Imperial IPA | Garrison Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Launched and enthusiastically received at the first annual Halifax Seaport Beer Fest in August 2007, this ale has quickly become known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada! Unfiltered Imperial I.P.A. is a robust, full-bodied and complex brew in the Double IPA style. An intensely fruity aroma combines nicely with a malty caramel backbone, clear hop bitterness and lingering citrusy finish. This beer is for the true hophead!

81 IBU

This beer was previously known as Garrison Imperial Pale Ale.

Added by MMansfield on 08-11-2007

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of vgoreham
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I say bottle, but I've had this in every form it is served - it is one of my regulars. Although it has changed somewhat from it's inception, it's still a fantastic brew.

Pours a beautiful, hazy, orangey-copper, with great lacing and sufficient head.

Smells of citrus and hops.

Tastes bitter, almost like grapefruit juice, amazing hop taste assults the tongue. Just enough sweet caramel malt-flavour to let you know it hasn't been forgotten. Reminiscent of many DIPA/IIPAs.

A finish that is once dry, hoppy, crisp, sour, bitter, and refreshing - leaving the mouth feeling clean, happy, and craving more.

For it's strength, and it's hop level (high) this is a very drinkable beer. Definitely can be sessionable (but be careful when you stand up!)

Overall, this is on the border of an IPA/DIPA and rights the wrongs done by Keith's IPA here in Halifax!

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4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of robnews
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Fantastic orange haze color. Nice thick head, looks like trouble.

The smell of hops and fruit galore...incredible.

Taste: Wow, the hops coming on later shocked me big time...Very bitter, but fruity and refreshing all at the same time.
Don't taste any alcohol, cause my mouth is busy processing what just passed through it...Very hoppy.

The aftertaste is strong, hoppy, unforgettable and very drinkable. Magnificent brew from Halifax.

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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice looking brew - typical orange IPA color, some haze (which i like)

Smell: you can smell this as your pouring it! lots of nose

Taste: very tasty brew that will most likely make your face cringe (in a good way). Being as it's an imperial IPA, that is exactly what i expected. Loved the flavor of both malts and hop.

Mouthfeel: It's there, nice mouth coating sensation

Overall: Quality brew, would buy this again any day.

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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a chill hazed orange with a huge, creamy, rocky head. Lace drapes the glass. Citrusy hops and fresh bread fill the nose. The taste is a a hop barage. Thick pine resin notes mix with grapefruit rind and tropical fruit of some description. A big caramel malt flavor provides good balance. The mouthfeel is full and textured with billions of tiny carbonation bubbles. The finish is very bitter and lasts forever. Its wonderful.

A great DIPA. Very bitter and balanced. ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of charlesw
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[Currently listed as an IPA. I'm reviewing as an I2PA which is a lot closer in style, eh?]

Light, hazy orange/amber. You can see the beer is dense in how it pours in the glass and the bubbles swirl and slowly rise up. On the low end, perhaps, for head but with nice tight dark cream bubbles that stick around several minutes. Lastly lace.

Smells earthy with a bit of a floral touch.

Tastes... Ah! Tastes OK, I guess. I mean, you just send me yours and I'll save you the trouble of drinking it. 'Kay? No, seriously, this is the stuff. How do they pack this much malty sweetness into a beer that's only 6.9%ABV? It's insane! This is like drinking smutty b'wine or double bastard... But at 6.9%! Man, this is what I want to brew! OK, if I brew it I'll take the bitterness down a touch, but that does not mean, in the slightest, that I'm not enjoying drinking it like this! Full mouth bitterness changes to a mouth watering bitterness with just a touch of citrus then fades altogether. Wicked good beer. Oh, I know who the lucky dog is who's going to receive the other bottle I bought! Ha!

Anyway, yeah, again, big on the body (not as big as DB or smbw) for the "low" alcohol. A rousing success, this one! Heck... Given my need to cut calories back... I'd make this a daily drinker!

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4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber with a finger of sticky yellow head that leaves some lacing.

Smell. Caramel, lemon, pink grapefruit, papaya, grass and pine. Smells really good.

Taste. Sweet caramel grains and building, citrus grassy bitter hops. A little marzipan in the lasting, bitter floral, citrus, pine finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. A really great dipa. Alcohol well hidden, but lower than I would have expected for such a rich beer. Enjoyed this one.

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4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO.

Served into a Samuel Smiths glass.

A- Foggy amber color with off white inch of foam. Looked almosy syrupy while pouring.

S- Fruity and floral with strong citrusy hop aromas and even some strong malty aromas. Quite possibly one of the best smelling beers I have had.

T- Great malt up front brings a wave of caramel sweetness completely transforming into some delicious, citrusy hop oils. Drying bitter finish lingers. Very flavorfull and assertive. I love it!

M- smooth and full bodied.

D- Very tasty but also quite strong. 1 or 2 bottles.

Overall the best Canadian brewed IPA. What is stopping other canadian brewers from pulling out all the stops and dropping hop heavy brews such as Garrison IIPA. The standard has been set in my opinion.

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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Unfiltered amber with particles large and small floating in it. Medium low carbonation, 4 finger tan fluffy head. Very appealing.

S: Pineapple, floral, pine needles, buscuity malt. Again, very appealing.

T: Buscuity malt, floral, pineapple, pine, really bitter on the aftertaste. It lingers.

M: Syrupy, resony, thick, medium low carbonation.

O: Very well balanced for an Imperial IPA, it has all the right characteristics. Love that its from Halifax, Canadian, traditional bottle even has its Garrison's emblem and ‘Halifax’ embossed in the glass. Overall, really cool.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650ml bomber served in a 750ml brandy snifter. Entered under growler, as I previously reviewed a bottle of this in it's thankfully short-lived "filtered" version.

A - hazy ruby-orange colour, with a dense creamy tan head that eventually recedes to a few splotches. Talk about unfiltered, there are even a few hop pieces floating about! Some good lacing down the side of the glass.

S - juicy sweet grapefruit hop, no bitter rind or pine notes, but lots of other "tropical" notes such as papaya and mango.

T - Absolutely satisfying. Sweet malt and hops upfront, bitter grapefruit hop mid-way, finishing with a wicked combo of hop bitterness and biscuity malt.

M - Smooth is the name of the game here, with a lip smackingly dry finish to cleanse the palette. Barley a hint of alcohol is noticable, carbonation is low.

D - Drinkability is sky high, this delivers the goods in spades!

West Coast-style IPA from an East Coast Canadian brewery? WTF!!! What a frickin' monster of a beer, just when I thought I was burning out on IPAs, along comes a bountiful package full of this glorious beer. Leaves absolutely no doubt that this beer was fully deserving of it's 2007 CBA Beer of the Year award. Congrats to Greg!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and cloudy reddish-copper, a testament to the unfiltered bottling process, with a decent sized off-white head that leaves very good lacing. Smell is nicely hopped, at the same time herbal and fruity, with good citrus showing and a touch of caramel. Butter as well, and a woodsy note too. Taste is really quite interesting. Starts hoppy, the grapefruit and pine bite nice and strong. Malts the become apparent, caramel and breadiness filling the profile out and lending some complexity. Damp, earthy note in the finish is really different, and I love it. Well done. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, lively, and full-bodied, and drinkability is nice for such an aggressive, high-ABV beer. Good stuff, a top-drawer IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
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