Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
174 Ratings
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thain709 on 11-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
62
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Adkins721
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of 21Maestro8
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of jlivings757
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of taylor714914
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. 

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Photo of GrantBrennan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of madtrixter787
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Simcoe) from Flying Dog Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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