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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
82
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 40
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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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
Photo of sonata2008
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

sonata2008, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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].

mactrail, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

swetsastonic, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of boonejag75
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

boonejag75, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of g_jenkins
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Lynn
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Elfastball7, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Release #9 according to the website brewed June 2011, WTF I bought this last month...I will bitch next time I'm up to the store I'm at versus bitch about on BA. Pours a clouded burgundy very deep clouded amber with a light tan caramel head. Aroma has astringent notes of alcohol and hops, with some green mint and herbal leaf components alongside caramel malts flowing free. Flavor has stale hops, go figure, caramel malts with green leafy vegetable notes and herbal qualities somebody please get a fresh version of this to let me know how it pans out. If you're a store selling a year old version of Epic's beers let them know I'm sure they will be pissed about it, if you don't let them know I will I'm sure they will still be pissed about it when it's called an Imperial Red Ale...by the way this is 8.0% abv. Again muddled malts and hops, it's bitter tea leaf, astringent vegetable green with hops and caramelized malt sugars found in a fresh imperial red ale. WTF, again I hate to curse but what's going on either don't brew beer to send to Ohio or brew it and send it fresh. Also have an agreement with the beer stores to sell fresh product. Medium to full bodied texture with ample carbonation slick hop oils that last throughout each sip. Mouthfeel has medium bodied slow bubbling carbonation that many others should think about, slightly resinous still not horrible despite the age issues. Overall enjoyability isn't bad I'm actually liking it, thanks guys from Utah for the well aged Epic beer you have poured me for full price.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

DerwinWentworth, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DeezGunz14, May 25, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

szmnnl99, May 14, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nightrain87, May 09, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22os. purchased from the brewery a couple weeks ago, gift from father-in-law in his case-o-bombers gift box.

A: Pours a murky brown that fades into a sickly pee yellow at the edges. Cappuccino head is robust and slightly soapy, leaves beautiful lacing. The color seems off.

S: Sweet caramel malts do battle with rich orange peel hops, with just a slightly earthy finish.

T: Sweet, dank hops are followed by a moderate malt backbone. Overall a very bittersweet presence.

M: Lively carbonation and a slightly heavier than average mouthfeel, some alcohol and plenty of bittering hops on the finish.

O: Solid beer. I did not compare it to other imperial reds, as it is a relatively new style to me and I think there is room for interpretation. This one is a bit more malt forward, but with plenty of bittering hops. I would have preferred more hop flavor instead of just the finish, but overall a solid brew.

doucmehu, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of minnesotaryan
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

minnesotaryan, Apr 20, 2012
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 choover14
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

choover14, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Meathead1965
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

Meathead1965, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +7.5%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dfpratt09
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dfpratt09, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DrBier, Dec 27, 2011
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.