Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
174
From:
Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  18
Gots
  9
SCORE
91
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 174 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chuckakhan from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The smell is what I like most about this imperial ipa. Nice and hoppy and floral, which I love. Appearance is golden honey. Taste is full-bodied and slightly piney. Mouth is smooth with medium carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry, yet somehow sweet. A complex beer worth checking out for yourself.

Aug 27, 2016
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, floral hops, some pine, honey and sweet biscuity/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus/grapefruit, herbal notes, a piney bitterness and some sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Very nice for a single hopped DIPA.

May 12, 2014
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CDAtkinson from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an off white head which tipped off its malty taste.
S: Spicy banana and coconut biscuit
T: The above with overall spicy and savory flavors balanced by sweet malts
M: Spritzy and full, a little heavier than you'd expect on an IPA
O: Unique and intense taste, finishing with a refreshing hoppy bite. I will certainly reach for it again.

It pairs deliciously with spicy pepperoni pizza.

Apr 26, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Bottle code D76A14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma citrusy, primarily grapefruit
Head large (8 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to a 2-3 mm layer with thick froth islands
Lacing abundant but irregular
Body medium yellow with some hop haze
Flavor begins with a burst of slight astringency typical of pink or red grapefruit, although the grapefruit flavor is absent; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. The astringency quickly fades to a chalky finishing feel. A slight alcohol glow begins in the stomach.
Palate is light to medium body, watery but refreshing, with soft carbonation .

Overall, an easy drinking IPA with the potential to sneak up on one.

Feb 21, 2014
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Two fingers of lumpy, glistening custard head over transparent golden orange body with plenty of nucleation.

Smells of dank, pithy grapefruit, a little peachy, slightly minty, some clementine, with a subtle but sharp sticky sweetness.

Taste follows, with that thick grapefruit, woody pine, an almost waxy flavor like hard cheese rind, wrapping up with a quick sweetness like lemon cookie followed by stiff alcohol, verging on overpowering but not quite. Yeah, this leaves a dead zone on my tongue.

Full-bodied, resiny, but surprising light & easy-drinking before leaving that tacky residue around my mouth.

I was really looking forward to this, & it delivered. Simcoe may very well be my favorite "spotlight" hop, & while this didn't have quite the catty note I was anticipating, it didn't disappoint. I've had a few of the Single Hop IIPAs from Flying Dog, & most have a cakey character that's not found here. One of the better DIPAs I've had lately.

Jan 09, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is quite boozy and has a somewhat harsh hop bitterness that lingers after each sip.

Jan 04, 2014
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-yellow-orange with a sticky cream colored head

S-citrus and weeds with a bit of booze to it. it has some strength to it, but no one flavor really comes out strong. it really just smells like it has a high ABV.

T-comes in with a good bitterness and flavor of aged hops. the bitterness really sticks for awhile. it has a good lasting after-taste of fresh hops. definitely has a kick to it as well.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely a strong and interesting IPA. I love the concept of using a single hop. even if I'm not the biggest fan of this beer, I do enjoy drinking better understanding the simcoe hop. i would recommend others to try this, i just wish i was able to try all the series in one sitting to get a better understanding.

Dec 29, 2013
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Mango, papaya, dank greens, tangerine and candy sugar. Has just a touch of cat piss.

Taste
Musty dank greenery, wintergreen gum and pine. Lighter notes of tangerine, mango and papaya. Thin candy sugar maltiness with notes of lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a lot of resin lingering on. Picks up hints of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, smooth and dry.

Overall
A great hop perhaps best used with other varieties. It tends to get pretty resinous by itself. Overall, this is still a well executed beer.

Dec 18, 2013
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, with a 1 inch creamy head, and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Straight forward orange, grapefruit hop kick. A little pineapple along with some minor herbal notes.

Taste - First sip is very strong bitter hop punch. Lots of pineapple, orange and grapefruit along with a lemon and herbal flavor. Very warm, alcohol is picked up from first to last drink. Some caramel malts come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big hops coats the tongue along with alcohol. Palate picks up more hops, some herbal notes, and some malts. Aftertaste is hops, and alcohol.

Overall - Pretty much as expected. All hops and alcohol. Not much else only minor malts are noticeable. Impressive that its a one hopped beer and yet so strong and aggressive. Don't look for a balanced, multi flavored beer with this one.

Dec 15, 2013
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Thesoundandthefury from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp yellow, standard for an IPA.  Smells of grapefruit, light pine, and a hint of citrus.  Taste is legit.  A huge simcoe punch up front then a nice malt backbone with the sugar/caramel malt playing against the bitterness, and then the fresh pop of hops once again coming in on the finish.  Mouthfeel was spot on.  Light, crisp, just enough body to carry the flavors without being overy carbonated or oily. 

