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The Imperial IPA | Flathead Lake Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flathead Lake Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
73 IBU

Formerly known as Roy's Imperial IPA and IPA² .

Added by biboergosum on 08-06-2010

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rhino in Missoula, where the tap made the name out to look like "IPA ~2", as in "IPA Squared".

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of light foamy off-white head, which renders a thin solid wall of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of creamy caramel malt, and orange/grapefruit citrus hops. The taste is the aforementioned citrus hops up front, a latent dose of toffee malt, and a somewhat medicinal alcohol warming. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, creamy, and smooth, and it finishes with a warm, floral fruitiness.

A decently (but not exactly exponentially) hopped-up IPA - however, the booze needs to be better integrated, to aid in the overall enjoyment factor.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber with some orange around the edges. A small film of off-white head formed with good lacing.

S - Fresh geapefruit, pine and a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Big bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and some orange peel notes. A slight honey/caramel malt sweetness is present in the background but the hops definitely dominate.

M - Medium body. Slightly creamy. Lots of hop oils. Light carbonaiton.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, the best IPA made in Montana. This one is a blast of hops up front, but mellows out a bit as you drink it. Just the right amount of malt/hop balance. The hops linger a while and are dominant in the flavor. The malt isn't overwhelming, but present for a good balanced beer. One of Montana's best brews.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a full, clear red gold with a frothy head and some lace. On the nose there is a nice mixture of mango and grapefruit rind, not overwhelming by any means. In the mouth there is bitterness up front, but refined, with the fruits coming out along with an alcohol note, surprising given the relatively low abv. There is some malt below decks, maybe toffee? The body is medium thick with a finish long on the alcohol, again surprising to me.

Overall, this is a nice effort from a pretty unknown brewery, a bit boozy but not bad.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a bomber into a shaker pint produces a one inch chunky, sticky, off-white head. The beer is a pale amber with a touch of haze and low carbonation.

The aroma if fairly delicate but wafts grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and a touch of juniper. A piney, floral bitterness is more apparent in the flavor itself but the beer isn't batshit crazy bitter. Citrus pith notes linger on the tongue. The mouth feel is palpably creamy, and is helped along by the lingering head. I don't really taste alcohol beyond perhaps a spicy bite.

This is perhaps a toned down (hopwise) Imperial IPA, but still showcases hops more than English style examples. I'm beginning to note this as a characteristic of inland northwest pale ales and IPAs, and this is a good example. Borderline excellent and well worth a try. I believe I paid 4-something for the bomber at Hennessey Market, Butte, Montana.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Translucent orange glow; nearly no head formation or retention

Surprisingly sweet aroma, but certainly a big American hop kick. If I’m not mistaken, based on the label, this beer is all Cascade hops. So familiar territory but still enjoyable!

Flavor is definitely in “imperial” territory as both malt and hops are big. The malt sweetness is just a tad too much for me for the style, but it’s a minor quibble really. Those Cascade hops are definitely vibrant and noticeable still. Leaves a good lingering bitterness in the finish. Getting a lot of apricot fruit flavor throughout. Malts are thankfully not too sugary or caramely.

Body and carbonation are spot on. Not too heavy and just the right amount of carbonation to keep this one light and going down.

A fairly textbook example of an American double IPA, which is a compliment. It doesn’t necessarily wow me like others have, but I have no real complaints either. It’s enjoyable and certainly worth trying.

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The Imperial IPA from Flathead Lake Brewing Company
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