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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: 43
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 23.87%
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 Texasfan549


3.75/5  rDev +21%

02-18-2014 04:26:41 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of zeff80


2.73/5  rDev -11.9%

The less than attractive label should've warned me.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and spicy with some pine.

T - Malty and sweet. Too sweet. Spicy and piney but not very enjoyable

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is unbalance and not very good. Too sweet and malty but not in a good way.

10-08-2012 02:35:56 | More by zeff80
Photo of Mora2000


3.8/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

06-03-2012 03:19:44 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Zorro


2.35/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

10-04-2011 04:39:24 | More by Zorro
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3/5  rDev -3.2%

08-29-2013 18:20:04 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-23-2013 15:29:21 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of RoyalT


3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

04-28-2011 00:54:26 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BGsWo22

New York

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-28-2013 17:19:50 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of AgentMunky


3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Little head, some bubbles. Unfiltered, hazy amber. Translucent.

S: Big, brash, fruity, and herbal. I suspect Simcoe plays a large role. Onion and grapefruit. Very hoppy.

T/M: Surprisingly flat and mild, a touch of carbonation, but very little flavour. Herbal bitterness. A touch of boring citrus.

O: Wow, a seriously disappointing DIPA. Not much flavour, touch of alcohol. Would not have again. Not recommended.

04-16-2012 03:10:27 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of beerpadawan


2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

08-27-2012 14:23:34 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of Offa


2.08/5  rDev -32.9%

This is a complete dud, bland and essentially characterless yet with sharp bitterness and nothing else.

Hazy pale amber, it has a medium-big pale tan head steadily-slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and ring. Hint of lace. It looks pretty good.

Aroma is raisiny fermented grapefruit, light juicy yeastiness.

Taste is sweet, oily grpaefruit up front, then sharply bitter oily grapefruit which over time gets increasingly intensely bitter and increasingly bland so that all one can taste is the sharp spicy bitterness with even the grapefruit character barely noticeable, so it tastes like very bitter, dirty water. Balance is a word that should never be mentioned in the same sentence as this beer. This is horrid.

10-23-2011 00:12:31 | More by Offa
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -35.5%

500nm bottle just back from SoCal.

Pours hazy copper with a half inch head of white and decent lacing and retention.

Aromatics feature stale, skunky hops. Wet carboard, old malt, and dried grapefruit rind follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

A tannic, beaten, and aged hop profile leads off the palate. Stale pine bark and grapefruit. Papery malt follows through along with a raw bitterness and a minerally chaulkiness.

Finishes horribly bad with a lingering pelletized bitterness and cheesy, cardboard-like hops.

Ugh, this one is really bad. Seriously harsh and way beaten up. I've had better five year old homebrews.

10-10-2011 00:40:36 | More by brewandbbq
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

08-19-2014 15:00:10 | More by thufflife
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2/5  rDev -35.5%

11-16-2011 20:54:05 | More by codynevels
Photo of jklecko2


3/5  rDev -3.2%

06-18-2013 16:46:33 | More by jklecko2
Photo of DovaliHops


2.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours an almost clear, golden orangish color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very inviting. Great hop scents, cat piss, grapefruit, and melon. Taste is not as inviting. There is immediately a strange flavor that I have never had before in an IPA, or any other beer for that matter. It's like a smokey cardboard taste. Very turned off by this weird flavor. There are notes of pine and grapefruit, along with bitterness from the hops. This beer would be A LOT better without that cardboard taste. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet a bit syrupy. Drinkability is fairly low due to taste.

01-09-2011 07:28:58 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of sgttibbs


3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-05-2014 12:26:34 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of DaveHS


2.1/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

08-15-2011 23:00:36 | More by DaveHS
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.83/5  rDev +23.5%

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

01-01-2011 22:16:50 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of Twal


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

01-18-2014 05:30:32 | More by Twal
Photo of AlaskanYoung


4/5  rDev +29%

08-04-2013 14:28:37 | More by AlaskanYoung
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.58/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

12-17-2010 04:28:25 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of leprakhan


4/5  rDev +29%

12-08-2011 05:31:59 | More by leprakhan
Photo of sbanacho


3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-20-2014 02:11:51 | More by sbanacho
Photo of BRD14


3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-02-2013 02:17:09 | More by BRD14
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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
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