Imperial IPA | Legend Brewing Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This intense and substantial Imperial India Pale Ale boasts 8% ABV a meaty malt backbone, and a huge hop character! Aged three months and dry hopped for two weeks, this big orange monster is allowed to mellow while it picks up about as much hop aroma as any beer can realistically hold.This popular brew is available on draft only and it won't last long.

Added by altctrlsdelete on 01-30-2005

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of NickTinyRace
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Deep amber with 1-finger light beige head with decent retention and a nice strip of lace around the top of the glass.

S: A big time Columbus hops aroma with pine, grapefruit pith, and resin with the signature meaty, pungent herbal aroma. Maltiness is moderate caramel but mostly clean slightly bready pale malty aromas.

T: The flavor of this brew was surprisingly very good with smooth earthy and grapefruit citrus hops flavor, some pine and resin too. The hoppiness is pretty complex and well-integrated. Again very telling for a dominant Columbus character. The maltiness is very subdued but well-done with a more light caramel quality. The maltiness is "meaty" as they describe, but I think this is bolstered by the high oil content and earthy flavor of the Columbus hopping. The alcohol is very much in the background, and there is no fusel quality which I can't always say has been the case with other Legend products. This brew is very smooth and drinkable.

M: The feel is very slick and solid -- body is medium, possibly more, and the carbonation is smooth and supports the chewiness that comes on with working through the bottle.

O: I did not have high hopes for this beer, but it definitely surprised me in a very positive way. If you are a Columbus hops fan, it is a must-buy. I can't say I have always been the biggest fan (see reviews of Sixpoint beers) but this beer is starting to make a believer out of me. Great job Legend.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear lightly copper tinted amber with small cap of white soapy froth, decent lacing. Scent is lead by decent floral and grapefruity hops but quickly eaten up by nutty malts. Taste is like scent in that a pleasant hop profile leads before nutty malts take over, hops definitely not aggressive enough to justify the dIPA tag. Medium bodied, good carbonation and lightly drying. A good IPA, but clearly not a dIPA with the moderate hop profile.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-05-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Caramel/mahogany color with a light tan head and pretty good lacing.

S - Very fragrant even from a distance. Caramel, earthy spice, some citrus, mild bread.

T - Interesting combination of flavors. There's a barrel-aged, wine-like flavor that mixes with the strong caramel/toffee and citrus fruit. It's initially pretty sweet but it finishes with quite a bit of lingering grapefruit bitterness once it starts to dry out. I also notice a touch of sourness and black pepper in the aftertaste. Fairly boozy for an 8.5% ABV brew.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation give a thick, creamy and oily feel.

O - This is a good but not great DIPA. The flavor profile is more malty and earthy than citrus and so isn't where my heart lies but I enjoyed the new flavor experience.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
8.5% ABV, no date.

It's disturbing how often I whip my tick out around Beerwolf77. Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Great clarity right off the bat shows off the ruby bronze color with a nicely formed and well-retained, slightly off-white head. Pinches of lace are left behind on the glass.

S - Juicy citra hops have a nice grapefruit and guava citrus aroma backed nicely by caramel and amber malts. Woody and earthy undertones give the aroma a very nice depth and uniqueness.

T - Smooth, round caramel and toffee malt profile in the background that is a bit more powerful than it should be. Is this old and the hops have faded in flavor? Maybe not because they're certainly potent in the nose. Odd juicy fruitiness pairs with a deranged type of earthiness to it.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with an almost creamy finish that's lacking a good hop bitterness for a double, another reason it may be a little past it's prime...hmm.

O - No alcohol is perceived in this at all, it goes down very well but needs a larger hop presence in both flavor and bitterness assuming it's not a bit old. Otherwise, as the grade would reflect, it's still quite a good double IPA.

