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Imperial IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of skyisland
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of acevenom
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of troysoy2
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of bent
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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

Photo of boot11222
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.