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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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48 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 392
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 27.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 112 | 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 Titans77:
Photo of Titans77
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler fill from Flying Dog one day after it was added to the taproom. 120 IBU, 8.7% abv, year round Imperial IPA.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a finger and a half of a bright white head. The head disappeared rather quickly, which makes sense for 8.7% abv. I'd rather my IIPA's look cloudier and a bit brighter, but this beer doesn't look bad by any means.

S - Piney hops up front with some citrus in the back. You can smell the bitterness and the pungent hops give it a nice astringency. I think I also pick up some of the alcohol on the nose. A rather great smelling brew.

T - Heavy pine is the first thing you get with the taste. Freshly squeezed hops lead to a citrus or grapefruit flavor as well. Very typical of big IPA's today. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but doesn't detract from any of the hop flavors. Doesn't do anything spectacular to improve on IIPA's, but doesn't do anything wrong. Big pine and citrus, balanced with some light bready malts.

M - Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and big bitterness. This beer just drinks right for an IIPA. Moderate boozy feel which is interesting for 8.7%. I have had many-a-brews that were more alcoholic, but hid the abv better. I feel that the alcohol presence adds to this beer. Very well done.

O - As long as the price point is right ($12 for a 64oz Growler fill) and they can keep six packs under $13, this could very well become a regular in my fridge. A solid IIPA that is local to me, that doesn't cost $20 a sixer (OtWoA, I am looking at you!), and that punches you in the mouth with bitterness is exactly what the doctor ordered. Can't wait to pick this up in bottles later on.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Andnkuhn
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +13.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.