1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

257 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 257
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Batch 14.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a big sticky beige head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is mainly grapefruit and lemongrass. There is some sugary sweet malts in the background and some subtle resinous pine.

Taste is hoppy and full of juicy citrus up front. A nice grapefruit bitterness especially but with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is bitter but with lots of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and really sticky on the palate with hop resin lingering with the boozy burn.

I'm impressed with this beer. A big juicy citrus-filled DIPA that remains fairly drinkable.

gford217, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a local shop as I continue my quest to work my way through the Epic lineup. I'm going to keep buying them as long as they stay this good. Batch #4 @ 9.9% ABV, per the website brewed in late April. Split in two & shared with my working wife.

Pour is an unfiltered orange, I can barely see my forefinger on the other side of the glass. Smell came at me with a crowbar immediately upon the pour with a bitter vengeance. No need to ask the style once you sniff this beer's butt.

This IIPA defines the style & takes off from there. Oily & resinous doesn't quite do it, it's more like pine sap with tar added. The hops ooze into the system with style & grace: bitter grapefruit, pine, more bitterness. A light touch with the malts is perfect, just enough sweet to complement the sap but not enough to take anything away from this bitter character.

Excellent beer. This is not only a Polaroid of a lovely IIPA, it sets the mouthfeel on fire with thickness that doesn't cloy or detract from center stage. Another superbly crafted beer. This is one damn fine brewery!

maximum12, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

aztraz, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Wendigo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Wendigo, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gregaroo, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

FreshmanPour77, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

kevgod, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Nmgreen
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Nmgreen, May 30, 2014
Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

KlayWey, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DuffBeer14
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DuffBeer14, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Gregafree
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gregafree, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of backslide311
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

backslide311, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

HarmonMW, May 13, 2013
Photo of jaybrough
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jaybrough, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bigclydeoliver, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Christianuriah
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Christianuriah, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of elihull
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

elihull, May 03, 2014
Photo of Theniz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Theniz, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BigTrubble, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

nickfl, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

DenverHopHead, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of plfahey
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Amber in color with a touch of haze. Moderately tall white cap of foam with solid retention.

Aroma-Sticky piney and resiny hops over a full, toasty caramel malt backbone. Undertones of tropical fruit-dried pineapple and mango-with tangerine rinds. Not overly aromatic, but delicious and long-lasting.

Flavor-Caramel and raisins up front with piney resinous hop flavor. Some tropical fruits in the middle-juicy mango and apricot. Moderately high bitterness is incredibly smooth. Finish is a blend of raisiny caramel, pine, and juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Some warming from the high booze.

Delicious and exceptionally drinkable for something this boozy and this hoppy. Wonderfully balanced and awesome. Get this, you won't be disappointed.

plfahey, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Joe Canal's in Rio Grande...
Appears a hazy shade of orange toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of massive amounts of freshly baked bread, biscuits, caramel, honey, citrus, pine needles, and yeast.
Taste echoes the aromas with a plethora of biscuity malt balancing out the bitter hop acids.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and well balanced.

weeare138, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of crbnfbr
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

crbnfbr, Aug 22, 2014
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.