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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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boonejag75

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-15-2012 00:15:20 | More by boonejag75
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g_jenkins

California

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

06-14-2012 23:13:00 | More by Lynn
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

06-08-2012 22:31:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-03-2012 22:20:53 | More by DerwinWentworth
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-25-2012 05:52:19 | More by DeezGunz14
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-14-2012 03:58:43 | More by szmnnl99
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Nightrain87

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-09-2012 17:59:13 | More by Nightrain87
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

04-27-2012 02:36:26 | More by doucmehu
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minnesotaryan

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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

District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%

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?

03-09-2012 23:29:13 | More by Jaynuze
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choover14

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-19-2012 00:17:32 | More by choover14
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Meathead1965

Utah

1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

02-17-2012 22:58:07 | More by Meathead1965
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-11-2012 13:56:37 | More by Tyrawlings
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-22-2012 00:31:32 | More by dprophet
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dfpratt09

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-20-2012 06:06:09 | More by dfpratt09
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-27-2011 04:26:14 | More by DrBier
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-18-2011 17:45:54 | More by mhaugo
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

09-26-2011 04:08:02 | More by RonfromJersey
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

09-24-2011 22:16:01 | More by Gavage
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer pours a cloudy reddish brown; small head with impressively thick lacing that clings to the side of the glass for the duration. Aroma is malty with traces of juicy citrus hops; faintly alcoholic.

Very nice tasting beer...expected a Nugget Nectar knock-off but this is something different. Sweet and malty, but offset by a subdued hoppy tang. Booze is there but it's restrained. The mouthfeel really shines on this beer; very creamy but not too sticky. Carbonation is on the medium to low side. Drinkability is somewhat compromised by the high ABV but overall this is really a nice beer and a somewhat pleasant surprise.

Best features: great lacing and mouthfeel!

09-06-2011 13:31:28 | More by tobelerone
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pours a deep dark cherry color with a very large, rocky, cream colored head with moderate carbonation. The head clings to the sides to the glass.

S - Mild citris in the nose with a moderate dose of piney goodness, toasted caramel malt, and somewhat earthy and mildly spicey.

T - Not as malty as what I expected from a red ale. Toasted caramel nips the tongue up front followed by a hoppy mixture of pine and citrus followed by a dose of alcohol effervescence which then gives way to a warming sensation as it glides down the throat. Buried deep down on the palette is a mild touch of chocolate and toasted toffee. Between the hops and the malt, not one dominates over the other, it's a nice balance. There's also a touch of spicy character to the finish.

M - Somewhat chewy, heavy medium body, quite smooth on the tongue.

O - I'm not one to enjoy the boozy effervesence of a beer but for some strange reason, it really lends an extra dimension to the character that makes it interesting and enjoyable. I also have to say I really don't like red ales because of their big malty character but Epic used the right amount of hops to bring the toasted malt character back into check. Nicely done.

08-18-2011 00:48:36 | More by jzeilinger
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.