Decadent Imperial IPA | Ska Brewing Co.

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Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA
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Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RockyTopHeel on 12-30-2004

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Ratings: 856 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boulders on Broadway. Cloudy yellow with some white head. A good bitterness, certainly on the hop delivery side. Sweetness is secondary. The palate needed resting after this.Faint hop only in the aroma.Alcohol warming.Worth having once, not necessarily best example of style.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is going for 6 bucks a pint (yes, a pint!) at illegal petes on evans right now. it pours thick honey colored with a half inch of white head the texture of uncured cement. it smells like an oily hop bomb, not quite a 120minute, but similar hop profile, just juicy and rich. the flavor is bitter as hell, with only a touch of malt sweetness to it. the alcohol is also surprisingly not intense in this, and its in fact a pretty quaffable imperial ipa. theres a certain metallic thing in the taste though, minerally and brassy. it gives the beer a weird finish, but i like it just the same. mouthfeel is real big. its carbonated well, but the body is impassably huge. as it warms the alcohol comes out making it even more bold. this is a daring beer, not for everyone, but its a hell of a deal right now. a pint glass of this is a lot. i went from hungover to feeling groovy with one glass...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/6/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fermented citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd fermented fruit aroma, but I am not getting anything like that in the taste.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sharp, rough, pungent, abrassive, raw, bitter, grassy, and somewhat dank... I like it!

This nearly intimidating beer pours a deep amber hue with low lights of ruby, garnet, and crimson. Medium haze allows for a diffused glow that seems masculine and brawny. An off white delicate foam stance builds and retains well while light on lace.

Pungent aromas of caramelized malt and aggressive hops weave into varying aromas of pine, molassas, fresh cut grass, medium toasted grains, red grapefruit, maple syrup, and orange peel. Alcohol is evident as it strikes the olfactories with quite a punch. The balanced nose never allows the hops to dominate because of the substantial rebuttal of malt.

Bread crust, toasted grains, lightly burnt molassas all make their way into the early flavor spread. But the hop flavors of ruby red grapefruit, pine resin, grassy, herbs, and spruce all give an abundance of juicy complexity to accompany the dense malt flavor. Though balanced through mid palate, the finish allows the malt sweetness to subside and the hop flavors turn bitter with an aggressive bite and acetone alcohol flavor late.

Full bodied for an Imperial IPA, the beer carries a dense malt texture and full creamy carbonation very deep on the palate and has trouble developing the crisp and dry finish that make all IPAs so appealing. Quite rough with the grassy hops and abrassive alcohols for a warm, almost fusal feel in finish.

Overall, a very tasty IPA that was a joy to drink. But the malt complex and hop balance came together in a similar way as Stone's Double Bastard Ale, but without the elements of finess and control that make that one a standout. Decadent begins to creep into the world of American Barleywines just a bit too much.

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with waxed over pressure cap served into an Odell 90 Shilling pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings as well as the brewery that produced it.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the fridge and side poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger light light khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear textbook copper. Translucent. no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A typical appearance for the style.

Sm: Some caramelized malt and some floral hops. Maybe some nectary hops. There's not much going on here. Still, it's generally inviting. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Somewhat muted; where're the aromatics? Below average in strength.

T: Candied sugar, caramel, mild floral hops, and plain clean malty sweetness. Surprisingly simple, actually. No alcohol comes through, but I still wouldn't call the booziness itself well concealed. No yeast character is present. I wouldn't call it balanced. It's enjoyable, but lacks sufficient flavour. The hops are quite restrained indeed. Some unconcealed bitterness on the finish. Tropical fruit esters are present but don't fit well into the overall profile at all; I get mango and maybe (to venture into pretension) passionfruit.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. A bit overcarbonated. Fair palate presence.

Dr: ABV is well concealed, but the quality is questionable. I wouldn't want another one; it's just so bland for the style. If you're not going to bring the hop profile, you've got to have balance to compensate; this doesn't. Not recommended. A disappointment from Ska, but then Ska is rapidly declining in my view.


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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving in a smallish 10 oz. goblet.

The pour is a murky reddish amber with offwhite tan foam that lasts for awhile. It fades to a ring with spotty lace as the glass is sipped slowly.

Sweet caramel toffee and resiny hop greenery, more malt heavy and sweet though. Flavor is similar, heavy and sticky caramel with a moderate hop bitterness and plenty of heft to it. Alcohol starts to creep out a bit, and it gets to be fatiguing on the palate halfway through. Mellow carbonation, slightly viscous and sticky on the lips.

Not really a fan of this super-heavy barleywine-esque DIPA. Something to warm up on the coldest of winter nights, but not with the 80º March weather we're having...

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with burgundy highlights. It had a thick, tan, two-finger head of foam that left some sticky lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other citrusy aromas. The was also a nice pine smell with a subtle caramel notes.

T - It was very spicy up front with a sharp bitter hop bite. There was a nice burnt toast maltiness with sweet grapefruit flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. I greatly enjoyed my first ever Ska brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first sip I'm taken back to some of my very first pale ale's. Grassy and leafy hops within decidedly caramelish malt! Watney's Red Barrel comes to mind. But it's even richer, so much more malty, firmer, and entirely more flavorful. It's much more American.

And Watney's Red Barrel is a standard, well maybe a premium, English pale ale. This is more... it's bigger, but is it an "Imperial" IPA? Well, under British standards I'd guess it is. But for American expectations it's just not bitter enough. Herein lies the rub. This is an excellent Imperial I.P.A., but in a more malty sense. I can't even sense the strength. What is it? 10.0 % - oh, geez - it doesn't appear it.

The deep copper body has a reddish note to it, and the creamy and frothy off-white head holds for seemingly forever. The nose is sweet and caramelsih and fruity and hoppy (leafy, grassy). The body is full, or at least medium-full but with a dextrinous side, and it's got a median carbonation. The flavor is rich, sweetish, fruity (apple), and malty, but backed with lots of hop flavor and a firm backbone of bitterness. It finishes drying, and perhaps a touch chalky with lots of apple-like fruitiness and some dark-apple-rind bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Slightly hazy yellow color with off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with earthy, resiny notes. Taste is hoppy with nice resin notes and quite dry overall. Not bad but it's quite simple.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep clear copper with a rather thin white head wich really didnt stick around long even with a hard pour thee wasnt much head to speak of.Well the aromas seemed a bit odd there was a noticable piney hop profile but there was big cracker malt presence that kinda over shadowed the hops wich was kind of odd.By itself this beer was decent an ok piney/citrus character with caramel malt and alcohol in there as well but with food everything seemed to be off flavors did not meld well at all.Well not really worth a fuss not a big hop monster and flavors seem a little off at times,I wouldnt seek out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
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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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
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