Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
First tapping in California!
Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops with a slight vegetal aroma. Taste is much the same down to the slight vegetal flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with lots of hop aromas and flavors.
02-27-2012 04:57:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation near the edge of the glass. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very hoppy and has flavors of grapefruit and orange along with hints of pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and the grapefruit flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very hop-forward IPA but it's not too difficult to drink because it manages to hide its alcohol very well.
Note: Release #25
06-10-2013 02:33:16 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured into an imperial nonic a dull medium golden with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop that left one big continous sheet of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Drunken fruit really stood out in the nose,along with some leather and citrus,the boozy fruit really stood out here.Boozy and quite sweet up front,again that leathery element comes into play along with overripe tropical fruit hop notes,its not as over the top sweet as most of the style are but its big and sweet.This is a solid rendition of a DIPA,Epic makes some solid if not spectacular beers.
11-21-2011 04:08:05 | More by oberon
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Beer #64 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
This is a decent double ipa. A bit too high on the malty sweet edge of things. But that seems to really calm down as time goes on. Unfortunately, it's replaced by a boozy burn kind of thing (I'm sensing a theme here).
A passable dipa, but nothing really worth noting.
10-09-2012 05:22:11 | More by RblWthACoz
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Epic Brewing Imperial IPA, Exponential Series, Release #2, 10.1% a.b.v.
"You are holding something special--one of only 1800 bottles released and numbered. Intriqued? Visit www.epicbrewing,com to explore this limited brew's precise details. Brewed and bottled by EPIC Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah."
Let's crack the crown and drink it down!
Beautiful peachy color, clouded, opaque…long-lasting ivory head. Looking lovely.
Aroma: ah, there it is, everything you want in an imperial IPA. Grapefruit, mango, orange and lemon confer with some piney permutations to give this wondrous hoppy bouquet. Potent and piquant, loud and looming, big and beautiful. Just is.
Taste: Bam! There is is, again! Everything enjoyed in the aroma comes back in the taste. Fat flavor, blistering bitterness, very lively, alert and alive. I just plain like it.
Bitter fruity flavor lasts and lasts. A constant barrage of juicy, bitter hoppy flavor. Slightly astringent, but sweet fruity flavor keeps it going . Wow, the hoppiness keeps on coming. Wow. Here's an excellent entry in the ranks of imperial IPAs. The flavor doesn't quit. Yum meets yum, and it keeps on coming.
Can't help loving this IPA. Mmmmm.
05-09-2011 05:06:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
this is a monster of a beer. has a hectic nose of diverse hop varieties, including some citrus elements as well as some earthy heavy meadowy type hops. there is also a considerable amount of caramel malts and english style malts happening in the nose, making it smell heavy but well reounded. flavor matches the nose about equally. huge hops, very bitter throughout. some sweeter fuller bodied malts trying to cut through, but the hops arent to be defeated here. this beer has a very heavy and contrasting mouthfeel which im not sure whether i like or not, but it is rather different and challenging to the drinker. overall a very well made imperial ipa, but another epic brew thats good to share. a whole one of these might have me shitfaced and full and tired all at once. not bad on a hangover either!
04-19-2012 17:53:53 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
07-02-2011 04:03:04 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-03-2011 00:44:34 | More by weeare138
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
07-08-2012 02:33:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden peach in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium thick patch of medium-large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange rind and pine/resin hops with lighter notes of pale & toasted malts. Light hint of vanilla.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale & toasted malts with a light amounts of caramel sweetness. There are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/orange rind and pine/resin hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness that linger for a long time and fade slowly.
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy upfront with resiny stickiness and moderate dryness in the finish.
O: This is a big beer, the alcohol is pretty well hidden but after enjoying a glass of this beer I can not see myself being able to drink much more of it without getting tipsy. The bitterness is pretty agressive and limits the drinkability.
03-31-2013 19:58:35 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +3.6%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #16, bottled 4/1/2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger very dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, biscuit, orange rind, light pine, grass, floral, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and malt balance; the age is notable here, but still very nice. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, mango, pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, bread, mango, pine, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop complexity with a very balanced malt backbone; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Hop and malt balance is great and not overly sweet at all; despite the age of this bottling. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA! Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.
12-17-2012 04:05:53 | More by superspak
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-03-2011 00:42:00 | More by John_M
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bronze GABF winner 2011 in Imperial India Pale Ale category. Release #14. This label is ribbed, feels like a good grip! Interesting, onward into a nonic pint glass you go.
A classic off white head, somewhat uniform but quite large and fistfull big with a large cap. Body is kind of murky and cloudy dull amber brown with some faint rising carbonation.
What a great classic nose on this. Chewy perfect mix of hop and sweet biscuity malt. Hop angle seems to take a soft side getting into mushy fruit but a sense of a real dense sweet malt body perhaps coming.
Sweet hop blasting with a perfect malt brown sugar in the palate on first sip. Body hints at bigger thickness but is subdued yet coating. Afterfinish has a bitterness without the astringency, in fact it seems there's a great malt sweetness that takes over. Really nice balance here in the palate, with a hop angle that just seems to hit a simple dry pine.
Overall, fantastic nice job, real interesting and different from the usual rip your face off IPAs which have their place too.
04-06-2012 16:42:19 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-22-2011 20:47:25 | More by tdm168
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
04-19-2012 18:15:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.