Imperial Red I.P.A. | Blue Hills Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
82 Ratings
Imperial Red I.P.A.Imperial Red I.P.A.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
bluehillsbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by portia99 on 12-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
17.13%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 37
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour - Amber, copper in coloring. Nice tan foamy head which kept for a bit. Nice carbonation streaming up the sides of the cup

Smell - Definitely get the classic red ale smell with the citrus hoppy ipa notes. Grapefruit, caramel and malty.

Taste - Starts out very sweet, then turns malty and finishes with the bitterness. It is not exactly what i expect for a red ipa.

I agree with some other users that it reminds them of a barleywine.

Overall recommendation would be that if you are looking for a Red IPA, i would go with green flash's instead.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This imperial is without a doubt top quality. The idea of a red ale and an IPA combined for one big beer is brilliant. The 9% abv is a surprise if you did not see it on the label. The nice sweet caramel malt flavors balanced with some great hops and just a touch of roasty make this a great brew. Its a nice well made balanced beer and even some of my friends who hate IPAs love this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a great, very refined IPA. Didn't know about the high ABV until after I had tasted it (at a Blue Hills beer tasting event).

Prefer the taste of this much more than their regular IPA. Also enjoyed this much more the Harpoon Leviathan (their high ABV IPA).

Bought the remaining bottle in the liquor store.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this new brewery come to a local brew shop so I had to give it a try. Plus, an imperial red ale sounded delicious...

A: A nice clean deep red color with a 3/4 in off white head that fades quickly to a small lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Smells of some nice spicy hop upfront with some sweet malt quickly followed. Some caramel sugars on the back. Good.

T: Very well balanced brew. It has a quick sharp hop that is immediately beaten into submission by a sweet malt wall with some caramel and mild almost cinnamon. A watery spiciness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation. A spicy finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not amazing, but good. I think it is mis-clasified on here as a DIPA. This is just a standard Imperial IPA. There's nothing double about it. The hop profile is a lot more tame for a DIPA. This is for the IPA lover who likes a more balanced, tame hop profile, type IPA. If that's you, you'll love this beer. If you're looking for a hop annihilation, then this will disappoint you.

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Imperial Red I.P.A. from Blue Hills Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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