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

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The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden yellow color with slight head that went away, pretty clear
Smell - strong piney lemon bitterness
Taste - very similar to the scent, piney citrus lemon but Also with a great slightly Carmel malt backbone
Feel - medium syrup body with a tingly carb even though the carb isn't that high
Overall- pretty darn good

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flying Dog comes through again. The Truth is a fine beer. Besides the look , the smell and the taste, the price point on an imperial IPA is unbelievable. This has everything onebwould expect in a great product. Great citrusy piney taste with a hint of sweetness on the back end. By far I am a fan of this product and a fan of this brewery. Great beer that comes in at a great price.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

FULL DISCLOSURE: I just conducted a small horizontal of Flying Dog's beers back in mid-January & The Truth is that a) I want to keep current & b) I have a raging hops jones that is causing the (usually quiet) monkey on my back to begin screeching & howling like a f**king banshee. How do heroin junkies do it? I am itchy, scratchy, my nose is running, my eyes are watering ... Oh, wait, that might be seasonal allergies. Still, I wants me some hops & that's the double-Truth, Ruth!

From the bottle: "FULL DISCLOSURE: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share."; "I do solemnly swear".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. I am really coming to embrace a vigorous in-glass swirl since it is much less likely to bungle things up. Up, up, up came the two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention before falling away to wisps. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very bitter and grapefruit-citrusy & suddenly I felt like everything was going to be okay. I was talking to my uncle about Thomas DeQuincey's "Confessions of an Opium Eater" the other day & it occurred to me that I should pen "Confessions of a Hophead". Mouthfeel was medium, but for a DIPA, I felt that it needed to be just a little more full & solid. The taste, while hoppy, was not hoppy enough to suit me. It seemed a bit muted and yet it was a fresh bottle, dated 07.16.17. Hmm. It had a decent grapefruit citrusy bitterness, but somehow it lacked the Ooomph! that I so desperately craved. Oh well. Finish was dry and bitterly hoppy, but I just wasn't feeling it on this one.

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely potent IPA.

A = golden amber, very clean and clear, pours with a modest white foamy head which quickly dissipates to some rimming and lacing.

S = I'm not finding as much nose as I'd expected but it's nice malts and whiffs of grass. It's gradually emerging as the beer warms a bit from its refrigeration prison.

T = ultra bitter, yet a slight sweetness in the finish. Very nicely balanced for being as enunciated in its potent flavors. This must rate over 100 on the bitterness scale. The malts are very dry and seem to be the primary source of the bitterness.

F = I don't see much carbonation other than a few tiny bubbles rising from the bottom, but this sure is causing a gastro uprising! My lips are puckering and yet there's this sweet-bitter effect in the rear of each cheek and gums.

O = Creative.

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

Nice slightly hazy amber tinged gold look with an off white head. Piney, melon and citrus on the nose of this beer. Nice scent. Nice flavor where the citrus and pine blends with the malt well. Slight alcohol and astringency in the aftertaste. Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel but with high carbonation.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku glass

Another great offering from Flying dog, this America IPA is delicious and drinkable.

I purchased this one in Europe ~3€

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piney hops wirh citrus burst forth from this tastey double. Pours gold with white head and nice lacing. Aroma and flavor are on par. Medium bodied with nice stick your reseiny finish. I could drink this for days.

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Photo of dboc
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best Flying Dog beer I've ever had. Pours clean. Nice golden color. Head reduces relatively quickly. Generous helping of pine on the nose with some citrus. Taste is also imbued with pine and citrus. At 9% ABV it'll knock your socks off, but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Pairs well with sharp cheddar, roast beef, horseradish. Well worth the money, and I'd buy it again...and again.

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Photo of pubscout
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A really outstanding DIPA with an excellent nose of pine, citrus and stone fruits, 8.7% ABV and a beautifully complex flavor. There is sweet malt and a finish that will have you seeking a second--and a third. Beautiful clear golden color with a head that fades to a coating. If you can find it, get it.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maize color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, strong spicy hops, hint of resin, tea, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong spicy hops, hint of floral slight alcohol, hint of resin, tea, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, blend, and body, but too carbonated.

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Photo of Hopscotch12
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Literally one of the best ipas I've had to date. The taste is sweet and malty, yet bitter and resinous in the most complimenting way. The malt has a biscuit taste, the hops taste like slight pineapple and also a touch of seeet grapefruit. Maybe even a little bit of a white grape flavor? Maybe that's just me. Overall, I highly recommend. Be careful because the 8.7%abv is very well masked. Cheers!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (8.7%). It also has a best by date (03/26/2017). The beer is a transparent amber color and has a tiny amount of white head. Looks a little anemic in the glass.

S: [3.75] Lemon rind, pine resin, pineapple, grape skins.

T: [3.75] Orange zest, pine resin, crackers, slight toffee. The hop balance brings nice flavor without too much bitterness.

M: [3.75] Nice heft to the body and medium carbonation. Overall if feels sturdy. There is nothing lingering late other than a hint of the orange rind - but no real feel.

O: [3.75] This is a solid DIPA. The nose and the flavor both deliver hops without going overboard and making it a bitter bomb. There are some malt flavors to help balance everything. With the nice body it is just an overall solid beer.

