The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

37 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 343
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 39
Gots: 89 | 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

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

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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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4.12/5  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. (2,053 characters)

More User Reviews:
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mbatley
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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 alcohline_trip
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevvoe
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kgammell1
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep clear golden body. Big white head. A few wisps and a medium collar.

Smell - Very malty aroma. Caramel. Grapefruit and pine hops.

Taste - Again lots of caramel. Grapefruit hops. Bitterness builds quickly. Big malt content.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good but tastes like most breweries' DIPAs. (398 characters)

Photo of Dduquette
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Crystal clear golden copper with a rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy creaminess, leaving sticky sudsy lace behind. The aroma is a fresh blast of floral notes, grapefruit, pine and underlying herbal tones. Neutral malt sweetness sits along the back. This smells quite bitter in the nose. The taste is straight up zesty grapefruit, resins and herbal character. A bit of a malt backbone helps balance this but man; the bitterness on this really comes on strong in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with more of a slick creaminess on the edges. The higher alcohol here is well hid, mostly coming out in that bitter finish. This was certainly decent. Strong hop flavors for sure but this could have used a bit more malt activity to help round out the corners. For $10 a sixer though, I’ll definitely be coming back. (875 characters)

Photo of k3lso
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

lovely pine and citrus nose, nice
bitter finish (48 characters)

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.