Decadent Imperial IPA
Ska Brewing Co.

Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,874
Ranked #36,748
3.69 | pDev: 13.82%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Decadent Imperial IPADecadent Imperial IPA
Reviews: 372 | Ratings: 859
Photo of ivan_delosrios
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up because although i don't typically buy ipas, i was in the mood for a fruity beer. This one did not disappoint. The pour is quite nice. Medium head and a beautiful hazy orange. In a tulip sniffer it is quite a sight. In the aroma it gave off a malty and caramel sweetness with a variety of fruit. Reminiscent of grapefruit, papaya, and (even though it's not a fruit) aromatic pine. Flavor is pretty close to the aroma. Nice sweetness with a creamy body and fruit notes. The finish reminded me of grapefruit juice with a very nice subtle bitterness that stuck around for a little. One bottle will do you though.

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Photo of prock180
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy but beautiful gold orange color when held up to light. Smells a little malty for IIPA but hops are present. Taste follows at first but then hops show up more at the end of sip. Sweet caramel and honey flows into citrusy, grapefruit hop flavors with the hops lingering for a long while. I was a little sceptical from the aroma but the flavors made up for that. A bit surprised how much I enjoyed this as I tend to enjoy more hop foward ipas. The body is full and smooth. Overall really good beer and a bit surprised how much I enjoyed this one. Oh yea beware, this beer is 10%! Cheers.

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Photo of Booker07
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours hazy amber with a cm head forming at the end.
Smell: Can definitively smell hops here. smells sweet almost
taste: wow! lots of malt. was expecting a bit more hoppiness for an imperial. really sweet.
feel: this Ripa was hard to finish. felt like watered down maple syrup.
overall: i had this IPA about 3 years ago when i was getting into beer tasting and then it was awesome. Maybe great for a lad trying to get his feet wet.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big, sweeter imperial from ska. bottle looked striking with the skeletal rude boy on the label and the wax sealed bottlecap. cloudy orange pour with a finger's worth of head initially. nose is all malt - sweet cereal grains up front, with a few notes of expressed orange peel and clover honey wafting through. mouthfeel is full - no surprises for a 10% brew - with medium-low carbonation that tingles enough to remind you this is beer. decadent finishes with considerable bitterness and lingering citrus hop qualities. i would have preferred to experience more of the latter up front rather than the hefty malt attack. i do appreciate the lack of alcohol 'heat' in this double-digit imperial; goes down surprisingly smooth given the abv.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

Decadent has a fruity, floral hoppy nose.
Pours gold with a slight haze under a fluffy off-white 2” foam cap.
A big fruity malty attack combines yeast and hop driven fruit flavors such as papaya and melon with light caramel malt and light grains to finish with a clean, bitter aftertaste with a hint of light vegetal hop flavors. The beer contains a lot of hops but they are expressed more in the flavor than in the bitterness. Well balanced.
The beer has a big body with slightly below carbonation.

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Photo of Jakerad1979
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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 Amalee
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Lack of hops, Smooth Drinkable NOT VERY DISTINCT FLAVOR

found this disappointing if looking for a double Ipa could see getting totally trashed on it as its 10% and virutally tasteless

but when I burppped it did actually taste like an iPA

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

My first IPA with a "waxed" dipped tip. (my main reason for buying it) lol
Kind of a flat tasting beer. Not "hoppy" enough to have want to return and buy another. They also have one with a yellow waxed tip, I believe its a Blonde. That one was ok too.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 travolta
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A frothed up, aspirin colored head with a tiny bit of lacing. Clear orange and gold color.

Nose: Pine, vanilla, some citrus, and heat.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, with a tiny syrupy balance. carbonation is very nice. Finishes with alcoholic heat. Orange and pine.

Notes: If this is a gift, have a blast...if it's at the store, have a pass. In this price range, with this kind of packaging, I can have an amazing beer. This was ok.

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Photo of Idrankitall
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a tulip glass. Fridge temp then let it warm.

Appearance: nice amber/ golden color. Not hazy, with nice white head. Looked rather appealing.

Smell: not much character in the aroma, slight hints of pine and malt. A little lack luster.

Taste: not as hoppy as I would have thought, more sweet malt flavors. Overall tasty but not as hoppy as I was hoping for, and a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: smooth but a little cloying on the back end. More sweet than I want out of an imperial IPA.

