The Truth
Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,186
Ranked #4,013
4.09 | pDev: 8.8%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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Notes: If this isn’t the perfect IPA, it’s pretty damn close. Over the course of 3 years, The Truth was scientifically-engineered to be the holy grail for IPA lovers. Armed with a mountain of knowledge from our Single Hop Series, our brewers concocted a hop blend so aromatic, so complex, that you’ll almost forget you’re drinking an 8.7% Imperial. Its big pine notes and stone fruit underpinnings pair best with soft cheeses, shellfish, and late night poker games where you lose your children’s college savings.
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with a thick pale head, which lingers eventually dissipates into a pale lacing. Hoppy and mildly citrusy on the nose. Taste is wonderfully balanced...hoppy, pine, citrusy and mildly sweet like a new england ipa with a slight bitterness of what tastes like grapefruit. This one goes down smoothly and my favorite brew from this excellent brewing company. It feels imperial too with a boozy 8.7'll feel it, but may need more than one coz it's delightfully drinkable.

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Mugman8 from New York

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have seen the Flying Dog Brewery around for quite a while and have never tried their offerings. Bought a 12-pack IPA variety pack and the first one up is the The Truth. Read up on the brewery on BA and learned about their Colorado heritage and the Ralph Steadman-Hunter Thompson connection seen in the can art. As a guy who graduated from college in the mid-70's....I can relate....I know about Fear and Loathing! Now brewed in Fredrick, MD and Utica, NY. Appears to be fresh -- says enjoy before 4/22/21.

The Truth appears to be the best of the lot based on the BA ratings. Nearly clear and copper-colored on the pour with some head and nice lacing. Aroma is pine resin and flower hops. Taste is pine resin and the floral hops to start with slight orange flavor in the middle and crisp, slightly bitter hoppy finish. 8.7% ABV becomes more boozy as beer warms in the glass. Overall this is a very good brew that is to be sipped not slammed....maybe a tad too bitter for my tastes but enjoyable.

Sep 28, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can dated "Enjoy By" 12/16/20. Assumed fresh.

Pours a murky brownish yellow with about two fingers of off-white head. The beer isn't translucent, but not opaque either. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of some earth, pine and a bit of alcohol. Very faint herbal smells as well.

Tastes of pine resin with a bit of orange. Fairly strong malt character with noticeable alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is pretty sticky. Bitter aftertaste mixed with alcohol. Mild carbonation.

Overall, meh. Not bad, but not a lot of depth to this one. Would probably choose some of Flying Dog's other brews over this one.

Sep 25, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, thick, tightly bubbled head and copper, slightly hazy body. Nose is pine and citrus and a touch of toasted malt. Flavors are solid but a little muted in the taste itself. Partially, this is good, because that means alcohol burn is relatively low as well. Both the flavor and burn increase as the beer warms. This doesn't have a great deal of complexity, but is solid and well made.

Aug 30, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy orange-yellow with a little white cap on top that leaves lacing on its way down to a sea foamy layer. The aroma is piney, a touch resinous, maybe a touch of grapefruit. Piney hops do most of the heavy lifting in the flavor, but that touch of grapefruit translates nicely, becoming a secondary flavor but adding a juiciness to the middle that has a balancing effect. Leaves some bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too aggressive if you are a hophead. The alcohol comes through in the back, adding the slightest bit of heat. The overall mouthfeel is light enough to let the hops shine, but maybe not heavy enough too complete the overall balance. Easy enough beer to come across around here and it does hit a certain hop craving spot sometimes

Aug 14, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear, deep gold. nice white head, good retention, streaky lace
Dank, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, a bit of malt, a little booze on the nose
Flavor is basically my description of the aroma in reverse
A little heavy, a little hot, a little sticky

Aug 11, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber appearance with a large, lasting head and spotty lacing. Aroma leads with resinous hops before yielding to some soft fruits. Flavor delivers more than expected from the aroma with pine dominating while floral hops develop other sensory perceptions. ABV helps kick the aftertaste up a notch. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel and long lasting finish.

Jul 25, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thinly light copper liquid enters the glass with a slight head that doesn't last much longer than the pour itself. The carbonation looks like soda pop bubbles. Surprisingly, there is at least some glass lacing. A good hop hit to the nose starts the enjoyment. The taste is a very agreeable combination of malts and hops, with just the right hop hit at the end. It's thinner than most IIPAs and there is a noticeable alcohol presence to the mouth, but it's not bad at all.

