Imperial India | Brasserie Dunham

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Imperial IndiaImperial India

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our new Imperial IPA with loads of great American and NZ hops. Dry-hopped with Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin for your enjoyment. Released in November 2012 on draft and bottles. Notre nouvelle Ipa impériale avec une tonne de houblons américains et néo-zélandais. Houblonnée à froid avec de l’Amarillo et du Nelson Sauvin. Sortie en novembre 2012 en fûts et bouteilles.

Added by 4ster on 02-02-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 27
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color with no activity but lots floating detritus. Frothy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of pine and citrus, orange peels and clove, coriander, faint tropical fruits, a little buttery, herbal spices. Highly bitter and tongue numbing. Slick medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish with long astringent feel of thick pine tar, thick grass, orange peels, and little yeasty. Highly acidic and not very fresh. Overall a little above average quality craft. Nice smell, while the taste is unbalanced and overtaken by an overly strong finish. Almost like chewing an orange peel, and licking a spruce tree.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Veux-Tu. Mother of all floaters, with tons of solid green hop looking matter. A lasting head. Mild hop aroma. IBU and bitterness is right there, getting the Nelson citrus fruity. This could have been good drinkability, cut rather cautious.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy pale orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hoppy notes with light fruity ester. Taste is dominated by quite strong hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some dry bitter notes. Malt presence is felt but doesn’t play a huge role in the flavours profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though a bit below my expectation coming from this brewer. The Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops were not a dominant as I would have expected.

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Photo of 4ster
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into both a Duvel Tulip and large wine glass for comparison.
No bottle date, but recent I am assuming (the past 2 months). Served out of the fridge.
IBU=133 / ABV 8.6%

A: Hazy orange, burnt amber, decent head with an aggressive pour, but dies off pretty quickly. Decent white lace sitting on top though...

S: On first pour, floral but as it warms, strange herbal smell, can't quite place the aroma...but maybe yeast/bready that gets stronger as it warms, perhaps a bit grassy.... then more traditional notes, piney, citrus...sweet

T: Very sweet, bready malts, bit of caramel, then lots of hops, some citrus some floral, but mostly a lot of bitter resin/pine at the end and the aftertaste even finishes with the same some more lingering bready taste.

M: Med-high carbonation at the start, fairly smooth, but as it warms gets very strong in the alcohol department, and quite oily.... but perhaps with an IBU of 133 and the amount of hops to get that, this is to be expected.

O: Overall I'm a bit on the fence with this one. The other person sharing it really likes it, and some qualities I quite like about it, but I feel it still needs some refinement... They've only been making this for awhile so I don't expect Heady smoothness, but needs some work. That said it's hard to find decent Double IPA's in Quebec and this one is not bad, it certainly packs a punch and won't give up without a fight, shows off the hops and alcohol, so if that is your thing you might really enjoy. Worth a try and hopefully they keep working on what I think is a good base. My major complaints would be the smell is a bit strange, and the hop profile could be smoothed out a bit more.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Peluso in Montreal. From notes.

A - Cloudy orangey dark golden pour with no visible carbonation. Creamy one finger white head. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus, lot's of pineapple and lemon. Nice.

T - Grassy as hell. Dry fresh hops. Grapefruit, citrus, less pineapple, leafy and vegatal hops. Floral.

M - Very bitter, good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - No wonder it's so bitter, it's 133 IBU according to the bottle. A pretty well done DIPA. Maybe a touch too bitter, but I enjoyed it. Good flavour.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled On: 10/31/14

Dirty gold-orange with a middling film of beige head then nothing but a little ring. No retention; skinny little strands of lacing. Actually kinda gross looking... (3)

Sweet and fruity. Floral and juicy, brown sugar, pineapple juice with some bready malt underneath. Kind of subdued (3.75)

Earth, citrus, bitter, juniper. Dry piney sap, some slight tropical fruits holding it up, some sweetness but otherwise very straightforward. (4.25)

Bright, fine, fizzy carbonation with a medium body and a lingering resinous finish. (4)

Good IIPA.
This one doesn't look like much pouring into the glass but is otherwise pretty damn good. It is sort of sweet smelling, bitter, and feels substantial in the same way a hefeweiss does to me. It is a straightforward, simple, well-made beer with a piney bitter bite.
I am now on a mission to find this one fresh, because I imagine it is noticeably better (especially the aroma). Overall, though, a well-made big IPA.
Will have again; worth finding. (4)

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in color with a nice white bubbly head. Hoppy smell, you get lots of grapefruits, bananas, watermelons, oranges, strawberries, nice nose. Tastes similar to the smell, really earthy taste too with an intense bitterness. A good Imperial IPA but nothing special.

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Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Caudalie for this, another selection from my CANBIF box.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick, cream coloured head.

Smell. Pine, grapefruit, orange and plenty of tropical fruits. Some grainy malts come through but the fruitiness of this one is especially pleasant.

Taste. Grainy malts and caramel with big pine, oranges and grapefruit rinds along with some pineapple and other tropical fruits and a nice big bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. People say QC doesn't put out nice IPAs, well this my friends proves that wrong to me. A great IPA that I would drink often if it was available here in BC. Thanks again Caudalie!

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Photo of papat444
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info but it just came out so it's fresh baby!

Appearance: Body is a glorious deep peach color, good 2-3 finger head with some nice lacing.

Smell: Piney, hoppy goodness; ripe peaches, assorted fruits, very nice.

Taste: Full flavor, piney, hoppy as hell, loads of mango, bitter orange, brown sugar, wooden plank.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly well balanced, easy to drink with a smoothness that's apparent yet still has a pervasive bitterness to counteract.

Overall: Quebec is slowly getting to the level of America-style IPAs and Dunham is at the front of the pack. Well done!

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Imperial India from Brasserie Dunham
3.91 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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