Imperial IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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353 Ratings
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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:
353
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Duff27
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, mild sweet malt. Taste follows aroma, dominated by citrus and somewhat herbal hops supported by a nice caramel malt body. Flavor starts with hop bitterness which persists through the taste, finishing with residual citrus bittering hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. Nicely integrated hops and malt; although the hops do not stand out in flavor intensity, the overall flavor progression is nice and inviting. I will watch for this again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to Duvel tulip.
Batch #14 - bottled Dec 5, 2011 --> so a fairly old bottle.

A - Light to medium orange with a big golden glow. Translucent. One finger of thick cream-coloured head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - Big citrus and pine aromas up front - grapefruit, tangerine, pine and some light grassy aromas. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background provides some balance. Smells fairly fresh.

T - A huge bitterness up front with grapefruit, orange zest and pine flavours. A fairly prominent malt backbone provides some sweetness and a touch of caramel. After a few sips the hop flavours started to completely fade away but the bitterness was still there in spades and the malt presence became much more noticeable. The finish was extremely bitter and dry.

M - Medium body and full of sticky hop resin. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is worrisome, as I get considerable mango and peach, along with some decent pine and light dry citrus. In other words, this smells like another sweet, boozy, east coast style IPA. To no great surprise, the flavor profile replicates the nose, and in fact this is a pretty sweet, malty, boozy DIPA. The beer delivers some decent bitterness, but it's not enough to counter the sweet malt in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter, alcoholic finish.

A decent DIPA, but that's probably the best I can say about it. Would likely not order this one again.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR.

Pours a rather cloudy and colour-wise pretty standard golden hue. Head is good and thick, forming a foamy, bubbly crown for the beer. Sheeting lace over a lightish body. Not bad all up.

Mild, smooth citrus on the nose, along with a slightly breezy vanilla-imbued malt character. Slightly earthy and organic. Pretty smooth and pleasant.

Tasty on the palate, but slightly skewed and off-colour as well. Light crisp citrus on the front, which morph into some sharper, phenolic notes mid-way through. Slight harshness on the back. Malt is solid, but it lends no real flavours to the beer as a whole. Some apricot is noticeable, but it's a weird amalgam, and slightly harsh and rotten when you get down to it.

Feel is light, but clingy with excess booze.

Not bad all up, but I've had better beers. This one suffers from the harshness which is unnecessary.

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Photo of corby112
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. The glass is left coated with rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Very impressive looking.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with resinous oil and pine notes along with some sweeter fruit notes and a strong malt presence. The earthy pine notes are countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Smells a touch boozy with a grainy malt backbone.

Chewy full body with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger throughout over the sweeter notes, grainy malt and boozy heat into a tongue coating, bone dry finish. Lots of dry, earthy pine flavor up front countered by hints of grapefruit and orange peel. This is followed by a hot, boozy presence toward the end of the palate. The ABV is not very well masked and the strong alcohol presence takes away from the bitter and sweet hop flavors.

Overall this beer is decent but could use more subtlety/balance. Nice bitterness but the heat on the back end really takes away from the enjoyment.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Imperial IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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