Decadent Imperial IPA | Ska Brewing Co.

Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
53.1%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 842 Ratings
Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RockyTopHeel on 12-30-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,877
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
842
Liked:
447
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
14.13%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
118
Trade:
1
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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 6/30/2018; into a pint glass.
Appearance- very cloudy sunset orange with a lot of floating sediment and a few bubbles. Head is a medium thick, foamy, dirty white and leaves a curtain of lacing along the back of the glass!
Smell - mango, oil and booze.
Taste - boozy and oily with more earthy hop tones.
Feel - medium body with a solid bitter punch; 10% ABV is apparent, but not overly aggressive!
Overall - a formidable beer for sure, especially in look and feel. This IPA lacks a bit in both smell and taste for me, so I likely won't return to this one.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerlover
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary fruit with dank piney hops and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity citrus and caramel malt with dank resiny, slightly ashy, hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, better than I remembered.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale amber with a large head. The aroma is very dank, with notes of cannabis, pine, mango, guava, pineapple, grapefruit peel, caramel, and some booziness. The flavor starts with mango and grapefruit peel, then caramel, pine, cannabis, and very strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and relieved by fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a classic lupulin bomb, very bitter, strong malt presence, and enormour flavors. A classic enamel stripper that I just love.

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Photo of HoppedupDawg
4.89/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of fryeguy52
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulFC
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bomber of Decadent Imperial IPA from BevMo on 06/01/2017. No "bottled on" or "best by" date. 10% ABV. Very cool-looking (skeleton) label. I also like the red wax seal over the top of the bottle. Ska Brewing hails from Durango, Colorado.

Decadent Imperial IPA pours a cloudy, murky amber/orange with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Good head retention. Excellent lacing. The smell is hop dankness, citrus zest (orange), grass, pine, tropical fruits, and hints of caramel malt. The taste starts with a very smooth orange zest and pine, followed immediately by tangerine zest, tropical fruits and grass, all supported by a moderate malt backbone with a caramel taste. Despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol is well-hidden behind the malt backbone.

This Imperial IPA is exceedingly better than its current B.A. rating of 82. Several reviewers from 5 to 10 yrs ago disparaged this beer as pig swill -- such obtuseness is nearly incomprehensible. Nevertheless, in defense of these philistines, brewing and hops have improved these past 5 to 10 years -- and so have our tastes. The current Decadent Imperial IPA is decidedly very good and worth the money. I'll be adding Decadent on occasion to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs.

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Photo of CCutch
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decadent Imperial IPA is not the best DIPA I’ve ever had but I thought it was pretty good.

Look: semi-clear dark golden/orange with an inch white head.
Aroma: bisquit, orange and grapefruit.

Taste: Malty for an IPA, caramel, grains, but there is also a good grape fruit and pine flavor.

Feel: It has a medium mouthfeel

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Photo of WDJersey
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatornation
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a grey /white head. Smell is sweet malts and dank citrus . Taste follows nose with the hops getting lost in the malts there are some citrus and garden hops, that show up. A sweet and creamy mouth feel with a boozy dry finish. One dimensional DIPA and very sweet.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TGlaz
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dreadedjen
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 53.1% out of 100 with 842 ratings
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