Imperial IPA | Granville Island Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
gib.ca

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial India Pale Ale is a hopped-up version of beers made famous during the British Raj over a century ago. Big malt, bold hops and a higher-alcohol content all mean one thing: more flavour.

100 IBU

Added by Derek on 04-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Ramjet62
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericj551
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Granville Island Imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy orange with a smallish head that remains as a thin layer. The aroma is citrusy piney and herbal hops and rich caramel. The flavor is imtensely hoppy with a huge bitterness. Tons more citrus, grapefruit and orange backed up with a heavy caramel sweetness. The sweet malt is followed by a nice resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste nicely. This is definitely on the maltier side of IIPAs but the hops are definitely there.

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Photo of ZachT
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice looking clear, golden-amber with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Peaches, pineapple, apple juice, pink grapefruit and floral, grassy hops. Nice.

Taste. Herbal, grassy hops, toasty bread and some grapefruit and orange rind. A little sweet caramel present in the middle and lasting bitter grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A good DIPA. No shortage of hops here.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of timtwoface
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing about this beer for quite some time I finally found it at a local liquor store and was thrilled to purchase it.

While it isn't my favourite imperial or double ipa, it's pretty darn tasty. As with all iPad a true sign I look for is a really rich taste, a punch to the face with the hops, and a delightfully bitter aftertaste, all the while masking the higher abv perfectly. This beer does that, and is delicious and almost too easy to drink, so I would suggest it to any ipa lovers out there that can find it!

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Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to BDTyre for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A surprisingly clear light copper body. Hard pour reveals not much more than 2 fingers worth of foam. The lacing does clump on the sides but i can't give more than a 3. Disappointed in the appearance.

Smell: Peaches slices in fruit syrup come immediately to mind. Mango as well with a sweet touch. All fruit here with no sign of bitterness.

Taste: Fruit upfront with a mix of peaches and bitter oranges. Honey candy, hints of grapefruit as well as some tea-like flavors. You can taste the raw hops.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and hoppy as bitterness invades and is barely restrained. Veers to a certain sweetness will still retaining a bitter edge.

Overall: A bold, brash yet balanced DIPA. Hoppy and flavorful. If only it looked more like a DIPA but don't let that stop you from trying this.

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Photo of Duke
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From a hollow-stemmed goblet)

Granville Island - Imperial IPA

Appearance: Imperial IPA pours a perfectly clear rufous, with a fluffy, white two-finger head which lingers awhile.

Smell: The nose reminds me of Granville Island's regular IPA, Brockton IPA, with the piney hops and slightly spicy caramel, but this one smells fresher and less musky. Pineapple and grapefruit are big too once the head makes way for it.

Taste: I can really taste that pineapple as I get into the beer. Throughout is a sense of the caramel and the spice builds into the finish. The hops are lovely.

Mouthfeel: Imperial IPA feels slightly on the thick side of medium-bodied. I feel like the beer coats my mouth as it makes its journey. The carbonation is on the light side.

Overall: In general I'm not a fan of Granville Island, but this is a very solid IPA. I like it. Hopefully the brewery will continue with these ballsier brews.

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Photo of LazyL
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pors a bright copper orange that almost glows neon in the light. A clear beer with a foamy off white head. The aromas are subtle with hints of orange and pine. There is a mild honey and boozy quality typical of this style. There is a good balance between a light bitterness and a soft sweetness. I get a banana flavour. The mouthfeel is slightly dry with a light body and good carbonation. This is a very easy drinker for the percentage. Better than the average double because of its subtle flavours and smooth refinement.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip. 2012 bottling, supposedly in late January.

Pours a golden orange, just off-white coloured head. Light in terms of retention, lacing and legs. Filtered body. Pine and some light citrus on the nose, and some fairly prominent malt notes as well. Some sweetness, and a bit of breadiness. Lightly tropical on the palate, more pine in large amounts. Strong bitterness, over a nice malt base providing a bit more breadiness and some sweetness. Full feel, again the bitterness is prominent but the malt sweetness attempts to keep this in check. Nice, fairly bold and enjoyable.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When you look at their regular IPA and even their proto tap IPA they used to make it no surprise that this is a DIPA that doesn't blow the roof off with hops. There is still quite a few hops on the nose but the main flavour is big malt anchoring a goodly amount of hops. Maybe one of the most drinakble DIPAs I have had which does count for a lot. Well made and balanced I suppose what we expected from Vern

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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, GIB's 2013 limited release, 8.6% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely packed, cake frosting off-white head, which leaves some nice bonsai tree patterned lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready, pastry-esque caramel malt, orange cream, pine needles, grapefruit and pineapple fruitiness, and a small musty character. The taste is somewhat bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, sugary caramel/toffee malt, washed-out pine resin, and further leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is even, and relatively laid back, the body a decent medium weight, and fairly smooth, the airy creaminess hitting hard from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the baker's delight malt holding tight, as the hops give it one last sharply fruity wallop.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, one with certain cream ale leanings, and a rather restrained bitterness for that nice round 100 IBU rating subtly proclaimed on the label. Right in line with the rest of this brewery's offerings, in its gateway friendliness for the style. I would gladly have this again, perhaps on tap, this time?

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of findango
4/5  rDev +2%

Strong hops, but finishes with a bit of caramel and sweetness that surprised me. Actually quite nice -- I'm not usually a fan of the style.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to other DIPA/IIPAs I've had, this seems rather mellow (surprising given the ABV). A dark orange, almost copper, with a big white head that looks like snow and its quite dense and foamy.

Rich malts, a nice bitter hoppiness. Citrus, cut grass, bread and yeast. Very well balanced, and surprisingly, not a hop bomb. A hint of creaminess at the end of the nose.

Good malty taste - nice yeasty creaminess at the end, with plenty of biscuity flavours in the middle. Nice fresh citrus hop taste that imparts a good bitterness in the flavour.

Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. A good DIPA, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Imperial IPA from Granville Island Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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