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The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

39 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 352
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 41
Gots: 93 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 352
Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that's stamped 300A15.

A - Pours a medium to dark gold color with a light layer of creamy white, sticky, foam.

S - Very, very faint citrus and biscuity malt...that's it.

T - The sip is dominated by piney bitterness with some golden malt underneath and finishes with a subtle citrus character and lingering pine bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body, creamy smooth on the palate, and coats the mouth with a sweet, piney bite from the subtle citrus.

O - Unfortunately the nose (or lack thereof) really drags the score down ... otherwise, pretty good and worth a try! (572 characters)

Photo of rjd722
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg. Copper coloring with thick, slowly dissipating head. Floral smell with intense hops taste. An easy to drink DIPA, won't disappoint. (169 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked, but didn't love this one. Looks great, nice amber color with a finger of white head, nice lacing as you drain it. Nose is mild, some piney, citrus hops. Flavors are bigger, but still somewhat mild for a DIPA. A lot of piney hops, grapefruit, bitterness. There's some malt in there, somewhere, a bit of syrupy sweetness to balance out the hops, but it's honestly really hard to find. Especially as it gets warmer, this one is a hops-bomb, especially for an East Coast brew, with not much else going on. That said, it's quite drinkable, throughout. Body is medium, maybe not quite as syrupy or thick as I would have hoped, with some subtle, smooth carbonation. Overall this is a fine DIPA, if not particularly mind-blowing, and a bit simple and straight-forward. That said, I can get down with the local element. (817 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a generous head that stays and stays. Respectable flavor and smell. Considering the alcohol content, perhaps it changes the wine saying to beer: In Beer, Truth! (180 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A: very clear slightly amber hue. bright white head. good looking brew.

S: initial pour yields a very resinous citrus forward hop aroma. I assume heavily dry hopped. pine as well. pleasant hop aroma. not over the top, but still inviting.

T: citrus, pine, a little bit herbal as well. definitely a cracker like maltiness. very present. I actually find it to mute the bitterness quite a bit.

M: moderate carb on a medium/full body.

D: easy drinking well done DIPA. (486 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Sort of a delayed bitterness with each sip, this beer wants to talk flavor first before it throws down the bitterness. This ended up being a really tasty Imperial IPA with enough balance so that our palates weren’t decimated. Flying Dog should keep on playing around with hops; more than often they end up with treats like this.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.7%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Rich golden hue, sudsy

SMELL: Dank hop, oily, herbal, peppery, pineapple, mango, pumpkin seeds, pine, alcohol

TASTE: Creamy, leafy, oily, growing bitterness, stone fruit, orange peel, green peppercorn, juicy, malty, semi-pungent, bread crust, alcohol warmth, papaya; lingering hoppy, bitter finish (746 characters)

Photo of mbatley
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short review

This could have a lot going for it (and I'm a local fan of Flying Dog) but this Imperial IPA is just trying a bit too hard and comes across a bit harsh, especially on the finish where it is a bit stinging and astringent. (235 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance- Fiery golden orange brew, minimal head

Smell- Musty citrus, cat pee, hand lotion?

Taste- Grapefruit, aspirin, vegetation. Somewhat sweet but not nearly as much as I remember it being.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, dry and extremely crisp

Overall- Good, probably tied with Bloodline for my favorite Flying Dog beer. This is a solid purchase in my area because of proximity to the brewery. Currently I live only 35 miles away so the beer is inexpensive ($10 a sixer), readily available, and extremely fresh. I always remembered this beer as being similar to Dogfish 90 Minute, but actually it's closer in style to Victory Dirtwolf. (643 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 47 of 2015 (less than three weeks old by my count!)

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange copper body with a decent white head.

Smell: Nice citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a slight caramel sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Woody, citrusy, and tropical fruit flavors. Orangey taste from the Amarillo hops. A fair amount of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly dry with just a touch of bitter aftertaste. Despite the maltiness, this beer does not come off as "boozy".

Overall: Very drinkable and classic East Coast IPA - the Amarillo hops really shine. (644 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
After having this on cask dry hopped with Citra. This bottle version pales in comparison. The appearance is world class! Medium amber body with a white fizzy head. Let's smell it! Very earthy with that onion/garlic hop bite with some caramelized wheat grains. Almost smells like a hoppy German Lager. Well let's taste this! First hits of some citric rind and then follows through with more garlic earthiness. The malts are sweet and caramel. Finishes fruity and semi-dry with a lingering leafy/hoppy bitterness. The feel is sappy and fizzy carbonation.

