Imperial IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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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:
352
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Christianuriah
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of elihull
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Theniz
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Joe Canal's in Rio Grande...
Appears a hazy shade of orange toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of massive amounts of freshly baked bread, biscuits, caramel, honey, citrus, pine needles, and yeast.
Taste echoes the aromas with a plethora of biscuity malt balancing out the bitter hop acids.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and well balanced.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Roybert
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Amber in color with a touch of haze. Moderately tall white cap of foam with solid retention.

Aroma-Sticky piney and resiny hops over a full, toasty caramel malt backbone. Undertones of tropical fruit-dried pineapple and mango-with tangerine rinds. Not overly aromatic, but delicious and long-lasting.

Flavor-Caramel and raisins up front with piney resinous hop flavor. Some tropical fruits in the middle-juicy mango and apricot. Moderately high bitterness is incredibly smooth. Finish is a blend of raisiny caramel, pine, and juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Some warming from the high booze.

Delicious and exceptionally drinkable for something this boozy and this hoppy. Wonderfully balanced and awesome. Get this, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 LAp
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Epic Brewing Imperial IPA, Exponential Series, Release #2, 10.1% a.b.v.
"You are holding something special--one of only 1800 bottles released and numbered. Intriqued? Visit www.epicbrewing,com to explore this limited brew's precise details. Brewed and bottled by EPIC Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah."

Let's crack the crown and drink it down!

Beautiful peachy color, clouded, opaque…long-lasting ivory head. Looking lovely.

Aroma: ah, there it is, everything you want in an imperial IPA. Grapefruit, mango, orange and lemon confer with some piney permutations to give this wondrous hoppy bouquet. Potent and piquant, loud and looming, big and beautiful. Just is.

Taste: Bam! There is is, again! Everything enjoyed in the aroma comes back in the taste. Fat flavor, blistering bitterness, very lively, alert and alive. I just plain like it.

Bitter fruity flavor lasts and lasts. A constant barrage of juicy, bitter hoppy flavor. Slightly astringent, but sweet fruity flavor keeps it going . Wow, the hoppiness keeps on coming. Wow. Here's an excellent entry in the ranks of imperial IPAs. The flavor doesn't quit. Yum meets yum, and it keeps on coming.

Can't help loving this IPA. Mmmmm.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of off white foam. Beautiful lacing as the beer recedes. Aroma is very hoppy with a bit of caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus hops dominate the nose.

Aroma is backed up by a huge hop flavor. Completely imba hoppy, but in a good way. This is what I crave in an IIPA. I taste influences from many different hops... maybe simcoe, amarillo, cascade? There is a nice malty backbone to the beer, that is only detected in the substantial body and for a brief instant between the rush of hop flavor and the rush of hop bitterness.

All in all, this is a nice IIPA. Never would have guessed it came from Utah.

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Photo of Wgkutz
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TripelMark
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This particular bottle is from batch #5 with a 9.9% ABV. Since it's listed as 9.5% here on BA, I'm guessing the ABV changes with each batch.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange color with a very thick two fingered head. Creamy, billowing white foam with lacing sticking to the sides of the glass like glue. The beer looks thick as it's poured.

S - Oranges and spicy grapefruit rind dominate the nose. All these aromas mix together, but not in a very strong way, aroma is mildly moderate, not pungent but somewhat resiny. There's a slight bit of booziness intermingled within the nose. Malts are pretty subdued as this is more hop forward.

T - Very similar to what I experienced in the nose. Lots of resiny, hoppy, fruit with the addition of pine (I didn't pick that one up in the nose.). The tip of the tongue is met with some sweet caramel malt for a very brief second, followed by a wave of tangy, bittersweet, zesty, orange peels and grapefruit rind. After the wave of spicy fruit, the sip is finished off with a pretty healthy dose of alcohol effervescence and a little bit of caramel malt. Because of the noticeable alcohol, this one finishes pretty dry on the palette.

M - Heavy medium body and somewhat sticky. Texture is mild and prickly on the tongue with a velvety texture.

O - I've never heard of Epic Brewing Co. before and bought this at a local bottle shop out of curiosity and being a big IPA fan, especially D-IPA's. The Exponential Series Imperial IPA is definitely worth checking out, I'm glad I did and will be going back for some more bottles (if they're still on the shelf).

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Photo of Hearneator
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Epic website states that Series #15 was bottled between January 2 and February 14, 2012. This bottle had aged nine months.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about one finger of off-white head that was dense and clumpy. After a few minutes this had dissipated to a very thin layer and left some okay lacing. The brew is a very clear golden-orange with plenty of carbonation stream raising through.

S: The aroma consisted of strong pine and citrus notes along with a good shot of floral and just a hint of malt sweetness.

T: The taste began with some caramel malt sweetness and then a mildly bitter citrus quickly joined in, and that was followed by a nice rush of pine and floral, and there was also just a touch of peppery hops.

M: The body was in the lighter range of medium and very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation; and, it was just a little bit sticky.

O: This is a very good beer, and it is a bit of a different take on the Imperial IPA style. This Imperial IPA is light in color and has a much sweeter malt backbone than most Imperial IPA’s I have tried. It seems a little more like a Double IPA in my opinion. It had big, bold, and balanced malt and hops flavors – with the hops focused on citrus, pine, and floral, without a large amount of bitterness. This beer was very high quality and will certainly make my interested in trying other Epic beers when I can find them.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bronze GABF winner 2011 in Imperial India Pale Ale category. Release #14. This label is ribbed, feels like a good grip! Interesting, onward into a nonic pint glass you go.

A classic off white head, somewhat uniform but quite large and fistfull big with a large cap. Body is kind of murky and cloudy dull amber brown with some faint rising carbonation.

What a great classic nose on this. Chewy perfect mix of hop and sweet biscuity malt. Hop angle seems to take a soft side getting into mushy fruit but a sense of a real dense sweet malt body perhaps coming.

Sweet hop blasting with a perfect malt brown sugar in the palate on first sip. Body hints at bigger thickness but is subdued yet coating. Afterfinish has a bitterness without the astringency, in fact it seems there's a great malt sweetness that takes over. Really nice balance here in the palate, with a hop angle that just seems to hit a simple dry pine.

Overall, fantastic nice job, real interesting and different from the usual rip your face off IPAs which have their place too.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - release #3, 9.9% ABV. Pours a cloudy straw orange with a medium frothy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is dank, piney hops with a little sweet malt and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is some sweet malt and a little fruit with a lot of dank, piney, resiny, peppery hops that give it a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a surprisingly good DIPA! It's a big unbalanced hop bomb, but well done and not too much over the top.

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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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