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Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MMansfield on 08-11-2007)
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-06-2012 15:24:18 | More by cfalovo97
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

09-13-2013 15:24:55 | More by strang
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with cjbmcdon. Thanks for sending this one out east for me man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Drunk right after the Black IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium thin looking, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good film cap and ring. A clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. A thick ring remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Milder nose of pale malts, toffee, some melon notes and some nice floral aromas. Nice enough, but simply too mute to be noticeable.

TASTE: Pale malts, toffee, and a good amount of floral hops through the middle. A blast of bitter hop and pine flavors crash through after the swallow, which wasn’t really expected. Big and lingering aftertaste with piles of hop bitterness and a touch of pine that tries to give it some flavor. Started out nice, but became bitter just for the sake of being bitter.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: An interesting brew, much like their Black IPA. The flavors start out nice and enjoyable, but after the swallow, it becomes overly bitter without any real flavor to match. It’s almost bitter for the sake of being bitter. While these two brews weren’t highlights for me, they have definitely gotten me interested in what else this brewery can do. Thanks again for sending this brew my way cjbmcdon!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 12:35:03 | More by Jeffo
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-22-2012 01:14:26 | More by ZinFanDave
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-28-2013 01:51:04 | More by XmnwildX12
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

06-02-2014 23:07:59 | More by djcreepshow
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

03-01-2012 20:55:26 | More by cbnz
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- The pour into my tulip glass is a hazy amber orange. Some sediment is visible, which doesn't bother me. Hefty off white head, excellent retention and some patchy lacing.

S- The smell has a lot of sugary sweetness to it. A good dose of tropical fruits and floral hops, the malt coming through as it warms.

T- Wasn't expecting this one to be this bitter given the strong sweetness in the aroma. Hop bitterness throughout, mainly piney. The sweetness comes in near the finish, but is washed away with more hop bite in the aftertaste.

M- Resinous mouthfeel, medium-full body, creamy & rich. Best part of this beer.

D- I like hop bombs , but this one was just a little to much for me. Seemed unbalanced even for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:11:08 | More by Dawkfan
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a chill-hazed toasted gold, with medium carbonation and a thin tan cap that retains well. Smells of biscuity and caramelly malts, piney/citric hops, a few esters and a hint of pleasing diacetyl. Lots and lots of juicy hops on the palate, with piney/herbal notes, sharp white grapefruit and a strong bitter linger on top of a smooth, moderately-carbonated body. Not much malt, but there is a light sweetness. Tasty enough; raw and hoppy, but it isn't quite balanced right.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:24:46 | More by mmmbeer
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TimeLincoln

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-10-2013 18:37:26 | More by TimeLincoln
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-26-2013 13:41:04 | More by Caudalie
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks really good. Nice, two-finger thick, meringue-ish head. Laces, but does go to near nothing within a few minutes.
Nice deep, cloudy, orange/amber colour.

There's a strong citrus in there. Kind of grapefuit, and a bit of... conifers.

I did not like the taste (maybe moreso the feel) at the beginning. It got better as the bottle went on, though. It's fruity, and very much like the smell.

It feels fine in the mouth overall, but there is a long-lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue... almost like I just ate soap. Perhaps this beer is the Thrills gum of beers?

It's pretty drinkable. I like the flavour and smell... they're pretty fresh. I like that, even though it's 7%, the alcohol doesn't stand out at all. I don't like the strength of that bitterness and lingering feel, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:47:11 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-11-2013 22:53:25 | More by KeKeKumba
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blinktwice

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-13-2012 06:56:09 | More by blinktwice
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CoreyJKelly

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-17-2012 04:03:56 | More by CoreyJKelly
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-12-2014 03:40:02 | More by KrisDLSmith
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-19-2014 07:37:59 | More by deonreds
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange-brown in colour and hazy. Has an almost yellowed tan head that starts at 3 fingers and fades to a cap.

Piney hop aroma. Rather straightforward, but nice.

