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

BA SCORE
86
very good
231 Ratings
Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recommendation from loads of people.

Pour is hazy yellow, with a nice 1 inch head. The smell is too powdery for me, but I get nice bit of resin and fruit. Kind of like a resinous Two-Hearted.

Very leafy hops, but the malt just takes over. I want more of the leafy, dank, resinous whole leaf hops, but its just not there. I do like everything there (the grapefruit, resin, and honey sweet malt), but the first two just arent there in the quantities I want them to be.

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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 cantfindme
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GehenHerzog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Lordquackingstic
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark gold with a finger and a half of soapy head. Very nice lacing with lots of noticeable carbonation.

S: Sweet citrus and piney notes with a sweet malty background. Grapefruit also comes through.

T: Nose follows the taste. Sweet and full of grapefruit tones. The sweetness is on the verge of being too sweet, but it's still nice.

M: Medium carbonation with a long bitter finish.

O: Flying Dog is finally putting out good stuff. Wasn't really into their original brews but now they're making some pretty decent stuff. This one is worth a try.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of littlelorib
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber brew, slightly cloudy, with one finger head that only slowly dissipates. Smell is of spicy, citrusy hops. Taste is so bitter that it nearly obscures the hop flavor. Alcohol is also very forward in the taste and interferes with my enjoyment of the brew. Finally a bit of malt appears almost in the after-taste.

Overall, not one of my favorites. May still be a too bitter for my palate, although i thoroughly enjoy ipa's i may not be ready for an imperial ipa. Then again, that very forward presence of alcohol doesn't seem to me to be supported by the rest of the beer.

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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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info, I purchased 2 single bottles, cuz the sixer was something like $18! (At Decicco's in Ardsley, NY)

Pours lighter amber, and mostly clear, until the late pours that add some yeasty sediment and the companion haze. Off white head, tiny bubbles and leaves a thick colar and fine film as well as respectable spots of fine lace.

Agressive hop nose, leads to a pleasantly hoppy DIPA, with citrus, pine and hop resins flowing all over the palate. Moderate head, with some lime and gin notes from the alcohol.

Enjoyable hop bomb, large and heady brew.

The beers from Flying Dog seemingly get better and better as each new offering comes out. (IE: Raging Bitch, Kujo, Wildeman and now this one in recent memery)

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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 Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rabiddawg
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a thinner but lacy white head atop.The nose is a little dissapointing really with faint citrusy fruity hops and sweet alcohol as the main components,the alcohol is bigger than the hops frankly.Caramel and sweet alcohol are big on the palate with some light resiny and tropical-like fruity hops,but again I think the sweetness wins out here.I haven't had El Dorado hops until this offering and I can see some promise there,this offering though is more of a sweet alcoholic bomb and very average.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale amber body with a thin white head.

S- Malt comes through with some piney hops.

T- Very similar to the smell, with a grassy/earthy taste.

M- Low carbonation as to be expected with cask. Medium bodied and smooth.

O- Not bad, but not amazing either.

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Photo of mechamifune
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw/gold color with slight initial murkyness. A 1 inch foamy head develops and lingers. Looks very very carbonated, far more than one would expect to see in this style.

Smell is slightly sweet in the front then follows with sort of a stale hop smell and the slightest bit of citrus.

Taste is almost medicinal at first to me, almost a mouthwash type of taste (makes me think of the stone green tea IPA). It follows with what I guess we will call hop flavor (presumably this is from the el dorado hop... can't say i'm especially familiar with it). To it's credit it is at least not overly bitter and it's stringently alcoholic, despite a relatively high abv.

Mouthfeel is awful. Very over carbonated for the style, to the point where it essentially tastes foamy and ruins whatever potential might have existed for this beer.

This just feels like a beer that went wrong somewhere along the way, but they but they kept going forward with it anyway. The taste/smell profile is average at best but not overly offensive. The mouthfeel though just takes it all down a couple notches.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of bmur112
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lot of single hop beers floating around these days, El Dorado would not be my first choice. Beer is a little orange, hazy, wispy head, served in a goblet.

Aroma is sweet and a little fruity.

This beer is sweet, then almost nothing, then it hits you in the back of the head with a frying pan made out of hops. Really bitter and dry finish, shockingly dry really. Harsh. Hard to drink. The separation of the sweet start and the harsh finish are shocking and palate wrecking. In a phrase, not a fan.

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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