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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

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 29
Gots: 39 | 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 Mongrel
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mongrel, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Mississippi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mississippi, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

RandomExile, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of kasubot
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

kasubot, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Rast
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rast, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of guillemiro
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

guillemiro, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of TomG2751
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

TomG2751, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Beer4Baltimore, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jspaner
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jspaner, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +9%

AndrewMichael, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of dsshuck
4.5/5  rDev +9%

dsshuck, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hockey_Fan, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +9%

random846, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

stephenjmoore, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of onedogtwodog
4.5/5  rDev +9%

onedogtwodog, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bmur112, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Big_V
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Big_V, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Vaultdweller27
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Vaultdweller27, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Theheroguy
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Theheroguy, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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 JandJMD
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JandJMD, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of edglodek
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

edglodek, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ROGUE16, Sep 14, 2013
The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.