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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #183
Ranked #1,371
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
Beer'd Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: This big juicy Imperial IPA features Citra and Mosaic hops across a dried out malt backbone yielding notes of citrus and other candied fruits.
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Pru from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color and pretty hazy. Definitely more on the boozy end. Pine like taste but a subtle fruity taste. Good amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer but definitely not a favorite.

Thursday at 11:42 PM
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Ada_Ace from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Southington CT

Look: pale orange, lacy head stuck around until finished.
Smell: Nice aroma, not too powerful
Taste: Definitely citrus off the bat, not sweet, a little pine and very subtle sweet aftertaste (tangerine caramel). Incredible SMOOTH. This is 9.1??
Feel: Bummed about the carbonation, a little too light if you ask me.
Overall: easy drinking tasty double

Mar 17, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11-5-20.
Lovely deep amber color, slightly opaque with unfiltered protein but not "hazy". Solid, creamy head of white foam leaves lace in clumps and splotches as it recedes to a ringed cap of ever present film.
The aroma is gorgeous! Rich, heady steeped grain and caramel, loads of mulched pine needles and blood oranges with a faint whiff of alcohol. Smells like old school left coast 2XIPA's like Stone Ruination or RR Pliny.
As good as it smells, this tastes even better. Just delicious.
Full on malt flavors of almonds in toffee, honey drizzled multi-grain cereal, apricot and tangerine jelly on toast with juiced spruce tips.
Skillfully balanced offering a rich and complex blend of fruity malt sweetness and sharp citrus, earthy herb and conifer hop character in a lush, medium - full bodied ale that demands sipping but never seems heavy.
Most of the beers I remember tasting this good aren't quite the same after increased brewery and batch capacity so it is great to find a semi local brewery that still gets it and makes amazing, small batch brews.
Alcohol is always in the periphery but never steps on the malt or detracts from the controlled hop bitterness, only reminding you of the 9% as a warm compliment to the sweet n sour hop finish.
Just fantastic. One of the very finest beers I have had in years.

Mar 02, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Half Time. Dark amber with a light haze, small foamy head. Aroma offers a nice classic hoppy riff followed by sweet caramel malts. Malts pick up in the taste, toffee, sweet, the hops rolling up in the back for a sticky bitterness. Really nice.

Feb 06, 2021
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost a clear amber with a one finger head; decent retention and shards/dots of lace

Smell: Primarily dank with resinous pine tones; underneath, there is a subtle fruity aroma bringing papaya, peach and melon

Taste: The more subtle fruit flavors hit the tastebuds first, with the papaya, peach and melon starting out; quickly, those elements are subsumed by the dank piney tones; a lot of bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a touch of warmth in the gullet

Overall: A nice DIPA that bridges the traditional west coast style with more modern fruit flavors

Thanks, jrc1093, for the opportunity

Dec 05, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can with "10/05/20" dating on the bottom.

Pours with a light to medium haze level, supports a long lasting frothy cap and leaves a bunch of all sorts of fine lacing. Nice looking brew.

Bright grapefruit infused sniff.

Tasty and full flavor DIPA. More grapefruit and hop forward bitterness all over this one. Alcohol well concealed but not all out of the picture......fruity, flavorful and heady stuff @ 9.1%....enjoyable and well worth a try

Nov 21, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time I ever reviewed an offering from Beer'd as I picked this up a few weeks back at Gary's in Wayne. Bought this on a whim so I could add the label to my collection but darnit, the stuff inside of the can was worth what I paid for this! It's nice to have a surprise that's under the radar and even though IPA's are a dime a dozen, this was a nice beer that went down easily and had more than enough going for it!

Loved the hue to this as this was brassy, bright, and bubbly. Enough head topped it off as that settled nicely although only a thick ring of lace remained about a quarter to a third of the way down the side of my pint glass. While this was brewed in New England, this was not your typical New England IPA as as there was a ton of citrus in the nose - dank, floral, pithy, tangy. You name it, it was there and and it was quite appealing without being terribly flagrant or strong. Lots of tangerine, resin, and hops emerged once this fully warmed up as it was hard to keep in my pint glass, and very appealing given how heavy it was due to the lack of any overt carbonation.

There's booze here too and you'll feel it long before your last sip although it fit in well with the heavy hop and citrus tone that this beer presented. Canned on 2/3 (or 2/9?) of this year, this held up well as it looked and felt as fresh as could be. It's not often that something brewed in the Nutmeg State has a West Coast feel and taste to it but this did and passed the proverbial taste test with flying colors. Really enjoyed this beer and will be on the lookout from more beers by Beer'd. This is what an Imperial or Double IPA should strive to be!

