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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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This tawny-orange ale immediately assults the senses with the character of hops from the Pacific Northwest. An aroma that combines grapefruit pith and pine resin foreshadows a strongly bitter beer. The flavor is spicy and juicy with citrus dominating over honey and floral notes, then giving way to a dry, chalky bitterness. The almost sweet finish is accentuated by the strength of the alcohol.

Release #1 : 9.5% ABV
Release #2 : 10.1% ABV
Release #3-6 : 9.9% ABV
Release #7-8 : 9.3% ABV
Release #9-10 : 8.7% ABV
Release #11 : 8.9% ABV
Release #12 : 9.0% ABV
Release #13 : 9.6% ABV
Release #14 : 9.4% ABV
Release #18 : 8.4% ABV
Release #27 - 9.6% ABV


2011 GABF Bronze Medalist for Imperial Pale Ale


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3901) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear golden beer with a smell white head on top. Aroma is fairly hoppy, citric and big on the grapefruit. Flavour is bitter, bready and has a slight yeasty base in it. Finish is dry and bitter, medium carbo. Nice Imperial IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear dark golden with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, resin, citrus and caramel malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3650) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours mostly clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is lightly herbal and grassy...light hoppy fruitiness. Flavor nice grass and herbs with very nice grapefruity bitterness and rind. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and rindy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (1035) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle, release #27 Amber colour, fruity and hoppy aroma. Taste has grapefruit, pine and lots of hops. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a large white head. The aroma and flavor have a big sweetness, fruity hops with citrus dominating, resin, grapefruit and orange peel with moderate bitterness, some herbal spicy character with just a touch of alcohol. I think the alcohol, sweetness and bitterness kind of cancel each other so nothing is too out of balance. That being said, I like some of the other Epic brews a bit better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bomber brom batch #22, 10.2% ABV, poured into pint glass. Hazy orange color with persistent two-finger head and good lacing. Aroma is full of grapefruit and pine. Tastes bitter at first and in the finish, with a big sweet middle full of honey, floral hops, and caramel. Body is medium to full with slight carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, and alcohol is well hidden. A very solid and complex IIPA from a brewer I’ll be sure to revisit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stchloe (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Very solid IIPA, dry sweet malt body caramel like, well balanced hop profile with enough citrus and grapefruit and pine hops to make a certain sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Tangerine citrus and floral hop aroma, with light caramel malt. Fruity, floral, peppery hop flavor--with just enough sweet, bready malt to balance. Nice tangerine/apricot finish. Substantial bitterness. Little bit of an oily mouthfeel (in a good way). Warming--but no alcohol flavor. (Release #31)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3376) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 651 ml. bottle. Release #29, 9.3% ABV. Pours a medium well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy particle laden, dark amber (SRM 14) body....nose is pine resin, grapefruit, cereal malt, with toffee/caramel tones....taste is light perfume, floral, slightly soapy, pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel, licorice, finishing with a lingering hop bitterness......mouth feel heavy of medium, sticky, slightly astringent, mild alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds creaminess, with a crisp acid finish. This is a technically flawless, nicely balanced, pleasantly complex, thoroughly drinkable I/DIPA. BJCP 9/1/15/5/8 Now at Release #37. 9.8% ABV. Den# 1610. General descriptors are the same. The major differences are a clean body, the obvious high alcohol content, which is a tiny bit too high and a loss of some of the more subtle aromas and flavors as a result. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigtaster (898) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
From a bomber in a pint glass, large off-white head slightly hazy with a few bits of debris, golden yellow color with light brown also. Very fresh hop aroma, there is lots of the pine and tropical fruit mixed with kush. Extremely smooth beer, tiny little carbonation bubbles, immediate and lingering bitterness matched by a slight sweetness. Really pretty light beer for this high of alcohol. This one is a palate killer, with a hop bill and schedule to envy for many breweries. The one glaring complaint is unbalanced nature of this beer, which seems to be more pronounced in the tops IIPA’s.


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