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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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82
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i dont know why this stuck out to me.. prolly cause its new on the shelf. the bottle has changed a bit since the original design, reflecting more nonsense about 25th anniversary this and that. 8%

crystalline amber pour. nice lacing. smells like marshmallows and tree bark. tastes extremely grainy. kinda like toasted buckwheat followed up with a chunk of earth containing some grass. booze in the finish does not go unnoticed. further sips draw out some spearmint hints as well as some deeper, oaky notes. ballantiney/burtonbatony without oak, which is an achievement in itself. for 8%, this beer is a hell of a mess. will not repeat, may just drain pour the rest of this SHITE

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:33:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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sdmvd6

Oklahoma

2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:31:26 | More by sdmvd6
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange beer with a smallish head that quickly dissipated.

Piney & slightly herbal paired with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Pretty average for a double IPA.

Highly astringent beer. Kind of unpleasant. High dose of bitterness with a good amount of tannins that were kind of unenjoyable. Herbal and grassy hop flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is not terrible. It is thin for itsa strength as a DIPA should be. Well carbonated. Gotta take off a bit for the astringency which is largely a bad mouthfeel characteristic.

Least enjoyable DIPA I've had. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I probably won't seek it out again to find out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:22:38 | More by mklinger
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mendocino Imperial IPA

Aroma: Sweet, grainy aromatics up front. Flowery and honey-like sweetness. Hop aroma is floral but the dominant characteristic is overwhelming honey.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with tight fluffy white head. Mild effervescence noted.

Flavor: More honey character up front. Earthy hop bitterness follows. Balance is towards the hop but not by much. Hop flavors don't seem to be there. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly oily. Just a touch of hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: Seems to be more of an American Amber. Too malty for an IPA or Imperial IPA. Not hoppy enough to be in the IPA category. Miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 16:01:11 | More by mattcrill
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12-ounce bottle courtesy of JohnCoctsin. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear light copper color with a thin white head that diminishes quite quickly, leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose carries some light alcohol plus bready malt and a bit of caramel. The flavor is booze in the background with mostly caramel and bread up front. Some faint floral and citrus hops. Medium body with very low bitterness and a fair amount of alcohol. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:48:26 | More by Thorpe429
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boot11222

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

07-29-2012 00:25:00 | More by boot11222
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very deep amber, big, big head, nice lacing that is in for the long haul
Smells - piney some malts
Taste - how can an Imperial IPA be so weak on a hop punch? very malty to me, not a drain pour, but I will not try again.
This beer kind of works but not as an Imperial IPA. Hard to be positive just because IMO it is mislabeled. Wild ale maybe, I don't know.
Mouthfeel - thick and chewy
Drinkability - nope

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:15:29 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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TheSignPost

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I didn't care for this one. For an imperial, I expect more. More hops, better flavor. Maybe its just me, but this one leaves me cold. It was ok, but I wouldn't seek it out. In fact I'd try to avoid it. It tastes a little "thick", not crisp, not hoppy. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:38:40 | More by TheSignPost
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RyanAU

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

04-18-2014 22:03:27 | More by RyanAU
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fredmugs

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-21-2012 14:31:04 | More by fredmugs
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gatornation

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a beautiful slightly hazes golden copper color with a nice fluffy off-white head and some nice lacing

S- is malt and baked bread first then some caramel ,not alot of 2ipa smells

T- is malt first and some bitter citrus rind .some grain and baked bread

M- is well carbonated with just a malty taste to me

O- this is an average 2ipa ..its lacking in hops both tropical and citrus.its mostly malts ..1 and done for me

