The Truth Imperial IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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:
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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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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Act25
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Truth may be the best flying dog I've tasted.
Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter. Came back to the Truth and liked it even more.

A ) Pours a honey orange body, translucent w 1.5 fingers of off-white head that lingers as a nice cap, leaving not enough lace.

S ) Aroma blossoms fresh, grassy, piney, & floral. Fresh fruit salad of citrus, apricot, mango, east coast peach.

T - Taste follow smell and gets better - smooth, crisp, fresh, fruity, floral, juicy. Hops balanced nicely by fruit. Juicy notes of peach, pine, and citrus.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, & juicy. Long finish. Appetizing.

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

Orange in color. Clear. Somewhat malty up front. Grapefruit, rind and pithy bitterness. Lots of pine. Herbaceous. Expected this to be better. Finishes dry and bitter. It's not terrible, but out of balance for my tastes.

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

12oz bottle into a glass. Best by 11/2/16,

Clear yellow body with small which head. Good lacing.

some faint hop aroma on the nose

Solid malt sweetness upfront, with a good hop bite around the edge of the tongue.

Medium to full on the feel. flavors persist nicely.

Overall a pretty good DIPA

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Amsterdam Craft Beer experience near Dam Square. Can't even find this stuff in New England. This is pretty much as good as it gets. Shout out to my bro Julius for the recommendation.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a medium size frothy white head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma covers many hop variations: citrus, piney and floral. Very pleasant. Good strong hoppy flavor as well. Citrus, piney and floral hop flavors all come through and there is a high level of bitterness balanced by some sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. No real alcohol burn. A very good DIPA.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow and perfect with a head of white foam and bubbles to look at as they fall. Nose is citrus and pine. A nice sweetness like clover honey is thin and in the background . Taste is smooth and well made. Citrus on the palate with lovely balance. It's all over citrusy and has a little herbal form those hops that pricks at the background to show you a nice malt with lots of creaminess. Finihses with a nice bitterness that shows lemon peel and some of that dank pine. Very nice!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

EBD 10/16/16. Clear bright copper pour (light amber). Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding lacing and world class retention.

Very good nose of light citrus (orange, grapefruit), dank sub current, a very light tropical note (mango, pineapple), a touch of pepper and alcohol, some pine and a touch of caramel. Up the intensity and it becomes outstanding.

Light medium body with a nice slick oily texture. World class carbonation / body balance with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good. Hop flavor never really pops so this falls a bit short of outstanding. It does cover alcohol very well with it surfacing only during the finish and subsequent fade. Bitterness is moderate and well balanced with caramel sweetness in the middle. The bitterness begins as zest then shits to pine / spruce. The middle sweetness brings forth a subtle tropical hop flavor that is mostly mango. The finish is a slow fade of previous flavors while an astringent alcohol note lingers.

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