Imperial Amber Ale | Triangle Brewing Company

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Imperial Amber AleImperial Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Triangle Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 11-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by tdm168:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

Pours a deep amber with a very thick layer of head that lingers for a little while. The nose reveals rich malts and hops. Taste brings caramel and pine, a very nice balance of sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, and very refreshing. By far the best that TBC has to offer.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from dkachur... one of the selections he brought back from the WBF. Thanks!

A: Thick, orange-brown. Some amber qualities, but pretty thick. A nice forming head, a creamy finger tall.

S: Quite a huge maltiness... Sweet bread, caramel, fruitiness, and a spicy alcohol.

T: Wow... Big, boozy. More like abarleywine than anything - rather hot. A sticky caramel ... Kinda like candy apple.

M + D: Sticky, fuller body... A little slippery on the way down. Quite a full alcohol fest. Drinkability goes down a touch with the heat, but it's a rather decent brew.

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Photo of NolanWilliamson
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a half-liter willi glass yields a hazy reddish-chestnut body capped with a finger of extremely dense, fine-bubbled pale ecru foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves wispy rings of lacing scattered on the glass.

Smell is syrupy sweet with brown sugary malts, dark Karo syrup, mild cheddar cheese toast, and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste is sweetly malty with a fat roasty, toasty bitter note that morphs itself into silky dark chocolate as I chew on it. There is a hint of caramel, blasted by a dense dry malt note that holds sway upon the drink, making itself felt more than tasted, keeping the copious sweetness in check. A little grapefruit rind with powdery unsweetened cocoa emerges as the drink warms a bit, as does the faintest bit of licorice and bitter instant coffee.

Beyond the initial little boozy whiff in the nose and the warming I already feel in the ol' tum, the alcohol in the drink is well-hidden. The drink is smooth and delicious with soft, excellent carbonation. I don't know what else to say... ambers are generally so mild and nuanced, it seems... and this beer isn't AT ALL like that! Big, thick, bold and kickass, Triangle's Imperial is far-and-away the best 'amber ale' I ever had. So there!

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Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark amber in color with a light beige head that leaves some lace

Smell: Citrus and bitter aspirin aromas waft above the caramel base

Taste: While the caramel flavors provide the preamble here, it doesn't take long for the citrus and aspirin to take over; a lot more grainy aspirin flavor after the swallow (it is 90 IBUs, after all) with considerable depth from the malt as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth

Drinkability: I would like to see a bit more balance in the hop profile to bring out the fruit; as it stands, there is way too much aspirin flavor for me to want to reach for another

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Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had 3 glasses of this beauty on cask at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh (11/30).

A: A slightly murky but perfect hued red/amber under a decent creamy head. Good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Wow. The malt backbone makes a sweet and caramel apperance but the hops are absolutely amazing in this one. Huge, huge, huge grapefruit. Excellent smell.

T: Again, a sweet malt creeps in up front, but the finish is packed with hops. Grapefruit dominates with a splash of orange followed up with a nice dash of black pepper. The finish is ultimately bitter.

M/D: This is where the brew shines, which is saying something after the aroma. The mouthfeel is perfect. The body is medium and the carbonation is spot on, producing an excellent creaminess and smoothness. This baby is 8.2% and I had 3 glasses. I could had easily had 3 more before I fell over, where I would had insisted it be poured into my mouth. This is easily one of the top IIPAs I have every tasted.

It's a shame that this baby is only going to see casks due to the hop shortage. Andy from the brewery indicated to me that they had planned on releasing this for full production until the hop shortage finally hit them in the face. He said they still could, but charging $8 a pint was just not an option. Pesonally, I would pay the $8 for this beer, but we will still see it in casks around the Triangle for some time to come.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Triangle's new taproom on Main in Durham. Into a snifter

Pours a dark amber color with a very appropriate head. Smell is pine and hops and malts..smells extremely balanced... Taste is oh my god amazing and honestly surprising that its so good. Lots of hop character but a ton of malty complexity too.. i get a lot of pine and floral notes...Medium bodied with medium carbonation.. superbly easy to drink.

Overall in the upper echelon right here. I will be returning to this pub just to drink this on multiple occasions.

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got blessed with the opportunity to have this beer on cask tonight at Broad St. Cafe in Durham, this one was dry hopped with Simcoe and Palisade hops. Served in a standard pint glass a murky dark copper topped with a decent light khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves just the slightest trace of lacing. The aroma is pine hops in front of burnt caramel malts. The taste was a great amount of citrus and pine hops balanced nicely by caramel malts. The beer was quite crisp and smooth with very well hidden alcohol. I must say, this is the kind of beer that should be showcased on cask more often, very special and enjoyable.

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Photo of Morockm
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler bought on Monday, drank on Friday. Last time I used this growler, I had seal problems. But not this time! Liquid is cloudy and an orange color.

Smell is amazing. As soon as a I poured from the giant 2L growler, I was hit in the face with citrus fruits. Crisp oranges, sweet grapefruit, and lemon are amazing. Sticky sweet malt backbone comes through in the nose.

I figured why I love this beer so much. It reminds me of Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster. Like scarily so. Ripe citrous fruits are rampant. Even the grain/malt bill is reminiscent of LEM. Juicy lemons, sweetened grapefruit, and orange zest. Bitering hops come in for just enough balance.

The malt bill feels a touch slick and light, but that might be the growler treatment.

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Photo of McAndrew
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Imperial Amber Ale from Triangle Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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