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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

322 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 36
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013

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Ratings: 322 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey amber with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Nice lace retention. Pretty much exactly what a DIPA should look like.

Smells, in a word, "GREEN." Grassy and utterly dank. Fresh citrus and pine also come through. Again, pretty much what you would expect from a good DIPA, but the "dank" factor here is impressive.

Tastes, in a word, "BRIGHT." Fresh, juicy hops at the forefront, bringing pine and tropical fruit, lemon and even some soft peach. I've gotta believe there is some Citra involved in this hop bill, as mango lies squarely at the center of the flavor profile, along with some light caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat chewy, with ample carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, fresh, bright, fragrant DIPA that bursts with tropical fruit and doesn't get carried away with the bitterness. Although it doesn't necessarily bring anything mindblowing or innovative to the table. A solid value, especially if you live close enough to get it super fresh.

Photo of thecommonman
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of superkustom
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A local beer for me, as I live in frederick. Nice coper color 2 finger white head. Needs to have a bit more malt, to round out the bitter hop bite. Fantastic hop smell and strong hop flavor, but does need some malt to smooth out the mouth feel. Very nice iipa, almost great!!

Photo of topofthehops
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Big shampoo and even off white head, three fingers tall and settles nicely to a soapy foamy giant puck. The body color is a glowing deep amber orange, hints of bronze and peach glow within its presence. A perfect thin slow rising column of bubbles arises off the pour in the middle. A real great looking DIPA, with some sudsy lacing as well.

Nose brings solid delight. Juicy hop angle of tropical fruits. A bit of muddy earthy quality comes in the hop angle as well. Malt isn't distinguishable, but can easily take a back seat by this very nice aromatic hop nose. Some faint toasty brown and cinnamon sugar barely sneaks out.

Palate comes with a good hop expression anticipated from the nose. Body is just light enough but not too wet to let the flavors tantalize the palate. First sips bring some solid sweetness hinting at caramel and a bit of citrus fruit, which are quickly washed away in a giant pine bitterness and dank earth. The hop bitterness is long lasting but extremely sharp, piney, and later like bitter vegetable skin or perhaps bitter watermelon rind.

Overall, impressive in look and nose, but there needs to be a little bit more malt, and hint of sweetness to round things out, and take this to the next level. Still enjoyable for what it is, and if you enjoy strong bitterness in the hop realm, this is right up your alley.

Photo of brendankcarter
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally refreshing imperial with strong citrus notes.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a brewery that brought us Snake Dog and Raging Bitch (both of which I like, to be clear), this is a quite surprisingly soft approach of hops—especially considering its designation as an Imperial IPA–but the humulus bouquet really shines, and couples with a grainy-sweet air that presents a subtle but inviting nose. Indeed, this ale is altogether and throughout a *very* well-balanced–even restrained–which is, again, somewhat unexpected given both the producer and the style.

The Truth pours a beautiful golden hue, accentuated by light in the bulb of a snifter, and presents a smooth, gentle sweetness from the malt bill; following is a clean bitterness that washes and punctuates, never approaching even a hint of exorbitance or never in danger of becoming cloying.

I think—aside from "surprising," which is more a context-based reaction–the word I'd used to describe this Imperial IPA is "subdued." It's refreshing—a higher-proof IPA not at all out of season on a warm June day–and, while perhaps not especially innovative, inventive, or even (in some sense) interesting, it's an extremely technically-proficient IIPA. If it's not the truth, it's a least the wheelhouse.

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - crystal clear copper with initial 1 finger head. Over the next several minutes the head grew to 3+ fingers over the top of the glass like bread rising. Nice and billowy with lots of carbonation fueling the head retention.

Smell - I'm assuming this is really fresh from the brewer as it has that perfect citrus/floral fresh hop scents. Can't beat it.

Taste - A true hop wallop. Very fresh hop goodness that feels very smooth and balanced. Then unfortunately some bitterness presents itself into the aftertaste and lingers a little too long for my liking. Initially it has characteristics of a world class Double IPA but those are reserved for the ones that finish smooth and flavorful without the bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Warm and Buttery.

Overall - Another one of Flying Dog's better recent IPA creations. With the bitter finish it fits into the mold of the West Coast style IPAs. Not quite as great as their recent Citra IMO but its not far behind and still a very highly crafted double IPA. They have been making some strides and this one will deliver for most all hop heads certainly.

Photo of smokeypeat
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New release from Flying Dog. Poured into a tulip glass, it's a darker shade of yellow, fairly clear. Frothy white head disappears quickly leaving just a light fringe around the rim.

Smell on this is really positive from first whiff on. Big tropical notes, some alcohol but not overwhelming. I feel like I'm downwind of a citrus farm and the living is good.

Taste is really solid. Nice mango, pineapple, grapefruit tastes of front with some piney astringency in the backbone. Malt backbone is there but this feels more "west coast" than other Flying dog IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel is solid. Nice and sticky slick, this goes down easy. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, this beer is a big pleasant surprise. I hadn't even heard about this beer coming out, but when I saw it in the store and my "beer guy" said it was solid I thought at $12/6er I'd give it a try. I've found there single hop IPA series to have a few big winners and a few clunkers. This beer is in the winner column for sure and is worthy of repeat purchases.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors on Connecticut Ave. in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but cryptic "062A14" on the bottom of the label, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" glass, drank 11/15/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, impressive clarity (likely filtered), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 11/12 - heavy citrus fruit - grapefruit, pineapple and orange rind - from the big finish addition of Citra and Amarillo; I detected some catty Citra notes on first nose too; as the beer warms, some dank piney-resiny and grassy aromas peek out; some C20 like malt character but the high alpha hops are totally showcased here

