The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-clear golden color. A fluffy, barely off-white head of slightly over one finger caps the body off. Retention is okay, and so is lacing.
S: This has that Simcoe-cum-Citra stank I love, along with some impressive tropical fruit aromas (mango, peach, papaya). Only minimal malts come through. This is a great nose, and would get an even higher score if it emanated more strongly from the glass.
T: Wow, this is bitter. But beneath all that bitterness exists some great mango, peach, and papaya flavors, especially as it first hits the palate. Afterwards is when the piny bitterness (and hop oils) wash over the palate like sandpaper. Enjoyable sandpaper, that is. Slight maltiness comes through on the finish, too. Little complexity, but I don't care.
M: Light and crisp, with just the slightest remainder of sweetness on the back of the palate to keep it (semi) balanced. No hint of 8.7% comes through anywhere. Good carbonation makes it moronically drinkable, also.
O: This isn't one for those who are bothered by hop bitterness. This is one for those who like 'em bitter yet tropical. I pray to the gods this will be a year-round DIPA that's readily available and inexpensive in my area. Because even Jebus knows I need a local, high-quality DIPA that isn't priced like stupid.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2013 19:11:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 21:34:08 | More by topofthehops
The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.