The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)
Flying Dog Brewery

The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #783
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,278
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
819
From:
Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)
Notes: FULL DISCLOSURE: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share.
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 819
Photo of Jbe
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I realize it is about 9%, but much alcohol notes. Full disclosure, somewhat under the weather. Bloodline was good. @flyingdog @BWI on draft.

Edit: Do bars ever spike kegs with vodka...?

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Photo of Fr33man
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold color with nice head and fair lacing. Tropical fruits meets the nose with hints of caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste reveals more detail like grapefruits and oranges followed closely by sweet malts and dry, bitter hops. Light-medium bodied but nicely loaded with flavors and just a hint of the alcohol. Good buy!

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

BB date of 9/9/19. Enjoyed on 6/11/19.
Gold/amber color with a very small head.
Nose is grapefruit, citrus, malt sweetness, some floral notes.
Taste is grapefruit, oranges, lemon peel, a touch of tropical fruit, caramel sweetness, and hops.
Mouthfeel is medium. Average levels of carb, finishes dry.
Very good DIPA. Not impressed too much with their other beers but this one was quite good. Will buy again.

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Photo of EMH73
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frankly after reading other reviews I'm wondering if I did not get a bad batch. I'm finding it extremely bitter with no balancing malt or sweetness. Taste is grapefruit pith and unsweetened grapefruit juice. Lingering dry and bitter finish. Will have to revisit.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber with a large, cream-colored head and good lacing.
Smell: Sweet, citrus, tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, bubblegum.
Taste: Sweet malt up front, some light fruit. A slightly dry, astringent hop bitterness on the finish. A hint of alcohol bite.
Feel: Crisp with prickly carbonation.
Overall: A really nice, straightforward IPA. Can't think of anything to complain about. Balanced -- not too sweet and not too bitter. Very drinkable and very much worth trying.

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber colored body; thick, rocky head, white and sticky. Fine aroma of caramel malts with an earthy, hoppy quality. The taste is rich with flavors; malty and spicy; strong pine resin and hop bitterness. Medium body; sharp and prickly on the palate; sugary stickiness with a fairly dry finish.

This beer is a very fine double IPA, balanced and complex, offering some nice malt and hop character throughout.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of honey, Head is slightly tan kissed. Nose wreaks of bitterness. Taste is excellent. Follow through carries the tinge of bitter. Great beer.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Glowing, clear amber color, very thick head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Piney and tropical hops upfront. Notes of pine, resin, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel, oranges, and pineapple.

Much like the aroma. Bitter aftertaste, creamy smooth.

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Photo of monkist
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boom! It's almost a bullseye! The way this beer is, looks great, smells great, tastes great - bingo! Still, I saw lower reviews, why isn't it a 10-out-of-10-er? Maybe it isn't as dumbfounding as you would expect a double IPA to be? I don't think so. It is almost as good as some of Stone's anniversary imperial IPAs or the likes... fruity, flowery, honey-like, almost herbal qualities like Manna pouring out of the Heavens (sic) with a capital M. Or at least, this is how I imagine it to be - and this is how I imagine a real good double IPA to be! Whatever you might want to call it, this instantly became one of my favorites - and this is The Truth. The whole Thruth and nothing but.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, perfectly clear rich amber with a diminishing 2 finger head. A ring remains, leaving receding lace.
I'm getting mostly pine on the nose...yup.
Resiny hops dominate the taste with some citrus underneath and a good malt backbone holding everything up. Alcohol is not apparent until the glass is nearly empty.
Nice medium body and not over carbonated. Very drinkable considering a the IBU and ABV. Up there with best DIPA's I've had. Nice!

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Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of mango, passion fruit, lychees, oranges and mild pine. Than diminishes after some sips.
Bitter flavor with notes of pine resin, grapefruit citrusy, lemon peel, onion in powder, ginger, distant mango and more resin. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Pungent, but rounded considered its 80 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.7% is well disguised.
Solid and well-done hoppy DIPA with traditional hophead flavors. Not DIPA sweet and incredible drinkable.

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Photo of yanks1020
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on a sultry, yet tastefully muggy August day at Rockville, Maryland’s own Beer and Wine Cellar, this beer pours a youthful sweet-corn dark yellow, as if just beginning to exhibit symptoms of jaundice. A feathery silk head quickly diminishes, not adequately replenished by the light carbonation. Though lacing is minimal, the onslaught on the olfactory system is quite robust. Initially assaulted firmly by the truculent aura of lightly roasted chestnut root, the hops ricochet in thereafter like a dollop of molasses to spruce up a bland cup of Earl Grey. Advances on the tastebuds follow similarly, reminiscent of a welterweight contender strapping on the gloves to bring jab after jab of piny rinds and bitter funk, followed by the boozy nectar of resiny hops. Sparkling in the glass like the eyes of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, the mouthfeel exudes a crisp, mildly heavy body with a delicate creaminess typically reserved only for freshly churned butter, sans minimal carbonation. Strong but brisk, powerful but delectable. In sum, this brewer’s brew of bold beer offers the superlative spark to your Tuesday morning you didn’t know you were missing— until now.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, somewhat fruity, sweet grapefruit with a nice bite to it. But lets face it, so many of these IPA's are incredibly similar to one another and there's nothing special about this one. Its good, although I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 3. 15 months after bbf. Time may have removed fruity flavors, but still a pleasant, soft enough,resinous touch remains

