In 1990, George Stranahan founded the Flying Dog Brewpub in Aspen, Colo. out of the love for beer. He eventually opened a brewery in Denver with longtime friend and partner, Richard McIntyre in 1994 and eventually, the move was made to the state of the art facility in Frederick, Md. where the brewery currently resides.
Flying Dog has always strived to stay on top of the craft beer scene, producing over the top beers incorporating interesting flavors and mixtures but continues to produce mainstream beers that suit many tastes as in the imperial IPA that I am drinking now, The Truth.
The Truth is an 8.7 percent ABV beer sporting 80 IBUs and brewed with Amarillo, Citra, CTZ, Summit and Warrior hops to produce an in-your-face IPA that definitely speaks the truth.
Pouring from a 12-ounce bottle, the color is a striking golden-yellow color with several fingers of cream-white head and tons of carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Aromas abound with pineapple, orange, peach, pine and some sort of sweetness that I try to decipher.
Carbonation is ample and perfect for the style and the flavor is ripe with pineapple, stonefruits, ruby red grapefruit, mango, piney hops and a caramel maltiness on the back end.
Balance is well done with both the malts and hops sharing responsibilities equally and the alcohol is hidden very well, even as the beer warms up, finishing with a crisp, dry finish, some bitterness a bit of chewy caramel at the end.