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Imperial IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 308
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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:
Beer added by: BarrelO on 02-10-2011

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.
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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 308
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #16. Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine-orange color with a finger of silky white head. A light sheet of lacing was left behind.

Aroma of fresh orange, lemon and sweet caramel malts.

Found this to be more malt focused with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by a bite of orange. The 8.9% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied with a stickiness and moderately carbonated.

Not one of the top IPAs but definitely one that I found enjoyable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a bit of booze.

T - Starts out with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and other tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some resiny pine hops and more bitterness come through with some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some bitterness, some sweet bready malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and overall balance. Little bit of floaties.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Release #22/10.2% ABV)

A: cloudy gold/light orange, finger off-white head, sexy lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, mild floral background

T: grapefruit, hint of peach, firm pine,
grainy malt, long oily/sticky bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: BRAVO, EPIC! Haven't tasted your brews
in a while, rather nice. Hopheads should grab this
and I would love to share it again. ABV well hidden.


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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.22/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

props to andrenaline for including this in our latest trade
A - cloudy golden orange, two fingers of off white head retained forever, lots of random lacing
S - perfume, funky herbs, and mild citrus, along with a biscuity background
T - perfume hops and booziness are big up front, pine and herbs show up next, biscuit and grain malty background, a hint of licorice root, and astringent and booziness lasting through the finish
M - medium body with fairly big carbonation, big bitter and somewhat astringent, with a prominent boozy heat
O - this is a big brew that is proud of it, not trying to hide anything, all in your face flavours and feels, a little intense at time but it has an appeal, not for the faint of heart or pallate

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I believe my tastes have changed, as I really enjoyed this beer according to my previous rating. The beer is decent, but the alcohol comes through more than I'd like and I think detracts from the overall appeal of the beer.

A: yellow to yellow golden, with a nice film of sustaining head, thicker at the edges that yield nice lacing.

S: grainy, hay, meadow. It smells like the part of the brewery where mashing happen - in other words, fresh and spent grain. I get the slightest bit of grapefruit as well.

T: sweet, perhaps a little too much so, little honey-syrup-y along with the grain tastes that I get from the smell. The bitterness is the grapefruit I got in the smell, but the grain (perhaps tanins) and alcohol bite add together with this to cut the opening sweetness. Unfortunately, the combo has a saccharin kind of feel.

M: the beer is quite smooth, but the ending feel is a bit oily.

O: I enjoy front sweetness in a DIPA usually, but this either started too sweet or didn't provide a depth or bitterness to counter it. I assume I had a fresh offering, but perhaps not. I probably need to give this one more try to see if my previous higher rating or this one is more appropriate.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, volume #16, from Drake's Party Center in Kalamazoo.

Pours murky gold with an orangey hue and an inch-plus head of bone. Plenty of spongy lacework and a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Piney hops with bready malt and some wet cardboard on the nose. A hint of forest floor and honey-drizzled paper follow through.

Medium bodied with a slick, tacky mouthfeel.

The palate leads off with sweet, doughy malt and pine resin. Hints of grapefruit and citrus fruit follow through.

Finishes with a mild bitterness, somewhat sweet, and pine-rubbed cardboard.

This beer is a bit sweet and faded. The hops are subdued and one dimensional, with oxidation running throughout. Certainly disappointing for an $8.00 bomber. Freshness dating on beers should be a law.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup, it's a double alright. I usually over rate these of my favorite style and this is no exception. But it is really good. It has the appropriate hoppy aroma, taste and aftertaste. All good with no errors. Not much in the way of superflous flavors, just hops and malt, and it works.

This is my second Epic and both have been top of the line brews and top of the line drinking experiences.

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Photo of bum732
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: Faint grassy and grapfruit peel like hops. Fresh cut hay, slight maltiness.

L: Very hazy peach colored, white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Sharp, grapefruit like hoppiness followed by some light malt sweetness. Medium bitterness with an almost cream-soda like malt backbone. Very grapfruit, pithy hop taste, fairly sharp. Finishes quite dry with some hop sharpness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Pretty mediocre for the style.

