Brewery: Flying Dog (USA)
Style: Session IPA
Serving: 355ml Bottle
I’m a big fan of Flying Dog, more so than a lot of other beer writers are. I’ve had Snake Dog IPA, Underdog lager, Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale and even their Oyster Stout, Pearl Necklace and I have to say, for me, there isn’t a bad one in that selection. So when I saw that they released a session IPA, I was pretty excited to see what they did with the style. Found this in my local bottle shop and really well priced so I grabbed one.
Beer pours a lively, perfectly clear light straw colour that is almost like a lager or a very light pale ale. There is brisk carbonation leading to a two-three finger sudsy head (in the photo it has disappeared somewhat). Doesn’t really look like IPA but looks are often deceiving.
Aromas is bright, fresh citrus fruits, with lemon, grapefruit and even under-ripe grape all present. There isn’t much of a malt presence here it’s all hops. There is a slight dank, resinous note which is a standard for Flying Dog. All of these aromas are pretty minimal though. You have to work to pick them out and they certainly don’t jump out of the glass at you.
There is way more flavour than you would expect given the aroma. There is a tonne of sharp citrus juice and peel, more of that grape and some acidity. The resinous note is almost undetectable in the flavour with that citrus taking centre stage. You get a pithy bitterness which is very dry, so much so that I would argue that this beer isn’t truly sessionable. If you had more than two or three bottles your mouth would feel like Gandhi’s flip-flop and you would be begging for something sweeter. Again, nothing much in the malt department here, it’s dominated by dry, bitter citrus hops which personally I don’t have a problem with but I certainly wouldn’t have objected to just a bit more sweetness to balance things out.
Mouthfeel; thin as you’d expect from a session ale and, as I’ve said, very, very dry. This isn’t a big deal if you’re having one or two but a session would probably be not so enjoyable.