The Truth Imperial IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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4.07
pDev:
23.83%
 
 
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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: 76 | Ratings: 511
Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +16.7%
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 +8.6%
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 +8.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -12.3%
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%
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 +2%
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 -8.6%
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 -7.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of musicsherlock
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Typical orange with a thin white head
Smells fruity, could be stronger
Love the lingering grapefruit taste , balance towards hops
Good carbonation
Overall an excellent IIPA

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog The Truth.

Yeah man I remember seeing those aliens one time in New Mexico. In the Summer of '39 that shit was hovering above my head..they took me up for a probe and ever since then I went gay.

Alright seriously. Aliens do exist. Anyway, Flying Dog does well when they really want to. The bug question is why have I gone from 155 to 175 pounds in three months of drinking this stuff again. Guess the good ole metabolism is taking a hike. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Pours a Crystal clear copper golden coloration with a finger of dense head that sits amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation is exceedingly low. Looks like so many others that have come before it. Trace amounts of immediate stick as the brew settles down into my glass.

Smell - Lots and lots of fresh pine sitting amongst fresh wet and juicy pineapple fruit alongside a touch of what seems like funk. Straight dank with a low malt level for balance. This one should be some real fun to drink. Hopefully it ends up being a palate wrecker based on what the nose has presented to me.

Taste - Pine needles. Plenty of pine needles though maybe not quite as much as Knee Deep Simtra for example. The pineapple is obviously apparent and combines well with the needles to put a thrashing up on your palate. Malts once again remain low allowing for a bitter hop assault on the tongue. Alcohol stays tame though you surely know it is there.

Feel - Very sticky with nearly a perfect balance in terms of what the or her profiles would lead you to believe. Syrup like almost. The only complaint here is that the carbonation is just a touch too thick but surely isn't bothersome . Flavors retain much the same with some honey like sweet aspects coating the tongue. Swallows with a high level of bitterness alongside a smidge of introductory grapefruit and traces of alcohol.

Overall - The best beer I have ever had out of Flying Dog without a singular doubt. This is on par with most other highly sticky double IPA beers. Not a SIMTRA, but definitely could act as a little brother to it. Beer like this are why I don't bother buying Hopslam. Better beers for much less money are readily available. I highly suggest other hop heads try this one for sure. Flying Dog, please make more big IPA beers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"we saw a gap in our portfolio and wanted to increase our market share."
Good enough reason for me to try!
This beer is not so very different from some of the strong, hoppy options I've tried from Flying Dog;, if I recall correctly, double dog is a maltier rendition of this beer. Still, an enjoyable double IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/3/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted bread and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost there. Piney, resinous, but falls a little short by NW standards. Pretty decent, but more like a normal NW IPA, not a DIPA. Enjoyable, but could be a bit bigger.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a bright orange color with a finger of fluffy foam that takes a while to recede. Small bubble erupt to the surface at the nucleation point in the glass. Looks absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is a blend of sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor is a rush of hoppy flavor. Lots of pine, dank earthy oil, and some citrus. Finishes quite bitter with a lingering bite.

A full bodied IIPA - this need to be a touch more balanced / less harsh to be truly exceptional. That said - this is solidly above average.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is nice, a sweet/char caramel malt. nice juicy hop aroma.

taste has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. finishes bitter and dry. good taste though! not a bad IPA and has a cool bottle design as well.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours a very clear copper, with a white head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops and pine resin, plus a bit of salt. The taste is decently balanced, leaning towards bitter a bit, with notes of caramel, citrus hops and a bit of pine; dank. Smooth mouthfeel , bitter aftertaste, medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass draft pour at Mike's Place in Berea, OH.

I am generally not a fan of Flying Dog but this one is pretty good. Nothing special but pretty tasty and fairly balanced. Fruity hopes and sweet malts. Finishes with a building aspirin like bitterness but still a nice brew that I would have again.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pretty standard orange-copper DIPA color; A bit of a head, but not much.
Similarly not much lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, mangos. Definite "cattiness" as well.

Taste: A bit of malt sweetness--not much--but as with many DIPAs, the overwhelming
note is grapefruit juice that builds and lingers on the palate.

Feel: Prickly, but at the same time creamy.

Overall: Meh...decent enough, but doesn't really set itself apart from the rest of
the DIPA pack. Prefer FD's single hop "apollo" over this one in a head-to-head.

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold with small head. Bubbles are small and there is minimal lacing. Poured into pint glass. Smell: orange peel, pine, resin, with a hint of sweetness. Maybe pineapple. Taste: complex and dimensional, clean and balanced with a lingering bitterness. Citrus, lime peel, pine, maybe pepper? A sturdy yet subtle sweetness evens it out and the malt body has a slight crust quality too it, but mostly just supports the hop character. Alcohol content is very well covered. Only a hint of heat, but overall a very drinkable DIPA. Body: full and perfectly carbonated. Flying dog were able to weed out any unpleasant aspects of this beer. A very good drink!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "The Truth"
12 oz. bottle, coded but not freshness dated
$2 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

I'm not sure where I stand on this one.

In it's favor it's very well-balanced for an Imperial IPA with lots of bitterness and a bit of heat from the alcohol but not so much so that it gets away. And it's resinous and citrusy in both the aroma and the flavor with pine, resin, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. It's a solid, strong beer that'll give you a smack but won't punch you down and then kick you in the neck (as some IIPAs seem to want to do!).

Against it, although it seems to hit all of the points right and seems to be firing on all cylinders it just doesn't inspire me. Less than halfway through the serving I felt that I could take it or leave it. Is this a case of putting something together just a little too perfectly? Where there's nothing really standing out to catch your attention? I think it might be. In fact, I've enjoyed many standard IPAs that have more vibrancy to them. So what's left, the alcohol? Well they've done that part right, but I'm not drinking it for the alcohol.

In the end I think you have to look at it simply as it is and put the numbers together for yourself.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caveat - I lean toward West Coast IPAs, which this is not.

Amber, slightly clouded, moderate carbonation. Nose probably too subtle and didn't give much away. Flavor was a big surprise after the subtle nose with a bold malt and bold hops assault -- quite nice. Lingering bitterness in the back of the tongue. Like other Flying Dog brews -- not afraid to go big in taste.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.