Ale Of The IMP | Hermitage Brewing

Ale Of The IMPAle Of The IMP
BA SCORE
33.9%
Liked This Beer
3.24 w/ 62 ratings
Ale Of The IMPAle Of The IMP
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States
hermitagebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by djeucalyptus on 12-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,505
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
62
Liked:
21
Avg:
3.24/5
pDev:
21.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

really surprised folks havent given this one more credit. there is a lot happening here, and its super tasty. i havent had a lot of beer from these guys, but the few i have had have been impressive, this one included. its a lighter double ipa, still majorly hazy and thick looking, heady and lingering, but it smells and tastes a little more delicate than a lot of these. resinous hops, hard to tell which varietals, but its sticky and fresh as can be. i taste candied orange, raw honey, and a ton of alpha acids. it has a sort of double edge to it. light in feel and grain weight, but sturdy as can be in terms of the hop flavor. the criticism here seems unwarranted to me, like those who hate on it never had it fresh. these guys do cool beer, and their hoppy stuff is when they are at their best in my experience, so its weird it doesnt have better scores here. some bitterness comes on late, but thats only appropriate for the style. i sure wish hermitage beers were available here in colorado, i wold be a curious buyer for sure. this is way way way way way way way under rated here on BA. when fresh its superb, dont listen to the haters. thanks to drlovemd87 for the share here. cheers mate!

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Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The less than attractive label should've warned me.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and spicy with some pine.

T - Malty and sweet. Too sweet. Spicy and piney but not very enjoyable

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is unbalance and not very good. Too sweet and malty but not in a good way.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with a ton of pineapple, grass and other citrus notes. The flavor confirms that this is a hop bomb. There is a ton of bitter pineapple and papaya notes, with some grass and a hint of bread. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Hazed amber colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops and more than a little sweetness. It smells malty yes but the sweet smell is stronger than that. Hop scent is a little weird, herbal but not really of grapefruit or pine. Best description of the hop scent is green tea and sage, yes it is a little weird.

Starts off sweet and raw bitterness on the tongue. Strongly bitter without a lot of other tastes to it. Nothing here, just raw unbalanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a regrettable purchase. It is alcoholic and abusively unbalanced, avoid this one.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Little head, some bubbles. Unfiltered, hazy amber. Translucent.

S: Big, brash, fruity, and herbal. I suspect Simcoe plays a large role. Onion and grapefruit. Very hoppy.

T/M: Surprisingly flat and mild, a touch of carbonation, but very little flavour. Herbal bitterness. A touch of boring citrus.

O: Wow, a seriously disappointing DIPA. Not much flavour, touch of alcohol. Would not have again. Not recommended.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a dim, muddy orange in color. The bottled foamed over when I popped the top but once poured didn’t retain much head.

Smell – The pine is full and malts big and juicy. There’s some caramel in the nose along with some light spicing like white pepper and some rancid orange notes.

Taste – The orange and pine are big along with a heavy caramel balance. All of these flavors are huge and tend to overpower.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied and very bitter.

Drinkability – I like big beers but this was a bit heavy-handed for me.

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Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Domvan
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of allengarvin
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 3.75 - Very cloudy amber with a medium half-inch head.
S: 4.0 - Unusual hop aroma--very herbal, vegetal, somewhat minty. I wonder what varieties they used.
T: 3.75 - High bitterness, but not enough to conceal the sticky sweetness of the malt. Hop taste, like the nose, is very grassy, minty, and lingers on for a long time after the finish.
M: 4.0 - Big bodied, appropriate for a double, even if 8% doesn't seem that high. A good sipping beer.
O: 3.75 - Interesting overall, but not something I would see myself buying often.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.02/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500nm bottle just back from SoCal.

Pours hazy copper with a half inch head of white and decent lacing and retention.

Aromatics feature stale, skunky hops. Wet carboard, old malt, and dried grapefruit rind follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

A tannic, beaten, and aged hop profile leads off the palate. Stale pine bark and grapefruit. Papery malt follows through along with a raw bitterness and a minerally chaulkiness.

Finishes horribly bad with a lingering pelletized bitterness and cheesy, cardboard-like hops.

Ugh, this one is really bad. Seriously harsh and way beaten up. I've had better five year old homebrews.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerpadawan
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Offa
2.16/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a complete dud, bland and essentially characterless yet with sharp bitterness and nothing else.

Hazy pale amber, it has a medium-big pale tan head steadily-slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and ring. Hint of lace. It looks pretty good.

Aroma is raisiny fermented grapefruit, light juicy yeastiness.

Taste is sweet, oily grpaefruit up front, then sharply bitter oily grapefruit which over time gets increasingly intensely bitter and increasingly bland so that all one can taste is the sharp spicy bitterness with even the grapefruit character barely noticeable, so it tastes like very bitter, dirty water. Balance is a word that should never be mentioned in the same sentence as this beer. This is horrid.

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Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of codynevels
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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Ale Of The IMP from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 33.9% out of 100 with 62 ratings
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