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The Truth Imperial IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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90
outstanding
89 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
566
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
22.3%
 
 
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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Titans77 on 08-03-2013

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 566
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright gold to amber under a 1.5” white to cream colored foam cap that slowly recedes, taking 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.
S: Grassy, herbal aromas seasoned with some melon and light biscuit. Hop aromas dominate.
T: Rich melon and tropical fruit flavors start the attack supported by background herbal flavors and a moderate malt backbone, finishing with a moderately high hop accent on the finish. Light sweetness at the start dries out on the finish with some hop driven astringency. Light fruit tending towards tropical softens a predominantly herbal tasting bitter finish.
F: Has an exquisitely creamy texture with a medium to medium full body, and medium carbonation.
O: An excellent flavorful imperial IPA with an assertive yet pleasant bitter finish. Worth repeating.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

EBD 10/16/16. Clear bright copper pour (light amber). Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding lacing and world class retention.

Very good nose of light citrus (orange, grapefruit), dank sub current, a very light tropical note (mango, pineapple), a touch of pepper and alcohol, some pine and a touch of caramel. Up the intensity and it becomes outstanding.

Light medium body with a nice slick oily texture. World class carbonation / body balance with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good. Hop flavor never really pops so this falls a bit short of outstanding. It does cover alcohol very well with it surfacing only during the finish and subsequent fade. Bitterness is moderate and well balanced with caramel sweetness in the middle. The bitterness begins as zest then shits to pine / spruce. The middle sweetness brings forth a subtle tropical hop flavor that is mostly mango. The finish is a slow fade of previous flavors while an astringent alcohol note lingers.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A smashingly good IIPA - lean but solid, lots of juicy citrus edged with dank pine; cleanly delivered flavors. Smooth carbonation and a brief shellac cross the palate. 8.7% abv but drinks like a 7.8... Enjoy by date of 11.05.16.

I'd buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has bright, hoppy, lemony notes with a bit of malt in the background. Taste starts with a classic, earthy and citrusy hop flavor. Overall it's quite balanced, bitterness kicks in only on the finish but lingers very much in the aftertaste with resin flavor. Medium body and carbonation, feels quite smooth. Overall it's a quite good DIPA with well hidden ABV and a classic hop profile.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very drinkable IPA. Not very bitter. Smells like they only used one or two different hop varieties. The hops were used to great effect. The floral bouquet is not overwhelming it merely adds to the experience.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 10/20/16.

Beautifully clear amber color with a huge head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Massive hop aroma that hits you with pine initially, then stone and tropical fruits. Clean malt sweetness provides great balance in the flavor. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish, but otherwise smooth.

A very nice Imperial IPA. I'd love to pair this up with some sharp cheddar sometime.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 10/10/16 printed on the label. Finally getting to try this one from Flying Dog. The label literally made me laugh - "FULL DISCLOSURE: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share."

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a golden honeyed orange body, semi-translucent with decent clarity, two fingers of frothy off-white head that lingers as a nice froth, leaving good scattered strands of fluffy lace. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is fresh, fruity, & floral. Notes of crisp fresh stone fruits & citrus: peach, apricot, mango, papaya, guava,

T - Taste is the same: very smooth, crisp, fresh, fruity, floral, juicy, & tropical. Tons of hop juice without a lot of bitterness. Very nice for the big abv. Juicy notes of peach, apricot, mango, guava, papaya, orange, citrus.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, crisp, creamy, & juicy. Very light-bodied and easy drinking stuff, especially for the modest 8.70% abv.

Overall, an excellent imperial IPA from Flying Dog; nice to see someone making a big IPA without an overwhelming amount of bitterness / resins. Very nice stuff.

Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA -----4.5/5

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass: color is gold, head is off white, mixture of bubble sizes, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is blend of pleasant hop aromas: pine, citrus rind, light earthiness.

Taste is very good: malt makes a more emphatic appearance with some light toast and clean pale malt; hops overtake with pine, citrus rind, and a bit of earthiness, each are well presented and balanced against one another nicely.

Mouthfeel is very good, very very good for DIPA with a nice clean presence, moderate carbonation and great lingering hop bitterness.

