thedm (6187) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
This bottled brew corked and caged while brewed on 9/4 as a limited edition bottling and marked 3518 thusly poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was transparent with hazy yeast floaties and unnoted in color. Its aroma contained notes of brown malt hoppy musty but different. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a very tingly palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained mild floral dirt caramel hoppy doughy notes and was very different. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
aroma is overpowering and it promises piney hops. It delivers but the flavor is too piney and very balanced. this gets a few extra points for 10.5% But this is a poor example of its style. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pour was amber with immediate nose of hops, all kinds. I got grapefruit, grass, lemon, spruce and pine. Good lacing from the off white head. This was a chew and sticky PA, lots of bittering from the multitudes of hops. Good sweet pucker finish. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle #8627, September 2004. Poured a rather clear medium orange with a billowing beige head. Lots of lacing followed this down. Big aroma of Pac NW hoppage (grapefruit and pine forest) and some caramelly sweetness. Flavor much like the aroma, and hop-centric... hops were bright and fresh with grapefruit, orange zest, and pine needles (but had some apple cidery characteristics to it). Sweet and sticky caramel malt provided a medium backbone. Finish was dry and cidery, with some grapefruit and some residual sweetness. Nice and warming. Very good brew! Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750ml bottle - #1128, Sept. 2004 vintage. Fairly intense aroma, copious amounts of fruity, citric, leafy hops along with some toasty, sweet, lightly husky caramel malts and notes of freshly-cut pine, dried flowers, orange peel, pear and faint tea leaves. Dark, hazy orange-copper color with a fine, uneven, lasting head. Flavor profile is certainly focused on the hops, once again quite fruity and citric with a light woody edge and enough malts to give plenty of backbone and toasty, rich sweetness that seems strongest about midpoint. Lingering hop bitterness, alcohol and mild acidity on the palate with a creamy, rich, body. Only after considerable warming does the true nature of this canine emerge. Fairly impressive effort from Flying Dog. If you have any of the 2004 release left, you may wish to consider consuming it fairly soon before the cidery presence develops any further. Thanks to beeryum!
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Thick cloudy orange-amber. Big, dense pillowy head forms on pour and never fully dissipates, preferring instead to leave huge wads of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. Big floral & citrus hop aroma fills the room as soon as the pour starts. Lift the glass to your snout and you get more of the same with pine for good measure. Would have been nice detect something other than hops. Despite being called an "double pale ale" by the brewer and categorized as an "American strong ale" here on Ratebeer, I think at 80 IBUs and 10% ABV we can safely call this an imperial IPA. And it tastes like one. Richly hoppy flavor -- citrus, pine, hop flowers, and just the right amount of sweetness from substantial malt backbone that holds it all together. Compares well with the finest double IPAs like Dreadnaught, Dog 90 and Stoudts. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Has a really strong citrusy aroma. Taste is dominated by alcohol though. I mediocre at best strong ale. not a good blend of malt and hops TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 On tap at Ortinos Northside. Pours a thick orange brown, looked like apple cider with a small off white head that left great lacing. Aroma is slightly sour up front. Some citrus and almost belgian type spices and alcohol. Flavor is where the hops come in. Hops were slightly dry hopped. Grapefruit and other citrus.
Re-rate from 12 oz bottle in 2007. Pours a hazy orange amber with a foamy off white rocky/lacing head. Aroma of sweet candy citrus, light pine, caramel malt and some grapefruit. Flavors of the same a nice mix of candy sweet caramel malts with tons of hop flavor. Very well done DIPA...glad to see this one available in 12 oz bottles now. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness are balanced...but the bitterness that lingers in this one is really nice. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Thanks to beeryum for this beer.Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Mmm... double pale ales. Always classifed as "American Strong Ales", but in my book they stand on their own. Popped the cork on this one and knew immediately from the fresh bitter grapefruit and sugar candy aroma that wafted up my nose that this was going to be a good experience. Poured an effervescent dark amber with a large creamy off-white haed. Taste is grapefruit and grass hops with a huge malt backbone.. sticky and sweet. Warming alcohol teases the palate and warms all the way down. Soft carbonation on this gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Clean and crisp grapefruit belches allow me to relive the experience time and time again after I’ve set down the glass. Ok, so maybe I’m a sucker for loads of hops in a big beer, but I don’t care... I love this. Wow, Flying Dog can brew good beer... who knew?
Sampled at RBESG 2005.
A hazy dark orange beer with a thick off-white head. Typical American IPA aroma, bitter hoppy and nutty with tones of yeast and a touch of earthly hoppyness. Soft and smooth bitter and biding hoppy flavor with fruit and nut in there as well. A nice and well balanced IIPA, very classic American.