Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA
Empyrean Brewing Company

Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPACarpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA
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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #6,004
4.1 | pDev: 10.73%
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPACarpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA
Notes: Ripe with aromas of mango and tropical fruits
followed by layered flavors of bright hop
bitterness, warm alcohol and sweet mango that
becomes stronger as it warms in your glass.

17.0 OG
90 IBU

Malts: Pale 2-Row, Munich and Carared
Hops: Sincoe, Citra and Cascade
Flavoring: natural mango extract
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think a recipe tweak from a beer i had from them years ago, possibly as a test batch and just a draft thing, but its as awesome as it was when it was in development. this wins on so many levels for me! so often mango in beer is done with a ton of other fruits, you know, pineapple and passion fruit and guava and all, it never seems to get to be on its own, and if it ever is, its always in some wheat beer or something, almost never in a style that calls to me like this ipa, i think as an idea its awesome, but the cool part is that the beer actually tastes good too. the fruit is honest and ripe and well dosed and quite forward in the taste, juicy and authentic to me. however, its not too sweet, and the hops are not lost to it, its not forced or synthetic or anything, its the real deal. some light citrus fruitiness to the hops though is a nice compliment to it, and there is a nice bitter finish, still ipa all the way, which surprised me. full body, relaxed grain character, lots of bubbles, and a vegetal fresh hop thats just great with the mango. the fruit is compelling here, and the strength is sneakily a nice touch. rally good beer when super fresh like the one i just had, and a better beer than i think i thought these guys were capable of. years ago when i first had their stuff, it was all so plain and generic, this is really pretty advanced as they go, and a higher quality overall brew than i have had from them before!

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of mango, citrus and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical flavor with a nice bitterness and sweet caramel backbone.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold and hazy orange. Good head with spotty lacing.

Pretty malty aroma. Not much hops in the nose. I was hoping for some tropical fruit but got stiffed. Grainy. Crackers. Light pine.

The mango is more noticeable in the taste, but only in the finish. Nice and fruity. Balanced and more sweet than butter.

Smooth, low carbonation.

Very good, but a let down with the aromatics and depth of the mango.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap. Poured into an IPA glass.
Pours a copper color with a slightly off-white and creamy head that leaves lots of spotty lacing.
The aroma is quite nice: tropical fruits and citrus and a hint of cracker and sweetness below.
A very tasty beer. Mango, peach and orange up front with a middle hit of sweetness and a finishing, pithy bitter bite. Mango is even more forward as the beer warms a touch.
Mouthfeel is medium and a touch sticky.
Overall, a really good beer that makes you want to go back for more after each sip.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by June. Pours hazy reddish gold with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of sweet sugary mangoes.

The flavor is some cardboard malt with some sugary mango and bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, lots of mango in the aroma but the flavor is not well balanced together.

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Photo of mastershake4413
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer to have out on the deck. If allowed to warm up a bit, the mango and tropical fruits make their way through with a wonderful grapefruit finish.

Mango isn't over powering, just enough to make this an awesome summer ipa

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Photo of LukasOP
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bright tropical fruits on the nose.

Citrus notes up front, little bit of malt in the middle with a nice grapefruit finish.

A very nice summer fruit IPA

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Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Great pour from a bottle into a Pint glass...looks of fine IPA, great color and head with nice lace. Aroma is a pleasant hint of mango and hoppy goodness, citrus comes through just a tad. The taste is a winner here with just enough mango while letting the double IPA shine in a very drinkable way, more mango as it warms but still in the background enough to be very well rounded. Mouthfeel is medium overall but a little more clean thanks to the hints of mango cutting the bitter on the tongue...really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is a hazy, glowing tangelo orange color with not much variation in hue from shadow to light. Just a slight hint at a yellowish orange where the sunlight behind the glass comes through. Atop the Body sits a frothy orange cream colored head about a finger and a half thick. Retention is moderate, with it eventually fading to a thick ringlet and healthy foam across the surface of the liquid. There is a foamy ring of lace around the glass where the foam once was. Overall, quite a beautiful beer, especially given the lighting.

Smell - The mango is obvious, as it should be given the use of extract. It's almost too overpowering and bordering on artificial smelling, but only almost. It's got a nice, bright fruitiness to it, and while it sort of pushes the hops to the side, there are still some more hoppy-smelling tropical fruits and herbal notes to give it a little more fragrance. The malt profile is pretty hard to detect through the fruit sweetness.

Taste - Well, then. Given the decent smell, I expected nice flavor, but I'm thoroughly impressed by what they've achieved here. The artificial impression I got from the aroma has gone by the wayside and in it's place is a luscious bouquet of mango and passionfruit, with some herbs and pine from the hop profile to prevent it from going overboard. It really tastes like a fresh fruit, but without any of the cloying sweetness that I usually associate with mango juice. Some notes of tangerine are also present to add to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a very juicy feel and a predominantly dry finish, with just a kiss of sweetness to keep it refreshing.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've had from Empryean and I wish they would start producing this one year-round. Honestly, it's up there with other fruit-infused IIPAs I've had in terms of taste, and as noted before, it's quite an attractive beer. Some minor adjustments to make the smell seem a little more natural would help it go a long way.

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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 78 ratings