Decadent Imperial IPA | Ska Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by RockyTopHeel on 12-30-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
837
Reviews:
363
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of leonnardoavila
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of dankster
5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of dogfish7
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of wnski
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Jakerad1979
5/5  rDev +38.5%

By far the best beer on the market today. It is smooth, hoppy and full of flavor without being bitter like some imperial IPAs can be. After this beer you will compare all other beers to it, and they will come up short.

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Photo of jocques
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An all time favorite for the wife & i

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Photo of VanillaHeat
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoy this one. Nice hops. I found it recently on tap for $5 for a snifter. I don't know what it smells like, but I liked the smell. Good dark color. I have never tried it in the bottle, but both times I have had the draft I found it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of MasterRigger
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HoppedupDawg
4.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of phisherman11946
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! The beer itself was bought in North Carolina after the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release in 2011. I was super surprised by this beers balance. The hops and malts are melded perfectly to hide the 10% ABV level that this give. A must have for DIPA fans.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tolann
4.82/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - red in color and a white head that didn't hang around long. A little bit cloudy. Loved the bottle art and the red wax dipped top.

S - WOW! floral hops. Big on citrus and could be smelled as soon as you start pouring. Really liked it and it got looking forward to the beer more.

T - Really hoppy, citrus, sweet. Not a huge bitterness biting the back of my tongue. Love citrus hops

M - Little aftertaste. Medium body feel and smooth. Not offensive in carbonation.

D - A favorite for the time being, tho I know I'll keep trying different beers and keep finding favorites. I'll remember to keep my eyes open for more of this and happily clear a space in the fridge for more.

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4.81/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Weisguy, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is excellently balanced with a strong hops presence, fruity citrus and caramel sweetness and a malt character that isn't as hearty as most beers in the style but it has just the right substance to keep this beer on-par with other highly-rated 2IPA's and still make it light enough to drink continuously. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. This is a beer that I could drink for a whole evening... or at least until the 10.00% ABV catches up with me. Honestly, I'm baffled by the low scores that this beer has received. Typically I don't reference prior reviews but I know this might not be as good as Dreadnaught (which I gave a perfect 5), but the fact that this is a "delicate DIPA" makes it a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of PJCracker
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Viggo
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/brown, medium sized thick off white head, tons of lace. Smell is amazing, buttery with pine, floral, strawberries, pineapple, rich malt, some chocolate, nuts, and a little alcohol. Taste is wicked buttery caramel and toffee, resinous pine and floral hops, nuts and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, low carbonation, I think one of the best IIPA's out there, superbly balanced and full of flavour, can't wait to get again. The hops are a little subdued and this might be more akin to an american barleywine, but its damned spectacular.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.67/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear reddish honey with thin off-white head and bubles moving slowly up the glass. Light lace. Very hoppy smell with both flowers and pine up front and a hint of perfumey fruit and a good malt base that is discernable over the big but not overwhelming hops. The initial flavor was more malty than I expected with good floral hops. The aftertaste is floral to bitter and stays around a long while with steady bitterness and decreasing floral note. Very smooth and nicely balanced. Definitely one of the better IIPAs in terms of balanced flavor. Medium to full bodied with slightly syruppy texture and active carbonation that gives a little bite on the tip of the tongue. The finish is nice and not too alcoholic, especially considering this is a 10% beer. Overall, I really enjoyed the balance that the flavor provided with excellent floral aroma and flavor that is not crushingly bitter like some others of this style. I would definitely recommend it.

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4.66/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 837 ratings.
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