Emperial Brewing’s goal, above all else, is to create great beer. Inspiration for the beers we produce can come from anywhere and everywhere—if it’s made with barley and hops, chances are we’re interested in it, and it might inspire us to create something similar. That said, we do our best to take a creative approach to everything we do. Emperial Brewing first started in an attempt to create a style of beer not available at the time in Denver, CO (Emperial is the result of this attempt), and so the focus has always been on making beer that cannot be found at your average liquor store—sometimes that means pushing boundaries, sometimes it just means pushing for perfection. We hope that you will join us in the endeavor.
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Bouquet is a “Pale” Ale belonging to BJCP category 10A. It deviates slightly from the style in order to bridge the gap between hoppier American IPAs and maltier brown ales. It was originally brewed with wedding-goers in mind, and so is relatively low in alcohol content and lacking overly-dominant flavors. Given its origins, it aims more for mass appeal than an established flavor profile. It is mildly bitter, with a medium body, a slight dry, roasted character, and shots of floral hops.
Dowry is a Black Ale belonging to BJCP category 10C. It deviates slightly from the style through the use of belgian debittered black malt, and a yeast that imparts lager characteristics. It was originally brewed for weddings, and so is relatively low in alcohol content. Given its inspiration in old belgian ales, it is quite malty. It is very mildly bitter, with a medium body, a strong malty flavor, and a slight citrus hop character.
Feature Length is a Double IPA belonging to BJCP category 14C. It is the “little brother” of Documentary, and like its brother, it eschews the use of dextrose and other sugars to artificially increase alcohol content without increasing body and malt flavor. Unlike Documentary, it is still firmly within the bounds of BJCP category 14C. Its hop character evenly balances its slightly higher malt flavor. It is bitter, with a medium body, a moderate malt flavor, and a strong, somewhat citrusy hop aroma.
India Ink is an India Black Ale belonging to BJCP categories 23 and 14B. Unlike many IBAs, it evenly splits the IPA/Porter designations. Where many IBAs turn out as normal IPAs with black coloring, or Porters with extra hops, India Ink strikes a balance. This is accomplished by balancing dry roast with citrus hops to create a unique taste not often found in its parent styles. It is moderately bitter, with a light-medium body, a moderate roasted character, and strong citrus hop flavor.
Lucky #13 is a Rye Lager belonging to BJCP categories 23 and 3B. It pushes the boundaries of traditional Märzens through the inclusion of rye, and a higher alcohol content. The rye lends it an untraditional herbal/spiced flavor that borders on caramel— a characteristic that should not be present in traditional Märzens. However, the flavor is not overly dominant. It is mildly bitter, with a medium body, moderate herbal/spiced malt flavor, and little hop aroma.
Night’s Watch is a Black Lager belonging to BJCP category 4C. Following along the lines of more traditional Schwarzbiers, it is malty, and easy to drink. Unlike traditional Schwarzbiers, it includes a significant amount of american barley, and utilizes american hops. This does not significantly move the beer out of its BJCP category, but it does go against tradition. It is very mildly bitter, with a medium body, a moderate roast that gives way to a hint of chocolate flavor, and little hop character.
Port of Call
Port of Call is a Porter belonging to BJCP category 12B. Despite belonging to a category of porters that is broad, and allowing of a substantial amount of creativity, it is a relatively conservative beer. It is focused on creating a sense of warmth, and so is a good compliment to cold weather. It is mildly bitter, with a medium body, a substantial dry roasted flavor with hints of coffee, and an even herbal hop character.
Time Lord is an India Pale Ale belonging to BJCP category 14B. It has a slightly higher alcohol content than your average IPA, and relies entirely on Centennial hops—which give it a unique character. Modeled after an IPA out of the great lakes region, it is deceptively strong and easy to drink. It is bitter, with a light-medium body, a slightly malty flavor with a clean finish, and a dominant citrus and floral hop character.
The Emperial Series is what might be considered the “premium” side of Emperial Brewing. There comes a time in every brewer’s progress when they decide to push the boundaries of typical homebrewing, and this is how the Emperial Series was born. While all beers in the series are different (often vastly different), one defining characteristic of the Emperial Series is that all of its members boast an ABV of 10%, and adhere to the general belief that beer can be an aesthetic experience rivaling that of more potent spirits. Traditionally bottled in 750ml Belgian bottles, these beers are meant to be enjoyed with the help of friends.
Documentary is an Oak-Aged Double IPA belonging to BJCP categories 22C and 14C. It is the “big brother” of Feature Length, and like its brother, it eschews the use of dextrose and other sugars to artificially increase alcohol content without increasing body and malt flavor. As a result, it begins to approach American Barelywine (BJCP category 19C) status. It is quite bitter, with a medium-full body, a diffuse oak flavor and dryness, and a strong, somewhat citrusy hop aroma.
Emperial is an Imperial Stout with Cherries belonging to BJCP categories 20 and 13F. It is the result of a long exploration regarding what it means to brew beer with fruit. As a result, it has gone beyond a typical fruit-flavored beer and is more adequately described as a beer made with fruit. Due to this change in focus, it is a beer that begins to resemble wine. It is bitter, with a full body, a strong roast and malt flavor that blends with wine-like fruit qualities, and an even, complimentary hop character.