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Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TravitoJones45, Nov 17, 2014
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byronic, Nov 12, 2014
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LordAaron007, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

boszormeny, Jan 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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

mick303, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

yancot, Dec 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at LCBO for $4.10 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 8% ABV.

Appearance - Slight hazy copper / orange color. 2 Fingers of creamy white head with great retention and lacing. Clear and a some visible carbonation. One of the best looking IPA's I've had.

Smell - Pin, with a bit of lemon, but restrained in the citrusy smell. Definitely leans towards the piney aspect of IPA's as opposed to the citrusy side. Slight earthy undercurrent too.

Taste - More grapefruit and lemon here than expected, quite bitter; hopheads to enjoy. Also some big malts in play here that I haven't run across very often. There's also a orangy tangerine-esque citrus flavor running amok behind the scenes. Nice interplay between the two. Speaking from my limited experience I see this as a cross between Amsterdam Boneshaker and Founders Centennial IPA with Nova Scotia flair. All in all quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich and full tasting with great crispness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Really enjoyable IPA, that while coming with a steep price is one of the best beers I've had recently.

DenisKolkin, Dec 19, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip

A: orange/amber in color with somewhere between a one and two finger soapy head. The head breaks rather quickly leaving nice lacing and some islands of foam.

S: pine and citrus hops with a touch of malt sweetness there too.

T: follows the nose, with the malts playing a bigger role on the tail end. Really enjoyable.

M: good carbonation, medium body.

O: a nice IIPA. I enjoy these more than the usual IPA offerings as I find them a little more flavorful. Garrison does a good job with this beer, its fragrant, flavorful and easy to drink. I will look for more.

polloenfuego, Dec 17, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle from the New Minas NSLC.

A: amber and cloudy with about a finger of head.
S: Finally a Nova Scotia IPA that smells like an IPA! Citrusy hops.
T: Grassy, backed up by pale malts.
F: Medium/full-bodied.
O: This is a solid IPA, even if I would prefer the fruitier hop flavours of a West Coast IPA. I guess I'm now more of a Vancouverite than I am a Nova Scotian.

souvenirs, Dec 17, 2013
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Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.