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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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

4Socialanxiety, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of bent
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bent, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +11.4%

illini4x4, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
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

NuclearDolphin, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
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

BigPlay1824, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of boot11222
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

boot11222, Jul 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bumchilly25, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

durlta, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is hazy and copper colored with a hint of amber. Yields a finger of fine off-white head. Good retention. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus and caramel candies. Just a hint of spicy pine and herbal undertones.

T - Sweet and citrusy up front. Flavors of lemongrass, caramely malts and some darker toasted grain initially. More citrus--almost tangy now--and some hop bitterness toward the middle. Finish is not extremely bitter, but rather juicy, fruity and malty sweet.

M - Medium body. Dazzling carbonation--probably my favorite thing about drinking this beer. The carbonation and the level of citrusy hops used in this beer work quite well together. I could do for more bitterness though, as the finish was quite sweet and sticky.

rundocrun, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

BigTrubble, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

GalinBama, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

UltimateLivewire, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Hopmodium, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

TheRuss9585, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Lucasperea
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Lucasperea, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +11.4%

justinm4bama, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a hazy dark amber pour with 2 fingers of off white head which turned into a 1/8" for the rest of the glass. great lacing.

smells of pine, peaches, grapefruit, honey

malt heavy taste with a weird sour/bitter after taste. can't tell if my palate has been tampered with from previous iipas from tonight but it just feels off for some reason.. tastes a bit like burnt plastic. very bitter hops fill in for the backbone of the beer. dirt, burnt toffee, fermented grapefruit.

medium body, slightly creamy, well carbonated.

overall, this is a pretty weird iipa. everything is on par with the "book definition" of iipa, except for the taste.. it's just off.. i can't get down with that. not sure if this is an old bottle or if it's just the way this one is, but it tastes like old grapefruit or something.. just odd.

facundoCNB, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

RWNay, May 17, 2012
Photo of GeoBrewer71
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

GeoBrewer71, May 13, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial IPA
Mendocino Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.00 %

LOOK: Bright copper orange, soapy well retaining head. Plenty of lace clinging to the glass.

SMELL: Earthy hops, caramel, pine, strong tea.

TASTE: Resinous and bitter, high alpha hops running the show. Grapefruit zest, pine, herb, and earthy at that. Sweet malt character, honey, caramel and a light tang. A little alcohol flavor, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Semi dry, with a hop bite in the finish.

OVERALL: Solid for the price, alcohol and decent flavor. There is a strong hop character, and a very nice feel to this beer. A serviceable and readily available "imperial" IPA that gets the job done.

Stinkypuss, May 06, 2012
Photo of donquixote
4/5  rDev +11.4%

donquixote, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy copper color with a thick off white head that laces the glass.

S: A big toasted malt aroma with some earthy and citrus hop.

T: A really nice toasted malt flavor provides a great base for the hops. The hops are there but the bite has been mellowed out. Hops are earthy and citrus pith in flavor. There is bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness in the malt provides a very good balance. There is a floral hop flavor left afterwards.

M: Medium body and a little bit oiy. Lower carbonation provides a smooth feel and good drinkablility.

O: I was worried about this beer from the aroma. In my experience, some of the more malt heavy DIPAs turn out really bad with super hop competing with a big malt flavor. This beer has that great balance. The beer had a nice coat of dust on it so maybe this one has had a chance to blend and mellow out....who knows? Very good in my opinion.

Kromes, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tizride, Apr 12, 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
Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.