Imperial IPA
Epic Brewing Company

Imperial IPAImperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,760
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,252
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
364
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
Notes: This beer is the epitome of Epic’s IPAs. This hard hitting brew manages to pack a punch while still providing that fantastically complex IPA flavor. Slightly floral aromas hit the nose while resinous flavors dominate the body, finishing with the ideal palate cleansing bitterness.
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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at BitterCreek. Medium brass color, small silky head, lacing coats the glass. Gentle hops aroma, grows bolder in taste. Really nice feel. Doesn’t present itself as an IIPA.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Original rating 2012-09-07] Pours hazy orange/gold with a white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is citrus, spicy hops, some other fruit, maybe apple? Taste is bitter hops and... Alcohol! Lots of alcohol. Check the label... 9.5%, I can believe that. There’s that fruit again in the finish. Over all not bad but the alcohol could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - copper color slight white head and skimming
Smell - piney resin scent
Taste - simple to the scent but more floral
Feel - medium body and a medium light carb
Overall - pretty good but pretty old school and nothing special

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Photo of Ob512316
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into glass. The latest instalment of the exponential series that I tried.
Look: between gold and amber with a medium consistent head.
Smell: hints of tropical fruit, some alcohol.
Taste: Tropical at first, ( mango, pineapple, papaya) then caramel finish, the tropical fruit never goes away
Overall: this beer is an imperial IPA. I don't know why people question that. Good beer none the less.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Impression from a fresh bomber purchased at a NorthEastern Colorado beer store:

ABV is dangerously well-disguised, and it doesn't bend too tropical even though it does hint at pineapple...a note that I'm not too keen on in (I)IPAs. Pale malt sweetness opposes any hop bitterness, keeping it pretty well balanced without having to result to overly sweet caramalt or crystal malt.

Hop pungency and depth of flavour could be improved, but all around it's an enjoyable expression of an imperial IPA even if it doesn't stand out in the oversaturated style.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, clear orange in color with a firm white froth that sticks. Lotta' fruit (mango, orange, pineapple) in the aroma. Not a lot in the way of hops. Taste is caramel malt forward with a fleeting bitterness and some orange rind to be found in there somewhere. Medium in body with a slight alcohol heat throughout the finish.

I can dig it. And I can move on.

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Photo of LAp
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad DIPA. Expected less given the mediocre reviews it'd received, but there's actually a fair amount of substance here. Not overly bitter - this IPA airs more on the savory, dank side of the hop spectrum. An impressive beer. Reminiscent of Hercules, albeit with less malt.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle has this clocked in at 10% Release 57 Mosaic so judging by past reviews it must be at least 3 months old.

A - Slightly cloudy bright amber yellow color with a 1/2 inch of frothy foam that dissipates to a nice ring of lace.
S - Malty and piney but it doesn't smell too strong so it must have aged out some of the pineapple or mango? hops a bit. Doesn't smell offensive so thats nice.
T - Malty but surprisingly not too syrupy which was a surprise. Lots of honey malts and mango hops.
M - A bit chewy but for the gravity I was surprised how easy it went down. Medium heavy body.

Overall it was worth the tick at just 9 bucks for the bomber but there are WAY better DIPA's out there. Skip it if you can.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Slightly hazed orange gold with a finger of soapy white head, medium spotty lacing.
S - Up front some stone fruit, grape, orange , payapa, some biscuit malt, and unfortunately some diacetyl. Even some green pepper.
T - You definitely get the base mosaic profile, but there is a serious diacetyl profile in this that is very detracting. White grape, orange, green pepper, orange, some dank onion, papaya.
M - Chewy for sure, mildness hanging on, slight warmth.
O - Good IPA, but the diacetyl takes away from this beer for sure, its has the good qualities of a mosaic IPA unforunately just mudded up.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pretty golden color, nice head with mix of fine and coarse bubbles, just-barely-off-white-toward-yellow-manila color.
Very little nose, at least served at 45F. Hints of dank marijuana.
Taste is very nice, actually quite mild. Not sweet, mildly bitter, very well balanced. Apricots, both dry and sweet.
Mouthfeel is lush, rich, gorgeous. Very possibly the best mouthfeel of any IPA I've ever had.
Finish is well integrated with the beer. Subtle. Bitter.
Overall this is just really, really nice. The guys and/or gals at Epic know their stuff.
It hides the alcohol, too. I wish it were 6% so I could drink more of this in a sitting. As it is - small pours only, alas.

