Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
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American Imperial IPA
3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 231
Photo of ArrogantB
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle $2.59. Nice orange color, great clarity, lots of lacing, looks very appealing. Aroma is dead malts and just a boring hop character. The flavor is more old malts, deadness, not a nice beer. It tastes oxidized, smells like dog food, maybe the only thing they took from Denver was notes of the Purina factory. Pitiful as far as IPA's go. Maybe they moved because the standards are lower in Maryland and they couldn't keep up I'm CO.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Amber and gold with a frothy white head, great retention. Smells sweet and cirtusy with alcohol on the nose. Soft nip of alcohol on the front, mellowing in to thick malt backbone, great citusy and fruity hop finish. Very smooth, hides the alcohol well. Great beer.

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Photo of trentbent
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I know I will be a bit higher than other reviewers on this beer. I bought a six pack of this while I had a few other beers on hand so I was able to drink it only when I saw fit. Others mention that the alcohol is too noticeable in this beer, but I felt that it went well with the sort of thin yet bubbly mouthfeel of the beer.
I found myself drinking this beer with pasta and so happy that I could do that. I usually can't find a good beer for pasta, especially with red sauce, and usually find that wine works better, but there is a subdued quality to this El Dorado hop that is different than the bright and fruity hop you get in a lot of DIPA's nowadays, and I think the alcohol works with this and makes it almost a 'wine of a beer'. Indeed, I found myself sharing 12 oz bottles among two or three people in wine glasses at meals. As for the components, I would say Jason's summary reflects very accurately what I got in the sixer I bought.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 2/3 - amber- brown coloration, crystal clear on pouring from the bottle with a frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; large alcohol legs; carbonation reagutates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - some really unique fruit aromas - pear, green apple, stone fruit and watermelon; little detectable malt character on the nose

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a moderate bitterness that pops the taste buds for the El Dorado to do their thing - more tropical fruit on the taste than on the nose but present remain stone fruit and jolly rancher flavors; there's a biscuity malt on the back of the tongue with some toffee sweetness; finishes moderately dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol at 10% ABV

M: 4/5 - full body, mild hop notes coating the tongue, alcohol fullness

O: 8/10 - overall a nice showcase of El Dorado, which has a unique flavor profile with lots of hanging Autumn and stone fruit instead of more typical citrus and/or tropical flavors; I happen to prefer the latter, so I think that's why I am not head-over-heels in love with this one and think that El Dorado might perform better in combination than isolation for me; regardless, this is a well-crafted DIPA for anyone interested in expanding their palate to taste an atypical and rare hop varietal

TOTAL - 37/50

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Photo of Mongrel
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, almost copper, with a nice finger of frothy off-white head. Head gives way to a soapy film that sticks around for the remainder. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is faintly sweet with good amount of tropical fruit at first pour. Strangely, the tropical fruit doesn't last long at all and the nose is pretty mild for the rest of the time, with hints of corn and bubble gum.

Taste is dank, bitter and dry. Almost too dry - it could use some more caramel sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol which combine for an almost Listerine-level of pine. Bubblegum and pineapple briefly peek through, along with a little honey. Overall the flavor profile is a bit flat and muted, and just very bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Dry. About what you would expect from a 10% DIPA with very little residual sweetness.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed by this one, especially after the enticing initial aromas that strangely just disappeared. If you're reaching for a Flying Dog DIPA, stick with the Truth, which has much more balance and depth of flavor.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Medium sized head that quickly disappears, leveling off to a constant but minimal presence. Golden copper color that is darker in the middle.

A robust hop aroma. A spicy floral smell from the El Dorado hops. Not overwhelmingly aromatic. There is a malt presence in the nose that indicates a well balanced beer.

Floral happiness upfront that mellows out as you sip. Spicyness with a lot of pine, earthy. Some malt sweetness balances it out. It is very smooth.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good body.

Very drinkable. Good to great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear golden amber. not much head once poured into a frozen tumbler

S: rather typical of an IIPA. lots of hops balanced w/ malt

T: Good flavor w/o being overly hopped. Not as strong as some of the more popular IIPA's

M: Moderate to dry body that hangs around for a few seconds

O: Another good example of an IPA w/ using only the El Dorado Hop. The hop is interesting in the fact the overall beer is very nicely balanced between the hop, malt, and alcohol.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Good color for an IPA (~ 8 SRM), white head that hangs around, Crystal clear

S: Light citrus nose with a presence of the malt, but no "single smell" predominates. Alcohol not appreciated on noise

T: Good bitterness with malty finish, alcohol hotness faint at best

M: Moderate to dry body that hangs around for a few seconds

O: Another good example of an IPA w/ using only the El Dorado Hop. The hop is interesting in the fact the overall beer is very nicely balanced between the hop, malt, and alcohol.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a pint glass

A: Quite bronze that pours a 3 inch head that dwindles to a remaining 1 inch head.

