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:
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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 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 metter98
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +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 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 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 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 vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -6.5%
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 +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 MysticRuler
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +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 kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +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 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 thain709
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color, cloudy and showing off lots of white floaties with a solid white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is an herbal tea and citrus hop with a rice-wheat grain idea to balance. The hop is pretty sharp and a bit “dank”. The flavor delivers much of the same with sharp swampy pineapple and herbal citrus hops. Quite bitter and it lasts as it coats your tongue with thick citrus and fermented grain. Alcohol gradually takes more of a front seat here which hides the hop beauty a little. This stuff is just shy of being full bodied with a moderately cloying feel. The carbonation is sturdy and brisk. This started really good but somehow it ends up being somewhat more grassy and boozy. This may be one of those beers that hits you a little differently depending on the day and mood. But ultimately it’s really pretty decent, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like faint citrus and biscuit.
T: It tasted like faded citrus zest and sweet honey and bready malt. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a pretty mild scent and taste for a modern 2IPA. The body was ok, and the alcohol was decently hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not an impressive brew.

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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 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 Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed golden copper (with some suspended oils and a surprising amount of yeasty chunkies) and several fingers of foamy white head. This maintains a rich ¾ finger that soaps the sides of the glass with lacing that clings to the sides of the glass in a sticky latticework. The aroma has a strong grapefruit presence, with a fresh leafy feel and touches of pine, spice, herbal tones, and lemon zest here and there. Doughy sugars from the malts soften up the edges of the nose a bit.

The taste is zesty grapefruit flavor that is intertwines with herbal notes and a smack of tart lemon. This is balanced by a neutral bready sweetness that keeps the focus here on the hops. The finish is dry and very pithy with some light lingering resins. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation which matches that initially foamy pour. It’s not over carbonated but definitely fills the mouth up while an underlying oiliness from the hops that help keep this smooth on the tongue. There is moderate warmth present from the alcohol but this is overall pretty drinkable for 10%.

Not bad. I don’t have too much experience with the El Dorado hop but I like what this single-hopped DIPA showcased. Lots of grapefruit and lemon flavors with supportive notes of herbal and leafy character. Solid drinkable body on this as well. It gets docked a bit for the floaties in the pour but I’d definitely try this again sometime.

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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 thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden tangerine color with a sparkling white head of two fingers that holds like a rock. Lacing all down the sides of my tulip glass. Exceptional look.

The aroma on this one is interesting. It smells bitter with muddled pine and citrus notes. Nothing really stands out. Nothing really jumps at you. For a single hop IIPA, this one is pretty evened. It's slightly floral with some hidden grapefruit suggestions.

Oh my! Burningly bitter, but short of astringent. Rugged leafy hop flavors that carry floral and mild pine notes out front-and-center. Never enjoyed an all-out floral IIPA such as this one as much before. The malts are way overpowered by the hops, and it'd be an understatement to call this one hoppy; but there's an agreeability and frame on this beer's flavor that is understated in its self.

Drinks kind of thin, but with a great bubbly presence. A little biting and boozy. I'm still sold.

Boosting the score on the overall, because I'm seriously impressed. Well-made and fascinatingly hoppy without the obvious citrus or fruity notes. Packs an almost-saturated level of bitterness to threshold, but as a single hop IIPA, you have to respect this one and only hop.

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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 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 OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish in color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light, and small orange citrus hop. In the taste, orange citrus, and a mellow pine in the end. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Not much nose, but nice hops and ahides the alcohol quite well.

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