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Ale Of The IMP - Hermitage Brewing

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48 Ratings
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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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Texasfan549, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

zeff80, Oct 08, 2012
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 Zorro
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Zorro, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -4.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 23, 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 BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

cdwil, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AgentMunky, Apr 16, 2012
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 beerpadawan
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Offa
2.08/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Offa, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

brewandbbq, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of codynevels
2/5  rDev -36.1%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -4.2%

jklecko2, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -4.2%

sgttibbs, May 05, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

DovaliHops, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of kew
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

kew, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Domvan
3.09/5  rDev -1.3%

Domvan, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of DaveHS
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

DaveHS, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Twal
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Twal, Jan 18, 2014
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 AlaskanYoung
4/5  rDev +27.8%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 04, 2013
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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
74 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.