Liquid Truth Serum
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #539
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,034
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
575
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  164
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: An unfiltered IPA that's bursting with ALL the hops, Liquid Truth Serum is brewed using a unique process that incorporates four different states of hops: whole leaf, liquefied, pelletized and powdered. The result is a blissfully inefficient IPA full of citrusy and tropical notes, that's truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter ... honest.

Hops: Azacca, Mosaic, Citra, Warrior, Simcoe, Calypso
Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 575 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by musicsherlock:
Photo of musicsherlock
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of ichorNet
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might be in the minority here, but I only like a few of DFH's previous IPAs... 75 Minute is my favorite but I like 120 Minute here and there too. Flesh & Blood was pretty fun but a bit underwhelming, and I don't find 60 or 90 particularly great in the grand scheme of things. So, it is with curiosity and some slight cynicism that I approach Liquid Truth Serum, DFH's latest experiment in hoppiness.

This beer apparently only has hops added after the boil is complete, since they're out to disprove the myth that you can't have bitterness (as it's traditionally measured, using IBUs) without the alpha acid contribution of kettle hopping. It pours a very solid, moderately-hazy golden yellowish color with some slight orange undertones if held up to direct light. The head is compact and measures about a single finger in my glass. This foamy collar is nearly completely-disconnected from the appreciable lace drippings that it leaves behind as it fades away. Seems like pretty solid tiered lace on this one. Overall, this is a very professional looking product that certainly seems like a lot of work was put into making this one appear great in a glass. What's deeper inside, though?

As it turns out, this smells pretty good, actually. I get some tannic black tea, melon, candied orange, grapefruit peel and lighter notes of mango around the edges. There's a stiff maltiness in here that I appreciate... I feel like DFH always has a very apparent malt backbone in their IPAs, even if that's not always what I want when I go into drinking them. Some dank and piney, resinous notes under the surface in this one. Other than some of those initial notes that remind me of some newer-school hop varietals, this seems fairly safe. It's effective, though. Not bad!

Malt doesn't show up as much on the tongue, though toward the mid-palate and transition to the finish I do get some bready and biscuity flavors. Most of the palate is awash in bright, slightly-tropical fruit and orange juice like flavors. I get some lychee and passion fruit in here, but not really anything that reminds me of the tannic note in the nose, curiously enough. Kind of feels disconnected from the smell in a sense, but I like the flavor components a bit better. Bitter resin and light stone fruit (apricot) in the finish. This is supposedly 65 IBUs even without the alpha acid additions in the boil, meaning it's still plenty bitter despite their claims of it not being "deceptively bitter." Seems kind of weird to me, but DFH has always had some kinda dubious claims in their marketing so whatever.

Feel is light, supple and crisp-bodied with bright and vivacious carbonation and a snappy finishing note that lingers after each sip for a solid five to ten seconds. I'd consider this a perfectly respectable beer if it didn't have some inane "experiment" attached to it, and if you approach it as you would just about any modern single IPA, you'll probably be fairly happy with your decision to give it a try. I'd drink more if I had them, but I only bought a single and don't see myself running out to grab more. Take from that what you will!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with surprisingly good retention and thick lacing, since the pour was rather fizzy. Aroma of pale malt, mixed citrus, tropical fruit and dank hops, light stone fruit, orange citrus, nice. Flavor is light caramel malt, citrus, piney and tropical fruit hops, orange, lemon, guava, papaya, a little pineapple. Finishes with herbal hops, mixed fruit and as advertised, mild to medium bitterness. Nice light to medium creaminess and mouth feel. The aroma and flavor are quite nice. It almost seem subdued in the finish, but that is probably because the herbal flavors are so good that I'm expecting much more bitterness; I actually would like a little more bitterness, but this delivers exactly what it promises, a fresh, hoppy flavor, but not intense bitterness. Much more interesting tasting than others of the tropical fruit, moderate bitterness styles, mostly because there are nice piney and citrus notes here that I like to find in an IPA. These guys aren't afraid to try something new and this is a winner.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Dogfish Head's Liquid Truth Serum last week for $2.39 at The Lager MIll. I haven't heard much about this beer, but I'm always down to try a new beer from Dogfish Head, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks good, it has a nice design that goes well with the beer and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy gold and orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy and creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mix of citrus, slight tropical fruit, floral and slightly herbal hop aromas that go into a little bit of doughy yeast with some green hops coming through in the background. Up next comes a little bit of malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt, lightly bread and light doughy flavors. This beer has a good aroma, it's what I would expect for the style and it's well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with this hops still being the first to show up and this time they are a little more fruity with the green and floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of dough yeast and that leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a sweet, citrus and green hop aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was a little more bolder and balanced.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, crisp, a little clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had all the nice hop flavors I was looking for, but in the end I think it could have used a little more bitterness to bring it all together. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the finish, I wish it was a little less watery with more bitterness. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something I would stock up on. Al in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with just a little more work this could be a pretty good IPA. IT's not a favorite Dogfish Head beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is tasty IPA that's just a little unique, keep it up.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy gold pour produces a 1/2" lacy white cap with fair retention

