Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)
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IPA - Imperial
3.74 | pDev: 9.36%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy off white head. Smells of citrus and nice grain backbone. Tastes of sweet malt with nice citrus hops with grassy notes. Beer is medium bodied with nice carbonation, a bit heavy and booze comes through. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 12, 2021
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atr2605 from New York

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy orange golden color with an off white head with good retention and decent lacing
S-honey, wheat, apricot, biscuit, earthy
T-more honey and apricot, dry biscuit notes throughout with subtle earthy tone
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-well balanced and unique DIPA, not the typical citrus and tropical fruit IPA. worth trying

Sep 16, 2016
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PhillyB from New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all, the Enjoy By date on my bottles is from over two months ago. Oh well!

Look: Not the prettiest. Somewhere between yellow and amber, with a lasting white head that leaves considerable lacing behind.

Smell: Slightly fermented tropical fruit, and (dare I say it?) a chocolate note.

Taste: Tropical fruit present, but surprisingly it's the chocolate/malt that takes the forefront.

Feel: Less crisp than many IPAs, more along the lines of a creamy mouth feel you'd associate with a stout. I guess that's the 'imperial' showing its influence.

Overall: A truly delightful brew. I was a bit worried about the Enjoy By date, but my fears were unfounded. Glad I picked up a whole six pack!

Aug 30, 2016
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hosehead83 from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brassy gold in color, with a frothy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy, flowery, herbal hops
Taste-Toasted malt, herbal flowery hops. Very smooth and well-balanced for strength. Low hop bitterness but nice hop flavor. Crisp finish. Nicely done.

Jul 07, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD 6/8/16. Pours clear with a light amber with light garnet cast. Quite outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Very good but light nose of floral hops coupled with even lighter pine and citrus notes (orange).

Medium body that approaches heavy medium with a rich smoothness that has significant creamy aspects. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle has just enough effervescence to open the flavors up while the finish is moderately prickly.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. It begins as floral hops that flow to the middle. Here the rich malt base provides a bready sweetness with caramel hints, rather than notes. Over the sweetness, the hop flavor shifts to tropical (mango, pineapple) and citrus (orange). The sweetness extends through the slightly dry finish. Bitterness is mild. The finish is a slow fade that takes on a light spruce aspect and alcohol becomes slightly uncovered at the end.

Jun 28, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan with medium size bubbles, very little lacing.

Smell is moderate hoppiness, bitter, earthy and piney, subtle toast and pale malt.

Taste is similar to the aroma with fairly hoppy initial flavor, with the earthy/piney hops coming through quickly, a little resinous; malts are background flavor and present with some caramel and toast flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good for the hop level, moderate sweetness at first than quickly dried out by the hop bitterness; lingering presence is dry; moderate carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA, the single hop idea works here but the hop (or the freshness) seems be fairly neutralizing: bitter, earthy and drying.

Jun 06, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold color; thick, sticky, white head. Pine aroma; mild notes of tropical fruit; caramel malt. Malty and bitter flavor; some bread crust tones; oak. Heavy body; coarse and sticky; some dryness from the alcohol; heavy sweetness initially yet ultimately dry finish.

A solid IIPA with a very malty backbone yet packing in the hop bitterness. It is not very strong in the aroma department but does a fine job with the other areas.

May 19, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking amber hued brew, suds showoff a bit. Herbal, tropical fruit, piney, and a kiss of caramel in the nose. Ample hop bitterness, smooth with a chewy medium body. Warming with esters abound. Green tea, tobacco, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and peppercorn on the palate. A great experimental hop, hope it moves forward and gets a real name. Tastes a bit of old school and new together.

May 14, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 06-08-16 into pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color. Initial impression is earthy, floral hops with some malt backbone and a slight citrus presence. Mouthfeel is medium/sticky, which is OK but slightly off-putting for some reason. Alcohol is nicely hidden, however. Somewhat bitter finish.
First (and quite possibly last) HBC-291 IIPA on my list. No complexity, taste is not all that interesting, and the heaviness gets old after a sip or two. Great brewery; mediocre beer.

