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Empire India Pale Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Empire India Pale Ale
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92 Ratings

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tempest on 09-02-2007

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3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew as a suggestions of the bar tender at the brewpub. I paired it with a spicy sausage sandwich. It paired very well. It has a thick white head. The aroma is of grassy hops with nice citrus flora notes. The tastes is all hops it starts with a great earthy hop flavor and finishes with a mild bitter this feels full bodied but it is easy to continuously drink its a great ipa.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Whole Foods located in Yonkers, NY.

Pours clear lighter honey infused amber. Lite tan head, minor in size but leaving respectable webs of fine lacing.

Mild piney hop nose.

Easy drinking and enjoyable IPA. More pine and resiny hop notes, with enough malt to smooth the landing out. Decent IPA.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is an almost completely clear amber, just the slightest haze, with a sand-colored head rising to about one finger that drops lacing clinging in thin sheets as it drops.
This beer's profile is more rustic than many American IPA drinkers tend toward, but certainly not unrefined. It has a mingling of earthy, woody and piney hops bitterness in good measure backed by some citrus peel and balanced nicely by caramel malt that lets the hops lead.
The medium body is continuously crisp and smooth enough to flow nicely without taking from the bite. It dries some as it goes.
According to the brewer, there have been some sporadic revisions to this beer. This may be one that needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as it were. The current version is quite good.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dinosaurs in Syracuse New York.

Pretty classic pale golden color with heavy amber hues and a healthy white head and moderate retention.

A nice collection of hop aroma's from pine tree sap and herbal bitter tinge. The malt has a nice, bready and sweet balance.

The hops are now much more earthy and bitter in the flavor, with pineapple fruitiness on a moderate level. The malt is crispy and very lively feel overall.

This is a very easy to drink hop flavor that is evenly balanced out with a nice malt support.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The last three times I have had this brew it has been borderline awful. Now I love me some IPA and most of Empire's beers but I keep tasting some really off flavors in this beer.

Consumed at a Brew and View at the Palace Theater.

A: Poured a glassy amber with a weak head. Looked a little flat.

S: Some faint pine and citrus

T: Here is where I ran in to problems. There was some sweet citrus hop flavor right off the bat and then something that took me a few sips to identify. There was an undeniably dominating cherry cough medicine presence. Now I haven't tasted this before in other batches but the chemical cherry flavor ruined this beer for me.

M: Carbonation was light, maybe from a hasty setup of the traveling taps brought from the brewery. Overall the beer was crisp and refreshing.

D: I finished it only because I am a trooper but I may be done ordering this beer.

Don't let this one review spoil the beer for you buy I have just had a couple of inconsistent tastings of this IPA and this certainly doesn't match other peoples impressions.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The buzz of the re-opening of this place was biased toward this amarillo hop beer. It was decent, one of the better ones I tried. It is grapefruit and bitter. Lots of lace. Grapefruit aroma as well. An average IPA. Something in the balance and perhaps the carbonation that could be tilted.
Had six months later on cask and good cask though dry.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The hops taste strong, but not complex. The taste starts with a tangy citrus punch, you know, a bit juicy with a similar aroma. That follows with a orange and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness that fade off with the beer, but doesn't leave as much aftertaste as you might like. There's something a little annoying about the final note of flavor that made this a little hard to drink

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the conclsuion of the NY brewing history tour at the NY historical society.

Pours darker orangey brown, with a good head of white foam. Slow settling, lots of lacing. Some face stuck around to the bitter end.

Nose is pine tree, grassy, hoppy. Taste is an extremely bitter citrus/grapefruit blended IPA. The hoppiness almost reaches the point of being offputting, and makes for a difficult drink. The taste blend is ok, but for my palate, I got burned out by the end.

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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: Dark amber color with a strong red tint. Nice small head with good lacing. Beautiful deep color for an IPA.

S: Nice and clean and full of crisp hops over a mellow citrus.

T: Very strong smokey flavor with a nice caramel followed by heavy duty hops flavor. This is a really intense brew. Very surprising in a good way!

M: As with most IPAs this is hoppy and crisp with a citrus bite. Very drinkable.

O: Best beer sampled at the Dino. Definitely something I'd like to find at home.

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

64oz Growler poured into several Pint Glasses

A – Poured a very nice and very hazy deep amber with a large frothy white head on top. Great retention let this stick around for a good long while before finally resting down and settling into a thin layer across the top and a good amount of side glass lace. Some nice carbonation could still be seen bubbling up from the bottom. Overall had a nice classic IPA look to it.

S – The aroma had a very nice resin like smell to it. Very fresh and highly hopped this was really a very nice example of the style, at least so far. Deep sweet pine resin smell was literally dripping with freshness and cut through just about every other part of it. There was a nice grainy back that could be found if you really looked, but overall this just smelled very sweet and very pungent of piney hops.

T – The flavor was very nice. Reminded me a lot of a harvest ale as it was literally dripping with resin and hop juices. Lots of piney smells along with a touch of sweetness in the finish. This was a very nice ale indeed. Great sticky flavor and it was literally unstoppable in the hop assault that was ongoing. Very fresh, very sticky, and very good. As it warmed, a slight hint of a grain filled back began to appear through the middle and served to try and balance it out some, but this was essentially lost on such a big hop monster. No hint of the alcohol in here at all, very well blended and very nicely crafted.

M – Very nice carbonation and a medium body led to a very sessionable ale. This went down like candy for me Very gentle and creamy; the flavor just rolls across the tongue and really creates a very nice smooth finish. Deep resonant hops present, drawing out the finish for a good long time.

D – Superb, I could have had this one all night long. It was just the perfect fresh hop IPA at work. Nice carbonation, very chewy and fresh flavor with a really great feel and low ABV, what more could you ask for.

Overall I thought this was fantastic. I was quite shocked to get such a big full flavored IPA out of this, but there it was. If everything they are doing at this place is half as good, well heck I wished it was right next door. Very high quality, very very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Empire India Pale Ale from Empire Brewing Company
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