S: A much different IPA smell that is all citrus with something that I can't place but is very sweet smelling.

T: Mellow with a low but steady hop profile that is almost stronger in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with almost no bubbles or mouth abrasion.

O: Nice for my first single hop varietal. The El Dorado may not be the IPA of promise and gold, but it is still a great IPA. I do prefer the Centennial single hop varietal from Flying Dog though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour. Light amber with good clarity. Thick creme head. Nose is heavy pine and resin. Flavor is much of the same with a punch and burst of bright pine and woody tones. Earthy with a salty kind of thing on the back. Pretty smooth feel. A nice drinker. Even though it's consistent, I wouldn't say it's entirely balanced, since the flavor profile seems to lean to one side.

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace with a partial trail down the sides.

S: Sweet malty aroma with some citrus notes.

T: Equal mix of sweet malt and bitter hops. Finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a well-balanced double ipa. Usually when an IPA goes imperial it loses some of the hoppy characteristics – but this tasted like a typical ipa only a little sweeter.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of alcohol also become detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is mostly citrusy with flavors of grapefruit and oranges. This is coupled with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer has nice citrusy aromas and flavors, but the presence of alcohol is a somewhat detracting.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden-orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is massive of citrus notes with a big sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit and lemon smell. Mixed with these aromas are rather strong aromas of other tropical fruits with mango, pineapple and some papaya. There is the slightest grassy hop aroma that rounds out the sweet and hoppy citrus making for a very delicious smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a thick bready flavor mixed with a decent grapefruit hop bitterness. There are stronger notes of tangerine sweetness and a small amount of tropical fruit upfront that slowly diminishes throughout the taste as it advances to the end. The middle of the taste brings with it a tiny grassy hop taste, some lemon, as well as a slight taste of alcohol. As the taste advances to the end the alcohol gets stronger, and with the sweet dwindling, the grapefruit hop actually getting stronger a dry and bitter citrus flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is just below average to average. The thicker body is quite good for putting the citrus hop and tangerine flavors on the forefront. The body with the lower carbonation coupled with the alcohol boozy taste make this one a good sipper.

Overall – A rather tasty imperial IPA with a great dose of citrus and a wonderful smell and feel. A nice one to sit back and sip.

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Photo of tchenery
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw golden color with a ruby tint. Head is nice and bright white but doesn't last long. It does lace the goblet though.

Smell is zesty from the front to the back. There is a bit of lemon zest and other citrus notes. The beer has a slight grapefruit aroma to it on the back end and almost a little bit medicinal.

The taste is round and sweeter than I expected. It coats the tongue all the way down and the El Dorado hops are grassy and herbal. The beer has a crisp finish that is almost minty in mouthfeel, not flavor.

Overall this is a fantastic beer and an exemplary double IPA. I love the single-hop beers for their ability to hone in on one specific flavor. Definitely an educational experience.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on January 9, 2013. Review 2 for the series (in bottles).

A - Pours a light amber with perfect clarity. Initially, about a finger of soapy white head sits on top. The head dies pretty quickly leaving behind a thin film of carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - Tart grapefruit is the most prominent aroma. Candied fruits, papaya, and caramel malts sweeten the deal. Fresh cut grass and lemon zest are also present. Noticeable alcohol on the nose.

T - My initial reaction is that the flavor is "tangy." Tropical fruits, white grapes, and obvious grapefruit all contribute to this. Some pineapple sweetness midpalate. Slightly bitter grassy hops on the finish, but no booziness. Very flavorful while remaining mellow.

M - Effervescent with a body a touch lighter than is typical for a big DIPA.

O - This is not a hop strain I am very familiar with but I really enjoyed this beer. A unique blend of citrus, tropical, and grassy flavors. It is light and bubbly with a refreshing flavor profile. I wish this came out in the summer because this would be a perfect poolside DIPA. Definitely a hop strain I will seek in the future. I love this single hop project Flying Dog is conducting and hope it continues in the future.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear golden-orange, 2 fingers white head, great lacing.

