Tru-Action IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Tru-Action IPATru-Action IPA
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,938
Ranked #15,908
3.91 | pDev: 6.65%
Feb 24, 2023
Nov 04, 2021
Very Good
Tru-Action IPATru-Action IPA
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with our pals at Trillium Brewing, this here beer enjoyed the tru-action of biotransformation for hop-centric goodness via daily dosing on the cold side from knock-out to crash. Tru-Action IPA is brewed from grains grown and malted in the regions surrounding our breweries. Mid-Atlantic Wheat from Delaware brings pillowy softness to the body while Danko Rye from Massachusetts offers subtle spice to the flavor of this very modern IPA. We dry-hopped this beer daily with a blend of iconic PNW hop varieties for maximum juicy hop flavor and aroma of mango, pineapple and candied citrus.
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Well, Ive been off of IPAs for a bit, but figured I would drop in a review of this beer. Gift from my brother for CHristmas.
Date stamp is December 2022.
16 oz can has been in my fridge since Christmas. Pouring into a snifter this evening and the beer is cold as I just pulled it out of the fridge.
The beer pours fairly clear gold from the can, but rests in the glass with just a bit of haze and several fine active streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A bleached white creamy head of 1.5 cm foams up and fades slowly to a clingy surface layer that sticks around throughout the sampling. I also get some dense lattice when I take a sip or swirl from the glass.
Aroma is some hops for sure, I get tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango mixing with a bit of general citrusy note and some grassy hints and a bit of a light spicy note buried under the fruit.
First sip reveals a medium body with soft texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is a brief bit of sweet grainy malt and then rolls to sweet tropical fruit, again mango and pineapple here. Finish is dry and has just a bit of a bitter earthy bite. Never any hint of the ABV and the beer drinks super easy.
Im finding this beer to be pretty good without being completely hazebomb level. Glad to have tried it.
Feb 24, 2023
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Rated by GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer has a very nice pine and juicy citrus note followed by dank, earthy, graininess.
Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by rankandfile from Maryland

3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I dont know why DFH rarely tells you, if at all, what hops go into the brewing process, like other brewers do. I like knowing what I'm drinking and I really appreciate the information. It really does effect my shopping. So, I didn't know there was Rye in the recipe until I came here. Not a big fan of Rye IPA's and I'm not even sure if it is flaked or malted? As another famous Delawarean would say; "C'mon, Man!"
Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by ReverendSoup from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured into pint glass and paired with pimento cheese dip.
Lovely hazy yellow gold, 3-finger head, but little lacing. I'm a sucker for lacing. I wanna see some lacing. Smells mangoey. Tastes uncomplex. It's one of those beers that names its intended flavors on the can, but you only wind up tasting a couple. You get the pineapple, and then you get the hoppy bitterness on its way down, and then you take another sip. Not unpleasant, just a little dull. Medium bodied, a tad heavier in the mouth than I'd prefer for this beer, but it's got great carbonation and a crisp finish. A good beer overall, very much drinkable, but there's a lot I'd change.
Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Tru-Action IPA"
16 fl. oz. can coded "DEC 2022 D 153 2 0522 11" and sampled on 19 October 2022
$5.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is a "continually dry-hopped IPA"? I'm not really sure that's possible. When does the dry hopping start? Is it during fermentation? After fermentation? Is it dry hopped right up until the time of packaging? Or is this just a continually hopped IPA with the hops going into the kettle the whole time? That's what I'm guessing. OK, let's see... it's poured a very hazy golden body with an orange sheen beneath a thumb's width of fluffy white foam. The aroma is citrusy with orange, some bready malt, and some herbal, grassy, and piney notes. It's hoppy but not that hoppy and I think I can safely say that this is not "continually dry-hopped". The flavor follows the aroma but with much more of a tropical fruit flavor. I'm getting pineapple, papaya, guava, and mango as well as orange. Again, it's hoppy but not that hoppy. Nor is it that bitter so I'm guessing that while they're continually hopping it they're not actually hopping it with that many hops. Those pellet hops must be just dripping in, one pellet at a time. The malt is sweetish, and bready and wheaty. I'm guessing that there are probably oats in here as well but I'm not getting the flavor clearly like I do with some other hazy IPAs. I'm not finding it that bitter, and that's totally cool as this is obviously a kind of New England style IPA. It's apparently a collaboration with Trillium so that makes sense. At least I think it does; where is Trillium from? - Boston. That's a little south of where I was thinking but it still works. I've never had a beer from Trillium so what do I know? In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with all of those extra proteins and a moderate carbonation but it's not quite what I'd expect from a NEIPA. Is there something going on here with the Boston Beer merger? This doesn't seem to be up to DFH standards. In fact, apart from the weird "continually dry-hopped" thing the label reads "WHAT'S INSIDE: A SMALL BATCH COLLABORATION WITH..." but there's no way that this is a "small batch" as it's produced at DFH in Milton Delaware, and two of the Boston Beer breweries in Breinigsville Pennsylvania and Cinncinati Ohio - those are BIG batches! It's an OK IPA but they've definitely over-sold it. You should never promise more than you can deliver, and always deliver more than you've promised - that's not the case here.
Review #8,330
Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by jbfoley from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Wow…was in Milton, saw the Trillium collaboration so decided to try it….love both breweries.
Should have tasted before heading back to North Carolina…..would have picked up at least one other four pack.
Very mixed fruity, mango, orange, etc but a nice piney undertone that gives a crisp finish.
Super complex right off the bat, great mouthfeel, just super enjoyable as a stand alone pint and at 6.5% you can manage more than one in a session.
Not tasting “ordinary” in any sense to me…a new favorite in the style…hoping for more collaborations like this from DFH.
Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by hophugger from Virginia

Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by avisong from Virginia

Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A pale orange amber, with a light hint of opaque quality. Classic bright white head of three fingers and good staying power. Looks like a standard hazy IPA but nothing crazy amazing or out of control either.

Quite a nice unique aroma. Gum drop touches of candy, and a juicy fruit like flavor. Mellow sense of spice and pine seem to round out giving the beer a good degree of complexity.

Palate seem to go in lots of really good places. Standard mouthfeel and supportive malt backbone, but a diversity of hop flavor makes for a good experience. Juiced up candied fruit mixing with bitter pine. A finish that comes with some good spicy astringency and even a touch of sweet biscuit cookie as well. Throw in a few floral aromatics also.

Nicely neat done IPA. Juice sweet bomb folks can look elsewhere.
Aug 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by December 2022

Man, it’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a new beer from Dogfish Head. And inexplicably, it’s a collaboration beer with Trillium. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m managing my expectations with this one, though I’m sure it will be serviceable at the very least. Let’s dive in

Pours a cloudy orange gold with 3 fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose is vibrant and old school hoppy, not the hop burn I’ve come to expect when I see Trillium. I’m picking up on aromas of orange marmalade, peppery hops, caramel malt, wet grass, pineapple juice, grapefruit zest, and light weed

It falls a bit flat in taste, but not necessarily bad, just a bit bland. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting pithy grapefruit, candied orange, grassy hops, bready malt, cantaloupe, and light pepper. The swallow brings notes of orange marmalade, pithy grapefruit, caramel, peppery hops, light grass, and bready malt

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp and refreshing beer. Finishes mostly dry with a balanced bitterness

Ok, this is better than I expected. It was really the Trillium of it all that had me weary more than it being a new DFH beer, but I’m happy to have been wrong about this one
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by ccryder from New York

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by cozmo from New York

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Two plus finger's worth of lush off white colored froth comprised of big chunky bubbles... Color is a slightly pale hazed lemony yellow... Nose is off sweet citrus, lemon zest and an faint earthy funkiness... Flavor profile is consistent with nose,..
Good balance, but nothing really sticks out - somewhat pedestrian... Teetering between medium and full bodied.. Sleek and lush.. Good IPA - nothing more, nothing less...
Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is a crisp IPA and that is unique. It looks and pours so the no haze and a strong head. Taste is a very clean IPA. Not too strong. Just right. It reminds me of a cross between a Pilsner and an IPA. Not what I expected - with Trillium involved so expected a strong haze. A nice surprise. Good to have something different that is of ver good quality.
Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased at Pennridge Beverage. 4pk/16oz cans. $17.50

Pours a semi-opaque, straw-yellow color. A one finger whiteish head on the initial pour that fades to a lite skim.

