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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: BarrelO on 02-10-2011

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.
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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.22/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy golden body, topped by three fingers of slightly off-white rocky micro-bubbles. Good lacing.

Piney aroma, but requires a really deep sniff.

Sweet beginning, followed by astrigent pine. Some earthy hop sense. Slight sense of alcohol. Tastes unlike any IIPA I've had. Lakes dimensions.

Firm medium mouthfeel.

Overall, not an enjoyable beer, and my least favorite IIPA ever.

Having completed my tasting of the first wave of Epic products, I'll pass on the second wave now arriving.

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Photo of bum732
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: Faint grassy and grapfruit peel like hops. Fresh cut hay, slight maltiness.

L: Very hazy peach colored, white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Sharp, grapefruit like hoppiness followed by some light malt sweetness. Medium bitterness with an almost cream-soda like malt backbone. Very grapfruit, pithy hop taste, fairly sharp. Finishes quite dry with some hop sharpness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Pretty mediocre for the style.

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Photo of quaybr
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy golden-amber with a short and bubbly head of white foam.

Aroma is a bit unbalanced - lots of caramel and burnt toffee malts (which don't necessarily smell pleasant) with no hop notes. Maybe something went wrong with this keg?

Taste seems to follow the confusing aroma. Malty with a peculiar resiny finish; the hop oils leave a strange aftertaste on the back of the tongue even though the taste of hops isn't too apparent. This was unpleasant.

Medium-bodied with a good carbonation level.

Overall I am disappointed with this beer. Came highly recommended by the bar tender here at Choice City, but I do not share her enthusiasm.

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Photo of fcbrew
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Choice City, Fort Collins 7/10/13

Pours a hazy golden copper with nice head and good retention. Has a pronounced hop aroma. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Unfortunately, the taste is not pleasing. Very bitter with an unpleasant off-taste that coats your tongue. Hard to enjoy this IPA. Very poor balance with a strong disagreeable hop-related taste. No pine or grapefruit- just bitter. Very little malt taste. Not a good IPA.

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Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.97/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of jlazerus
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of LouAleHead
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great tasting beer, pours a nice light golden color, decent white creamy head that laces. Aroma of hops is ever so present and taste is refreshing with the hop bitterness at the end. Good beer to drink for those long hot summer days.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release Number: 03 -- ABV 9.9%

A -- Golden color with very light cloudiness, 1 finger head that dissipates, prominent lacing left behind.

S -- Average smell, upfront with some mild maltiness, nose finishes with a sweet and hoppy tone.

T/M - Tastes highly bitter and finishes very sweet. Leaves a nice high IBU residual bitterness in the end, but IMHO could use a decent amount of additional dry hopping.

O- Holey crap! This is one fine beer, not trying to nitpick with the additional dry hopping comment above, just personal opinion. Unbelievable ABV of 9.9%, this beer slams itself out of the park and to the top of an IIPA/DIPA list with ease, good job Epic! Seek and Destroy while you can!

PP (Price Point) - $10.79 for a 9.9% to me is an extremely fair deal if I use my "divide by two" rule, that if this were two 22oz bombers of IIPA that were 5% I would be happy paying the $5.50 per. Though I wouldn't mind seeing it a buck or two cheaper!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter; Release #5

Pours a bright orange body with a touch of haze and a fluffy ecru cap that rises two+ fingers and settles to leave chunks of lacing.

The aroma is of tangerines and ruby red grapefruit on top of clean pale malt and a touch of astringency.

Tangerines and an astringent medicinal quality dominate the flavor profile. A touch of ethanol in the finish, but primarily tangerines and bitterness linger. I found this to be pretty straightforward.

Sticky medium body with a carbonation that is probably a touch too high leading to a prickly feel.

Overall, this is a decent iipa. Nothing overly special, but definitely something I wouldn't be upset to have in my glass.

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow in color. Slight haze. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that slowly reduces to a bubbly ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of pale malts, resiny pine, and some lesser citrus notes.

