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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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of Mdez
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried several of these while on vacation in Canada in August 2012. I tried a red of theirs and then this, their flagship beer. After having quite a few tedious beers while on the trip, this one hit the mark and I believe I had 5 of them (they were 5 or 6 ouncers) while waiting for my wife for 90 minutes or so. This is a very good IPA that surprised me and made me happy waiting that day. Thanks, Garrison!

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Hazy, copper amber color.

Fresh, floral hop aroma. Some grapefruit, some pine.

Starts with a malt base, relatively dry. Strong spicy, hot pepper bite in the swallow. There's a long aftertaste that is like sucking a hop pellet. A true hop-head's delight. The flavor completely covers the increased alcohol level. Rich bodied.

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Photo of mac1381
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of trippinbillyrmc
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper color, big and light fluffy off white head.

S - Normal citrus/pine and hops smell but was taken back by the strong caramel and cereal aromas for a beer of this style.

T - Caramel malty flavor dominates at first but that is followed up by a huge blast of citrusy hops at its climax and then leaves lasting piney bitter finish.

O - One of the best of this style I have had in Canada. Easily the best out of Atlantic Canada. Big and powerful flavors. Recommend to any Hop Head.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a spearhead tulip. No date on bottle.

A - Pours a dense, unfiltered, brown copper colour. Great amount of creamy head, good retention, nice lacing

S - Strong pine, bitter hops. Smells a little boozy, but mixes well

T - Bitter, pine, resinous hops, mixed with a sufficient malt backing. Similar to DFH 90, but a little sharper. Maybe some biscuit in there too. Medium-high amount of carbonation. Great for the style

M - Dense, like a real beer should be.

Very nice offering from Hali, and a good rep for the style. Not my fav, but pretty high up there.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of leaddog
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy copper/amber hue with about a finger width of creamy head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus (orange peel), hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit).

Taste - Strong piney hop bitterness, with a hint of the fruit notes detected in the aromas. Very pleasant tasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice fluffy body to it.

Overall - I quite enjoy this imperial IPA. The hops characteristics was bang on for this style. ABV is well concealed. Very nice pine and fruit aromas to this brew as well. One of the better imperial IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mintjellie
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber orange colour, unfiltered and hazy, with a massive topping of off-white head. Head is tight, retentive, and sticky, leaving a ropey lace on the glass. Mango, citrus, pine needle, and cookie dough aromatics. Solid tropical and citrus fruit flavours up front with a mild sweetness developing midpalate. The finish is leafy and firmly bitter, and lingers long. There is some big bold flavour to be had here. Even with that mild sweetness, the hops still get all up in your face. If that unbalanced quality bothers you, this probably isn't your IPA. This is my IPA.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels creamy and smooth, with an oily slick sensation left on the roof of the mouth between swallows. With loads of raw leafy hop bitterness and a blast of citrus, Garrisons Imperial IPA makes for a satisfying hop fix.

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Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 500ml bottle...

A - Cloudy amber body, with a nice reddish-orange hue. Pretty tan-coloured frothy head. Very good head retention.

S - The aroma is not particularly strong, but it is quite hoppy nonetheless. Some citrus, some pine, and a little bit of pleasant tropical fruit notes. It also smells a little confectionary, with hints of toffee and biscuits.

T - In my opinion, from the very first sip, the beer lets you know that you're not drinking a single IPA. It starts out with a powerful and bitter citrus hop punch with a slight syrupy quality to it. As you swallow the first couple sips, you will get some caramel, some sweetness, and a little pine. The finish is full of lingering citrus notes, with a nice pithy grapefruit texture. After a while, the flavours wear out a little. However, I discovered that if you take small sips and refrain from gulping it down, the flavour profile can be quite rich, even after the beer has warmed up. Some slight mango and passion fruit notes, a bit of orange.

M - The mouthfeel is definitely on the thicker side, with some stickiness to it. Somewhat astringent but not too dry, which is nice. Not at all boozy and not ruinous on the pallate. Pretty nice!

O - This is a very solid and enjoyable Double IPA. Definitely one of the best Canadian DIPA's I've had. Not a session beer, despite the seemingly not-so-high ABV. It's nice to take your time with this beer. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 230 ratings