Imperial Destroyer IPA | Do Can Brewery

12 Ratings

Brewed by:
Do Can Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GarthDanielson on 09-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, copper-orange coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Tall, frothy, dense, clingy, yellowish head. Aromas of tropical fruit all over the place, with mango, pineapple, melon, and grapefruit, with a tangy sweet caramel backbone and some light roasty characteristics. Flavors of a tropical fruit salad on a toffee backbone, with a pepper and roasty overlay. Pretty layered, with some warmth that builds at the end of the palate from the slightly elevated ABV and the peppery notes. Tangy sweet throughout, with a slow building resin feel towards the end of the palate. Definitely puts your taste buds through their paces. The aftertaste is more of the resin and bitterness, but the tangy sweet never truly leaves your palate. The body is robust and slick, with a bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Very big, very dynamic, and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Afroman
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of mjstacker
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Do Can Brewery, a little heavy on the malt for my taste but not terrible. The alcohol is hidden well, there is decent weight and balance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love to support local breweries, but wasn't a huge fan of the first two beers I had from them, and this doesn't look great. Bought this specifically because of the label, so here goes.

Da, da da da, da da da, duh duh duh, da da da, duh duh duh, duuuh duuh duuh daaa, daaa, da da da daaa daaa, da da da daaa da, duh duh duh deee...

Not so long ago, in a beer glass not so far away...
A beer pours gently into a tulip, the frothy rebel head hits a finger, but is smashed back at a fair rate leaving remnants of a small lacing. The battle takes place over a super hazy murky reddish orange battleground.

Meanwhile, empire aroma forces build up a massive force of hops, bitterness sharp as a star destroyer, erupts with earthy spicy hops, and candied orange peel. the balance of power seems to stabilize by a big sweet candy malt, and syrupy caramel notes, butterscotch candy and toffee. Mild notes of alcohol waft out as the rebel forces prepare to strike back.

The rebels manage to steal the plans to the huge hop battle station, the Death Hop, which contains enough bitterness to wipe out an entire race of taste buds. The bitterness of the empire forces bombard the rebel forces on the tongue base. With a hoard of Star Destroyers, spicy chewy hops, earthy hops, super bitter hop everything bites, the empire deals a blow to the rebels.
Pursued by the bitter Empire's sinister hop agents, Princess Malt-a races back to the tongue base, with the secret plans to balance the hop bitterness of the Empire, bringing some sweet malts, caramel, candy, and toffee. Her attempts are intercepted by the Empire and the hop fleet, and her ships are quickly destroyed. Balance can't be retained as the hops just run rampant and destroy everything. A spark of warming booze is the rebel's only hope. the end is pretty much all empire bitterness, and the rebel's hope at balancing the power is never realized.

The mouth Alderaan is bombarded with Empire bitterness, some warming booze, med to heavier bodied star destroyers, and decent floating carb.

I felt a great disturbance in my mouth... as if a millions of tiny taste bud voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, under a blanket of hop paste. I feel something terribly bitter has just destroyed my mouth. Seriously, this this is just pure hop everything, bitterness, spicy, chewy, bitter, oil, extract, etc etc, I can't taste anything else, even 15 minutes after my last sip.

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Photo of anewlanguage
1.12/5  rDev -64%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle from Drum Hill Liquors
Pours a hazy light copper color with a decent sized off white head. Aromas of earthy pine and caramel with just a hint of yeast. Oh dear God that flavor is nowhere near balanced. Bitter resinous earthy stinging hop flavor with huge puckering bitterness and a solid bit of caramel maltiness to back it up. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation. 318 theoretical ibu's doesn't mean much if you produce a beer that no one wants to drink. This is bitter and sickly sweet like extract homebrew with too many hops to cover up something that went wrong. Enjoy septic tank bacteria.

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Photo of arlo19
3/5  rDev -3.5%

9% abv, 318 IBU, bottle conditioned. Great head retention on this pour from a bottle. Piney bitterness, full mouthfeel. Buttery aftertase. Good ipa, but not a rebuy.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into a globe.

A: Sort of a burnt Siena color with red and orange hues. Very hazy- even murky like swamp water. It does clear a little as it warms. The off-white head settles to a half inch. Lacing is very sticky and cements web patterns onto the glass.

