Flying Dog has a great series of beers on their hands here, even though I’ve only had 2 out of 4 (or 5, not sure). Basically the premise behind their line of Single Hop IPAs is just that, they use a single hop. Many IPAs use 3 or 4 or more varieties of hops to create the ultra hoppy beers which are all the rage these days. Flying Dog decided to forget all that and release a series of beers that focuses on a single hop. This gives you a clear vision of what that hop smells and tastes like. On top of that awesomeness the 2 that I had both rocked! Here’s my review of the Chinook:
I want to like Flying Dog’s beers more than I do. I’ve tried 4 or 5 different brews now, I love the names and the artwork but I just haven’t really enjoyed the beers too much. That is until now….
A very good, if somewhat underwhelming imperial coffee porter. The coffee flavor is much more subtle than a beer like Founders Breakfast Stout, where the coffee is right up front and somewhat bitter. It’s a tad on the sweet side of balanced, with any roast notes pretty muted. I understand the idea of sweet stouts, but a sweet porter is new to me. Overall, a decent take on a style which isn’t my favorite in the world.