Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella)
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IPA - Imperial
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella)
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vinicole from England

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange. Wispy head.
Muted aroma of ripe stone fruit.
Taste reflects the aroma. Decent astringency. Alcohol is quite apparent.
Soft feel.
The date on the bottle suggests I did not taste it at it's best.

Mar 23, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


The beer pours an average looking foam head that dissipates at a moderate pace. It doesn't look bad but it isn't anything special that some beers manage to make it look. The beer itself is pretty decent looking. It's a clear medium gold color that is a bit on the lighter side of that spectrum. It's a good look but nothing super fantastic..

The smell is good.. It has combination of juicy and bitter with a light tart note. The plum sweetness found in the does not seem to be present like the peach and orange hop bitterness but there is a bready malt note giving off a bit of sweet to balance the other two notes.

The taste is good. It isn't super impressive but the notes are tasty. The taste has the same notes of a peach tartness mixed with a good plum sweetness that balances things out. The hop bitterness is present and still manages to give a nice orange bitter note to mix with the other notes to create a nice juicy experience.

The feel is decent. It's a heavy bodied beer but feels rather light with the biting carbonation. It has a nice smooth feel to it.

Overall, a pretty decent imperial ipa and one their better single hop series. It isn't mind blowing but it's good and worth a try.

Aug 22, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This will be my first of New Beer Sunday (Week 596) and I have some DIPAs lined up for the occasion.

From the bottle: "Our Single Hop Imperial IPAs showcase the most rare and interesting hop varieties. Juicy stone fruit (think peaches and plums) dominate with a lingering, yet crisp, finish. We have a hunch you'll swipe right."

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly with an aggro pour which raised three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, yellowish-white head with good retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty intense in terms of its hops, but I was thinking more towards grapefruit. Mouthfeel was full, almost like a dollop had been placed on my tongue. The taste was intriguing and I would be interested to know the IBUs on this one. It had a sticky, resinous quality, but I fully agreed with their mention of peaches. Plums? Not so much. But oily, juicy peaches? Oh yeah! Peaches packed in light oil, let's see if that catches on. I like peaches. I had an Avery Perzik Saison the other day as further proof. Warming, the juiciness intensified, but so did the fusel alcohol burn. Peaches flambe! Heck of a way to start the day! I may power wash my front windows later, but that's the extent of today's adventures, so I should be okay. Finish was semi-dry to dry. There was just enough sweetness involved to put it right on the margin of dry, but still I want to say semi-dry. It was a good exercise. Jesus, I am sweating, either from the ambient heat & humidity, this beer or a combination of both!

Jul 24, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 09-15-16 into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold with off-white hea. Initial impression is tropical fruit, nicely balanced by the malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Slightly bitter finish that lingers. Really good IPA.

Jul 23, 2016
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color with a yellow hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a short, bright white foam with medium low retention. Medium resinous and lightly spicy hop aromas. Medium malt aroma with light dark fruit notes: prunes, dates. Medium bodies with soft, medium carbonation, a light creamines through the middle followed by a pleasant warming sensation toward the finish. Medium high earthy, spicy hop flavors up front followed by faint dark fruit notes. Medium maltiness beneath. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle that slowly intensifies to the end along with warming boozy notes. Finished semi-dryly with a lingering spicy hop bitterness. Hop aromas were a little on the light side as the malt/hop balance was pretty even. Nevertheless, the dark fruit and spicy character was unique. Flavors tilted heavily to the hop side, however the malt character was solid. Interesting flavors with the Ella hop.

Jul 18, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big peach, apricot, plum, melon, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, anise, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, plum, melon, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, anise, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, plum, melon, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, anise, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/fruity/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases though the glass; leading to some light lingering hop astringency, but not overbearing. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/fruity/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a good long while and leaves some nice sticky lacing

S: Lots of peach, plum, and mango up front with a solid malt backbone. Lightly sweet. Stone fruit quite in your face

T: Follows the nose. Peach and plum to start, followed by a bready malt and some fruity alcoholic esters. Again, stone fruit quite dominant. Finishes with light bitterness and more peach/plum combo

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: A solid single hop IIPA that really lets the ella hops shine through and be the focal point of the beer. Definitely look out for this one, as there don't seem to be many single hop brews using ella, and it's a solid hop

Jun 16, 2016
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blackcompg from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a quick 2 fingers of dense eggshell foam, body is a slightly hazy bright golden light orange. steady carb rises through the body, and leaves nice defined lace rings after each quaff.

Smell - Nose is somewhat tropical, i definitely get the peach and some kiwi in there too, also some floral characterizing and a whiff of citrus pith.

