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Imperial Red Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A boldly flavored double red ale. Combining caramel malt for sweetness mixed with nice alcohol and plenty of dry and late kettle hop aromas from three killer America strains create a beer that is tough to compare.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-08-2010)
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Brewman7284

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34.4%

03-05-2013 01:24:56 | More by Brewman7284
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g_jenkins

California

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

06-28-2012 03:52:52 | More by g_jenkins
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-20-2014 03:04:01 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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rmtaggart

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +21%

05-22-2013 17:01:46 | More by rmtaggart
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apf

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +21%

10-01-2013 02:32:11 | More by apf
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%

8.1%ABV. per bottle label.

Poured into a stange a somewhat murky deep amber with a tight two finger sticky off white head.The aromas are just fantastic,first the "green" hops smack ya and then big fruity esters, telling you this is a ballsy big red even before trying it.There is some serious hop resin going on here,herbal and citric,the hops really jump out on the palate,a sweetish brown sugar malt base comes into play in the finish after the tirade of hops,even some earthy tones develop as I drink more.This is exactly the type of American style amber I like,hopped to the hilt but still with a hefty malt presence,I like it more than most.Gotta love the hop burps this beer gives off.

09-02-2011 22:03:47 | More by oberon
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bishopgary

Utah

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured into pint glass from 22oz bottle.

A: Dark amber, with brownish orange tones. Medium amount of head, with some lacing that stays around for a bit. Slightly less than clear, in an intriguing way. If you had not read the label you may wonder what you were about to drink. Nice

S: You can really smell the caramel malt, with warm bread aromas. Noticeable but not strong hop aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells. Somewhat sweet up front, but balanced nicely by the slight hoppiness. The malt flavor is what you should expect from an amber.

M: Slightly more body than most ambers, but still nice. Dry finish that runs counter to the sweetness upfront.

D: Very drinkable, one of the more memorable amber/reds have had in while.

11-28-2010 21:26:28 | More by bishopgary
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pkalix

California

4.26/5  rDev +14.5%

nice tan head comes in large volume (could be that I poured it into a tall Blue Moon pilsner glass....). as dark red as you could call it, and nice soapiness down the sides.
smell is sweet and malty with some pine and tangerine, and a little caramel.
taste is much the same. sweet with a balance of bitter, lots of malt holding it together.
feels nice and silky on the tongue.
overall, a very nice offering. kind of on the fence regarding most of their stuff. this one included. I can drink it, and like it, but not sure I would want too many of these in succession. but then, how many people out there are looking to drink more than a single beer in a single setting...?

12-27-2013 20:58:30 | More by pkalix
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humulus

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Drank from a snifter.

A: pours a reddish brown, with a beige foam that leaves plenty of lacings on the glass. The foam is high but goes down quickly, leaving a small lid.

S: resin, pine, chocolate, hops, bread and rye.

T: hops dominates the start, but gives way to a milk chocolate type sweetness. It also tastes of bread, citrus and caramel. Very complex.

M: medium carbonation, full bodied and slightly sticky.

O: a very good red ale. Bitterness from the hop is there but is never overpowering, same goes for the bready and sweet notes. Very balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this one.

05-25-2013 23:21:08 | More by humulus
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-12-2013 02:15:11 | More by crob3888
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Braheem

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-07-2014 04:15:13 | More by Braheem
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-09-2012 14:58:17 | More by Elfastball7
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-03-2012 22:20:53 | More by DerwinWentworth
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KohlbeckM

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-14-2013 01:37:14 | More by KohlbeckM
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-21-2013 22:25:33 | More by Bnoise11
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-21-2011 05:55:18 | More by cfinch2
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-07-2012 00:15:54 | More by Lipsntoes
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elihull

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-09-2012 07:48:56 | More by elihull
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%

2012 #20 8.7%

A - dark amber with a large, dense, thick, foamy, off white head that has great retenetion

S - the foam is a bit soapy, there are some citrusy, piny hop aromas, bread, faint sugar

T - piny, caramel, dark bread, sugary, bitter, faint citrus

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The flavor isn't overwhelming but it's decent and enjoyable. It's intensely malty with a noticeable hop presence. I enjoyed this beer, and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

02-17-2013 03:00:30 | More by tdm168
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minnesotaryan

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured 4/19 into a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish almost brown with a one finger cream head, really nice lacing.