T: Taste falls off a bit. Resiny pine aroma turns a bit skunky. Some lighter pale malts...maybe a touch of biscuit. Alcoholic solvency on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Alcoholic spice.

O: A decent, but not overly exciting DIPA with a dearth of hops.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #2, purchased at Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT. 10.1% ALC/VOL.

A- Pours a clear orange, big frothy white head. Good carbonation, great lacing.
S- Mix of citrus hops and soap. Something just smells off.
T- Hop forward. Minimal citrus with a strong sticky pine finish. Very bitter, minimal (if any) malt backbone.
M- Medium to full body, prickly carbonation.
D- Eh. Not bad, but a whole bottle is a bit much. Would have preferred to split this with someone.

Overall - I have been underwhelmed with all of the Epic brews I have tried, and this is no exception. While a decent and great looking brew, it is certainly average in the world of IIPA's. Don't go out of your way to get one.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper orange with chucks of stuff floating in it, there was a half inch of white foam that slowly faded leaving some lacing
S - nice citrus aroma along with a nice malty backbone, there seems to be just a hint of medicinal smell
T - mix of citrus and piney hoppiness with a thick malty backbone, there is just a hint of bitterness along with a cough syrup type quality. It doesn't completely take over, but its still a bit distracting
M - almost syrupy feel, good carbonation with just a touch of bitterness
D - it feels a bit underattenuated, but still enjoyable for the most part. I would try it again at a later date, hopefully a different batch

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Photo of corby112
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. The glass is left coated with rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Very impressive looking.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with resinous oil and pine notes along with some sweeter fruit notes and a strong malt presence. The earthy pine notes are countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Smells a touch boozy with a grainy malt backbone.

Chewy full body with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger throughout over the sweeter notes, grainy malt and boozy heat into a tongue coating, bone dry finish. Lots of dry, earthy pine flavor up front countered by hints of grapefruit and orange peel. This is followed by a hot, boozy presence toward the end of the palate. The ABV is not very well masked and the strong alcohol presence takes away from the bitter and sweet hop flavors.

Overall this beer is decent but could use more subtlety/balance. Nice bitterness but the heat on the back end really takes away from the enjoyment.

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Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is worrisome, as I get considerable mango and peach, along with some decent pine and light dry citrus. In other words, this smells like another sweet, boozy, east coast style IPA. To no great surprise, the flavor profile replicates the nose, and in fact this is a pretty sweet, malty, boozy DIPA. The beer delivers some decent bitterness, but it's not enough to counter the sweet malt in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter, alcoholic finish.

A decent DIPA, but that's probably the best I can say about it. Would likely not order this one again.

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Photo of dogfish90
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden hue with little head. Also, I've never seen such an insane amount of yeast floating around my glass since I had a Brasserie d'Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen Tripel. Keep in mind, this is the first pour from a bomber, I haven't poured the second half yet.

S - Has a white wine-esque smell accompanied with a fruity Belgian like aroma.

T - Consistent with the Belgian characteristics and not so strong on the IPA side. Slight bitterness and fruity notes.

M - More carbonation than what i'm used to with IPAs. Smooth resin is left on the roof of my mouth.

O - A very interesting beer to say the least. Partially because it's labeled an Imperial IPA, but has all of the characteristics of a Belgian style beer IMO. Def has the similarities of a Belgian IPA. I probably won't buy this beer again, but i recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

props to andrenaline for including this in our latest trade
A - cloudy golden orange, two fingers of off white head retained forever, lots of random lacing
S - perfume, funky herbs, and mild citrus, along with a biscuity background
T - perfume hops and booziness are big up front, pine and herbs show up next, biscuit and grain malty background, a hint of licorice root, and astringent and booziness lasting through the finish
M - medium body with fairly big carbonation, big bitter and somewhat astringent, with a prominent boozy heat
O - this is a big brew that is proud of it, not trying to hide anything, all in your face flavours and feels, a little intense at time but it has an appeal, not for the faint of heart or pallate

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Photo of popery
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Batch #13 on the side of the front label (bottling date Dec 27 2011). Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $9.09.

