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Imperial IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

189 Ratings
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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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into DFH signature glass.

A- Hazy orange/copper pour. Finger width white head, carbonation is barely visible deep within the glass. Lacing is great and sticky, just sheets the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet candied sugar, piny fresh hops. Mild citrus tones. Subtle maltiness and faint strawberries.

T- Floral hop bitterness ravaging my tongue. Long dry finish, with subtle citrus notes. Toasted malts and faint caramel.

M- Medium bodied, dry finish. Bitterness continues in your mouth long after your sip. Sticky sweet on the lips.

D- Very easy drinking DIPA. Glad I got to enjoy this one, it was a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 14:51:35 | More by korguy123
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle at the Brewery in Halifax two days ago and enjoyed it today at home in West Hill. It's been in the bottle about three weeks is my guess.

Generous three finger head off the pour, dense foamy with great retention and lace. Cloudy orange colour with a lot of haze, I may have hurried the pour? Very citrusy nose with fruit zest and pine aromas. Tastes like one heckuva good DIPA! Having said that, some of the more highly-hopped American DIPA's are a bit off the map for this reviewer, this strikes a great balance with medium-high bitterness considering the style. Grapefruit taste predominates with ample malt backbone and mouthfeel, nicley done. I'm not getting a lot of the caramel other reviewers describe. Lingering zesty finish with cleansing and refreshing mouthfeel, a touch of sourness adds another dimension. Alcohol very well handled.

As far as I'm concerned, everything comes together quite well for this beer, it's the best I've had from my Halfiax tall ships vacation. If I had access, this would never not be in my fridge. Thanks and way to go Garrison!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:45:41 | More by ThatWineGuy
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was truly ecpecting this to disappoint me, given how many Pale Ales and IPA's in the LCBO don't live up to their name. This however was a beautiful surprise. Yes it has a luscious head and body, yes it smells fragrant and promising but the real proof is in the taste. If there were a single draft this pleasing in this city I would be there at the tap daily. This is new at the LCBO in my territory but I really hope they continue it. P.S. it's a Canadian beer.

One year later: Now this is more like it. After drinking some tepid Ontario APA this IPA from Nova Scotia is the real deal. Beautiful pour with lots of long lasting head and lace. You can smell those hops. It's like coming home. I would gladly drink this again. Too be fair it's not perfect but what is. It's really great. More please. Too bad it seems to be seasonal

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 05:27:28 | More by shamus
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on a recent trip to Canada. Cloudy unfiltered copper orange color. Thin frothy head from an aggressive pour clings nicely to glass.
Fresh, crisp hop aroma. Very floral citrusy aroma. Some hints of malts blend in too.
Refreshing hints of hops right up front. Citrus flavors blend with a piney finish. Not overpowering or mouthpuckering. Sweet notes from malts even things out with a slight hoppy resin left in mouth.
Good solid mouthfeel, a bit on the heavy side but still refreshing.
Well rounded offering here. Definetly holds its own compare to well sought after IPA's. Very enjoyable, will seek out again on the next trip.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 00:38:06 | More by FishGetter
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made sure I picked this one up on my last trip to Nova Scotia since I discovered true IPA's not that long ago.
Pours a very nice hazy deep orange with golden brown highlights. Finger and a half of off-white head with decent retention and decent lacing.
A burst of citrus, pine, floral hops and buttery malt in the nose. Very inviting.
Smooth buttery malt accompanied by a punch of pronounced citrus, grapefruit rind and pine that almost makes your mouth pucker and lingers to the bitter end. The hops are much more pronounced then the malt, but it still makes for quite a tasty beverage.
Incredibly creamy body that's capped off by a crisp, dry, bitter finish. Being so tasty and creamy, the drinkability is great but at the same time, I would find it hard to have more then two of these bad boys in fear of my tongue losing all of its senses to the bitterness.

Overall, an excellent IPA. Creamy, smooth, tasty and definately not lacking in the hop department. I am still a BA rook, but reading the label; "unfiltered Imperial Pale Ale" and with "Imperial" in its name, on top of the incredible IBU count, and 7% ABV ,I think this brew leans more towards an imperial IPA rather then an American IPA. Regardless, this was an exceptional brew that I would definately recommend for anyone travelling or living down East.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:58:39 | More by ludachris
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-12-2013 12:58:48 | More by cam477
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber orange colour, unfiltered and hazy, with a massive topping of off-white head. Head is tight, retentive, and sticky, leaving a ropey lace on the glass. Mango, citrus, pine needle, and cookie dough aromatics. Solid tropical and citrus fruit flavours up front with a mild sweetness developing midpalate. The finish is leafy and firmly bitter, and lingers long. There is some big bold flavour to be had here. Even with that mild sweetness, the hops still get all up in your face. If that unbalanced quality bothers you, this probably isn't your IPA. This is my IPA.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels creamy and smooth, with an oily slick sensation left on the roof of the mouth between swallows. With loads of raw leafy hop bitterness and a blast of citrus, Garrisons Imperial IPA makes for a satisfying hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:54:25 | More by mintjellie
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a big off white three finger head with great retention and plenty sticky patchy lacing - a deep amber orange colour

