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Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 153
Avg: 2.52
pDev: 48.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biggred1 on 09-27-2011

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Photo of kkleu357
1.3/5  rDev -48.4%

From notes on 10/27/13

Boatwain Double IPA from Trader Joes. Pours the color of bright orange yellow. Not much smell, but what smell there is isn't pleasant. Not really hoppy at all. Kind of a rust taste. Easily the worst pale ale I've ever had. But paid $2 for a 22 once bottle, so can’t expect much.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.32/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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 Hindu 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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Photo of scaliasux
1.42/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

L -Light amber. Hazy. Short white head, not persistent.
S - Sugar and vague citrusy hops. A little fruity.
T - Not good. Indistint cloying sweetness. Bitter slightly citrus finish.
O - The two primary characters are cloying and bitter. Not a great combo.

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Photo of Lemke10
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

This pours a medium amber color with a full, beige head. The aroma is fairly malty considering it’s a double IPA. The taste is sweeter than anything with lots of bready tones. It’s a lighter and drinkable beer but in no way does this even begin to compare to other IIPAs on the market.

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Photo of mattsander
1.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy orange, medium carbonation, unremarkable.

S: Sticky malt bomb, little to no hop aroma.

T: A very sugary solution with medium bitterness and no hop flavor. Caramel and toffee dominates.

M: Very heavy, difficult to finish half the bottle.

Another abomination from this embarrassing 'brewery'. Craftwashing at its very worst.

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Photo of FadetoBock
1.58/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this at the Superstore liquor store and was shocked that they were selling a DIPA. Realized I got tricked by this shifty brewery just like the abysmal Bad Hare Day and Lazy Mutt beers they're trying to slide under the craft radar through their affiliate breweries.

This beer misses the mark so badly it's pathetic. It tastes nowhere near what a DIPA should taste like. One dimensional bready maltiness up front. A faint afterthought of bitterness that makes you wonder why they even bothered to use hops. The subtle taste of dish soap rounds out the experience.

Minhas is a blight on the craft brew scene. He can make all the shitty budget beer he wants but stay the hell away from craft. These crappy poser craft beers are popping up at all the bottle shops around here. My mother and sister went to buy beer (separately) last week and both ended up with crappy Minhas wannabeers despite their best intentions.

Drain poured most of the bottle, not worth the time nor calories....

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Photo of kencarman
1.65/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The appearance was right, but I got soap out of the bottle, nose-wise, and pepper. The pepper proceeded to the glass and mouthfeel, the soap did not.

A DOUBLE IPA? Hell, hardly an IPA, really.

Didn't realize this was Joseph Huber Brewery that's apparently been repacked name-wise a few times to hide their less than craft brewery nature. I got suspicious when the bottle listed it as Rhinelander Brewery but web stuff called it Minhas. That doesn't matter, however: except being annoying.

Crystal clear 3 or 4 golden srm with nice white head that lasts and lasts.

The pepper became annoying and I REALLY feel it's a phenol, not hops.

Pale malt/body right for regular IPA: tad off for Imperial. Pale malt in nose but so far back hardly worth mentioning.

Kudos on hiding the 8.5 abv, IF accurate. Usually I can tell even when hidden.

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Photo of Greggy
1.66/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
1.71/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one poured into a snifter this beer exhibits a moderate white head that quickly diminished atop a rather hazy orange-copper color. The aroma is moderate-low hops--mainly citrus, a little grass, some biscuit malt and a little metallic, overall quite lacking, especially given the style. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet with a bit of catty bitterness. The beer finishes a lot like malt liquor with more hops. The body is full and drinkability is quite low. Overall I will dump the rest of it. I'd rather pay more for good beer. If you're looking for malt liquor with better flavor then maybe this is for you, but this is NOT an 2xIPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
1.82/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: shiny brown orange, finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: metallic, sour apple, sweet malt

T: sugar, green apple, bitter mouth

M: light/med body, bubbly, crisp mouth

O: UGH, guess get what you pay for??!!
$2.99 is TOO good to be true for any Double IPA.
Could barely drink 1/2 the 750 ml bottle.


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Photo of Sodamhwf
1.89/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

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

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Photo of jwc215
1.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.96/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Going from the sadness of "Mystical" to the apparent power of "Imperial". Fingers are crossed. This pours a clear copper brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light grass, dry leaves (think Autumn), light powdered sugar, and mentholated caramel. This doesn't bode well. The taste, I suppose, brings in more of the same, but it all comes through in a swift-kick-in-the-balls of straight bitterness wrapped in dry, crusty, menthol-y caramel. Dammit, this shit hurts my tongue proportionately as much as a kick to the balls. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly-syrupy feel. Overall, this is just plain godawful. Seriously. I'm warning you: don't drink this if you value your tastebuds. Goddamn, man!

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Photo of jdb288
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: I'm not sure what to make of this. It smells like a middle of the road IPA, except with tomatoes present. It's not a generic vegetal aroma, it's straight up tomatoes. Aside from that there a light citrus hoppiness, some crystal malt, and some breadiness.

1.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Big tomato followed by hop fruitiness that is lead by persimmon, mango, and peach. Some crystal malt to go along with a mild yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a crispness.

2.0 D: Now I know why I this was selling for $2.50 per bomber. It's quite an awful brew to initiate an awful intRoduction to this brewery.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.09/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Currently sampling this beer side by side with it's younger, but equally disappointing younger brother, Thumper.

