Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (HBC-291)

Val picked this beer up for me, and it’s one of their single hop double IPAs. I’ve had a few from this collection and enjoyed them thoroughly, so hopefully this follows suit.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This beer was available at the beginning of January, came in at 75 IBUs and used Rye, Cara-Pils and Biscuit malt. It fermented with American Ale yeast and is recommended to be served with lemon pepper chicken and Hawaiian pizza.

Random: Flying Dog changed their bottle caps. They’re white now, with the Flying Dog logo on them. I like them better than the silver ones.

This beer poured with a two finger, off-white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange-brown with minimal carbonation visible. The smell was very tropical. I picked up notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit juice. The taste had more grapefruit pith up front. There was grass next and light tropical fruit, which was not what I expected from the nose. The other surprising thing was a sweet note that was almost syrupy. It wasn’t quite like honey, but like a simple syrup sweetness. The alcohol was noticeable and drying. It had a thick body with the same light carbonation that I saw. In my opinion, it was a flaw in the beer and needed a bit more to improve it. The finish was quick with simple syrup and grapefruit juice. A bottle of this was $2.59, which broke down to $.22 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, although as I mentioned, it needed more carbonation. I don’t have much experience with this experimental hop, but it was interesting to see it showcased in this way and I wouldn’t hesitate in having a beer with this hop again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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