Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

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149 Ratings

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd. visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Contract brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing.
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Reviews by rajendra82:
Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt amber colored body was clear, and the carbonation was modest and gentle, forming a one finger thick foamy head. The head was very durable, and formed a solid sheet of lacing. The aroma was somewhat timid for the style, with the hops coming across more earthy and herbal, than piney or citric. The taste was much more aggressive than the smell suggested. The hops provided a massively bitter and spicy assault on the tongue upon first sip, and the prickly spiciness just lingered on and on. The hop oils in the taste were enamel removing bitter, and I loved them for that. There was a burnt sugar sweetness, and a hint of nuts as well, but they were soon forgotten under the hops that steamrolled over them. The mouthfeel was sticky and creamy, and the alcohol was very warming. The aftertaste was everlasting. This was a very different kind of IPA than most, and yet still firmly within the realm of drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Killer suds—you’d think this beer has legs with the amount of action on the glass. Cloudy tawny hue suggests hop haze. Fresh evergreen sap, spearmint, grapefruit rind and tobacco fill the nostrils with a sting of warm peppery alcohol—very aromatic. Smooth, creamy first sip quickly unfolds into a battle of hops against alcohol and malt, but all seems to be a stalemate, which shows balance. Hint of catty or soapy flavor from the hops quickly leans toward citric before getting out of hand. Alcohol is very warming, but not hot, and the malt comes in with some biscuity undertones. Running a step or two ahead of the middle of the pack; enjoyable and certainly gave us our hop fix.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy malt-forward double IPA! At least, from the looks of it, as it's a much more reddish color than your usual DIPA, and even the head is a dirtier, tanner thing than the norm.

Kind of on the fence with the aroma. A certain spiciness is here, robust and kind of dessert-y, but nothing I can pinpoint finer than that. Maybe brown sugar, maybe cinnamon. And even before it's had time to properly warm a bit, the alcohol juts out a bit too much. Hops are citrusy, lingering more in the background than expected.

As the aroma suggests, this one's just as much about malt as it is hops. The malt is sweet and dessert-y, with cinnamon, brown sugar, toffee and tobacco having major presence. Hops are both salty and citric. A bit of an alcohol flare gives the flavors a pretty big boost, making this seem pretty aggressive in terms of its flavors. They come at you quick and don't let go.

Feel-wise this is great, round, creamy, not too heavy, a little sticky...just right for the style.

Well, this sure is an interesting double IPA, but "interesting" isn't always a compliment. In this case, it kind of is, I enjoy how malt forward this is, giving it a kind of sweetness that helps offset the salty/citric elements of the hops here. Definitely worth at least one try. Pretty cute label too.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber body (clear) with a frothy ecru-white head in my tulip glass. Laces appreciably.

Knockout hoppy nose. For non hop-hounds, don't let this put you off entirely, but it's accurate foreshadowing.

Taste is also hoppy (piney and a bit oily), but it's rounded out by some faint fruit around the middle of the sip. I want to say grapefruit, but that's too easy. Finish is bitter and hoppy. This one wants to warm up a bit, which keeps the hops from stealing center stage.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, not too fizzy nor prickly, stops shy of being creamy.

Not super drinkable, due to the hops, but appreciable nonetheless.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a deep amber color with a nice white head.

S: Some citrus, and some pine mixed in with very nice hops. Truly a remarkable Imperial IPA.

T: There are quite a bit of hops present, which is a good thing, and expected from an Imperial IPA. One can also taste the citrus and a hint of pineapple. The alcohol is very well hidden despite ABV of 10%, making this a truly a remarkable beer in its class.

M: The finish is somewhat dry and leaves the mouth coated with a layer of caramel, pine and a hint of citrus. A very nice full body that leaves you with an exceptional mouthfeel.

O: An employee at Total Wine recommended this beer to me, so I decided to try it out. An excellent recommendation! This is "The" Imperial / Double IPA that I will continue to buy in the future. As a side note: I had two of my friends over, who have somewhat limited exposure to the microbrews, and they absolutely loved it, and went on to buy couple of 4-packs of their own. In closing, this is a truly great Imperial / Double IPA that I would recommend to anyone that likes a great well-balanced IPA.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Mercy amber color with a thin off white head and awesome lacing.

Aroma is most disappointing. Smells mostly malty. Citrus hops a bit.

Taste is pretty good. Little sweeter than I usually like but not bad. Caramel malt and a nice hop bite. Little bit of citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is also a bit maltier than I like. Good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. I would buy it again.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color in to the glass with a beautiful 2 inch head. The head laces the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell - very prominent hops with pineapple, orange, and some roasted malt hints.

Follows the nose really well. I think the roastef malt stands out in this beer. The hops and citrus fruits play together Well. No alcohol

Overall - its really easy to drink but can be dangerous @ 10% abv. I like the roasted malt that stick out in this one and makes it very unique.

Photo of vandemonian
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kysela Pere Et Fils Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA is a DIPA with a dissapointing lack of hoppiness. Mine was bottled on Feb 26th so maybe that explains it.