Full Disclosure: this is good, very good beer - hop balance is great and mouthfeel is full yet dry and great hop bitterness.

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a nice orange straw color with a white head with good retention and lacing
S-tons of citrus, pineapple, honey, pine
T-great balance between piney resin bitterness and orange citrus, good malt background, more lingering resin
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-delicious DIPA, tons of citrus fruity flavors. really great beer

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Enjoy By: 10.16.16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Somewhat pungent hop aroma that has equal parts citrus and pine plus a sweet malt backing.

T- Very well-balanced as the hops play well off the malt creating a nice bitter/sweet duality. Pretty low on the bitterness for a DIPA too. So drinkable for the ABV. Notes of melon, peach and general stone fruit.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a soft body.

O- A nicely done DIPA that fits with the current trend of emphasis on fruity hop tastes with minimal bitterness. This still has a solid malt base to it, but it still works within the overall context of the flavor profile. And I can't get over how insanely drinkable this is given its high strength.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Lovely golden yellow with a two finger, off white head.

S: Dominant, yet not over the top aroma of tree resin and musky tropical hops. There's a little heat from the alcohol and a mild note of slightly caramelized, cereal malt.

T: Pretty clean and silky smooth for a double IPA. Starts off with flavors of sweet, bready, honied malt. Quickly takes a 180* degree turn and smacks your in the face with the taste of hops, predominantly with reminiscent flavors of red grapefruit, pine needles, pineapple juice and mango. Finishes with a sweet, slightly hoppy and dry aftertaste. As the beer warms I get just the faintest, faintest hint of vanilla beans (even though it's subtle, it plays a delicious role in the finish).

F: Pretty creamy and rich, without being overtly heavy, oily or viscous. Medium body with low carbonation.

O: Flying Dog is one of those hit and miss breweries for me when it comes to IPA's. Sure they make some good dark beer, but when it came to pale ales in the past I would often turn my nose up at them because I had a couple of bad experiences, mainly with their Snake Dog IPA, their Fever Dream habanero IPA, and their Double Dog IIPA, but this one is very much a winner. Overall this is a very easy drinking, creamy and tropically sweet IPA, with a nice bitter hop bite that finishes dry. My opinion of this brewery has definitely changed for the better after sampling this.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Body is a translucent copper/amber color with a fluffy, huge, white head. Leaves a layer of foam around the edges of the glass and relatively thick lacing. Smells super piney and dank with some citrusy scents. Taste is prominently on the more earthy/resinous side of things: fresh cut grass, pine, herbal and floral hops. There's some grapefruit and mango flavors in the background. Feels a touch too thick and heavy for my tastes, almost syrupy but with moderate carbonation. The finishing flavor is great though, nice lingering bitterness and really dry. Really solid IIPA if you're looking for more resin type flavors.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 3 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, grapefruit, caramel;

T: more pine that anything else; a little grapefruit, caramel and earthiness; finish is somewhat herbal with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label says 208A16

Appearance: Dark gold with a bit of haze but mostly clear. Short off-white creamy head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

Aroma: Up front I get a catty aroma and a touch of pine.

Taste: It has a bit of bread crust and a pine resin flavor with a very good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: With bitterness being a key component in an IIPA I want to mention that it has a good amount of bitterness and it presents nicely across the palate. The beer has an off-dry finish with a bitter finish that is clean.

Overall: It's a simple straight-forward pine-centric IIPA that is very well done. I would drink it again and would recommend it.

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Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Julian Date 146A16 or May 25, 2016) into a Flying Dog Chalice...just over 3 months fresh (Flying Dog gives a 4 month Best By date on their bottles...exception being Horn Dog and Gonzo):

A - Pours a hazy, burnt orange/apricot color with a single finger, white head which dissipates as quickly as it formed. (4.75)

S - Equal parts juicy and piney. As for the juicy component, you get an onslaught of fleshy orange, ruby red grapefruit, peach, mango and hints of apricot. Some caramel malt sweetness also shows a conservative presence making the aroma pungently hop forward, yet nicely balanced...right down my alley. (4.75)

