Monday, June 18

Beer Review: Epic Brewing Imperial IPA (Exponential Series #17)




Imperial IPA Release #17

Brewed on March 3, 2012. Packaged on April 11, 2012.

The hop bomb is back! Piney, resinous and slightly sticky on the tongue with refreshing bitterness and good malt sweetness give way to an almost refreshing finish due to lighter alcohol. The sweet piney hop aromas from Centennial in the hopback and CTZ in the dry hop reminds one of a dense forest in the Pacific Northwest.

The Malts

Premium Briess American 2-row malt and Briess carapils.

The Hops

Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial in the boil finished with Columbus for aroma and Centennial in the hopback. Amarillo and Columbus in the dry hop.
ABV 8.7%

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For one, I love their releases and how they categorize them on their website. They often tweak them a little and experiment with various ingredients. I loved their Santa Cruz brown ale, let's see how this fairs!

Appearance: (4.0)
- I like the golden straw yellow color  when pouring. Nice frothy white foam with big bubbles settles quickly to a big bubbly and lace ridden mess. Looks great. The brew is rather cloudy, and there is certainly a lot of chunky yeast sediment suspended in the brew. For me, yeast sediment is a negative as I like most beers filtered...  at least the big chunks. Yeast in that amount can wreak havoc a day after drinking the beer. Don't even get me started on brett.. though I love the beers too much. 

Smell: (4.0)
- Kind of a tart and fruity IPA. Grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind. Aceto is the next, though not so sure that is what it is. Light sweet malt presence, some bready grassiness, some mild caramel. Overall not too bad.

Taste: (4.0)
- Lovely citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. Fruit and glorious hops with a nice grassy and earthy bitter hop. The malt agenda seems pretty basic, but is nice in that it isn't some sweet and loaded with caramel. It's a nice balanced light sweetness with some good bready and yeast character to it. Solid and certainly hop forward. Still though, can't tell if it is the abundant use of hops, or perhaps a slight aceto 'early-pull' type flavor going on. Certainly some pine for sure.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice chewy medium bodied brew which is perfectly carbonated and a touch drying from the bittering. Overall easy to drink, and a touch chalky though from the mad yeast. 

Overall: (3.5)
- Solid grapefruit and citrus character..  nice bready notes with a malt that isn't overly sweet. Only beef is perhaps an 'aceto-like' flavor hidden far in the back, and the serious chunks of yeast all over in this brew. It would be even better if the yeast would just settle in the glass, but it doesn't. It's like snow in a photograph.

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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