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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

111 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-15-2013 06:45:25 | More by Hopmodium
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Brewman7284

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34%

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

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-03-2013 02:32:02 | More by Nyskizy
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-26-2013 05:05:55 | More by muskiesman
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 22:30:16 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:00:30 | More by tdm168
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-31-2013 02:00:57 | More by ste5venla
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-26-2013 08:13:19 | More by InfernoBoss
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-10-2012 22:22:18 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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elihull

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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


4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2012 17:36:36 | More by roadies
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

12-07-2012 00:15:54 | More by Lipsntoes
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 06:46:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-29-2012 04:04:36 | More by rolandboy
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-11-2012 05:48:46 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-10-2012 00:26:41 | More by mcsauter82
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-27-2012 05:18:36 | More by aflies
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:25:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:20:54 | More by Jason
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Travisnin

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-13-2012 06:23:18 | More by Travisnin
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 15:27:09 | More by JohnnyHopps
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sonata2008

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lovely, creamy foam. About a finger's width. Extremely cloudy. Reddish brown. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops, lots of hops. A sweet aroma.

Taste: Roasted with a little bitterness. Can detect the alcohol. Definitely some candy sweetness but not fruity. Tastes almost like a bit of malt extract of the kind you use to brew beer. A great taste, almost Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation, sweet finish with just the slightest bitterness.

Drinkability: Tastes lovely but you won't want too many. With 7.70 ABV, it is definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 01:49:15 | More by sonata2008
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mactrail

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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].

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-04-2012 03:07:30 | More by swetsastonic
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.