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Primordial Imperial IPA | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Primordial Imperial IPAPrimordial Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 78
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4


Mother Earth Brew Co.
Vista, CA

A deep, dark, auburn with orange edges. Thick, soapy off-white head forms and sticks around. Lots of lacing down the glass. A beautiful beer.

A very pleasing and pungent tropical and citrus nose. While the typical grapefruit and orange notes are here, there's a distinct apricot aroma as well.

A very bitter DIPA with strong floral and pungent citrus notes. Clean finish and remarkably drinkable, even with just a touch of alcohol warmth that reminds me of this beer's strength.

Medium to thick bodied, a touch slick with alcohol, ample carbonation. A touch of stinging, biting alcohol.

A tasty and impressively bitter San Diego DIPA. It does everything right and I feel lucky this beer (and this brewery) is just a few exits away from me on the 78. Keep up the good work!

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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful color and a rich malt profile of 4 different malts are overshadowed by a powerful hop triad. Citrus, floral, and piney as it rolls across the tongue. No strong after flavors of the 9.5% ABV or over 100 IBUs. It's worth buying two on your first go.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber with a coppery tint to it, light khaki head that holds lace long after dissipation. Resinous, with some mild pine in the aroma and a sweet note in there, I imagine from the grain varieties. Tastes as advertised in the nose: resin, pine, with citrus finish that adds a little booze pop in the back. I do like a stickier IIPA, but this is still a tasty beer. 9ABV makes this a sipper.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MIni-growler picked up last night at Pre-Funk Nampa.. Clear light orange.. Hops are in the pine spectrum.. background pithy grapefruit toward the finish.. Lightly sweet pale malt to just barely balance the huge hops... Surprisingly well done.. Stoked to be able to get this fresh in my hood soon. Very stoked.


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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic pint glass

A big, bold IIPA, West Coast in style but with its own flare. It pours rich and frothy, deep red-copper in color and a larger-than-usual head. Lots lemony-citrus hops in the nose, but the malt aspects are huge and almost overwhelm. Maybe a bit too much on the malt-side. The flavors are interesting - very hoppy, fresh and bitter. But the profile quickly bends sweet, with notes of butter-rum and toffee. Alcohol is prevalent, warming the sip, and the chewy mouthfeel accents the saccharine aspects. Finishes long and sweet. Maybe a little too much residual sugar.

It's nice to try an IPA that clearly isn't trying to clone another, but each sip was a mouthful. It would have been better shared.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PP Carlsbad
*Notes from yesterday

A: My pint poured a much darker pale like that of burnt caramel sugars with little to no head and not much lace to note either.

S: Aroma is very faint and malty but I am able to pick up some floral and spice hop notes.

T: Taste is malt forward for the style with a caramelly sweetness prevelant throughout. Definitely bittered as there are some decent hop spice and pine components. But overall this one is not really gone win you over with the IBU's. Does have a dry finish that keeps this one drinkable. ABV's are well masked for 9.5% I must say. Not boozy at all like others can be at that level.

M: Light-med body with a bit of a sticky resinous mouthfeel. Overall decent creaminess that dries up on the finish.

D: Not a bad brew per say but as far as DIPA's go this one is not going to really stand out amongst it's counterparts. Again ABV's are well masked and there are some hoppy notes but overall more caramelly sweet than anything.

I have heard a lot about ME from my bro who frequents the brewery for beers & HB supplies and one day I will make the effort to stop in. But now that I have tried I can say I would much rather spend my duckets on some more Poor Man's!!!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine to orange citrus hops, a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small alcohol note in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and a bit too much alcohol, almost hairspray like.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Primordial Imperial IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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