Apr 13, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a standard pint a clear copper with a thinner but quite sticky white head atop.Light aromas with mainly herbal notes and very light citrus.Dry and herbal upfront on the palate with some candied orange peel coming thru as well in a sweeter finish.Feel is is medium wich is good but the flavors and even more so the aromas are kinda bland for lack of a better term.

Apr 06, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fairly floral, with a sweet, candy-like malt backbone and hints of tropical fruit juice.

Flavor is more resin dominant initially, with a hint of citrus juice countering a light sweetness that is cut short buy an overly bitter, fairly harsh finish that lingers.

Mar 29, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with minimal lacing and head. Aromatics are strangely fusel-like with significant acetone character. Burnt pine with grain alcohol-steeped tangerine. Medium bodied and crisp but gummy. Citrus pith with chipped pine resin and a somewhat coarse bitterness on the palate. Mild malt to balance. Finishes with acrid pine sap with bark and faint band-aid.

One and done on this one.

Mar 24, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/6/16 on 3/23/16. Look is nice orange with a 1 finger head. Smell honestly seems like stale hops. Taste is very strange. Medicinal hops? Not sure what I'm tasting but I'm not really into the flavors. Heavy bitter and not much else going on here. Probably the most disappointing of the Single Hop Series. As far as I'm concerned the HBC-291 hop can be scrapped.

Mar 23, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Had before on tap so nice to be revisiting this again.

Bright and slightly shiny body color of amber orange, clear to see through with nice amounts of fine carbonation. Head is fluffy off white in color, and a good easy reaching three fingers. Pill and soapy lacing abound on the cling, and settles easily to a one finger puck. Real nice looker.

Very nice hop varietal aroma. Hints at a mix of tropical and citrus oils together, even a little earthy garden green quality. Hints towards tangerine like orange mostly on the nose, and a nice small malt sweetness hiding in the back. Excellent and very distinct with great aromatic power.

Palate riches well. Good mix of malt and hop balance, and letting the single hop have the stage. A simple malt sweetness, and touch of almost burnt sugar makes a good palate for the hop to showcase. Juiced slightly, but with more peppery finish and heat on the swallow. Mid palate fills with orange and citrus like character. Clean and full, with a black pepper heat of hop and mild citrus tones.

A real neat showcased single hop brew.

Mar 20, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Light amber, clear, with a very thin white head. The smells is floral and light, with notes of caramel and citrus hops. Very smooth mouthfeel for an IPA, and due to the hops used, it feels a bit like a barley wine, with notes of caramel, citrus and herbal hops and spices.

Mar 12, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by date 06/18/2016. Always excited to try a new hop; acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Ardmore bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a nice crisp golden orange body, appears aptly carbonated; finger and a half of frothy off white head leaves good sticky lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - An interesting aroma: herbal & earthy. Fruity, with notes of berries and peaches. A bit of bready, honeyed malts to round things out.

T - Dry, bready, grassy, herbal. An earthy hop bitterness. Very fruity & berryish hop presence. Very unique stuff.

M - Feel is smooth & easy-drinking, especially with the moderate abv. Good carbonation. Dry, herbal, bitter hop finish.

Overall, a unique and interesting new hop varietal. An interesting take on the everyday IPA. Recommended.

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA HBC-291 -----4/5.

Mar 11, 2016
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have yet to have anything bad from Flying Dog, but I was kinda worried after reading some of the reviews for this one., especially since I picked up a sixer blind! However, I am pleased to report the lack of disappointment continues. I am enjoying this one, a nice combination of malt and hop. The 8% abv fills the bill perfectly, so for an evening at home, the Dog and I are getting along just fine.

Mar 06, 2016
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice look with a foamy head too it. Pretty good smell as well. After reading reviews wasn't sure how good this would be. I think this beer is under rated. Really e noted the malty flavor and sweetness. Only bought a single bottle but might have to get a sixer. Drinks very smooth for 8 percent. I could see myself putting down 3 or 4 of there's in one night.