A lot of grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Follows the nose, really nice caramel malt up front, toffee, nice citrus and pine, orange peel, has a nice brightness to it.

Very smooth, perhaps a little thick, not overly carbonated like some beers of this style.

This beer is truly a delight to behold, a really wonderfully balance to it, which really allows both the malt and hops to show off their true strengths, Epic is really producing some great beers, will be buying more of this in the future.

04-19-2012 23:56:12 | More by minnesotaryan
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Douglas88

Utah

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

22 ounce bottle picked up at the brewery. Pours a pretty picture; very dark red mahogany hues with a large tan head. The aroma is huge wet hops, pine and lighter citrus- like a massive IIPA. A really nice flavor; creamy, strong caramel, dry malts, light sweet fruit, lots of pine and citrus hops balance it out. A fine American Strong Ale. Smooth and very drinkable with a very large hoppy bite.

01-04-2011 05:24:37 | More by Douglas88
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mactrail

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +11%

One of my top favorites from July visit to Utah. Appealing cloudy brownish red in the tall wine glass. Attractive long-lasting foam.

Rich and hoppy, with a big aromatic flavor and long nose of flowery hops. Spicy, like it's all buds and pollen. Roasted malt is the other flavor, with a big caramel taste. Fairly sweet, like a rich style of DIPA. But the other flavor is grainy, with an expansive bitterness and a sharp finish. The malt is always there to mellow the bitterness, and the acidic note is refreshing.

Certainly one of the best red beers of any style I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle thanks to our friends at Utah State Liquor Store in Sugar House. [From notes 07-12-2012].

08-12-2012 05:29:34 | More by mactrail
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

From a bottle shipped from Letspour.
Poured into a Corsendonk chalice.
Medium brown with medium amber head.
Aroma of light rye, malts.
Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel...penetrating.
Flavors of rich dark and medium malts, significant grassy and grapefruit rind bitter hops, rye, cream of tartar, pine sap. Cream and big body...no shortage of hearty ingredients. Could be considered an affront on the taste buds for the inexperienced big beer drinker, but for others this is quite tasty and fulfilling.

05-03-2013 04:32:20 | More by DenverLogan
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured chilled in short ale glass

A: dark ruddy red; beautiful head, great lacing, excellent carb
S: beautiful hop bomb; Cascade esp. prominent; lingers long, and is very inviting
T: complex hop bomb; balanced, but with preference to the hops; not spicy; sweetness based in the very thick malt profile;
M: thick, viscuous

Really great big beer

01-27-2013 22:07:34 | More by Arithmeticus
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kagent777

Utah

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

22 oz bomber. Release #2 (7.8 % ABV) of this particular beer from Epic was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Wow, this is one pretty lady! She had a huge, long lasting thick head, that let some gorgeous lacing. The color was almost brown with flashes of amber and red thrown in for accent.

Smell: I can smell the bitterness of some hop perfume as well as some nice caramel malt. Since this one is 7.8 ABV, I can also smell a little of the alcohol.

Taste: Matches the smell. First, you have the malty sweetness. Once it fades, the various hops kick in and linger for a bit longer. I wish I could put more words to this, it is simply really tasty. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is a big beer. I suspect the final gravity is quite high. Has a heavy feeling on the palate, but not overpowering. The carbonation and alcohol give it a lift.

Drinkability: This is probably not a beer for beginners. It is very good. Unfortunately, this one is a little pricey. So when I have extra money and the brewery is stocking it I will be sure to grab another. I wonder what this would taste like when aged a little? A very good offering from Epic.

09-11-2010 02:53:40 | More by kagent777
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Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.