Easy IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Easy IPAEasy IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally a Brewhouse Rarity.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 428
Photo of hophugger
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp and clean. Hop flavors come through with lots of citrus, mouthfeel is awesome and finish leaves you wanting more. Great summertime beer, well-balanced and just the right amount of alcohol for multiple bottles

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Photo of patre_tim
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of off white head.

Pine, stinky foot and jackfruit. A bit of corn syrup.

Jackfruit, caramel malts, dull bitterness. Light sweetness as well.

Light body, low carbonation.

Tastes like less alcohol than 4.7% and it reminds me of a near beer in flavour profile. Some interesting qualities like jackfruit, but beyond this its a little flat. Got on wishbeer, drank Aug 13th, 2016 in Chiang Mai.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear bright gold in color, it tops with decent white frothy head compiling with plenty of big bubbles. The head retention is good before sinking to everlasting foamy film atop along with some lacing, medium visible carbonation.

Grapefruit, lemon, floral, a bit earthy, all of these aromas are derived from hop together with a sweet toffee, crackery to almost caramel malt.

Hop forwards with a big grapefruit then it is a time for malt to provide sweet crackery profile in the background while same time hop shines again in parallel with a clean moderately bitterness that is also a bit lingering in the aftertaste.

Light body with high carbonation and smooth mouthfeel through the palate, crisp and refreshing, dry finish.

As this Dog intends to be sessionable, it achieved that purpose with a light character in all aspects; aroma, flavor, feel and easy drinkable quality.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. Initial impression is a little citrus, a little pepper, maybe some floral stuff going on, and a touch of malt to kind of bind the whole thing together. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but I'll call it "refreshing". Medium carbonation. Dry finish.
This is a good summer beer. It's not going to rock your world, but I don't think it was intended to.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from bottle at summer party in Latvia so can't comment on looks.

Taste was nothing to remember, perhaps a bit watery.

Feel was light, drinkable, a session IPA.

Wouldn't buy this beer again but would gladly have it if offered.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet/tulip. Enjoy By October 8th 2016.

Faint forming, and bright white head. Quite small makes only about a finger in height, but settles to a nice collared white ring of unique heights, and a sparse puck on top. Body is exceptionally clear, nearly crystal with a bright lemon brass gold color.

Hop angle goes for subtlety. Hints of mild sensing organe like citrus, a touch of pickle like brine is coming out in this as well. Muted malt presence strangely just a straight light hop character.

Palate gets more exploratory. Light washing body but with a bit of malt sweetness on first sip. Hop angle kicks in and takes some very interesting turns. Mid palate and finish is all about hop exploration. First flavors come in with almost a muted bubblegum sweetness but a very nice tea herbality. Warming mint and green tea flavors with a nice bit of astringency on the swallow. Neutral malt sweetness also accents some mint hop like character.

Sweetness gets a bit stronger and lingering for my tastes, and lacks some other character other than hops. Otherwise an easy drinker that's for sure, quite easy actually.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lemon jelly coloured body with big white foaming head that retreats to the surface but stays about
Nice easy going citra aroma
Nice big citra flavour with some malt
Seems a tad fizzy but mostly like drinking a far bigger beer

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, code 090A16 - poured into a shaker)

L: hazy, bright sunny yellow liquid... open, crackly, spongy off-white foam - sticks to the glass in little boogery chunks

S: pineapple, lemon, pine... mild black pepper in the back, as well as a faintly soapy-floral, noble hop like aroma on the very edges... some herbal, spicy highlights as it warms... little-to-no distinctly malt aromas - (late) hops at the forefront

T: ooh, but the malt is rich on the palate - rather biscuity pale malt detectable on the sides of the palate up front, and a late surge of toasty, delicately bready grain in the finish... the hop flavors certainly have a spicy and semi-tropical fruitiness that's quintessentially American in character... bitterness may be balanced for this beer, perhaps coming across a bit too mild at first... lasting flavors of toasted grain husk, fresh cut grass, and maybe even a whisper of spicy mint in the background

F: light on the palate, but far from watery, considering its mellow resin-coated viscosity... strange bit of peppery warmth lingering past the finish - not an overt alcohol presence, but booze could somehow be tied in... in other words, more apparent weight than expected

O: not all that bad - not quite Easy Jack, but this is one of the closer matches as far as I can recall... this has definitely satisfied my hop craving and I can surely see drinking a few in a row, but I'm having trouble thinking of a food pairing - maybe some kind of buttery, lemon-peppery white fish? w/ rice and sauteed kale with a citrus dressing? brainstorming here... prob need to eat now!

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Photo of gcamparone
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Got this in MD this past weekend at the MD International Film Festival.

Pours a clear amber body with a big off white head that reduces to leave heavy lacing and some retention.

Not much going on the nose, maybe some sweet caramel malt and hops. Same thing on the tongue, sweet caramel malt, crackers, bready malt, finishes lightly bitter. Medium body easy drinker medium low carbonation.

Standard. Not bad but not particularly good. Easy to drink, I'd crush this in the summer.

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Photo of CommonSense
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Born about 5 weeks ago.

Disappointed in this beer.

Little flavor or aroma. Might be decent on a hot summer day with food.

Many other session IPAs to try over this: Peak, Sebago, Uinta, 2 Roads, etc.

Not worth the money IMO.


