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Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | 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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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this one at Volo; this is the last bottle I needed to acquire to finish off the current BA Canadian Top 25. It's listed here incorrectly: this is an Imperial Pale Ale (as stated on the label) and not an Imperial IPA. I had been confused due to the listing.

Wicked colour: a hazy/translucent ruby-copper. Foamy, thick finger of cream-white head and sticky lacing. This beer looks great.

The nose consists mainly of tropical fruit. Guava, papaya and pineapple with a solid backing of sweet malt. Similar in character to a real American West Coast IIPA but not as powerful. It could use more presence.

An unbelievable amount of flavour for 7% ABV. It has the flavour of a full IIPA even though by ABV it's closer to an IPA (which can regularly weigh-in at 6-6.5%...it's hard to think of 7% as a "double"). I could see how naming this an Imperial Pale Ale would make sense; it seems to be in between a IIPA and an IPA. Tons of grapefruit rind, caramel malt, earthy and grainy with a hint of pine. The tropical fruit from the nose doesn't really show up in the taste as I was expecting. I really liked that hop character and wish I could taste it here, maybe it's more obvious when super fresh. This is one of those hoppy beers which is purposefully unbalanced; significantly higher in hops than malt. Though it doesn't overdo it: there is enough malt to serve as a solid base. No noticeable alcohol.

Decent feel, though it could be a bit more syrupy for my taste. The lightly-foamy carbonation does trick you into thinking the body is a little bigger than it is. Not bad.

I'm surprised...I thought this beer was most likely a little overrated but it isn't at all. At 7%, this could even conceivably be sessionable (though it's a little bitter to be sessionable for myself). I don't think I've ever tried an Imperial Pale Ale...very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 22:06:44 | More by eat
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice looking beer. A finger of fluffy tan head sits on top of a pale, hazy amber brew.

The aroma is mainly fresh hops, with a hint of black pepper. There is a nice caramel malty background too.

The flavour is . The hop aroma is more restrained compared to some west coast IIPAs, though it is still quite intense. The hoppyness if balanced by a nice and slightly sweet malty backbone.

Overall, not the most exciting IIPA I've had, but a very solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:30:15 | More by evlu1441
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of BBrianBoogie - thanks for the hook-up!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a finger of silky off white head that maintains a cover throughout and leaves spots of lacing down the glass. Love the unfiltered look, enticing.

Nose is resiny, spicy, hint of lemon and oranges hops. A hint of caramel sweetness hiding behind there.

Taste is refreshingly bitter. English style hops gather in force and pummel the tongue with a bitter burst. Notes of pine resin, Pinesol, lemons - mixed with a solid background of pale malts and a caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the entry and finish but the malts hold their ground in between. Silky mouthfeel.

Definitely one of Canada's most hopped brews though it doesn't have the bright citrus and floral notes that are characteristic of the more hopped, West-Coast American brews. That said, it's quite refreshing and satisfying. Would be glad to drink a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:30:47 | More by ritzkiss
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy marmalade-like orange colour with hints of copper and a fair amount of suspended sediment. The head is light beige in colour and very frothy. It has good retention and leave a healthy amount of lace behind as it settles.

The aroma has a malt-forward caramel character balanced by a mild grapefruit-like citrus tone. I also get a ripened cherry note and one of freshly cut grains.

The taste finds a nice balance between sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit or orange peel citrus. A dark chocolate flavour pokes through as it passes the tongue and the bitterness really kicks in during the finish.

The beer is full-bodied with a nice pop on the tongue despite a rather low carbonation. The long-lasting collar and sediment create a creamy sensation as it goes down. The aftertaste is dry and bitter with a lingering citrus character and a subtle strawberry or cherry fruitiness.

If I were to strictly review Garrison Imperial IPA as a Double/Imperial IPA, my opinion would be far less favourable because of its relatively low ABV and light character. It's more in line with "single" offerings like Southern Tier IPA or Red Racer IPA. That said, this is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable beer that is one of the best Canadian-brewed IPAs and one that I snap up any time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 16:44:00 | More by bryehn
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, finger of head with solid retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and lemon citrus hops off the top, with a touch of earthiness, followed by some pine and cedar notes.

T - The caramel hits you off the top, but is quickly overtaken by some very bitter citrus hops. Probably one of the bitterest IIPA's I've had to date for sure, though the malt does attempt to balance it out.

M - No complaints here. Even though it came across bitter, it did not finish overly dry, and was smooth going down.

