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Imperial Red Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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118 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Meathead1965
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

Meathead1965, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Exponential Series
1800 Bottles Produced
Release #2
$6.89 ea.

Pours a reddish/amber color, carbonation, one-finger head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hop note, bitter, caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Would not buy this again.

Wasatch, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Body is red with brownish overtones. Four fingers of off-white rocky foam. Nice stretchy lacing.

Aroma requires a really deep sniff. Mostly a sweet alcoholic pixie stick.

Extremely sweet malt overpowers the tongue. Big taste of alcohol. Barely blunted by earthy hops at the swallow, with seem to be mainly cutting the sweet and the fire instead of making their own statement.

Many times we talk about how well hidden alcohol is in a beer. In this case, at least taste wise, it seems like there is even more booze than the posted abv.

This not what I'm looking for in an imperial red. Turn up the hops to 11 while bumping up the booze next time.

RonfromJersey, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of JamFuel
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

JamFuel, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of jmw4437
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

jmw4437, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Lynn
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of staticGenerator
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is much too hoppy for a red ale. If you like Pale Ales, you'll probably enjoy this ale. However from a traditional red ale perspective, this brew is over hopped. It is true that more and more beers are exhibiting higher IBUs. And I enjoy good Pale Ale now and then. But the label on this beer has no indication of the high hop levels. Does not represent nor is an indicator of a traditional red ale, but could have been. The malts and yeast get lost in the bittering hops.

staticGenerator, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Jaynuze
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say I was hoping for a Lagunitas Lucky 13, so I'm not sure if I've fairly judged this brew.

Poured from a 22oz into a clean beer glass. Release#6 7.9% but does finish a bit hotter than expected.

A: Nice head and a great amber hue
S: As an imperial I was really expecting a bit more floral from additional hops and I really didn't get that with this beer.
T: It's a nice beer,but a little too "red" for me. The malt characteristics come out first with very little hop finish similar to the nose.
MF: A bit thin and not as much body as hoped for
O: I still think I was unfairly judging this one,but it just didn't live up to what I expected an Imperial red to be, a bitter hop rounded off with a biscuity malt. Malt lovers may have some more positive reviews, but I was really hoping for a little hop-ier version with less malt ... then again, would that really be a red?

Jaynuze, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of deac83
3/5  rDev -19.4%

deac83, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nightrain87, May 09, 2012
Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Raziel313, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of spoonsock
3/5  rDev -19.4%

spoonsock, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -19.4%

tedho21, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Nyskizy
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nyskizy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TerrapinWakenBake
3/5  rDev -19.4%

TerrapinWakenBake, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy dark red almost brown color with a 1" head that falls to some large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: loads of caramel and fruit sweetness rise from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile here. Caramel, dark fruits, some pine, a bit of grapefruit, and a moderate bitterness. Overall this seemed a bit unbalanced to me as the sweetness and bitterness seemed to battle each other rather that work together.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish.

Overall: slow quaffing beer that misses the mark for me. A very hoppy red ale that doesn't marry the sweetness and bitterness in a balanced fashion.

Gavage, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

aztraz, May 18, 2013
Photo of Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Unchi
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Unchi, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids yesterday. Not all that impressive. Poured a dark honey brown color with a little white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt and a barely present hit or earthy hops. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of sweet malt and caramel.

emmasdad, May 07, 2011
Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

rolandboy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of boonejag75
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

boonejag75, Jul 15, 2012
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Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.