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Photo of Mdog
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #17 22oz. bomber 8.7% ABV

Appearance: (4.0)

- I like the golden straw yellow color when pouring. Nice frothy white foam with big bubbles settles quickly to a big bubbly and lace ridden mess. Looks great. The brew is rather cloudy, and there is certainly a lot of chunky yeast sediment suspended in the brew. For me, yeast sediment is a negative as I like most beers filtered... at least the big chunks. Yeast in that amount can wreak havoc a day after drinking the beer. Don't even get me started on brett.. though I love the beers too much.

Smell: (4.0)

- Kind of a tart and fruity IPA. Grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind. Aceto is the next, though not so sure that is what it is. Light sweet malt presence, some bready grassiness, some mild caramel. Overall not too bad.

Taste: (4.0)

- Lovely citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. Fruit and glorious hops with a nice grassy and earthy bitter hop. The malt agenda seems pretty basic, but is nice in that it isn't some sweet and loaded with caramel. It's a nice balanced light sweetness with some good bready and yeast character to it. Solid and certainly hop forward. Still though, can't tell if it is the abundant use of hops, or perhaps a slight aceto 'early-pull' type flavor going on. Certainly some pine for sure.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice chewy medium bodied brew which is perfectly carbonated and a touch drying from the bittering. Overall easy to drink, and a touch chalky though from the mad yeast.

Overall: (3.5)

- Solid grapefruit and citrus character.. nice bready notes with a malt that isn't overly sweet. Only beef is perhaps an 'aceto-like' flavor hidden far in the back, and the serious chunks of yeast all over in this brew. It would be even better if the yeast would just settle in the glass, but it doesn't. It's like snow in a photograph.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly hoppy nose. Hazed orange glow with a nice big sticky white head. Big hop resin on the nose, slightly citric, slightly floral with a hint of pint. Detectable malt on the nose as well in the form of caramel.

Wow super slick mouthfeel with hop resin throughout. Sweet caramelized fruits on the tip of the tongue roll into a piney citric rind bitterness. Big, fruity, sweet, bitter and balanced. This beer starts with enormous malt sweetness and balances itself with huge tropical fruit hop bitterness. The beer has a long bitter finish with a hint of lingering booziness. Very very good.

Everything from Epic's elevated and exponential series has been great so far.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed gold, solid inch of thick, off-white head. The lace is sticky, but sparse.

Floral hops and some grain start the smell, pine and grapefruit follow.

The flavor matches the smell pretty much. Well balanced hops and malts, with a bitter, but not overwhelming finish.

Worth a try if you can find it!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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

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Photo of BarrelO
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Release #1.

A: Medium orange body with a pretty big head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus. Almost like sniffing an actual grapefruit.

T: Citrus and pine. Some earthy notes, I think from the Columbus hops. Candy-like sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty syrupy.

D: This one didn't do a whole lot for me, but Simcoe/Amarillo is pretty hard to screw up, so it turned out OK overall.

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Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz pured into glass gives a medium/large creamy almost pure white head, that becomes slightly rocky as it recedes. The beer is orange in color and pretty hazy. Leaves moderate/heavy lacing. Has a stale bread/uncooked dough aroma, floral hops, and a bit of orange and lemon.

Tasts starts with a bready/doughy taste, then floral hops,a good amount of lemon, a little orange. Has a resinous, floral, bready, malty, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is moderate/heavy with an average amount of carbonation for a DIPA. The resinous/floral parts of the finish sticks to the mouth, along with a little doughiness.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #2, purchased at Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT. 10.1% ALC/VOL.

A- Pours a clear orange, big frothy white head. Good carbonation, great lacing.
S- Mix of citrus hops and soap. Something just smells off.
T- Hop forward. Minimal citrus with a strong sticky pine finish. Very bitter, minimal (if any) malt backbone.
M- Medium to full body, prickly carbonation.
D- Eh. Not bad, but a whole bottle is a bit much. Would have preferred to split this with someone.

Overall - I have been underwhelmed with all of the Epic brews I have tried, and this is no exception. While a decent and great looking brew, it is certainly average in the world of IIPA's. Don't go out of your way to get one.

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.