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Deschutes Brewery

Deschutes Brewery
Sagefight Imperial IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Deschutes Brewery
Sagefight Imperial IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8%
Brilliant copper color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of sage stuffing, Moroccan orange spice cake, and floral herbal tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long rosemary mint jelly, artisanal cola, eucalyptus honey on pepper bread, and citrus zest and pine blossom finish. A fantastically rich and exotic excursion through a herb-laden forest of flavors.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex, Rich & Heavy, Malty, Hoppy & Bold & Bitter
Aroma Aroma: sage stuffing, Moroccan orange spice cake, and floral herbal tea
Taste Flavor: rosemary mint jelly, artisanal cola, eucalyptus honey on pepper bread, and citrus zest and pine blossom
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically rich and exotic excursion through a herb-laden forest of flavors.

The Producer

Deschutes Brewery

The Producer
901 S.W. Simpson Ave
Bend, OR 97702
USA
1 541-312-6942

Imperial IPA

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Serve in a Snifter
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.