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Photo of Beers-es
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, drinkable beer, though unexceptional. Taste is mild enough that it's pushing the limits to call it an IPA, even a session IPA. Glad to have it at a corporate event though.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/20/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color, with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly bready/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy, herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color. Nice smell. Taste was very good considering the low ABV. If you did not know this is a session IPA, you would not have guessed it.

I would buy this again if I was looking for a session IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent session IPA. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. Average head retention and some lacing on the glass. Good aroma of citrus hops and a little bitterness. Taste is citrus hops, a little maltiness and fairly good bitterness. Mouthfeel is light but not that watery. There are better session IPAs out there but this one packs enough flavor and bitterness to be worthwhile.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had out of bottle at a friends bbq. Really enjoyed this beer while outside having a burger in a hot humid day in MD. This was refreshing with a light feel on the palette that made it easy to drink 2 or 3 with no distinct after taste or bitterness left behind.....while providing the hops after nd resin upfront that made for an enjoyable drinking experience. Great beer for every day drinking....after nd many from this brewer that I have had are as well.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the Albert Heijn here in Holland.

From a can into a snifter
Session IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear amber orange body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring, while only the ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass. A little lack-luster looking by the end.

SMELL: Caramel malts, honeydew melon, lemon and some citrus aromas.

TASTE: Some caramel sweetness, with notes of light melon and citrus at the swallow. Medium strength finish of floral bitterness, citrus flavor and hints of melon. A little weak but still has some decent character.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes very dry.

OVERALL: This is alright. I'm not convinced the whole session IPA craze is warranted and this didn't really help in that department. There's definitely some character here, but it's just a little weak and understated. Still, a nice brew if you're looking for something light on a hot day.

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Photo of thebeers
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a couple fingers of bright white head. Some tropical fruit in the aroma, fairly light. Light, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Again, some tropical fruit hop flavor up front. Very little bitterness on the backend. Said it's easy drinking right in the name, but maybe too much so.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Pale straw pour with a medium height white head with poor retention. Smells malty and hoppy, with notes of citrus and some tropical fruit. Very mellow taste, well balanced, with notes of honey, tropical fruit and lemon. Soft mouthfeel and medium body, which are all great (and unexpected, from me) for a session IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Floral, citrus, earthy, a little pine, and a touch of light malt.

T: Citrus, lots of lemon, a little grapefruit, pine, a bit floral, faint fruity notes, light crackery malt, and maybe a hint of sweetness on the finish to counter the bitter tartness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O: For a session IPA this pretty solid. Plenty of hop flavor, never watery. I think the tart citrus element could be reigned in a little bit, but as is it's a nice summer beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright pumpkin orange coloring, small haze with a quick, paced macro-effervesce. Pearl white head is foamy with good retention leaving an encompassing band around the vessel.

S: Aroma of grapefruit-grassiness upfront, a bit of sweet lemon grind with a relatively low awareness level and short duration, quickly fading to a some dry hay when things settle.

T: Flavor was grassy-dry orange, low to medium hoppiness, perhaps a low level entry pale ale level, slightly bitter with some dry hay. Dry orange citrus hopping finishes up with a noticeable metallic tang within the weak malt backbone.

M: Some crispness, thin creaminess, lightly dry feel with a adequate carbonation, but not crisp.

O: Overall a sub 3.00 ipa, ill go 3.00 considering intent of style as a session ipa with low abv%, but in the end doesn't mean its a good example or one that will satisfy, better examples are out there. This had a notiecable metallic tang, probably from the thin malting, hard to identify if its a batch or consistent issue, have to judge by others perceptions. The malt profile is very thin here, the hop complexity as well but to be expected to some degree, again, does not mean complete forgivness or acceptance as a drinkable option. I have had several so-called session ipa's, this would not be one that would draw me in or convince me to try more, as it is a hard style to satisfy for those accustomed to high hop levels, intent style or not. Easy ipa is an easy pass other then a few brief moments of hoppiness on the palate that again was rather shallow in complexity and layering.

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Photo of janubio
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour, with an averga head that fades leaving a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, pine, some citrus.Creamy palate, medium body and good carbonation. Taste of pine, resine, tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the end. good, but nothing really special.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2015. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a session IPA.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of mild grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, weed, sweet malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and stewed hops. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and sweet malt with a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, citrus, mild grass/hay, grainy malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and stewed hops. Somewhat sweet, followed by a crisp, spicy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and light hop action on the palate. Slightly insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, mild pine and sweet malt.

O: A tasty 'session' IPA that goes down nicely. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are satisfyingly hoppy. Underpinned by surprisingly sweet malt. Decent body; perhaps a tad too thin. A pleasant, easy-drinking brew that is worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- earthy and leafy piney hop, a bit dank, with a light malty sweetness underneath

T- piney and citrus hop up front quickly fades into a lightly toasted malt sweetness with a clean finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- ask drinking, the hops are there but not prominent, as expected for the style

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – An almost glowing yellow this beer has an odd look to the colouration, chemical almost. Head is minimal comprised of assorted sized bubbles and dies to a lace cover too quick for my liking.

Smell – There is some hop assertiveness but it is mild and leans towards the herbal and citrus like end of the scale. Some decent malt balance and no offensive odours.

Taste – Some decent enough bitter hops and a light malt presence but the whole ensemble is well enough balanced to be a good drinking beer.

Mouth Feel – Mild body and decent linger lightly drying but sound enough.

Overall – Well what can I say that is not covered above... it does what it sets out to do and is more than drinkable but not the best in style or from the range. I’d still advise other to have a wee gander at this one though.

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