1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

187 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-06-2012 15:24:18 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of Kremlock
Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-31-2012 20:58:30 | More by Kremlock
Photo of nickfl
nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The foam settle fairly quickly but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and sweaty hops with caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with some pine flavor. Orange and grapefruit show up in the middle and the beer finishes with toffee, pine, and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, this is a solid IPA, with lots of pine hop character and good balance. It ain't Pliny, but it certainly gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 04:26:17 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004
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
Photo of CurtisD
CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-19-2012 01:18:23 | More by CurtisD
Photo of Idrankthat
Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22%

10-13-2012 04:25:39 | More by Idrankthat
Photo of Molson2000
Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-11-2012 00:11:21 | More by Molson2000
Photo of Mdez
Mdez

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried several of these while on vacation in Canada in August 2012. I tried a red of theirs and then this, their flagship beer. After having quite a few tedious beers while on the trip, this one hit the mark and I believe I had 5 of them (they were 5 or 6 ouncers) while waiting for my wife for 90 minutes or so. This is a very good IPA that surprised me and made me happy waiting that day. Thanks, Garrison!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 20:28:05 | More by Mdez
Photo of Gatordaddy
Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-24-2012 02:52:32 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Hazy, copper amber color.

Fresh, floral hop aroma. Some grapefruit, some pine.

Starts with a malt base, relatively dry. Strong spicy, hot pepper bite in the swallow. There's a long aftertaste that is like sucking a hop pellet. A true hop-head's delight. The flavor completely covers the increased alcohol level. Rich bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:28:43 | More by smcolw
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-16-2012 01:09:48 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
Photo of mac1381
mac1381

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-11-2012 17:45:12 | More by mac1381
Photo of graybayou
graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-07-2012 21:50:18 | More by graybayou
Photo of JMBSH
JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-10-2012 01:58:05 | More by JMBSH
Photo of bumchilly25
bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-09-2012 03:22:07 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of ZinFanDave
ZinFanDave

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-22-2012 01:14:26 | More by ZinFanDave
Photo of trippinbillyrmc
trippinbillyrmc

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper color, big and light fluffy off white head.

S - Normal citrus/pine and hops smell but was taken back by the strong caramel and cereal aromas for a beer of this style.

T - Caramel malty flavor dominates at first but that is followed up by a huge blast of citrusy hops at its climax and then leaves lasting piney bitter finish.

O - One of the best of this style I have had in Canada. Easily the best out of Atlantic Canada. Big and powerful flavors. Recommend to any Hop Head.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:43:23 | More by trippinbillyrmc
Photo of Beelzebeer
Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a spearhead tulip. No date on bottle.

A - Pours a dense, unfiltered, brown copper colour. Great amount of creamy head, good retention, nice lacing

S - Strong pine, bitter hops. Smells a little boozy, but mixes well

T - Bitter, pine, resinous hops, mixed with a sufficient malt backing. Similar to DFH 90, but a little sharper. Maybe some biscuit in there too. Medium-high amount of carbonation. Great for the style

M - Dense, like a real beer should be.

Very nice offering from Hali, and a good rep for the style. Not my fav, but pretty high up there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 23:00:38 | More by Beelzebeer
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-29-2012 17:05:36 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of dipso123
dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-28-2012 00:32:09 | More by dipso123
Photo of dino821235
dino821235

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-13-2012 20:14:15 | More by dino821235
Photo of leaddog
leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy copper/amber hue with about a finger width of creamy head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus (orange peel), hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit).

Taste - Strong piney hop bitterness, with a hint of the fruit notes detected in the aromas. Very pleasant tasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice fluffy body to it.

Overall - I quite enjoy this imperial IPA. The hops characteristics was bang on for this style. ABV is well concealed. Very nice pine and fruit aromas to this brew as well. One of the better imperial IPAs I have had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:51:19 | More by leaddog
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a chill hazed orange with a huge, creamy, rocky head. Lace drapes the glass. Citrusy hops and fresh bread fill the nose. The taste is a a hop barage. Thick pine resin notes mix with grapefruit rind and tropical fruit of some description. A big caramel malt flavor provides good balance. The mouthfeel is full and textured with billions of tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is very bitter and lasts forever. Its wonderful.

A great DIPA. Very bitter and balanced. ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:10:47 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of cbnz
cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

03-01-2012 20:55:26 | More by cbnz
Photo of blinktwice
blinktwice

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-13-2012 06:56:09 | More by blinktwice
Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.