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Primordial Imperial IPA - Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Primordial Imperial IPAPrimordial Imperial IPA

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-29-2010

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 15
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic pint glass

A big, bold IIPA, West Coast in style but with its own flare. It pours rich and frothy, deep red-copper in color and a larger-than-usual head. Lots lemony-citrus hops in the nose, but the malt aspects are huge and almost overwhelm. Maybe a bit too much on the malt-side. The flavors are interesting - very hoppy, fresh and bitter. But the profile quickly bends sweet, with notes of butter-rum and toffee. Alcohol is prevalent, warming the sip, and the chewy mouthfeel accents the saccharine aspects. Finishes long and sweet. Maybe a little too much residual sugar.

It's nice to try an IPA that clearly isn't trying to clone another, but each sip was a mouthful. It would have been better shared.

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3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber in the tall Stella glass. Clear and bubbly with an attractive head. Some gardenias and gasoline in the aroma.

Rather sweet and spicy. A lot of malt, but the flavor is mostly bitter orange and some caramel. This seems like the current classic style of DIPA-- rich, herbaceous, hot, serious bitterness shading into the earthy, piney woods. Tangy and a little harsh. Woody, like there were some barrels involved.

I don't think there is much to recommend this at the equivalent of 25 bucks a six pack. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice silk screened bottle. Pours a ruddy amber hue, thick clumpy off white head forms. Leaves a nice streak of lacing behind.

Uplifting pine, grapefruit and tangerine, bold malt under tone of toffee, bread and dark fruit. A medley of aroma, very concentrated on the grapefruit/pine hops.

Hefty malt, very sweet and nearly cloying, syrup, toffee, molasses. Hops come in with a bit of pine barely enough to push back in accompaniment with alcohol burn. Finish is sticky, a muted pine flavor and earthy bitterness. Really underwhelming for a DIPA.

Easy enough to drink all that malt can really hide the abv but without the hops it really is very sticky. Average carbonation and body.

Not terrible but for a DIPA, but not good either. I really wanted more in the hops not just a double amber, a one dimensional flavor profile and overwhelming malt character doesn't cut it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine to orange citrus hops, a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small alcohol note in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and a bit too much alcohol, almost hairspray like.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy bright orange red, with a one inch sticky white head, lacing is plentiful. Smell is grass, grind, tangerine, and some grapefruit. Taste is all that, not sure of the age, taste seems a little dated. Solid tangerine and grapefruit, just doesn't feel like it pops like it should. Nice body plenty of carbonation, might be on the heavier side for the style. Easy drinking, for the abv. It is a nice DIPA, but could have tasted more hoppy I think. I will research and edit if I need.

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3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Scott. Thanks, buddy!

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam and with some good lacing.

There's some nice sweetness in the smell, caramel and bread, a some grassy/piney bitterness but like a some DIPAs, the malt is ruling it in the aroma.

The taste seems to be more balanced. Yep, the malt is well represented with notes of caramel sweetness and some bready tones and the bitterness is kind of a grassy, slightly piney thing going on. As the beer is warming, the malt becomes even more assertive; it's not sickingly, syrupy sweet so that's not a huge complaint from me. I'm liking this DIPA and the hefty abv isn't a major factor.

Close to full bodied with medium to medium light carbonation, the mouthfeel is excellent. It's pretty easy to drink too so I'd say try it if you see it.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 22oz bomber poured into 8 oz tasting glasses. Chilled to fridge temp.

A- Sits a hazy amber orange hue. Some white filmy head on top. Good head retention.

S- Sweet orange and malt upfront. Good amount of bread in aroma. A touch or caramel comes in the end. A bit of herbal and fresh cut grass come through, although light.

T- Good dose of piney hops and bready malt upfront. The bitterness really develops though the taste and rests nicely on palate. Sweet orange and carmel pull at the edges of the taste are well noticed. Very balanced right now.

M- Medium body. basic. Malt and hops are in balance. the bitterness is rather mild for a DIPA. Sits lightly on palate.

O- Easy to drink. Not what I would personally look for in an DIPA, but perhaps isn't very fresh. Balanced.

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Primordial Imperial IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co.
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