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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:57:13 | More by RonfromJersey
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ONN8

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

01-07-2012 01:19:37 | More by ONN8
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fcbrew

Colorado

2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 04:03:49 | More by fcbrew
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quaybr

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 21:00:47 | More by quaybr
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bum732

Lesotho

2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:21:58 | More by bum732
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 02:10:03 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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Britton

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-13-2012 15:16:28 | More by Britton
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-27-2012 19:56:22 | More by rogerthegill
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dads_basement

Yukon (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-29-2014 15:30:34 | More by dads_basement
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Rish907

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

07-14-2013 23:05:12 | More by Rish907
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-23-2014 01:08:12 | More by Whiskeydeez
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-20-2013 03:44:00 | More by mmulebarn
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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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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-31-2013 02:01:16 | More by ste5venla
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-02-2013 02:29:09 | More by kbuzz
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-14-2014 01:04:22 | More by mattmarka1
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-30-2012 02:33:51 | More by johnnyboy76
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litheum94

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-10-2013 00:38:34 | More by litheum94
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hickmancase

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-16-2012 20:32:14 | More by hickmancase
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birchstick

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-29-2014 02:44:28 | More by Walkerjgt
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-08-2012 00:52:59 | More by djrn2
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alexhahn82

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:01:51 | More by alexhahn82
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Florida9

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 01:06:47 | More by Florida9
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:08:34 | More by ColForbinBC
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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.