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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

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 9
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 smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #13 weighing in at 9.6% ABV.

Served chilled into a goblet, this beer is a hazy golden copper color with quick-settling head. It leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is strong and hoppy but it should probably have even a little more in this day and age of OTT DIPAs. Nice citrus and grapefruit notes. A little bit of a honey-like sweetness.

Flavor is intensely hoppy, in fact, moreso than I would have expected given more muted aroma. Bitter orange, pine, and grapefruit all contribute to the taste. The sweetness from the huge malt bill is evident only at the very beginning of each sip. From there on out, it's a palate wrecker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol and the bitterness get to you after a while.

Overall a good double IPA but not one of the best. Worth a try if you really love the style.

GilGarp, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of BellsFan
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

BellsFan, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bigclydeoliver, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Batch 14.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a big sticky beige head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is mainly grapefruit and lemongrass. There is some sugary sweet malts in the background and some subtle resinous pine.

Taste is hoppy and full of juicy citrus up front. A nice grapefruit bitterness especially but with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is bitter but with lots of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and really sticky on the palate with hop resin lingering with the boozy burn.

I'm impressed with this beer. A big juicy citrus-filled DIPA that remains fairly drinkable.

gford217, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3/5  rDev -22.3%

rogerthegill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

buddyvelt, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Britton
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Britton, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 13, ABV listed at 9.6%

Brought this bomber back from my recent visit to AZ. So far, I've been pretty impressed with EPIC. I've had the Sour Apple Saison, Brainless on Peaches, and now their Imperial IPA.

Upon cracking the bottle, an "epic" aroma of graprefruit permeates throughout my kitchen.
Pours a very hazy, deep orange, with a solid 3 finger head...lingers for some time.
Aroma; big citrus and floral notes.
Taste; strong citrus (candied orange and grapefruit) with a nice caramel back. Undertones of zesty herbal hops, finishing with a little alcohol burn and strong abrasive grapefruit bitterness.

Overall; raw, aggressive, tons of hops...just what I needed!

pixieskid, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Shilt, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of nyctrance2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nyctrance2, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kdown
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kdown, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rwrk42
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rwrk42, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of fluidmotion
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

fluidmotion, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tclapper, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ONN8
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

ONN8, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of DanL133
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DanL133, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Ohiovania, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Keyes88
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Keyes88, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +3.6%

xnicknj, Dec 17, 2011
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.