O - Overall a very tasty, though bitter, IIPA. A hop heads delight and definitely something unique in the realm of DIPA's. Highly recommended and a quality Canadian take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:14:29 | More by andrenaline
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from mmurphy525

Hazy deep amber colour, 2 fingers of white head, sticky and dense, lots of lace left behind. Smell is very hoppy, soft citrus, grapefruit, pine is present as well but more so in the background wrapped up with a soft malty backbone. Taste is bursting with hops, pine is at the forefront while citrus takes the background role, malty, very well balanced, grapefruit and tangerine present as well. Full body, good weight, fairly oily, medium carbonation. Very solid brew, have had this a few times before but never as fresh as this bottle, more of a big IPA than a IIPA but its still really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 22:37:56 | More by peensteen
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a big billowy head. Careful pouring this one - the head will build for a good long time! Nose is bright, floral and citrusy with a touch of sawdust and fruit. A little on the boozy side and leans towards bitterness rather than hop flavour. Could have more balancing sweetness. Good body and drinkability. Tasty enough but doesn't really pop.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:24:25 | More by allergictomacros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for sharing this beer. This was the new packaging, labeled as Imperial IPA and showing 7 percent ABV. I am told it is the same beer as Imperial Pale Ale.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is strong on the pine and grass notes. The flavor is caramel and toffee malt with some pine and grass hops to keep things from being overly sweet. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A nice beer that may be more of an IPA than a Double IPA, but enjoyable no matter what style you place it in.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 17:49:32 | More by Mora2000
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Secret Santa 2007 Biegaman for this brew. Cheers!

Pours with a slight head, cloudy, and an amber color. It has a nice lacing as you drink it. Smell is mostly piney hops. Tastes rather bitter with a slick mouthfeel to it. The pine comes out more as you drink it. A drinkable IPA for sure; not a real Imperial IPA as it is labelled. A solid brew from a brewery which is new to me.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:15:32 | More by SkinnyElvis
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - beer pours a gorgeous cloudy auburn colour with a 3 finger head. Head is a light foamy head that is off white/brown based. Can not see much carbonation.

Smell - strong citrus based smell with a good hops based. There is also the expected pine smell, but not dominant.

Taste - I can really taste the citrus on the backend that adds to the bitterness. There is a caramel base to the front that adds some sweetness. A really nice and clean IPA.

Mouthfeel - I wouldn't say there is much carbonation added, however a little goes a long way. The mouthfeel i found brings fwd the caramel taste a little and lessens the aftertaste.

Drinkability - I actually liked this beer, found it to be full and complete. Would be a great session beer and offers a lot to the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:41:35 | More by Swedes21
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2011 02:27:36 | More by chickenm
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

11-22-2011 04:46:22 | More by jsnoek
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-19-2012 01:18:23 | More by CurtisD
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

11-23-2011 05:54:01 | More by Vandelayindustri
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
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
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

03-28-2013 22:17:12 | More by lgmol
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

05-20-2013 05:05:06 | More by Kmat10
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

02-11-2013 15:46:48 | More by ericj551
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

06-10-2012 01:58:05 | More by JMBSH
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Loveofbeer


4/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2014 22:16:52 | More by Loveofbeer
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-11-2013 23:20:27 | More by kevinlater
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-22-2013 02:42:48 | More by yancot
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 500ml bottle...

A - Cloudy amber body, with a nice reddish-orange hue. Pretty tan-coloured frothy head. Very good head retention.

S - The aroma is not particularly strong, but it is quite hoppy nonetheless. Some citrus, some pine, and a little bit of pleasant tropical fruit notes. It also smells a little confectionary, with hints of toffee and biscuits.

T - In my opinion, from the very first sip, the beer lets you know that you're not drinking a single IPA. It starts out with a powerful and bitter citrus hop punch with a slight syrupy quality to it. As you swallow the first couple sips, you will get some caramel, some sweetness, and a little pine. The finish is full of lingering citrus notes, with a nice pithy grapefruit texture. After a while, the flavours wear out a little. However, I discovered that if you take small sips and refrain from gulping it down, the flavour profile can be quite rich, even after the beer has warmed up. Some slight mango and passion fruit notes, a bit of orange.

M - The mouthfeel is definitely on the thicker side, with some stickiness to it. Somewhat astringent but not too dry, which is nice. Not at all boozy and not ruinous on the pallate. Pretty nice!

O - This is a very solid and enjoyable Double IPA. Definitely one of the best Canadian DIPA's I've had. Not a session beer, despite the seemingly not-so-high ABV. It's nice to take your time with this beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:37:04 | More by NightINgale
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deBeaupre

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

07-31-2013 01:34:19 | More by deBeaupre
Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.