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

338 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 39
Gots: 87 | 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: 338 | Reviews: 45
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 RedTarmac
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Luckily for me this beer is easy to find (I live in Maryland). This is a solid beer! I have had both bottle & draft and it never lets me down. It's not exactly the most balanced IIPA I've had, but it keeps calling me back! Beautiful copper/orange in color. Heads nice. And smell of hops and fruit is right there. This to me (if this makes sense to you) is an IPA drinkers IIPA. Lots of hop bite, a little bitter but it keeps calling you back for another sip! Flying Dog nailed this one! Give it a try!

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 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.

Photo of ddelgavio
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First review, but I've decided I'm not going to be pretentious about them so here goes.

Pours goldish.
Smells dank / piney / delicious.
Tastes like hops. Probably Citra, maybe Amarillo. I don't care for malty English IPAs. This is an American IPA that is hop forward with enough malt to keep from being hop tea. If you like hops and IPAs you'll like this. Seriously hoppy without that disgusting malt back that makes the mouthfeel foamy and filling. Easily a six pack racer even though it's over 8%.

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 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 BikeChef
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They really did nail this after all their trials. Huge pine and citrus nose; juicy hops follow through on the palate.

Photo of Tilghman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Really been enjoying this brew a lot, convenient supply here in Maryland. Nice complex flavor, deep amber pour, not too bitter but you know you’re drinking a quality IPA. Finishes well, wish I had another!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lipsntoes
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Great brew, wish I could get more in Ohio

Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance- Fiery golden orange brew, minimal head

Smell- Musty citrus, cat pee, hand lotion?

Taste- Grapefruit, aspirin, vegetation. Somewhat sweet but not nearly as much as I remember it being.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, dry and extremely crisp

Overall- Good, probably tied with Bloodline for my favorite Flying Dog beer. This is a solid purchase in my area because of proximity to the brewery. Currently I live only 35 miles away so the beer is inexpensive ($10 a sixer), readily available, and extremely fresh. I always remembered this beer as being similar to Dogfish 90 Minute, but actually it's closer in style to Victory Dirtwolf.

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 TeamMathis
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copperish gold. Like apple juice. Nice, thick, creamy white head at first.
Smell: Grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Pine. Some citrus, maybe grapefruit. Bitter dry aftertaste.

This is great. The smell is the best part. The hints of grapefruit are beyond inviting. The taste is great as well, however, it's more pine than citrus. The aftertaste is very, very dry and bitter. Overall, this is a wonderful Imp IPA. It seems much more like an IPA though, and an excellent one. I would get this again.

Photo of Titans77
4.15/5  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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Voltagglio's Family Meal in Frederick. Pours a pretty copper color, clear, with a very creamy looking slightly off white head on top. Big pine and grapefruit aroma with heavy caramel malt backing, very nice aromatics from the hops. Flavor follows with a strong up front bitterness, pine, caramel malt, then a lingering bitter grapefruit left on the palate. Big and slick but not sickly sweet or syrupy, medium carbonation keeping this plenty drinkable. Overall I thought this was a very good to excellent DIPA with a nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. I would drink it again for sure.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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