Wonderful tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and citrus.

The aromas don’t really translate into an outstanding brew. A decent IPA but a bit lacking in my opinion. The flavors of pineapple, mango, citrus and lemon are definitely there. A rather bitter ending. The only thing is for what the cost was, there are far better IPAs out there, in my opinion. Very easy drinking.

Very thin consistency, medium carbonation.

I’m a die hard DFH fan but this brew just doesn’t do much for me. I was expecting a really good IPA since it was a collaboration between DFH and Trillium. What I got was a run of the mill IPA that I couldn’t differentiate from any number of IPAs on the market. Not horrible by any means but not worth a re-visit for the cost. Cheers!
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The pour fits into the hazy side of things, with a pillowy head and decently sustained lacing. I was getting light fruity aromas as I started my pour, and what I get match up decently well with what the producers wrote on their can. I get scents that are tropical in nature with pineapple and mango mainly, joined by some tangerine with candied orange and lemon peels.

The beer starts out with a grain and dry bread note with a citrus pith leaning bitterness pairing A hint of pineapple with a light undertone of melon are the closest to sweet notes I can pick out. The start of a decently long finish has a more classic grapefruit pith vibe with a hint of mango. Then a weak but noticeable sweetness flashes before a pith/pine bitterness fills the finish and linger.
Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Jul 05, 2022
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Rated by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very nice IPA. Has a little WC piney bite but the juiciness of an EC IPA. A nice hot day summer sipper.
Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4 by Budlum from Maryland

Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has citrus and tropical hints
The taste follows the nose with a citrus and tropical flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A good India Pale Ale
Jun 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From the bottom of the can: "NOV 2022 D 136 2 2222 11"

Appearance: The body is almost completely opaque. It does allow some extremely fuzzy shadows through the glass. The body is a deep golden-orange color. It has a fluffy white head that is medium-sized and leaves pillows of lacing near the surface. It has good head retention.

Aroma: It has an aroma of grapefruit and a touch of alcohol. There is a very light hint of mint in the background with a touch of crushed grain. It smells nice.

Taste: Up front there is a not a lot of flavor; it starts to develop discernible flavors towards the edge and middle of the tongue. It comes across as herbal with notes of hop bine oil, a light bit of pine, and some grain flavor. Near the back of the palate it starts to pick up a little grapefruit pith flavor, and it finishes off with a stronger bitter grapefruit taste. Alcohol flavor appears from time to time when drinking the beer, and there is also a slightly floral flavor that pops in from time to time.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel Is light with good carbonation. It has a bitterness that is a bit stronger than the typical New England IPA but it feels acceptable for the beer. Alcohol is present in the flavor and aroma of the beer but it doesn't detract from drinkability as a whole.

Overall: The can states that this is "A SMALL BATCH COLLABORATION WITH OUR PALS AT TRILLIUM." It definitely has a lot of the hallmarks of a New England IPA, but it isn't quite there. Dogfish Head couldn't have picked a better brewery to do a collaboration with for a NEIPA, but unfortunately this one just doesn't meet the standards that many Trillium beers offer. The can also states that this has "NOTES OF MANGO, PINEAPPLE & CANDIED CITRUS." This seemed a little odd, because aside from some grapefruit pith, the beer mostly has an herbal flavor and at times even came across as a touch floral. As a whole it is a decent beer that is better than many of the average attempts at a New England IPA, however it isn't quite at the level that would be considered outstanding. I could drink the beer again but there are better ones I would pick up first. It's worth trying if you're curious about DFH's take on the NEIPA.
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by swierczt from Connecticut

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
How fitting you drink this football themed beer at Gillette while Mac Jones puts a beat down on the Jaguars despicable defense. What a beer! Trillium and Dogfish put together an excellent tropical and smooth drinking experience. A sweetness hits your tongue followed by a slight bitterness that isn’t overbearing. Not sludge like either like many of these tropical IPAs. A great orange tasting beer that pairs perfectly with a Patriots win.
Jan 08, 2022
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 43 ratings