A: Very hazy peach-orange with a thick 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and copious craggy lace.

S: The aroma could be a lot more stout with the malt and hops too close to call. The caramel and pale maltiness is very sturdy and projects a fair amount of aroma. The complex hopping does not really come through to the extent it should as some citrus, floral, and strong herbal notes come through.

T: The flavor is solid but not spectacular by any means with a good dose of bittering and floral, lemon-orange citrus hops. The maltiness is not shying away with a lot of crackery and light caramel flavor. Not the stiff hoppiness found in the best of the best.

M: Creamy with a slight tackiness. Body is full with light-medium carbonation.

O: This Imperial IPA is nothing special. It is solid but nothing more and overpriced like most of the Epic line. I am going to steer clear of Epic from now on and buy tried and trues when tempted like 2 Hop Stoopids instead. How can Lagunitas price Hop Stoopid at $4.49 and Epic at $9 in the same category with Hop Stoopid better-to-much-better? That is truly a mystery and a sign that Lagunitas is going to last and Epic may be a flash in the pan.

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Photo of Ego
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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

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Photo of bbarrows
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #1, 22oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Clear amber; 1/2 inch frothy white head, not persistent, but lacing present from first sip to last

S: Strong citrus and mango, slightly spicy

T: Not as intense as I expected from the nose. Lots of grapefruit and mango. A little resinous pine to finish, along with a crisp almost carbonic bite. Not much malt backbone to balance the hop flavor or bitterness.

M: Watery, a very well-attenuated beer.

D: It's a good beer, but one pint is sufficient

At $8.90 for a 22oz, I'm not going out of my way to buy another bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR.

Pours a rather cloudy and colour-wise pretty standard golden hue. Head is good and thick, forming a foamy, bubbly crown for the beer. Sheeting lace over a lightish body. Not bad all up.

Mild, smooth citrus on the nose, along with a slightly breezy vanilla-imbued malt character. Slightly earthy and organic. Pretty smooth and pleasant.

Tasty on the palate, but slightly skewed and off-colour as well. Light crisp citrus on the front, which morph into some sharper, phenolic notes mid-way through. Slight harshness on the back. Malt is solid, but it lends no real flavours to the beer as a whole. Some apricot is noticeable, but it's a weird amalgam, and slightly harsh and rotten when you get down to it.

Feel is light, but clingy with excess booze.

Not bad all up, but I've had better beers. This one suffers from the harshness which is unnecessary.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I believe my tastes have changed, as I really enjoyed this beer according to my previous rating. The beer is decent, but the alcohol comes through more than I'd like and I think detracts from the overall appeal of the beer.

A: yellow to yellow golden, with a nice film of sustaining head, thicker at the edges that yield nice lacing.

S: grainy, hay, meadow. It smells like the part of the brewery where mashing happen - in other words, fresh and spent grain. I get the slightest bit of grapefruit as well.

T: sweet, perhaps a little too much so, little honey-syrup-y along with the grain tastes that I get from the smell. The bitterness is the grapefruit I got in the smell, but the grain (perhaps tanins) and alcohol bite add together with this to cut the opening sweetness. Unfortunately, the combo has a saccharin kind of feel.

M: the beer is quite smooth, but the ending feel is a bit oily.

O: I enjoy front sweetness in a DIPA usually, but this either started too sweet or didn't provide a depth or bitterness to counter it. I assume I had a fresh offering, but perhaps not. I probably need to give this one more try to see if my previous higher rating or this one is more appropriate.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin, fuzzy head. Nice lacing.
Smell: tropical fruit. A bit of alcohol.
Taste: pine sap and alcohol followed by pine tar. Grain bill comes through in the middle. Basic two-row flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium- high carbonation. Medium body. Dry. Bitter.
Overall: pretty good imperial IPA. Big hops and big alcohol.

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.