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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

251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange colored ipa with a decent sized head on the top, often tought to have a nice looking head on a dipa. Aroma wasn't really the complex dry hop meld I was hoping for, it was sufficient, but not really when you think about the price of the beer (almost $10). The light biscuit malt type aroma is up there, somewhat obscuring what most of us hope will be a heady hop presence, but that doesn't always happen.

Taste is good, prominent bitterness, decent hop mouthfeel, quite sticky/resinous. Alcohol hid pretty well. Really its kind of the standard west coast dipa, but the real problem here is the price, there are better options at almost half the price.

Good beer, bad price. Don't see me buying that one because of better options at better prices.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, mild sweet malt. Taste follows aroma, dominated by citrus and somewhat herbal hops supported by a nice caramel malt body. Flavor starts with hop bitterness which persists through the taste, finishing with residual citrus bittering hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. Nicely integrated hops and malt; although the hops do not stand out in flavor intensity, the overall flavor progression is nice and inviting. I will watch for this again.

LiquidAmber, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +3.6%

xnicknj, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to Duvel tulip.
Batch #14 - bottled Dec 5, 2011 --> so a fairly old bottle.

A - Light to medium orange with a big golden glow. Translucent. One finger of thick cream-coloured head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - Big citrus and pine aromas up front - grapefruit, tangerine, pine and some light grassy aromas. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background provides some balance. Smells fairly fresh.

T - A huge bitterness up front with grapefruit, orange zest and pine flavours. A fairly prominent malt backbone provides some sweetness and a touch of caramel. After a few sips the hop flavours started to completely fade away but the bitterness was still there in spades and the malt presence became much more noticeable. The finish was extremely bitter and dry.

M - Medium body and full of sticky hop resin. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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 Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gobzilla, Mar 28, 2013
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 maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

maximum12, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

ColForbinBC, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

outoffocus, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

cdwil, Friday at 01:42 PM
Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow in color. Slight haze. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that slowly reduces to a bubbly ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of pale malts, resiny pine, and some lesser citrus notes.

T: Taste falls off a bit. Resiny pine aroma turns a bit skunky. Some lighter pale malts...maybe a touch of biscuit. Alcoholic solvency on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Alcoholic spice.

O: A decent, but not overly exciting DIPA with a dearth of hops.

Florida9, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tommy5, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

gtermi, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Batch #13 on the side of the front label (bottling date Dec 27 2011). Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $9.09.

A: Very hazy peach-orange with a thick 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and copious craggy lace.

S: The aroma could be a lot more stout with the malt and hops too close to call. The caramel and pale maltiness is very sturdy and projects a fair amount of aroma. The complex hopping does not really come through to the extent it should as some citrus, floral, and strong herbal notes come through.

T: The flavor is solid but not spectacular by any means with a good dose of bittering and floral, lemon-orange citrus hops. The maltiness is not shying away with a lot of crackery and light caramel flavor. Not the stiff hoppiness found in the best of the best.

M: Creamy with a slight tackiness. Body is full with light-medium carbonation.

O: This Imperial IPA is nothing special. It is solid but nothing more and overpriced like most of the Epic line. I am going to steer clear of Epic from now on and buy tried and trues when tempted like 2 Hop Stoopids instead. How can Lagunitas price Hop Stoopid at $4.49 and Epic at $9 in the same category with Hop Stoopid better-to-much-better? That is truly a mystery and a sign that Lagunitas is going to last and Epic may be a flash in the pan.

argock, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

ngeunit1, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper colour, thumb of fine bubbled head, solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hop notes, solid caramel malt undertones, lemon sugar on the finish.

T - The citrus hops dominate, offering up a resiny flavour, hints of metallic lemon rind and a solid caramel malt on the finish. A sour citrus flavour lingers alongside a hint of ABV sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and a touch of ABV heat on the finish.

O - Overall a solid DIPA and probably my favourite of the Epic brews that I picked up. The bitterness is certainly prominent and the ABV could be a bit more subdued, but all-in-all a solid DIPA worth seeking out.

andrenaline, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

muskiesman, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

aztraz, Dec 01, 2012
Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.