Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPACarpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by LambicPentameter on 06-11-2014

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap.

Appearance - Golden Amber.

Smell - Mango and citrus.

Taste - Mango in the front and mango in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light. Very drinkable. Perfect carbonation.

Overall - Highly recommend

Grade (A+)

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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 -18.4%
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 +21.4%
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 RDW
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nuebs
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vonerichs
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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 cmoore32
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CrummyLuke
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could have used more sweetness, more mango aroma

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Photo of Forb
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of evenflow1980
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Jman_01
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Usernames
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JEdstrom
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of SammySamuelson
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

exceptional beer

mango is subtle but present, creates a buttery mouthfeel

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Photo of NodakEric
4.16/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MaillardRx
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nbutzier
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Brodie
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA from Empyrean Brewing Company
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