A: Red colour and a big 1 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Malty smell with a disappointing lack of hops. 3

T: Malty with some sweetness and subtle citrus hops. It's remarkably smooth given the ABV. I wish this had more hops though. 3.5

M: Pretty flat. 3

O: 3

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep almost blood red color with a slight translucent quality and a big fluffy, cream colored head.

The aroma is definitely more of the malt-forward IIPA variety with big caramel malt sweetness, some nuttiness, slight sweet fruitiness. But, even through the big malt front, there's definitely some sweet citrus and resinous pine notes too.

The taste is big and malty too. Caramel sweet malts, candied fruits, a tinge of alcohol in the back of the throat. There's some bitterness, slightly lingering. Again, it's a very malt driven IIPA. It does have a month or two of age on it, but, even super fresh, you can tell that this is a malt driven beer.

It's full bodied, nice and creamy, with a good slickness about it. Low carbonation feel.

I Like a maltier IIPA sometimes, and this is a good one.

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK. This is more of a grape style red ale. This is not an IPA, and it is especially not an imperial IPA. It is an OK malty beer. It is actually something closer to a Red IPA. Fails on the marketing, but it's not horrible.

A. Dark red brown. Good head and lace.

S. Very nice nutty scent.

Please read above for the taste, mouthfeel and overall.

Photo of jmaharaj
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous cloudy brown like apple cider and a thin white head quickly dies to a few scattered bubbles, although any movement returns a dusting of head to the suface of the beer. The alcohol dominates the nose, sitting atop a thick molasses/maple syrup malt base.Some faint piney hops, but far less than i expected. Tastes a lot like it smells, there is the initial hit of alcohol, follwed by a thick, although not as sweet as expected malt body. The hops play more of a role on the tongue lending good length and bracketing the malt to give this beer some complexity. I will say this is better than i expected, good mouth feel, nice restrained carbonation. The malt and hops, although not overly nuanced, play well with each other, strating with a good sharp hop bitterness flowing into malt sweetness and then ending with a dry piney aftertaste. Not really an Imperial IPA in the American sense (hop heads will be dissapointed) but certainly worth a drink.

Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, thick, thick frothy off white head over a clear amber beer.

S - Sharp nose demolishing grapefruit! i love beers that smell like this - the "just shoved my nose in a grapefruit" smell.

T - Grapefruit, earthy/grassy and evidence of some alcohol going on.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated with fairly little aftertaste. Dry as hell on the finish

O - Pretty nice, but I would love to see this a little more well balanced. At least hide the alcohol a bit better.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sweet deal picked this one up mixed and matched for $1.75. Not bad for 10%

A - Well I can see in the pour it's as thick as a imperial stout. Color is a hazy amber brown, kind of like a barleywine. Head is a 1/4 inch but settles slowly to a thick lace ring. Lacing is freaking awesome.

S - Well it seems more malt forward with mild doses of caramel malt, oak, and some bittering pine. Alcohol is also a tad noticeable in the smell.

T - I like how the caramel malts play in the taste to deliver a sweet taste. It's more of a barleywine, maybe because of the age I do have some sediment at the base of the bottle. Hops do seem to make an impression but more of a subtle maple colored mango with no notable IBU's.

M - ABV is well concealed giving no notable burn or taste.

Overall I am not sure how sneaky this Pete is. It is a very different DIPA that I am used to, and does seem to creep up on you with it's massive ABV. I may have to try this fresh since now it's a total malt bomb.

Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with dark fruits. Something along the lines of raspberries or currants.. There is also a bit of buttery flavour and some mildly bitter hops. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I wasn't sure what to make of this one.. can't say I've had a beer that tasted quite like it. It's like a dubbel mixed with a barley wine and a DIPA. Points for tasting different, but I was hoping for the usual DIPA flavours. The alcohol was well hidden but something about the flavour tastes too artificial. Still worth a try if you happen to see it on the shelves.

Photo of ShaneThePain
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle @ Molly's in Bethlehem. Never saw it before, but IMP IPA's call to me. Bottle says Laughing Dog brews it, so not exactly sure where it comes from.

Super malty with a pine hop flavor. West coaster all the way, quite thick. Had to take my time with this one, and while I prefer a less sweet DIPA, not a bad offering.

Try it if you see it around.

Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a very hazy, deep orange-red color with af giner's worth of head. Retention and lacing are great. Aroma is full of piney hops and grapefruit. The taste here is that of a big, brash beer. Up front piney hop oil and big grapefruit. Finish is a bit malty, a bit hoppy, and a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is solid, it's a bit prickly at first but becomes a smooth drinker. The drinkability is very good for a 10% brew, this one goes down easily. Overall, this is a solid DIPA, even it it didn't do anything to wow me. It's surely more than competent, and better than a lot of hyped DIPAs on the market.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/11
*From notes

A: Rich, coppery red. It looks like an Imperial Amber. A really good 2.25 finger head on a nice pour, and some of the best lacing I've seen in some time.

S: What a crazy amount of citrus for a DIPA! It's freaky fresh, piney sweet hops and tropical fruits. Considering the high ABV, I don't detect any overwhelming amount of alcohol.

