What does "Imperial" suggest?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TastyAdventure, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    IMO Zombie Dust is more of an IPA than a pale ale. I think each beer is very subjective, but its good to have an outline.
  2. smithm1970

    smithm1970 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    In fairness, its the American-ized 'Grand Cru' appellation
    To me, it means 'even more'
  3. smithm1970

    smithm1970 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2010 Ohio
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    In all honesty, ZD made me a believer of 'Imperial Pale Ale'..it lacks the maltiness of a DIPA

    Not to threadjack, but I hope ZD becomes (along with Stone's San Diego County Session Ale) early standard bearers of a wave of highly hopped, less malty, lower ABV beers- I know I'm not alone for yearning for such a class of beers readily available.
  4. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    But that just idn't true. IPA was a session beer by the stndards of the day, weaker than standard-strength Mild.
  5. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    More effort than shipping beer to India? Standard-strength Porter managed that journey without any trouble.
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  6. Acidisco

    Acidisco Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    Imperial = ON STEROIDS
  7. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    The lack of civility was aimed at the content, not at yourself. A paper like the Washington Post has surely a duty to check its sources?
    A good starting point would be to spend some time on these sites. They are thoroughly and rigorously researched using contemporary sources;
    Both sites cover, in different ways, a wide variety of beer topics generally but not exclusively on British beer types.They each have a useful search function if your interest is specific.
  8. sloany

    sloany Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Minnesota

    I stand corrected on the EIPA comment:
    "Myth 3: “British brewers discovered that if they put lots of hops and alcohol in the beers they were sending out, the strong beer wouldn’t go sour on the four-month voyage around Africa.”
    Fact: Beer did not need to be strong to survive the journey to India, and IPAs were not particularly strong for the time: they were only about 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent abv. Certainly by the 1760s brewers were being told that it was “absolutely necessary” to add extra hops to beer if it was being sent to somewhere warm. But this was not limited to India. And there is absolutely no evidence that George Hodgson of Bow introduced the idea of hopping export beers more strongly than beers for home consumption. (http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/four-ipa-myths-that-need-to-be-stamped-out-for-ipaday/)
  9. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

  10. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Tell's me i'm in for a good time tonight!
  11. teal

    teal Initiate (78) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    To me it suggests heavy breathing, a lot of guys with laser pistols and bad accuracy. Occasional mass murder.

    There may or may not be some brother/sister kissing in the general vicinity.
  12. Schmoozer

    Schmoozer Initiate (163) Nov 15, 2008 Michigan
    Industry Beer Trader

    Imperial usually implies that the beer is not part of the rebel force. These beers usually swear allegiance to the Emperor and Lord Vador. Definitely not to be messed with unless you are a Jedi knight, or an amazing Wookie.
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  13. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    It suggests lengthy threads of debate.
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  14. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Imperial usually means that I can cut my drinking time for the night in half, and double my expectations.

    What? I like big beers :slight_smile:
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