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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-03-2010)
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Reviews by jacobseyb:
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours from the bottle a deep orangish copper color with a white head of about two fingers that lingers well and laces the glass some. Initial aroma is malty sweetness and disguises the hoppiness of the beer very well. Taste follows with very bitter flavors, some pine, and a nicely balanced malt sweetness follow. Feel is moderately heavy bodied with a generous carbonation bite on the finish. Overall a good example of the Imperial IPA, it fits within the style, yet also shows the range of maltiness that is sometimes evident.

04-26-2011 02:49:33 | More by jacobseyb
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper orange with a medium pillowy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and melon with some biscuity toffee and fruity, slightly metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with some fruits that leads to a big flavorless bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, I didn't really care for the flavor. It had good bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Plus it had a lot of biscuit notes which I don't really care for especially in an IIPA.

09-30-2010 02:37:42 | More by Beaver13
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-01-2012 12:50:52 | More by amalficoast
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12 ounce bottle that came in a $9.99 four pack. I see no freshness info.

Pours typical almond amber, moderate haze. Frothy lite mocha head, stays @ 1/4 inch and leaves better then respectable fine lace.

Pine resin nose with some underlying malt.

Hopped up DIPA, resin, pine, gritty hop notes. Big and bold. East coast style...dont let the name fool you, this stuff is brewed in NY state.

Pleasant in the mouth with ample carbonation.

Solid effort, not spectacular, but a quality brew in all respects.

12-26-2010 19:38:20 | More by Billolick
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 05:27:23 | More by virinow
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a hazy copper with golden edgings and a light, three-finger thick, off white head that leaves behind full layers of lacing.

Aromas of citrus (tangerine and lemon zest), toffee and hop resins.

Taste is well balanced between the citrus hops up front, toffee sweetness and light toasted malts in the middle and a grassy bitterness at the end. An alcohol astringency is throughout, but not overwhelming.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky and high carbonation.

Was expecting more hops in this one, but it is still a well balanced, moderate Imperial IPA.

02-25-2011 15:13:10 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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2.85/5  rDev -20.6%

Amber color, average all around. Aroma was lacking, no freshness date, a little sweet.

Taste, lacked the big hop bite I was looking for. Significant amounts of caramel, pale malts. Taste of honey. Plenty of carbonation, sweetness, but lacking in the hop mouthfeel department. Alcohol too noticeable.

I'm usually a big supporter of Mendocino's stuff, they've been around forever making good beers, but this one is a little below average for style, and definitely below their own standards. I'd venture a guess that it was a little more aged than it should have been. Hold it against the brewery for not telling me when it was made or when to drink by.

06-08-2011 16:26:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2014 16:56:51 | More by williamjbauer
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West Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -33.1%

Appears a deep orange pale copper hue with an off white head, speckled scattered lacing across my chalice. Aroma has deep citrus with some biscuit malts, a touch of pine and honey malts as well. Flavor is a bit weird it's like an herbal pine experiment with hints of citrus, blast of alcohol in the back end this is a bit rough. Unrefined hard to drink version of a great style, mouthfeel falls flat seems like it's brewed in Saratoga with the rest of the lineup. This is the type of craft beer that turns off new comers, Drinkability just isn't good not a beer I will return to anytime soon.

10-18-2010 16:01:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

served in standard pint glass

A - clear or hazy amber, with off-white head. Head has good retention. Trace of sediment in bottom of bottle (added to my beer, of course).

Mouthfeel: creamy and full, but with some dryness towards the finish. smooth; medium body and carbonation

S - Resinous and citrusy hops, but a bit subtle compared to the bold taste. {A more recent Nov. 2011 sample had a bolder, more citrusy aroma}. A bit earthy with hints of herbs and baked bread.

T - citrusy hops with traces of orange. Rather complex hop mix but perhaps not quite as hoppy as expected for an Amer. imperial or double IPA. Significant levels of sweet and caramel malt to balance the bitter hops. Only moderately bitter and hoppy after-taste. 8% ABV is largely hidden.

O - A very well-crafted DIPA. Boldly flavored, yet an excellent sipper that is refreshing and not challenging or overly aggressive. .

