Steam Brew Imperial IPA
Privatbrauerei Eichbaum

Steam Brew Imperial IPASteam Brew Imperial IPA
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Privatbrauerei Eichbaum
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,543
Ranked #29,187
3.33 | pDev: 20.42%
Nov 07, 2021
Jun 08, 2018
Steam Brew Imperial IPASteam Brew Imperial IPA
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Photo of Ushouldbeworkinh
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ushouldbeworkinh from Portugal

Not bad

Nov 07, 2021
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Privatbrauerei Eichbaum “Steam Brew Imperial IPA”
,5L can coded “MHD 11/08/2022 L223 1505 3”. Sampled on 29.09.2021
€,79 @ Lidl, Benrather Str. 7b, Düsseldorf, DE

This beer has a starting gravity of 16.8˚ Plato, and an ABV of 7.8%. It has 45 IBUs, and is brewed with Yellow Sub and Mosaic hops. It’s a slightly hazy amber-orange in color beneath a full head of white foam. The aroma is bright and fresh with hop resins, citrus (mainly orange), and berries. The flavor follows. It’s sweetish and malty with notes of orange, apricot, and plenty of berries. At just 45 IBUs the bitterness is firm against the malt, balancing it enough. It fnishes bittersweet and lingering with plenty of residual hoppy fruitiness. The alcohol never shows. In the mouth it’s medium bodied and crisp. Given the price this is a great beer, but more importantly it’s a quality American IPA done by a German brewer and it’s nice to see that they’re finally gotten the hang of it.
Review #7,472

Sep 29, 2021
3.75 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on May 04, 2021
4 by Enomas from Portugal on Apr 29, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

Review: 0,5l can of Steam Brew Imperial IPA: 7.8% vol.

Love the Steam Brew cans, full of character and with a story behind each one. I'm fucked if I know the exact storyline, probably some bollix, but it looks well good. A logo of what looks like a mechanic/steam man surrounded by all sorts of gadgets, wheels and rusty instruments, pretty eye catching and cool. On the can it says “lets oil the gears of life”, yes sure why not, for this beer that was hopped three times......

On pour get a lot of carbonation, mad alive, resulting in a big creamy white head and an amber coloured beer. When it all settles down, the result is a fantastic looking beer. Great head on it, and it looks very delicious, very inviting. Lovely on the eye.

Good amount of lacing left behind on glass.

The aroma is strong, getting a lot of rich tropical fruits on the nose. It has the typical IPA smell one would expect, and it hits you straight off the bat. Nice and powerful on the nose. Get the citrus and fruits, the hops, caramel and malts.

Onto the taste, getting a very hoppy and bitter brew, very deep tasting but its not bad at all, very manageable. Get the fruits, the citrus and the hops. 

The hops are very prominent in this beer. The heavy flavours certainly matched the sombre mood I was in, listening to some old rock music of the 90s, The Offspring, and this beer matched that good mood perfectly, kind of just worked. The 7.8% was very well hidden too, didn't feel like I was drinking a strong brew as it was very sessionable. 

The taste is alive, the hops are to the fore (Yellow Sub and Mosaic), kicking it and I love it. Lovely tasting beer, well balanced with so much character, fantastic. The fruits, the malts and the hops all well balanced to produce a very decent beer that went down very well, tasting all good yet doing well to hide the alcohol but still having that bitter bite to it. 

Loved it, very solid brew, strongly recommended.....

Apr 13, 2021
3.41 by Saraiva from Portugal on Apr 07, 2021
3.44 by Hopweiser from Korea (South) on Mar 15, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Anders91 from California

Look: golden, with a nice thick white head

Smell: nice pine note, with some citrus too

Taste: follows the nose, solid west coast ipa. Not as good as the best out of Cali but much better than most of the reviews here say

Feel: nice bubbles

Dec 22, 2020
3.31 by Eltrandos from France on Nov 11, 2020
Photo of qrazvan
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by qrazvan from Romania

Clear orange colour, little head.
Nice flowery, sweet honey smell.
Tastes more like a trippel Belgian beer, than an Imp IPA, with caramel notes, citrus and a bitter finish.
Not bad considering the price tag!

Nov 01, 2020
3.74 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Oct 24, 2020
3.25 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine on Aug 23, 2020
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by VicCooper from Ireland

Lidl’s “craftsbeer”, from Germany, vol 2.

Top: forms a nice 1,5” white head, lasts long enough.

Colour: hazy amber, maybe a bit darker. Looks lovely.

Smell: smells cheap, like a mass produced lager. Boozy, sweet tones, some light malts, a bit of sourness. The hops are definitely not American (as in not high quality).

Taste: an other letdown. Boozy, raisin-like sweetness, sticky cheap bitterness follows (although it’s not overpowering). Some citrusy/sour notes. Carbonation is low to medium. It supposed to be a DIPA/Imperial IPA, but doesn’t show the alcohol content (which is 7.8%), nor the taste.

Summary: although it’s cheap, you can get way better than this from mass manufacturers. You can drink it once, but you don’t want one more, for sure. Looks beautiful, tastes borderline awful.

A disgrace. You get what you pay for. Don’t waste your time with this, it should not be on shelves anywhere.

Aug 10, 2020
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3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear, deep amber coloration with a medium, frothy, lasting head. Smell is dominated by grainy, caramel malt, with some citrus/stone fruit hops, with notes of peach and grapefruit, also coming through. Taste is a decent balance of sweet'ish grainy, caramel malt and citrus/stone fruit hops, with notes of orange rind, lime peel, grapefruit and peach. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some orange rind and peach lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

As much as I wanted to hate this, being Eichbaum after all, I have to admit that, *for 0.65€*, it's actually not that bad. I mean, would I buy it again, probably not, but it is what it is and for that, it's actually not half bad. Yes, it's too sweet and yes, the hops are not exactly vibrant and well-defined, feeling just a little soapy, but there are still some perfectly decent citrus and stone fruit accents to this, as well as a good bitterness that almost manages to balance out the malt sweetness here, while also not feeling too boozy for the ABV and having a pretty nice mouthfeel.