The differences between these beers are far outweighed by their similarities. The body is fuller and slightly more rounded here. Otherwise, it seems a true Double IPA in terms of doubling upon the overall ineptitutudes of the base. Overly sugary, non descript and clumsily hopped, and just a weird amalgamation of willy nilly ingredienting. Certainly a passable beer and one you're not missing anything with when you do.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a Bomber into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A- Poures a very bright orange-like gold. Seems to be very clear for the style. You can tell just by looking at this beer that it is very carbonated. A constant stream of little bubbles is clearly visible rising into an incredibly large, off-white, frothy head. I'm actually a little surprised by it's very large two finger head.

S- A bit of an old musty smell swirls together with the faint smell of citrus-y hops that give off a slight, orange and mango-like, aroma. Some slightly malty tones seem to be present as well, however they are incredibly faint.

T- Incredibly light tasting for a double IPA. the taste is just faintly citrusy and semi-sweet before ending abruptly into an incredibly faint and over-prolonged hop bitterness. Has a unique light bit of fruitiness to it's overall taste. Leaves you wanting quite a bit.

M- The foamy head is delightfully fluffy while it lasts. after the few initial sips or so it dissolves away into just a single layer. The beer has an unusually light feel to it with little to no bite from carbonation despite the large amount of bubbels. The only really noticeble feel is a slight crispness that can be felt in mid sip.

O- A very light and bland double IPA. If it weren't for the fact that it say's it on the bottle I would think this was probably an American India pale ale, or even a pumped up regular American pale ale. It would definitely be a great beer for beginners who are just beginning to like hopped up beers but anyone else looking for their hop fix will find themselves very wanting due to lack of intensity. At the low price that it can be found at around Milwaukee for just as much as $2.69 the price really can't be beat I guess for quantity, but the quality definitely show's for it.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.22/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/1/12

A hazy golden orange with little for carbonation, head, or lace looks like a still glass of beer. perhaps a dirty glass because the second pour gives me a long lasting thumbs width of off white foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S cotton candy and orange-sicle with a little booze and sour tea bag dipped in solvent

T quite sweet and a sour citrus thing doesn't help its cause, some grassy caramel, not a very good DIPA, tastes a little off and has a thrills gum thing going on too

M a little flat and syrupy, sticks too the lips but only a little heat from the booze, sugary aftertaste

O too sweet with off flavors, not a DIPA I'd drink again

not sure what I was expecting for my 3$ bomber but I still feel ripped off.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: half finger head with poor retention on a copper with golden hue cloudy body.

S: near identical smell to the thumper with caramel malts and sweet orange/pineapple citrus notes. maple notes.

T: sweet caramel malts up front... is this really a DIPA?... with medicinal citrus and oddly matched hop bittering making this beer very irregular and disorganized. metallic content as well.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I defended thumper IPA from this brewery, but this is just bad. Drank half a glass, rest is corroding the pipes.

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Photo of biggred1
2.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, light coppery amber with a cream colored foamy head that shrinks to a skim. Not much at all in the aroma, slightly grainy with a touch of green apple. I knew this beer had to be too good to be true, an 8.5% DIPA with 75 ibu's for three bucks? The flavors here are not in line with the style, green apple skin and raw grain with a touch of dishwater and low grade hops fusel alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is more Malt liquor than DIPA and that is what this reminds me of, a hoppy malt liquor. A really shabby attempt at the style but not entirely terrible, I like hoppy malt liquors.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not my first choice for Int'l IPA day, but the sole DIPA in the household.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of head with some retention and some random sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose and heavily dominated by caramel malts, hint of mustiness, and earthy pine hops on the finish.

T - For a DIPA the hops take a back seat to the caramel malts, coming through on the finish to provide an earthy balance. The bitterness lingers alongside a sweet lemon flavour.

M - A lighter bodied ale that comes across thin, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - For a DIPA this is rather disappointing, but I must admit the ABV is well hidden. Perhaps the hops were subdued do to the age of this bottle, but given the track record of the brewery I suspect it's more likely due to poor craftsmanship. Avoid this one, unless you're in dire need to find something to celebrate Int'l IPA day.

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Photo of tone77
2.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is not so good. A bit of hops up front, not nearly enough for this style, some malts, oh no, Now I am getting some of that Minhas flavor profile I know so well, green apples and plastic. Dammit man. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall the best quality about this beer was the low price tag.

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Photo of marty21
2.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange copper colour with one finger worth of foamy cream colored head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: A little bit of grassy hops with caramel malt taking over. The smell is pretty faint.

T: Grassy floral hops with caramel malt almost a sweetness on the finish. Just like the smell the taste is on the weaker side.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: Nothing special here. It was pretty cheap to buy and now I know why.

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Photo of powerss13
2.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a step up from the Thumper.

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Good Amber/Orangish color; not cloudy

Smell: Some grassy hop notes, with a balance of malts

Taste: Thought it would be better. You do get a decent taste of hops and a little bit of malts. Thought it could use more, especially going in and thinking of a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light (comparing to other Double IPAs) Get a tiny bit of grassy notes.

Overall: Givie it a try. You won't dislike it, but your not going to love it. Don't be expecting an out loud Dbl IPA.

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Photo of Snowman95
2.64/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I got a six pack of this beer for $7.99, which is pretty great for a six pack of double IPAs. The problem though is that I love IPAs and this was disappointing. If I was looking for another beer type, it would have been better, but it lacked the hoppiness of my preferred IPAs. I was left slightly disappointed, but for the price I can't complain too much. The high gravity of this beer has something of a delayed reaction to it that's hard to explain. It seems like it hits pretty late in the brew.

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Imperial Jack from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.