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Imperial IPA - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A unique marriage of imported British malts and Pacific Northwest hops creates the biggest and boldest of our regular beer offerings. Our Imperial India Pale Ale is a formidable, west-coast style India Pale Ale, loaded with the pine and citrus flavors and aromas of multiple hops from that region, all on top of a rich and warming malt base. Please approach our Imperial IPA with respect.

(Beer added by: cokes on 10-15-2008)
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4/5  rDev +5%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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richkrull, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Hilldale location.

Pours to a deep golden orange, generally clear with only a slight smogginess. The beige head is decently sized and sticks around a bit.
It noses of shortbread, caramel apples, pine needles, pine tar, grapefruit, and wildflowers. All this is mashed together and spiked with gin & tonic: with it's juniper, small yet evident heat, and mineral qualities.
A bit bready at its onset into the mouth, it sweetens with sugar cookies, cooked apples, mango, and blood oranges. It regains a stately shortbread demeanor, then the hops hit with pine, lime, orange, grapefruit, more pine, then some alcohol, and that same Gin & Tonic outro from the nose. The heat is more suggested than felt. The mineral bitterness is real.
Just a notch less than full bodied, with a struggling but gamely carbonation. It something of a by-the-numbers-double-IPA, as it doesn't bring anything new or extra loud to the table. It merely does what it sets out to do.
It's good in short bursts, but(obviously) it's no sessioner, and even less so given a variety of the other options available.
From the looks of things, this may be a regular at the Hilldale location (it has an engraved wood sign, as opposed to being hand-written on the chalk board, and is listed full time on their website)...the bartender "wasn't sure"...figures. If so, that's very cool. While no world-beater, the more I see of this, the more I will drink.

cokes, Oct 15, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Pint Glass
On Tap At: Great Dane, Hilldale

I stopped here after work with a few people from work. I had sampled this a few weeks ago, but I didn't think a sample glass was really enough to warrant a review. Now that I had a full pint, I think I'm ready.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper and amber color with two fingers of head. The bubbles on the head looks nice and oily from the hops. Slightly effervescent with some bubbles making their way up to the top of my glass.

Smell: I stick my nose into the pint glass, and sweet malt and hops hit me in the face. It smells like pine, flowers, orange peel and grapefruit. A great combination of hop aromas.

Taste: As the beer crosses my palate, first up is sweet, sticky and bready caramel malt. The bready flavor is really pleasant, but it doesn't last forever. The malts are now the backbone, supporting the earthy hop flavors like pine, grass and flowers. With the beer drifting away I'm left with a bitter and citrus aftertaste including the great hop citrus notes like orange peel and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, slightly on the more full side. The carbonation is spot on. I feel like I've had to wait after pouring my beer lately for the carbonation to die down a bit and really pick up on the flavor, but this one was ready to go right away.

Drinkability: This beer doesn't stick out from the crowd, but it's a very enjoyable beer. The blend of hops and malt used make this a great IPA that everyone should sample.

Ek0nomik, Nov 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%

Kunstman, May 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Great Dane Imperial IPA from the Great Dane Pub And Brewing Company. This is my favorite beer that they make, and it's my go to brew whenever I am at their Hilldale location chomping down some of Madison's finest foods from an incredibly versatile menu.
Score: 88

Fresh 20 oz tap pour served in an imperial pint glass and enjoyed on 03/21/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Light copper color that falls closer to translucent on the transparent/translucent scale. Served with no head save for an off-white ring around the glass. Below average lacing, above average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Pines, orange citrus, caramel malt, lemon, earth and spiced rye. Hint of floral hops. 3.5/5

Taste: Earthy hops up front, followed by sticky orange citrus and sharp lemon zest. There is a heavy caramel malt backbone to this brew. Heavy doese of bitter hops linger on the midpalate. Barley malt and biscuity malt flavor present too. This is a very hoppy malt bomb of an imperial IPA, but it's not overly extreme. Some warming effect on the palate, but I would not call this one boozy. To the contrary, it is incredibly drinkable, though a bit of a sipper, and the ABV really sneaks up on you if you are not careful. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A super solid microbrew from one of my favorite places in Madison to eat. I will surely miss this beer when I move this summer. This one is only served at the Hilldale branch of the Dane, but it should be served at all of them!

Recommendation: If heavy doses of malts and hops are not your thing, you probably want to avoid this beer. IPA lovers, however, should absolutely order a glass while in town.

Pairings: The Great Dane's Pub Burger or their Nakoma Nachos.

Cost: $5.50 for a 20 oz pour or $4.50 for a 12 oz glass.

jegross2, Nov 19, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.

Pours a golden-orange color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some pine, floral hops, and some citrus rind. A light malt backing. The taste is a bit more plain and while there is a bit of pine needle flavoring, the hops aren't nearly what they were in the nose. The hops come roaring back in the feel, with a really pleasant spruce and rind bitterness. Drinks well in the end and is a pretty solid brew.

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4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Visiting Madison from NW Ohio (where I can get all those delicious Michigan IPAs). Served in an imperial pint glass. This brew is only available at one of the Great Dane locations and you need to go THERE. (See previous review for name.) Just a world-class DIPA. If you like strong, tasty, bitter, and complex ones that will take you on a ride, this is one of 'em. Had a 3F Dreadnaught the next evening for comparison (but from a bomber, yes I know) and the Great Dane was better. Don't miss it!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty tasty, but it is really and english iipa. There is a bit of floral notes and bitterness, but nothing over the top ehich is what I would expect. In the flavour ther is a ton of earthy/ spicy hops that combine very well the maltiness, but I want a cirus bomb with a iimp. Otherwise its tasty. What makes this beer ace is the incredible drinkability! Solid. I can drink a lot of these!

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Imperial IPA from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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