In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Flying Dog Brewery Easy IPA

Aroma: “Citrus and tropical fruits— tangerine and mango and maybe some pear. Evergreen, citrus, mint, and earth in a faint, dainty aroma that reveals few secrets. Hops character is like a Christmas tree at the end of the season—pine and wood are still evident, but fading as they lose their luster.”

Flavor: “Malt has a light crystal undertone. Earthy hops flavor with citrus and pine is followed by grainy malt and a dry, moderately bitter finish. Nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. Perception is rustic and rough more than delicate and refined. A light dollop of malt comes in right at the swallow and then disappears, leaving a clean bitterness and lingering hops.”

Overall: “This beer drops off as it warms. The aromas fade, and a light butter finish comes out. Some spicy notes verge on vegetal—parsley or celery. Middle of the road on bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Light in body and light on the tongue. All in all, fairly decent with clear hops character, even if the hops aren’t as far out there as some of the competition. Dependable.”