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Ale Of The IMP - Hermitage Brewing

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 23.23%
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 Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Bytemesis
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Bytemesis, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of muhf41
2/5  rDev -35.5%

muhf41, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +29%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of alwaysanswerb
2/5  rDev -35.5%

alwaysanswerb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of codynevels
2/5  rDev -35.5%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Offa
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
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 brewandbbq
2/5  rDev -35.5%
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 Zorro
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
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 DaveHS
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

DaveHS, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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 telecomz
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

telecomz, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of HipHop5
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of dwilson01
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
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 4000qtrap
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Source/Serving: bottle

S: Juicy orange and grapefruit, dried moss. Has an underlayer of earthy-apple spiciness that gives it a slight belgian quality. Moderately intense, fairly bright, decently complex and more mysterious than just an American hop explosion. Nice.

T: A quick splash of caramel sweetness and apple tartness which gives way to unyielding dark flavors. Unlike most of its DIPA brethren this bad boy is double bittered hop bomb to match the sweetness of the increase grain bill. Dark and moody, with a moment of dark toasted toffee and green coffee which is then subsumed by potent earthy, floral, lightly vegetal bitterness that is reminds of those occasions where normally polite people have something bad to say about something. Not astringent, not 'bad', but not pleasant either. Finish is VERY dry and all about the resiny, earthy almost dirty/vegetal bitterness that is like chewing on grass and lemon pith with a hint of caramel and smoke keeping it company.

Notes: This beer is like chewing on weeds. If you like that, go for it. I appreciate that they are trying to brew an atypical DIPA, but its deviation from 'typical' is not in the right direction.

4000qtrap, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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 mbunje
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%
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!

mbunje, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.