S - Pineapple, orange peel, juicy hops, hint of bubblegum.

T - Orange rind, sweet apple, pine, soft caramel, moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

O - First beer with El Dorado hops, very unique. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) is a tasty single hop DIPA. This one seems to emphasise burnt malt and sweet, citrus hops.

A: Cloudy orange colour with a 3 mm head. Looks like it's going to be tasty. Some sediment. 4

S: Sweet citrus hops. 3.5

T: Burnt sweet malt and mild spicy hops. Yum yum. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.75

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. There was a good amount of floating specs in the beer. The retention and lacing were really good on this. The smell of the beer had a decent hop aroma with a bit of malt in there with some booze on the nose too. The taste follows along the same path as the nose. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, nicely carbonated also. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, A little too much booze heat but other than that it was good.

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold, leaning more towards yellow. 2 fingers of light cream head. Not much in the way of retention, but laces well enough. Doesn't say bottle conditioned, but quite a bit of particulate matter in the glass. Guessing that's remnants of the hops.

Nose is relatively strong with hop esters and malt backbone. Decent pine component. With it being a single hop, I'm thinking that's all you can ask.

Nice robust flavor with pine, resiny hops, mild tart tangerine, and a tart dry finish. Alcohol is very present.

Feel is resiny, oily, and pretty delicious. Maybe the best part of the glass.

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Photo of MysticRuler
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color. Nose is musty an round with an dollop of booze. Taste is very different from most Imperial IPAs in that the hop profile doesn't have many of the tropical, resiny elements typical to the style. All in all a good effort, but could throttle back on the alcohol.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Honey-gold body with what I thought was loads of nucleation but turns out to be loads of sediment floaters, under 2 fingers of dense, rolling head that retains very well.

Aroma is orange bubblegum, a combination of simple citrus & a clear sweetness. Or Orange Julius, like a creamy, yogurty kind of sweetness. Simple, but good.

Smooth, mild sweetness starts off, like a muffin, then grows into some orange flavor & a little bitter pith, then sweetening again into that orange bubblegum character, turning boozy in the finish & holding up a long, lasting bitterness into the aftertaste. Nowhere does the bitterness get too assertive, remaining present but restrained.

Full, creamy mouthfeel, dries out toward the finish but far from a palate wrecker.

I'm a fan of this one. Though it's not what I expected, much milder & sweeter, it's neither cloying nor punishing, like many DIPAs. I'd put this more in the Double Pale Ale category, if that existed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear orange copper body. Very malty with a stronger booze presene than I like. Citrus and candy sugar as well. Flavor borders on barleywine bitterness and maltiness with orange peel, earthy hops and metallic finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The drinkability isn't what I want for the style. I like barleywines but when I want a DIPA that's what I want.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall lager glass

A: cloudy dark orange; thin head (creamy); very nice carb action
S: sweet, aromatic with hops dominating (pine, bubblegum overtones)
T: very hoppy, boozy IPA; nice balance of intense bitterness against intense malt (medium level of roast); semicomplex

Nice, decent beer; good way to have two IPAs at once.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how old this is since they brewed it once and Carnivores has a bunch in the mix and match section. Never had it so I picked up one.

A - Pours a bright clear amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.

S - Well being a single hopped beer there is little noticeable malt but a great bit of sweet pineapple and citrus hops.

T - Ok so it's a tad old so the hops are not as pronounced ad they should be. Still quite good with some lemon and citrus rind bitterness, cracker malt, and a well covered ABV (most important part)

M - As stated this beer drinks with a medium body.

Overall these imperial IPA's are brewed quite well and should be made again/fresh. Even aged they hold up well next to the competition.

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Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright and glowing burnt orange with floaties suspended throughout...the head was white and stood two fingers tall...the retention was nice and good lacing was left behind

S - The nose is bursting with notes of bright citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon)...there is a mix of fresh pine lingering in the nose as well...this is a single hop beer for sure, seeing as there is only a little malt backing

T - Citrus flavors are present, but they come across with a fruity rind flavor and they aren't very fresh...I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just different from the nose...the malt adds some bready notes that help to balance (briefly) out everything on the palate...piney notes join together with the bitter citrus rind to create a long, bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...chewy, bitter, long lasting, alcohol burn

O - This is the third in the Single Hop series that I've had and I would rank this second...much better than the Centennial version, but not quite as good as the Simcoe one

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 231 ratings