Overall: This is a good brew that I would drink again. It reminds me of a intensely hoppy German Lager vs. An Ale. Yet it doesn't have that citric hop flavor that I seem to enjoy on my DIPAs. Then again, I had this base beer on cask dry hopped with Citra and that brew is mind boggling good. This is enjoyable yet lacks in the "Citra" department that its supposedly hopped with. All in all, this brew is recommended. (987 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer is a radiant sunset hue with a thick, soapy, white crest. Aromas of pine, hops, floral notes, biscuit malt. Clean flavor. Hop forward with alcohol pretty well masked. Certainly one of the better offerings from Flying Dog. (230 characters)

Photo of Tilghman
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Really been enjoying this brew a lot, convenient supply here in Maryland. Nice complex flavor, deep amber pour, not too bitter but you know you’re drinking a quality IPA. Finishes well, wish I had another! (215 characters)

Photo of RedTarmac
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Luckily for me this beer is easy to find (I live in Maryland). This is a solid beer! I have had both bottle & draft and it never lets me down. It's not exactly the most balanced IIPA I've had, but it keeps calling me back! Beautiful copper/orange in color. Heads nice. And smell of hops and fruit is right there. This to me (if this makes sense to you) is an IPA drinkers IIPA. Lots of hop bite, a little bitter but it keeps calling you back for another sip! Flying Dog nailed this one! Give it a try! (505 characters)

Photo of topofthehops
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, Flying Dog has been more about clever marketing than making truly exceptional beer. So it's ironic that the label of the first great beer this brewery has produced says, "Full Disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share."

Well, I sure am glad they filled that gap. The Truth is everything I love in a craft brew, which mainly means hops, hops, and more hops. I first enjoyed a bottle about three months ago at a bar in Ellicott City. Many sixers later, I'm still impressed every time I take a sip. Wait a minute, who am I kidding? I don't "sip" ... I gulp.

Oh, and if you happen to find yourself enjoying an Orioles game at Camden Yards, make sure you visit the Free State Pub, which pours The Truth on draught. (796 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a brewery that brought us Snake Dog and Raging Bitch (both of which I like, to be clear), this is a quite surprisingly soft approach of hops—especially considering its designation as an Imperial IPA–but the humulus bouquet really shines, and couples with a grainy-sweet air that presents a subtle but inviting nose. Indeed, this ale is altogether and throughout a *very* well-balanced–even restrained–which is, again, somewhat unexpected given both the producer and the style.

The Truth pours a beautiful golden hue, accentuated by light in the bulb of a snifter, and presents a smooth, gentle sweetness from the malt bill; following is a clean bitterness that washes and punctuates, never approaching even a hint of exorbitance or never in danger of becoming cloying.

I think—aside from "surprising," which is more a context-based reaction–the word I'd used to describe this Imperial IPA is "subdued." It's refreshing—a higher-proof IPA not at all out of season on a warm June day–and, while perhaps not especially innovative, inventive, or even (in some sense) interesting, it's an extremely technically-proficient IIPA. If it's not the truth, it's a least the wheelhouse. (1,197 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy orange with half a finger of white head. Smells of citrus and slight piney hops, very strong but also with some sweetness. Tastes of sweet malt with a nice citrus and earthy hops. Beer is carbonated correctly carbonated with a very slight alcohol taste light-medium body. Overall a very good beer. (362 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with "062A14" on the label into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes.

The core is a very clear gold kissed with orange. The decent soapy clean-white head holds on fairly well, keeping a quarter inch cap long into the glass. Lacing sheets are fairly nice, but don't stick to the glass.

Grapefruit and pineapple are prominent in a clean but also earthy nose. The earth turns dank with warmth, and spruce comes through with flowery weeds. There's a touch of bready malt that suggests it will influence the mid palate flavors and feel.

It's very bubbly and bitter to start--so much so that the citrus bouquet shows through very little in the early flavors. Middle to late in each gulp, some funk emerges that falls to reveal grass and some chewy earth. The end is a bit thin, but the drying bitterness allows grapefruit to dance by in a bright, pleasant way. Overall, it's just a bit too simple for me.

The carbonation is too strong for me, and out of balance with the taste and body profile. It's moderately thick with some oily layers, but those are dessicated somewhat quickly. That effect certainly hides the booze well, but it makes the beer a bit two dimensional.

Overall, I think this brew is better than most of what Flying Dog puts out. It's not so gangly like I find a number of their other creations (e.g. Raging Bitch). I'd certainly go back for more even though it's a touch thin and heavily effervescent. (1,451 characters)

Photo of thecommonman
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden-orange. Clear, slightly off-white foam color. Lots of sticky lacing after a large foamy head dissipates slowly.

S - Smells like rubbing amarillo hops in your hand and inhaling the aroma. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. As beer warmed I inhaled more piney and boozy aromas.

T - Front of the tongue lots of that citrus fruit. Nice and soft, not too bitter. As the flavor progresses you get the piney, simcoe-flavors. It switches back to tropical fruit on the finish.

M - Carb'd perfectly, slight-boozy body but not overwhelming. Medium-to-full mouthfeel.