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, tropical/citrus fruit like bitterness predominates; in the middle of the mouth, some of the grassy, earthy and dank hop qualities start to emerge, which pops with the carbonation; finishes dry like a West Coast IPA; little-to-no alcohol presence; aftertaste is a pleasant citrus bitterness that sits on the tongue for only a few seconds

M: 4/5 - moderate body with resiny hop oils sitting on the tongue tongue, the alcohol is present but I definitely don't get ~9% ABV; adequate carbonation

O: 9/10 - great addition to the Flying Dog catalogue, and, to be frank, this is one of their best beers even if they claim that it's only filling a void in their catalogue; it reminds me of a more balanced and intense version of their single hop Citra IPA, which was also an excellent DIPA; I'm excited to see this year around in 6-packs and should be readily accessible in the greater Washington D.C. area; if anyone reads this review and is interested in a trade, please feel free to contact me

TOTAL = 44/50

Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy orange with half a finger of white head. Smells of citrus and slight piney hops, very strong but also with some sweetness. Tastes of sweet malt with a nice citrus and earthy hops. Beer is carbonated correctly carbonated with a very slight alcohol taste light-medium body. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do not get this here in NYC, have had it multiple times in VA and MD. Have schlepped home 6 packs multiple times, totally worth it!

Photo of hophead_87
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A really underrated IPA. Big citrus and hop flavor. Easy drinking as well.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 47 of 2015 (less than three weeks old by my count!)

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange copper body with a decent white head.

Smell: Nice citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a slight caramel sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Woody, citrusy, and tropical fruit flavors. Orangey taste from the Amarillo hops. A fair amount of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly dry with just a touch of bitter aftertaste. Despite the maltiness, this beer does not come off as "boozy".

Overall: Very drinkable and classic East Coast IPA - the Amarillo hops really shine.

Photo of taylor714914
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky copper with a thin pale orange head.  Smells of sweet malts and a touch of hops.  I was surprised at the taste.  Much more sweet maltiness than hopiness.  The sweetness washes over the tongue with only a slight bitterness finishing the beer.  The bitterness grows as it warms, but so does the sweetness.

A decent beer, but the balance just isn’t there for me.  The DIPA lacked the hoppiness to balance the huge huge huge malt backbone.  Decent, but nothing to really get excited about

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with one of these. The brew alpears a clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of off-white suds that leaves a patchy wall of lace on the glass.

The aroma is dank and herbal with some cat piss yet underneath it is fruity, rindy, pulpy and zesty primarily like grapefruit with some grass/vegetative edge.

The flavor is bitter with pine and herbs. It boasts a bitter sort of orange marmalde character mid-palate. It is somewhat grassy into the finish with a dusty bread grain feel undeneath.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. An ok, middle of the road ipa. I appreciate the chance to give this one a try, thanks again Heath.

Photo of jacewg
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange color with a bit of light amber. Nice clarity. Big fluffy head with good lacing. Decent head retention - makes sense though, lots of hop oil

Smell: Huge aroma. Tons of peach. Stonefruit. Definite citrus in there as well. Love the Amarillo/Citra hop combination. Pale, sweet supporting malt and just a hint of resiny pine. Very dank as well. Outstanding

Taste: Big and juicy with lots of peach, citrus, and stonefruit again. More resiny pine type flavors than in the nose with a sharp anchoring bitterness. The interplay between hop flavor/malt sweetness/bitterness is really well done here. Finishes long and dry with lingering flavoring and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Drinks exceptionally easy for 8.7% and 120 IBUs. Carbonation and body are both about medium. Remarkably light on its feet for all of the big characteristics.

Overall: One of the best new IPAs I've had this year. Huge hop aroma and flavor. Super drinkable. This doesn't factor into the review, but the price point on this is also exceptional. Like $12 a 6/er for an outstanding, year-round Imperial IPA.

Another winner in what has been a long stretch of them for Flying Dog recently.

Photo of Theheroguy
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An array of super intense American hop flavors. This is like smelling fresh hops in you hand. The taste is vibrant and full of American hops. I feel like I'm in the hops fields as I drink this beer. It is very well balanced the bitterness isn't what you would expect (or possibly hope for) from an imperial IPA. The malt is prominent but in no way shape or form masks the beautiful hops. This taste like a stronger, hoppier version of the Flying Dog Doggie Style pale ale. I got this on a whim and I'm really glad that I did.

Photo of cameronnconway
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Hop flavors sneak up and blossom into a really satisfying bite.

Photo of davet100
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New all year round release from Flying Dog, based on the strength of their single hop imperial IPA series, this was a must try in my book. Firstly, thanks to my wonderful wife for picking this up for me. This beer was about as fresh it comes, straight of a truck from the brewery and into my fridge. Poured a clear amber with half a finger white head. Incredible aroma, pine and citrus notes up front, accompanied by strong tropical/stone fruit notes. The flavor very much followed suit, based on the hop varietal (citra, amarillo, summit, CTZ, warrior) you get big burst of pine and sharp citrus, followed by lots of tropical notes; very much in the west coast mould of an IPA. At 120 IBU's this is a serious beer, and in this respect, shares similar hophead palate pleasing qualities to the likes of Stone's Ruinten for example. It brings an assertive hop flavor, which is showcased by lots of bitterness and citrus, and balanced with a light malt backbone. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and it has a very clean, dry finish. This really is an impressive beer and at $12 for a sixer, represents tremendous value for what is a top rate imperial ipa. You really can tell a lot of work has gone into this beer and this will definitely become a mainstay in my fridge going forward.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.