Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BD in a Flying Dog: Citra Single Hop Imperial IPA

type: single hop triple IPA
origin: Frederick, MD
price: $14/6-pack
ABV: 10%
NSP: 15.2

This is beast.  A mighty, delicious beast.  It's well balanced, even with only a single hop varietal in the mix.  As the name suggests, the Citra hops give it a nice citrusy twist, and complement it's medium body.  That combination makes it taste more like a extra burly saison (minus the belgian yeast factor): Nice and light on the tongue, easy to throw back a few, and packing a punch.  It'll slap you in the face hard.  Real hard.

Two different Citra single-hop beers come to mind from this: Hermitage's IPA, and Knee Deep's "pale ale".  After reviewing my reviews, it seems clear that this type of hop need to be used properly.  Fortunately Flying Dog has their wits about them and didn't try to do too much with the grain bill.  Certainly this isn't the most complex IIPA ever, but it would destroy most other breweries' attempts.

Finally, this marks the first time I've been completely unimpressed with Ralph Steadman's work.  Exhibit A:

Uh, Steadman, are you awake?

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