S: smells like a green grocer with tropical fruit aromas in the lead with herbal fruit and vegetable aromas in the background with traces of bread crumb

T: big fruit palate features tropical fruit, melon, pineapple, passion fruit, hints of caramel and faint bread dough balanced by a mild to moderate soft bitterness with a light citrus pith character

F: clean, medium body, medium carbonation and a moderate creaminess

O: a very nice IPA that makes a good companion to food

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great ipa from one of the original breweries to turn me on to the style way back when. i like all the weird stuff they make, but it was definitely time for one like this, overdue even, and i was stoked to see it. no hops during the boil at all? i think thats crazy and awesome, not that ipa isnt trending that way already with all these grossly over dry hopped beers trading high, but this is the first confirmed case of zero boil hops that i am aware of, pretty cool! the beer is almost perfectly clear, super light golden in the glass but with a big frothy and lasting white head on it, almost looks like a belgian. the aroma and flavor are both great here, fresh zesty orangey hops, almost like the lupulin powder or the hop dust some of the breweries have been using, it has that concentrated freshness to it, but it also has a lot of nuance, including pineapple and lemongrass making it feel tropical, white wine and kiwi fruit, as well as a wonderful minerality, clean and tidy and dry in the finish, but without any appreciable yeast character. crisp to drink on, and i really do pound this, maximally refreshing for the style, but also hearty and satisfying to me, a session beer only because i like it so much, not because its stupidly light. a couple of things about this one that i really like, first, its assertively hoppy without being bitter, i think this could turn a lot of people on to the style, the no boil hop plan accomplished its mission. secondly, this is mostly or entirely dry hopped, yet its amazingly well refined, not sloppy, milky, hazy for the sake of it, its east coast style ipa in spirit, but its a further evolution of it really, all the dry hopped goodness of whats on trend, but a cleaner, objectively better beer than most of them. this is great stuff and it makes me happy!

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meanmutt
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quafftastic
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spellogue
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at a dogfish alehouse. Spongey head dissipated to a filmy circle quickly, but a nice thick lacing clung to the glass from top to bottom. Nice light citrusy nose hinting of malt. A malty tasting IPA with medium to light bitterness. Mouthfeel is interesting, starting with a rich creaminess on the draw splitting into a crisp, crackery lightness immediately upon clearing the palate. Lingering floral hops breaking piney on the finish. Very good; hits the mark style-wise.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wcampbell69
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of let8it8grow
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ConMurphysPub
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomTrocc
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no date

Such a unique IPA. Tons of fruit and pine, but there is a depth of hop flavor here that I don't find in many beers. Each sip tastes like a different tropical fruit and it has almost a numbing effect on the tongue. Not overly bitter or oily, either. The only fault I can find is in the scent, it all turns muddled and brown.

Keep brewing this! I'm going to buy more while I can

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid Truth Serum from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 575 ratings