Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)
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American Imperial IPA
3.77 | pDev: 10.08%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)
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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good with a firm beige head with it's stubborn lacing. Color is a nearly opaque creamy orange. Nose is an overwhelming floral spiced Noble hop thing, with very little else punching through until a crackery finish, well, finishes... Taste is a robust floral up front, like a wonderful pungent flowery niceness. Sorry, just can't explain it differently. There's some sweetness, a spicy floral quality that really brings it's own depth. On finish it's mostly earthy with a touch of heat on an otherwise sweet with malt balance finish. When you first start swigging this, it seems thin, but gets a bit more thick as the complexity unwinds. Finishes dry with a slightly medicinal sweetness. Overall, this is very well done. For anyone that enjoys a single hop journey, this is a fantastic example of showcasing a hop. Nice job by the folks in Frederick.

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gopens44 from Virginia, May 14, 2017
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3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear tulip. Best by 03/11/17

A: Slightly hazy amber-gold with 1- finger of off-white frothy head with decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S: Candied oranges, honeysuckle, hay, pineapple

T: Flavor is muted hops with a candy sweetness from over the hill caramel malt and some orange/grapefruit citrus and an earthy herbal finish. Moderately bitter.

M: Finishes reasonably dry with medium body and carbonation.

O: Not great but probably long in the tooth. Will have to see if they try this again ans snag it fresh to re-review.

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argock from Virginia, Apr 29, 2017
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3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit herbal. Taste piney hops, some notes of tea, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but not nearly as enjoyable as a DIPA should be.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has earthy hops and some oranges. Some grains in the background as well. Taste starts with chai and orange rind, continues with crackers and biscuits, finishes with bitter orange peel and pink grapefruit. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a decent DIPA but it tastes a bit old.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Mar 15, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a solid head that leaves some good lacing

S: Tropical fruitiness up front along with a solid malt backbone. Lots of orange and papaya. Pineapple and mango in there as well. Some very light stone fruitiness in the back

T: Follows the nose. The malt manages to balance the hops nicely. Mostly tropical fruitiness with an emphasis on the papaya and pineapple. The orange is on the lighter side along with the mango. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IIPA that definitely highlights the azacca. You can tell it's more of an aroma hop, but the taste still carries over nicely. Worth checking out if you're into azacca hops or single-hopped IIPAs

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Clear honey colored liquid with good carbonation produces a frothy off white two finger foam cap with good lacings. Off to a Good start

Aroma of circus, tropical fruits and a bit of pine

Bit of citrus and pine, hop bite , lingers a bit on the back of the tongue

Low sudsing, medium mouth feel , hop bite lingers

Nice beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Dec 09, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "Azacca Imperial IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 03.16.17" and sampled on 12.05.16
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Beautiful appearance. Mostly clear golden body beneath a full head of white that holds quite well, eventually dropping to a rocky full-surface covering that's surrounded by solid sheets of lace. The nose doesn't express the "huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas" that the label suggests but maybe my bottle is a little old, and it is pleasant enough. But is it bold enough to fit the Imperial IPA moniker? Many standard IPAs have a fuller aroma. It's got the strength, yes, but the aroma... ? The flavor delivers more, wrapped in a big medium bodied malt blanket. It's tropical to be sure, but specific flavors don't really pop out at me (some orange, some mango... ); and the malt is sweetish, mainly just golden-biscuity, not even particularly grainy. Somehow it works. The alcohol is present as well, lending a swirl of spiciness to the dry, herbal & piney finish. The up-front side is great with sweetish malt and fruit, but the end is a little rough with bitterness and alcohol; and it's really quite the quick see-saw there as well with not as much across the middle leaving it a quick trip. Additionally, although it's not a defect, I think they could have displayed the character of the Azacca hops more clearly in a smaller, lower ABV beer - - - but I'm on the fence here. I appreciate some Imperial IPAs for their brazen and bold character, while I praise others for their more supple drinkability. Given that this is about a single hop I wish it fell into the latter, but as it is firmly entrenched in the former the Azacca hops give it something a little different within that category. Overall I am left wanting more of the Azacca, and less of the "Imperial", but is that just my personal take?

