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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-20-2013 23:19:04 | More by Ajlvt
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-22-2013 03:23:14 | More by pheelingIt
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-25-2013 00:14:03 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-24-2013 01:37:19 | More by ruckus232
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-20-2013 01:37:46 | More by dbell23
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 07:50:48 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

01-12-2013 23:27:52 | More by Eddsdds
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-03-2013 22:21:37 | More by blackcloud
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

01-03-2013 01:22:27 | More by Lukass
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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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 07:43:57 | More by GhostKidd956
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-17-2012 15:04:21 | More by grahamboudreaux
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-07-2012 05:01:30 | More by tobelerone
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-02-2012 11:52:15 | More by skyisland
Photo of AmitC

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:48:56 | More by AmitC
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-21-2012 14:31:04 | More by fredmugs
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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-06-2012 07:09:38 | More by MarkyMOD
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

10-28-2012 11:22:32 | More by prisdefer
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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:31:20 | More by troysoy2
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-14-2012 22:00:59 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-14-2012 21:57:10 | More by bent
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is but it's a bit rough around the edges in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:46:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-27-2012 03:28:44 | More by illini4x4
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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
Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.