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The Truth Imperial IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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107 Reviews
The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Titans77 on 08-03-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
635
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
55
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207
For Trade:
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 635
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass: color is gold, head is off white, mixture of bubble sizes, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is blend of pleasant hop aromas: pine, citrus rind, light earthiness.

Taste is very good: malt makes a more emphatic appearance with some light toast and clean pale malt; hops overtake with pine, citrus rind, and a bit of earthiness, each are well presented and balanced against one another nicely.

Mouthfeel is very good, very very good for DIPA with a nice clean presence, moderate carbonation and great lingering hop bitterness.

Full Disclosure: this is good, very good beer - hop balance is great and mouthfeel is full yet dry and great hop bitterness.

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a nice orange straw color with a white head with good retention and lacing
S-tons of citrus, pineapple, honey, pine
T-great balance between piney resin bitterness and orange citrus, good malt background, more lingering resin
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-delicious DIPA, tons of citrus fruity flavors. really great beer

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Enjoy By: 10.16.16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Somewhat pungent hop aroma that has equal parts citrus and pine plus a sweet malt backing.

T- Very well-balanced as the hops play well off the malt creating a nice bitter/sweet duality. Pretty low on the bitterness for a DIPA too. So drinkable for the ABV. Notes of melon, peach and general stone fruit.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a soft body.

O- A nicely done DIPA that fits with the current trend of emphasis on fruity hop tastes with minimal bitterness. This still has a solid malt base to it, but it still works within the overall context of the flavor profile. And I can't get over how insanely drinkable this is given its high strength.

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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 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 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 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 gcasher
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle.
Straw colored and cloudy.
Smells hoppy.
Clean refreshing Hop bomb. No citrus or fruit here. Just delicious bitter hops. The mouthfeel is super creamy. I can't wait to have more.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear honey orange color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a thin layer of lace around the top

S-smell is of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits

T-caramel malt backbone, tropical fruits, citrus, and light pine

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty decent DIPA, nice bitterness and tropical fruits

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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 Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a white soapy head, fading quickly to a ring and laces the glass. Light aroma of tropical fruits and sweet malt. The taste has plenty of mango and pineapple notes, along with peppercorn and pine. All hop driven flavor with the fruity notes, and the brew is delicious. Safe to call it a West Coast style IPA. The citrus flavor is in the finish. Body is light for the style, which isn't all bad. It is easy drinking. Overall, this is the best Flying Dog IPA or DIPA beer I've had to date. Really good double IPA.

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

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear honey gold, white pillowy head retains at about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of honey, citrus, biscuit, and fresh floral and citrusy hops.

Flavor is of bready malts, honey, and piney and citrus hops. Dry bitter hop finish.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

Very good DIPA, up there with other well liked east coast offerings like those from Southern Tier and Victory. Definitely worth a grab.

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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 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 K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great look and aroma. Nice hoppy citrus flavor
I really like this. Reminds me of hopslam but I think a little better. Only got one single bottle but will probably pick up a sixer in the near future. Very nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been seeking "The Truth" for a while now since it was added to Flying Dog Library.
A - Great looking IPA clear amber brown color with just a 1/4 inch of head that makes for a great lace ring.
S - Pineapple and citrus peel hops with a good bitter edge. Sweet malts balance to smell.
T - Bitter with a lingering bite but it doesn't seem to overwhelming. Mostly citrus and balanced with the malts.
M - Quite good for the octane ABV it drinks quite smooth.

Overall I will be picking some more of this up when I can one of the better beers made by Flying Dog.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Typical orange with a thin white head
Smells fruity, could be stronger
Love the lingering grapefruit taste , balance towards hops
Good carbonation
Overall an excellent IIPA

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog The Truth.

Yeah man I remember seeing those aliens one time in New Mexico. In the Summer of '39 that shit was hovering above my head..they took me up for a probe and ever since then I went gay.

Alright seriously. Aliens do exist. Anyway, Flying Dog does well when they really want to. The bug question is why have I gone from 155 to 175 pounds in three months of drinking this stuff again. Guess the good ole metabolism is taking a hike. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Pours a Crystal clear copper golden coloration with a finger of dense head that sits amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation is exceedingly low. Looks like so many others that have come before it. Trace amounts of immediate stick as the brew settles down into my glass.

Smell - Lots and lots of fresh pine sitting amongst fresh wet and juicy pineapple fruit alongside a touch of what seems like funk. Straight dank with a low malt level for balance. This one should be some real fun to drink. Hopefully it ends up being a palate wrecker based on what the nose has presented to me.

Taste - Pine needles. Plenty of pine needles though maybe not quite as much as Knee Deep Simtra for example. The pineapple is obviously apparent and combines well with the needles to put a thrashing up on your palate. Malts once again remain low allowing for a bitter hop assault on the tongue. Alcohol stays tame though you surely know it is there.

Feel - Very sticky with nearly a perfect balance in terms of what the or her profiles would lead you to believe. Syrup like almost. The only complaint here is that the carbonation is just a touch too thick but surely isn't bothersome . Flavors retain much the same with some honey like sweet aspects coating the tongue. Swallows with a high level of bitterness alongside a smidge of introductory grapefruit and traces of alcohol.

Overall - The best beer I have ever had out of Flying Dog without a singular doubt. This is on par with most other highly sticky double IPA beers. Not a SIMTRA, but definitely could act as a little brother to it. Beer like this are why I don't bother buying Hopslam. Better beers for much less money are readily available. I highly suggest other hop heads try this one for sure. Flying Dog, please make more big IPA beers.

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

"we saw a gap in our portfolio and wanted to increase our market share."
Good enough reason for me to try!
This beer is not so very different from some of the strong, hoppy options I've tried from Flying Dog;, if I recall correctly, double dog is a maltier rendition of this beer. Still, an enjoyable double IPA.

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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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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 FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a bright orange color with a finger of fluffy foam that takes a while to recede. Small bubble erupt to the surface at the nucleation point in the glass. Looks absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is a blend of sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor is a rush of hoppy flavor. Lots of pine, dank earthy oil, and some citrus. Finishes quite bitter with a lingering bite.

A full bodied IIPA - this need to be a touch more balanced / less harsh to be truly exceptional. That said - this is solidly above average.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is nice, a sweet/char caramel malt. nice juicy hop aroma.

taste has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. finishes bitter and dry. good taste though! not a bad IPA and has a cool bottle design as well.

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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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