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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American 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.

Added by Titans77 on 08-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,586
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
782
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
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Reviews by superkustom:
Photo of superkustom
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A local beer for me, as I live in frederick. Nice coper color 2 finger white head. Needs to have a bit more malt, to round out the bitter hop bite. Fantastic hop smell and strong hop flavor, but does need some malt to smooth out the mouth feel. Very nice iipa, almost great!!

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of threeviews
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)

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Photo of shu_420
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Sort of a delayed bitterness with each sip, this beer wants to talk flavor first before it throws down the bitterness. This ended up being a really tasty Imperial IPA with enough balance so that our palates weren’t decimated. Flying Dog should keep on playing around with hops; more than often they end up with treats like this.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.7%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Rich golden hue, sudsy

SMELL: Dank hop, oily, herbal, peppery, pineapple, mango, pumpkin seeds, pine, alcohol

TASTE: Creamy, leafy, oily, growing bitterness, stone fruit, orange peel, green peppercorn, juicy, malty, semi-pungent, bread crust, alcohol warmth, papaya; lingering hoppy, bitter finish

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 G_Shoe
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bitter with definite sweetness at finish. far exceeded my expectations

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Photo of Jammyman
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

33cl bottle. Pours a very clear copper, with a white head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops and pine resin, plus a bit of salt. The taste is decently balanced, leaning towards bitter a bit, with notes of caramel, citrus hops and a bit of pine; dank. Smooth mouthfeel , bitter aftertaste, medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Runofthemiller
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright gold to amber under a 1.5” white to cream colored foam cap that slowly recedes, taking 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.
S: Grassy, herbal aromas seasoned with some melon and light biscuit. Hop aromas dominate.
T: Rich melon and tropical fruit flavors start the attack supported by background herbal flavors and a moderate malt backbone, finishing with a moderately high hop accent on the finish. Light sweetness at the start dries out on the finish with some hop driven astringency. Light fruit tending towards tropical softens a predominantly herbal tasting bitter finish.
F: Has an exquisitely creamy texture with a medium to medium full body, and medium carbonation.
O: An excellent flavorful imperial IPA with an assertive yet pleasant bitter finish. Worth repeating.

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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