The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a one finger foamy white head. The head has a nice staying power, slowly fading over time to leave a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma contains a nice bready smell with a large citrus presence. The citrus has many dimension with one being of sweet orange and tangerine, another being a more sour lemon smell and the last being a bitter grapefruit. Mixed with these smells is a little bit of a floral and grassy smells as well, all combining to overall produce a quite nice smell
Taste – The taste starts out with a nice bready base along with some sweetness of tangerine upfront. Along with these flavors are some flavors of a bitter grapefruit hop as well as some caramel. The caramel and tangerine get stronger as the taste advances to the middle, maintaining their strength to the end. Along with the increase in the sweetness, the bitter grapefruit grows stronger as well. Unlike the sweet tastes which maximize at the middle of the taste, the grapefruit bitterness continues to gain strength the end, where it is joined by other hop flavors of an earthy and pine nature producing a quite balanced sweet but still nicely bittered taste. Long after the brew is swallowed it leaves a rather bitter flavor on the tongue; one that lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with the carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The higher carbonation made it slightly easier drinking and was nice for the fruity flavors of the brew, but did kind of take away from the bitter flavor of the brew. Overall the creamy body made up for this however, with the overall mouthfeel rather nice.
Overall – This is a rather tasty IPA overall. It is sweeter upfront and to the end of the taste but has lots of bitter hop at the end to balance the sweet out; then leaving a very lingering but pleasant bitter flavor on the tongue.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 21:47:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 01:30:41 | More by 1sophrosyne1
District of Columbia
4.66/5 rDev +12%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2014 22:59:30 | More by thecommonman
The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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