Decadent Imperial IPA | Ska Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of BigMilkDan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of clokwurk
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DelMontiac
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle, this beer is a nice burnt orange color making a single finger of eggshell head that hangs around for about half the glass and produces scant lace.

This thing smells a little weak for an IIPA, but you still get a malty backbone with citrus and piney notes that make your mouth water.

Taste is more sweet malt than I expected, but that doesn't hurt the overall flavor. There is the oily hop presence that balances the line of pine and bitter orange peel. Some honey roaming around in there too. These flavors tend to tug at one another rather than meld.

Feel is a bit sticky producing a moderate+ body. Would prefer some more CO2 in this one.

Overall enjoyable. The guys from SKA never let me down.

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Photo of abrand
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Waxed bomber poured into pint glass. No date on bottle and I have no idea how fresh this is.

Pours a deep amber almost copper color with a quick fading white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. Smells of alcohol, subtle hops, citrus fruits, and raisins. Taste is mediocre. Somewhat watered down. Taste has some hops and citrus. Straight forward and really nothing special. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, this is just ok. Nothing really stands out at all.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visited my mom this weekend and she had a bunch of brews in the fridge for me, this being one of them.

A: 1+ plus fingered head with some retention topped this amber colored brew. It dissipated into a thin film leaving some lacing after each sip.

S: Floral hops are backed by loads of malts. Sweet candy secent follow and are quite pungent.

T: Loads of malts followed by floral hops leaving a strong bitter aftertaste. Flavor in general is quite potent, too much so when drinking a bomber solo.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, odd for the style, but combined with solid carbonation kept this mouthfeel so pleasant.

O: My first beer from Ska brewing is a good one, may have to check out others from this brewery.

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Photo of isitsavage
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this bottle up on while vacation in Duck, NC. Don't see anything from Ska in DC. Couldn't find a bottling date anywhere and I had this sitting for about a month so take that into account with this review.

Poured into a pint glass, a bright orange/copper. Minimal white head, fading fast. Spotty lacing.

Not much in the nose, traditional IPA aromas, nothing extra or interesting going on here.

Kind of sweet, resiny, and sticky mouthfeel, little carbonation.

Nothing very interesting in the taste with the first few sips, nothing really standing out for me big time. Not crazy hoppy, which is weird for a DIPA (maybe attribute this to the amount of time it sat). Some pine and citrus, more sweetness than anything else I think. Upon further sipping the citrus reveals itself specifically as orange, coupled with all that sugary sweetness, it's almost like an orange Jolly Rancher. Gets a touch more bitter as it warms.

Overall I wasn't very impressed by this beer. I wish I had time to try this a little sooner after I bought it, I think this may have tainted the taste a bit. So again, please keep that in mind for this review. Would like to try a bottle that I knew was fresh.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a bottle with the beer tasting club. Poured into a schooner. Didn't check for best before date.

A - solid copper color, slightly cloudy with really no head, and very slight lacing

S - solid hops nose with both grassy and citrus elements

T - very solid but not excessive hops attack with lots of grassy and citrus bitterness right at the initial attack; smoothed out by some slightly sweet malt, but doesn't fall into the trap of some of the Imperial IPAs of having too much malt; seems like just enough

M - relatively heavy with some oiliness that coats the entire mouth

D - surprisingly drinkable; big and brawny with lots of alcohol, but nothing overpowers the balance

One of the better Imperial IPAs i've had in the last couple months. Lots of power, but not excessive. Definitely would recommend again.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. No idea why this bottle was waxed, maybe just so it would look cool?

Appearance: With a firm pour, Decadent Imperial IPA pours a full copper color with a foamy white head. Some carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass through the haze to a fluffy off-white cap. Lots of lace webs the glass.

Smell: The hop presence is pretty lacking here. Caramel malt is most dominant, with some grapefruit and pine providing a disappointing soft hop presence. A decent amount of alcohol is not hidden at all.

