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
Ratings:
696
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
230
For Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Bright, citrusy and strong, Flying Dog employs the three headed monster of CTZ (Citra-Tomahawk-Zeus) hops on a bitterly resinous bed of lupulin and oil for a taste that's certainly not for the hop timid. The question is- can you handle The Truth?

Bright amber with a modest hop-haze translucency, the ale seems to glow underneath and stern creamy white lather. Above, the fruity, toasty and sweet scents of honey and citrus play out with a perfume of grass, muddled sod and spruce lying tepidly behind. Initial sweetness of toasted caramel, light honey and mild bread crust is lightly savory and malty-sweet.

Its taste goes through rapid transformation across the middle. Its sweetness fades and its bitterness intensifies. Juicy red grapefruit, tantalizing tangerine, exotic pineapple and mango looses its succulence and the citrus and tropical flavors take on a drier, sharper and acutely bitter tone. With a follow-up of fresh-cut grass, herb and chive, the development of flavors seem to go on and on.

The medium-bodied ale finishes decidedly bitter, but it does retain a mild sweetness to buffer the throat agains the brazen hop bitterness for some semblance of balance. With its cleverly hidden alcohol spice rounded by caramel and biscuit, and masked by hops, the ale closes with a linger of dry citrus and chive.

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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 building into the pine; the honey becomes more apparent through the middle and builds, into the finish; floral and fruity, with moderate 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has bright, hoppy, lemony notes with a bit of malt in the background. Taste starts with a classic, earthy and citrusy hop flavor. Overall it's quite balanced, bitterness kicks in only on the finish but lingers very much in the aftertaste with resin flavor. Medium body and carbonation, feels quite smooth. Overall it's a quite good DIPA with well hidden ABV and a classic hop profile.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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