S: The nose promises stiff hop bitterness: pungent, very spicy and herbal, earthy tones of pine resin and bark, catty, lemon and orange peel, puréed mango. Esters bring fruity notes of pineapple and maybe even some juicy fruit gum. Malt lays in a fat layer of toast and some dark caramel. It actually takes a while to open up; I recommend letting it warm a bit if you pull it straight from the fridge.

T: Huge bitterness locks the tongue in a vice grip. Very oily. Spicy and herbal. Catty and soapy. Earthy tones. Bitterness is unrelenting. The more playful citrus flavors never get a chance to pull through. Even a fat malt body reminiscent of toast and dark caramel struggles (and ultimately fails) to anchor the beer throughout the hop onslaught. The finish provides no respite, and the oily, spicy, gripping, vegetal hop flavors hold your taste buds hostage for a long while.

M: Thick creamy body. Low carbonation. Somewhat smooth and silky. Pretty nice actually, until the hop astringency rips your mouth apart.

O: When I burp it tastes as though I've been eating raw hops. Seriously. So congratulations, I guess? I mean I suppose that's what they were going for. But the ability to dump enough hops into a beer so as to render it undrinkable is really nothing to be proud of. This is my first beer from Do Can, and it didn't make for a good first impression. All the labels I've seen are very gimmicky (Imperial Destroyer with the Star Wars theme, Pineapple Express drawing inspiration from the weed reference in the Seth Rogen-James Franco buddy comedy). I'm actually surprised they haven't gotten the pants sued off of them yet; it seems as though they're treading pretty closely to trademark infringement. This beer in particular is all about being a hop nuke, and their intent is obvious- they make sure to mention the 318 IBUs more than once on the label. So they've clearly entered the international IBU pissing contest. Why not just cram whole cone hops into the bottle before capping and be done with it then? Gimmick on top of gimmick. I know some hop heads out there will read this review and think that this beer is right up their alley. The hoppier the better, right? Wrong. Stop being enablers. You're the reason unbalanced monstrosities like this exist. If you want the boldest hop taste out there, just cram some hops into your mouth and chew. Ultimately this beer went way too far over the top to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep hazy copper hue with a 1 1/2 fingers of tan colored creamy head. Head dissappears quickly leaving good lacing all along the glass.

S: Strong citrus pine aroma with hints of grapefruit, oranges and honey. Nice clean earthy citrus aroma from a multitude of hops.

T: Smooth slightly sweet caramel honey flavors hit the palate first and then finish with a good sting of bitter hops in the finish. Sweet tropical fruit flavors mixed in with lots of piney bitter hops in the finish. Good balance between smooth sweet flavors and a good strong bitter hop bite. Hints of toasted bread, toffee, grapefruit. Leaves a tingling bitter finish on the palate.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel. The creamy carbonation in the head fades fast but the carbonation does transition the sweet to bitter flavors well as it goes down.

O: Pretty good beer. I like the combo of caramel malts with the big lingering bitter finish. Nice balance that leaves a good bitter aftertaste. Well done.

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Photo of 2ellas
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RRC03
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/orange color with about 1 finger of tan colored head. It leaves a little lacing as it seems to quickly disappear.
The smell is great. Lots of citrus and piney resin as well as a grapefruit aroma coming through. It's very earthy which makes me think it has many different types of hops in it.
The taste is sweet and bitter at first but then the bitterness seems to attack. Lots of tropical fruits here. It does have an herbal taste. It's just extremely bitter and I like it. It's an onslaught of hops on the backend. It doesn't go away. There is a tad bit of malts coming through that provide a little bit caramel sweetness, but it's quickly washed out by the megaton of hops. The hops linger and linger with huge bitterness. I'm thinking my breath smells like hops and not beer (alcohol).
The mouthfeel is light and watery, more like oily maybe. It's not really what I was expecting. Not a lot of carbonation in this one.

Overall, this is a great local brew for me. Intense, over the top, blast your mouth, imperial IPA. I very much enjoyed this as I have with their other brews. My palate is destroyed (see what I did there?) after this one. I would suggest trying it just because hops, ya know.

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Imperial Destroyer IPA from Do Can Brewery
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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