Taste: The flavor leans heavily on the malt side, almost neglecting the hop flavor. But even so, the overall flavor is just too late to match the alcohol. Where did all the flavor go? It starts out softly sweet, with some odd fruitiness and alcohol mixed in with a toffee, grainy malt flavor. The limp grapefruit, orange zest, and pine flavors come in but don't leave a big impression. When the sip is finished I am very cognizant of having consumed a beer with a big alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: This is a full bodied DIPA, mostly due to a large malt presence, however. The high point of the beer is the luxuriously smooth and creamy carbonation. Fairly sticky sweet on the tongue and lips.

Overall: This is not really a worthwhile DIPA, at least if you are looking for a huge hop hit like I am. Skip this and go with any number of better hop bombs.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4oz pour->Sam Smith half-pint Nonic

A ~ Pours Red. Pretty good lacing, not much head.

S ~ Hardened sap, orange juice, & a hefty dose of malt.

T ~ Piney & fruity hops. Medicine & ripened papaya notes as well all on a backbone of Barley. Hops don't sing as much as a hope with barley choking them out.

M ~ Hops linger for long while, but become resinous. Malt leaves a good dose of cloy. ABV marginally detectable.

D ~ Was not very impressed with the overall of this beer. ABV is hidden enough to the point of carrying the flavors with its heat.
Drink well, was not horrible, but I probably will not revisit. Thanks to brentk56 for making another want happen.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a goblet. Not much foam, but carbonation was just fine. Smelled of hops just like a DIPA should smell, and tasted the same. Grapefruit with a sweet tart punch and sticky mouthfeel and nice bitter finish. This one is substantially better on tap than bottled. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a pretty clear amber with very little head, little in the way of active carbonation. Smell is powerfully hoppy (arm's-length hoppy), fairly floral, some grapefruit.

Taste is dominated by hops, but has a honey-like sweet maltiness in the background. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but sticky, feels kind of flat. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a reddish-copper, bubbly, with a small white head that receded to a thin layer of ubiquitous bubbles. Scents of citrus and pine, caramel, lightly toasted malts, and a dash of spice. Leafy. Sweet malty base overlaid with a generous amount of pine and citrus hops, orange zest and apple peel; starts sweet, ends dry and bitter. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, though can be a little strong, alcohol-wise, so watch yourself.

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Photo of specksnreds
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$7 flat drain pour. No bubbles, flat, zero carbonation. Burnt orange color is nice, but w/o bubbles, it looks unappealing. I did at least taste it, but I was unable to recognize anything resembling an IIPA. It's hard to measure a beer when it's lacking a fundamental component of its make-up, but this is what I got for my money from SKA. And I call 'em like I see 'em.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber with a cream white head that has good retention, tons of lace.

An interesting blend of hop aromas pack quite a punch with strong notes of citrus, grass, and some interesting floral notes. A little malty sweetness can be noticed in the background.

Bitter hoppy flavors remind me a little of drinking a tart communion wine for the first time, and a nice balance of sweet malty flavor comes out more and more as the beer warms. The aftertaste is pretty bitter.

Medium-heavy body- satisfyingly creamy. Nice carbonation and a dry, astringernt finish.

Overall, this is a pretty nice, powerfully-hopped offering from Ska Brewing Co. and it's reasonably priced.

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Photo of phisherman11946
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
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 ZenAgnostic
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Duvel snifter. No date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber body. Medium small llight tan head with good stick and medium retention.

Smell - Deliciously hoppy. Not overpowering, but smooth and pronounced.

Taste - Amazing. Perfectly balanced. Zero astringency. No off flavors. Light honey maltiness cuts through the medium-high strength hop body. Alcohol has a strong but not overpowering presence throughout. The best tasting IPA I've ever had, though it's my first imperial. Now I'm ready for Pliny the Elder. The spice is so perfectly complimentary with the underlying sweetness, and the bouquet opens as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and creamy.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is better than the sum of its parts. The smell and appearance don't have much to offer, but it's all uphill from there. Possibly the only beer I like from this brewery, and it far surpassed my expectations.

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Decadent Imperial IPA from Ska Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 826 ratings.
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