Primordial Imperial IPA | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Primordial Imperial IPAPrimordial Imperial IPA
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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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Added by womencantsail on 08-29-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of vfgccp
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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 stevoj
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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 JohnGalt1
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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 HopHead84
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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 drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +28%
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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Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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