Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)
Flying Dog Brewery

Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)
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American Imperial IPA
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)Single Hop Imperial IPA (Citra)
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Photo of Harvest06
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light reddish
S: Pleasant citrus aromas, pleasant malt aromas
T: Front end tastes malty, middle is citrus, finished with balancing bitterness and slight warming.
M: Low carbonation, medium body.
O: Well balanced hops/malts

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to Colm for this brew.

A- medium orange type of color with a foamy frothy head with a patchy lacing on the pint.

S- pineapple aroma? with dry citrus hops. grassy aroma as well.

F- floral hops come through in the flavor with the pineapple and citra coming out as well.

M- hoppy and heavy bodied for an IPA. almost drinks like a barleywine.

O- not bad brew by flying dog. I would buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for giftibg me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into an ipa glass, the brew appears a golden copper color with rich 3 finger frothy head that fades slow leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright with citra. A slightly tropical feel like pineapple blends to floral qualities before getting herbal and grassy. A touch of mineral/carbonic character is noticed towards the back.

The flavor is bitter and pithy with lots of fruity and floral hop character before transitioning to being rindy like orange/grapefruit. As it warms up it gets a little herbal but for the most part this stays within the typical fruity range that citra is noted for.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Nice and fresh hop flavoring with a pleasant backing of alcohol to keep things interesting. Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mini review:

Surprisingly solid DIPA.

dank citra aroma. Citrus and earthy

Tastes a bit east coast sweet plus a lot of fresh hop. Doesnt get the lime orange of citrus but so what? Tastes great.

Mouthfeel: solid. Med body, moderate carbonation. Not dry but not heavy or sticky either


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Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost a pure orange. Pretty clear since Flying Dog filters their beers. Decent soft white head with little lacing.

S - Smells like big, juicy tropical fruit -- peach, pineapple, mango, orange peel... There's a dank, pissy "forest floor" element too.

T - Taste brings much of the tropical fruit hinted at on the nose. Really juicy up front, with soft peach following, and a concentrated, almost caramelized/candied fruit center. Big, round and resinous, but goes down somewhat smoothly considering the huge ABV. There are some indistinct grass/pine/marijuana notes, but the overriding flavors are peach and apricot.

M - Mouthfeel is on the heavy side for an IPA, alternating between soft, peachy, fuzzy dryness and resinous, syrupy heaviness.

Overall, a really enjoyable tropical DIPA that packs a BIG punch for $13/sixer. Boozy, but much less boozy tasting than past versions highlighting other hops.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.
2014 Vintage.

Gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Candied orange, tangerine, light pineapple, and slight mango.

Follows the nose. Candied orange, tangerine, sweaty pineapple, and musky mango. Honey and candy sugar maltiness. Some green florals and pine sap stick the finish.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, and sticky.

Much better than I remember last years tasting. Perhaps some extra Citra dry-hopping for next years release? ;)


2013 Review.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

4/5 Appearance
Golden amber with a big, loose head. Good retention, excellent clarity and lively carbonation.

3.75/5 Nose
Grapefruit, pine and caramel with touches of tropical fruits.

3.25/5 Taste
Pink grapefruit pith and resinous pine. Touches of pineapple and papaya. Caramelized table sugar and toasted bread. Finishes resinous and floral along with grapefruit zest. Peppery alcohol is present.

3.5/5 Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, oily and sticky.

3.25/5 Overall
Grapefruit and resinous pine. Alcohol is noticeable. Meh...

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Photo of malprep
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a Hugh IPA fan but this one was a little too much for me. The bitterness was a bit overwhelming. It is a really good beer but it is over the top on the hoppiness. Appearance has not so much head. Taste was bitter as to be expect. I was about 7 beers in so this was a little too much for me. If you are having one or two beers, this is the IPA for you.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one actually beat out Founders 10% ABV Double Trouble.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with ample lace.

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple, smoke, and flowers.

Taste: Follows smell with tropical and citrus combining with sweet malt base, not as candied at Founders. Nice long bitter, and refreshing finish. Dont feel the alcohol as much either.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with good mouth feel, refreshing.

Overall: Strong, must try and one of the best from Flying Dog

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Photo of AyeMito
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Citra hops. That being said, this beer fully exemplifies what I expect an India IPA to live up to utilizing them. It is juicy and fresh with notes of lemon, orange, pine, and a slight hint of pepper. All working together in a great harmony! It has a medium body with juicy citrus flavor and a slight herbal notes that keep it tasting fresh.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Poured hazy light amber with a one finger white head. Above average lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, caramel, aromatic hops.

