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Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MMansfield on 08-11-2007

Launched and enthusiastically received at the first annual Halifax Seaport Beer Fest in August 2007, this ale has quickly become known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada! Unfiltered Imperial I.P.A. is a robust, full-bodied and complex brew in the Double IPA style. An intensely fruity aroma combines nicely with a malty caramel backbone, clear hop bitterness and lingering citrusy finish. This beer is for the true hophead!

81 IBU

This beer was previously known as Garrison Imperial Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 119
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly hazy dark copper and appears highly carbonated, 1 finger of off white head shrinks down and leaves some nice lace throughout

S - piney hops with some grapefruit and lemon, nothing overpowering

T - starts with big hops and much more prominent than the aroma, pine, grapefruit, orange, quite bitter throughout, caramel/toffee malts near the end but mostly overpowered by the strong hop profile, dry citrus finish ( as this warmed up a bit it seemed to balance out a bit more )

M - medium carbonation, fairly thick mouth feel with some weight to it

O - I love hops and this did not disappoint, a bold IIPA. Well done

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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

Going through my notes today, I noticed I had written a review of this beer but had not but it on Beer Advocate... my bad! This review was written this past summer on July 17.

A- Pours a strong copper colour that is extremely hazy (from not being filtered). This is topped with two fingers of a creamy white head that lasted well throughout the drink. Great looking IPA!

S- If you didn't know this brew was an IPA before you smelled it, the aroma would definitely give that information away. Hops dominate the aroma but is backed well and balanced out by sweet malt characteristics.

T- Identical to the aroma, the taste is dominated by the hops. Up front, the taste is bitter in a citrus way (think grapefruit) but is finish off by a sweet malt characteristic. Well balanced and quite nice.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Sessionable, although it's not the easiest drinking IPA i've ever had.

O- If you're in the mood for a hop bomb and you have access the Garrison's Imperial IPA, pick this one up for sure. If you can get passed the extreme bitter load, then you will likely enjoy this beer to the fullest potential.

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Got on a trade from Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a nice head that lasts. Dark, unfiltered. Good

S- 4- Lots of hops. BIt of malt. Nice blend.

T- 4.25- Lots of hops. Hopped early during the boil and dry. Very similar to SN's Torpedo.

M-4.0- Very similar to SN's Torpedo. Bitter good

O- 4.12- This is my overall rating. Nice beer. Worth getting if I ever find it again.

Food Pairing

This nice IPA went well with..... Smoked meat and cheese tray.


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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garrison Imperial IPA
Poured a bright coppery gold colour, a bit of haze from being unfiltered. Nice white whispy lacing. 3.75
S – lots of juicy grapefruit, lemon, some crystal malt, florals come in, a big dose of cascade likely, some caramel sweetness, smooth and juicy hops profile. Inviting. 4
T – a citrusy, bitter start, grapefruit and orange rind, herbal hoppiness, really juicy, some astringent herbal bitterness, this one certainly has some biting bitterness which is nice. Malts hold up some bready and caramel notes but don’t really balance out the heavy hop load in this and it leave a slick oily bitterness. Finish is pleasant, some semisweet malts and citrus/floral notes. Overall this is a strong and rambunctious showcase of citrus hops, initially there is a lack of malt balance but when this develops the beer really comes into its own, some floral minerality, earthy notes, all ties together by a dry resiny finish. 4.25
M – moderate body with a full creamy, smooth carbonation, quite sessionable and in tune with this style, carries a heavy bittering load with a slick and dry finish that works quite well. 4
A little astringent but otherwise a very solid IIPA, thick malty profile loaded with cascade hops, oily and resinous in feel, quite nice all round. Still lacking to the best examples but a nice step up and I would surely consider getting this again. One of the better Canadian attempts at the style Ive sampled. 4

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Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
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