Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) - Southern Star Brewing Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
4/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Yay, craft beer cans! Thanks to dcloeren for this one.
Pours a light fizzy almost fluffy head that reaches 1 finger before fading at a med pace, with nice lacing, semi clear golden reddish orange beer.
Nose some nice hops, light candied citrus, floral, some tropical fruit with a hint of grapefruit and a fruit punch like tropical fruit juice, light resin and pine, little fairly fresh smelling, and just a bit of sweet malty base.
Taste starts with a light sweet malty base, and a hint of booze and candy flavors. Then right into big hops, fairly bitter, with some light tropical fruit juice, little citrus, grapefruit, tangerine like, etc. But then the hops really get crazy spicy and chewy, light resins and a nice big punch of pine. The hops get astringent as it moves towards the finish, a long spicy chewy hop finish that never ends, fairly dry as the bitterness ramps, it's astringent, spicy, salty hop flavors even, quite bitter, that makes me keep sipping so I can avoid too much of the astringent bitterness.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, just a bit of warming booze, good carb, huge astringent bitterness that rips the moisture from my tongue.
Overall pretty good, it starts nice but the super spicy chewy salty astringent hop finish takes away from it a bit. I used to like the over the top ridiculously hoppy beers, but after having so many of the big tropical fruit and citrus hops, and other balanced malt/hop beers, this goes a little over the edge, but still a great beer.
Serving type: can
11-21-2012 00:27:15 | More by jlindros
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2.75/5 rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
12oz can to Duvel tulip
A – An opaque, murky, brown-amber. Cloudy head of mostly big bubbles on top and fine bubbles on the side.
S – A fruity and earthy smell emanates. Guava and citrus, and the citrus is mostly pineapple and orange. The earthy smell is constituted of a musty, woody, browns sugar smell. There is a tiny bit of peach, grass, and grapefruit. As it warms, a tiny bit of butter and plastic comes out.
T – I don’t know the style at this point (not on the can, I don’t look at BA before reviewing), but I’d guess DIPA, possibly aged in the store. First sip, and it would appear to be an old DIPA. Tastes kind of like slightly carbonated juice with some Malibu. Or maybe somewhat flat fruit soda. I’m definitely getting some fruit up front and bitter grass on the back end. I think peach, pineapple, and guava. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great. There’s some woodiness in the middle and back end that’s kind of rough feeling. Not much sweetness to be found.
M – Heavy-medium body, carbonation is a little low. Dry finish, slightly rough.
D – I looked on BA when I was mostly done and see I have a 2012 DIPA. I’m not sure how I feel about rating it, knowing it’s past its prime, but my rule is if there’s not bottling date, it’s fair game. Your move breweries. That sounds kind of dick now that I typed it. I did not like the look, but the smell was good. The taste, however, revealed the beer’s age to me immediately, corroborated by a BA search. Has it held up decently for a year, yes. I still get good smell and fruit on the front end, but the rest of the taste and most of the mouthfeel is not good. I’m going to finish rating this one, because I think I know how it would have tasted fresh (like Double Trouble but less rough and more aroma), but I’m going to rate it how it is now. Weird thing is, I could see myself drinking two during halftime of some football, but I won’t buy more til it’s a fresh batch.
2.5, 3.25, 2.5, 2.5, 3; 2.6.
Serving type: can
08-26-2013 23:27:09 | More by nsheehan
2.99/5 rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer comes gushing out of the can and has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is bitter yet not a lot of flavor, the citrus in the smell is not apparent in the taste, maybe a touch of pine and alcohol are present. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall I did not really enjoy this one.
Serving type: can
07-21-2013 13:49:27 | More by tone77
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The lovely JenRay sent me this in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), but I put it aside awaiting its photo's approval (I think that is one of mine) and promptly forgot it until recently. Better late than never!
The Crack got a little spritz of excitement coming from the CAn, so I gave it a calming moment before proceeding with an inverted Glug. I got a great two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head as a result and it sat there defying me to take a sip. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose was redolent with evergreen/pine hops and underlain with caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops and malt had melded nicely over the elapsed time. I CAN imagine that this was originally a pretty hot little number, now grown accustomed to its status. The lacing that began to form was heavy and sticky. Ready the jackhammer for later, you boys! Finish was sweet with a burst of pine hops and far too easy to drink! 10 % ?!? Half-gone in the blink of an eye!
Serving type: can
06-25-2013 15:58:48 | More by woodychandler
3.06/5 rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
I received this beer in a trade. It might of been under more pressure than usual because of the jostling. However, I had let it sit in the fridge for at least three hours before opening. It spewed and poured suds out of the can the moment it opened. I tried to get most of it in the can. A huge bumpy head formed and stayed. Stayed. And stayed some more. There are some citrus notes on the nose, bust mostly a hammering of malt. It's a dark, murky amber color. Sort of ugly. Finally I get a sip around the fat foam. Malt bomb. A lot of raw hop hotness on the back of the throat, but no real hop flavor to balance this malty mess. There is a bit of misplaced chocolate. It's got a pleasing heavy mouthfeel. Only redeeming quality in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 04:51:46 | More by DocJitsu
Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
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