Taste is hoppy for sure, but not as powerful as expected. Pine again, but with citrus added. Hops sit on top of a slightly watery, biscuit-like malt base. Not bad, but not great.

The body is light, with a touch of slickness to it. It is lightly carbonated. Not bad here either.

The theme is that this beer isn't bad, but really isn't blowing my mind.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:06:37 | More by elricorico
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date appears to be July 3, 2011, which means it took just over two months to get to Ontario and make it through the LCBO labs. The joys of regulation...

Pours a dark amber orange with an enormous amount of frothy off-white head. Mild lacing, good retention.

Pleasant smell of citrus (grapefruit) and caramel malt. Pleasant but neither strong nor remarkable. A bit muted.

Taste is bitter with some caramel malt. A bit of grapefruity citrus but it is not particularly strong. Some pleasant flavours as the beer sits in my mouth for a little while and more becomes apparent. Finish, however, is bitter without much else happening.

Full bodied, and quite carbonated. Somewhat irritating to me. Pretty creamy feel. Pretty good once the carbonation dies down.

Overall, this beer has some good qualities, but I was somewhat disappointed. I found the bitterness was not fully accompanied by other flavours- seemed to be bitter for bitters sake. This was particularly so in the finish. Whereas there are some nice flavours balancing the bitterness for awhile, the finish is simplistic and not particularly enjoyable. I prefer this to Garrison's Hop Yard, but do not think it is a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:38:54 | More by jrenihan
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a scant, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of grass and grapefruit pith with a backing of sweetish hinted caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness tailed by a grassy, citrusy burst of hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, some acidity. A bit of astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent enough for a beer that resides in the no-man's-land between IPA's and DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:46:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a dark, slightly hazy orange brown colour, with a lot of head. Tastes slightly bitter with a bit of a hop bite up front, but the follow through falls short. Lacks the finish, this beer does. Its ok overall, but the back end could use a little more punch. Thought this one was a little over hyped.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:18:59 | More by WeedKing4
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish mahogany, it's hazy, with ample head and nice, clingy lacing.

Oh, this smells nice. Prickly grapefruit and sweet floral hops and caramel, smells like a juicy sweet citrusy west coast pale ale for sure.

And then I drank it....

Bugger.

It's mostly all resiny hops with only a little caramel malt to back it up. Pine and grapefruit are there, but the bitterness seems to steal the show Don't get me wrong. It's a good beer, if one dimensional. All c-hop bitterness, and not a whole lot more.

Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous, slick and chewy.

It's a good and drinkable beer. Not my favorite beer ever, mind you, but you could do a lot worse. It's too bad it didn't taste more like it smells. Perhaps less hops at the beginning of the boil and more towards the end would even things about a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:24:02 | More by MeisterBurger
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours a hazy deep orange amber, producing a thin head.
Smells of sweet citrus, pine and hints of floral.
Taste is bold on the sip. Sharp bitterness of the hops is very upfront, a mild sweetness follows then finishes very dry and the bitterness sticks around in the aftertaste. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Overall the sticky afterkick of hop flavours holds this back slightly as a smooth drinking IIPA. It's got all the nose of a great beer but to me doesn't quite reach the greatness of top IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 14:31:24 | More by heebes
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax.

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with a fluffy off white head and great sticky lacing.

S-Malty with very light hoppiness.

T-Nice bitterness hits you right away. Earthy and citric, lots of grapefruit rind. Not very balanced but very tasty.

M-Medium bodied, a bit slick.

O-Pretty nice. Low ABV for an imperial IPA so more drinkable, Nicely bitter.

HV

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:07:12 | More by sholland119
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head really on a cloudy amber with golden hues body.

S: caramel, candied fruit, earthy and citrus hops with a sweet maple syrup note as well.

T: I like how this one tastes but it is still a little bland. Up front you get caramel and earthy hops which moves to bitterness and a metallic taste which lingers for quite a while.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice degree of hopiness, it just isnt very complex. The malt base is very good though and this is a decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 04:26:14 | More by kylehay2004
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Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.