The Truth
Flying Dog Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,187
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,006
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.8%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
864
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Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  58
Gots
  286
SCORE
91
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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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rossracing from Illinois

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

Feb 02, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Nov 20, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Nov 07, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/3/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted bread and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney/spicy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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threeviews from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Julian Date 146A16 or May 25, 2016) into a Flying Dog Chalice...just over 3 months fresh (Flying Dog gives a 4 month Best By date on their bottles...exception being Horn Dog and Gonzo):

A - Pours a hazy, burnt orange/apricot color with a single finger, white head which dissipates as quickly as it formed. (4.75)

S - Equal parts juicy and piney. As for the juicy component, you get an onslaught of fleshy orange, ruby red grapefruit, peach, mango and hints of apricot. Some caramel malt sweetness also shows a conservative presence making the aroma pungently hop forward, yet nicely balanced...right down my alley. (4.75)

T - All the flavors in the aroma are present in the flavor. Although there is a significant citrus rind bitterness, the malt backbone provides a pleasant sweetness that keeps the hops in check never becoming astringent. (4.75)

M - Medium bodied with spot-on carbonation. The hops provide an oily coating on the tongue yet the malts cut it just enough to deliver a bittersweet finish. (4.75)

O - The Truth really fires on all cylinders for me...Being a Double IPA @ 8.7% ABV, the balance from pour to finish is wonderfully balanced. The hops sing, the malt bill provides exquisite balance and the alcohol is completely hidden. If you want a dangerously drinkable DIPA that doesn't fatigue the palate, this is your beast. As a denizen of New Jersey, I'm happy that Flying Dog has made this available to all of its markets as it will be one of the hoppy staples in my refrigerator. (4.75)

Apr 30, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

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

Poured one and a half bottled into an imperial nonic a clear brass color with a thinner but very lacey white head atop.Resiny hops stand out most in the nose along with some caramel/dough.Not overly sweet on the palate like way to many of the style,resinous with lighter tropical fruit-like hops intertwined with a faint hint of nuttiness and caramel,a bit of raw sugar finds it's way into the finish but again it never gets overly sweet.A top notch DIPA from Flying Dog wich in my mind has been stepping up it's game over the past few years.

Aug 09, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "The Truth"
12 oz. bottle, coded but not freshness dated
$2 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

I'm not sure where I stand on this one.

In it's favor it's very well-balanced for an Imperial IPA with lots of bitterness and a bit of heat from the alcohol but not so much so that it gets away. And it's resinous and citrusy in both the aroma and the flavor with pine, resin, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. It's a solid, strong beer that'll give you a smack but won't punch you down and then kick you in the neck (as some IIPAs seem to want to do!).

Against it, although it seems to hit all of the points right and seems to be firing on all cylinders it just doesn't inspire me. Less than halfway through the serving I felt that I could take it or leave it. Is this a case of putting something together just a little too perfectly? Where there's nothing really standing out to catch your attention? I think it might be. In fact, I've enjoyed many standard IPAs that have more vibrancy to them. So what's left, the alcohol? Well they've done that part right, but I'm not drinking it for the alcohol.

In the end I think you have to look at it simply as it is and put the numbers together for yourself.

Dec 22, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The bubble show generates three fingers of foam with the clear amber liquid building below; sudsy lacing

Smell: Floral, honey-laced pineapple and mango, with undertones of pine; somewhat dank

Taste: Bright tropical fruit flavors from the outset, with the mango and pineapple merging into the pine; the honey becomes more apparent through the middle and builds, into the finish; floral and fruity, with considerable bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The label says they brewed this to increase their market share and they sure caught my attention and respect with this brew; there are a lot of Flying Dog beers I wouldn't re-visit, but this one deserves more attention; and that's the truth

Apr 17, 2016
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BrewMaven from New York

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Nov 15, 2018
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Jordan1985rec from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Sep 02, 2013
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norinco from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2016
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stephenlee from England

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 03, 2017
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jaymo18 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Sep 01, 2014
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

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

Nov 15, 2015
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GapingMcNulty

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 29, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Crystal clear golden copper with a rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy creaminess, leaving sticky sudsy lace behind. The aroma is a fresh blast of floral notes, grapefruit, pine and underlying herbal tones. Neutral malt sweetness sits along the back. This smells quite bitter in the nose. The taste is straight up zesty grapefruit, resins and herbal character. A bit of a malt backbone helps balance this but man; the bitterness on this really comes on strong in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with more of a slick creaminess on the edges. The higher alcohol here is well hid, mostly coming out in that bitter finish. This was certainly decent. Strong hop flavors for sure but this could have used a bit more malt activity to help round out the corners. For $10 a sixer though, I’ll definitely be coming back.

Sep 17, 2013
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Theheroguy from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An array of super intense American hop flavors. This is like smelling fresh hops in you hand. The taste is vibrant and full of American hops. I feel like I'm in the hops fields as I drink this beer. It is very well balanced the bitterness isn't what you would expect (or possibly hope for) from an imperial IPA. The malt is prominent but in no way shape or form masks the beautiful hops. This taste like a stronger, hoppier version of the Flying Dog Doggie Style pale ale. I got this on a whim and I'm really glad that I did.

Sep 25, 2013
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UniversitateaDeBere from Romania

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 28, 2016
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smithj4 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2019
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tedho21 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Apr 19, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 04, 2014
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 02, 2016
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked, but didn't love this one. Looks great, nice amber color with a finger of white head, nice lacing as you drain it. Nose is mild, some piney, citrus hops. Flavors are bigger, but still somewhat mild for a DIPA. A lot of piney hops, grapefruit, bitterness. There's some malt in there, somewhere, a bit of syrupy sweetness to balance out the hops, but it's honestly really hard to find. Especially as it gets warmer, this one is a hops-bomb, especially for an East Coast brew, with not much else going on. That said, it's quite drinkable, throughout. Body is medium, maybe not quite as syrupy or thick as I would have hoped, with some subtle, smooth carbonation. Overall this is a fine DIPA, if not particularly mind-blowing, and a bit simple and straight-forward. That said, I can get down with the local element.

Jul 31, 2015
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Hopscat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 29, 2013
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ciscohokie from Maryland

4.71/5  rDev +15.2%

Oct 11, 2014
The Truth from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 864 ratings