T-Flavor is creamy caramel malts, strong citrus hops, with a bittersweet finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

O-Overall a great showcase of Citra hops. I think it's FD best IPA yet. Will buy a sixer now

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber beer, clear; pillar of off-white head will slim but persist

S: juicy fruits and flowers, citrus and rain; flashes of something sweeter and chewier, like caramel

T: lean and tight Citra fruits, motes of orange, lemon, maybe mango - tropical and citric hop action across the malt base; chewier notes of caramel and malt

M: medium-weight, faint coating, crisp and clean for a DIPA; building bitterness

O: great showcase for the Citra - packs a wallop but without any sloppiness - fresh, bright, and crisp

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a hell of a journey, hasn't it? With review #1000, I'm not going to be bringing out some whale...rather, I'll just do what I usually do - review a local beer. 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color. The head is around a finger high, and barely off-white in shade. Both a creamy texture and decent retention (for 10%) is featured, and the stream of carbonation also makes the head look bubbly. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The objective of any single hop IPA is to show of the hop in question, and this shows Citra off nicely. Notes of mango, guava, melon, and pineapple are backed up by a slight Citra stank (think cat pee), but the latter almost disappears completely. As expected for its ABV, sweet malt is fairly prevalent, with a very mild booziness. While I expected more pop given its strength, the hops are showcased well without being drowned out by caramel malts.

T: Better than the nose. Citra fruitiness immediately hits the palate - and yes, it's rather juicy - with a healthy pine bitterness on the backend. Sweet malts are sandwiched between the former and the latter. It's fairly sweet, but the sweetness covers the booze very well. This one is really damn solid: it's bitter in all the right ways, and sweet in all the right ways, plus dat Citra-derived melon flavor.

M: This goes down ridiculously well for the ABV - there isn't an excessively sweet linger on the palate, and the alcohol can only be felt going down (and even then, only slightly). As expected from a big DIPA, drinkability slows down after around half of the serving. Carbonation is a bit low, so it seems slighly syrupy (again, big DIPA, completely expected). Still, it's a 10% beer that goes down more easily than some of the lesser pale ales/IPAs of the world.

O: Fresh IPAs make me so happy. So naturally, this also makes me so happy. If the aroma was more in-your-face, it could even go toe-to-toe with the whales of the world. Still, this is definitely a great DIPA. More, please!

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 304 (October 31) of 2014.

Appearance: Pours an orange body with a thick off white head.

Smell: Nice tropical/orange aroma from the Citra hops. Smells of peach and tangerine. Only slightly boozy.

Taste: Delicious orange and tangerine flavor. Sweet caramel malt taste. Somewhat boozy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied yet light. Aftertaste does not linger.

Overall: I would prefer a single hop Citra pale ale (my standard homebrew) or at most a single hop Citra IPA. The DIPA booziness detracts from the awesome tropical hop flavor.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best By Oct., 31 2014. FD is one of the dwindling number of breweries which still uses a code and a best by date rather than just letting us know when the frigging beer was actually bottled. This one we'll guess and say it was bottled around April 30th and is now two months old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear orange with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and extensive patchy lacing.

s: Strong citrus

t: Powerful citrus and pine resin over a mild to moderate caramel malt base. Throat burn on the way down lets you know its 10% ABV, but lingering tongue bitterness is minimal.

m: Moderate with good body,.somewhat oily smooth.

o; It's good, and certainly Imperial.

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Photo of jmaharaj
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite flying dog beers so far. Very orange with minimal head. Aroma is unmistakably citra, mango and papaya with some faint garlic and a sharp hint of peppermint. Taste is much of the same, although this beer is big on malt too and that comes through on the tongue. Nice resinous mouthfeel with understatec carbonation

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Citra hops. My first successful homebrew is heavy on the stuff (actually might need a balancing bitterness). I have also enjoyed other Flying Dog single-hop batches. I expected much from this...

A: very clear light amber-orange. Ok head with minimal lacing.
S: here is a missed opportunity, in my mind. I don't get much of the Citra, but it is there. Also a bit of alcohol smell. Overall, there isn't a lot here, either way.

T/M: I have had this before, and I believe this is the beer that made me be able to distinguish the hop variety (as I hadn't really paid attention before). As is typical, my previous rating was higher. However, the beer does have an orange taste to it up front. I take it as a little on the sweet side. This taste subsides a little quick, but as it does, there is a grassy taste with a slightly resin feel that creeps in. This combination holds through the end, combining with a bit of an alcohol burn to turn out quite well.