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Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a wide chalice, the beer is a deep amber in color, floating a finger-width off-white head that falls down to a wispy layer

s: toasty caramel malt, fermenting fallen apples, brown sugar, wet fall leaves, some diacetyl-like buttered apple, oxidized orange juice, grainy graham cracker, no fresh hop aromas to be found, gets a slight bump in score for carrying some interesting components despite a weak status as a "dipa"

m: carbonation hovers just around moderate, the body light-medium with a slight sugary malt weight

t: leafy, toasty malts, caramelized sugar, hops muddled - more oxidized citrus than the great fresh rind you might expect, no hop vitality, fermenting fruit, grainy graham cracker, a dried grass bitterness grows slightly to moderate in the finish, vivid hop flavors are greatly lacking here and sorely missed, alcohol slight but intoxicating

o: it's not a "bad" beer, but it's a wimpy, sweet dipa with hints of the off character that plagues a few Legend beers, tends towards the English side of the dipa spectrum, if there is such a thing

bomber from WF, Arlington

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to billab914 for this bottle. It was mixed in with a ton of beers he sent me recently. Thanks Bill. Split into tulips.

A: Amber gold, solid finger of cream hued head. Sticky lacy left behind. Nice cap remains.

S: Solid hop profile citrus fruit and fresh cut grass. Hint of wood and a touch of vanilla. Smells a bit like good bud.

T: Very smooth flavor. Grassy and piney. Woody with a malt presence to balance things out.

M: Medium to fullish body. Mild carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA. I don't drink much of these anymore and it's a nice change of pace from all the sour power.

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Photo of billab914
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a deep amber/copper color with a fluffy, inch thick foam filling the top of the glass. The head settled some, but left a nice covering over the beer as I drank it. Really nice color to it.

The aroma shows a mix of sweet malty and hoppy citrus. I get some biscuity and caramel malt flavors coming out as well as some lemon and grapefruit to the hops. I get a bit of a candy, orange like sweetness also. Not as intense on the hops as some of my favorite DIPA's, but not bad.

The taste starts off with some of the sweeter, malty flavors along with a bit of the citrus hops. Midway I start to get some of the bitter, grapefruit, citrus rind like hoppiness that continues through the finish. The malty flavors came back in the finish as well and give it a good dose of candy like sweetness. The hops showed more of bitter, rind like quality to them overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one of the style. The hoppiness just wasn't as bold and in your face as much as I'd like out of a DIPA. It was a little too sweet for me as well. Not a bad beer, but probably not one I'd buy again when seeking a DIPA.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. $5.85 from Pints O Plenty.

Appearance: Brilliant, clear orange with a thick, dense head and impressive staying power. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Candied orange, cut grass (the clumps under the mower), Glade plug in, and grainy malt. This is a weird and weak smelling DIPA.

Taste: A little better than the smell at first, but not quite good. Sweet, with restrained bitterness. Citrus and pine hops. Crackery malt. As I make my way through the bottle, the flavor gets weirder and weirder, sort of like artificial fruit flavors and plastic.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right. The body is a little thin.

Drinkability: I would not recommend this. Its just not very good. I don't like it. Weird.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty - possibly my favorite in the lineup from this modest little brewery.

Pours a deep golden with a big lively head and a torrent of carbonation. The aroma is strongly citrusy and floral, but without any sweetness, grapefruity and sharp and pleasantly sour. The flavor follows, with hardly a trace of sweetness, but a delicious citrus character, like a dry grapefruit or a slightly bitter blood orange. The bitterness on the back end is a little too dry and astringent, but that is a minor defect. The mouthfeel itself is pretty dry.

All in all, a tasty, almost sessionable DIPA.

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Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My beer store guru said this beer was the best thing Legend has put out. With the possible exception of their Barleywine, I agree with him. Pours a rich,clear orange color with a big, slightly off white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong aroma of citrus hops, but not the usual Avery Majaraha style grapefruit. Mango was the predominant aroma and flavor here. Very unusual.

Taste was excellent. The Mango and the bitterness were somewhat offset by some mild malty balance.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp, just right. Drinkability was excellent. I shared the bottle, but I am planning to go back and get more just for me!!! Excellent!!

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Imperial IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 61 ratings