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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
90
outstanding

60 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 440
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 45
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 440
Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | 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 -1.2%
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 -7.4%
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 -9.6%
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 +7.7%
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%
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 -10.1%
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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Photo of Griffin2
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - pours a medium amber color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.
S- Very citrusy
T- Taste matches the smell with pineapple on the back end. As it warms, I get some grapefruit as well.
F- Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O- Really nice citrusy DIPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw with a half finger of head. The nose has some mild citrus hoppiness. The flavor profile is very well-balanced between malt and hops and the body is somewhat hearty for the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, citrusy and strong, Flying Dog employs the three headed monster of CTZ (Citra-Tomahawk-Zeus) hops on a bitterly resinous bed of lupulin and oil for a taste that's certainly not for the hop timid. The question is- can you handle The Truth?

Bright amber with a modest hop-haze translucency, the ale seems to glow underneath and stern creamy white lather. Above, the fruity, toasty and sweet scents of honey and citrus play out with a perfume of grass, muddled sod and spruce lying tepidly behind. Initial sweetness of toasted caramel, light honey and mild bread crust is lightly savory and malty-sweet.

Its taste goes through rapid transformation across the middle. Its sweetness fades and its bitterness intensifies. Juicy red grapefruit, tantalizing tangerine, exotic pineapple and mango looses its succulence and the citrus and tropical flavors take on a drier, sharper and acutely bitter tone. With a follow-up of fresh-cut grass, herb and chive, the development of flavors seem to go on and on.

The medium-bodied ale finishes decidedly bitter, but it does retain a mild sweetness to buffer the throat agains the brazen hop bitterness for some semblance of balance. With its cleverly hidden alcohol spice rounded by caramel and biscuit, and masked by hops, the ale closes with a linger of dry citrus and chive.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Truth is ... a big dry hoppy AIPA. Somehow it manages to be pretty one dimensional despite the big alcohol content. You almost can't taste any malts.

It's a pretty deep gold color with nice fizz. The smell is hoppy but not too strong. It grows on you. The smell does not warn you of the all hops taste to come. The taste is dry and bitter. The aftertaste is the same - bitter on the tongue with just a touch of malt taste coming through.

This brew is refreshing and extremely well made but not really what I like in a double AIPA.

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Photo of Milesdig
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lover of IPA's although I am not a big flying dog fan but I thought i'd try this one. Not totally disappointed, but this beer is lacking. Not much color or carbonation and very little head that is gone quickly with barely a lace. They do hide the 8.7% abv well. Very drinkable beer that can sneak up on you. I wouldnt buy it again. Rather reach for a Maharaja by Avery brewing.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: nice amber color with excellent clarity nice tight small bubbly head that stick around

S: fruity in the way of citrus but very slight peppery and floral good bit of biscuity malts

T: Very resinous touch of citrus with peppery and earthy hops

M: A little syrupy which gives it more of a medium to heavier feel good bright carbonation

O: A solid beer but nothing special I am chasing a citrus taste that I can't quite catch. Otherwise its very earthy and peppery and malty its a pretty ok beer I think if I saw it again I would pass on it.

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with solid clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks good. The aromas are subtle with lots of caramel and fresh bread. Malts are there along with some citrus notes. Lots of orange. The flavors are very bold. It's a bitter bruiser. Lots of fresh pine needles and pine resin. Sweet grapefruit in the mix along with more orange. Slightly spicy, especially in the finish. Possibly some black pepper or some rye in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not flashy, but it's a bruiser. Nice bitterness. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it's still ultimately enjoyable.

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

This is a strong yet well balanced IPA with a malty caramel backbone and a decent dose of hops. The hops are more fruity; grapefruit, tangerines, oranges and lemon but it does end piney bitter.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: very floral. Such a lovely smell.
Taste: Extremely bitter. A little bit too much dry hop that put the beer somewhat out of balance.

I'm not a bitter fan, so probably won't have it on my own. But I won't deny one if given.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with one finger head and lace patches. Mild, citric hip aroma with hint of grapefruit sweetness and minor malt presence. Medium bodied and sticky with citric piney hips and a bit of stickiness thanks to sticky sweetness from malts as well as a touch of tropical fruits more than grapefruit.

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

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The foam looks nicer than most other foam and pretty decent looking. The beer itself is not bad to look at. It has a nice medium gold color. The beer is also clear and you can see right through it. While it's a nice looking beer, it doesn't really inspire.

The smell and taste both have a nice and bitter hop note. The hop note is primarily a mixture of pine, light citrus notes and a bit of spiciness. The malt has a bit of a sweet light honey biscuit and keeps the hop notes from being to overwhelming. The smell is a bit sweeter than the taste while the taste is a bit more citrus than the smell.

The feel is heavy bodied. The beer goes down smoothly and easily with some prickly carbonation helping things go down.

Overall, this is a fairly competent and easy drinking beer. You shouldn't have any regrets buying it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of rjd722
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg. Copper coloring with thick, slowly dissipating white head.

Aroma: Floral with some citrus notes. Grapefruit rind and pine. Caramel malts.

Taste: Intense hops, resinous and bitter. Pine and citrus with the sweet malts balancing everything out.

Feel: Clean with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Lingering malts and resinous pine rounds it all out. An easy to drink DIPA, won't disappoint.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.