Overall: a good beer but just that...good. Not overwhelming or great, just good. If you like your IPA's sweeter and less hoppy, then good.

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Photo of GTJayG
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Too often of late I find imperial IPAs that lack balance, either there's too much alcohol or the hops aren't in balance and end up being the only thing you taste. This offering balances things nicely and it's certainly a robust beer that paired well with pizza. I'm left to lament that a single bottle is all I was able to bring home from Colorado.

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Photo of Jefriedrichs
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was hesitant on the wax covered bottle. Am I really drinking an Imperial IPA? A-hazy orange with little retention, expected on the high alcohol volume S-sweet and malty, citrus with caramel after notes, alcohol is present T-malty entry with tangy citrus in between and bready finish M-light to medium sits heavy medium on tongue making alcohol presence known O-too malty for my liking of an imperial but since the sweetness and slight bitterness attempts to balance it out I would say fairly drinkable especially for such a high ABV

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not typically an IPA fan but this one is fantastic. Citrusy aroma, the scent of the hops dances off the pour. Mild head that recedes shortly after pour. Once the foam fades though, you can definitely smell the alcohol. Almost to the extent of getting a quick whiff of a shot poured nearby. Somewhat fruity taste, slight warmth in the malt, followed by the mild hoppy finish. A little bitter on the aftertaste but not nearly overwhelming. The higher ABV is notable but not overpowering. Overall great balance of warmth, sweetness, and bitterness.

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Photo of Joey-bags1990
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper with an orange tint. cloudy unfiltered making it very difficult to see through. Poured with a very thin foam head that receded into a thin film atop the beer. Small amounts of retention when the beer is swirled around in the glass. Steady flow of bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass.
S-Strong use of fruity hops that come through with an almost floral aroma as well. You can also smell how bitter this beer is before you ever taste it. Few hints of nutty malts but the fruity/grapefruit scents outweigh anything else by a large margin.
T-Very hoppy tasting as expected. Citrusy/ grapefruit tasting hops. Strikes a good combination of a fruit loops taste with the bitterness of a grapefruit. As expected from smelling the beer, great hoppy taste that are complemented well by warming malts.
F-Light to medium feel in the mouth. Smooth finish that leaves a very heavy bitter aftertaste.
O-Very good DIPA rich with good scents and flavors. I really liked the types of hops used in this beer which gave it a good combination of fruity and bitter tastes. Fairly typical when it comes to what is expected from a DIPA, but nothing that really sets it apart besides the makers mark style wax dipped bottle it came in. Still a very good ale.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy peach with an inch of head. The lace doesn't stick too much, but for 10%, I expect this.

Carmel and soggy bread start the nose off. A bit of earth and orange rind follow. Hint of booze near the end.

Light caramel, earth and slight orange peel start the taste off. A bit of bready malts take the middle, with a bit of pine at the finish. Goes down with a moderate thickness, very nice mouthfeel.

In all honesty, where are the hops? This is a dipa right? It wasn't bad, but call it what it is, barely a double pale ale. Sorry to say I haven't been impressed by Ska's hoppy brews yet.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Glenn for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from waxed bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold with hints of orange. Forms a nearly two-finger white head on top of average visible carbonation.

S: Oranges, tangerines, and pith hops, bready malt with a bit of caramel aroma, and a nice yeastiness underneath.

T: Boozy and malty up front, with citrus & orange peel hops afterwards. Some caramel and roasted honeycomb sweetness. It seems a bit oxidized despite the wax.

M: Light body for an IIPA. Alcohol presence obvious, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This really wasn't particularly good. It tasted like it was on the old side, though unfortunately there is no freshness information that I could find on the bottle. Disappointing, although not terrible.

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Photo of VanillaHeat
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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 ISmith87
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – copper/orange/amber body w white head that has very little retention, really clear

S – spicy hops w malt background, caramel, honey, some grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime., hop bitterness

T – Spicy hops w caramel malt at first, pine, then hop bitterness/grapefruit, more alcohol that other IIPAs, but at 10% who can argue

M – medium body, alcohol warmth is very present, peppery feel, mild carbonation

O – great beer, would drink again, for price will have to put up against Hop Stoopid to see which is better

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Photo of N17shelfside
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reasonable IIPA at 10% hits more of the IIIPA territory for me in style. When poured into a Mikasa Ale Tulip produced almost not head, with a little lacing that lingers on the surface. Color is a reddish brown that matches the super tropical notes taken off the hops. The alcohol is not very well hidden, slight burn and hope flavor doesn't linger as much as a typical hopped-up IPA might. This is a little disappointing as the first hit from the beer is pretty intense citrus and fruit hops, that do relax into some bitter fruit that lingers, but only after many many sips.