Jul 15, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Golden Clear, ok head retention, but nice lacing

S: Piney, Citrus, Toasty smells

T: Hoppy, Pine, Citrus notes but very light, classic IPA taste

F: Light feel, crisp and clean, but packs a punch!

Overall: this beer is outstanding, definitely one of the better beers that I have dranken its smell, look and taste are all great and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys classic IPA's.

Jun 27, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Somewhere between orange, copper, and amber. about a finger of slightly off white head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Classic West-Coast IPA. Strong notes of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. A bit of grass in there as well. Getting a bit of the malt in there as well. Alcohol is slightly present, but meshes well with the rest of the aromas

Taste: Initially pure grapefruit and citrus. Slightly sweet from the malt, which makes it taste like you're actually eating a fruit (I cant quite discern what fruit this is, but it's very pleasant). Sometimes Imperials will have the malt and hops clash, but here they combine into one excellent flavor. Alcohol is barely noticeable, though it isn't a super high ABV to begin with, so this is expected from a quality beer. Finishes dry and very bitter with pine, just how an Imperial IPA should. A lot of Imperial IPAs finish with malt, but this ruins what should be a relatively drinkable beer for its ABV. The Truth does not share this flaw.

Feel: Perfect for an Imperial IPA. Not syrupy thick, but slightly resinous, which works well with the pine notes. Filling and a good addition to any meal, but it won't be a challenge to finish either.

Overall: This might be my favorite Imperial IPA of this ABV range so far. Yes, there are 10%+ Imperials that have a lot more complexity and are better as sippers, but The Truth nails the combination of drinkable and interesting flavor that an Imperial IPA should bring to the table. Far better for the category than their "Double Dog," which is essentially a mislabeled Barleywine. Will probably be my go-to for Imperial IPA's from now on.

May 28, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 1/2 inch white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is citrus, pine, floral.

Taste is strong grapefruit, orange, pine, spices, slight grass, resiny.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

An excellent Imperial IPA.

May 05, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent, sunny amber with a snowy head.

A nose-full of floral hops. Imagine if hops were a springtime flower and someone had tightly bundled them into a bouquet. Timid notes of dried pinewood and lemon peel hide behind the upraised floral arrangement.

A crisp, clean, medium body with a fuzzy prickle of carbonation. Indubitably refreshing.

An encore of those floral hops, only this time they’re pretzeled around sweet malts, ginger, orange rind, and topped with of a dollop of honey. Finishes with an ephemeral aura of sun-dried mango and a nip of boozy nectar.

Apr 19, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad at all. "Enjoy by 5/6/20" date printed on bottle so thought this one would be very fresh. But I felt it was still lacking in the flavor department. Pours a medium darker golden color with a little fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some muddled hops - some tropical, some more floral - as well as caramel, light bread, malt and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, decent balance and flavor, not as hoppy as I would have liked. Malt seemed more present and forward. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Definitely didn't feel as strong as an imperial IPA - higher ABV was well hidden. Not too bad.

Apr 09, 2020
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Ct6359 from Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Definitely feels like the recipe has changed over the last year. Really heavy grapefruit notes on this years batch. A bit too much for my liking but still a solid imperial

Jan 24, 2020
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mschenk from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a dark amber with a nice head that does not last

Smell - Fruity notes with a nice hoppy aroma

Taste - not as strong as would be expceted for a beer of this strength but nice overall

Feel - very good mouth feel. Just the right carvonation

Overall this is a very good IPA. Should be added to the regular beer rotation.

Dec 30, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw this beer at my local liquor store. Never tried this brewery before, but multiple beers caught my eye. Chose this one as I do enjoy higher abv but not too high, and it had an interesting name. Pours a very orange amber color. As far as imperials go, not crazy on the hops. Tastes decent, somewhat of a metallicy taste, but not so much for me to completely write it off. Right now, im 3 deep and feeling pretty good...guess that’s all that matters right? We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, but I’d drink again.

Nov 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 5/24/16"; drank 2/8/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Pineapple, honey & faint pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple & honey flavors up front; dry pine notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A nicely balanced, easy to drink DIPA.

Oct 23, 2019
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Jbe from Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
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...?

Sep 19, 2019
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Fr33man from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Jul 30, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jun 11, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

May 02, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Apr 15, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 05, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 29, 2018
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Nov 26, 2018
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