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strikingly clear copper colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smells like a hop-bomb. Smells woody and strongly of cedar and sandal wood. Scents of menthol and mint. Weaker scent of beef tallow.

Starts out sweet and a bit savory with a strong yeast flavor like fresh bread. Quite sedate and mild flavor compared to the scent. Mostly this is a strong wood ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, tasty ale.

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Photo of BeerMan247
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA packs quite a punch at 8.7% ABV, yet still tastes incredibly drinkable and by no means overly boozy. An interesting characteristic about this beer is that, upon the first sip, it is very obvious that The Truth is much fruity and sweet than an average IPA. Instead of getting taste from malt and hoppy bitterness, the beer relies on citrus to back up the bitter taste. Its an enjoyable beer that I would probably drink again, especially if I was trying to get shwasted.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear orange with an average head. The aroma is decently vivid, with sweet pine, grapefruit and orange peel, caramel malts, and a little floral hint. The flavor starts fairly sweet with caramel and rich, almost cooked pine, then turns drier and more bitter, with notes of cedar, preserved lemon, mango, orange peel, and grapefruit peel, and a lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is quite sweet and full at the starts, but it really dries as it goes. Overall this is a nice, classic west coast style IPA - drier and more biter than it seems at first, this is a good palate challenger, giving the wonderfully American characteristics of utterly untamed beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. I am not sure if this is the right beer because mine is labeled "Liquid Truth Serum IPA." Sampled on 03/10/18.

Mostly yellow. carbonated pour leading up to a foamy, long lasting

It has a nice collection of aromas that start with toasted bread but evolves into a grassy hop character.

Overall, smooth on the body.

It is basically easy to drink with a good balance of breaded malts, sweetness, and grassy hops but it does not blow me away.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 05.17.18.
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a moderately bronzed golden color with a foamy to filmy white cap of a little white head. It seemed to create a mild sticky looking lace around the glass.
The aroma had a ton of grassy sweet hops up front. Muted sweet onion and a little bit of danky to earthy character.
The flavor took the prior noted aromas to beat on a clean caramel malt. Mild aftertaste of the grassiness, earthiness and a light dank.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected. Finish was slightly bitter.
Overall, it's a pretty good DIPA that I could come back to if offered.

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Photo of SirGunther
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L- About what you'd expect from a double, very carbonated.
S- Subtlety aromatic.
T- A bit boozy for my taste.
F- Lacked in body and feel.
O-This was my second go on this DIPA and was again not very impressed.

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Photo of jtadams69
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L-straw clear with slight head that does not last
S-nice citrus essence
T-bitter grapefruit punch that lingers - very nice taste. Enjoyable.
F-good mouth feel. Smooth with no alcohol burn
O-hoppy and enjoyable.

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Photo of gudthing
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep hazy brown yellow, the head doesn't last too long, but pretty.

Could smell the hoppiness when pouring and grapefruit. There's a little bit of sweetness as well, smells great!

Taste is citrus with a nice hint of caramel. It's well balanced, but the aftertaste is very hoppy and leaves some bitterness behind.

Medium feel, a bit watery, quite refreshing and goes down pretty easy.

A good beer but a little too hoppy for me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

copper colored, white head. strong piney earthy hop aroma. taste is strongly bitter, balanced with moderately sweet caramel malt flavor. thin to medium bodied, sticky.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**
10/14/17

Central Jersey Beer Fest.
On Tap to 2 oz. tasting glass.

AROMA: grapefruit, pine
TASTE: galaxy hairspray, pine, some citrus

Interesting enough, but not my kind of IPA.

**

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a sort, bright white foam with medium low retention. Medium aromas of pine, earthy resin, and spice with medium light malt beneath. Fell was a bit thin with unmistakable boozy warmth from the middle to the finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Malty flavors up front followed by earthy, spicy hop flavors. Medium high, spicy hop bitterness through the middle followed by pine hop flavors and boozy heat. Finished with spicy, herbal hop flavors, boozy notes and a malty sweetness, followed by a lingering pine bitter aftertaste. A nice looking brew that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas were a bit subdued and the feel was a bit thin. Flavors were odd in that there was more character at the finish than at the front end. The Truth is, this is a pretty boozy beer. It may not look or smell it at first, but it’s a sipper.

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