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

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91
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701 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
Ratings:
701
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
232
For Trade:
2
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Photo of imbibehour
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Big shampoo and even off white head, three fingers tall and settles nicely to a soapy foamy giant puck. The body color is a glowing deep amber orange, hints of bronze and peach glow within its presence. A perfect thin slow rising column of bubbles arises off the pour in the middle. A real great looking DIPA, with some sudsy lacing as well.

Nose brings solid delight. Juicy hop angle of tropical fruits. A bit of muddy earthy quality comes in the hop angle as well. Malt isn't distinguishable, but can easily take a back seat by this very nice aromatic hop nose. Some faint toasty brown and cinnamon sugar barely sneaks out.

Palate comes with a good hop expression anticipated from the nose. Body is just light enough but not too wet to let the flavors tantalize the palate. First sips bring some solid sweetness hinting at caramel and a bit of citrus fruit, which are quickly washed away in a giant pine bitterness and dank earth. The hop bitterness is long lasting but extremely sharp, piney, and later like bitter vegetable skin or perhaps bitter watermelon rind.

Overall, impressive in look and nose, but there needs to be a little bit more malt, and hint of sweetness to round things out, and take this to the next level. Still enjoyable for what it is, and if you enjoy strong bitterness in the hop realm, this is right up your alley.

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Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Appearance: Golden orange color with a bit of light amber. Nice clarity. Big fluffy head with good lacing. Decent head retention - makes sense though, lots of hop oil

Smell: Huge aroma. Tons of peach. Stonefruit. Definite citrus in there as well. Love the Amarillo/Citra hop combination. Pale, sweet supporting malt and just a hint of resiny pine. Very dank as well. Outstanding

Taste: Big and juicy with lots of peach, citrus, and stonefruit again. More resiny pine type flavors than in the nose with a sharp anchoring bitterness. The interplay between hop flavor/malt sweetness/bitterness is really well done here. Finishes long and dry with lingering flavoring and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Drinks exceptionally easy for 8.7% and 120 IBUs. Carbonation and body are both about medium. Remarkably light on its feet for all of the big characteristics.

Overall: One of the best new IPAs I've had this year. Huge hop aroma and flavor. Super drinkable. This doesn't factor into the review, but the price point on this is also exceptional. Like $12 a 6/er for an outstanding, year-round Imperial IPA.

Another winner in what has been a long stretch of them for Flying Dog recently.

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Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - crystal clear copper with initial 1 finger head. Over the next several minutes the head grew to 3+ fingers over the top of the glass like bread rising. Nice and billowy with lots of carbonation fueling the head retention.

Smell - I'm assuming this is really fresh from the brewer as it has that perfect citrus/floral fresh hop scents. Can't beat it.

Taste - A true hop wallop. Very fresh hop goodness that feels very smooth and balanced. Then unfortunately some bitterness presents itself into the aftertaste and lingers a little too long for my liking. Initially it has characteristics of a world class Double IPA but those are reserved for the ones that finish smooth and flavorful without the bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Warm and Buttery.

Overall - Another one of Flying Dog's better recent IPA creations. With the bitter finish it fits into the mold of the West Coast style IPAs. Not quite as great as their recent Citra IMO but its not far behind and still a very highly crafted double IPA. They have been making some strides and this one will deliver for most all hop heads certainly.

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Photo of Ankur
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of smokeypeat
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New release from Flying Dog. Poured into a tulip glass, it's a darker shade of yellow, fairly clear. Frothy white head disappears quickly leaving just a light fringe around the rim.

Smell on this is really positive from first whiff on. Big tropical notes, some alcohol but not overwhelming. I feel like I'm downwind of a citrus farm and the living is good.

Taste is really solid. Nice mango, pineapple, grapefruit tastes of front with some piney astringency in the backbone. Malt backbone is there but this feels more "west coast" than other Flying dog IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel is solid. Nice and sticky slick, this goes down easy. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, this beer is a big pleasant surprise. I hadn't even heard about this beer coming out, but when I saw it in the store and my "beer guy" said it was solid I thought at $12/6er I'd give it a try. I've found there single hop IPA series to have a few big winners and a few clunkers. This beer is in the winner column for sure and is worthy of repeat purchases.

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Photo of tgeorgf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of davet100
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New all year round release from Flying Dog, based on the strength of their single hop imperial IPA series, this was a must try in my book. Firstly, thanks to my wonderful wife for picking this up for me. This beer was about as fresh it comes, straight of a truck from the brewery and into my fridge. Poured a clear amber with half a finger white head. Incredible aroma, pine and citrus notes up front, accompanied by strong tropical/stone fruit notes. The flavor very much followed suit, based on the hop varietal (citra, amarillo, summit, CTZ, warrior) you get big burst of pine and sharp citrus, followed by lots of tropical notes; very much in the west coast mould of an IPA. At 120 IBU's this is a serious beer, and in this respect, shares similar hophead palate pleasing qualities to the likes of Stone's Ruinten for example. It brings an assertive hop flavor, which is showcased by lots of bitterness and citrus, and balanced with a light malt backbone. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and it has a very clean, dry finish. This really is an impressive beer and at $12 for a sixer, represents tremendous value for what is a top rate imperial ipa. You really can tell a lot of work has gone into this beer and this will definitely become a mainstay in my fridge going forward.

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Photo of squidrobot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

The Truth Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) from Flying Dog Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 701 ratings.
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