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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JakeDebus, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mike099, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Bill235, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

JHurley, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Ajlvt, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

pheelingIt, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ruckus232, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dbell23, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mdaschaf, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Eddsdds, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

blackcloud, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of GhostKidd956
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a duvel glass

Appearance - Dark Orange color with a slight amber look

Smell - Citrus Hops, piney,

Taste - Citrus hops, piney taste, orange peels, hops is forward in this taste, very well balanced

Mouthfeel -very pleased with the CO2 added to this beer

Overall - I could have used a little more hops in this beer since in fact it is a imperial IPA with means "double hops" but it is a very good beer mendocino has very good beers such as the american strong ale which they should be very proud of my personal fav. But this Imperial was cut a little bit short. maybe push the IBU levels in the brewing? guessing its aroung the 60's should be aroung the 80's and 90's

Serving type: bottle

GhostKidd956, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

skyisland, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a large snifter glass.

Aroma : Excellent empowering earthy and floral hop aroma. Just a little hint of malt. Some citrus.

Appearance: Poured with almost two finger thick white head with good persistence and lacing. Amber to golden orange in color. Opaque. Cloudy.

Taste : Flavor is more malt than should be there in a DIPA. Hop presence is huge but they are mostly aroma hops and not very bitterness heavy. After taste is good too. However perceived bitterness is sorely missed. Good dry finish, with slight bitterness.

Mouth feel :Medium to slightly full with excellent hidden alcohol. No carbonation, hop or alcohol derived astringency whatsoever.

Style Rate: 4.0
Personal Rate: 4.0

Good brew. Slightly under-performing for a DIPA in almost every aspect. Hop bias in the rating.

AmitC, Nov 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

fredmugs, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of acevenom
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.

acevenom, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

MarkyMOD, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

prisdefer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Oct 21, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a tulip glass.

Deep copper color under two fingers of luscious, off white head. Great retention, and some nice lacing going on.

The smell is surprisingly heavy on caramel. This gives way to just a wisp of pine.

This is an Imperial IPA with a really nice malt character. Caramel and grainy bread are lightly accentuated by moderate pine bitterness. Citrus just barely shows up in the mix. The mouthfeel has a nice thickness, and is on the lower side of carbonation.

Not a bad brew. Not what I might have been expecting from most Imperial IPAs, but all in all, quite enjoyable. Not sure how fresh this bottle was. No big deal.

troysoy2, Oct 16, 2012
Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.