Imperial IPA | Garrison Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
231 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop Bomb and nut kicker. Don't get me wrong - this is a well crafted beer. My personal tastes call for fewer IBU's and more malt/hop balance. I would certainly recommend this to those who love a hop pucker.

 206 characters

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

Photo of jpower
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wajohnst
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RStansel
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's a much bigger malt presence here than many other reviewers have noted. Hops, yes, but this isn't a pine and citrus bomb. Love the balance. This is east coast at its best.

 178 characters

Photo of Grogsky
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

Going through my notes today, I noticed I had written a review of this beer but had not but it on Beer Advocate... my bad! This review was written this past summer on July 17.

A- Pours a strong copper colour that is extremely hazy (from not being filtered). This is topped with two fingers of a creamy white head that lasted well throughout the drink. Great looking IPA!

S- If you didn't know this brew was an IPA before you smelled it, the aroma would definitely give that information away. Hops dominate the aroma but is backed well and balanced out by sweet malt characteristics.

T- Identical to the aroma, the taste is dominated by the hops. Up front, the taste is bitter in a citrus way (think grapefruit) but is finish off by a sweet malt characteristic. Well balanced and quite nice.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Sessionable, although it's not the easiest drinking IPA i've ever had.

O- If you're in the mood for a hop bomb and you have access the Garrison's Imperial IPA, pick this one up for sure. If you can get passed the extreme bitter load, then you will likely enjoy this beer to the fullest potential.

 1,181 characters

Photo of SchoonerNS
4.06/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TravitoJones45
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of byronic
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of gingerbread
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LordAaron007
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Got on a trade from Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a nice head that lasts. Dark, unfiltered. Good

S- 4- Lots of hops. BIt of malt. Nice blend.

T- 4.25- Lots of hops. Hopped early during the boil and dry. Very similar to SN's Torpedo.

M-4.0- Very similar to SN's Torpedo. Bitter good

O- 4.12- This is my overall rating. Nice beer. Worth getting if I ever find it again.

Food Pairing

This nice IPA went well with..... Smoked meat and cheese tray.


 504 characters

Photo of Shawn_Winters
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of fostachild
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Nads
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of Loveofbeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of DreamDeath
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ddtninja
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jeffry-Mazerolle
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Imperial IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 231 ratings