Taste - Wow, a powerful assault of floral hops and peach, and still getting some light acidity from the kiwi. There is also a slight texture here, some prickly bitter dryness that I personally really enjoy, that could be well described as peach skins and pits.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, but a substantial foaming and prickly carb mkes this feel a tad on the lighter side, also keeps this beer from getting juicy and ushers in the bitter and dry characteristics - I like the transition here.

Overall - Is this a one trick pony? Well sort of - but I like this pony. In a wealth of IPA's I find this one pleasantly unique, and I really enjoy the flavors of all parts of the peach represented without ever feeling like a juice box or fruit cocktail. And I love the bitter drying end - give this one a try.

Jun 15, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another single hop IPA from Flying dog. Best part of this one is the smell. Melon and peach. Everything else is underwhelming. I get that single hop IPAs are difficult but I am nt going to try any more of these. Finishes with a baby aspirin taste that was very off putting. One and done as usual with these guys.

May 31, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & very good rentention

S: Lemony, bready, some grapefruit once warm

T: Dryness, grapefruit, breadyness, lemon up front. Grassyness & dryness as this warms, pineyness too,a little grapefruit. Finishes grassy, citrusy with some bready sweetness, a touch of aspirin & dryness, plus a little woody hop

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinkable enough, but not one I would buy again

May 31, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear amber color capped by a finger or two of foam; shards of lacing

Smell: A spicy element is most notable, with anise joining the floral, tropical fruit aromas of pomelo, papaya and melon

Taste: Slightly sugary malts support the tropical fruit, with papaya, melon and pomelo; rather spicy through the middle, with the anise most prominent; the bitterness builds, somewhat, through the finish, although the sweetness lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The first time I have tried a beer with the Ella hop (or at least the first time I was aware of it) and I rather like it; like the spicy, anise dimension it brings though I would like to get a more powerful tropical fruit aspect than the hop can apparently deliver

May 31, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is spices/black pepper, tropical fruit and light citrus. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, spices/black pepper, citrus/fruit, malts and a bitter/smooth for IIPA finish.

May 30, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with excellent clarity. Lace etches away on the glass. Aroma is hoppy with some citrus notes. The flavor is piney, resinous and as it warms some tropical fruit, such as papaya, appears. Strong in alcohol but the hop notes work well in masking it. Bitterness is at a nice level, and this seems to be a truly versatile hop. Full bodied, with a soft hop bite and lingering resin and tropical. Overall, a nice beer.

May 24, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They used a single hop on this one. It must have been the right one.

It is yellow and has a little fizz. The aroma is pronounced and nice and hoppy - good finishing hops. The taste is bitter but not too dry. There is just a hint of malt showing through the mountains of hops. The aftertaste is dark and bitter. It lingers well and can fight and defeat spicy food.

This is a great one, for sure. If I can find a few more I will pick some up since this apparently will be a one time deal. I wish thie were always available.

May 20, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very similar to the Truth IPA, just a little less green and more of a candied, jammy fruit character. There are some slight savory, vegetal notes and it retains the same malt and yeast profile as the Truth and a lot of other Flying Dog IPAs. A tasty brew, but ultimately a little tired and uninspired.

May 19, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts like a normal dipa, with tropical fruits and hops, then a big, unexpected wave of anise, followed by buttery malts. A fun take, giving the beer some unexpected depth beyond the hops. The feel does feel wacky with so much creaminess, but I don't hate it. Smell is still hop forward, but the more hardy flavors are beneath the surface, almost like a gourmet oatmeal. Fun experiment

May 18, 2016
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Zefeh from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Crisp clear amber hued IPA, little to no head.

S - Pine & Hop makes up the base scent of this beer with a decently strong sugary sweetness slightly reminiscent of orange/tangerine.

T - First feel on the tongue is a full and smooth malty flavor for just a second. After it spreads across your palette, it develops a slight sweetness along with some resiny hop flavors poking through. On the journey down you get a pleasant hoppy bitterness with a pretty decent mineral sweetness that reminds one of the sweetness of stone fruits. Aftertaste is long lasting and the bitterness of the hops quenches the thirst of those desiring a hoppy IPA.

MF - Smooth and full bodied at first, sharing much similarity with Flying Dog's other Double IPA. As the beer floods over your taste-buds a small bit of carbonation makes itself known. Just enough carbonation to sizzle up in your mouth, bringing out the flavor of the hops and sweetness of the malt towards the back of the tongue. The end brings a slightly dry feel that makes the hop bitterness punch through!

Overall - Very well rounded beer, ABV doesn't impart much boozyness at all. A standard high quality IPA.

