Empire India Pale Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Empire IPA has a very clear orangish brown body and an off-white head that has solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is fruity and piney, with sweet malt backing it up. Lots of citrus.

The first sip strikes me with a lot of citrus and pine. Grapefruit and orange mingle with a very resinous pine flavor. Fairly high amount of bitterness. As I drink, the resin takes over and the malt becomes more powerful. The actual flavor profile of the malt mixes toasted grain with a good bit of caramel sweetness. This one is definitely more hoppy than malty.

Slightly oily feel. Right in the ballpark for an IPA.

There is something missing from this one for me, but I can't put my finger on it. With that said, this is a solid IPA. Empire does a pretty good job with their beers and I would recommend this to anyone who is curious, as I could see different palates really enjoying this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Lazerlobe
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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 +1.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of jsausley
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of malts.
T: The overall taste has a light amount of bitterness and flavors of biscuit malts and earthiness. The maltiness really stands out.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness and stickiness in the finish.
O: The beer is very well balanced because neither the hops nor the malts predominantly stand out in the taste. It’s very easy to drink but I wouldn’t consider it to be sessionable because it doesn’t go down that smoothly.

Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Not a great IPA. Somewhat average but certainly not terrible.

Appearance was a cloudy copper color, good carbonation.

Aroma had a lot of hops, maybe more piney than citrus but overall not too bad.

Flavor as well was typically good. Bitterness combined with hop flavor to deliver what IPA's typically promise.

Overall a good IPA. If it's the only one available, it's definitely worth getting. Just not my favorite.

Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Resto in NYC on 9/30; pours hazy orange amber in color with a 2 finger creamy off white that faded slowly and left good lacing that slid down the glass quickly.

Smells of floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel and faint herbs; the sweet malt and hoppy citrus notes go very well together.

Tastes of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops, flowers, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt and light spices; the sweet malt and buttery biscuit taste balances out the hoppy citrus flavors that burst with fruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a medium body, medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Overall a good IPA, not a hop bomb, but highly drinkable and quite refreshing.

Photo of halo21
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The hazy, thin topped beer was served on tap in a pint glass at the Empire Brewing Co. It is translucent, with big carbonation and streaks of gold and yellow.

Smell:Big, off the vine wet hoping smell. That earthy spice that I love in a hoppy IPA.

Taste: A whole lot of hops up front, with a nice malty smoothness that comes through. It is very cutting with spicy food (which I was eating) and greatly enjoyed the flavors of this beer. The hops is that pungent spice, less the floral bright hop. This beer has legs.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet very refreshing. It is lively carbonated, and very cleansing.

Drinkability/Palitability: It is a bold hoppy brew. A little less easy going down than the more floral IPA's but a pint glass is still enjoyable.

Notes: I paired this beer with my dinner in the Empire Brewing Co.'s brewpub, with a great view of the brewery operation. I had the "Grilled Andouille Po' boy", which is a spicy Cajun sausage, with smoked gouda cheese, creole mustard, and fried tumbleweed onions. It teamed up perfectly with the spice of the mustard, and cut right through the fat on the sausage.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brew pub, poured into a cheater pint

a: clear amber color, small 1/4" off white head with good retention, reduces to a cap and lacing rings. Moderatly carbonated

s: pine and citrus, mild caramel, slight biscuit

t: a bitter hop bomb of a beer. Mild sweetness and caramel force its way into the palate. I wish there was more hop flavor to this beer for the high amount of bitterness

m: dry and sticky, I could only handle two beers before mving on.

O: not a bad IPA.

Photo of williamherbert
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy dark yellow with an icy ring of lace. Dark yellow -- or a very light orange.

Strong grapefruity and citrusy (I was told Amarillo) hop smell. Very sweet and fresh. Really unique and sweet with a tinge of bitterness. Superior smell.

Impeccably bitter but citrusy flavor. Has a fruity hop at first, before a woody finish. Fruity hop character but also bitter and spicy. Excellent.

Feels bubbly and creamy, but easy nice and easy drinkin'. A strong and bitter/sweet brew. Only the strong bitterness might prevent repeats.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A textbook American IPA with citrus hops at the forefront. Meeting the median line of all elements that describe the style, this bitter ale shows consistency and moderacy from sip to finish.

Glowing with golden and light amber colors, the beer carries a slight haze, presumably from dry hopping. Dense white foam caps the beer and leaves pockets of lace behind as the beer falls. A froathy and elegant look throughout.