11-30-2010 01:38:35 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-30-2014 02:34:04 | More by imbuckeye
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 07:50:48 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +24.8%

Pours amber with a hint of orange. There's a thin lacing of white head that's soft and has good retention. The nose is bready and sweet with some underlying baked apple notes. The flavor opens up with a malt forward, bready, sweet, birthday cake character and then blends into a citrusy, grapefruit, pineapple hop character that is slightly bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth with decent carbonation.

This is a solid beer. It has good flavor and body. It's balanced, smooth, drinkable, flavorful. This is a nice West Coast IPA.

04-04-2012 13:30:21 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-06-2014 00:23:40 | More by dertyd
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

11-17-2013 01:11:19 | More by BlazedNug
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2.35/5  rDev -34.5%

A - Deep bronze with a finger of head. Moderate lacing.

S - Almost non-existent hops is the first thing I noticed. I really hope this is just a case of an old bottle, as it was not dated. Strong sweet malty aroma with a bit of citrus hops after a lot of searching.

T - Cloyingly sweet malt throughout. Again, almost non-existent hops. I don't really understand the deal with this since it is supposed to be an Imperial IPA. Definitely not representative of the style at all.

M - Feel isn't bad, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Highly disappointed by this one. I had never seen Mendocino in OK, and seeing as it was an Imperial IPA from the West Coast I expected a whole lot more. I was struggling to find any hint of hops, and I really think/hope it was an old bottle. If not, this "IPA" is a joke.

08-11-2011 02:31:26 | More by sdmvd6
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-12-2012 00:24:40 | More by Nage37
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Mendocino's Imperial IPA pours up with a nice effervescence that creates a low-moderate cream colored head that sits rather loosely atop the bright sunglow-deep golden body. The aroma is rather muted, as there's some staleness (oxidation) which greatly diminishes the more pleasant aspects (citrus, minty, piney) of the late addition hops. Grainy notes, toasted crackers & some light alcohol round out the nose. The flavor starts off with a some enjoyable graininess with some developing sweetness that gets completely underscored by a coarse bitterness that carries through to a rather harsh, bittersweet finish with a mineral/vitamin character that's unpleasant. This medium-full bodied strong ale has all the components of the style, but misses the quality mark. It's definitely worthy enough to have a pint, plus the point-of-sale price is nice!

CHEERS! Beertracker

02-08-2011 06:10:07 | More by Beertracker
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-22-2013 18:10:52 | More by bmurray10
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a lightly clouded red-orange color with a finger of frothy, dirty-white colored head that holds and laces well.

S: Strong caramel maltiness, slightly subdued citrus, breadiness, and resiny hoppiness. It turns more to the citrusy hops as it warms.

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, sweet caramel, intense resiny bitterness, rye, and some sweet berries at the end.

M: It has a medium-thick body with adequate carbonation and a silky-smooth finish.

D: It isn't the hop bomb that I envisioned with it being from the west coast but it was quite enjoyable.

02-23-2011 02:21:01 | More by bucklemyshoe
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-27-2012 02:23:20 | More by donquixote
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-20-2013 23:19:04 | More by Ajlvt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-27-2013 00:47:19 | More by Stocean1
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-14-2012 22:00:59 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Snagged up a 12oz. bottle to try. No idea when it was brewed and bottled as there are no dates or codes.

- Pours a nice rich slightly cloudy dark copper with a big 3 fingers of fluffy light light cream colored head. Slowly settles and leaves lace all about my small flute glass.

- Zesty lemon, citrus, and lime hops dominate the nose. Nice subtle caramel malt sits back while allowing the hops more room to shine. Certainly a nice floral flare there as well.

- Smooth caramel malts with a zesty bitterness, and more so a floral and zingy, and slightly spicy hop. Touch of earthiness, and lemon. Little bit soapy.

- Great medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation and a slightly drying after feel. Slightly creamy, very smooth.

- Overall this is a very good and solid IPA. I can see this being a regular for me if it were readily available to me. Certainly a must have if you are near it in bottle or on tap.

06-22-2011 02:42:34 | More by Docer
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Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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