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 - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

563 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 563
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA

(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-16-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 563 | Reviews: 330 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
TheBrewo

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the top and pour a brew of sunset orange. It holds a two finger head of massive white creamy bubbles. Patterned, soapy lacing is left down the glass as the head disappears at a medium pace. There is a big haze to it, with flecks of microsediment floating about. Carbonation appears slow and minimal. The aroma gives citric, nectary, and sweet floral hops. These mix with pale and borderline wheaty malts, mineral, fusel booze, coiny metallics, tomato acidity, and warmed caramel malt sweetness. With warmth comes orange flesh sweetness. Our first impression is that there is a nice pucker from the dirty, earthy hops, but a strong white sugar sweetness permeates and cuts a bit too deep. As we sip, the flavor opens with bite of baker’s yeast, lemon rind, grapefruit hops, and bitter grassiness. This is quickly cut by sugary sweet caramel malts and a sweeter, fusel booziness that gives more cloy than fire. The peak comes with more peppery alcohol, bready malts, flour, and yeastiness, bittering plastic phenols, and more bite of earthy and citric hops. The latter pulls us to a finish which washes with paler malts with less sweetness, more mineral, and light lactic sourness to full cut any remnants of malts from earlier. The aftertaste breathes of bittered soapy and citric hops, caramel malts, booze, black pepper, chalky flour, and coiny metallics. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. There is a smoothness to it, with a cool, wet coating following an initial bittering pucker. There is decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth to the sip. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks appropriately.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was a nice balance to the bittering, citric and earthy hops and the caramel and pale malt mix. The flavoring followed decently, but didn’t seem to blend as well as the aromatics. The sweetness came as a basic taste of white sugar, without really any amalgamation or incorporated flavoring. The hops were similar in a sense of bitterness, but these certainly felt a bit more organic and real. This beer is drinkable and decent, but little more.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:50:35 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
Photo of Bwab
Bwab


3/5  rDev -21.5%

06-29-2014 00:57:05 | More by Bwab
Photo of TheMarkE
TheMarkE

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-11-2014 20:22:07 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of ramrod666
ramrod666

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-03-2014 19:42:15 | More by ramrod666
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-02-2014 02:40:02 | More by wrightst
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-01-2014 00:05:37 | More by Latarnik
Photo of Kal
Kal

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +30.9%

05-27-2014 18:50:16 | More by Kal
Photo of jwps214
jwps214

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-04-2014 03:58:55 | More by jwps214
Photo of Beerbuddy21
Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-17-2014 00:36:08 | More by Beerbuddy21
Photo of megamass
megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-13-2014 05:04:28 | More by megamass
Photo of Evarigan
Evarigan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-11-2014 19:18:51 | More by Evarigan
Photo of StevanTheVegan
StevanTheVegan

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-25-2014 04:30:32 | More by StevanTheVegan
Photo of Drew88
Drew88

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-20-2014 04:54:01 | More by Drew88
Photo of davegray
davegray

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-22-2014 20:05:38 | More by davegray
Photo of OgreSanchez
OgreSanchez

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2014 18:09:52 | More by OgreSanchez
Photo of IDYVM
IDYVM

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-24-2013 05:14:20 | More by IDYVM
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-18-2013 23:46:24 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of humulusphile
humulusphile

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-12-2013 07:48:41 | More by humulusphile
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-22-2013 01:41:12 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of zookerman182
zookerman182

Alabama

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head.
Aroma is bready, malty, caramel, toffee.
Flavor is much milder than the aroma. Malty but you get a good hop bitterness with a lingering flavor is apple and citrus.
You can't taste the alcohol but you can tell its a heavy hitter beer.
Incredible lacing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 22:22:53 | More by zookerman182
Photo of mychalg9
mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-14-2013 04:56:13 | More by mychalg9
Photo of Beerswag
Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-30-2013 19:05:57 | More by Beerswag
Photo of Norseman
Norseman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-28-2013 23:37:05 | More by Norseman
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.5%

09-28-2013 19:37:44 | More by JimmyFlatRock
Photo of frozenjogurt
frozenjogurt

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-14-2013 21:30:09 | More by frozenjogurt
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.