Decadent Imperial IPA - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by denjen:
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Dennis: Usually when you have double IPA's you get hop's to the Nth degree and a strong bitter flavor. This brew however seems to take a more subtle approach. At first, I wouldn't have believed you if you told me this was a double IPA. I also wouldn't have believed it was 10% alcohol either. I think what they did was skip on the dry hopping (which is just smell really) and actually added some Belgian sugars to it to hide the alcohol and soften the hop bitters. Honestly, at first I was disappointed, but as I drank I really have come to respect the power behind this beer.
Jen: At first whiff, all I get is mild hops and the sweetness of caramel malts that I'd not expect from an Imperial IPA. The taste is in the same boat. It has a nice piney and grape-fruity hop flavor, but then this weird sweetness sneaks up on you. I would usual expect a punch of hops with a mild malt backbone, but this seems to be a balance of the two. I do appreciate the fact that it is 10% ABV and you can't tell, but I don't find myself wanting more.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2006 13:49:54 | More by denjen
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A-Copper with an orange tint. cloudy unfiltered making it very difficult to see through. Poured with a very thin foam head that receded into a thin film atop the beer. Small amounts of retention when the beer is swirled around in the glass. Steady flow of bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass.
S-Strong use of fruity hops that come through with an almost floral aroma as well. You can also smell how bitter this beer is before you ever taste it. Few hints of nutty malts but the fruity/grapefruit scents outweigh anything else by a large margin.
T-Very hoppy tasting as expected. Citrusy/ grapefruit tasting hops. Strikes a good combination of a fruit loops taste with the bitterness of a grapefruit. As expected from smelling the beer, great hoppy taste that are complemented well by warming malts.
F-Light to medium feel in the mouth. Smooth finish that leaves a very heavy bitter aftertaste.
O-Very good DIPA rich with good scents and flavors. I really liked the types of hops used in this beer which gave it a good combination of fruity and bitter tastes. Fairly typical when it comes to what is expected from a DIPA, but nothing that really sets it apart besides the makers mark style wax dipped bottle it came in. Still a very good ale.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 21:10:42 | More by Joey-bags1990
Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
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