Imperial IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BarrelO on 02-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
336
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.62%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 336
Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +5.5%
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 -8.1%
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 -1.6%
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 -15.7%
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 +0.5%
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 +18.6%
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 -1.6%

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 -1.8%
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 -10.2%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +5%
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 -5.8%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of jlazerus
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting something exceptional but was a little disappointed. Release #28 from late spring 2013. It was 6 months old when I got to it. Epic just moved to Denver, and I heard of the brewery, being a former Utahn. Also, the neck-talker card promoted this as a GABF medal winner, bronze in 2011 in the Imperial IPA category, so I was excited to finally see this in my store.

Very nice white foamy head poured in a tulip glass, about a half inch. Very hazy and filled with particulates, much like the air in Salt Lake City this time of year! I prefer a clearer IPA, but what do I know.

Lacked a strong aroma of hop. Slightly hoppy floral but not piny up front. The flavor dies instantly and we are left with watery, alcohol and a bitterness that is not unpleasant, but not great.

Mouthfeel verges on slimy in the back. Did not love. Stickier than normal without any sweetness whatsoever. This beer should be better for the price and the hype.

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Photo of kagent777
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle picked up this weekend, so new that the website does not have info yet for this batch (#33). I poured this one into my beer goblet.

Appearance: This one is a little hazy and darker than other IIPAs that I have had. It also has little head on my pour. Other than that, no problems.

Smell: Floral, but also dank and resinous hops abound. Big hop flavors, as expected, with little else to get in the way.

Taste: Hop bitterness with a solid backbone of malt, a touch of caramel, overall huge huge flavors.

Mouthfeel: There is a slickness to this beer that must be from all the hop oil. The bitterness on the finish goes on forever.

Overall: A solid IIPA. I am not sure is any thing exceptional, but you wont go wrong picking this one up.

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Photo of JosephShestka
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer Lenin would like (in an alternate timeline). It is a big beer with an assertive hoppy bite. I recommend pairing with a sharp white cheddar or an especially funky Herve. Definitely not for starters, most starting drinkers will bind this brew too assertive. That's okay. Don't try this beer until you are ready.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #29/9.3% ABV per the label info. Experimental hop 1210 (Lemondrop) used at various stages per their web site.

Deep golden color with a foamy, sticky white head. Citrus and pine hop aromas intermingle with rich malt underpinning. Malt flavors quickly take a back seat to an intense hop bitterness and alcohol bite. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel; semi-dry.

Call this one a hop monster! The aroma is classic DIPA with the bitter taste fully asserting itself. Little subtlety with this one, so if you want an 'in your face' IPA, give this one a go...

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Photo of fcbrew
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Choice City, Fort Collins 7/10/13

Pours a hazy golden copper with nice head and good retention. Has a pronounced hop aroma. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Unfortunately, the taste is not pleasing. Very bitter with an unpleasant off-taste that coats your tongue. Hard to enjoy this IPA. Very poor balance with a strong disagreeable hop-related taste. No pine or grapefruit- just bitter. Very little malt taste. Not a good IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation near the edge of the glass. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very hoppy and has flavors of grapefruit and orange along with hints of pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and the grapefruit flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very hop-forward IPA but it's not too difficult to drink because it manages to hide its alcohol very well.

Note: Release #25

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Photo of JG-90
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz pured into glass gives a medium/large creamy almost pure white head, that becomes slightly rocky as it recedes. The beer is orange in color and pretty hazy. Leaves moderate/heavy lacing. Has a stale bread/uncooked dough aroma, floral hops, and a bit of orange and lemon.

Tasts starts with a bready/doughy taste, then floral hops,a good amount of lemon, a little orange. Has a resinous, floral, bready, malty, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is moderate/heavy with an average amount of carbonation for a DIPA. The resinous/floral parts of the finish sticks to the mouth, along with a little doughiness.

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Photo of bum732
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: Faint grassy and grapfruit peel like hops. Fresh cut hay, slight maltiness.

L: Very hazy peach colored, white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Sharp, grapefruit like hoppiness followed by some light malt sweetness. Medium bitterness with an almost cream-soda like malt backbone. Very grapfruit, pithy hop taste, fairly sharp. Finishes quite dry with some hop sharpness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Pretty mediocre for the style.

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