T - All the flavors in the aroma are present in the flavor. Although there is a significant citrus rind bitterness, the malt backbone provides a pleasant sweetness that keeps the hops in check never becoming astringent. (4.75)

M - Medium bodied with spot-on carbonation. The hops provide an oily coating on the tongue yet the malts cut it just enough to deliver a bittersweet finish. (4.75)

O - The Truth really fires on all cylinders for me...Being a Double IPA @ 8.7% ABV, the balance from pour to finish is wonderfully balanced. The hops sing, the malt bill provides exquisite balance and the alcohol is completely hidden. If you want a dangerously drinkable DIPA that doesn't fatigue the palate, this is your beast. As a denizen of New Jersey, I'm happy that Flying Dog has made this available to all of its markets as it will be one of the hoppy staples in my refrigerator. (4.75)

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Photo of gcasher
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle.
Straw colored and cloudy.
Smells hoppy.
Clean refreshing Hop bomb. No citrus or fruit here. Just delicious bitter hops. The mouthfeel is super creamy. I can't wait to have more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The bubble show generates three fingers of foam with the clear amber liquid building below; sudsy lacing

Smell: Floral, honey-laced pineapple and mango, with undertones of pine; somewhat dank

Taste: Bright tropical fruit flavors from the outset, with the mango and pineapple building into the pine; the honey becomes more apparent through the middle and builds, into the finish; floral and fruity, with moderate bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The label says they brewed this to increase their market share and they sure caught my attention and respect with this brew; there are a lot of Flying Dog beers I wouldn't re-visit, but this one deserves more attention; and that's the truth

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear honey orange color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a thin layer of lace around the top

S-smell is of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits

T-caramel malt backbone, tropical fruits, citrus, and light pine

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty decent DIPA, nice bitterness and tropical fruits

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Photo of beerlust
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head when poured into a pint glass. Gold color that I can't really see through- cloudy. Tastes fairly light for an 8.7 percent beer, very drinkable. Smells of pine and pineapple. Citrusy and bitter, I enjoyed this and will try it again. Overall a good american DIPA, try it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a white soapy head, fading quickly to a ring and laces the glass. Light aroma of tropical fruits and sweet malt. The taste has plenty of mango and pineapple notes, along with peppercorn and pine. All hop driven flavor with the fruity notes, and the brew is delicious. Safe to call it a West Coast style IPA. The citrus flavor is in the finish. Body is light for the style, which isn't all bad. It is easy drinking. Overall, this is the best Flying Dog IPA or DIPA beer I've had to date. Really good double IPA.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear honey gold, white pillowy head retains at about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of honey, citrus, biscuit, and fresh floral and citrusy hops.

Flavor is of bready malts, honey, and piney and citrus hops. Dry bitter hop finish.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

Very good DIPA, up there with other well liked east coast offerings like those from Southern Tier and Victory. Definitely worth a grab.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/27...pours bright orange copper, light ring of white foam around the ring. Bright pine nose, but quick. taste is a sweet malt, with a wrapped hop bitter. Smooth and wants to step out boldly. Long bitter finish. The abv sneaks up on you.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Clear gold with a two finger foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Kinda basic, lots of pine, lemongrass, grapefruit, citrus peel, bread malt.
T - Some sweeter malts, but not overwhelming, light pepper and currant, grass and pine, bitter citrus rind, some hop resin, big cracker finish.
M - Medium feel, lingering dry bitterness
O - Not really a big deal to me at all, its pretty average overall compared to whats brewed these days, but its not really bad either.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great look and aroma. Nice hoppy citrus flavor
I really like this. Reminds me of hopslam but I think a little better. Only got one single bottle but will probably pick up a sixer in the near future. Very nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been seeking "The Truth" for a while now since it was added to Flying Dog Library.
A - Great looking IPA clear amber brown color with just a 1/4 inch of head that makes for a great lace ring.
S - Pineapple and citrus peel hops with a good bitter edge. Sweet malts balance to smell.
T - Bitter with a lingering bite but it doesn't seem to overwhelming. Mostly citrus and balanced with the malts.
M - Quite good for the octane ABV it drinks quite smooth.

Overall I will be picking some more of this up when I can one of the better beers made by Flying Dog.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.