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

696 Ratings
The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

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

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Ratings: 696 |  Reviews: 126
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 Benl7217
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Adam1993
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGawinski
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pro45
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light gold in color with an off white head. Nose is bready malts, piney, grapefruit peel. Taste follows nose with cracker, rye bread, tropical fruit. Good carb and goes down easy. Very drinkable. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best thing Fying Dog has put out in some time. Pours clear gold with a nice white head and lots of lacing. I didn't wash my glass yesterday and there are still remains of lacing throughout the glass. Taste is tropical hops and pine with cream and a nice bready malt finish. Very consistent and well balanced. Could argue that this is even 4.75 on the taste scale. But I'm being conservative with my ratings as they are typically a bit high. Very drinkable at 8.7%. A buddy and I finished this sixer in no time. Very, very good.

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

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

Photo of plaid75
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottled with best before date of 3/26/17. Fresh or no? Edit: Flying Dog gives theirs a whopping 170 days from bottling to best before date. So I guess this beer goes back to..err..September?

Pours clear gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are a blend of cut grass, pine, and a hint of honey. Medium bodied and crisp. A bit sweet up front on the palate with a firm, piney bitterness following through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and honey.

Pretty underwhelming for a IIPA, closer to an IPA. The hops are subdued in the nose and one dimensional on the palate.

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Photo of zrroot
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gbw5009
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass from bottle with best by date of Boxing Day. Smooth hop profile. Really thick head giving a nice creamy feel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright hops and some sweetness.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over sweet malts. Hops lead off with notes of mango and pineapple leading to grapefruit and a bit of pine. This gives way to malts with notes of honey and syrup sweetness. Some bread comes through as well. Grassy notes come towards the end before a pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA that hits plenty of big hop notes.

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Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade a while back and finally had a chance to drink this today. Haven't had any beers from Flying Dog in a while and after the Gonzo Porter, this may be my favorite offering from them. Yes, IPA's are a dime a dozen but this one was as good as any that I've had out of a bottle in recent months, as the flavor was much more complex than I expected!

The pour to this was good as the beer had a dark brass hue, fluffy head, and left behind tons of soapy rings of lacing as I worked my way through it. Lots of pine, resin, nutty malt, stone fruit, and alcohol in the nose with even more in the taste. A bit of citrus and grapefruit tang and some solvent took this to another level as this beer had a strong presence to it when it came to the flavors and intensity of them. Oily and full, the mouthfeel had plenty of body to it as the hops quietly emerged in the aftertaste, with a mild but long-lasting citrus and metallic tinge to them.

This had plenty of alcohol in it but it was the right amount given the style of this and the flavors that complemented them. As it warmed up, this really grew on me and though it's neither typical of IPA's along the coasts, this had all the best aspects that should be present in an IPA. Solid stuff sure to please any hophead!

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

Photo of horshamguy
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--Hazy golden color with a big sudsy head that slowly dissipated into a thin coating. Left a lacing of big bubbles.

S--Hoppy with a lot of tropical fruits.

T--A fruit bomb, not as much bitterness as I was expecting. Sweet with malts to balance the hops.

M--Rich and balanced. Nicely carbonated.

O--Excellent work by the Flying Dog folks. A great example of a DIPA.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a thick, rocky white head, Nice lacing. Bright aromas of grapefruit, pine needles, orange pith, and earth tones. The taste was slightly different: bitter, candied resin with more subdued citrus. A nice sturdy but restrained malt backbone. Some bready malt flavor. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottspencer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) from Flying Dog Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 696 ratings.
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