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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

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 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 JigsawRecords
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JigsawRecords, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a bit of booze.

T - Starts out with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and other tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some resiny pine hops and more bitterness come through with some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some bitterness, some sweet bready malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and overall balance. Little bit of floaties.

ngeunit1, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

KlayWey, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of CMB2012
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CMB2012, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of TequilaTom
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TequilaTom, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

CoryR, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of MarkGleason
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

MarkGleason, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev +3.6%

astebelton, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

AlexChillton, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.86/5  rDev 0%

rkarimi, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup, it's a double alright. I usually over rate these of my favorite style and this is no exception. But it is really good. It has the appropriate hoppy aroma, taste and aftertaste. All good with no errors. Not much in the way of superflous flavors, just hops and malt, and it works.

This is my second Epic and both have been top of the line brews and top of the line drinking experiences.

schoolboy, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Popp24, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #17 22oz. bomber 8.7% ABV

Appearance: (4.0)

- I like the golden straw yellow color when pouring. Nice frothy white foam with big bubbles settles quickly to a big bubbly and lace ridden mess. Looks great. The brew is rather cloudy, and there is certainly a lot of chunky yeast sediment suspended in the brew. For me, yeast sediment is a negative as I like most beers filtered... at least the big chunks. Yeast in that amount can wreak havoc a day after drinking the beer. Don't even get me started on brett.. though I love the beers too much.

Smell: (4.0)

- Kind of a tart and fruity IPA. Grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind. Aceto is the next, though not so sure that is what it is. Light sweet malt presence, some bready grassiness, some mild caramel. Overall not too bad.

Taste: (4.0)

- Lovely citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. Fruit and glorious hops with a nice grassy and earthy bitter hop. The malt agenda seems pretty basic, but is nice in that it isn't some sweet and loaded with caramel. It's a nice balanced light sweetness with some good bready and yeast character to it. Solid and certainly hop forward. Still though, can't tell if it is the abundant use of hops, or perhaps a slight aceto 'early-pull' type flavor going on. Certainly some pine for sure.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice chewy medium bodied brew which is perfectly carbonated and a touch drying from the bittering. Overall easy to drink, and a touch chalky though from the mad yeast.

Overall: (3.5)

- Solid grapefruit and citrus character.. nice bready notes with a malt that isn't overly sweet. Only beef is perhaps an 'aceto-like' flavor hidden far in the back, and the serious chunks of yeast all over in this brew. It would be even better if the yeast would just settle in the glass, but it doesn't. It's like snow in a photograph.

Docer, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Avast
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA from Epic. Beautiful yellow hue color. Beautiful Cenntenial hop smell and taste; SO fruity and floral. Complex, yet simple grain bill adds a smooth elegance to the bitterness of the hop profile. If I had the money I would by cases of it.

Avast, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of dogfish90
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

dogfish90, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of cowboy83
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

johnnyboy76, May 30, 2012
Photo of kornkid8600
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kornkid8600, May 27, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bluckbeyes, May 26, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Rollzroyce21, May 13, 2012
Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

leodarko, May 10, 2012
Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JISurfer, May 05, 2012
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.