T: What a well balanced glass of beer. It's heavy, yet the fruit juice shines through. The malt take on a supporting role, as the hops really do carry this one from beginning to end. It finishes a slight bit weaker then I liked, with a watery and somewhat bland aftertaste.

M: Again, it's carrying some bulk here, but the finish really does come off slightly watery and thin.

O: I was caught off-guard and happily surprised to find this contract brew drinks so well. I was weary going in - I opted for a single instead of the four pack. In retrospect, I should have purhcased the four pack.

This is a quality beer. If you see it, don't hesitate to pick it up.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper-redish color. Slightly hazy. Off white head is 2 fingers easy. Generous lacing.

S - Smells of grapefruit and other assorted citrus fruit. Light piney aroma is present too.

T - Grapefruit/Citrus, caramel sweetness, rye bread and honey aftertaste. Hop bitterness & rye malt really lingers.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Honey makes this brew ultra smooth, yet a little sticky. Carbonation is in check and doesn't take away from the malty backbone of this brew.

D - This is a very interesting DIPA. The rye and honey malt really make this one stand out. To be honest, I didn't know what to think at first. It has really grown on me! It's a unique DIPA and one I'd like to return to in the future. I love that it's local, too.

Photo of Ghenna
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper brew, small off white head

S: Big caramel malts, pine and citrus in the hops. Very much like Lagunitas beers that use CTZ hops.

T: Follows smell, but orange citrus hops prevail on the front end, drying out to the pine on the back end. Lots of crystal malts in this one- lending themselves to a big caramel character too.

MF: fairly thick, but not chewy.

Really nice beer, my first from laughing dog. It really reminds me of a lagunitas beer- which is one of the highest compliments I can give a beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with ample lastingy lace. Aroma is stanky, piney, fruity fresh hops.

Taste starts malty sweet, then comes on strong with all the fruity hoppy flavors seen in the nose, and closes alcoholic and lingeringly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy for the abv. Great stuff.

Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass and the brew makes a tan colored two finger thick foam cranium, and the body is dark copper in color an mildly hazy.

The aroma is fruity, fig, caramel and toffee, pine, fresh cut grass, and slight perfume.

in the tase, I'm getting dark dried fruit, mixed with apple. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Feels well carbonated, thirst quenching for a strong beer, and a defenit alcohol warmth in the end. Damn good imo.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber color with three fingers of creamy off-white head. Not much lacing around the glass.

The faint aroma is mostly caramel malts and brown sugar with a bit of pineapple and booze.

The taste is also primarily caramel malts with pineapple, candy sugar. The 10% is definitely present and warms the palate.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I didn't find the hoppiness that others have found and quite honestly, this is more like a barleywine than an IIPA in my opinion.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea who they are, and never heard of them until this beer suddenly showed up.

Pours a nice frothy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly, over clear amber orange beer with tons of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the glass, a bit of lacing as well.

Nose has a pretty nice hop aroma, fresh citrus hops, bit of pine, bit of tropical fruit, some malt aromas, a bit of a sweet malt balance, some light earthy hops as well, the aroma is nice, just muted a lot and hard to get out.

Taste starts fairly bitter right off, with lots of hop flavors, some earthy hops, citrus, light tropical fruit, very light pine, tangerine, nectarine, juicy fruits, and behind that is a nice big malt balance, the malts are crazy or even heavy but they let themselves be known, a bit of sweetness, light malt flavors, a bit of booze. Finishes a little bit drier but still a little sweet, some light booze, malts, and plenty of hops still going around. The bitterness never gets overwhelming but lingers for a loooong time after.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied but more medium, with good carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nothing spectacular but a good drinking IPA, nice malt and hop balance, good hop flavors, the bitterness gets strong but not overwhelming to a pretty good balance point, the finish could have been a bit drier, and the nose could have been a bit more aromatic, but otherwise a nice take.

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When opened, the bottle overflowed. Lots of foam left in the bottle after the initial pour. That said, it is a modest head, but very rich and thick. Goes down slowly and leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Strong amber malt/alcohol aroma. The hop is not as pronounced as some IIPAs.

This is a well balanced Imperial. The malt shows up nicely without any of the oiliness that comes from an unbalanced alcohol level. Creamy start without any sweetness. Great body, low carbonation. The hop is the story of the swallow and the aftertaste which lasts in minutes, not seconds. Lots of grapefruit and white pepper in the finish.

Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a huge 3-finger, proteinaceous offwhite head, which was well-retained and produced some super sticky lacing. The body was a ruddy orange amber color, dotted with small bubble trains.

S- Big earthy hop aroma over a big malt backbone. Impressions of dried citrus fruits, grass and a slight, pleasant metallic.

T- A bold melange toasted malt and earthy and piney hop flavor... in nearly perfect balance. The dry finish is surprisingly light on bitterness considering the strong hop flavor. This come across more an an Imperial English IPA... and I'm loving it!

M- A big chewy body, with mild astringency and a soft carbonation. Unbelievably no EtOH heat!

Overall- This super-quaffable beer quite tasty and nicely textured. Deceptively high in alcohol... I would have totally pegged this to be a 7 or 8% beer in a blind tasting. I would definitely reach for this again!

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.