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 05, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very resiny aroma, with sharp orange notes and a toasted malt backbone.

Flavor is very resiny and earthy bitter, with a hint of underlying tropical fruit. Way too earthy and bitter for my liking.

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barczar from Kentucky, Nov 29, 2016
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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks Naws.

A- 12oz bottle into a pint glass with a crystal clear body and a thick white head. The cap has a frothy consistency reaching about a finger high before falling to a tall island. Thick webs and rings of lace after each sip.

S- Faint for the most part with hops up front but not nearly pungent by any means. Notes of citrus, pine resin and slight tropical fruit like mango. Honestly a bit mild for the style. Some sweet medium toast malts round it out.

T- As with the nose a general pine and citrus feeling runs the show with a sharp grapefruit pith bitterness. A very oily citrus feel like lemon and grapefruit rind along with hints of mango, resin, slight melon, floral tones and bitter herbs. Pretty sweet underbelly and hints of cereal grains and bread.

MF- Medium bodied with a bit of an oily slickness. Carbonation is on the low-medium level and it ends with a citrus oil bitterness.

A fairly mild and laid back Double IPA. The signature Azacca flavors are not showcased that amazingly as some sweet and medium kilned malts poke through. Nothing bad but doesn't stand out in this hoppy world.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Nov 26, 2016
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours a clear copper hued brew with a spectacular lacing on top. Single hopped with Azacca Hops so the aroma and palate is full of cantalope rind, pineapple core, faint evergreen and peppercorn. Love the use of this hop, not too big of a DIPA so the Azacca really shines. Good balance and a lot of fun to drink.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Nov 21, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/24/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, tangerine, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, tangerine, citrus peel, light pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, tangerine, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and some light lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and sticky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, a small warmth lingers after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the lingering hop astringency. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 20, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a teku pint. Label says Enjoy By: 03.19.17.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice nose that rides a line between citrusy and piney. Decent amount of dankness as well. Hint of booze.

T- Herbal, earthy hop character, even a bit spicy and there's a noticeable booze presence. Bitterness leans toward the higher side but works well within the flavor profile. Not a lot of malt here.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- While it's not the freshest or the most balanced, it's quite good and does a pretty good job showcasing the Azacca hops.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Nov 16, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, vibrant medium copper gold color with a frothy white head and steady carbonation.

S - Nose is faint. Some biscuity malt and a little bit of mango.

T - Biscuity malt is barely detectable, some alcohol, and a straight up assault of Azacca. Tropical fruit, tangerine, mango, some spicy citrus rind, and ends with a very assertive and aggressive piney bitterness that lingers for days. Eventually the pine bitterness subsides and what's left is a coating of bitter mango and tangerine.

M - Big medium body with a silky texture and some alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

O - I haven't tried many from the single hop series because of difficulty finding it fresh (which is insane since it's brewed right outside of PA). This beer is aggressively bitter and one of the most bitter D-IPA's I've had to date. I like this beer and see myself buying more. On the downside, the nose is way too weak and if it weren't for that, this beer would be even better and score higher. Worth trying. (Will try the next round in a different glass to see if the nose changes.)

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Nov 14, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog tulip/goblet glass. Enjoy by March 16th 2017.

Beaming crystal clear body color, a nice pale amber with bronze orange appearance. Minimal rising carbonation reaching to a two finger off white head. A little bit of retention but not much, but a thick crowned collar manages to form and some nearly ring like lace.

Hop aroma seems more wood and tropical quality. There's a spicy sense of caramel on this as well that's almost in a winter warmer like vein. A bit of citrus and mango make their way out as well, along with an almost bubblegum like sweetness.

Palate continues much of the same. A very strong bitter but exotic hop flavor hits not unlike what the nose suggests. A very quick pine wood and then tropical rush of exotic fruit on the mid palate. Minty and hot almost peppery aftertaste, with a little bit of malted sweetness that nicely calms things and balances out the brew. With time and warmth a big of gumdrop like flavor comes out as well.

Very interesting hop variety, which has a large amount of bitterness but it seems to be controlled and showcased here very well.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 12, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head. The aroma is nice with tropical fruits, light citrus, and a light bitter hop finish. Taste is similar to the smell with sweet tropical fruits and a bitter citrus finish. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Overall an easy to drink enjoyable single hop DIPA.