Overall, if you are looking nice high ABV, super-fruity IIPA this would be a good place to go.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have only had one other beer from ska and thats their double blonde ale whch was decent.

This imperial ipa pours a nice head but only after a very aggresive pour,color is copper,hazy and imo very nice,good lacing.

Smell is not bad more alcohol and hops than anything else,the smell lets you know right off the bat that this is every bit a 10% beer.

The taste would be good if not for the pronounced alcohol tastes.the beer has a good hop flavor and its malt balance is good as well but its all overpowered by the alcohol taste too boozy imo.

mouthfeel is not bad either thin and rather drinkable for such a high abv ipa.

Overall ska imperial ipa is a solid beer for the style not outstanding by anymeans but not bad either.bottom line if your looking for a good buzz and not looking for great ipa taste this is it.For 5 bucks a bomber its not a bad price and its pretty drinkable.glad i tried it.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear amber color with a nice, creamy, dimply, off white head that lingers for a long time. Just spotty lacing.

Slightly subdued hoppy aroma dominated by citrus, with a bit of a sweet malty background. Not super in your face, but pleansant enough.

Like the aroma, I'm getting mostly a citrusy, grapefuit, flowery hop flavor with a nice, sweet malt. It's a bit on the sweet side, but it actually works since it's pretty unique and tasty when it comes to that part. Not very bitter, which is a plus for me.

Pretty thick, creamy and smooth - a little heavier than usual for the style, but it works for me.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The smell led me to believe it was going to be an average citrus/bitter bomb of an IPA, but this is something a little different I think, between the very well balanced hops and malts, and the creaminess. A winner for me. I'm confused about the low score on this one, honestly.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Ska Brewery in Durango, CO. 16 oz pour.

A: Amber color, very little head or retention.

S: Caramel malt, sugar, little bit of hop citrus. Strong alcohol presence.

T: Really average for the style. I like more hop-forward double IPAs, and this is definitely not one. Lots of malt sweetness and little hop character.

M: Good carbonation. Drinks pretty well for a 10%.

O: With so many awesome IPAs out there, this one falls short.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

S - Pine, plum, honey, mild biscuit malt. Little bit of sweetness to it. Hops are more floral as it warms up.

A - Light copper, great clarity. Medium sized head falls to a small cap, off-white, tight bubbles, little bit of lacing.

T - Big toasty malt. Perfect mesh of citrus and pine hop flavor. Balanced, moderate bitterness. The finish is spicy from a mix of hops and alcohol.

M - Noticeable sweetness that winds up drying out nice. Medium to medium-full bodied, short of moderate carbonation.

O - This is pretty middle of the road for me. Maybe I was a little late on drinking this beer fresh as it was obtained through trade. Aroma never really jumped from the glass. Flavor was all there, it was balanced for the style and featured a delicious spicy finish that had me craving more.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber, exceptional clarity in the first couple of pours, but some yeasty floaties in the last one. Thin white head fades fast and leaves little lacing. Not very active. But very attractive.

Lemony citrus and peachy fruit essence coming from the hops, and blending with a prodigious amount of caramel, and some sinus opening boozy heat. Really nice!

Taste follows the nose with peach and citrus fruity hops, some piny hop flavor, medium bitterness, and balanced very nicely by plenty of caramel sweetness.

Enough carbonation, a little more than a little warming, a rich full body, and some moderate but slightly sharp bitterness in the finish.

This one is right in my wheelhouse, somewhat reminiscent of sweet, malty and very boozy DIPAs Majaraja and the Southern TIer DIPAs like Unearthly. I am shocked that I passed up on it repeatedly because my peers collectively view it as a 3.63. Just goes to show, you don't ever know. Thank you to Jonathan at Rob's Beer in Wichita for suggesting it!

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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 859 ratings