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The Truth Imperial IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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94 Reviews
The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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:
94
Ratings:
583
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
22%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
191
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 583
Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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 -7.6%
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 +3.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +2%
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 +8.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +0.2%
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%
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%
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 +6.8%
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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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours a very clear copper, with a white head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops and pine resin, plus a bit of salt. The taste is decently balanced, leaning towards bitter a bit, with notes of caramel, citrus hops and a bit of pine; dank. Smooth mouthfeel , bitter aftertaste, medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Marraybay
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Mr_Bojangles
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold with small head. Bubbles are small and there is minimal lacing. Poured into pint glass. Smell: orange peel, pine, resin, with a hint of sweetness. Maybe pineapple. Taste: complex and dimensional, clean and balanced with a lingering bitterness. Citrus, lime peel, pine, maybe pepper? A sturdy yet subtle sweetness evens it out and the malt body has a slight crust quality too it, but mostly just supports the hop character. Alcohol content is very well covered. Only a hint of heat, but overall a very drinkable DIPA. Body: full and perfectly carbonated. Flying dog were able to weed out any unpleasant aspects of this beer. A very good drink!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev -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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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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 Griffin2
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - pours a medium amber color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.
S- Very citrusy
T- Taste matches the smell with pineapple on the back end. As it warms, I get some grapefruit as well.
F- Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O- Really nice citrusy DIPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Truth is ... a big dry hoppy AIPA. Somehow it manages to be pretty one dimensional despite the big alcohol content. You almost can't taste any malts.

It's a pretty deep gold color with nice fizz. The smell is hoppy but not too strong. It grows on you. The smell does not warn you of the all hops taste to come. The taste is dry and bitter. The aftertaste is the same - bitter on the tongue with just a touch of malt taste coming through.

This brew is refreshing and extremely well made but not really what I like in a double AIPA.

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Photo of Milesdig
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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 SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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 BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
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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The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.
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