Imperial IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

Imperial IPAImperial IPA
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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Zorro on 07-03-2010

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of C20Percent
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Slightly hazy golden-bronze color with a head that holds steady through life of beer.

S: Stingy citrus. Or, maybe boozy. Some floral notes in the background.

T: Subtle citrus flavors. But, not hitting as strong as I'd wish. Bitter, but lacking elsewhere. Almost flat. Leaving me wanting more.

M: Medium body. No noticeable finish.

O: Average Imperial IPA that lacks flavor. Would not purchase again.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Rocketman8911
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Three Floyds glass because I'm striking out on glassware today. Beer is dark amber and completely hazy, thin white head, small bubbles, lots of lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, earthy and a little piny.

Beer is heavy and malt forward, not horrible but also not a great IPA. Hides the alcohol well, but the malt cuts through leaving only this mild earthiness / piny quality behind on almost no bitterness. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wafers
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber to brick red color with a light frothy head
S: Some citrus in the aroma along with a somewhat roasted character
T: Bold, strong bitterness, some piney hops, definite malt background, with some alcohol towards the end
M: A pretty thick IPA, resiny, taste tends to linger in the mouth
O: The imperial IPA is a decent brew, very good for someone looking for one with a lot of bitterness...There is a strong malt character to the beer and the definite taste of alcohol makes this beer more of a sipper

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy light amber colr. Nice carbonation was evident right away as it bubbled up towards the surface. A good two inches of head then came up and capped the topped, only dropping slightly and depositing significarnt side glass lace,

The aroma was a hop heads dreams. Harsh, bitter, floral hops. Lots of grapefruit and strong pine notes, rich and fresh with tons of resin at the front of it. The flavor was more of the same. Damaging to the taste buds this was huge, Lots of rich pine flavors, pineapple, grapefruit, soem lght orange

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ebrauser
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Depp amber hue with a subdued cream colored head. lacing is left like a cobweb around the glass. The nose is up front hops with grass and lots of strong pine and resiny notes. Solid hop bite right at the start of the drink rides a small wave of malt through the finish. Largely oily and resiny hop residue with very little citrus cause a little of a one-sided battle. A little one-note, but still a decent IIPA

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Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Another offering in my mini Mendocino tasting this afternoon. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, lots o' ruby red grapefruit, a touch of pine resin, and a hint of mint (he-he, that rhymes...). The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit and the caramel really combining and intertwining nicely. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, one that doesn't try to o'erwhelm tastebuds with hops, but rather pumps plenty of hoppy flavor in with pleasantly sweet caramel sidekicks. Always nice to find an easy-going DIPA.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brownish-orange with mild amber highlights. Huge, 3-finger, frothy, white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail all the way around the glass before ending in a persistent lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a general sweetness.

T: Hops dominate this brew form beginning to end. Slightly sweet and there is no a nice alcoholic bite towards the ends.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: Superb imperial ipa – nicely hopped and very drinkable. Would pick this up again.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in hue with fine bubbles of carbonation rising fast from the bottom. Big off-white head that doesn't go away at all, leaving really nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is not very in your face, but what is there is citrusy at first and bready in the back. There's a hint of weird musty quality as well.

Hop resin, pine and citrus are all there fairly prevelantly. Not overly bitter at first, but a bready backbone creates a full-bodied feel that makes up for it. Bitter in the linger mostly. The mouthfeel is close to being creamy, but finishes bone-dry and citrusy. The tastes that are there are pretty bold and well done, a decent balance between the pine, citrus, and resinous hops with the bready character of the malts. The balance loses effect with the mouthfeel, as it is slightly watery and maybe too smooth up front from a soft carbonation. More of a carbonated zest may have done some good with this one. But overall, not bad and a relatively easy imperial IPA to drink, even at an 8% that is not easily detectable. I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of ahq514
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe.

Pours a murky golden color with a solid finger head that eventually diminishes a dusting of film over the top of the beer. Appears to have low carbonation. Spots of lacing occur.

Smells mostly of sweet caramel malt with a musty floral hoppiness. There is also a faint citrus hoppiness hidden amongst the other aromas. Not especially vibrant which I expect with a lot of IIPAs.

Taste is an improvement from the aroma. Starts off with a nice bitter, piney hop burst complemented by a sweet maltiness. This transitions into a big citrus burst of hops, some nice grapefruit and other tropical fruits. There is also a nice lingering bitterness.

Nice medium body with low level of carbonation. Has a dry bitter finish. Pretty drinkable for an IIPA.

I was not expecting very much from this beer, so it ended up being a decent beer. The nice grapefruit burst that I got in the taste really made the beer, otherwise it would be extremely boring. Wouldn't seek this beer out, but since I got it for free, I won't complain.

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Imperial IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 43.9% out of 100 with 223 ratings
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