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 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.

Added by Titans77 on 08-03-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
672
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
222
For Trade:
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Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pale amber, translucent, light ephemeral head, distinct and fine lacing
S: sharp hops, pine
T: bitter, sharp hops, pine
M: light but persistent, mouth-coating hops
O: smooth bite, lingering bitterness, easily drinkable. It puts me in the minority, but to me it's a one-note IPA, not particularly off-putting but not a remarkable example.

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Photo of mbatley
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short review

This could have a lot going for it (and I'm a local fan of Flying Dog) but this Imperial IPA is just trying a bit too hard and comes across a bit harsh, especially on the finish where it is a bit stinging and astringent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep clear golden body. Big white head. A few wisps and a medium collar.

Smell - Very malty aroma. Caramel. Grapefruit and pine hops.

Taste - Again lots of caramel. Grapefruit hops. Bitterness builds quickly. Big malt content.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good but tastes like most breweries' DIPAs.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with solid clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks good. The aromas are subtle with lots of caramel and fresh bread. Malts are there along with some citrus notes. Lots of orange. The flavors are very bold. It's a bitter bruiser. Lots of fresh pine needles and pine resin. Sweet grapefruit in the mix along with more orange. Slightly spicy, especially in the finish. Possibly some black pepper or some rye in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not flashy, but it's a bruiser. Nice bitterness. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it's still ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of beerlust
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head when poured into a pint glass. Gold color that I can't really see through- cloudy. Tastes fairly light for an 8.7 percent beer, very drinkable. Smells of pine and pineapple. Citrusy and bitter, I enjoyed this and will try it again. Overall a good american DIPA, try it.

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Photo of Milesdig
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lover of IPA's although I am not a big flying dog fan but I thought i'd try this one. Not totally disappointed, but this beer is lacking. Not much color or carbonation and very little head that is gone quickly with barely a lace. They do hide the 8.7% abv well. Very drinkable beer that can sneak up on you. I wouldnt buy it again. Rather reach for a Maharaja by Avery brewing.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost there. Piney, resinous, but falls a little short by NW standards. Pretty decent, but more like a normal NW IPA, not a DIPA. Enjoyable, but could be a bit bigger.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caveat - I lean toward West Coast IPAs, which this is not.

Amber, slightly clouded, moderate carbonation. Nose probably too subtle and didn't give much away. Flavor was a big surprise after the subtle nose with a bold malt and bold hops assault -- quite nice. Lingering bitterness in the back of the tongue. Like other Flying Dog brews -- not afraid to go big in taste.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pretty standard orange-copper DIPA color; A bit of a head, but not much.
Similarly not much lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, mangos. Definite "cattiness" as well.

Taste: A bit of malt sweetness--not much--but as with many DIPAs, the overwhelming
note is grapefruit juice that builds and lingers on the palate.

Feel: Prickly, but at the same time creamy.

Overall: Meh...decent enough, but doesn't really set itself apart from the rest of
the DIPA pack. Prefer FD's single hop "apollo" over this one in a head-to-head.

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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 KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/27...pours bright orange copper, light ring of white foam around the ring. Bright pine nose, but quick. taste is a sweet malt, with a wrapped hop bitter. Smooth and wants to step out boldly. Long bitter finish. The abv sneaks up on you.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with one of these. The brew alpears a clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of off-white suds that leaves a patchy wall of lace on the glass.

The aroma is dank and herbal with some cat piss yet underneath it is fruity, rindy, pulpy and zesty primarily like grapefruit with some grass/vegetative edge.

The flavor is bitter with pine and herbs. It boasts a bitter sort of orange marmalde character mid-palate. It is somewhat grassy into the finish with a dusty bread grain feel undeneath.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. An ok, middle of the road ipa. I appreciate the chance to give this one a try, thanks again Heath.

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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 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 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 ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass draft pour at Mike's Place in Berea, OH.

I am generally not a fan of Flying Dog but this one is pretty good. Nothing special but pretty tasty and fairly balanced. Fruity hopes and sweet malts. Finishes with a building aspirin like bitterness but still a nice brew that I would have again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: nice amber color with excellent clarity nice tight small bubbly head that stick around

S: fruity in the way of citrus but very slight peppery and floral good bit of biscuity malts

T: Very resinous touch of citrus with peppery and earthy hops

M: A little syrupy which gives it more of a medium to heavier feel good bright carbonation

O: A solid beer but nothing special I am chasing a citrus taste that I can't quite catch. Otherwise its very earthy and peppery and malty its a pretty ok beer I think if I saw it again I would pass on it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Clear gold with a two finger foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Kinda basic, lots of pine, lemongrass, grapefruit, citrus peel, bread malt.
T - Some sweeter malts, but not overwhelming, light pepper and currant, grass and pine, bitter citrus rind, some hop resin, big cracker finish.
M - Medium feel, lingering dry bitterness
O - Not really a big deal to me at all, its pretty average overall compared to whats brewed these days, but its not really bad either.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky copper with a thin pale orange head.  Smells of sweet malts and a touch of hops.  I was surprised at the taste.  Much more sweet maltiness than hopiness.  The sweetness washes over the tongue with only a slight bitterness finishing the beer.  The bitterness grows as it warms, but so does the sweetness.

A decent beer, but the balance just isn’t there for me.  The DIPA lacked the hoppiness to balance the huge huge huge malt backbone.  Decent, but nothing to really get excited about

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Photo of superkustom
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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 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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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw with a half finger of head. The nose has some mild citrus hoppiness. The flavor profile is very well-balanced between malt and hops and the body is somewhat hearty for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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