The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 364
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 28.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors on Connecticut Ave. in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but cryptic "062A14" on the bottom of the label, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" glass, drank 11/15/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, impressive clarity (likely filtered), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 11/12 - heavy citrus fruit - grapefruit, pineapple and orange rind - from the big finish addition of Citra and Amarillo; I detected some catty Citra notes on first nose too; as the beer warms, some dank piney-resiny and grassy aromas peek out; some C20 like malt character but the high alpha hops are totally showcased here

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, tropical/citrus fruit like bitterness predominates; in the middle of the mouth, some of the grassy, earthy and dank hop qualities start to emerge, which pops with the carbonation; finishes dry like a West Coast IPA; little-to-no alcohol presence; aftertaste is a pleasant citrus bitterness that sits on the tongue for only a few seconds

M: 4/5 - moderate body with resiny hop oils sitting on the tongue tongue, the alcohol is present but I definitely don't get ~9% ABV; adequate carbonation

O: 9/10 - great addition to the Flying Dog catalogue, and, to be frank, this is one of their best beers even if they claim that it's only filling a void in their catalogue; it reminds me of a more balanced and intense version of their single hop Citra IPA, which was also an excellent DIPA; I'm excited to see this year around in 6-packs and should be readily accessible in the greater Washington D.C. area; if anyone reads this review and is interested in a trade, please feel free to contact me

TOTAL = 44/50

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Photo of ddelgavio
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First review, but I've decided I'm not going to be pretentious about them so here goes.

Pours goldish.
Smells dank / piney / delicious.
Tastes like hops. Probably Citra, maybe Amarillo. I don't care for malty English IPAs. This is an American IPA that is hop forward with enough malt to keep from being hop tea. If you like hops and IPAs you'll like this. Seriously hoppy without that disgusting malt back that makes the mouthfeel foamy and filling. Easily a six pack racer even though it's over 8%.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
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 stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Theheroguy
4.59/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 superkustom
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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 smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jacewg
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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 bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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 smokeypeat
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New release from Flying Dog. Poured into a tulip glass, it's a darker shade of yellow, fairly clear. Frothy white head disappears quickly leaving just a light fringe around the rim.

Smell on this is really positive from first whiff on. Big tropical notes, some alcohol but not overwhelming. I feel like I'm downwind of a citrus farm and the living is good.

Taste is really solid. Nice mango, pineapple, grapefruit tastes of front with some piney astringency in the backbone. Malt backbone is there but this feels more "west coast" than other Flying dog IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel is solid. Nice and sticky slick, this goes down easy. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, this beer is a big pleasant surprise. I hadn't even heard about this beer coming out, but when I saw it in the store and my "beer guy" said it was solid I thought at $12/6er I'd give it a try. I've found there single hop IPA series to have a few big winners and a few clunkers. This beer is in the winner column for sure and is worthy of repeat purchases.

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Photo of davet100
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New all year round release from Flying Dog, based on the strength of their single hop imperial IPA series, this was a must try in my book. Firstly, thanks to my wonderful wife for picking this up for me. This beer was about as fresh it comes, straight of a truck from the brewery and into my fridge. Poured a clear amber with half a finger white head. Incredible aroma, pine and citrus notes up front, accompanied by strong tropical/stone fruit notes. The flavor very much followed suit, based on the hop varietal (citra, amarillo, summit, CTZ, warrior) you get big burst of pine and sharp citrus, followed by lots of tropical notes; very much in the west coast mould of an IPA. At 120 IBU's this is a serious beer, and in this respect, shares similar hophead palate pleasing qualities to the likes of Stone's Ruinten for example. It brings an assertive hop flavor, which is showcased by lots of bitterness and citrus, and balanced with a light malt backbone. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and it has a very clean, dry finish. This really is an impressive beer and at $12 for a sixer, represents tremendous value for what is a top rate imperial ipa. You really can tell a lot of work has gone into this beer and this will definitely become a mainstay in my fridge going forward.

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Photo of Titans77
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler fill from Flying Dog one day after it was added to the taproom. 120 IBU, 8.7% abv, year round Imperial IPA.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a finger and a half of a bright white head. The head disappeared rather quickly, which makes sense for 8.7% abv. I'd rather my IIPA's look cloudier and a bit brighter, but this beer doesn't look bad by any means.

S - Piney hops up front with some citrus in the back. You can smell the bitterness and the pungent hops give it a nice astringency. I think I also pick up some of the alcohol on the nose. A rather great smelling brew.

T - Heavy pine is the first thing you get with the taste. Freshly squeezed hops lead to a citrus or grapefruit flavor as well. Very typical of big IPA's today. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but doesn't detract from any of the hop flavors. Doesn't do anything spectacular to improve on IIPA's, but doesn't do anything wrong. Big pine and citrus, balanced with some light bready malts.

M - Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and big bitterness. This beer just drinks right for an IIPA. Moderate boozy feel which is interesting for 8.7%. I have had many-a-brews that were more alcoholic, but hid the abv better. I feel that the alcohol presence adds to this beer. Very well done.

O - As long as the price point is right ($12 for a 64oz Growler fill) and they can keep six packs under $13, this could very well become a regular in my fridge. A solid IIPA that is local to me, that doesn't cost $20 a sixer (OtWoA, I am looking at you!), and that punches you in the mouth with bitterness is exactly what the doctor ordered. Can't wait to pick this up in bottles later on.

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