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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lnashsig on 08-15-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SteeleWright
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into a tulip glass a burnt orange color with a one finger white head. Low head retention, but great lacing all the way down.

Scent is . . . HOPS, HOPS, HOPS. There's a small amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

The taste is a hop whollop, lots of piney citrus flavors with a great malted backbone. Overall well balanced IIPA flavor.

Mouth-feel is right up the standard for IIPA.

This has to be one of the best Texas Home Brew Winning beers that has been put into limited production (Eat your heart's out Divine Reserve Big Batch Brew Bash Winners, because none of you have equaled this beer).

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from xpimptastikx. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Big off-white foam slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving rings of splotchy lace. Mostly transparent fiery copper body. A few streams of fast-moving bubbles are visible.

S - This is an intensely piney and earthy beer, and I was actually surprised to find out it was an Imperial IPA as it smelled more like a 7% IPA. There's a touch of grapefruit and lemon rind, as well as a touch of dankness, but this isn't a very sweet hop bouquet. Malt is surprisingly understated for a 10% beer.

T - The flavor reveals more of the IIPA character, with some sugary malts, candied citrus, and tropical fruits mid-palate before yielding to a lingering piney and herbal bitterness. Again, no trace of the listed 10%. It's not a super-complex beer, but it's got nice balance to it. I can also sense this is rolling off a bit at the one month mark, so I'd encourage others to try this sooner rather than later.

M - Soft, creamy medium-full body, with some nice residual oils and resins as well as a bit of malt stickiness. I prefer things a bit dryer, but it's a 10% IIPA so it's not terrible problematic. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a bit of warmth after most of the can is done.

D - A solid IIPA that is a really fast and easy way to get krunk. Not sure who the homebrewer was who collaborated on this beer, but kudos! If you like old-school hop bills and easy-drinking high-ABV beers this is a very good choice. Just looked it up and the hop bill is Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus - makes sense.

Photo of GRG1313
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Texas winner that must be commented upon.

Pours dark orange with a long lasting firm white head.

The nose is just what you want in an IPA, none the less a 10% imperial IPA. The big fresh hop nose is very assertive, clean and pure. The high alcohol is not reflected in that "alcohol sweet" character some high abv IPAs can have. Nice nose all around.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and bold. Full bodied with light carbonation and nice bitter balance.

Flavor profile is big pleasant bitter pine and grapefruit skin but with high tones; bright tones and rich deep flavors. There's some burnt toast, "almost sweet" burnt oranges and just a big bitter character.

Finish is all grapefruit oil and long lasting. Another good Texas effort. 09/12

Photo of genitempo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Polished well into a pint glass from a can (I let the can warm up for about 20 minutes prior to pouring). The color was surprising, an almost scorched IPA with a deeper and darker SRM than one would expect. Nice, frothy head that maintains a deep-root during the sipping. Minimal lace.

S - The nose was basically high-handed by a floral aroma. Although some may deem it overbearing, I felt it was the brews strength. Subtle fruits at the tail.

T - Booming. Well-balanced bitter that conceals the high ABV.

M - A tad bit thin for my palate. Low on carbonation. Its attenuation allows the flavor to really hit every aspect of your mouth.

O - Solid.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a very hazed light red color with an ample cap of long-lasting, off-white head. Sticky lace bumps this into the 4+ range on appearance.

Nose is tropical and citric hop dominant but has enough sweetbread maltiness to add a semblance of balance.

Taste is equally as hop flavor forward as it is hop bitterness. The body is plentiful, if not full or cloying, and not totally without presence. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden, more so than any DIPA I have had in recent memory. It is really nice to see some local brewers crank out some hoppy stuff that can hang with the best in the nation. Resinous, delicious and bursting with hops…I would love to see this one make it into the regular rotation.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into stemless tulip pint. No visible canning date, but I believe I bought it and stashed it in the fridge 2-3 months ago.

Look- Hazy orange-amber with four fingers of dense head that sticks around for absolutely forever. The look of it leads me to believe that the haze is almost certainly due to intense dry hopping. Ten minutes after the pour and a few sips later and there's still a finger and a half.

Smell- Bold, bright lemon-lime-grapefruit zest, passionfruit, fir, honey, pear, dry toast, resin, musk. Sweeter than expected, but not overly so and it works well.

Taste- half a hair shy of what I would consider a real hop bomb, malt is there but the bitterness and juicy hop flavor is solidly in the slap to the palatte range. Drier than expected, grapefruit, apricot, resin, vaguely nutty. Lingering tealike bitterness. No hint of the ABV.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, medium body, almost silky. Something of a cottony feel. Very drinkable, a full pint...or two... would have been great.

Overall- Not much to fault it for, and well put together- I wish there was a bit more depth of flavor, but that's a minor gripe. Absolutely worth grabbing, lets hope they make this one a regular.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some big double IPA notes, with a lot of resinous pine and orange citrus notes. I also get a hint of biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The caramel malt keeps the bitterness from being too high, but what really comes through are some dank, resinous pine and orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks for this one gtermi!

A - Pours a dark and hazy amber color with floating bits of hops and yeast. Two finger creamy white head with soapy and sticky lacing and retention. I'm a sucker for unfiltered IPA's!

S - Caramel malts, piney hops, bitter grapefruit, and some dank resin.

T - Nice blend of caramel malts and dank hops. Light grapefruit and pine. Bitterness is low but pleasant. A bit malt forward but rather tasty. Mouth feel is creamy and slick. I'm actually a bit surprised by the 10% abv, its not even noticeable.

O - Seeing as the first review is from mid-August I'd say this one has a bit of age on it. Even in its current state its drinking really well. Plenty of caramel malt and grapefruit/dank hops. Alcohol extremely in check. Really nice.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into an Ommegang chalice. Thanks to ksurkin for this can.

Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger off-white head. Sticks nicely.

Smell - Grassy and piney hops. Juicy grapefruit and just a hint of that simcoe garlic. There's a ton of hops, but even so a strong sweetness comes through behind. Just a little bit of a burnt malt smell. Gives it a touch of must.

Taste - An intense hop profile similar to the smell. Definite booze kick to it, too. Malty sweetness, but dries out making me think they added some adjunct to get the ABV up. I could have done without that. Healthy bitterness that is amplified by the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and dry. Medium heavy. The sweetness is held in check by the bitterness at first, but it gets a little intense in the finish. The bitterness, that is.

Overall - I had high expectations. It's good, it's not great. It's a little rough around the edges and too big. Nice hop profile, though.

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1479th Review on BA
Can to Piraat Tulip
12oz can

No canning date. (Probably 2weeks old)
Thanks to lnashsig

App- A very deep orange coppery color with a small 1/4" head that was off white and faded quickly. Decent cling down the glass with a pond layer. Good density in color.

Smell- Well this dry hopped big ol amarillo bomb has a lot going on. Like a deep orange zest with a pine tree and whispy booze. Big and thick with a ton of aromatics. Not all in harmony but solid.

Taste- Its dry and crisp with a huge bitter, piney hoppy citrus flavor. This is a flavorful beer, like the nose its big and boozy but a bit more tidy on the flavors. The opening dry gives way to the citrus and finishes a bit hoppy. A good amount of pine needle flavor is what keeps this from being great. Dial that down, little better I think.

Mouth- This is the best part of the beer. A big boozy thick finish with a good amount of pine/zest residual flavors. A bit dry but has flashes of being a bit wetter.

Drink- Still not the biggest amarillo fan but this was pretty good. Boozy, piney and hoppy. Just needs to be dialed back a bit. Glad to try this but wouldnt have seeked it out.

Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.