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Photo of Lobina
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy haze but little head..probably the pour. smell off a bit. This was release 45 so might be a bit old. Taste was ok but also off a bit for me. If all are like this I wouldn't buy again. Might give it another try but way better IIPAs out there

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the batch # 50 (had it on draft, so I am going on release date from the website)

I am pretty happy with the end product but admittedly after knowing the hop bill (Citra, Mosaic, Motueka, Waimea) it could be better. It seems like (from the site) they used Citra primarily for bitterness in the boil (???) and I wouldn't know that it is in there from smell or taste, which seems like a waste of Citra!!!

Anyway...

L- it has a slightly hazy straw body with minimal head.
S - slightly muted tropical notes. What I get is wonderful, but it is relatively faint. So it is mixed for me, in the sense that is has a great aroma but isn't very strong. Which is definitely better than a strong aroma of nastiness.
T- Taste follows nose. I get a dose of delicious tropical, citrus and ripened fruit notes, all riding on a very light crackery malt. unfortunately this wonderful flavor also seems a little muted. What is there is enjoyable but not quite the level where other top notch DIPA bring it to. For such a high ABV, the alcohol is well covered. I am thankful for the small pour at a local craft bar because this is EASY to drink.
F- slight stickiness, medium carbonation and a full enjoyable mouthfeel.

I have a feeling after reading this batches (#50) hop profile that it is a better beer than the ratings suggest, however it seems that it also could be even better than currently presented.

Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty orange color, solid 1/3" of white head on the top. Aroma was decent, but not what I drop mad ca$h on like this for a bomber to just have kinda decent aroma in an imperial ipa.

Taste was plenty bitter, I found the beer to be really thick viscosity, not syrup, but thicker than your average imperial ipa. Easy to drink 9.5% here. Ultimately its a little bit better than average beer at a way worse than average price per oz. Not a repeat purchase when better stuff is substantially cheaper. Substitute goods bro.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 25, 2015. Release #45 9.9% abv. Look is gold orange blend with foamy head and little lacing. Smell is citrus, herb, floral, pine and caramel malt aromas. Taste is juicy citrus, herbal, floral, pine resin and light caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of LouAleHead
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great tasting beer, pours a nice light golden color, decent white creamy head that laces. Aroma of hops is ever so present and taste is refreshing with the hop bitterness at the end. Good beer to drink for those long hot summer days.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a just-slightly hazy gold/copper with 1 1/2" foamy white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are both excellent.

S: Herbal, fruity hop character jumps out of the glass. Some caramel-like sweetness. Melon. Brown sugar. Citrus. A bit of a resinous quality. Impressive.

T: Comes on malty with more brown sugar & some peppery spice. The mid palate reveals more & more hops, both in terms of citrus & overall bitterness. The finish is a slightly dull combo of lemon/lime & molasses.

M: Moderate carb married to a slick malty body. A bit soapy.

O: I actually think I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a glass, color is deep hazy gold, with a nice head, good lacing. The nose is pure hop bomb, very resiny, some citrus. Taste is hop bomb the way the nose was. Bitter but smooth hop throughout the mouth, but never unpleasantly bitter. Hop heads should love this one. On tap, it's even more resiny, and almost (not quite, but ALMOST) syrupy. Comparing the bottle to the tap for this one - it's probably one of the most disparate beers I've ever had, though both versions are just excellent.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle.
Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin, fuzzy head. Nice lacing.
Smell: tropical fruit. A bit of alcohol.
Taste: pine sap and alcohol followed by pine tar. Grain bill comes through in the middle. Basic two-row flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium- high carbonation. Medium body. Dry. Bitter.
Overall: pretty good imperial IPA. Big hops and big alcohol.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I believe my tastes have changed, as I really enjoyed this beer according to my previous rating. The beer is decent, but the alcohol comes through more than I'd like and I think detracts from the overall appeal of the beer.