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 22:13:57 | More by gatornation
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color which is nicely bright and has a creamy one finger head with large bubbles that is off white, kind of dark white is that makes sense, head dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing
S: an interesting scent, a grassy hop note, quite earthy, kind of reminds me of the smell of the yard after a strong but quick mid summer day storm
T: welp, its kicks off right up front with the alcohol note, then it moves into an earth kind of tree bark or even tobacco note which is not at all bad, finishes pretty smoothly, although im note entirely sure i think i sense some slight oxidization, just an observation not gonna put it into my numerical score since im not certain
M: drinks slightly thick with a bit of carbonation and has a bit of a drying feeling on the palate which i think is more from the alcohol bite than it is from the hops
O: a decent beer, not all that tasty, alcohol kind of dominates, oh well

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 23:41:36 | More by BigPlay1824
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acevenom

Louisiana

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours deep copper with a thick white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is of some citrus and piney hops and a nice dose of caramel and bready malts. The flavor is a wallop of sweet grapefruit juice. There's some of that bready malt in the background with the piney hops, but this is one of the sweetest DIPAs I've sampled. The alcohol is also present in the flavor. The body is full with strong carbonation. There's a sticky aftertaste for this sipper. This is a below average beer. If you're looking for a DIPA, I would pass on this and go for something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:57:56 | More by acevenom
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

mendocino imperial ipa

Nothing special to look at here. Think generic IIPA without much lacing or retention and you're there.

Smells extremely sweet. Brings out a lot of amber malt with strong caramel notes. The hops are dominated in the nose.

The taste brings out that same malt character but then finishes with a very dry hoppy flavor. Not an easy hop flavor to talk about here. I think the malt dominates the flavor but the hops give it a strong bitter flavor.

The beer drinks well and the body isn't as thick as the flavor would make one assume.

This is certainly a different twist on the double IPA. This malt character is truly new to me at least, but overall I can't say that it is exciting. The hops aren't dominate. It doesn't have an oily hop resend. The beer doesn't leave the lacing other big IPA's leave. The hops are strong enough in the bitterness but the malt dominates the flavor profile. Well worth giving this beer a try. I doubt anyone who enjoys a double IPA will dislike this beer, but there's no wow here.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 19:50:29 | More by bobhits
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark hazy orange/rust with a filmy white head

Smell - Citrus Hops, caramel, malts, yeasts and orange rinds. Fairly malty smell.

Taste - Citrus Hops, yeasts, and malts. There is also a very boozy flavor to it, which is sort of unpleasant and distracts you from the other flavors. Despite this, it still comes off as a bit weak.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy bodied and the carbonation is very strong, way too much so for this style of beer.

Overall - The flavor and mouthfeel need some serious work if in order to be a good IPA. Speaking of which, this feels much more like an IPA than a Imperial IPA just because it lacks the hoppy punch of other Imperial IPAs

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:28:04 | More by NuclearDolphin
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FanofHefe

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date I can find. Pours a deep clear amber color, with a good two finger egg white head. Some light lacing.

The aroma does not remind me of a typical DIPA, but does have some light resiny hop aroma. Significant caramel malt aroma.

Flavors mix the slighlty bitter hops with a sweet toffee-like malt taste. Not a great combination.

Honestly, this does not seem like an Imperial IPA and the flavors do not mix well.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:37:56 | More by FanofHefe
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mactrail

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The typical orange amber color in the Duvel glass. Less foam than average but plenty of fizz in the mouth. Medium body. Some hoppy notes and alcohol in the smell.

Nothing subtle about this. A flavor that makes me think of really overripe canteloupe and a whiff of the compost pile. An odd candy taste, some kind of fruity flavor. Caramel and malt. Wintergreen and brake fluid in the nose. Plenty bitter but not overwhelming. Usual hop flavors don't seem to apply here. It is just really strange though not actually undrinkable. I keep thinking of camphor and something sweet for the cough.

Rather hot and tastes more alcoholic than expected from the abv. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 04:03:41 | More by mactrail
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-27-2011 13:09:24 | More by Lantern
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-11-2014 22:45:00 | More by djaeon
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

10-03-2013 23:41:05 | More by ejimhof
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skyisland

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-02-2012 11:52:15 | More by skyisland
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-28-2011 03:45:37 | More by jenray
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-19-2011 13:16:51 | More by bacher468
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Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.