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Imperial IPA - Granville Island Brewery

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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial India Pale Ale is a hopped-up version of beers made famous during the British Raj over a century ago. Big malt, bold hops and a higher-alcohol content all mean one thing: more flavour.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: Derek on 04-07-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%

A - mostly clear bubbly dark golden, two fingers of fluffy head retained very nicely with random wisps of lacing
S - bubble gum, light florals, mild earthy tones, all very gentle aromas
T - butterscotch, bubble gum, and floral flavours dominate, milder earthy and leafy greens, again generally gentle flavours but definitely tasty
M - relatively light with nice carbonation, silky smooth with just a touch of hop bitterness, but again mellow making this extremely drinkable
O - the flavours are an interesting mix, more balanced and mellow than I typically like in my DIPA's, but the drinkability is so outstanding at this level of alcohol that I have to tip my hat along with another glass

joemcgrath27, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

bgramels, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sokool, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

IanSpindler, May 26, 2013
Photo of Muhly
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%

Bomber poured into big round beer glass.

A-orange, copper. Two fingers of head pours out easily. Good head retention with ok, but rather spotty lacing.

S-citrus, soap, and light bread malts.

T-pine, citrus, and sweet melons. A good bitter kick.

M-moderate to high carbonation, creamy with moderate mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and astringent from the hops.

O- Nothing wrong with this ale, but not making me do backflips here.

Muhly, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kjyost, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

650ml bottle, GIB's 2013 limited release, 8.6% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely packed, cake frosting off-white head, which leaves some nice bonsai tree patterned lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready, pastry-esque caramel malt, orange cream, pine needles, grapefruit and pineapple fruitiness, and a small musty character. The taste is somewhat bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, sugary caramel/toffee malt, washed-out pine resin, and further leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is even, and relatively laid back, the body a decent medium weight, and fairly smooth, the airy creaminess hitting hard from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the baker's delight malt holding tight, as the hops give it one last sharply fruity wallop.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, one with certain cream ale leanings, and a rather restrained bitterness for that nice round 100 IBU rating subtly proclaimed on the label. Right in line with the rest of this brewery's offerings, in its gateway friendliness for the style. I would gladly have this again, perhaps on tap, this time?

biboergosum, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

schnarr84, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

shagal, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

pudoo, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Props to my bro for shipping this one from Kelowna.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of beige head, solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Earthy cedar and pine, musty caramel, bready cereal and some musty hop notes.

T - The earthy cedar dominates, hops are a tad subdued but shine through with a citrus peel bitterness that lingers. The caramel malt balance out the bitterness and a touch of ABV heat brings it all together nicely.

M - Medium bodied and smooth but the finish is a tad overly dry for my liking.

O - A tasty DIPA and certainly worth a try, that being said it's by no means my favourite DIPA out there. Lots of flavour, though I would prefer something with less bitterness and more of a citrus hop.

andrenaline, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Duke
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

(From a hollow-stemmed goblet)

Granville Island - Imperial IPA

Appearance: Imperial IPA pours a perfectly clear rufous, with a fluffy, white two-finger head which lingers awhile.

Smell: The nose reminds me of Granville Island's regular IPA, Brockton IPA, with the piney hops and slightly spicy caramel, but this one smells fresher and less musky. Pineapple and grapefruit are big too once the head makes way for it.

Taste: I can really taste that pineapple as I get into the beer. Throughout is a sense of the caramel and the spice builds into the finish. The hops are lovely.

Mouthfeel: Imperial IPA feels slightly on the thick side of medium-bodied. I feel like the beer coats my mouth as it makes its journey. The carbonation is on the light side.

Overall: In general I'm not a fan of Granville Island, but this is a very solid IPA. I like it. Hopefully the brewery will continue with these ballsier brews.

Duke, Mar 24, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip. 2012 bottling, supposedly in late January.

