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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA
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Ratings: 6
Reviews: 1
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ripe with aromas of mango and tropical fruits
followed by layered flavors of bright hop
bitterness, warm alcohol and sweet mango that
becomes stronger as it warms in your glass.

17.0 OG
90 IBU

Malts: Pale 2-Row, Munich and Carared
Hops: Sincoe, Citra and Cascade
Flavoring: natural mango extract

(Beer added by: LambicPentameter on 06-11-2014)
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is a hazy, glowing tangelo orange color with not much variation in hue from shadow to light. Just a slight hint at a yellowish orange where the sunlight behind the glass comes through. Atop the Body sits a frothy orange cream colored head about a finger and a half thick. Retention is moderate, with it eventually fading to a thick ringlet and healthy foam across the surface of the liquid. There is a foamy ring of lace around the glass where the foam once was. Overall, quite a beautiful beer, especially given the lighting.

Smell - The mango is obvious, as it should be given the use of extract. It's almost too overpowering and bordering on artificial smelling, but only almost. It's got a nice, bright fruitiness to it, and while it sort of pushes the hops to the side, there are still some more hoppy-smelling tropical fruits and herbal notes to give it a little more fragrance. The malt profile is pretty hard to detect through the fruit sweetness.

Taste - Well, then. Given the decent smell, I expected nice flavor, but I'm thoroughly impressed by what they've achieved here. The artificial impression I got from the aroma has gone by the wayside and in it's place is a luscious bouquet of mango and passionfruit, with some herbs and pine from the hop profile to prevent it from going overboard. It really tastes like a fresh fruit, but without any of the cloying sweetness that I usually associate with mango juice. Some notes of tangerine are also present to add to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a very juicy feel and a predominantly dry finish, with just a kiss of sweetness to keep it refreshing.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've had from Empryean and I wish they would start producing this one year-round. Honestly, it's up there with other fruit-infused IIPAs I've had in terms of taste, and as noted before, it's quite an attractive beer. Some minor adjustments to make the smell seem a little more natural would help it go a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2014 07:59:26 | More by LambicPentameter
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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA from Empyrean Brewing Company
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