Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) | Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 231
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - hazy orangish yellow; soft white head; decent retention

S - oranges, citrus

T - citrus, orange, grapefruit, faint pine, warm alcohol

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

This is a fantastic DIPA. It has a tremendously orange-like hop character and a fantastic drinkability for 10%. It's smooth, balanced, and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit of a hazy orange amber, but a real nice fluffy and off white head on top, three finger deep with lots of retention and space. Big bubbles in the head, but really frozen solid and going nowhere. There are some yeast chunks though floating around.

Juicy nose, mushy filled with citrus and a great spirtzy Italian orange soda sense. Fruit basket filled, and citrus zesty of orange goodness. Impressive!

Creamy palate, cream malt sensations oozing to a good thick malt body. Finish brings lots of hop orange, and a controlled juicy mush that lingers on. Texture is rich and creamy, not prickly and not syrupy. No sense of alcohol heat on this at all. Small astringinet squeezed lime bitterness ever so slight on the finish.

Overall, woah I did not expect this beer to be that good, but it is, really liking this, it's almost a marriage of a good cream ale (Anderson Valley Summer Solstice) and a solid orange hop citrus bent melded together. Great JOB!

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Photo of nimrod979
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ the Axe. Kinda dim in here to notice the color but I'd say it's a pretty clear copper color with a average sized white head. Aroma citrus hops and dried fruit. Flavor is a hops overload and I love it. Overwhelming Sweet fruity hops flavor with a sharp hop bite to finish. Medium body with a sticky texture and only a hint of the 10% it carries but I love this single hopped beer and I can't wait for flying dog to release the next one in the series.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't let the sediment at the bottom of the bottle scare you. This brassy copper hued brew knocks out your nostrils with pungent grapefruit and pine resin. El Dorado has a full and lush well rounded body with impeccable balance. Sweet caramel and pale malts present themselves on the tip of the tongue while citric, grapefruit, pine, and a touch of grilled pineapple explode on the back end of it. A touch of alcohol makes itself known to round things out. Big bitterness lingers a bit after the swallow. Deep and complex, yet dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-hazy golden color with white lacing throughout
S-nice hop smell that invites me in
T-great pine hop taste with nice citrus aftertaste.
M-medium bodied and crisp with a nice hop bite
D-there is no way this is 10%. Someone check this. No way. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Very good.

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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 tchenery
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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 oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Max's in Baltimore. Absolutely smooth and delicious, I might be biased because of the cask freshness... but this was a damn good IPA. Enough bitterness to satisfy my inner hophead, but enough malts present to make it well balanced and still tasty. Superior drinkability and a top notch IPA, a great beer to have on cask to top off a night.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
Flying Dog Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.00 %

LOOK: Pours a bit syrupy and in an orange glow with a small, yellowish head and plenty of lace. Looks like a big mean double IPA.

SMELL: Citrus, melon, tropical fruits, honey, brown sugar, booze. Smells sweet and intoxicating.

TASTE: Follows the nose with some mango, orange, herb and pine notes; with a solid bitterness as well. Alcohol is present but not distracting. Piney, mildly tropical, bitter and tasty. A more than worthy double IPA.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: This full bodied ale really packs it in with hop flavor. Well carbonated, flavorful and strong. Whats not to love?

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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 AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange with a thin white head

S-very citrusy. Not a strong scent though. It's mild.

T-comes in with a pretty decent taste of tropical fruits and grains. It's a very hoppy taste. It's a unique and refreshing ipa. Good matching after-taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is actually a pretty decent ipa. It's a fun ipa to drink. I wouldn't mind having more of this.  I actually also can not believe this is 10%. There's no way. It drinks like a single ipa.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottle code.

LOOK: Tall head, golden orange haze

SMELL: Orange peel, kumquats, peppery, rose water, grapenuts, green tea, nutty, dragonfruit, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitter, tea, herbal, peppercorn, tropical fruit, warming alcohol, pineapple rind, resin, faint pine, blood oranges, bitter semi-dry finish

A solid example of a DIPA, very unique hops and they definitely work on their own. Personally hope they brew more with this hops / bigger crop next time around.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #177
Served On: 06/22/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10%
Date/ Code: 275A12

This was as a 12 oz bottle from a sixer I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD. They always seem to have the rare Flying Dog offerings.