Jul 30, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, light citrus. Taste is a bit unusual, malts, some herbal notes, very light citrus, not nearly the bitterness I expect from this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I could best describe it as a high abv, English IPA.

Jul 19, 2020
3.4 by samEBC from Belgium on Jul 03, 2020
2.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Apr 04, 2020
3.16 by Daniel473 from Netherlands on Mar 10, 2020
3.5 by FZR23 from Romania on Jan 02, 2020
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 29, 2019
3.59 by 54V4G3 from Belgium on Dec 07, 2019
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3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a big frothy and well retaining head.

The aroma is sweet and showcases malt and fruity hops, not necessarily in a great way. The fruity hops have a canned fruit scent to them, including notes of peach and apricot. Aromas of caramel and butterscotch, possibly diacetyl, neither horrible nor particularly pleasant.

Moving on to the taste and feel, there are several aspects of this brew that feel off. The malt backbone has biscuity and English style flavors, while the hops impart fruity, grassy and moderately bitter flavors. However, the finish has a weird metallic bitterness and diacetyl type flavors. Furthermore, everything feels syrupy, from the malt to the hops, as if it was all made artificially and from extract. Medium bodied but feels a bit thin for a DIPA. The moderate carbonation somehow loses its kick midway through.

I picked this up on a whim, along with a stout from this same brewery. Unfortunately, it missed the mark.

Nov 24, 2019
1.5 by ChipChaight from New York on Sep 30, 2019
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Can. American ipa forward with a bit of west coast vibes. Floral and piney. Earthy with some bitterness. A bit of citrus, but not a ton. Not really sticky or resiny. Bready malts. Shows abv minimally. Decent ipa.

Sep 27, 2019
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2.21/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by BigGuyDontCry from New York

I'm a big guy and I get thirsty. This was on sale for $15 a case at the beverage center in town and I thought "How bad could it be?" Terrible. I hate to waste money/beer and like I said, I get thirsty, so I tried to force my way through one. Foul. Primarily tastes of unfermented malt, a little like Malta Goya with alcohol and more carbonation. Another reviewer disliked the high carbonation level, personally I found it to be the only thing that could have saved this beer, covers up the disgusting raw malt flavor for a few sips. Hops are all bitterness, virtually no aroma. I wanted to enjoy this beer and hate to waste the hard earned money that I have wrestled from the land on my farm, but I wouldn't give this to the pigs. I hope this isn't Germany's best excuse for an IPA.

Sep 23, 2019
3.71 by desint from Belgium on Aug 15, 2019
Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

De Lidl. En cooa Teku. Viendo The Boys 1x08. Las notas de IPA americana son bastante suaves, pero la sensacion en boca es estupenda asi como la relacion amargor/dulzor, y todo por 0.7X€

Aug 13, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by npolachek from New York

Pretty can set on this beer, but taste was pretty basic and similar to a weak American IPA. Nothing special but pretty cheap so drinkable for a night.

Aug 06, 2019
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1.73/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by dkoehler42 from New York

This German offering looked promising, pouring a straw/gold color, with a healthy head. Even the aroma was not offensive. I then took a sip and everything changed. The flavor was horrible and had a chemical taste. This beer didn't survive more than three attempts before the remainder of the .5 liter can went down the drain.

Jul 14, 2019
3.28 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on May 30, 2019
4.45 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2019
2.19 by chiefz1 from New York on Apr 24, 2019
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2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by BrewMaven from New York

Ingredients: Water, Barley malt, hop EXTRACT (!!!!) Hazy gold with a massive head of foam..Smell (s) like something is wrong here...Tastes like just that, wrong! Thick bodied, artificial brew with some carbonation..What else is there to say. It was only a buck for a 500ml can.

Mar 13, 2019
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2.54/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one at the Lidl for €1

From a 50cl can into pint glass

APPEARA CE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Hazy, opaque amber orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, foamy cap then a full film, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving decent lacing as the glass empties. This is a solid looking brew.

SMELL: Light caramel nose with some apple, melon aromas and grainy malts.

TASTE: Grainy pilsner malts with melon flavors and sweet caramel up front. Some sweet malt at the swallow, then a bold finish of grainy pilsner malt, some caramel sweetness, melon flavors and some piney bitterness linger on the palate. Definitely grainy with some solid bitterness.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit dry. Some grainy sweetness and bitter hops linger.

OVERALL: This is more of an overly hopped imperial pilsner than an imperial IPA. It’s not bad but given the style, this falls way short of the benchmark. It’s grainy, probably from the use of all pilsner malt as the base, and maybe even because of lager yeast. Not sure on the last one. The hopping isn’t overly impressive either, though it’d be pretty hard to produce a massively hop forward DIPA for a euro a half liter. If you ignore the style on the can, this can definitely be satisfying for lots of beer drinkers. My dad loves pilsner as well as IPA. He’d be all over this.

Feb 24, 2019
3.27 by Oidmoe from Austria on Feb 13, 2019
3.52 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 09, 2019
3.41 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Dec 25, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beerbuddy11735 from New York

Saw this at Farmingdale beer and tried a German made IPA. Not too bad as it was not overly hopped. I guess this is how they drink them in Germany.

Nov 18, 2018
Steam Brew Imperial IPA from Privatbrauerei Eichbaum
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 49 ratings