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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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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of trentbent
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Freebody
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of onedogtwodog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FireEmt37
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dunlap926
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rwshelton2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jimelee108
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MNishCT77
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 psuscott1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of samibr
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mongrel
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -6.5%
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 dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Archimetez
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Single Hop Imperial IPA (El Dorado) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 231 ratings
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