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:
840
Reviews:
364
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
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Photo of LloydDobler
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 soupyman10
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 TooGood
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAbastard760
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.81/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of benloho
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MickeyHops
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glinnebur
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbauer
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpkrippner
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque orange, with a white bubbly head. Head retention is alright, with good lacing left behind early in the glass. Aroma is mostly citrus, orange peel, with a biscuit malt background. The flavor profile is in line with the aroma, with notes of citrus, orange peel, with a little more biscuit malt presence. Mouth feel is medium-thick, and a bit bubbly. Overall, it's okay. The flavor profile bounces all over the place, and the mouth feel is so-so.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Union Wine & Spirits. Pours out a nice deep golden, creamy head, rings of lacing. So far, so good. Musty, hoppy aroma. Taste completes the aroma, nice sharp, bitter hoppiness, some pine, some soap, some citrus. Finishes with the right amount of bitterness, lingering just long enough. NO hint at the 10% ABV.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice sexy looking orange color, 3/4" white head, deft retention. Aroma hit the citrus notes. Not just grapefruit, there was a tangerine/orange vibe going on here as well.

Taste was a head scratcher, dropped tons of caramel and toffee malt heft and flavor. Still around 90ibu impressions, very bitter, but not as flavorful. I like their pale and ipa better. Sticky, hides the alcohol well. Such a trade off with that amount of malt, can't be dry, but can hide alcohol well.

Could do without the bomber format though.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: rating high because the artwork is great! poured straight from the can into my mouth.

S: bitter grapefruit, with some slight pine and resin.

T: Lots of grapefruit and orange up front. Very bitter and a bit astringent. Could use much more balance and the harshness detracts. Some boozy alcohol which may throw off some of the bitterness as well.

f: fairly creamy, not much carbonation. average.

O: Overall not a very memorable DIPA. its just too harsh/bitter without many redeeming factors. Not horrible by any means, but I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of Gambit23
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About kicked my butt.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber color with a three finger high, white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The glass - That’s right! I got som glass from @orrefors Sweden to try with my beers.
So here it is - Orrefors IPA glass with SKA Decadent Imperial IPA in it.

After Spigelau released the IPA glass I think the "glass-makers" in the world suddenly woke up - There is so much more than just a "beer"

I would with my experience of 30 year in wine- and whisky-tasting that there is so much more flavors in a craftbeer to find than in a great whine or single malt... I KNOW all you whine and whisky-lovers out there - Now it’s war! ;)

The glass has the "Tulip" shape of a beer-tasting glass so the aromas of the beer will increase to your nose.
I think it’s easy to hold the glass, at least with my hands. It’s easy to swirl the beer and get the most out of the nose.
Saying that I must say that I love the craftmanship of Orrefors!
if you love craft beer you probably love craftmanship in any area (at least I do!)

Oh! I think I’m going far, far away from the beer review now!

Where was I....

Nose: Orange marmalade, citrus, caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, honey and syrup - A LOT of sweetness!
Taste: Orange marmalade again, orange zest, caramel, sweet caramel malt.
Mouth: Sweet, round, soft body. Bitter ending. Light to medium carbonation.

I like this beer but it’s too sweet for me (and I like sweet beers!)

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JamFuel
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 840 ratings.
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