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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Tpsauer, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +39.3%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

4Socialanxiety, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tdm168, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Justinbrick2011
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mendocino imperial ipa is a great beer or should i say ale its a full bodied ipa with great flavor. mendocino imperial ipa is brewed with a lot of premium varieties of hops such as Amarillo, Cascade which are some of my favorite hops.. it also has caramel and 2-row pale malts.. i really love this beer for its strong hop aroma and the taste is a strong bitter citrus flavor

Justinbrick2011, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of yesyouam
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mendocino Imperial IPA is a slightly hazy golden ale with a thin white head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing. It has a pine and citrus aroma, bright and fresh with a touch of sweetness and a note of orange peel. It smells great. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes very piny and slightly sweet with lots of orange going on. It's bitter, dry and well balanced. This is very easy to drink. It tastes great and it's really smooth.

yesyouam, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brownish-orange with mild amber highlights. Huge, 3-finger, frothy, white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail all the way around the glass before ending in a persistent lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a general sweetness.

T: Hops dominate this brew form beginning to end. Slightly sweet and there is no a nice alcoholic bite towards the ends.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: Superb imperial ipa – nicely hopped and very drinkable. Would pick this up again.

ckollias, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a fairly dark copper color, medium amount of haze. Small white head leaves thick sheets of lace. The hop scents are bonerific. That goes for the taste as well. Nice light (comparatively) caramel malt, just completely dominated by some nasty ass bitter hops. Which completely sticks around in your mouth for quite a while after. A nice floral strain too, but that too is dominated by the bitterness. A bit of spice from the warming alcohol. Thinner-side of medium bodied, fairly wet. Very nice beer.

Tballz420, Jan 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

amalficoast, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Hopmodium, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

GalinBama, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Eddsdds, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

prisdefer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jngrizzaffi, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of ralree
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red-gold, 1/2 finger ehad, fluffy white with good retention and lacing.

S: Really fruity, lots of hops, sweet.

T: Really caramelly, brown sugar, hops are great, smokey, no alcohol taste, spicy. I like it, but it's weird.

M: Chewy, thick, medium-heavy body, non-astringent.

D: Goes down pretty well for the style.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

ralree, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly smeared cast of darker goldenrod, somewhat bronzed glow with lots of activity of carbonation at a fury within. Medium tall capping of dense beige foam lifts quickly and remains for a while before wafting down to a heavy skim. Thin strings of lace along with some thin patchy curtains coat the glass very well.

Aroma is a bit lullish and leaning more towards a softer amber ale-like aroma with dryish cedar woody hops, a light backing of caramel, some flour grain, and floraly citrus spice thats a touch grapefruity and orange. It's a nice nose but a nose not quite fitting to the style(splitting hairs).

Taste is more likeable and forward as it balances quite well between a light grain malt sweetenss that definately has caramel and probably crystal and biscuit to it. Which keeps a nice tender tow of breadyish doughy sweetenss the whole way through. Yet keeps just enough room to let the hops swim in with a darker floral citrusyness that is peachy and orange zested. Notes of cedar pine. Stays clean and mostly sweet with a speakeasy dryness floating about. Bitterness well in check of citrusy orange and cedar. The malt tones are very nice and well handled.

Soft, smooth, tender medium body with a nice balance of softer drying hoppyness and peppery zest that lasts into a favorable lengthy finish.

Pretty solid stuff. Perhaps not so much a heavier handed Impy IPA that grabs your immediate attention, but pretty good for what it is with a smoother, sweeter malty balance and character that I found to be quite the drinkable treat.

tavernjef, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice malt aroma that boasts of pale, bisquit, and caramel malts. The hop aroma is moderately bitter with a piney character. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that's bitter as hell up front with a solid, complex malt base. It's not your typical west coast DIPA. It is however a damn fine east coast variety. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine DIPA. I'm a huge fan of the malt character. The caramel and bisquit malts meld nicely with the piney hop notes.

WesWes, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of otersen73
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep murky copper color in a pint glass. Descent head retention with good belgian lace.

Exceptional aromas...huge caramel malt backed by fruity esters.

Big malt profile up front, well balanced with hop bitterness, although, some off flavors poke through. Not sure about the choice of hops for this brew.

Chewy mouth feel.

I'd have another one, if someone got it for me.;)

otersen73, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resiny, citrusy, and earthy/grainy, Mendocino Brewing does a great job of capturing a malty flavor to balance the hops without allowing the malty-sweet weight to interfere.

A hazy, deep copper-deep amber color adorns the tulip while sticky lace climbs up the glass. Obviously the great rocky head formation and stubborn retention of eggshell white foam are prerequisites.

Malty rich aromas give the impression of deeply caramelized barley malts but avoiding toast, thus promoting a bread crust savory sweetness. But the hops are quickly countered by sharp hop flavors of citrus zest, ruby red grapefruits, and resiny bitterness. Pungent maltiness gives the impressions of rye malt or everso peated malts- flavorful but earthy. Alcoholic bitter flavors intensify the hop bitterness and gives an acetone taste.

The mouthfeel starts very creamy and somewhat heavy, but the sweetnes falls off quickly, allowing for a malty-dry mid palate. But the malts continue its fleeting texture as the hop dryness and alcohol warmth gain intensity- leading to a crisp and clean finish even if with a mild resiny sticky-dry bitterness.

It seems like I've written hundreds of IPA reviews that read the same way this one has. Though this is a delightful beer, there's little that separates it from many other well made Double IPA's.

BEERchitect, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Billolick, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +11.4%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. .

chinchill, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Nage37, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of donquixote
4/5  rDev +11.4%

donquixote, Apr 27, 2012
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Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.