of pine. Malt is faintly biscuity.

T- Dull citrus pith, some straw flavor. A little bit of wheat.

M- Rather light. Mild, bittersweet finish.

O- Decent. Mild, dull flavors, however.

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Photo of larryi86
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a slim pint glass

A- A hazy golden amber color with a four finger white head.

S- Fruity, tropical fruits, mangos, hint of pineapple, some oranges, wheat, pales malts, piney, hints of peppercorns.

T- Fairy fruity, big piney finish, citrus, wheat.

M- Smooth, creamy medium body.

O- I don't think this bottle is that super fresh, but it is very enjoyable. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Golden color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Strong hops bitterness in the aroma, as well as a strong citrus aroma. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex ale, but the hops dominate. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex ale. There is a variety of flavors.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Expected great head and lacing from a hoppy wheat beer, mild haze from the yeast. Wheat,yeast and hop resin give suggestions of bread and citrus rind. Very smooth and slightly creamy in a fluffy medium body. Mellow bitterness but the flavor is more intense. A good quaff, perhaps a filtered version would let the hops pop a bit more.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this from brass rail deli, enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass shared with tenderbranson69

The color is a lightly hazed golden amber with visible carbonation with rocky thick white head and rings of lace with fine bead. The smell is slightly floral and citrus with herbal accent and dank scent with mild fruity yeast and lightly grapefruit scent bu mostly pine hop scents as it warms with low malt aroma. The feel is tangy with moderate bitterness and light astringency and slight alcohol in the feel with mild hints of malt sweetness and light tangy tropical aspect.

The taste is very good with slightly citrus hop and spicy flavor with mildly herbal taste and slight tropical quality with slight grassy flavor and mild orange rind light astringent aspect with semi-dry flavor as it finishes with mostly dry quality. Overall I really liked this -very drinkable and extremely fresh with nice wheat and hop comb -excellent hop flavor

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Photo of TheGent
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: This beer pours an attractive, hazy, pale amber. The off white head is foamy with nice retention. Lacing the sides of the glass. Overall a nice looking beer.

S: The nose includes citrus notes of grapefruit and bright tropical flavors including mango and pineapple. There's a bit of dry, grassy, biscuit as well. Outstanding nose.

T: Starts off with a seemingly aggressive burst of hops that tingles the tongue, with some familiar notes of grapefruit and pine, but falls pretty flat shortly thereafter. The bright aroma does not manifest itself in the flavor and the malt presence is really dialed back, but for a faint flash of wheat on the finish. The finish is semi-dry with some unbalanced bitterness.

M: Thin moderate to high carbonation.

D: The beer is drinkable. It looks and smells great, but the flavor falls flat. I've had a few of these hoppy wheat ales and find that the wheat tends to be subdued, and I'd rather be drinking a well made hoppy pale ale or IPA.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%

Smells fantastic, like fruity galaxy hops. Unfortunately the taste doesnt follow up on that promise. There's a clash between subtle, traditional weizen flavors and more brash modern hop flavors. The result is confusing and unimpressive. The piney hops overshadow the sweet, mildly spicy wheat profile. A shame really, because the nose hints at so much potential. A sweeter, more balanced profile does begin to emerge as the beer warms.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%

My beer guru left this one for me with low expectations. Had that great wheat beer look and the wonderful IPA smell, good combination. Outstanding beer, good flavor with some bitter bite but not to much as some of the Flying Dog beers are to me. I enjoyed the beer very much and would love to have again.

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Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a very hazy apricot, light orange color with a fluffy head that settles to a small ring with lots of lacing.

Nose is pure Galaxy. Lots of juicy bright citrus and stonefruit. Tons of peach. Hints of slight biscuit and toast from the malt, but very backseat to the huge hop aroma

Flavor is very Gumballhead-esque. Soft, wheat malt base that lends hints of biscuit and toast that support the huge Galaxy flavors. Again lots of juicy hop character with citrus and peach. Bitterness isn't huge but seems sharp given all the other components of the beer.

Well-carbed. Light to medium bodied. Lots of slick, juicy hop feel. Assertive bitterness in whole. Finish is juicy before drying out with a lingering bitterness. Medium length finish.

Outstanding. Supremely drinkable with ridiculous hop flavor and aroma on a soft wheat malt body. Hope this is made again.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ok this one is interesting.

Looks like a nicely made wheat beer in the glass. Nice billowing head, the color is a ltad darker than the bright yellow/white witbier/hef look of many. I guess that's why its American Wheat. Looks like color of Wheaties in the bowl.

So the smell is mostly all IPA hop goodness. The taste leans mostly towards a session IPA than a wheat beer. So if you like the various lower ABV IPA's that have been released this year, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you were thinking you're getting a typical wheat beer and don't like bitter, than best to avoid it.

Overall, I'm not overly impressed with the final product taste on this one. A tad too bitter and not enough other flavors coming through. Still drinkable but don't really care to revisit.

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Hoppy American Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 61 ratings