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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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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 364
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 28.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 101 | 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

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Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 364
Photo of sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: very floral. Such a lovely smell.
Taste: Extremely bitter. A little bit too much dry hop that put the beer somewhat out of balance.

I'm not a bitter fan, so probably won't have it on my own. But I won't deny one if given.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with one finger head and lace patches. Mild, citric hip aroma with hint of grapefruit sweetness and minor malt presence. Medium bodied and sticky with citric piney hips and a bit of stickiness thanks to sticky sweetness from malts as well as a touch of tropical fruits more than grapefruit.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The foam looks nicer than most other foam and pretty decent looking. The beer itself is not bad to look at. It has a nice medium gold color. The beer is also clear and you can see right through it. While it's a nice looking beer, it doesn't really inspire.

The smell and taste both have a nice and bitter hop note. The hop note is primarily a mixture of pine, light citrus notes and a bit of spiciness. The malt has a bit of a sweet light honey biscuit and keeps the hop notes from being to overwhelming. The smell is a bit sweeter than the taste while the taste is a bit more citrus than the smell.

The feel is heavy bodied. The beer goes down smoothly and easily with some prickly carbonation helping things go down.

Overall, this is a fairly competent and easy drinking beer. You shouldn't have any regrets buying it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that's stamped 300A15.

A - Pours a medium to dark gold color with a light layer of creamy white, sticky, foam.

S - Very, very faint citrus and biscuity malt...that's it.

T - The sip is dominated by piney bitterness with some golden malt underneath and finishes with a subtle citrus character and lingering pine bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body, creamy smooth on the palate, and coats the mouth with a sweet, piney bite from the subtle citrus.

O - Unfortunately the nose (or lack thereof) really drags the score down ... otherwise, pretty good and worth a try!

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Photo of rjd722
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg. Copper coloring with thick, slowly dissipating head. Floral smell with intense hops taste. An easy to drink DIPA, won't disappoint.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked, but didn't love this one. Looks great, nice amber color with a finger of white head, nice lacing as you drain it. Nose is mild, some piney, citrus hops. Flavors are bigger, but still somewhat mild for a DIPA. A lot of piney hops, grapefruit, bitterness. There's some malt in there, somewhere, a bit of syrupy sweetness to balance out the hops, but it's honestly really hard to find. Especially as it gets warmer, this one is a hops-bomb, especially for an East Coast brew, with not much else going on. That said, it's quite drinkable, throughout. Body is medium, maybe not quite as syrupy or thick as I would have hoped, with some subtle, smooth carbonation. Overall this is a fine DIPA, if not particularly mind-blowing, and a bit simple and straight-forward. That said, I can get down with the local element.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a generous head that stays and stays. Respectable flavor and smell. Considering the alcohol content, perhaps it changes the wine saying to beer: In Beer, Truth!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A: very clear slightly amber hue. bright white head. good looking brew.

S: initial pour yields a very resinous citrus forward hop aroma. I assume heavily dry hopped. pine as well. pleasant hop aroma. not over the top, but still inviting.

T: citrus, pine, a little bit herbal as well. definitely a cracker like maltiness. very present. I actually find it to mute the bitterness quite a bit.

M: moderate carb on a medium/full body.

D: easy drinking well done DIPA.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of mbatley
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
After having this on cask dry hopped with Citra. This bottle version pales in comparison. The appearance is world class! Medium amber body with a white fizzy head. Let's smell it! Very earthy with that onion/garlic hop bite with some caramelized wheat grains. Almost smells like a hoppy German Lager. Well let's taste this! First hits of some citric rind and then follows through with more garlic earthiness. The malts are sweet and caramel. Finishes fruity and semi-dry with a lingering leafy/hoppy bitterness. The feel is sappy and fizzy carbonation.

Overall: This is a good brew that I would drink again. It reminds me of a intensely hoppy German Lager vs. An Ale. Yet it doesn't have that citric hop flavor that I seem to enjoy on my DIPAs. Then again, I had this base beer on cask dry hopped with Citra and that brew is mind boggling good. This is enjoyable yet lacks in the "Citra" department that its supposedly hopped with. All in all, this brew is recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev 0%

The beer is a radiant sunset hue with a thick, soapy, white crest. Aromas of pine, hops, floral notes, biscuit malt. Clean flavor. Hop forward with alcohol pretty well masked. Certainly one of the better offerings from Flying Dog.

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Photo of Tilghman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Moderate carbonation. Initial impression is pine resin, then a bit of malt sweetness in the background, but the hops definitely overwhelm. A little alcohol burn is evident - not terribly well hidden. Finishes with a smooth citrus bitterness (seems a contradiction in terms, but there it is) that is refreshing, even though the mouthfeel is rather heavy.
I found this a really interesting (perhaps "puzzling"?) IIPA. A lot of opposites doing battle here, but the overall impression is a good, solid, hoppy IPA.

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Photo of RedTarmac
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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!

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Photo of topofthehops
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with "062A14" on the label into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes.

The core is a very clear gold kissed with orange. The decent soapy clean-white head holds on fairly well, keeping a quarter inch cap long into the glass. Lacing sheets are fairly nice, but don't stick to the glass.

Grapefruit and pineapple are prominent in a clean but also earthy nose. The earth turns dank with warmth, and spruce comes through with flowery weeds. There's a touch of bready malt that suggests it will influence the mid palate flavors and feel.

It's very bubbly and bitter to start--so much so that the citrus bouquet shows through very little in the early flavors. Middle to late in each gulp, some funk emerges that falls to reveal grass and some chewy earth. The end is a bit thin, but the drying bitterness allows grapefruit to dance by in a bright, pleasant way. Overall, it's just a bit too simple for me.

The carbonation is too strong for me, and out of balance with the taste and body profile. It's moderately thick with some oily layers, but those are dessicated somewhat quickly. That effect certainly hides the booze well, but it makes the beer a bit two dimensional.

Overall, I think this brew is better than most of what Flying Dog puts out. It's not so gangly like I find a number of their other creations (e.g. Raging Bitch). I'd certainly go back for more even though it's a touch thin and heavily effervescent.

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Photo of thecommonman
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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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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Photo of taylor714914
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.