A solid offering, one that I could get again.  Not as good as the single hop citra, but still a solid offering. 

Dec 12, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the nose on this one. Strong pine and some resin on there as well. Really hypes my anticipation for the flavor; which is firm. Pine and resin are definitely in there with strong and boisterous tones. A bit much really in that it lacks balance and brings more a punch to the mouth. The punch is still good, but it is an overbearing beer to some extents. The feel is thick and almost syrup like. Carbonation is aggressive. A good example of a simcoe-only beer, but screams and shouts as opposed to bringing balance.

Dec 09, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super fresh DIPA single hopped with Simcoe no less, the drink before date is 076A14, drink before the 76th day of 2014 I can handle that. Pours a deep crystal clear copper/orange hue with white head brilliant and shining with the light. Perfect intricate lacing left behind. Aromatics give me orange zest, tropical fruit, a touch of alcohol presence and sweet candied malt sugars. Flavor brings layered alcohol with grapefruit notes, big malt presence of sweetness and drying hop layers, it's intense and wonderful at the same time, the 10% alcohol by volume can't run and can't hide. Sugary hops, big hop flavor earthiness, bitterness, rough alcohol seem to collide on the palate with the first few sips and this has no plans on letting up in fact it wants to add some orange/grapefruit peel zest to the mix. Kind of like brushing your teeth with Pine Sol in a good way...I'm in, and I'm drinking and enjoying it. Mouthfeel is full bodied resinous hop oils from the front to back, ample carbonation carries it way too well. Overall a big hoppy single hopped beast of a beer from Flying Dog most will enjoy few will be able to get past the huge beer aspects this brew has to offer.

Dec 08, 2013
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Archimetez from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Clear light amber with nice head.

S: Mild floral aroma, hint of alcohol

T: Moderate bitterness, mild hoppy flavor, finishes with mild malt and the hint of alcohol

M: Smooth, moderate body

O: Not bad, was hoping for more of the floral aroma to come through.

Dec 08, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear deep gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, thin lacing.
S - Alcohol, big juicy citrus, some pineapple, bright grassy tones, pine, sweet orange.
T - Big and juicy citrus flavors, a bit too sweet, some alcohol burn, pine dankness, lots of really sweet candy like malt.
M - Too much alcohol heat, really scorches the palate, very soapy bitter too.
O - I wish the whole Single Hop Imperial serious would be re-evaluated to about 7% instead of 10%, the alcohol burn and taste detracts from the hops way too much. That being said its still a good display of Simcoe, just not enough to show all of its angles.

Dec 01, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

True amber color with a thick finger of head. Great clarity. Great lacing.

Spicy, dank citrus, pithy grapefruit, tart apricot, woodiness, hop leaf, and evergreen needles; all in the beauty of the Simcoe. Light toastiness with a dry, but furtive, pale and caramel malt backbone. Hoppy and serious. Booze factors in, as it would.

Greatly hoppy and magically bitter with a dry citrusy slice of crispness. Fresh orange, sans sweetness, toasty pale malts, dankness, grapefruit, grassiness, and hints of lemon. Booziness is big and reaching. Phenomenal single-hop Simcoe show.

The body is okay, but the way the carbonation elevates the feel makes 10% feel amazing. Great feel.

Probably my favorite of this series. Recommended.

Dec 01, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange/amber color with a sturdy two inch head; nice stickage, with a few shards of lacing left behind

Smell: Very piney with some caramel tones underneath

Taste: A rather malty start, with shortbread and toffee elements; in the middle, the Simcoe hops drop a bomb on the taste buds bringing waves of pine; after the swallow, the beer gets really bitter and resinous, with a lot of fusel alcohol in the finish; the aftertaste takes it up yet another notch

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I was expecting to really enjoy this beer but I am not a fan of the extreme bitterness and the high ABV level of this one

Nov 30, 2013
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onedogtwodog from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really like this beer... Picked up a six of this Imperial Simcoe IPA and Flying Dog Truth at Riverside Liquors in Frederick on my way home from work Friday... Lets just say I had go back Sunday pre-game for two more... I have always enjoyed FD product but I found these two to be exceptional... For a 10.0 beer the taste is wonderful and hoppy without being too medicinal as you may find in some beers in the 7% and above range...

Nov 30, 2013
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Lothore from California

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an orangey hue with a big, chunky head that leaves lacing on the way down.

s- nose is a shot of simcoe hops and mild wheatiness

t- big bold simcoe flavor grabs and takes hold of your tongue delivering a deep bitterness on the back end.

m - thick with ample carbonation

d - very drinkable iipa.

