Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company
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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
Bottle into a tulip.
Looks: Great. Thick, firm head with little mountains of foam. Great orange-ruby red colour. Cloudy (it's unfiltered).
Smells: It smells balanced. Pine and citrus hops combined with a some roasted, earthy malts. It has this almost soft, fresh pine bark smell from the combination of the two.
Tastes: Big citrus hops on the front (Amarillo?) are followed by more pine hops and caramel malts. The finish is some combination of pine and a little grapefruit bitterness (Cascade?).
Feels: A little thin to be honest (most other reviews note that it's dense, maybe I am!). Not as creamy as that head might of had me think. Nice medium carbonation.
Overall: The hop profile in this beer is really close to my favourite. That pine, citrus, and grapefruit are the classic East-coast style hops that I love, so it get's bonus points for hitting my taste so well. Garrison have a signature taste too, which I really like, partially because it smells a little like the Quidi Vidi Brewery in St. John's, NL, which is no where near! Google maps tells me they are close to salt water, so I'm going to assume its the North Atlantic Ocean smell, the terroir if you will, which makes me like it so much. Anyway, I really like this beer!
11-27-2012 03:28:48 | More by Groulxsome
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-25-2012 04:26:17 | More by nickfl
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
10-25-2012 04:26:14 | More by kylehay2004
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
09-03-2012 20:28:05 | More by Mdez
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-22-2012 01:28:43 | More by smcolw
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
04-08-2012 03:43:23 | More by trippinbillyrmc
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
04-07-2012 23:00:38 | More by Beelzebeer
Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.