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Imperial IPA - Granville Island Brewery

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent hoppy beer. Missing hoppy aroma,picking up booziness. Seems higher than the reported abv. Above-average mouthfeel. Lots of hops delivered but since Pacific Northwestern, not as enjoyable as can be. Spicy.Pours medium yellow body with lots of dissipitating foamy off-white head.Thanks Brad for the bomber. Pretty good drinkability.

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear bronze with an off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Citrus rind and sponge toffee, marmalade, grassy, slightly floral, alright for an IPA, but I expect more from a DIPA.

T: Pleasant grapefruit rind and piny resin, though perhaps a little subtle for a DIPA. Sponge toffee sweetness fades to a lingering bitterness, though it's not all that bitter for the style either. Hints of biscuity malt and candied pineapple. Alcohol is really sublte.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D: A really easy drinker for the style (and seriously easy for something of this strength); overall a good brew.

It's well crafted and I like it... though most people would expect a DIPA to be more of a brute.

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 2/2/12

A clear copperish amber with a nice tight finger of off white head that quickly falls to a thick film that leaves partial rings of lace halfway down the glass

S candied guava and pineapple with lots of caramel malt

T a little pine to go with what I smell and the hops are slightly spicy, just a little booze but reasonable for the strength

M thick and a little syrupy, pine resin left behind with a little grit on the gums, slightly sticky on the lips and very faint heat

O a little sweet for a DIPA but I didn't mind, decent stuff for sure

I don't mind a bitter beer and this one was exactly that, not bad for the price and something I'd grab again

Photo of tbeckett
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When you look at their regular IPA and even their proto tap IPA they used to make it no surprise that this is a DIPA that doesn't blow the roof off with hops. There is still quite a few hops on the nose but the main flavour is big malt anchoring a goodly amount of hops. Maybe one of the most drinakble DIPAs I have had which does count for a lot. Well made and balanced I suppose what we expected from Vern

Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice looking clear, golden-amber with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Peaches, pineapple, apple juice, pink grapefruit and floral, grassy hops. Nice.

Taste. Herbal, grassy hops, toasty bread and some grapefruit and orange rind. A little sweet caramel present in the middle and lasting bitter grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A good DIPA. No shortage of hops here.

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***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.

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BDTyre
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to other DIPA/IIPAs I've had, this seems rather mellow (surprising given the ABV). A dark orange, almost copper, with a big white head that looks like snow and its quite dense and foamy.

Rich malts, a nice bitter hoppiness. Citrus, cut grass, bread and yeast. Very well balanced, and surprisingly, not a hop bomb. A hint of creaminess at the end of the nose.

Good malty taste - nice yeasty creaminess at the end, with plenty of biscuity flavours in the middle. Nice fresh citrus hop taste that imparts a good bitterness in the flavour.

Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. A good DIPA, the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of LampertLand
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Photo of ericj551
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Granville Island Imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy orange with a smallish head that remains as a thin layer. The aroma is citrusy piney and herbal hops and rich caramel. The flavor is imtensely hoppy with a huge bitterness. Tons more citrus, grapefruit and orange backed up with a heavy caramel sweetness. The sweet malt is followed by a nice resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste nicely. This is definitely on the maltier side of IIPAs but the hops are definitely there.

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Imperial IPA from Granville Island Brewery
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