Jul 21, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light golden color with a 4F head in a Tulip glass.
Aroma: weak at first, with warming citrus and fragrant.
Very smooth MF with a medium body.
Excellent taste: rich citrus, orange.
Moderately hoppy.
Excellent beer. I enjoy the beers from this brewery.
Best as it warms up.

Jul 11, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangey colored with a low off white head that settles out slowly. Aroma of tangerine, pithy orange rind. Hoppy flavors upfront mixed with sweetish malt, but a boozey note also emerges. Even mouthfeel. Good beer, not sessionable!

May 18, 2020
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Bigbeerman from New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And now I find myself sitting in a damp windowless cell,wondering how I got here.
As I was contemplating this the warden spoke up.
He told me that he had my beer, as he poured it into a dented rusty old tin mug (that looked like it had seen service since the 1950s) he told me that he bought it himself (from ELIXIR 16 in beautiful downtown Troy NY).He passes it to me through the cell door along with a tin plate of Luke warm bacon and beans.

Boy this was shaping up to be one heck of a last meal!!

Oops, there I go again, got to remember to separate fact from fiction!

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass. (that's a bit redundant)!
L- Slightly hazy orange gold.
Quater finger of open bubble white head.
Settling in to a thin layer with a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

S- very heavy hop smell, citrus, spicy peppers, and melon.

T- very complex -hop, pine, grapefruit, grass, melon, bitter orange with a nice flowery finish in the throat.

F- minimal carbonation, smooth, thin and a spicy dry finish.

O.A.-If your looking for a hazy orange juice DIPA don't look here. This is more of what an old style DIPA should be,hoppy, bitter, bright and crisp.
One I'll be looking for again!

Apr 30, 2020
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MikeC250 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Such a good go to beer. For 9.1%, this beer is crazy smooth and for 15 dollars a four pack, it has quickly become one of my favorite beers. Not the typical juice bomb you see from the New England area. It’s more a mosaic, bready, and slightly bitter beer with slight fruit hints. Such a nice change of pace from all the tree house copy cats in New England. They have their own style at beerd that’s both refreshing and tasty. One of my favorite breweries in New England. Would definitely suggest a try if you see it at your local liquor store. Cheers

Apr 15, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 1/6/20, from jrc1093, into Ellison glass.

Semi-transparent, crystal blonde with a creamy cap of 1 finger, receding to a frothy ring, leaving slight lace up the side.

Aroma is ultra-dank, very delicious and ashen, with notes of tangerine, orange melon, and juicy grapefruit.

Flavor is saturated with delicious dankness and resins; on the top side it brings tangerine, mango, grapefruit, starfruit, and grapefruit pith. Bitterness is moderate to heavy. Lots of piney resins on the finish.

Feel is smooth yet crispy in its carbonation, bringing again saturated resins that soak into the tongue and squeeze it like an orange. Mild to moderate warming alcohol, definitely a feat for a 9% beer, and has a resiny finish.

Overall an excellent IPA. Not something I'd call juicy/hazy, but man, is it dank and crafty.

Feb 20, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/06/20.

A - Medium to dark orange gold color with dense creamy lacing and beautiful clarity.

S - Resiny and candied citrus. Overall, was juicy aroma.

T - Citrus, resiny sweet red grapefruit, some peppery citrus rind, alcohol warming on the way down, and ends with a citrus bitterness.

M - Thick and chewy soft.

O - Just revised my previous review and really enjoyed this beer!

Feb 03, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: tight white fluffy head, 2 fingers + , clear bright old school west coast copper
S Sticky hops and malt
Taste follows not over bitter or sweet
Just a great dipa really hides the abv great drinker

Jan 20, 2020
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PowderyFresh from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely outstanding, everything one would expect in a DIPA. ABV hidden very well so drink conservatively. Easy to find and share with friends. Highly recommend.

Dec 30, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, nice lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, malts.

T: Hops, malts. Bitter on the back end. Old school DIPA, as they used to make them.

F: Medium to full bodied, lots of hop flavor.

O: A great old school DIPA, to remind everyone how a good DIPA used to taste.

Oct 03, 2019
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 07/22/19. “Area 51 Riot Juice”
I love what these folks are doing! In the face of trends and tastes forcing breweries to make endless hazy hoppy beers, Beer’d is putting out top quality, almost old-school West Coast hoppy beers! This is filtered, caramel in color, and pours a normal beery head! Super piney and resinous in both the nose and flavor, it’s definitely a true DIPA, with that syrupy feel/body and a heavy IBU finish. Such a great brewery too!

