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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
90
outstanding

62 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 447
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 44
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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: 62 | Hads: 447
Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, citrusy and strong, Flying Dog employs the three headed monster of CTZ (Citra-Tomahawk-Zeus) hops on a bitterly resinous bed of lupulin and oil for a taste that's certainly not for the hop timid. The question is- can you handle The Truth?

Bright amber with a modest hop-haze translucency, the ale seems to glow underneath and stern creamy white lather. Above, the fruity, toasty and sweet scents of honey and citrus play out with a perfume of grass, muddled sod and spruce lying tepidly behind. Initial sweetness of toasted caramel, light honey and mild bread crust is lightly savory and malty-sweet.

Its taste goes through rapid transformation across the middle. Its sweetness fades and its bitterness intensifies. Juicy red grapefruit, tantalizing tangerine, exotic pineapple and mango looses its succulence and the citrus and tropical flavors take on a drier, sharper and acutely bitter tone. With a follow-up of fresh-cut grass, herb and chive, the development of flavors seem to go on and on.

The medium-bodied ale finishes decidedly bitter, but it does retain a mild sweetness to buffer the throat agains the brazen hop bitterness for some semblance of balance. With its cleverly hidden alcohol spice rounded by caramel and biscuit, and masked by hops, the ale closes with a linger of dry citrus and chive.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "The Truth"
12 oz. bottle, coded but not freshness dated
$2 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

I'm not sure where I stand on this one.

In it's favor it's very well-balanced for an Imperial IPA with lots of bitterness and a bit of heat from the alcohol but not so much so that it gets away. And it's resinous and citrusy in both the aroma and the flavor with pine, resin, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. It's a solid, strong beer that'll give you a smack but won't punch you down and then kick you in the neck (as some IIPAs seem to want to do!).

Against it, although it seems to hit all of the points right and seems to be firing on all cylinders it just doesn't inspire me. Less than halfway through the serving I felt that I could take it or leave it. Is this a case of putting something together just a little too perfectly? Where there's nothing really standing out to catch your attention? I think it might be. In fact, I've enjoyed many standard IPAs that have more vibrancy to them. So what's left, the alcohol? Well they've done that part right, but I'm not drinking it for the alcohol.

In the end I think you have to look at it simply as it is and put the numbers together for yourself.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/3/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted bread and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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 smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost there. Piney, resinous, but falls a little short by NW standards. Pretty decent, but more like a normal NW IPA, not a DIPA. Enjoyable, but could be a bit bigger.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear golden color. A fluffy, barely off-white head of slightly over one finger caps the body off. Retention is okay, and so is lacing.

S: This has that Simcoe-cum-Citra stank I love, along with some impressive tropical fruit aromas (mango, peach, papaya). Only minimal malts come through. This is a great nose, and would get an even higher score if it emanated more strongly from the glass.

T: Wow, this is bitter. But beneath all that bitterness exists some great mango, peach, and papaya flavors, especially as it first hits the palate. Afterwards is when the piny bitterness (and hop oils) wash over the palate like sandpaper. Enjoyable sandpaper, that is. Slight maltiness comes through on the finish, too. Little complexity, but I don't care.

M: Light and crisp, with just the slightest remainder of sweetness on the back of the palate to keep it (semi) balanced. No hint of 8.7% comes through anywhere. Good carbonation makes it moronically drinkable, also.

O: This isn't one for those who are bothered by hop bitterness. This is one for those who like 'em bitter yet tropical. I pray to the gods this will be a year-round DIPA that's readily available and inexpensive in my area. Because even Jebus knows I need a local, high-quality DIPA that isn't priced like stupid.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 57md
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw with a half finger of head. The nose has some mild citrus hoppiness. The flavor profile is very well-balanced between malt and hops and the body is somewhat hearty for the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jacewg
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours a very clear copper, with a white head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops and pine resin, plus a bit of salt. The taste is decently balanced, leaning towards bitter a bit, with notes of caramel, citrus hops and a bit of pine; dank. Smooth mouthfeel , bitter aftertaste, medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
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 ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass draft pour at Mike's Place in Berea, OH.

I am generally not a fan of Flying Dog but this one is pretty good. Nothing special but pretty tasty and fairly balanced. Fruity hopes and sweet malts. Finishes with a building aspirin like bitterness but still a nice brew that I would have again.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.