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Ale Of The IMP - Hermitage Brewing

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: djeucalyptus on 12-17-2010)
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Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a dim, muddy orange in color. The bottled foamed over when I popped the top but once poured didn’t retain much head.

Smell – The pine is full and malts big and juicy. There’s some caramel in the nose along with some light spicing like white pepper and some rancid orange notes.

Taste – The orange and pine are big along with a heavy caramel balance. All of these flavors are huge and tend to overpower.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied and very bitter.

Drinkability – I like big beers but this was a bit heavy-handed for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with a ton of pineapple, grass and other citrus notes. The flavor confirms that this is a hop bomb. There is a ton of bitter pineapple and papaya notes, with some grass and a hint of bread. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This one is very interesting. I've never had a Smokey dipa until this one. The smokyness is a little strong cause it really lingers in the aftertaste quite a bit. This was very unexpected. If this was a black ipa then the flavors would make sense. Does compare quite a bit with Odell mountain standard black ipa. This one is certainly worth a try, especially if you enjoy smokey beers.

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mbunje
1.75/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - golden color with a decent head
S - Smell some good pine notes in this
T - The absolute worst tasting over simcoed IIPA I have ever had. They must have put a ton of simcoe in this and it is over bittered by a long, long way.
MF - Astringent, a bit under carbonated
D - This was a pour out due to the taste

Stay Away or you will become an IMP!

Photo of telecomz
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma on this is amazing. Traditional DIPA citrus-pine et al. It is wonderful. The flavor is a surprise: light on the traditional dry-hopped DIPA; muted. What is foremost here is an Islay-like smoky moss flavor. The ending is a n overt bitterness that is not hop-like.

Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rowbow
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of LoFiDave
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife got this for me from her work.

Appearance- coppery color, pretty good size head, decent lacing

Smell- citrus, floral, and piney hops

Taste- interesting flavor, citrus in the beginning, gets bitter toward the finish, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I liked the flavor, very interesting. More citrus than usual

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up from BevMo where it's description touts it as "Firmly balanced with Malt, this Jester of Imperial IPA's packs more Hops per barrell than any of its Younger or Elder Beers. Hail to the Jester!" hmm... a Pliny killer?

pours a nice orange-ish golden hue with a decent composed finger and a half eggshell white head with great retention and some nice sheets of lacing.

aroma is intensely hoppy. pine, grapefruit and floral hops. as it warms, a bit more pine and tropical fruit come through. this one is definitely hop-forward, but there's enough malt thrown in there to give a bit of bready balance. hop-soaked bread, but bread none the less.

taste is more hops! really an intense hop bomb with some bright, fresh, clean hop notes. citrus and pine dominate, with subtle undertones of pineapple, juniper, and earthy spice. a hint of smokiness as it warms.

mouth is full with ample carbonation, maybe even a touch extreme for the brew. neither too slick nor syrupy. intense hop bitterness lingers... and lingers... and lingers.

Definitely drinkable. the high abv occasionally rears its head with a bit of heat and sharpness, but all in all, this one is surprisingly solid. One of the better bottled brews I've had thus far from Hermitage. Worth seeking out, although while trying to be a pliny-killer, it's a touch overpriced to compete... and doesn't quite hold its own in the ring.

Photo of BeerforBrendan
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Zorro
2.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Hazed amber colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops and more than a little sweetness. It smells malty yes but the sweet smell is stronger than that. Hop scent is a little weird, herbal but not really of grapefruit or pine. Best description of the hop scent is green tea and sage, yes it is a little weird.

Starts off sweet and raw bitterness on the tongue. Strongly bitter without a lot of other tastes to it. Nothing here, just raw unbalanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a regrettable purchase. It is alcoholic and abusively unbalanced, avoid this one.

Photo of IPA_Chris
4.55/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

At my local craft liquor store, Ale Of The IMP was listed as a "Pliny killer," so of course I had to give two a try.

Ale of the IMP certainly delivers the same peachy/grapefruit hops flavor found in Pliny. In fact, I believe that many would have a difficult time distinguishing the two apart in a head-to-head bottle test. I say bottle test, because if you have had the perfection that is Pliny from the tap, you know that there is no beer that even comes close.

I found AOTI to be slightly more carbonated than Pliny, but overall a fabulous beer hiding right here under my nose in San Jose.

I won't call Ale of the IMP a "Pliny killer," but it certainly is a "Pliny filler" for those times you don't have access to a Pliny. I can't wait to check this out at the tasting room.

Photo of DaveHS
2.1/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours clear amber/copper with a weak, bubbly off white head. No lacing.

S-Very pungent piny hops. Cloyingly sweet maltiness. Strange vegetal note beneath the sweetness, like microwaved broccoli.

T/M-The hop profile is unfocused. Lots of chalky bitterness up front, with some resinous piny notes on the back end. However, these are mostly lost in the unpleasant, astringent bitterness. It's the kind of bitterness that coats your mouth with each sip until eventually you can't taste anything else. The only other thing this beer offers up is a big, sweet, malty body, perhaps too sweet for the style. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- I'm only a few ounces in and this is already undrinkable. Drain pour.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -3.5%

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4/5  rDev +27%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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2.24/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.