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

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 78
Photo of HopHead84
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


On tap at Churchill's. The color is hazy golden orange with a one inch creamy white head.

The aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, and alcohol. Sort of muted. Not much else to report.

The flavor is bitter pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt and a little sweetness. The beer has bitterness in its favor, but it comes across as somewhat harsh with a strong alcohol presence and little hop flavor behind the bitterness. The finish is alcoholic pine.

The mouthfeel is dry and astringent with ample carbonation. Not impressed and not up to San Diego standards.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Golden amber. White head settles quickly without lace.

S – Sharp alcohol character. Almost like a malt and hop infused vodka. Mildly sweet, orange note.

T – Malty body up front into juicy sweet citrus. Booze and herbs build up behind the sweetness into an almost gin-like flavor. The herbal note continues into the finish with cilantro and juniper.

M – Light body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Leaves a round, lingering bitterness on the back of your palate.

O – Big on the booze, but lays down a nice bitter character.

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Photo of Nugganooch
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mother Earth

A: The pour is a nice golden color with a big slightly off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: The hops are certainly present on the nose with some nice citrus and pine notes. Also a fair amount of alcohol and (as pointed out by Bobby) fish food.

T: Certainly a very bitter IPA with lots of pine and citrus, to a lesser extent. Again, the alcohol presence is pronounced, a bit too much for my liking.

M: The body is medium to heavy for an IPA with a moderate carbonation.

D: I can't say this beer is bad, because I did enjoy it somewhat. But, it was more just bitter without much else going on.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 22oz bomber poured into 8 oz tasting glasses. Chilled to fridge temp.

A- Sits a hazy amber orange hue. Some white filmy head on top. Good head retention.

S- Sweet orange and malt upfront. Good amount of bread in aroma. A touch or caramel comes in the end. A bit of herbal and fresh cut grass come through, although light.

T- Good dose of piney hops and bready malt upfront. The bitterness really develops though the taste and rests nicely on palate. Sweet orange and carmel pull at the edges of the taste are well noticed. Very balanced right now.

M- Medium body. basic. Malt and hops are in balance. the bitterness is rather mild for a DIPA. Sits lightly on palate.

O- Easy to drink. Not what I would personally look for in an DIPA, but perhaps isn't very fresh. Balanced.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber in the tall Stella glass. Clear and bubbly with an attractive head. Some gardenias and gasoline in the aroma.

Rather sweet and spicy. A lot of malt, but the flavor is mostly bitter orange and some caramel. This seems like the current classic style of DIPA-- rich, herbaceous, hot, serious bitterness shading into the earthy, piney woods. Tangy and a little harsh. Woody, like there were some barrels involved.

I don't think there is much to recommend this at the equivalent of 25 bucks a six pack. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of rawfish
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice silk screened bottle. Pours a ruddy amber hue, thick clumpy off white head forms. Leaves a nice streak of lacing behind.

Uplifting pine, grapefruit and tangerine, bold malt under tone of toffee, bread and dark fruit. A medley of aroma, very concentrated on the grapefruit/pine hops.

Hefty malt, very sweet and nearly cloying, syrup, toffee, molasses. Hops come in with a bit of pine barely enough to push back in accompaniment with alcohol burn. Finish is sticky, a muted pine flavor and earthy bitterness. Really underwhelming for a DIPA.

Easy enough to drink all that malt can really hide the abv but without the hops it really is very sticky. Average carbonation and body.

Not terrible but for a DIPA, but not good either. I really wanted more in the hops not just a double amber, a one dimensional flavor profile and overwhelming malt character doesn't cut it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber from Craft Beer Kings. Dark amber color. Aroma is slightly hoppy, sweet. Flavor is thick malt, sweet, some bitterness, some hops. I honestly expected a little more but no way to tell how old this bottle was.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid but nothing really stands out about this one.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy bright orange red, with a one inch sticky white head, lacing is plentiful. Smell is grass, grind, tangerine, and some grapefruit. Taste is all that, not sure of the age, taste seems a little dated. Solid tangerine and grapefruit, just doesn't feel like it pops like it should. Nice body plenty of carbonation, might be on the heavier side for the style. Easy drinking, for the abv. It is a nice DIPA, but could have tasted more hoppy I think. I will research and edit if I need.

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Photo of rand
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Scott. Thanks, buddy!

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam and with some good lacing.

There's some nice sweetness in the smell, caramel and bread, a some grassy/piney bitterness but like a some DIPAs, the malt is ruling it in the aroma.

The taste seems to be more balanced. Yep, the malt is well represented with notes of caramel sweetness and some bready tones and the bitterness is kind of a grassy, slightly piney thing going on. As the beer is warming, the malt becomes even more assertive; it's not sickingly, syrupy sweet so that's not a huge complaint from me. I'm liking this DIPA and the hefty abv isn't a major factor.

Close to full bodied with medium to medium light carbonation, the mouthfeel is excellent. It's pretty easy to drink too so I'd say try it if you see it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
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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Photo of ehammond1
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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with orange highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was alright with a decent hop pine aroma, sweet malts, and hints of citrus. Upfront there was a grapefruit hop punch with pine, citrus accents. It had a good malt backbone as well. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but hop bitter crisp finish. It drank good and was probably one of the best beers they offered at MEB.

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Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Winco. Deep, clear copper pour, small head, streaky lacing. Muted aroma, mostly hop. Taste picks up, all of the grains and hop varieties seeking attention. Malts by a nose, but enough hops to finish bitter. Seemingly straightforward, but kind of complex.

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Photo of MisterGone
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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Photo of OlieIPA
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured into a Pub Glass with a crisp and clear dark copper hue. 1 1/2 finger white frothy head with amole amounts of lacing. S: A clean piney aroma; not as much fruit aroma I typically find in big IPA's. Some alcohol on the nose as well. T: Well balanced. Nice malt backing that's not too sweet, but enough to cut the hop bitterness. M: lots of body and dry finish. O: A very good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of itsmarkalbert
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
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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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Real thick, cream-colored, long lasting head, lots of lace, and a clear honey amber color. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fruit, hop - very nice. Flavor's like nose, slight sweet, carbonic tang in front, then the bitter which is long. Body is perfect. Very good drinking. Slight alcohol warmth at the very end.

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Primordial Imperial IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co.
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