O: was hoping for my (perhaps flawed) memory of this beer. It is still a solid offering, straightforward as I believe intended. Can't complain, and I will have another, probably today.

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Photo of Walshwi
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid DIPA, one of the better East Coast IPAs. The best IPA I've had from Flying Dog.

A: Light, golden. Pours with decent head, which disappears quickly.

S: Citrus, hops.

T: Great taste. It has a similar taste of many of the great West Coast IPAs. The balance just isn't there to make it world class. The Citra hops give it a bolder flavor.

O: I love this DIPA. It doesn't have an oaky funk or overpowering bitterness. It has tons of hops but is balanced nicely by the citrus sweetness. Definitely worth a try and the best I've had from Flying Dog. Well done.

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Photo of tmm313
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light amber color with 1 finger, creamy head. Awesome lacing and trailing.
S - Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, pepper, a little bit of caramel, and some booze.
T - Follows the smell. Bitter grapefruit, orange, a fair amount of pine, a little pepper, caramel, and booze. Grapefruit rind aftertaste. Pineapple becomes more noticeable as it warms.
M - On the lighter side of medium. Feels light on the tongue. Somewhat creamy, oily, and drying.
O - I enjoyed experiencing Citra on its own for the first time. I'm already having flashbacks of other beers where Citra had to have played a big role. This was a good beer, but I don't think I would drink it very often. It did its job of exposing me to the Citra hop as a stand-alone very well.

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Photo of MATT0404
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft at U Pick 6 in Erie, PA. This was my first encounter with a single, citra hopped IPA. I loved the complex, fruity aroma and taste. The appearance was hazy copper with a nice head and lacing down to the bottom. I will definitely seek this one out again...or maybe brew a clone.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Musty. Has some notes of a bubble gummy Belgian brew. The hops are not hit-you-over-the-head in nature and still works as a hoppy beer. Grapefruit and pine, Has a bit of a spicy mixed drink going on about it. Pretty refined for a Flying Dog brew as far as my experience goes.
A solid, focused double IPA.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale copper, maybe a little lighter than I expected. Nice frothy head clumping in piles on the surface.

Pretty much smells like citra hops. Actually, there is some caramely malt along with it.

Like drinking a bitter IPA, mixed with astringent grapefruit juice. A little bite, but doesn't seem like 10% abv.

I love that there are more and more of these beers you can use to train your nose and palate, not to mention discover what is really behind the notes you like or don't like. So for that, it's great...but if I was trying to enjoy what I'm drinking, I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-dark hazy gold with a foamy cream colored head

S-pretty decent scent of grapefruit and hops. Actually pretty awesome.

T-ooo wow this comes in with quite a bitter bite! The hops really come in for this. It's basically just a blast of hops and bitterness, in and out. Nothing else to it, nothing else needed

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's not every day you get to try a new IPA that really rocks your mouth. I mean it doesn't really even settle as you drink it, every sip is another kick. Go out and find this of you can!

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Photo of Murphey
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my introduction to the Citra hop. It was good enough that I modified my IPA recipe to include it.

Very "in your face" hop - bitter, with a nice citrus smell that isn't quite as prominent as, say, Cascade-West Coast IPA, this is not. But, that doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable brew! The beer itself was not as balanced as something like 90 minute - that hop bill definitely overpowered whatever malt flavors are there. But, it did a pretty good job of masking that big 10% ABV.

Not my favorite Imperial IPA, but it certainly is in my top 10. I'll definitely be trying it again.

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright, tropical fruits, passion fruit, pineapple, some sour cherry, dankness

L: Amber, with a creamy white head that dissipates slightly, solid lacing.

T: Sweet, candy-like hops with loads of passion fruit, tangerine, dankness. Medium high bitterness with some melon like sweetness. Hops dominate throughout. Finishes dry with kumquat like resin. Long, lasting finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Just great, definitely tastes better than it smells, a rarity. Just superbly balanced with just a enough sweetness to support the assault of hop flavors. One of the better beers I've had from Flying Dog.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Jake's Billiards here in GSO a few days back.Poured into a goblet a deep burnt orange with a clingy half finger slight off white head atop,it just looked a good way.Ctrusy hops,sugar,and big alcohol in the nose,the hops are not sharp more of a tropical emelent to them,the sweetness and alcohol are pretty big.Overripe tropical fruits provide not only hoppy notes but some residual sweet flavors,there is again a hefty does of alcohol but it's not to overly sweet,as it warmed a little it became more of a sipper.This is a big brash beer with bigtime fruity hops as well as alcohol,a really nice sipping DIPA.

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