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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

120 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lnashsig on 08-15-2012)
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

04-09-2013 12:15:21 | More by t0rin0
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: can

09-09-2012 18:40:17 | More by brentk56
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-18-2012 00:10:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-20-2012 00:57:03 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

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

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 01:46:21 | More by GRG1313
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 00:04:55 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2012 03:59:14 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish amber with just under a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Definitely hop forward, I'm getting some grapefruit peel and a fruity note. There is a slight malty sweetness behind the hops.

Taste: Grapefruit peel hops hit the tongue right away. This reminds me more of an east coast IPA. The hops stick around through the whole sip, but don't intensify towards the finish. There is malty sweetness behind the hops the whole time, but it's not particularly interesting. The finish is rather bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I never would have guessed the abv was so high. This is a pleasant but unspectacular DIPA. I'd have more if it was offered.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 21:16:51 | More by oline73
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-31-2012 04:32:34 | More by duceswild
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

11-19-2012 16:31:06 | More by sendbeer
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

08-16-2012 22:43:07 | More by drummermattie02
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: can

10-06-2012 01:08:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MasterSki for this one.

A - Nice looking beer. Copper color with two fingers of white head with great retention. Slightly cloudy, some good stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Pine, grapefruit, whole lot of hops. Not particularly sweet.

T - Holy bitter Hell! I took a little sip straight out of the can, and I thought it reminded me of Pliny. After getting it into the glass and having some more generous sips I realize this is not the case. Exceptionally bitter, one of the more bitter beers I can remember having in quite some time. Lots of resin and oil, touch of pine, and some grapefruit that isn't sweet. It's nice tasting but might be a bit rough for some.

M - Medium bodied, fairly smooth somehow, although the hop bite might make it appear to be less smooth than it is. Moderate carbonation.

O - Solid beer, but was actually kind of hard for me to get down due to how bitter it was. Drinks much easier than 10%, alcohol very well hidden. Worth seeking out if you're a hop head.

Serving type: can

10-06-2012 04:49:00 | More by AgentZero
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 00:18:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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champ103

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2012 20:19:40 | More by champ103
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FosterJM

California

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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 02:49:22 | More by FosterJM
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

01-22-2014 01:58:45 | More by IPAchris
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 21:59:40 | More by EgadBananas
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-28-2012 14:29:14 | More by cdwil
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

09-11-2012 22:34:55 | More by Gagnonsux
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gtermi

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a very nice cloudy dark amber orange with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: There is a nice spicy hop smell with a tiny bit of sweetness.

T: Just wow! The flavor of this beer is absolutely fantastic. It hits you with a strong hop flavor that explodes in my mouth and has a nice undertone of sweetness to control it just a tad bit. As the beer lingers, the hop flavor slightly fades away and the sweetness becomes more prominent.

M: This beer goes down with ease and has a nice full body. There is a bit of crispness on the tip of the tongue and the back of throat.

O: This is an amazing beer. I was lucky to find just one 4 pack and boy am I glad I found it.. Just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:57:44 | More by gtermi
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jenray

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-21-2012 00:50:55 | More by jenray
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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.