O - According to Flying Dog right on the bottle, this was an after thought to fill market share. They nailed it. Well-balanced, nice shift between the two separate hop profiles. Boozy and big, but not overwhelming. Loved it. Very west-coasty. (818 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Voltagglio's Family Meal in Frederick. Pours a pretty copper color, clear, with a very creamy looking slightly off white head on top. Big pine and grapefruit aroma with heavy caramel malt backing, very nice aromatics from the hops. Flavor follows with a strong up front bitterness, pine, caramel malt, then a lingering bitter grapefruit left on the palate. Big and slick but not sickly sweet or syrupy, medium carbonation keeping this plenty drinkable. Overall I thought this was a very good to excellent DIPA with a nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. I would drink it again for sure. (615 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky copper with a thin pale orange head.  Smells of sweet malts and a touch of hops.  I was surprised at the taste.  Much more sweet maltiness than hopiness.  The sweetness washes over the tongue with only a slight bitterness finishing the beer.  The bitterness grows as it warms, but so does the sweetness.

A decent beer, but the balance just isn’t there for me.  The DIPA lacked the hoppiness to balance the huge huge huge malt backbone.  Decent, but nothing to really get excited about (508 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copperish gold. Like apple juice. Nice, thick, creamy white head at first.
Smell: Grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Pine. Some citrus, maybe grapefruit. Bitter dry aftertaste.

This is great. The smell is the best part. The hints of grapefruit are beyond inviting. The taste is great as well, however, it's more pine than citrus. The aftertaste is very, very dry and bitter. Overall, this is a wonderful Imp IPA. It seems much more like an IPA though, and an excellent one. I would get this again. (510 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors on Connecticut Ave. in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but cryptic "062A14" on the bottom of the label, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" glass, drank 11/15/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, impressive clarity (likely filtered), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 11/12 - heavy citrus fruit - grapefruit, pineapple and orange rind - from the big finish addition of Citra and Amarillo; I detected some catty Citra notes on first nose too; as the beer warms, some dank piney-resiny and grassy aromas peek out; some C20 like malt character but the high alpha hops are totally showcased here

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, tropical/citrus fruit like bitterness predominates; in the middle of the mouth, some of the grassy, earthy and dank hop qualities start to emerge, which pops with the carbonation; finishes dry like a West Coast IPA; little-to-no alcohol presence; aftertaste is a pleasant citrus bitterness that sits on the tongue for only a few seconds

M: 4/5 - moderate body with resiny hop oils sitting on the tongue tongue, the alcohol is present but I definitely don't get ~9% ABV; adequate carbonation

O: 9/10 - great addition to the Flying Dog catalogue, and, to be frank, this is one of their best beers even if they claim that it's only filling a void in their catalogue; it reminds me of a more balanced and intense version of their single hop Citra IPA, which was also an excellent DIPA; I'm excited to see this year around in 6-packs and should be readily accessible in the greater Washington D.C. area; if anyone reads this review and is interested in a trade, please feel free to contact me

TOTAL = 44/50 (1,810 characters)

Photo of ddelgavio
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First review, but I've decided I'm not going to be pretentious about them so here goes.

Pours goldish.
Smells dank / piney / delicious.
Tastes like hops. Probably Citra, maybe Amarillo. I don't care for malty English IPAs. This is an American IPA that is hop forward with enough malt to keep from being hop tea. If you like hops and IPAs you'll like this. Seriously hoppy without that disgusting malt back that makes the mouthfeel foamy and filling. Easily a six pack racer even though it's over 8%. (502 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with one of these. The brew alpears a clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of off-white suds that leaves a patchy wall of lace on the glass.

The aroma is dank and herbal with some cat piss yet underneath it is fruity, rindy, pulpy and zesty primarily like grapefruit with some grass/vegetative edge.

The flavor is bitter with pine and herbs. It boasts a bitter sort of orange marmalde character mid-palate. It is somewhat grassy into the finish with a dusty bread grain feel undeneath.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. An ok, middle of the road ipa. I appreciate the chance to give this one a try, thanks again Heath. (719 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey amber with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Nice lace retention. Pretty much exactly what a DIPA should look like.

Smells, in a word, "GREEN." Grassy and utterly dank. Fresh citrus and pine also come through. Again, pretty much what you would expect from a good DIPA, but the "dank" factor here is impressive.

Tastes, in a word, "BRIGHT." Fresh, juicy hops at the forefront, bringing pine and tropical fruit, lemon and even some soft peach. I've gotta believe there is some Citra involved in this hop bill, as mango lies squarely at the center of the flavor profile, along with some light caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat chewy, with ample carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, fresh, bright, fragrant DIPA that bursts with tropical fruit and doesn't get carried away with the bitterness. Although it doesn't necessarily bring anything mindblowing or innovative to the table. A solid value, especially if you live close enough to get it super fresh. (985 characters)

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.