Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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87
very good

267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is the epitome of Epic’s IPAs. This hard hitting brew manages to pack a punch while still providing that fantastically complex IPA flavor. Slightly floral aromas hit the nose while resinous flavors dominate the body, finishing with the ideal palate cleansing bitterness.

(Beer added by: BarrelO on 02-10-2011)
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Reviews by Beer_Runner:
Photo of Beer_Runner
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Epic website states that Series #15 was bottled between January 2 and February 14, 2012. This bottle had aged nine months.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about one finger of off-white head that was dense and clumpy. After a few minutes this had dissipated to a very thin layer and left some okay lacing. The brew is a very clear golden-orange with plenty of carbonation stream raising through.

S: The aroma consisted of strong pine and citrus notes along with a good shot of floral and just a hint of malt sweetness.

T: The taste began with some caramel malt sweetness and then a mildly bitter citrus quickly joined in, and that was followed by a nice rush of pine and floral, and there was also just a touch of peppery hops.

M: The body was in the lighter range of medium and very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation; and, it was just a little bit sticky.

O: This is a very good beer, and it is a bit of a different take on the Imperial IPA style. This Imperial IPA is light in color and has a much sweeter malt backbone than most Imperial IPA’s I have tried. It seems a little more like a Double IPA in my opinion. It had big, bold, and balanced malt and hops flavors – with the hops focused on citrus, pine, and floral, without a large amount of bitterness. This beer was very high quality and will certainly make my interested in trying other Epic beers when I can find them.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a dull medium golden with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop that left one big continous sheet of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Drunken fruit really stood out in the nose,along with some leather and citrus,the boozy fruit really stood out here.Boozy and quite sweet up front,again that leathery element comes into play along with overripe tropical fruit hop notes,its not as over the top sweet as most of the style are but its big and sweet.This is a solid rendition of a DIPA,Epic makes some solid if not spectacular beers.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - release #3, 9.9% ABV. Pours a cloudy straw orange with a medium frothy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is dank, piney hops with a little sweet malt and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is some sweet malt and a little fruit with a lot of dank, piney, resiny, peppery hops that give it a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a surprisingly good DIPA! It's a big unbalanced hop bomb, but well done and not too much over the top.

Photo of Britton
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy orange with a decent off white head. Smells floral and piney. Tastes bitter with a good malt character that balances out the floral and piney flavors with a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick with a dry finish. Overall this was a solid double IPA.

Photo of Avast
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA from Epic. Beautiful yellow hue color. Beautiful Cenntenial hop smell and taste; SO fruity and floral. Complex, yet simple grain bill adds a smooth elegance to the bitterness of the hop profile. If I had the money I would by cases of it.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange colored ipa with a decent sized head on the top, often tought to have a nice looking head on a dipa. Aroma wasn't really the complex dry hop meld I was hoping for, it was sufficient, but not really when you think about the price of the beer (almost $10). The light biscuit malt type aroma is up there, somewhat obscuring what most of us hope will be a heady hop presence, but that doesn't always happen.

Taste is good, prominent bitterness, decent hop mouthfeel, quite sticky/resinous. Alcohol hid pretty well. Really its kind of the standard west coast dipa, but the real problem here is the price, there are better options at almost half the price.

Good beer, bad price. Don't see me buying that one because of better options at better prices.

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dc55110
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Epic arrived on the Minnesota beer scene this week, and this is my first opportunity to give their wares a try.

Label on the bottles says: "RELEASE #4 9.9% ALC./VOL" The label also tells me I should go to epicbrewing.com to "explore this limited brew's precise details."
Here are it's precise details:
Imperial IPA Release #4
Brewed on April 18, 2011.
For release four we lowered the added mass amounts of Simcoe hops.
The Malts: Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt and Muntons Carapils.
The Hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo.
ABV 9.9%

Pours an nice cloudy, rusty, gold. A solid finger/finger and a half of off white head rises to the top. As the foamy bubbles reside, a nice lacing is left in their place.
The smell while nice is nothing to get too worked up about. There will be no ingestion of beer through the nose with this beer (unlike Abrasive, Pliny, Hopslam, etc...) trying to get as much pleasure from it aroma as the taste. It has a nice piney, resinous, slightly citrus offering to your nose.
This is nice west coast style IIPA. Nice and piney, with just enough citrus in the hops to not make it unbearable. It is followed by the right amount of malt to balance out the flavors.
While not thick, the beer does stick around for a while, and for me with IIPAs, that is just fine. This is not tongue and palette destroyer just a very well balance IIPA.

I'm hoping the relatively low price point ($5.99) is a permanent thing and not just a introductory teaser. I will be picking this one up again!

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a Burnt orange color with slight cloudiness that settles. It has a floral nose, but the alcohol is fairly prominent. The taste is bitter throughout with slight notes of caramel. Calm velvety mouth feel with a sharp lingering bitter finish.

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mrjedi299
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #13 weighing in at 9.6% ABV.

Served chilled into a goblet, this beer is a hazy golden copper color with quick-settling head. It leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is strong and hoppy but it should probably have even a little more in this day and age of OTT DIPAs. Nice citrus and grapefruit notes. A little bit of a honey-like sweetness.

Flavor is intensely hoppy, in fact, moreso than I would have expected given more muted aroma. Bitter orange, pine, and grapefruit all contribute to the taste. The sweetness from the huge malt bill is evident only at the very beginning of each sip. From there on out, it's a palate wrecker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol and the bitterness get to you after a while.

Overall a good double IPA but not one of the best. Worth a try if you really love the style.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wine 101

Pours an orangish amber with a yellow hue and no head. The nose is floral with grapefruit, citrusy aromas. The taste is pale malt up front with grapefruit, citrus, and floral hop notes in the finish. There are very faint yeast notes in the finish as well. It's light to medium bodied and easily drinkable.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's one dimensional and pretty forgettable. It's an easy drinker though.

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.