The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 54 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013)
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Reviews by Titans77:
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.