Sagefight Imperial IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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228 Ratings
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Sagefight Imperial IPASagefight Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euphoria69
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I gotta say, pretty disappointed in this, after trying Obsidian Stout and (esp.) Fresh Squeezed IPA. I saw Imperial IPA and got excited, but this one's got some thick herbal character that I didn't really enjoy.

L: Nice bottle. Nice art. Amber orange and a little cloudy. I can only see halfway through the cup. The pour brings forth a gentle rise of beige head, not a lot, but the lacing it leaves is gorgeous: a speckled film that clings everywhere it touches, like sea foam in the sand.

S: Interesting. Very sweet, a little fruity, and notably herbal. Fuji apple, lemon, apricot, honey, pine, sage, and a weird, dark, sour berry smell, which I have to assume is the juniper. Doesn't smell half bad.

T: At first, it's apple, with some lemon peel, honeydew melon, those juniper berries, and some pine, but then the pine starts to build on the finish. When you go back for more, the fruity rush is short-lived, and that juniper, pine and sage bitterness get reinforced. I got through the first one fairly easily, but as I crack another, I feel a bit of apprehension about more bitter crap to drink. Interesting, but no, thank you.

F: Good consistency, malty, feels like a DIPA, but a little thin at 8%. To be expected. But somehow it's also too sweet? I'm surprised the consistency is not sticky from the sweetness.

O: Interesting, but weird. I don't think one can really complain about a beer having too much malt, since that is what beer is made of, but it tasted oddly sweet. I felt that the flavor profile of juniper berries and sage required a more clean-hoppy and less richly-sweet background to shine.

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Photo of zkoehn
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper hazy body with tan 3D semi-solid head, looks like krausen it's so thick. More solid, thick lace on the glass. Crushed pine needle and sap, mint, blackberry and blueberry, mild soap and herbal, earthy elements on the nose- wonderful, intimate, and sublimely intoxicating. The flavor favors the piney-minty resinous elements especially, but still offer some of those dark berries and some more usual hoppy notes like orange rind and pine. The pine factors mentioned at the beginning and ending of that sentence are distinctly distinguishable, in a way that I lack the skill to explain. Alcohol is undetectable, which at 8% I am *highly* appreciative. The bitterness is forceful, and there is no sweetness to mitigate it, only powerful balancing flavors to draw the mind off its intensity. The body is medium-full, perfectly carbonated, with that solid head nearly chafing the lips on occasion.
Incredible brew. It must be the sage that added that extra element of dark fruit, and although that was indeed the transcendent highlight it would still have been a well produced and satisfying beer with the juniper and hoppy pine elements. This transported me to a dark, luscious evergreen forest in Scandinavia, and, dare I say it, transcends Yumtown to take its place at an even loftier status, yet to be named.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a malty auburn in color with generous foaming. Somewhat medicinal notes on the aroma and as sipped, with a gin-juniper character dominating. Flatly bitter, with some piney notes complementing the juniper. Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the bottle.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, citrus, sage. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, with some sage. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffKowalek
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of B_B
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt amber with an off-white head.

Smell is odd in many ways: feet, rug, cat and cannabis, with carrot, sage and spruce.

Taste is spruce, sage, black pepper, orange, and peach with a soft, dry body.

This is unlike almost anything, but is kind of similar to Pennsylvania Tuxedo, but lighter, and much more whacky.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: smells grassy and herbal with floral and citrus aromas and a dose of sage. Hop aromas are medium high and malt aromas are medium low.

L: It pours brilliant copper with rapidly rising bubbles.

T: The palate is spicy hops, sage, citrus. there is a lot of fruit in this glass and a lot of citrus. It has a moderate to moderately high tea-like bitterness balanced by a light sweetness.

F: The body is medium to a little above with medium carbonation.

O: The beer evokes a spicy, herbal iced tea sweetened with a tiny pinch of very light brown sugar and a hint of fruit.

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Photo of dripa8
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dms844
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bdel34
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDoHo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ttatx786
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Sagefight Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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