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ksimons from Illinois, Nov 05, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not an out of the park home run for me as DIPA's go, but nevertheless, an entirely
drinkable beer. There's decent malt-fruity sweetness upfront--that I enjoyed--but
found the balance to be just a skosh left of center, given the bitter tidal wall at the close.

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Marraybay from District of Columbia, Nov 04, 2016
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3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a double IPA and there's nothing wrong with it from that perspective. Fine appearance, a bit of an alcohol smell, but too much of a bitter aftertaste. For me the hard part was trying to figure out what I was tasting. There's a strange taste to this one - FD has many better offerings. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Fee from Pennsylvania, Nov 04, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a billowing three finger head of bone white foam. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma: Tropical with creamy, bready undertones.. I'm getting guava, mango, orange juice, pine sap and fresh baked biscuits on the nose.

Taste: It starts off moderately bitter with a dry, resinous pine sap flavor. It remains dry and bitter the entire time, but gradually sweet tropical flavors of papaya, orange and mango emerge and commingle with the creamy, bready, velvety, slightly toasted taste of malted grains on the finish. There's a really nice burnt custard and flambéd citrus fruit flavor on the aftertaste.

Feel: Excellent mouthfeel. Full bodied and modestly carbonated. Slightly alcoholic and hot, but juicy and crisp. Really quenches your thirst.

Overall: This is quite good. Flying dog has shown a lot of skill in crafting beers that showcase the unique qualities of different hop varieties in the past, this is no exception. Overall, this one is nice and bitter with a huge hoppy, tropical, juicy, creamy, and slightly toasted malted grain aftertaste. I liked it.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very spicy and heavy feeling IPA for only 8% (feels more like a 9.5-10%'er). Some metallic bitter aftertaste. Not a whole lot of hop scents in the aroma (more sweet biscuity). Another minute goes by and still picking up more bitter in the aftertaste. An ok DIPA but far from the best from the Single Hop Series of beers. Not interested in repeat buying this one.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Oct 23, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 3/11/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency; big fluffy white head that sticks around and slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle but nice. Lots of ripe fruit. It doesn't come off as clearly citric or tropical, but it's probably more on the tropical side. It's just like fresh fruit. The flavors follow the nose. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. Some pear and grapefruit in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. Malts are there, but the hops shine. The hop flavors are subtle and the hop bitterness shines. Very clean bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth, fluffy and easy to drink.

This is a nice DIPA. It might not be flashy for the style, but it's very enjoyable. It's very clean and refreshing. The craftsmanship that Flying Dog consistently shows with their Single Hop series is impressive.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Oct 07, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a stunning amber color. The head is three fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is excellent, and the texture is wonderfully frothy. Tons of lacing stick to the glass.

As expected from a new-school hop, this beer's aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit, and slightly less heavy on the citrus. What sets this hop apart from something like Galaxy is an increased focus on stone fruits like apricot and peach. There's also a gentle zestiness hinting at grass (or maybe even cannabis). The malt is very subtle, even more subtle than the previous 10% versions FD used to brew. I approve!

The flavors start off with plenty of spicy pine and grass qualities. It's not as fruit-forward as the nose suggested, but there are some gentle citrus notes clustered around the middle. A returning grassy bite finishes it off, and even touches of mint show up occasionally. A textbook west coast IPA - it's moderately bitter but has some nice hop flavors, with all of it balanced (to an extent) by a deft malt backbone.

This is unbelievably light and effortless for something that's 8%, plus it lacks the boozy prickle the 10% versions featured. The only thing hinting at its imperial nature is its slightly full body. Beyond that, it's quite dry - I'll even go as far as saying it drinks like it's 6% (in a good way). Carbonation levels are medium, with smaller bubbles helping soften the feel some.

Flying Dog are at their best when they make these single hop DIPAs. It reaffirms that Azacca is a tasty hop - maybe not quite as tasty as Galaxy or HBC-341 (whatever happened to that one?), but still capable of holding its own. I only bought a single; maybe I should have picked up a sixer...

4.03/5: An excellent hop showcase, period

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 66 ratings