Nov 28, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean golden/light copper pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. slow dissipation, great head retention. aroma of pine needles, grapefruit, a HINT of the cat pee you normally get from simcoe (probably still too fresh to get that weird scent full on). the flavor is dead on with aroma, but with quite bit of alcohol present. a nice malty caramel body with tons of simcoe hop. a lovely tasting beer realy, but the alcohol needs to be muted a bit. a medium body beer, creamy and sticky on the lips, modest amount of carbonation.

this has a lot going on for being a single hopped ipa.. complex hop feel, which is just a fantastic use of them - great job by the brewer. definitely worth checking out, and i can't wait to try more of their single hopped beers.

Nov 18, 2013
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Nice copper clear color with 1 finger head that grew to 2 over course of several minutes. Great retention and carbonation

Smell - Wonder fruity apricot scented hops. Would have given it a 5 but I had a Heady Topper the other day and nothing beats that smell.

Taste - A hop wallop for sure, but very balanced with the malt backing and not much bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and buttery. Very pleasant for a double IPA.

Overall - I have to say Flying Dog has really found their stride lately with the super-hopped, high ABV IPAs. This one also is a tremendous beer.

Nov 15, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A gorgeous deep crystal tangerine clear orange, with hints of supper shiny copper edges. Slow to medium rising cascading pinehead bubbles fill the glass, to make a tall four finger soapy big retention head. Island pucked top and soapy clumps of lace smash the glass all over. A real good looker we have here folks.

Nose has a hint of pine and juice like fruit, mostly earthy qualities but also a little muddy. Pretty solid, not much sweetness or imperfections going on here which is nice.

First sip is a large oily thick and syrup coat that hints at brown sugar, but finishes with a piney oil slick the whaffs up nicely on the swallow. Good moderate carbonation and no boozy off putting flavors either. Lots of chewy pine going on here, not much of a fruit angle in the flavor but seems to be trickery on the senses more than anything.

Overall, really do enjoy these single hop beer from Flying Dog.

Nov 15, 2013
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber with sparse sustaining head and decent lacing
S: little earthy, bready, with a hint of honey and maybe nutmeg
T: honey-nut malty forward taste, smooth at the beginning. Bitterness takes over with a sweet fruit taste, papaya or mixed pineapple/pine, evolving to a resiny juniperish finish
M: when the bitterness starts, it's a sweet coating feel. As the taste evolves, the pull becomes drier, and lingers.
O: I have enjoyed the single-hopped FD offerings I have tried to date. This one is no exception. It meets my style of malt-forward, dry end quite well.

Nov 13, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange amber color with little bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring, there is a one finger white head that has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a grapefruit and floral smell. It also has some nice notes of herbs and a bit of pine. A spiciness and some bready aromas are there as well giving a rather hopped and drier malt smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and malty taste with hints of caramel and tangerine sweetness. From the start there is a rather strong level of grapefruit as well as some herbal flavors. As the taste advances the caramel initially fades while the grapefruit and herb grow stronger. The sweet however makes a comeback more toward the end of the taste with more tangerine and a light resurgence of the caramel coming to the tongue. Along with these flavors though, comes some new hop flavors of a pine and floral nature with a good deal of a spicy flavor as well. The floral taste remains very light, but the spice and the pine get rather strong at the end. The flavors left at the end of the tongue are all joined by a slightly burning boozy taste to leave a somewhat hot and spicy bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body and lower carbonation level really accentuate the mix of hop flavors, and with the hot alcohol and spice create a very warming feel to the brew.

Overall – A rather nice double with a nice spicy flavor but a bit too big of a boozy bite and a little imbalanced. Overall though it is well worth a try.

Nov 04, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/29/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. 14 oz. pour in a tulip for $8 at their Flying Dog night.

a - Pours a somewhat clear deep amber-red color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, pine hops, lemon, and grapefruit. Lots of citrus here, nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and some floral hops. Taste has no real bitterness, which I enjoyed.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No bitterness, very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer; honestly one of the best beers I've ever had from Flying Dog (up there with the Fear and maybe the Roggen for me). Lots of citrus and fresh hops to it but no bitterness at all, which was surprising for a big DIPA. A really nice DIPA I'd have again.

Oct 30, 2013
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dar482 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear orange amber color with a fluffy big two finger head.

The aroma is hits first of sweet orange citrus, and then rolls in a biting garlic and sweet onion in the back along with tons of cat pee. This is surrounded by some sweet bready malt.

The beer hits in the front with grapefruit, orange, tropical sweet peach and fruits, it then strips the tongue with onion and garlic. The finish then becomes astringent and aggressive pine and earthy bitterness. The fruits are accentuated from a sweet bready malt.

It's a bit too aggressive for me, but the base beer is still fantastic. The Citra is truly exceptional.

Oct 29, 2013
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 174 ratings