Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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3.06/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-23-2013 00:52:58 | More by jlazerus
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
22oz bottle picked up this weekend, so new that the website does not have info yet for this batch (#33). I poured this one into my beer goblet.
Appearance: This one is a little hazy and darker than other IIPAs that I have had. It also has little head on my pour. Other than that, no problems.
Smell: Floral, but also dank and resinous hops abound. Big hop flavors, as expected, with little else to get in the way.
Taste: Hop bitterness with a solid backbone of malt, a touch of caramel, overall huge huge flavors.
Mouthfeel: There is a slickness to this beer that must be from all the hop oil. The bitterness on the finish goes on forever.
Overall: A solid IIPA. I am not sure is any thing exceptional, but you wont go wrong picking this one up.
12-03-2013 01:25:02 | More by kagent777
District of Columbia
4.69/5 rDev +21.8%
This is a beer Lenin would like (in an alternate timeline). It is a big beer with an assertive hoppy bite. I recommend pairing with a sharp white cheddar or an especially funky Herve. Definitely not for starters, most starting drinkers will bind this brew too assertive. That's okay. Don't try this beer until you are ready.
10-30-2013 03:22:32 | More by JosephShestka
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
Release #29/9.3% ABV per the label info. Experimental hop 1210 (Lemondrop) used at various stages per their web site.
Deep golden color with a foamy, sticky white head. Citrus and pine hop aromas intermingle with rich malt underpinning. Malt flavors quickly take a back seat to an intense hop bitterness and alcohol bite. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel; semi-dry.
Call this one a hop monster! The aroma is classic DIPA with the bitter taste fully asserting itself. Little subtlety with this one, so if you want an 'in your face' IPA, give this one a go...
08-19-2013 19:13:13 | More by beergoot
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.