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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-24-2010

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Reviews by jzeilinger:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange color with tints of red, cloudy, and a very nicely formed two finger head that's an off white/tan color.

S - The aroma is a little weak, bready caramel malt, oranges with a little tang, and slight alcohol. Everything blends together nicely but wish it were stronger in aroma.

T - No surprises here, bready Belgian yeast underneath a tangy orange citrus layer mixed in with some peppery spice, the finish starts semi-dry and builds into a nearly "bone dry finish" with nice citrus and pine bite that settles on the tongue and sticks around for several minutes afterwards.

M - Medium body with gentle bubbles. The acidic part of the orange is tart enough to make the mouth water under the tongue and at the back while the front is super dry. The citrus orange aftertaste is really nice.

O - A nice interpretation from a Belgian brewer. My very first sip was smacked with bitterness on the tail end but once I got 1/4 through everything adjusted to give it some balance. Enjoyable and a nice find, happened to see it on the shelf at my local bottle shop and anything labeled "Imperial IPA" will always catch my attention.

More User Reviews:
Photo of charlieos
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this while in london in September of 2010 at a restaurant.

It's basically a Belgian (yep) clone of an American west coast double IPA. Boy howdy did they get it right. Amazing hop bouquet. Strong, full citrus flavor. Smelling it was as fun as tasting it.

Very well balanced. It's pretty weighty, at 8%, but it wasn't cloyingly sweet or thick. Whoever's responsible for this, congrats.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Acquired from a Belgian webshop quite a while ago.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle. A hazy coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of orange-white foam with a creamy texture; it remains for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of spicy hops with notes of citrus and subtle pine, underpinned by sweet grainy malt and fruity Belgian yeast. Hints of banana and a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of sharp, tangy hops with a fruity yeast character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, mild pine, caramel malt, banana and fruity yeast esters. An astringent hint of solvent/alcohol in the background, followed by a piny bitterness and a faint sour quality. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with decent body. A tad undercarbonated. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of spicy hops, caramel malt, fruity yeast and bitter pine.

Quality - probably the best Belgian IPA I've tried so far. Plenty of aromatic hops and a nice bitter finish, while the fruity yeast stays in the background. The malt is understated but pleasant. The biggest issue I've had with other Belgian IPAs is that the yeast and hop notes seem to clash badly. Great - well worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of simoen
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rabae6
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Danomeister
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows lots of resinous, piney hops, citrus, orange blossom, grapefruit and some peach. Underneath is a fair whack of caramel and clean malt.
Lots more resinous pine upon tasting, though the fruit doesn't transfer through quite as well. Next comes a load of sweet clean malt before the hops return for a big, piney bitterness. Does have a medicinal/astringent herbal character to it, reminds me of the bittersweet character found in cough-syrup.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation could be higher.

Photo of JLateralus21
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Coren
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark auburn color, with a creamy beige head of about a finger or so. Left a nice bit of spongy lacing. The aroma had some citrus, light pine resins and some subtle spicy Belgian yeast notes. The taste had a nice citrus hop bite, bits of piney, resinous hops and a touch of Belgian spicy yeast. The yeast doesn't over power, which is awesome cuz there's some Belgo IPA's out there that are so overpowering with yeast that it takes away from the IPA aspect. This makes a fine balance, it's nicely bitter and hoppy. Good stuff.

Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Westyn
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of RuudJH
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange amber colour. Nice big head, good carbonation.
Smell of pine and citrus, and strong as well.
Taste very powerfull too. It's initially bitterness all over, but the malts do come through sweet, making it a nice experience.
It has a soft sweet mouthfeel, but also dry bitter finish.
Excellent beer as an IPA. This brewery (it's my third beer of them today) does have a range where you cannot go wrong. It's simple and tasty.

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.