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Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
62
poor

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biggred1 on 09-27-2011)
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InsaneBeerLover

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

08-11-2014 05:13:50 | More by InsaneBeerLover
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olafphysics

Illinois

3/5  rDev +18.1%

08-10-2014 13:39:31 | More by olafphysics
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Gobearswalter34

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-01-2014 19:08:30 | More by Gobearswalter34
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tlema1

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +77.2%

07-18-2014 23:54:46 | More by tlema1
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -21.3%

07-14-2014 21:57:01 | More by Oidmoe
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Sodamhwf


1.85/5  rDev -27.2%

Wow, I'm not really sure why this was called a double IPA. The brewery needs to look up what a double IPA.
It's a amber color, it says the IBU are 75 I don't think so. I could not find a brew date on it anywhere so I assume it was fresh.
I wasted $12.00 for the six pack

07-12-2014 02:36:15 | More by Sodamhwf
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Greggy

Minnesota

1.63/5  rDev -35.8%

I purchased this for 2 bucks and change for a bomber which should have been a good clue that this is terrible. Pours an amber color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Double ipa? The smell is only malt and sulfur. The taste is that of a maltier rhinelander export lager. This is garbage. This should be labeled malt liquor. Rhinelander, be embarrassed. This is awful.

06-11-2014 02:00:41 | More by Greggy
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mctizzz

California

2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-31-2014 18:25:03 | More by mctizzz
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +28%

05-17-2014 23:16:04 | More by ssimpson89
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +18.1%

05-04-2014 22:13:18 | More by Fusebuddy
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bismarksays

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

04-14-2014 01:28:46 | More by bismarksays
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EdTheEdge

California

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

04-13-2014 23:26:20 | More by EdTheEdge
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev +18.1%

04-13-2014 03:22:04 | More by MidwestBA
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skinnycox

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

04-07-2014 22:17:36 | More by skinnycox
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

03-21-2014 04:35:16 | More by LJWalker
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sjjn

New York

1/5  rDev -60.6%

03-13-2014 16:45:55 | More by sjjn
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +48%

Picked this up for $2.50 for a 22, thinking, "how bad can it be." Not much on appearance, kinda thin looking with little head. Smell was surprisingly weak for an IPA, where is that wonderful smell? However, does not smell bad, just not what I was expecting so I had to adjust my expectations. Taste was also odd, again, did not have the IPA taste. Confusing because it was not what I expected but not bad. After getting past the idea of this being an IPA and just looking at it as a beer it is not bad. Easy to drink and rather tasty, does not come across as 8.5%. Overall it gets bonus points for ABV and cost. Will probably pick up a few more of these as a value buy for quantity over quality days. If you are looking for a good cheap beer, winner. If you are looking for a good IPA, pass it by.

03-08-2014 02:44:39 | More by JamieDuncan
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

1.28/5  rDev -49.6%

22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade, and VERY fluffy soft. Retention isn't very good, though. Having said that, it leaves some lacing on the glass. Well...um...it looks like a DIPA.

S: Hops? What's that? Could have fooled me thinking this was well-hopped...or any kind of hopped, really. Honestly, it smells like a fuckin' malt liquor. Cereal grains, cheap white wine, and lots of sweetness are the order of the day. If my name was Pablo or DeAndre, I'd probably like this a lot. If it was in a 40, ditto. Too bad neither of those things are true, so FAIL.

(I apologize to all craft beer enthusiasts named Pablo or DeAndre. Seriously, racial stereotyping is amusing in small doses, but can quickly turn ugly, especially if it happens on the internets. Wait...)

T: Oh god, this might be even worse. The best descriptor I can use is "subpar malt liquor meets horrible imperial amber ale." There is a touch of sweet caramel to start, which quickly turns into cheap white wine and cheap cereal grains. I'm also getting notes of sweat socks, cardboard, and plastic. There isn't a hint of hoppiness anywhere to be found. It doesn't even succeed as a malt liquor: I'd much rather go for Steel Reserve or Natty Daddy over this.

M: It's heavy, sweet, and highly carbonated. Kind of like a malt liquor, really. This kind of sweetness is absolutely unacceptable in a DIPA - it makes ST Unearthly look like a bone-dry, 4% blonde ale.