Look: Poured a hazy golden orange color with some crazy sediment going on. The head was a patchy layer of beige bubbles that created some nice lacing. Carbonation level was rather low.

Smell: Sweet grassy aroma. Orange rind and a resiny hop citrus were also noticeable.

Taste: First was a carbonated splash of juicy citrus. The middle was a tart note of mild hops followed by a quick bitterness. The finish had a creamcicle sweetness that slowly just faded away. The 10% alcohol was slightly noticeable, but worked very well with the overall palate that I was getting.

This one had some nice balance. This is probably my favorite of the single hop brews I’ve had to date. I find that a single hop approach often results in a completely off-balanced palate since certain hop verities are better utilized for bitterness than aroma, and vise versa.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear orange gold, off white head at two inches retains well, fluffy.

Grapefruit citrus, piney hop resin, some floral hop aroma.

Slight honey malt sweetness rounded out with grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. Some bready maltiness in there too.

Fuller body with soft carbonation over the tongue. Some hint of an alcohol warmth.

Really good strong ipa with nice flavor profile. Would be drinkable year round I think, although its really hitting the spot with the warm weather. Strong bitterness will appeal to hop heads while the citrus and malt will allow others to enjoy it as well. I'll come back to this again and will look to try to the other hop versions.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA, hits nice notes with an approachable if a bit generic range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Back the an identifiable and unavoidable Ralph Steadman label illustration with a bat-winged Gonzo skull. Brief side narrative going over intent and brewing spirit. Notes batch code (279A12), and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium to deep amber/orange pour. Tall frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and fair lacing.

S - Nice nose, fruity, resinous, not very pungent but pleasing with some light tropical notes...

T - And the taste follows with a nice bitterness, mild but rich with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit, hint of resin, nice counterbalance sweet flow in the second plane.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation with a rather easy flow that masks well the Alc.

O - Slightly generic but rather pleasing… Not a hop bomb, but not a DIPA that lacks the character. Pleasing if one likes this bracket for the style.

Notes: As far as single DIPAs go this is nice, and sure enough a different animal from their Simcoe offering, so no point to miss it here… Are we going through another shortage this year? Not a substitute by any means but El Dorado makes for a pleasing DIPA, which probably will hold its ground on its own. And price-quality ratio around her make a six-pack of this ale rather attractive.

I have had the luck of having this one a couple of times on cask since this bottle review, and it sure shines with a longer complexity and feel. The hop profile is far more pronounced and stimulating with longer tropical notes. The grade goes significantly up on cask.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jhartley
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on June 3, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande glass. Julian dating used best before October 1, 2012.
A-Golden-orange body with a haziness, unfiltered. Thick fluffy-foamy head that lasted a long time. Not much lacing.

S-Oranges, grapefruit, alcohol starts to show once it warms up.

T-Grapefruit, mango, citrus hops. Nice sweet finish.

M-Full bitterness on the tip of the tongue and a nice amount of malts to even it out, not overly agressive.

O-Delicious DIPA. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, considering the 10% ABV.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mildly hazy orange beer with thin lacing atop.

S - Sweet notes, pineapple, sugary citrus. Peppery and bitter with a green leafy backdrop, floral hops. Some alcohol present in the nose.

T - Bitter upfront and throughout. Pretty one dimensional hop profile with mostly bitter flavors. Dry hops and alcohol twisting through the beer, with a decent disguise over the 10%. Mildly peppery and spiced. The nose presents a more alluring medley.

M - Medium bodied, refreshing carbonation with a semi dry finish. The bitter mouth lingering a bit in the aftertaste.

O - A decent beer but only fair in the 2ipa category. Nothing much in the way of complexity or well roundedness.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
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