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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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very good

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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

hopluva1, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 04, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #21

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.

dbrauneis, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

nickfl, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gobzilla, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Molson2000, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Trish, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DrinkDrankDronk, Mar 20, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, mild sweet malt. Taste follows aroma, dominated by citrus and somewhat herbal hops supported by a nice caramel malt body. Flavor starts with hop bitterness which persists through the taste, finishing with residual citrus bittering hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. Nicely integrated hops and malt; although the hops do not stand out in flavor intensity, the overall flavor progression is nice and inviting. I will watch for this again.

LiquidAmber, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopmodium, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

notscenerob, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

kbuzz, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Giggy, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bifrost17, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

muskiesman, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GaToWyo, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Wendigo, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bitter_Echo, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DerwinWentworth, Jan 23, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #16. Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine-orange color with a finger of silky white head. A light sheet of lacing was left behind.

Aroma of fresh orange, lemon and sweet caramel malts.

Found this to be more malt focused with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by a bite of orange. The 8.9% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied with a stickiness and moderately carbonated.

Not one of the top IPAs but definitely one that I found enjoyable.

Monkeyknife, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dav2080, Jan 11, 2013
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.