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Imperial Red Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.78%
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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Photo of DenverLogan
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

DenverLogan, May 03, 2013
Photo of Unchi
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Unchi, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of BrienVoll
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BrienVoll, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Hopmodium, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Brewman7284
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Brewman7284, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Nyskizy
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nyskizy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

muskiesman, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl.oz. bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on jan´13. Pours reddish brown in color. Chill haze. Off-white froth creates a lasting creamy crown. Aroma profile is amazing. It shows toasted caramel malts, pine & resins, toasted bread, tobacco, hints of fudge chocolate & ripe apricot. Toasted malt flavor rounded by orange chocolate touches. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Citric astringency in the middle. Dry bitter finish & orange peel on the aftertaste. Delightful & easy drinkable.

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

tdm168, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Arithmeticus, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

InfernoBoss, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of TerrapinWakenBake
3/5  rDev -19.4%

TerrapinWakenBake, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of elihull
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

elihull, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of roadies
4/5  rDev +7.5%

roadies, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Lipsntoes
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Lipsntoes, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium 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 good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

rolandboy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mcsauter82, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev +7.5%

aflies, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #52 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

For a beer that isn't even at 8% abv, this thing is quite boozy. I would not have expected so much burn. There do seem to be some nice amber tones to it, but they are overpowered and end up taking a back seat. That changes fairly soon, thank goodness, and the earthiness of the amber ale aspect show fairly well. But, there is still a lingering burn, and, eh...it just misses the mark as well as it could, I think.

RblWthACoz, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a batch # on the label.

LOOK: Muddled reddish amber, light tan lacing puts on a great show

SMELL: Orange peel, grapefruit pith, tobacco, mint, ripe pineapple, caramel, toasted bread, estery

TASTE: Creamy, chewy full-ish body, hop resin, warming alcohol, hop bitterness, citrus peel, caramel, figgy, plum pudding, bready, nutty yeast, piney, semi-dry hoppy finish

Pretty massive, no doubt the "Imperial" tag is fitting. Very well balanced from hops to malt to alcohol. Great job Epic!

Jason, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a testing group, this imperial red ale was served in a sampler goblet. The ale poured a brownish tinted red color with an off-white head. The ale left generous lacing in the glass. The smooth red maltiness immediately leaves an impression. A mildly hoppy backbone is a nice surprice, particularly coupled with the smoothness. The citric hops, giving grapefruit and grass notes, do not overtake the malts. It blends well with the malts, almost like an added bonus. The citrus notes become bigger in the aftertaste, even becoming warming as it goes down the throat. The mouthfeel on this one is particularly striking. I went back for seconds and thirds when time allowed. Not my favorite imperial red, but still very good.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 02, 2012
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.