Jul 31, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*More comprehensive revisit of 2018 rating/review*

Canned on 7/1/19

Pours a deep, mostly clear orange-copper sheen capped with a fluffy few fingers of lasting white head eventually fade to a frothy collar while leaving uniform layers of dense, soapy lacing along the glass.

Aroma opens with bright citrus and an ever-changing myriad tropical fruits on a flaky, delicate malt backbone; ripe pineapple, candied orange peel, honeyed grapefruit, dank mango, guava, and peach zest in flux; dripping in hop character, but the malt holds its own.

Taste shows underripe pineapple, zesty papaya, honeyed mango peel, and sweet peach, with some grassy herbs informing an otherwise tropical opening; steady doses of grapefruit pith and subtle pine has the profile resembling more of a traditional DIPA in flavor, save for the consistent tropical dosage.

Mouthfeel brings out a fluffy medium body with a dry hop prickle and vague booziness welcoming a mildly punchy malt mid-palate; an easygoing bitterness gives some nice edge to a quenching swallow; awesome malt-hop sequence bring things to a balanced but notable close.

Big, burly DIPA with great tropical fruit expression while leaving plenty of space for more traditional malt and bitterness undertones; perpetually drinkable hybrid of west and east coast style IPA.

Jul 08, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi clear orange, with fine, soft head.

Smell is citrusy with notes of oranges and grapefruit alog with some pine and sweetness.

Taste is rich and fruity. Notes of grapefruit, pine, resin and melon along with a solid bitterness and a long, slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice DIPA, solid and drinkable.

Jun 25, 2019
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crackerjack57 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and pleasantly bitter. Can't tell it's 9.1% abv. A nice citrus (orange) aroma and notes of orange and grapefruit on the palate, although not particularly strong. Expected stronger citrus flavors but still a fantastically smooth and easy drinking DIPA

Jun 23, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy white foam with medium retention. Mellow citrus orange and grapefruit aromas with an herbal base and solid malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth feel with expanding boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Tropical citrus flavors with light herbal and spicy notes beneath. Medium malty backbone. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by fruity hop flavors and malt and growing boozy heat. Finished with a light boozy bite and light tapering bitterness with light citrus and fruity notes that quickly taper. Great hop aromas and flavors that are will balanced by malty and light fruity flavors. Silky smooth feel and an easy finish. Fantastic.

Apr 18, 2019
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CodyBasden from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy gold lighlty carbonated white foamy inch thick head with good lacing and retention, nice citrusy smell like oranges, nice bitter bite with a citrus finish, nice medium body lightly carbonated feel to it

Apr 12, 2019
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GHow from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first taste was having lunch at the Engine Room in Mystic a couple years back. Finally purchased a 4 pack dated 01/14/19 at the local T&C. Poured hard into a pint glass- No huge foam carbonation head and emitted a heady hop aroma that rises from the glass. Nice dry, low fruit flavor that doesn't overpower the hop flavor. Glad they are reaching out with area distribution. I'll revisit

Feb 16, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- A mostly clear, tiny bit hazy pour tallboy into a pint glass. The creamy and thick white head makes to a finger high with great retention. Big sheets of lacing.

S- Dank and fruity aroma that reminds me of the GOAT Sculpin with more dank weed. Dank nugs, soft tropical fruits, stone fruits with support of pine, floral and citrus hops. Dank weed, peach, melon, mango, zesty grapefruit, orange, papaya and woodsy pine resin. In the end the grapefruit is huge.

T- Mimics the aroma very well and shifts a bit towards the pine and grapefruit as is natural as the bitterness opens that up quite a bit. Zesty ruby grapefruit, skunky dank weed, bitter orange, tangerine, intense bitter pine, big melon and peach with a tangible but pre 2011 sweetness. Big bitterness

MF- Thick and creamy body with a very high level of carbonation. A bit chewy with a very fluffy feel on the palate and a high bitterness lingering in the finish.

Beer'd finds a great bridge between new school IPA flavors and those of just 5-7 years ago. Intense fruity and dank hops balanced by big pine and grapefruit. Everything is better with balance and care.

Feb 15, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange beer that is mostly clear with a giant white head. The glass is left covered in a doily of lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit and floral hops with an underlying sweetness. There are hints of citrus mango and peach in both the smell and taste. Sweet up front, fruity in the middle and a nice floral, hoppy bitterness at the end. Dry finish with nice carbonation. Pretty great beer.

Jan 11, 2019
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