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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 11
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)
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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.2/5  rDev -43%
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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ONN8
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

ONN8, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of humpty1602
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

humpty1602, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of fcbrew
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

fcbrew, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of quaybr
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

quaybr, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of bum732
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

bum732, May 09, 2013
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.

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Britton
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Britton, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3/5  rDev -22.3%

rogerthegill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dads_basement
3/5  rDev -22.3%

dads_basement, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Rish907
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Rish907, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -22.3%

mmulebarn, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Trey0023
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Trey0023, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jlazerus
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

jlazerus, Dec 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

kbuzz, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

johnnyboy76, May 30, 2012
Photo of litheum94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

litheum94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of hickmancase
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

hickmancase, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Walkerjgt
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Walkerjgt, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of dseanv
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%

dseanv, Nov 10, 2014
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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.