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Ale Of The IMP - Hermitage Brewing

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Ale Of The IMPAle Of The IMP

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 22.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of IPA_Chris
4.55/5  rDev +45.4%
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.

IPA_Chris, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of loboloco21
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

loboloco21, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +27.8%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

InfragilisBrew, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Rockjocknroll, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
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

jeffjeff1, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 3.75 - Very cloudy amber with a medium half-inch head.
S: 4.0 - Unusual hop aroma--very herbal, vegetal, somewhat minty. I wonder what varieties they used.
T: 3.75 - High bitterness, but not enough to conceal the sticky sweetness of the malt. Hop taste, like the nose, is very grassy, minty, and lingers on for a long time after the finish.
M: 4.0 - Big bodied, appropriate for a double, even if 8% doesn't seem that high. A good sipping beer.
O: 3.75 - Interesting overall, but not something I would see myself buying often.

allengarvin, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Cubro
3.76/5  rDev +20.1%

Cubro, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

bouncepass, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

LoFiDave, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

cdwil, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Texasfan549, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of dwilson01
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 500ml bottle into my new belgium tulip glass. The body is a dense yellow orange color, reminds me of apple juice, moderate carbonation rises to a thin head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is very fruity, citrus and apple dominate it and they are sweet and floral in nature. A bready malt input comes later to round out the scent but not much bitterness or alcohol esters present.

The taste is quite different from the scent. It is quite bitter, a plantlike foresty pine flavor that smacks your palate in the face. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired though, a weird off flavor that I can't really attribute to anything in particular, like a rotting sweet onion or something.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, easy to drink but not like a creamy ipa or anything.

dwilson01, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

djeucalyptus, Dec 17, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

sbanacho, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

BRD14, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

RoyalT, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jeffwildcat, Feb 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

kew, Sep 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Twal, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of HipHop5
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent orange copper color.

One finger head that wish the old for longer than it really can.

The by product of it's sticky head lives an amazing lacing on the sniffer glass.

Some resin and ripe apples mixed with wet cut grass and compost like complexity. Maybe a result of an off dry hopping concoction. Not really common DIIPA.

Medium to thin body, proudly proclaiming 8%ABV. Strong hop bitterness is at the rendez-vous but something is not quite right.

I can appreciate the crazy amount of hops that were used to craft this DIIPA although a bit hot and oily at moments. There is room for improvement here. Some what drinkable but not the most well balanced DIIPA I ever had.

Remind me of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum but on the grassy hop side. Very unique beer for sure.

HipHop5, Mar 09, 2011
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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.