S - sweet malt and citrus hops - grapefruit and grass

T - a beautiful balance of barley malt with a strong citrus hops - grapefuit and papaya - oranges - grass and pine - a pepper note in the bitter finish - bravo

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation - still smooth for a brew with this much bitterness

O - A very nice Imperial IPA that is really well balanced - I will definitely grab another box of this stuff

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:41:16 | More by Stocean1
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-28-2012 00:32:09 | More by dipso123
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - What a nice appearance. A very hazy orange with about 2 fingers of foamy white head. The lacing is excellent and leaves a lot of legs. The retention is alright, dies down pretty quick but there are still patches of head here and there.

S - What an unexpectedly good smelling DIPA. The hops come through with a strong grapefruit smell and other citrus. Also a grassy pine smell in the hops as well. Some slight hints of malts as well.

T - Quite hoppy and well balanced. I am impressed, I would place this from California or some other place along the West coast, certainly not from Nova Scotia. The tastes are much the same as the smell. The grapefruit hops are very nice and this beer is quite balanced. Pines and earthy notes come through and the beer is balanced the way that I like it. The malts taste mainly of caramel and adds a nice backbone to the overall taste. Balance is typical of a good DIPA, strong hops with good malts to back them up.

M/D - Nice smooth mouthfeel that i have come to expect from good DIPAs. The bitterness adds a nice bite, and the aftertaste is quite subtle and not overpowering.

Very good, I hope the LCBO keeps this around.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 05:11:57 | More by StarshipPoopers
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KaiMiller

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml, unfiltered

Nice amber pour, hazy with hop resins, disappearing fluffy head.
Big hop aroma, resiny, grapefruit, spruce.
Flavour is big american hops up front, grapefruit, earthy. Lingering earthy bitterness. Light malt profile, some nice yeast fruitiness. Smooth body, goes down well. Time to change my opinion of Garrison.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 17:15:39 | More by KaiMiller
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gruvn

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow - great beer. I'm glad to be living in Halifax these days.

Poured a deep, dark, almost red colour, which an creamy/light orange head. The head retention is pretty good - lasting 10min or so.

Smells so good, it's hard to smell, because it makes you want to drink it! Mostly hoppy, but with a floral aspect - and maybe even tree? (like pine or something?)

This sucker fills up your mouth, and gets into all your tastebuds. A veritable roundkick to the parts of your cheeks that detect bitterness. It's super bitter, in fact, which lowered my grades for taste and drinkability. Keep in mind that I tend to prefer porters, and I don't love the bitterness as much as some. That being said - I'll finish this 750ml and be wishing I had another.

In my limited experience, I'd say this is more of a Double IPA then a regular, plain ol' IPA.

I can't believe this comes from the same city that churns out Keiths.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:41:52 | More by gruvn
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-to-large sized, white head, that exhibited some very good lacing, clinging in small clumps and spiderweb patterns on the glass. Body is quite cloudy and a dark orange/amber color.

S: Very nice aroma of average hops, with a lot of scents in there, such as pine, citrus, and various herbs.

T: Great flavor with some citrus and pine notes, and a very bitter and dry finish. Lots of hop profile with this one, but it's not overpowering at all... there's a great balance with the whole flavor from start to finish.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A perfect example of an IPA with a good amount of kick, that doesn't, however, try to completely rip your taste buds apart. Definitely worth plenty of future purchases, and easily the best Garrison beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 15:41:59 | More by berley31
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-16-2013 14:17:55 | More by TheBeeraholic
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-28-2013 15:36:14 | More by sclitch
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2013 17:12:56 | More by sdm9465
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2013 02:36:13 | More by Cramshawbar
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jmdr

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-20-2013 03:44:39 | More by jmdr
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-03-2012 00:15:04 | More by MylesMac
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-31-2012 20:58:30 | More by Kremlock
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2013 19:03:26 | More by IanSpindler
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Billington

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2013 03:20:06 | More by Billington
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-24-2012 02:52:32 | More by Gatordaddy
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-11-2012 00:11:21 | More by Molson2000
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2013 23:02:29 | More by JG_McNaulty
Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.