May 17, 2016
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BillyKensai from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale Golden, Light Head
Smell: Hoppy, Floral
Taste: Strong in the hop department, a little boozy
Feel: Good Bite yet smooth, Well Carbonated
Overall: Nice Drink for a warm spring day.

Would buy again.

May 17, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet sure why not.

A nice bronze golden color, edges to nearly brown but more of a dark orange with a decent amount of clarity for the body color. Eggshell and off white head, makes about two fingers with a creamy to soapy retention. Settles to one finger with some nice lacing.

Aroma on the hop hits a nice citrus tone. Slightly gets into melon a bit but with more of a zesty kick. A slight bit of biscuit malt seems to be hiding in here with a nice solid sweetness of caramel that's pretty tiny but adds a good balance. Very nice hop aroma curious to see where this is leading.

This brew is pretty darn powerful. Mid palate seems to start with some juicy citrus orange character, but then the lead takes over. Large pine aromatics and nearly bright and ripe bitterness on the finish that just hits with big green aromatics. An almost bitter tea, zest oils and pith that gets just a touch of mint that prevents it from going overboard and into a sweeter realm. The hop angle is ferocious and also seems to actually accent some of the alcohol heat as well. Some peach tones get evident, but then the palate is left with a giant breathmint mouthwash sting while drinking.

A real impressive hop variety, but parts of the beer seem to have gone a little out of control for total enjoyment. Pretty wild brew, a little out of control but one worth rangling over and trying to tie down.

May 11, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best by 9/14/16. Pours a very attractive light orange, with a 2 plus finger head that just clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is peach, mellon, apricot, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely peach, mellon, and apricot upfront with pine, biscuit, lemon, and grapefruit in the fairly aggressive finish.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, plenty of life, maybe a touch dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid beer and a reasonable price, well done.

May 11, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours clear golden with a sudsy white heat that retains indefinitely.

Smells of buttered bread malts, citrus and passionfruit, and floral fruity hops.

Tastes of bready malts, orangey citrus fruit, honey and a fresh fruity hop finish. Very bright.

Medium body with a light stinging carbonation.

Very nice tasty IPA with lots of good flavor and aroma. First of FD's single hop series I've had and it is quite good. Drinks very easy and refreshes. Definitely worth trying.

May 09, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, best by 9/2016:
Beer pours nicely, with perhaps just the lightest haze in a clear light yellow-golden beer. Head was easily two fingers on a medium to heavy pour. Nice clumps of lacing.

I am getting a more dirty, wet grain scent from the nose early. Eventually there is a little vegetal note, maybe a little herbal note as well. But even with this, the nose gives me the impression of being less hop-based and a little more grainy.

In the taste I see a little of what the nose was trying to foreshadow. I'm thinking it's not a wet grain note, but it is a very dirty to grassy kind of bitterness that I seem to get from this hop. The very opening notes hit the front of the tongue with a little unripe peach, and just a hint of pineapple. The greenness of these fruit notes maybe be caused by the grassy herbal notes that come next creeping into those opening tastes under the fruity ones.

Feel is medium to light in body, with a somewhat sticky bitterness lingering in the end taste.

With warmth and slow sippning, I started to notice a little more in this beer. There was a little bit of a Sorachi Ace lemon grass note (but much more subtle) that I got late in the beer. I'd had an Ella-focused beer from another brewery before, and it didn't work for me too well there, either. This beer made me curious about the next beer with the hop, however.

May 08, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone fruit sugars up front are quickly pulled taut by a gripping bitterness; some danker, resinous orange shellac returns some sweetness on the finish; lean but with a little bit of tack and chew to the feel. I'm really digging it.

May 07, 2016
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TequilaTom from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful transparent light gold with a fluffy white 1 finger head. Laces nicely. Smells of peaches and some slight dankness. Tastes of bready malt with sharp piney bitterness. No alcohol presence. Fnishes crisp and clean. Decent medium fouthfeel, not too heavy for a dipa. I'm generally not a big fan of single hop brews, but this one is pretty good. Worth a try.

May 01, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 9/14/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency; fluffy eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle with some floral notes. Some fresh bread and crackers along with some hints of caramel malts. Some subtle citrus and tropical notes in the mix as well. The aromas aren't bad, but just seem too faint. The flavors are very crisp and clean. This one has a sharp bitterness. Some fresh grass and pine is present. Slightly earthy. Some lime and grapefruit in the mix. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It feels thin and light, but has a very nice fluffiness and creaminess to it. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It might not be flashy, but it's well crafted and enjoyable stuff. It's a refreshing brew.

Apr 27, 2016
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Ella) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 89 ratings