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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

660 Ratings
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 338
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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Duvel snifter. No date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber body. Medium small llight tan head with good stick and medium retention.

Smell - Deliciously hoppy. Not overpowering, but smooth and pronounced.

Taste - Amazing. Perfectly balanced. Zero astringency. No off flavors. Light honey maltiness cuts through the medium-high strength hop body. Alcohol has a strong but not overpowering presence throughout. The best tasting IPA I've ever had, though it's my first imperial. Now I'm ready for Pliny the Elder. The spice is so perfectly complimentary with the underlying sweetness, and the bouquet opens as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and creamy.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is better than the sum of its parts. The smell and appearance don't have much to offer, but it's all uphill from there. Possibly the only beer I like from this brewery, and it far surpassed my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:17:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
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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

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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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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

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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


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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.