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Photo of pro45
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light gold in color with an off white head. Nose is bready malts, piney, grapefruit peel. Taste follows nose with cracker, rye bread, tropical fruit. Good carb and goes down easy. Very drinkable. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best thing Fying Dog has put out in some time. Pours clear gold with a nice white head and lots of lacing. I didn't wash my glass yesterday and there are still remains of lacing throughout the glass. Taste is tropical hops and pine with cream and a nice bready malt finish. Very consistent and well balanced. Could argue that this is even 4.75 on the taste scale. But I'm being conservative with my ratings as they are typically a bit high. Very drinkable at 8.7%. A buddy and I finished this sixer in no time. Very, very good.

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

12oz bottled with best before date of 3/26/17. Fresh or no? Edit: Flying Dog gives theirs a whopping 170 days from bottling to best before date. So I guess this beer goes back to..err..September?

Pours clear gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are a blend of cut grass, pine, and a hint of honey. Medium bodied and crisp. A bit sweet up front on the palate with a firm, piney bitterness following through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and honey.

Pretty underwhelming for a IIPA, closer to an IPA. The hops are subdued in the nose and one dimensional on the palate.

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Photo of Stooven
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass from bottle with best by date of Boxing Day. Smooth hop profile. Really thick head giving a nice creamy feel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright hops and some sweetness.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over sweet malts. Hops lead off with notes of mango and pineapple leading to grapefruit and a bit of pine. This gives way to malts with notes of honey and syrup sweetness. Some bread comes through as well. Grassy notes come towards the end before a pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA that hits plenty of big hop notes.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade a while back and finally had a chance to drink this today. Haven't had any beers from Flying Dog in a while and after the Gonzo Porter, this may be my favorite offering from them. Yes, IPA's are a dime a dozen but this one was as good as any that I've had out of a bottle in recent months, as the flavor was much more complex than I expected!

The pour to this was good as the beer had a dark brass hue, fluffy head, and left behind tons of soapy rings of lacing as I worked my way through it. Lots of pine, resin, nutty malt, stone fruit, and alcohol in the nose with even more in the taste. A bit of citrus and grapefruit tang and some solvent took this to another level as this beer had a strong presence to it when it came to the flavors and intensity of them. Oily and full, the mouthfeel had plenty of body to it as the hops quietly emerged in the aftertaste, with a mild but long-lasting citrus and metallic tinge to them.

This had plenty of alcohol in it but it was the right amount given the style of this and the flavors that complemented them. As it warmed up, this really grew on me and though it's neither typical of IPA's along the coasts, this had all the best aspects that should be present in an IPA. Solid stuff sure to please any hophead!

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Photo of horshamguy
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--Hazy golden color with a big sudsy head that slowly dissipated into a thin coating. Left a lacing of big bubbles.

S--Hoppy with a lot of tropical fruits.

T--A fruit bomb, not as much bitterness as I was expecting. Sweet with malts to balance the hops.

M--Rich and balanced. Nicely carbonated.

O--Excellent work by the Flying Dog folks. A great example of a DIPA.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a thick, rocky white head, Nice lacing. Bright aromas of grapefruit, pine needles, orange pith, and earth tones. The taste was slightly different: bitter, candied resin with more subdued citrus. A nice sturdy but restrained malt backbone. Some bready malt flavor. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 1/11/17. Pours a very attractive yellowish orange, with a two inch sticky white head that leaves gobs of lace behind.

Smell apricot, tangerine, lemon, biscuit, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot, guava, biscuit and a hint of caramel upfront, with a shot of pine, lemon, and grapefruit in the big finish.

Mouthfeel is large for the style, plenty of life, a little on the dry side, and for Hop heads very drinkable.

Overall this is really nice and I love the price at $11.99 a 6pack.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with enjoy by dating on the label.

Pours typical almond amber, lightly hazed, lasting lite tan head, leaving a thicker film, solid collar and sticky low sheeting. Nice looking brew.

Citric nose with pineapple, lime, sweet caramel malts.

This is a rock solid DIPA...more pineapple, more lime, more hoppy goodness...all balanced upon an undercoating of sweet caramel/maple malts...delicious stuff...well done FDB...go get some and enjoy

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear darker Amber with heavy bubbles on the body creating an extra thick white head rising about one finger's length above the body.

Smell: lemon and grapefruit skin and hard hits of flower. Piney notes are pretty abundant.

Taste: Bitter smooth floral feel. Has little extra bite consisting of citrus skin and deep floral feel. I like it, but different than what I call perfect.

Mouth: Sticky chewy, light sour note. Heavy bitter finish.

Overall: Very good brew, last one for the night and think I made the right decision. Enjoy with love. Salud!

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very resinous with a nice citrusy hop profile balanced by a bready malt background with a little caramel sweetness in there too. A top offering from Flying Dog.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flying Dog is readily available here in PA but this was the first time I've seen The Truth.

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a modest head.

Great aroma of hops, grapefruit and pine.

Well balanced combination of bitter, citrusy hops with a nice malt backbone. Leaves a nice lingering bitterness after the initial sip. Very smooth and easy drinking. The 8.7 ABV is well hidden making this even more enjoyable and very easy to get in trouble if you don't watch yourself.

This brew is without doubt one of the best beers I've enjoyed from Flying Dog. Highly recommended.

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