Mar 05, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with over two big fingers of head. The nose is mildly dank with some bready notes as well. The dankness carries over into the flavor profile.

Feb 27, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, Enjoy by 06:08:16
A - huge ivory colored head slowly fades atop a copper colored ale with nice clarity
S - earthy and herbal hop nose, background pine, caramel and grain
T - very earthy and herbal; hop forward, rye malt seems obvious, but I could be wrong; some toasted grain and caramel in there as well; pine rides out the finish
M - fuller body, sticky and resinous, finishes very dry and very bitter
O - clearly not my type of hop variety, especially used on its own. Something needs to be mixed with it to help it out a bit. This was a disappointing beer.

Feb 17, 2016
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rankandfile from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For whatever reasons last night were; long day boarding, treacherous ride back in icy conditions, skidding all over country roads, hot dinner waiting, this beer tasted near perfect. I like that Flying Dog has dialed downed the ABV on their single hop series as the 10% former was a bit too boozy for a good hop to shine through.
not too sweet and not too bitter ( A little ascrobic at the end or it would have been perfect)

Feb 16, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Clear orange color with a nice big bubbled head that sticks around for quite some time. Tons of sticky lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

Smells of light passion fruit, cracker malt and jelly beans. Faint but on the sweet side.

Taste mimics the nose. Definitely on the sweeter side. Quite unique and there isn't anything I can compare this to. It does have a slight aspirin bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium-low carbonation is soft.

This is not a bad beer by any means. One of the better single hop brews I have had from Flying Dog. Nothing I would seek out but wouldn't turn another down neither.

Feb 07, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best before 6/8/16. Pours an attractive orange, with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves nice lace and has excellent retention.

Smell is pine, biscuit, orange, caramel, and grapefruit.

Taste follows a nice balance, with pine and grapefruit standing out.

Mouthfeel is about medium, kind of creamy, nice amount of life, not very dry, and goes down easily.

Overall this is very nice and I only payed $10.99 for it.

Feb 06, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, lemon zest, and melon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin. Some hints of black pepper. Malt hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Some hints of candied sugar. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sweet hop forward taste with notes of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus fruit notes of mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. Some earthy notes of pine resin along with some black pepper spice notes. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Malt notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid single hop Imperial IPA. Not big on hop bitterness but there is some nice citrus flavor.

Feb 04, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flying Dog HBC-291.

What and interesting name this one is. Usually flying dog doesn't impress me much but I needed to round out a mix a six so I went with something completely random. I have zero idea of what the hell I'm supposed to expect here so let's just get right to the meat of things shall we.

Look -From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a moderately clear shade of copper sitting amongst the throne a white head two fingers in height that dies at a moderate pace leaving small amounts of residual stick here and there. Carbonation appears to be about moderate as well.

Smell - Bits and pieces of pine here and there with a touch of what appears to be cascade like presence. Also a bit of a syrupy like smell to make things even more interesting. Smells a bit resinous as well...hmmmm...curious to see how this develops in the flavor profile.

Taste - Whatever kinda hop they did put into this thing is one bitter mofo but not as bitter as say Knee Deep Simtra. Lots of bitter pine and floral aspects which meld rather nicely with just the right amount of that pine sap like presence to make this flavor profile stand out. Not exploding with dozens of complex flavors, but surely unique and leaves me coming back for another sip to see what unravels next.

Feel - Medium bodied with a high level of bitterness. Sits like fresh hop oil to be quite honest. Only small amounts of alcohol are apparent and all the mentioned flavors retain. Swallows bitter though pleasant.

Overall - I feel this beer has been misrepresented given the previous reviews. A bud light double..? Really dude?. I agree that flying dog doesn't tend to make many beer worth having more than once but this one was unique enough to where I think big time hop heads should give it a chance. I'd buy another single for sure.

Feb 03, 2016
Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 115 ratings