The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) | Flying Dog Brewery

The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
91.1%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 706 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,172
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
706
Liked:
643
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
8.54%
Alströms:
3.9
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
234
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 706 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGB
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manny1909
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coastiebob
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Lovely golden yellow with a two finger, off white head.

S: Dominant, yet not over the top aroma of tree resin and musky tropical hops. There's a little heat from the alcohol and a mild note of slightly caramelized, cereal malt.

T: Pretty clean and silky smooth for a double IPA. Starts off with flavors of sweet, bready, honied malt. Quickly takes a 180* degree turn and smacks your in the face with the taste of hops, predominantly with reminiscent flavors of red grapefruit, pine needles, pineapple juice and mango. Finishes with a sweet, slightly hoppy and dry aftertaste. As the beer warms I get just the faintest, faintest hint of vanilla beans (even though it's subtle, it plays a delicious role in the finish).

F: Pretty creamy and rich, without being overtly heavy, oily or viscous. Medium body with low carbonation.

O: Flying Dog is one of those hit and miss breweries for me when it comes to IPA's. Sure they make some good dark beer, but when it came to pale ales in the past I would often turn my nose up at them because I had a couple of bad experiences, mainly with their Snake Dog IPA, their Fever Dream habanero IPA, and their Double Dog IIPA, but this one is very much a winner. Overall this is a very easy drinking, creamy and tropically sweet IPA, with a nice bitter hop bite that finishes dry. My opinion of this brewery has definitely changed for the better after sampling this.

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EuellGophar
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerlover
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of izmirlig
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is currently my favorite IIPA. Citrusy piney hops, strong beer without being cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrb378
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrokenEdge
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Body is a translucent copper/amber color with a fluffy, huge, white head. Leaves a layer of foam around the edges of the glass and relatively thick lacing. Smells super piney and dank with some citrusy scents. Taste is prominently on the more earthy/resinous side of things: fresh cut grass, pine, herbal and floral hops. There's some grapefruit and mango flavors in the background. Feels a touch too thick and heavy for my tastes, almost syrupy but with moderate carbonation. The finishing flavor is great though, nice lingering bitterness and really dry. Really solid IIPA if you're looking for more resin type flavors.

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

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

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

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 3 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, grapefruit, caramel;

T: more pine that anything else; a little grapefruit, caramel and earthiness; finish is somewhat herbal with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label says 208A16

Appearance: Dark gold with a bit of haze but mostly clear. Short off-white creamy head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

Aroma: Up front I get a catty aroma and a touch of pine.

Taste: It has a bit of bread crust and a pine resin flavor with a very good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: With bitterness being a key component in an IIPA I want to mention that it has a good amount of bitterness and it presents nicely across the palate. The beer has an off-dry finish with a bitter finish that is clean.

Overall: It's a simple straight-forward pine-centric IIPA that is very well done. I would drink it again and would recommend it.

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Photo of norinco
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YetiMaas
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Alphamale7
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 706 ratings
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