Imperial IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #16. Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine-orange color with a finger of silky white head. A light sheet of lacing was left behind.

Aroma of fresh orange, lemon and sweet caramel malts.

Found this to be more malt focused with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by a bite of orange. The 8.9% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied with a stickiness and moderately carbonated.

Not one of the top IPAs but definitely one that I found enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly hoppy nose. Hazed orange glow with a nice big sticky white head. Big hop resin on the nose, slightly citric, slightly floral with a hint of pint. Detectable malt on the nose as well in the form of caramel.

Wow super slick mouthfeel with hop resin throughout. Sweet caramelized fruits on the tip of the tongue roll into a piney citric rind bitterness. Big, fruity, sweet, bitter and balanced. This beer starts with enormous malt sweetness and balances itself with huge tropical fruit hop bitterness. The beer has a long bitter finish with a hint of lingering booziness. Very very good.

Everything from Epic's elevated and exponential series has been great so far.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Release #22/10.2% ABV)

A: cloudy gold/light orange, finger off-white head, sexy lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, mild floral background

T: grapefruit, hint of peach, firm pine,
grainy malt, long oily/sticky bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: BRAVO, EPIC! Haven't tasted your brews
in a while, rather nice. Hopheads should grab this
and I would love to share it again. ABV well hidden.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #16, bottled 4/1/2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger very dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, biscuit, orange rind, light pine, grass, floral, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and malt balance; the age is notable here, but still very nice. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, mango, pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, bread, mango, pine, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop complexity with a very balanced malt backbone; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Hop and malt balance is great and not overly sweet at all; despite the age of this bottling. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA! Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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