Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca) | Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)
BA SCORE
3.74/5
65 Ratings
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gillagorilla on 01-09-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
65
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of yaksurf
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Photo of rkf1976
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of leitmotif
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of milwaukee512
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of haines710
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of CreightonSM
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cts309
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jahbless
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of DanGeo
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of bobert84
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Azacca) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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