Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) - Southern Star Brewing Company
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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
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-15-2012 02:13:21 | More by Lawl3ss
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
3.06/5 rDev -27%
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.
03-08-2013 04:51:46 | More by DocJitsu
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
Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.