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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: 391
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 27.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 111 | 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: 48 | Hads: 391
Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pale amber, translucent, light ephemeral head, distinct and fine lacing
S: sharp hops, pine
T: bitter, sharp hops, pine
M: light but persistent, mouth-coating hops
O: smooth bite, lingering bitterness, easily drinkable. It puts me in the minority, but to me it's a one-note IPA, not particularly off-putting but not a remarkable example.

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Photo of mbatley
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with solid clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks good. The aromas are subtle with lots of caramel and fresh bread. Malts are there along with some citrus notes. Lots of orange. The flavors are very bold. It's a bitter bruiser. Lots of fresh pine needles and pine resin. Sweet grapefruit in the mix along with more orange. Slightly spicy, especially in the finish. Possibly some black pepper or some rye in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not flashy, but it's a bruiser. Nice bitterness. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it's still ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of Milesdig
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lover of IPA's although I am not a big flying dog fan but I thought i'd try this one. Not totally disappointed, but this beer is lacking. Not much color or carbonation and very little head that is gone quickly with barely a lace. They do hide the 8.7% abv well. Very drinkable beer that can sneak up on you. I wouldnt buy it again. Rather reach for a Maharaja by Avery brewing.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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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Photo of taylor714914
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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 superkustom
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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!!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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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Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 1sophrosyne1
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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 schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Truth is ... a big dry hoppy AIPA. Somehow it manages to be pretty one dimensional despite the big alcohol content. You almost can't taste any malts.

It's a pretty deep gold color with nice fizz. The smell is hoppy but not too strong. It grows on you. The smell does not warn you of the all hops taste to come. The taste is dry and bitter. The aftertaste is the same - bitter on the tongue with just a touch of malt taste coming through.

This brew is refreshing and extremely well made but not really what I like in a double AIPA.

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

This is a strong yet well balanced IPA with a malty caramel backbone and a decent dose of hops. The hops are more fruity; grapefruit, tangerines, oranges and lemon but it does end piney bitter.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -2%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -2%
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 Shroud0fdoom
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden body with a slight haze of amber. Very transparent with noticable carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Fluffy off-white head that lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Very complex aromas. Waves of tropical fruits including pineapple and mango, hints of grassy hops with some lemony scents and even a hint of garlic that comes and goes.

T- The hop complexity present in the nose is there in the flavor as well. Lots of herbal and grassy hop flavors with hints of tropical fruits coming through. Just enough toasted malt sweetness to balance this one out.

M- Full bodied, slightly sticky and lingering, medium carbonation.

O- This is a very good IIPA, but it falls short of some of the top offerings for me. There is just the slightest off-flavor for me that is not there for long, but shows up. Otherwise, you cannot beat this one in terms of price.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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