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Flying Dog Easy IPA

Rating: 3.5

My second review of a craft beer in a can now, this time coming from Maryland based Flying Dog. I’m starting to enjoy craft beer in cans, they are still relatively rare in the UK but I’m glad to see more American breweries sending them over here, not to metion more UK based brewery’s offering their beers in cans – they’re more pratical & easier to store for a start. This one was originally part of the Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities of staff-pitched, limited release series that would only be available on the east coast of American but was quickly added to the brewery’s regular portfolio after proving popular. The beer was the first of the series to be promoted in such away and as a result I’ve managed to get hold of a can in Glasgow. The beer is a session IPA which is a style of beer that I’m gradually becoming more familiar with after the style took off in a big way in the United States over the course of the last year so let’s see how it rates.

Easy IPA

Appearance (3/5): Quite a light and clear looking golden amber colour with a large, foamy white head that initially sits about three to four centimetres tall before slowly receding to leave one about half it’s original size, maybe just slightly under that then finally turning to a fine lacing with some build up around the sides after approximately three or four minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a strong aroma initially, even as I was still pouring the beer I could smell the hops and pine from this one and it seemed quite fruity with some solid citrus and grapefruit notes upfront. It’s definitely bitter one the nose with more resinous pine than you’d expect given the abv. of this one, I’ve not had too many session IPA’s though but this one is off to a good start. There is the odd floral burst as well with some lighter malts coming through but the citrus and pine are the most pronounced for sure.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose with quite a bitter taste, there is plenty of pine although it doesn’t seem quite as strong as it was with the nose and there was a similar citrus presence with some orange, grapefruit and lemon all coming through as well. I could detect some malts in there too but these weren’t the most pronounced, much like they were with the nose.
Palate (4/5): Light medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a citrus tang that gives the beer an almost spicy feel to it. Definitely a bitter one with the hops making sure of this throughout and the finish was a dry one with a lingering bitterness that meant the beer ended on a high.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice one from Flying Dog here and a very nice session IPA, a seemingly new style of beer that from what I can tell is any American IPA that comes in at under 5% abv. and is heavy on the hops. As I’ve mentioned, t’s not a style of beer that I’m overly familiar with but it did find this one to be a worth while purchase. Despite not rating it as high as the likes of Founder’s All Day IPA it was still a good beer and definitely better than the last of the style I tried, Thornbridge’s AM:PM, it’s just maybe not one I’d go out of my way to try again with it seeming to fade ever so slightly towards the end and losing it’s strong pine and citrus flavours just a touch.

Brewed In: Frederick, Maryland, United States of America
Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery
Full Name: Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Easy IPA
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA/Session IPA
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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