Pours a golden orange, just off-white coloured head. Light in terms of retention, lacing and legs. Filtered body. Pine and some light citrus on the nose, and some fairly prominent malt notes as well. Some sweetness, and a bit of breadiness. Lightly tropical on the palate, more pine in large amounts. Strong bitterness, over a nice malt base providing a bit more breadiness and some sweetness. Full feel, again the bitterness is prominent but the malt sweetness attempts to keep this in check. Nice, fairly bold and enjoyable.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

fizzyted, Mar 15, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Clear amber appearance with little to no head and minimal lacing. Low amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit rind and pineapple with and strong pine sap. Smell is slightly sweet, similar to caramelized pineapple. Light floral notes are evident.

M: Medium bodied.

T: Pine sap and grapefruit with a very hoppy bitterness aftertaste. Alcohol is very well masked despite being 8.2%.

O: This is a light a refreshing beer. Some may find the carbonation too low but I found it nice.

FondueVoodoo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of timtwoface
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

After hearing about this beer for quite some time I finally found it at a local liquor store and was thrilled to purchase it.

While it isn't my favourite imperial or double ipa, it's pretty darn tasty. As with all iPad a true sign I look for is a really rich taste, a punch to the face with the hops, and a delightfully bitter aftertaste, all the while masking the higher abv perfectly. This beer does that, and is delicious and almost too easy to drink, so I would suggest it to any ipa lovers out there that can find it!

timtwoface, Mar 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

A big thank you to papat444 for working this one, I'm thrilled for the opportunity to try this beer.

A - Pours a medium honey copper color, mild carbonation, and a two fingered frothy, creamy off white head. The head dies down to eventually leave a thin layer and sticky foam on the sides of the glass, sort of like cotton candy.

S - Honey caramel malt, mild marmalade, some spice, and a touch of grapefruit. The fruit aspect of the aroma comes through as sugary and sweet, but blended and controlled.

T - Caramel malt base stays throughout the sip while pine, grapefruit, and spice start nipping at the palette almost immediately.

M - Medium heavy/thick body and a semi-dry finish. Grapefruit rind and pine coat the mouth with a slight spice aftertaste sitting underneath.

O - The first thing that strikes me is the unusually well hidden 8.2% ABV. The bitterness is there but it's controlled, balanced, and not over the top. The malt keeps the hop bill in pretty good check until the "bitter end"...at that point, the lingering bitterness wins with a little caramel malt left underneath.

jzeilinger, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to BDTyre for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A surprisingly clear light copper body. Hard pour reveals not much more than 2 fingers worth of foam. The lacing does clump on the sides but i can't give more than a 3. Disappointed in the appearance.

Smell: Peaches slices in fruit syrup come immediately to mind. Mango as well with a sweet touch. All fruit here with no sign of bitterness.

Taste: Fruit upfront with a mix of peaches and bitter oranges. Honey candy, hints of grapefruit as well as some tea-like flavors. You can taste the raw hops.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and hoppy as bitterness invades and is barely restrained. Veers to a certain sweetness will still retaining a bitter edge.

Overall: A bold, brash yet balanced DIPA. Hoppy and flavorful. If only it looked more like a DIPA but don't let that stop you from trying this.

papat444, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%

Gonna give Granville Island's "Imperial IPA" a go in its limited release for 2012
A-served cold and poured into a stein a yellow/gold with a quick head a lacing
S-nosy bitterness of an IPA , check
T-smooth , bitter IPA almost a piny resin
MF-medium carbonation full body , check
Ov-bitterness , check

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

Bottle from the brewpub store.

A - Pours dark gold. Bright. One finger of white head and some light carbonation. Good rings of lace and a thick film of retention.

S - Rich citrus, boozy pineapple, resinous hops. Nice.

T - Resinous hops, some citrus, strong hops, boozy pineapple again. Orange peel perhaps as well.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, bitter finish.

O/D - A fairly standard IIPA. A decent one to sip but not a stand out.

tbeckett, Feb 15, 2012
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Imperial IPA from Granville Island Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.