Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ska Decadent Imperial IPA review

Ska Decadent Imperial IPAThis beer is the last new brew of my latest beer run. It's been a while since I've sampled a brew from Ska Brewing Company of Durango, CO. This is another in their small line of "Robust Reincarnations". Today's brew is their Ska Decadent Imperial IPA. As with all of their robust line of beers, these bomber bottles are dipped in colored wax, red in particular. I love their skeleton and bowling pin themed labels too - it fits them to a tee. This is the brew that Ska cooked up for their 10th anniversary. It worked so well that they continued to make it several years after. And fittingly enough, they packed in a 10% ABV for this decade anniversary ale, so you knew it was going to be loaded.

Appearance: This beer pours a lovely dark orange color and built up a nice thick off-white head. When I poured it outside in near 100 degree heat fresh out of the fridge, the bottle and glass both started sweating a lot. But once inside, it cleared up nicely and I could see a small amount of carbonation working in the glass.

Aroma: The aroma was simply wonderful. Just what I expected from a nice double IPA. It reminded me a bit of a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, piney, earthy, and with a hint of alcohol in the nose. I wish they'd make a car air freshener out of this beer. I could smell this all day long. But how would it taste?

Taste: After inhaling this beer for nearly 3 minutes I took in a big mouthful of this brew. Ah nice! It had a nice creamy mouth feel. The 99 IBU rating lived up to it's name. Wow. There was a big hoppy taste to this beer as well as some delicious caramel maltiness. It had a dry and bitter finish to boot. About what I expected out of a good double IPA.

Overall: I wish they'd make a car air freshener out of this beer. I could smell this all day long. Whatever hops they used worked well for this beer. It simply made the whole experience for me. Nice. I'm definitely going to buy this beer again. I just wish they'd put it into 12oz bottles. Again, a full 22oz bomber is almost a bit much to consume at 10% ABV. But I was up to the challenge.

While this was one darn tasty beer, it wasn't the best I've had, but it's getting close. The beer ranking sites were mostly impressed with this brew but left room for improvement. I'm going to give this beer a thumbs up and a nice 3.7 out of 5 rating. Definitely something to look for and try out for you IPA lovers. Good thing they ship to this side of the state, otherwise it would be a long 6-7 hour drive for me to visit their brewery.

Update September 2016: Just bought this in a 12-pack can variety pack. Every bit as good and probably better than I remember. Been 8 years since my last one and I'm glad I picked it up again. A hop lover's delight for sure.

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