Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) - Southern Star Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
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
09-27-2012 01:46:21 | More by GRG1313
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
09-20-2012 00:04:55 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-16-2012 00:18:39 | More by twiggamortis420
4.48/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a nicely formed head; very nice retention and several shards of lace are left behind
Smell: Floral, piney and citrusy - the epitome of a great DIPA aroma
Taste: This is a DIPA with a maximum dose of hops and just the right amount of malt balance as it starts out laying a hint of caramel and then dashing forward into the realm of the hops; the hops present as piney and citrusy and build from there; loads of grapefruit, along with some pineapple
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; slightly boozy
Overall: This is a great DIPA to my way of thinking (or tasting) - love that the malts are way in the background and the vast majority of the flavor comes from the hops; not sticky at all like many other DIPAs - glad I was in Texas when it hit the shelves
09-09-2012 18:40:17 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a nice light ruby color, with a beige colored head. Dissipates to a spongy ring, leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy, some orange, with a caramel sticky maltiness. The taste is much more piny and resinous, with a big bitter bite to it that lingers. Some bright citrus tinges as well with a nice malt profile to balance things out. Solid full body, not too sticky or over-bearing, feels great on the palate.
This is a beast of an IIPA! Love me some pine!
09-07-2012 21:59:40 | More by EgadBananas
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
Well lookee here...a Texas DIPA that quite possibly rivals Saint Arnold Endeavour in bad-assness.
Got a 4 pack at my Round Rock Specs thanks to the helpful employee who pointed it out to me. An awesome price at less than 8 bucks.
A rich, copper pour, not a huge head, but a lovely little white ring that leaves streaky lacing throught the drink. A rich looking DIPA.
Damn...this thing has a fresh aroma. A great combo of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, and sappy pine. Amazing scent from a canned brew.
Holy crap! A fantastic blend of sweet malt and sticky bitter hops. The piney hops are pronounced and the tropical fruit abundant. This one is comparable to a freshDeviant Dale's in my non-expert opinion....but better! Just mind-blowingly good and a huge surprise. Incredibly drinkable...dangerously so, for a 10%. beer.
Man... this one does indeed rival Endeavour as a fantastic Texas double IPA...seek it out my friends.
09-06-2012 00:55:47 | More by obrike
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Pours a very attractive hazed copper/orange color. A disappointingly small and thin white head forms, but sticks around as a cap. A light watery film of lace is left.
S: A heavenly aroma. At first pine and tree sap. A huge juicy mango, pineapple, and peach aroma that is to die for. Love it.
T: A bit more toned down here. Pine and resinous tree sap again. The juicy fruity flavors are there, just more in the background. A long and lingering grapefruit bitterness lasts forever.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very crisp and dry. For the huge bitterness and alcohol this drinks exceptionally smooth.
I am not a hop head at all. This is very good and enjoyable though. The long bitter finish keeps this from being truly exceptional for me though. Hop heads rejoice, this is very well made.
09-03-2012 20:19:40 | More by champ103
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
12oz can into a snifter
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The carbonation is about perfect for the style and can really be seen if you swirl the glass...it creates a big creamy white head again that sticks around for longer than a normal DIPA.
S: The nose is about what you want from a DIPA. Big aromas of pine, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The tropical fruits are there but not as prevalent as the pine.
T: The taste is really bitter at first but as you sip it and let it warm a bit you can really pick up the other flavors. There are big flavors of pine and bitter grapefruit rind along with some tropical fruits and caramel malt in the background.
M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.
O: This is one of the better DIPAs I've had recently and can hold it's own with some of the more bitter and over-the-top examples of the style. I hope they make this on a regular basis as I'd buy it more often than some other IPAs in the TX market right now. The 10% abv is barely noticeable which is pretty impressive...so smooth and drinkable.
09-01-2012 05:11:17 | More by GregSVT
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
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).
09-01-2012 02:26:17 | More by whoneeds8
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
The beer poured a hazy amber/gold with a nice finger of head that dissipated very quickly, good lacing as well. Remember, 'Clarity is overrated.' The aroma was explosive, huge citrusy west coast hops. There is a battle going on between the more aggressive piney hops and a bouquet of candy-like fruit. This all translates into the taste and is accompanied by a substantial and very refreshing hop bite. The malt contributes very well, not infringing in anyway upon the hops while still cutting the bitterness and giving reinforcement to the more delicate hop flavors. The body is full, and even somewhat silky, with a light carbonation bite and a touch of alcohol burn.
Overall, this is one impressive beer, it is so common for IPAs to be overly one-sided and this one is anything but. It has complexity within the hop bill, complexity within the malt bill, and it all works together so well. Very well one of the best Texas IPAs I have ever had, dangerously drinkable for a beer this strong. I would love to see Southern Star add this to the rotation.
09-01-2012 01:51:20 | More by Siriusfisherman
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
1479th Review on BA
Can to Piraat Tulip
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.
08-31-2012 02:49:22 | More by FosterJM
Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.