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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


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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ljthockey7

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-28-2012 03:41:06 | More by ljthockey7
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-20-2014 16:29:34 | More by markgugs
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birchstick

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-18-2014 14:22:09 | More by birchstick
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popery

California

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #33. Pours a medium ambery orange. Quite cloudy. The head is frothy and off-white. Lots of lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is big on tangerine, grapefruit, orange and pine hop notes. There's a fairly strong caramel malt character, more sugar than I'd like but it's not too over the top. A little bubblegum-ish. The taste starts off with sugary malt flavor. There's also a good amount of citric hop flavor. Relatively little bitterness, though the finish has a decent bite. Still too much sweetness. Fairly thick feel. Lasting aftertaste. A little more than booze than I'd like but not too bad. It's a fairly sweet DIPA with too much of a bubblegum caramel flavor to it, but it's still rather tasty. The hops are nice, if somewhat unexciting. The malt sweetness is good enough in and of itself, at least. It's just not how I prefer my DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 08:24:19 | More by popery
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-17-2014 23:40:48 | More by SkinniePost
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-17-2014 07:58:31 | More by Gregaroo
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Ego

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
nice frothy white head, rising up to 2 fingers, cloudy light orange, a small amount of carbonation is visible, really sticky lacing, while my description here does not exactly light up the word sky I would be remiss if I did not say that this is one damn fine looking beer.

nose...
big pine and honey notes, just a trace of the alcohol is apparent, this smells heavy, laden with hop oil, a nice nose

taste etc...
pretty thick stuff compared to most IPAs (of course the non filtered aspect lends to this), lots of malt presence to balance out the big hops and big ABV, the alcohol is pretty up front but the other notes are so damn big that this thing does balance out, some real nice bitter flavor, ABV warming, dark honey notes, long linger, pretty damn big beer but I would prefer more hops than booze.

verdict?
tell em large marge sent ya!
this is pretty damn big in all categories, for me personally I would like a little more hop kick to really set this off, that said this is a good bold beer and worth checking out if you like such things

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 04:43:04 | More by Ego
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-09-2014 18:20:36 | More by tbone1384
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2014 00:49:26 | More by Smarty_Pints
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-23-2014 01:50:34 | More by CRJMellor
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Christianuriah

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-17-2014 00:35:05 | More by Christianuriah
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assman79

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-09-2014 02:19:21 | More by assman79
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Gregafree

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-07-2014 01:20:27 | More by Gregafree
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-03-2014 05:37:35 | More by Ben7773
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jpro

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-02-2014 04:45:02 | More by jpro
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andysc83

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-26-2014 16:42:22 | More by andysc83
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nealbert

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-23-2014 19:30:03 | More by nealbert
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-23-2014 01:09:19 | More by SD-Alefan
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-14-2014 01:04:22 | More by mattmarka1
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-31-2013 07:39:47 | More by teamwiggum
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-30-2013 03:02:06 | More by jhartley
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-29-2013 01:28:31 | More by Knapp85
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-24-2013 23:03:14 | More by mcsauter82
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jlazerus

Colorado

3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting something exceptional but was a little disappointed. Release #28 from late spring 2013. It was 6 months old when I got to it. Epic just moved to Denver, and I heard of the brewery, being a former Utahn. Also, the neck-talker card promoted this as a GABF medal winner, bronze in 2011 in the Imperial IPA category, so I was excited to finally see this in my store.

Very nice white foamy head poured in a tulip glass, about a half inch. Very hazy and filled with particulates, much like the air in Salt Lake City this time of year! I prefer a clearer IPA, but what do I know.

Lacked a strong aroma of hop. Slightly hoppy floral but not piny up front. The flavor dies instantly and we are left with watery, alcohol and a bitterness that is not unpleasant, but not great.

Mouthfeel verges on slimy in the back. Did not love. Stickier than normal without any sweetness whatsoever. This beer should be better for the price and the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:52:58 | More by jlazerus
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fellowrs

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-18-2013 22:21:39 | More by fellowrs
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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.