Citrus focused in aroma with grapefruit and orange zest leading the way. Slightly resiny with hints of fresh cut grass and spruce give roundness and variety to the hoppy nose. A backbone of honey and light caramel provide the slightest of a base to anchor the scent while not competing with the hop balance.

Flavors follow suit with initial malt sweetness and fullness that provides only the underpinning and act as a springboard for the hop dominance. Cleanly citrus with ruby red grapefruit pulp, orange zest, herbal grassy notes, and a touch of lemongrass for pep and brightness. Citrus flavor transitions to resiny bitterness as the beer heads toward the finish, and leaves the malt character far behind. Clean and crisp flavors with only hoppy fruit elements and low yeasty spice that never make an impact on the beer- it's all about the hops.

Early creaminess is short lived, allowing for the hop bitterness, sharpness, and dryness to dictate the session well before mid palate. A linger of bitterness lasts well into the next sip, but dryness and citrus flavors abound.

Any well described IPA will point toward this beer. But without any one identifiable element that singles out this brand, the beer remains textbook but without a true identity.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice hazy amber in color that left about a finger of off white head at the top and some slight lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruits on this one, with good notes of roasty malts as well, slight sweetness on the tail end.

T: Good bitterness up front but the biscuity malts cover that up real quick, nice notes of tropical fruit and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation.

O: A very well balanced IPA, from a new brewery I was able to try, I had this one on a craft beer cruise around Manhattan, this was one of the better brews I had on that trip.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with a nice amount of piney hop aroma. It's bitter to the nose, but quite balanced as well. The taste is good also. It's a smooth IPA with excellent hop character and malt balance. It's more pale malt based with just enough dextrine malt for added body. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great American IPA. It's hoppy, yet not overly done. This was the best beer in the sampler, sorry lovers of the Downtown brown.

Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub. I was very impressed. It's a hazy orangeish golden color with a nice white head, good lacing and stick. Smell is quite hoppy and not much else - lots of pine, some earth and citrus too.

Taste is also very hoppy. Lots of pine flavor, some earthy, woodsy sort of hop flavor, and some citrus. Big dose of bitterness. There is some pale malt there to provide some balance but this is most definitely a bold and hoppy IPA. Gives the tastebuds a buzz but in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy with all the hop oils going on.

I was very pleased with this beer. Really hoppy, great hop flavor. I could easily put back a good number of these. Very nice beer.

Photo of jackorain
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at teh Brewpub on 11-02-07 and entered here using copious notes taken while quaffing.

A-Virtually clear with a stark white head. Great retention and great lace..

S-Grapefruit hps and other citrus, caramel malts and some dough.

T-Interesting, it is only about as hoppy as the pale I just had from these guys before this one. Hop profile is different thohg, grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind and touch of pine.

M-This one is a little thinner than I like my IPA, a little watery in mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on though.

D-very good, I could easily get over the mouthfeel issues.

M-Nice medium body and good carbonation

D-right up there, I could session this one.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The liquid presents a rather hazy honey color that is topped by a good bit of foam that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Biscuity malts complemented by a citrusy hop character

Taste: Like the aroma, the biscuity malts and citrusy hops arrive at the outset, with an aspirin-like bitterness complementing at mid-palate; nicely balanced in the finish between the various elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA with a fresh hop character and good balance from the malts to provide a platform on which the hops can do their thing

Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy dark golden body with a frothy whitish head on top. Good head retention left plenty of lace behind. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Smelled green -- fresh piney, resiny, grassy hops are the dominant scent. And strong. If you like American hops, you'll like the nose on this one.

T: Follows the nose -- pine resin, grass and fresh-squeezed bitter hop juice. I get a sense of crackery malt as well, but it's hard to find through those strong green hops. Resiny hop juice coats the mouth after each sip, so that as I get down the glass a ways, I don't find it to be quite so overwhelming. But the first few sips qualify as an onslaught of hops.

M: Nice carbonation. Medium body. A bit sticky due to that resiny, palate-coating feel.

D: Pretty good. It actually improved in drinkability after your palate adjusts, but all in all it was a tad bit too unbalanced to consider this one an easy quaffer. At least for me.

Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- an amber orange look with some good foam that sticks around. Not much lacing on the glass

S- some malt with caramel scent, very slight hop scent. I know this is going to be the "other look" on an ipa presentation. Malty and not extremely hoppy

T- some sweet caramel with hop bitterness. Very malt forward for the brew

M- good carbonation and good flavor

D- good taste and flavor that is smooth. Not my favorite depiction of the style. Still a drinkable brew from Empire

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Empire India Pale Ale from Empire Brewing Company
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