Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
Pour: a dark golden copper with a nice head that sticks to the glass all the way down,
Smell: Hops, hops and more hops along with a faint citrus, malty smell
Taste: A nice malty, pine and hops taste. Smooth with a bitter hop finish. Citrus undertones
A great IPA which I highly recommend. The 9.3% ABV can be deceiving as the alcohol taste is minimal.
01-19-2012 03:19:25 | More by rwrk42
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at Green Dragon in Portland OR
poured a creamy orange with minimal head but good lacing in a Chimay glass
Smell is full of hop notes as well as sweet fruits. Orange as well as banana
Taste is remarkably muted with hop flavor given the level of alcohol by volume. I was expecting an ethanol tinge but did not get that
Mouthfeel is smooth for the most part but is also acidic on the finish
Overall this isn't something you can drink all night but certainly give it a go if u get the chance
12-06-2011 05:08:20 | More by rustymoore
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Appearance-Amber in color with a touch of haze. Moderately tall white cap of foam with solid retention.
Aroma-Sticky piney and resiny hops over a full, toasty caramel malt backbone. Undertones of tropical fruit-dried pineapple and mango-with tangerine rinds. Not overly aromatic, but delicious and long-lasting.
Flavor-Caramel and raisins up front with piney resinous hop flavor. Some tropical fruits in the middle-juicy mango and apricot. Moderately high bitterness is incredibly smooth. Finish is a blend of raisiny caramel, pine, and juicy fruit.
Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Some warming from the high booze.
Delicious and exceptionally drinkable for something this boozy and this hoppy. Wonderfully balanced and awesome. Get this, you won't be disappointed.
11-20-2011 08:32:08 | More by plfahey
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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 -8.3%
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
2.2/5 rDev -42.9%
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.
09-26-2011 22:57:13 | More by RonfromJersey
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Pours a nice copper orange with chucks of stuff floating in it, there was a half inch of white foam that slowly faded leaving some lacing
S - nice citrus aroma along with a nice malty backbone, there seems to be just a hint of medicinal smell
T - mix of citrus and piney hoppiness with a thick malty backbone, there is just a hint of bitterness along with a cough syrup type quality. It doesn't completely take over, but its still a bit distracting
M - almost syrupy feel, good carbonation with just a touch of bitterness
D - it feels a bit underattenuated, but still enjoyable for the most part. I would try it again at a later date, hopefully a different batch
09-23-2011 04:12:24 | More by mikereaser
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Picked up in a local shop as I continue my quest to work my way through the Epic lineup. I'm going to keep buying them as long as they stay this good. Batch #4 @ 9.9% ABV, per the website brewed in late April. Split in two & shared with my working wife.
Pour is an unfiltered orange, I can barely see my forefinger on the other side of the glass. Smell came at me with a crowbar immediately upon the pour with a bitter vengeance. No need to ask the style once you sniff this beer's butt.
This IIPA defines the style & takes off from there. Oily & resinous doesn't quite do it, it's more like pine sap with tar added. The hops ooze into the system with style & grace: bitter grapefruit, pine, more bitterness. A light touch with the malts is perfect, just enough sweet to complement the sap but not enough to take anything away from this bitter character.
Excellent beer. This is not only a Polaroid of a lovely IIPA, it sets the mouthfeel on fire with thickness that doesn't cloy or detract from center stage. Another superbly crafted beer. This is one damn fine brewery!
08-24-2011 01:53:29 | More by maximum12
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
08-06-2011 19:08:34 | More by ColForbinBC
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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