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Decadent Imperial IPA - Ska Brewing Co.

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Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RockyTopHeel on 12-30-2004)
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Reviews by DenverLogan:
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From waxed bottle...poured in Grimbergen chalice.
Ooooh...I should say from the get go that I can see a large array of floaties in this bottle. Hummm...I've bought over a dozen of these...hummm...should I open or return it...where did I buy this...hummm! I'll open it!!
Small cap pop, pours with a small head and some tinier particulates upon pouring.
Aroma of citrus hops, mango scones, young honey dew melon.
Flavors are robust with pine, white grapefruit, light pepper, rich amber malt, rich citrus, pine & grassy hops. There's a funky bitterness that I can detect if I think hard enough, but for me, and my partner Colleen, this is one of the best double IPAs in the overall flavors and robustness...it's a lovely hop bomb, tasty throughout. I've done a lot of 2xIPAs and consider Pliney the Elder a good benchmark, and this one stands up nicely. This particular bottle does have a bit of age perhaps, or light exposure, or other abuse, but I've had this beautiful wax coated bottle over 2 dozen times...it's a winner in my book. Quite a different profile than the popular SKA Modus Hoperandi IPA...which gets a very high rating, but I think far less tasty than this lovely beast.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 06:04:43 | More by DenverLogan
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/6/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fermented citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd fermented fruit aroma, but I am not getting anything like that in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 05:02:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuzzFee

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-22-2014 23:56:24 | More by BuzzFee
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Chilly_E

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

07-21-2014 00:27:52 | More by Chilly_E
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travolta

California

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A frothed up, aspirin colored head with a tiny bit of lacing. Clear orange and gold color.

Nose: Pine, vanilla, some citrus, and heat.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, with a tiny syrupy balance. carbonation is very nice. Finishes with alcoholic heat. Orange and pine.

Notes: If this is a gift, have a blast...if it's at the store, have a pass. In this price range, with this kind of packaging, I can have an amazing beer. This was ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 19:34:44 | More by travolta
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Idrankitall

California

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a tulip glass. Fridge temp then let it warm.

Appearance: nice amber/ golden color. Not hazy, with nice white head. Looked rather appealing.

Smell: not much character in the aroma, slight hints of pine and malt. A little lack luster.

Taste: not as hoppy as I would have thought, more sweet malt flavors. Overall tasty but not as hoppy as I was hoping for, and a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: smooth but a little cloying on the back end. More sweet than I want out of an imperial IPA.

Overall: a good beer but just that...good. Not overwhelming or great, just good. If you like your IPA's sweeter and less hoppy, then good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 06:02:40 | More by Idrankitall
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Booner818

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-16-2014 05:51:12 | More by Booner818
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Modernrickk

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2014 16:20:15 | More by Modernrickk
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-14-2014 06:25:13 | More by SocalKicks
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GTJayG

Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Too often of late I find imperial IPAs that lack balance, either there's too much alcohol or the hops aren't in balance and end up being the only thing you taste. This offering balances things nicely and it's certainly a robust beer that paired well with pizza. I'm left to lament that a single bottle is all I was able to bring home from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 16:10:06 | More by GTJayG
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ThePaleRider

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-13-2014 16:01:05 | More by ThePaleRider
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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-13-2014 15:43:02 | More by Slipperyphoton
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Jefriedrichs

California

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was hesitant on the wax covered bottle. Am I really drinking an Imperial IPA? A-hazy orange with little retention, expected on the high alcohol volume S-sweet and malty, citrus with caramel after notes, alcohol is present T-malty entry with tangy citrus in between and bready finish M-light to medium sits heavy medium on tongue making alcohol presence known O-too malty for my liking of an imperial but since the sweetness and slight bitterness attempts to balance it out I would say fairly drinkable especially for such a high ABV


Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 06:37:31 | More by Jefriedrichs
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ghstrp


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-09-2014 01:36:29 | More by ghstrp
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jeffaroo95

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-08-2014 17:09:17 | More by jeffaroo95
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Rlhinson2104

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-05-2014 13:25:48 | More by Rlhinson2104
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humpty1602

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-04-2014 23:37:41 | More by humpty1602
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-02-2014 03:39:29 | More by MattXT
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-30-2014 18:27:16 | More by sammyg832
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M_chav

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2014 10:40:43 | More by M_chav
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WiggyKGB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-28-2014 03:18:19 | More by WiggyKGB
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Docrock

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 22:26:32 | More by Docrock
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CM31

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 16:54:28 | More by CM31
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-19-2014 13:41:17 | More by bleedsblu
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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-19-2014 13:31:08 | More by Joe_Mahma
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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.