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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

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013)
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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

djrn2, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Slatetank, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

oriolesfan4, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

stakem, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

duceswild, May 09, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

wrightst, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BillRoth, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.4%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ShanePB, Nov 09, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

atrocity, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

vfgccp, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Boone757, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ROGUE16, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

IPAchris, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ZEB89, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

EgadBananas, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

AngusOg, Aug 18, 2013
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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.