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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

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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rustymoore

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 05:08:20 | More by rustymoore
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honkduh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-23-2011 04:06:26 | More by honkduh
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:08:05 | More by oberon
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2011 14:57:47 | More by rwilde
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plfahey

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 08:32:08 | More by plfahey
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2011 01:17:11 | More by cfinch2
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sobeleg

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 08:39:09 | More by sobeleg
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Lantern


5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-17-2011 21:43:05 | More by Lantern
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-16-2011 01:40:31 | More by richbrew
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 20:47:25 | More by tdm168
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John_M

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 00:42:00 | More by John_M
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:57:13 | More by RonfromJersey
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:12:24 | More by mikereaser
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:44:34 | More by weeare138
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:53:29 | More by maximum12
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:08:34 | More by ColForbinBC
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This particular bottle is from batch #5 with a 9.9% ABV. Since it's listed as 9.5% here on BA, I'm guessing the ABV changes with each batch.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange color with a very thick two fingered head. Creamy, billowing white foam with lacing sticking to the sides of the glass like glue. The beer looks thick as it's poured.

S - Oranges and spicy grapefruit rind dominate the nose. All these aromas mix together, but not in a very strong way, aroma is mildly moderate, not pungent but somewhat resiny. There's a slight bit of booziness intermingled within the nose. Malts are pretty subdued as this is more hop forward.

T - Very similar to what I experienced in the nose. Lots of resiny, hoppy, fruit with the addition of pine (I didn't pick that one up in the nose.). The tip of the tongue is met with some sweet caramel malt for a very brief second, followed by a wave of tangy, bittersweet, zesty, orange peels and grapefruit rind. After the wave of spicy fruit, the sip is finished off with a pretty healthy dose of alcohol effervescence and a little bit of caramel malt. Because of the noticeable alcohol, this one finishes pretty dry on the palette.

M - Heavy medium body and somewhat sticky. Texture is mild and prickly on the tongue with a velvety texture.

O - I've never heard of Epic Brewing Co. before and bought this at a local bottle shop out of curiosity and being a big IPA fan, especially D-IPA's. The Exponential Series Imperial IPA is definitely worth checking out, I'm glad I did and will be going back for some more bottles (if they're still on the shelf).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:24:37 | More by jzeilinger
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alexhahn82

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release Number: 03 -- ABV 9.9%

A -- Golden color with very light cloudiness, 1 finger head that dissipates, prominent lacing left behind.

S -- Average smell, upfront with some mild maltiness, nose finishes with a sweet and hoppy tone.

T/M - Tastes highly bitter and finishes very sweet. Leaves a nice high IBU residual bitterness in the end, but IMHO could use a decent amount of additional dry hopping.

O- Holey crap! This is one fine beer, not trying to nitpick with the additional dry hopping comment above, just personal opinion. Unbelievable ABV of 9.9%, this beer slams itself out of the park and to the top of an IIPA/DIPA list with ease, good job Epic! Seek and Destroy while you can!

PP (Price Point) - $10.79 for a 9.9% to me is an extremely fair deal if I use my "divide by two" rule, that if this were two 22oz bombers of IIPA that were 5% I would be happy paying the $5.50 per. Though I wouldn't mind seeing it a buck or two cheaper!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:01:51 | More by alexhahn82
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a tight, white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of mostly citrus hops with a bit of caramel.

Tastes of a wave of hops om top of a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with pine and citrus that offer a moderate amount of bitterness. Caramel malt sweeps in and offers a bit of sweetness with some toasted notes as well. A bit of fruitiness comes in near the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA that is a bit of a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:58:14 | More by ocelot2500
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of off white foam. Beautiful lacing as the beer recedes. Aroma is very hoppy with a bit of caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus hops dominate the nose.

Aroma is backed up by a huge hop flavor. Completely imba hoppy, but in a good way. This is what I crave in an IIPA. I taste influences from many different hops... maybe simcoe, amarillo, cascade? There is a nice malty backbone to the beer, that is only detected in the substantial body and for a brief instant between the rush of hop flavor and the rush of hop bitterness.

All in all, this is a nice IIPA. Never would have guessed it came from Utah.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 23:12:49 | More by FickleBeast
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 04:03:04 | More by corby112
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Not too strong, citrus.

Taste: Lots of caramel backbone, reminds me a lot of barleywines like Bigfoot. Bitter citrus does show up but is nicely balanced.

Drinkability: Not too heavy for a big beer.

A new DIPA in Minnesota so I'll give it a try. Very balanced, gives you plenty of hops but also plenty of caramel sweetness. I like sweeter DIPAs so this hits the spot. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:14:22 | More by Mdog
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dc55110

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Epic arrived on the Minnesota beer scene this week, and this is my first opportunity to give their wares a try.

Label on the bottles says: "RELEASE #4 9.9% ALC./VOL" The label also tells me I should go to epicbrewing.com to "explore this limited brew's precise details."
Here are it's precise details:
Imperial IPA Release #4
Brewed on April 18, 2011.
For release four we lowered the added mass amounts of Simcoe hops.
The Malts: Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt and Muntons Carapils.
The Hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo.
ABV 9.9%

Pours an nice cloudy, rusty, gold. A solid finger/finger and a half of off white head rises to the top. As the foamy bubbles reside, a nice lacing is left in their place.
The smell while nice is nothing to get too worked up about. There will be no ingestion of beer through the nose with this beer (unlike Abrasive, Pliny, Hopslam, etc...) trying to get as much pleasure from it aroma as the taste. It has a nice piney, resinous, slightly citrus offering to your nose.
This is nice west coast style IIPA. Nice and piney, with just enough citrus in the hops to not make it unbearable. It is followed by the right amount of malt to balance out the flavors.
While not thick, the beer does stick around for a while, and for me with IIPAs, that is just fine. This is not tongue and palette destroyer just a very well balance IIPA.

I'm hoping the relatively low price point ($5.99) is a permanent thing and not just a introductory teaser. I will be picking this one up again!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:39:00 | More by dc55110
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - release #3, 9.9% ABV. Pours a cloudy straw orange with a medium frothy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is dank, piney hops with a little sweet malt and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is some sweet malt and a little fruit with a lot of dank, piney, resiny, peppery hops that give it a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a surprisingly good DIPA! It's a big unbalanced hop bomb, but well done and not too much over the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:21:57 | More by Beaver13
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 05:06:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.