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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 popery
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #33. Pours a medium ambery orange. Quite cloudy. The head is frothy and off-white. Lots of lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is big on tangerine, grapefruit, orange and pine hop notes. There's a fairly strong caramel malt character, more sugar than I'd like but it's not too over the top. A little bubblegum-ish. The taste starts off with sugary malt flavor. There's also a good amount of citric hop flavor. Relatively little bitterness, though the finish has a decent bite. Still too much sweetness. Fairly thick feel. Lasting aftertaste. A little more than booze than I'd like but not too bad. It's a fairly sweet DIPA with too much of a bubblegum caramel flavor to it, but it's still rather tasty. The hops are nice, if somewhat unexciting. The malt sweetness is good enough in and of itself, at least. It's just not how I prefer my DIPAs.

popery, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gregaroo, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
nice frothy white head, rising up to 2 fingers, cloudy light orange, a small amount of carbonation is visible, really sticky lacing, while my description here does not exactly light up the word sky I would be remiss if I did not say that this is one damn fine looking beer.

nose...
big pine and honey notes, just a trace of the alcohol is apparent, this smells heavy, laden with hop oil, a nice nose

taste etc...
pretty thick stuff compared to most IPAs (of course the non filtered aspect lends to this), lots of malt presence to balance out the big hops and big ABV, the alcohol is pretty up front but the other notes are so damn big that this thing does balance out, some real nice bitter flavor, ABV warming, dark honey notes, long linger, pretty damn big beer but I would prefer more hops than booze.

verdict?
tell em large marge sent ya!
this is pretty damn big in all categories, for me personally I would like a little more hop kick to really set this off, that said this is a good bold beer and worth checking out if you like such things

Ego, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tbone1384, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +3.6%

CRJMellor, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Christianuriah
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Christianuriah, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of assman79
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

assman79, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Gregafree
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gregafree, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Ben7773, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jpro
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jpro, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of andysc83
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

andysc83, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of nealbert
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nealbert, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SD-Alefan, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

teamwiggum, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jhartley, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Knapp85, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of mcsauter82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mcsauter82, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of jlazerus
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting something exceptional but was a little disappointed. Release #28 from late spring 2013. It was 6 months old when I got to it. Epic just moved to Denver, and I heard of the brewery, being a former Utahn. Also, the neck-talker card promoted this as a GABF medal winner, bronze in 2011 in the Imperial IPA category, so I was excited to finally see this in my store.

Very nice white foamy head poured in a tulip glass, about a half inch. Very hazy and filled with particulates, much like the air in Salt Lake City this time of year! I prefer a clearer IPA, but what do I know.

Lacked a strong aroma of hop. Slightly hoppy floral but not piny up front. The flavor dies instantly and we are left with watery, alcohol and a bitterness that is not unpleasant, but not great.

Mouthfeel verges on slimy in the back. Did not love. Stickier than normal without any sweetness whatsoever. This beer should be better for the price and the hype.

jlazerus, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of fellowrs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

fellowrs, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of maltlikker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

maltlikker, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of bruindre
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bruindre, Dec 07, 2013
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.