A: yellow to yellow golden, with a nice film of sustaining head, thicker at the edges that yield nice lacing.

S: grainy, hay, meadow. It smells like the part of the brewery where mashing happen - in other words, fresh and spent grain. I get the slightest bit of grapefruit as well.

T: sweet, perhaps a little too much so, little honey-syrup-y along with the grain tastes that I get from the smell. The bitterness is the grapefruit I got in the smell, but the grain (perhaps tanins) and alcohol bite add together with this to cut the opening sweetness. Unfortunately, the combo has a saccharin kind of feel.

M: the beer is quite smooth, but the ending feel is a bit oily.

O: I enjoy front sweetness in a DIPA usually, but this either started too sweet or didn't provide a depth or bitterness to counter it. I assume I had a fresh offering, but perhaps not. I probably need to give this one more try to see if my previous higher rating or this one is more appropriate.

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow in color. Slight haze. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that slowly reduces to a bubbly ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of pale malts, resiny pine, and some lesser citrus notes.

T: Taste falls off a bit. Resiny pine aroma turns a bit skunky. Some lighter pale malts...maybe a touch of biscuit. Alcoholic solvency on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Alcoholic spice.

O: A decent, but not overly exciting DIPA with a dearth of hops.

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Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a Burnt orange color with slight cloudiness that settles. It has a floral nose, but the alcohol is fairly prominent. The taste is bitter throughout with slight notes of caramel. Calm velvety mouth feel with a sharp lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy orange with a decent off white head. Smells floral and piney. Tastes bitter with a good malt character that balances out the floral and piney flavors with a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick with a dry finish. Overall this was a solid double IPA.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed gold, solid inch of thick, off-white head. The lace is sticky, but sparse.

Floral hops and some grain start the smell, pine and grapefruit follow.

The flavor matches the smell pretty much. Well balanced hops and malts, with a bitter, but not overwhelming finish.

Worth a try if you can find it!

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Photo of popery
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #33. Pours a medium ambery orange. Quite cloudy. The head is frothy and off-white. Lots of lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is big on tangerine, grapefruit, orange and pine hop notes. There's a fairly strong caramel malt character, more sugar than I'd like but it's not too over the top. A little bubblegum-ish. The taste starts off with sugary malt flavor. There's also a good amount of citric hop flavor. Relatively little bitterness, though the finish has a decent bite. Still too much sweetness. Fairly thick feel. Lasting aftertaste. A little more than booze than I'd like but not too bad. It's a fairly sweet DIPA with too much of a bubblegum caramel flavor to it, but it's still rather tasty. The hops are nice, if somewhat unexciting. The malt sweetness is good enough in and of itself, at least. It's just not how I prefer my DIPAs.

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Photo of Ego
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
nice frothy white head, rising up to 2 fingers, cloudy light orange, a small amount of carbonation is visible, really sticky lacing, while my description here does not exactly light up the word sky I would be remiss if I did not say that this is one damn fine looking beer.

nose...
big pine and honey notes, just a trace of the alcohol is apparent, this smells heavy, laden with hop oil, a nice nose

taste etc...
pretty thick stuff compared to most IPAs (of course the non filtered aspect lends to this), lots of malt presence to balance out the big hops and big ABV, the alcohol is pretty up front but the other notes are so damn big that this thing does balance out, some real nice bitter flavor, ABV warming, dark honey notes, long linger, pretty damn big beer but I would prefer more hops than booze.

verdict?
tell em large marge sent ya!
this is pretty damn big in all categories, for me personally I would like a little more hop kick to really set this off, that said this is a good bold beer and worth checking out if you like such things

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 364 ratings