Imperial IPA | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
351 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of hawkssb04
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LouAleHead
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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.

 233 characters

Photo of mattboyer182
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of litheum94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of hickmancase
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dseanv
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release Number: 03 -- ABV 9.9%

A -- Golden color with very light cloudiness, 1 finger head that dissipates, prominent lacing left behind.

S -- Average smell, upfront with some mild maltiness, nose finishes with a sweet and hoppy tone.

T/M - Tastes highly bitter and finishes very sweet. Leaves a nice high IBU residual bitterness in the end, but IMHO could use a decent amount of additional dry hopping.

O- Holey crap! This is one fine beer, not trying to nitpick with the additional dry hopping comment above, just personal opinion. Unbelievable ABV of 9.9%, this beer slams itself out of the park and to the top of an IIPA/DIPA list with ease, good job Epic! Seek and Destroy while you can!

PP (Price Point) - $10.79 for a 9.9% to me is an extremely fair deal if I use my "divide by two" rule, that if this were two 22oz bombers of IIPA that were 5% I would be happy paying the $5.50 per. Though I wouldn't mind seeing it a buck or two cheaper!

 951 characters

Photo of msumike89
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamranders
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gtg642
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter; Release #5

Pours a bright orange body with a touch of haze and a fluffy ecru cap that rises two+ fingers and settles to leave chunks of lacing.

The aroma is of tangerines and ruby red grapefruit on top of clean pale malt and a touch of astringency.

Tangerines and an astringent medicinal quality dominate the flavor profile. A touch of ethanol in the finish, but primarily tangerines and bitterness linger. I found this to be pretty straightforward.

Sticky medium body with a carbonation that is probably a touch too high leading to a prickly feel.

Overall, this is a decent iipa. Nothing overly special, but definitely something I wouldn't be upset to have in my glass.

 711 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

 535 characters

Photo of mrandypandy
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #2, purchased at Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT. 10.1% ALC/VOL.

A- Pours a clear orange, big frothy white head. Good carbonation, great lacing.
S- Mix of citrus hops and soap. Something just smells off.
T- Hop forward. Minimal citrus with a strong sticky pine finish. Very bitter, minimal (if any) malt backbone.
M- Medium to full body, prickly carbonation.
D- Eh. Not bad, but a whole bottle is a bit much. Would have preferred to split this with someone.

Overall - I have been underwhelmed with all of the Epic brews I have tried, and this is no exception. While a decent and great looking brew, it is certainly average in the world of IIPA's. Don't go out of your way to get one.

 713 characters

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.