O: I love how the bottle top said "craft beer", as if it was soullessly harping on the fact that "yes, we're just like Sierra Nevada, and really cheap, too!", preferably in a Hindi accent. It resembles a proper craft DIPA much in the same way I resemble Idris Elba. Sure, we're both human beings, both male, and that's where the similarities end. This beer has set a record: not only is it my lowest scored DIPA (by a HUGE margin), but it has the lowest ratio of portion drunk to portion drainpoured. I just can't do it, especially when I know how sloppily manufactured its 'craftyness' is. $3 for this horrid DIPA facsimile is about $10 too much. It's so bad, in fact, I'm close to having a BSOD moment and I don't want to default back to Cliff Richard's settingsss--

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THERE COMES A LOVE LIKE THIS
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03-02-2014 20:09:35 | More by ThisWangsChung
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fredmugs

Indiana

3/5  rDev +18.1%

02-16-2014 01:02:12 | More by fredmugs
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the3rdtriumph

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +80.3%

This is not a DIPA.

That being said, I'm going to review this beer as a mystery beer. No prejudices, no standards. Just straight experience of the brew itself.

Very pleasant scent. Malt, pleasant, but very malty. Has a earthy tone, and the hops are there, but you are left wondering where the rest are...

The taste, phenomenal. You cannot tell that this is 8.5 % alcohol, or 75 IBUS for that matter (which I find unsettling). If you're a hop head, steer clear. If you want something to drink while you watch the game, this is perfect. Leaves your mouth desiring another gulp or two to really get to know it's nature. Just different! Mysterious, this brew has an identity crisis.

This is the smoothest IPA or DIPA or WHATEVER it is (not sure because of the smoothness and decision for it to remain unlabeled) I have ever had. I literally am in love with this mystery brew. $3.99 for a pint bottle at the liquor store. This is my go to cheap good tasting beer. There is a slight bitterness, but honestly, this is a very easy drinking beer. I would highly recommend this to anyone who doesn't judge a beer by what the label says, but purely by it's flavor and mouthfeel. Damn good, would buy again, and am on bottle number 2.

01-19-2014 07:24:28 | More by the3rdtriumph
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

1/5  rDev -60.6%

01-01-2014 04:47:07 | More by jcubz
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jdb288

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -21.3%

Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Heavily oxidized, completely flat. Bought fresh and consumed almost right away. Cloyingly sweet with zero hop characteristics. Maybe I had a bad bottle? I certainly hope so.
Based on other's experience with this one I feel like I'm in the majority with saying this is a bad beer.

12-20-2013 12:47:59 | More by jdb288
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-14-2013 15:39:05 | More by DamageCase76
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blackcompg

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +10.2%

Seems this gets some pretty bad reviews, but read them after my purchase - I purchased this on the price point, and the fact that it's advertised as a dipa, I will try to be as fair and honest as possible, here we go...

Appearance - Pours a nice finger of thick, rich looking eggshell head, body is a slightly hazy light orange amber, really a nice looking beer. I am getting some nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Sweet bready malts, almost fruit-cake like, light apple and pear, slight vanilla carmel.

Taste - Big bready malts to start, definitely getting some light floral flavors here too, then light grassy meadowy hops, finishing with light minerals and pepper, and just a whiff of citrus pith, which dries the back of the tongue. Often times a dry/bitter finish will beg the next sip, but the finish on this beer actually causes a slight hesitation. The alcohol is perfectly hidden here. There is a semi sweet backbone along for the entire ride that is like dried pear/apple bread.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium mouthfeel, medium carb, but the light peppery and grassy dryness keeps this from being a smooth drinker. As i mentioned in the taste, often times a dry/bitter finish will encourage the next sip, but it causes hesitation here...

Overall - If I were blindfolded I would swear that this this was more of an imperial amber ale - I would not classify this as a dipa, in fact, this is not a dipa. It really is not a bad beer, in fact this tastes a lot like a sweeter, amped up fat tire. I'd say this is truly a good purchase for the money, especially if you want a quicker buzz - but know this, this is NOT a dipa, not by any stretch - it is an imperial amber, and really not a very bad one - in fact, put imperial amber on the label, and it's nearly a 4. But if you're looking for a true dipa, stay away - this does not represent the style.

***My low scores are due to this beer being mis-labeled imho - it is actually a pretty good beer, but it is NOT a DIPA.

12-14-2013 04:50:52 | More by blackcompg
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.9/5  rDev -25.2%

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin lasting white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of thick, slightly burnt, caramel with alcohol. Where are the hops?

The taste is of sweet caramel with alcohol. This is like a malty malt liquor. Again, where are the hops? It says "heavily hopped" on the label, but I'm not catching that. No freshness date, but there's no sediment and the caramel, while overdone and slightly metallic, seems fresh enough.

The feel, though sticky, is smooth enough to be fairly drinkable, surprisingly enough.

In or out of style (this one is clearly in the latter), this beer is not good.

12-09-2013 19:43:18 | More by jwc215
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Imperial Jack from Minhas Craft Brewery
62 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.